The RV mechanics that I contact enroute to Mobile, laugh when I ask if I can get help the next day. Seems that with the snowbirds in town, 3 weeks in the future is the soonest I can hope for a service call. Time for me to hit the books and see what I can figure out on my own.
I find online instructions for increasing the tension on my slide topper roller. “USE EXTREME CAUTION” begins the directions. Translation: “Sunny, hire someone else to mess with this so you don’t wind up hospitalized.”
In the meantime, each time we stop I have to get out the ladder and hand fold the topper in order to cram it into the coach above the slideout. Since it has been raining on us since we left Florida I get a cold, drenching shower from the gallons of water being held by the topper before I get behind the wheel every day. Woooo Hooo – the joys of RVing!
On to problem number two (literally) – the toilet. Once we arrive and park in Mobile, I test the system again. Flushing is still weak. In an email reply to my request for help, Headhunter reminds me again that I have to have at least 55 lbs. water pressure in order to attain the vortex of powerful flushing that I have become used to in Florida.
I check my inline water pressure gauge which reports 20 lbs. Ooops, I didn’t fully open the weird farm pump handle thing at the outside faucet. Opening the valve fully yields 60 lbs of water pressure.
Alas, the powerful flush that I had become so accustomed to in Florida returns and then disappears again in the morning when everyone in the campground takes a shower. At this time of day, the pressure drops to 20 again. I finally understand what Headhunter has been explaining to me all along. I must use the water pump as backup for when city pressure is too weak and when I am on the road. Storm never told me this as he just thought the toilet was flaky. Turns out it is just more complicated than most.
I think there is some sort of obstruction preventing the water flow through the pump. Can’t figure out what to check myself, but I am hoping Monte can help me. In the meantime, Michele and I rigorously monitor this issue at each overnight stop recording water pressure and flush strength each time we park. We have a little party of joy each time we stop overnight and have high enough water pressure to make the toilet roar. I worry that I have reduced Michele to finding happiness at being able to use the “indoor” toilet.
From our campsite at Meaher State Park on Mobile Bay, we take a short ride out to the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial. Enshrouded in fog, the planes, ship and submarine on display there take my mind off my RV problems. Lunch in Fair Hope with its abundant floral displays and Mardi Gras decorations is the perfect finish to this gloomy day.