This Is Too Much Like Work

 After what seems an endless amount of time, I finally complete the job of emptying my black and grey tanks with the macerator pump.  My pants are ripped, and I am covered in dirt and disgusting liquids. 

I plan ahead for this project.  I do not shower thinking I might need to once I get the tanks empty.  I am sure right about that!  I search the internet for step-by-step instructions for using the pump but can find none.  Instead I watch YouTube videos demonstrating how to use this pump to grind up and push liquids a long distance through a small hose.  Apparently I miss a few salient points in my training as my process is a lot more painful than the videos lead me to believe it will be.

Out of the Water Bay and into the Fire

Steve drains and flushes the HydroHot - based on the oil brown color of the old fluid it needed draining!

Steve and Sheila call Sunday night and offer to come over Monday to continue our work on the HydroHot. Our plan is to drain the system, refill and pump distilled water through it a couple of times, then refill with boiler fluid (aka antifreeze). Well that plan falls apart almost immediately.  As soon as we get it drained, refilled and ready to pump full of distilled water, one of the pumps decides to die. It may have already been dead, but now neither pump wants to work.

I won’t bore you with the hourly details of our struggle to troubleshoot this problem. Suffice it to say that the whole episode ends with the system not working at all. I order the required parts.  When they arrive, we HOPE they will fix the system. In the meantime, it is cold showers for me.

Guess what Storm used this for!

I need to sell the trailer in order to fund my new tow vehicle device.   Haven’t figured out what to buy yet, but selling the trailer will help move me forward.  To make that happen I am cleaning the RV bays, then moving useful items from the trailer to the bays. 

As I clean, I discover strange items whose purpose is a mystery to me.  I wonder what this Fishermen’s De-Liar is used for and I ask Steve. I assume Storm used it for fishing a long time ago.  Check out the video below to see Steve’s take on Storm’s use for this tool.

Fisherman's De-Liar

In Loving Memory

Stormy Weathers

About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow me as I travel all over the US in my Country Coach RV volunteering, making new friends and pursuing a constant outdoor temperature between 70F and 80F. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks I learn!

8 Replies to “This Is Too Much Like Work”

  1. jim & sandy dukeman says: Reply

    Wish I had the same waste system that you have and I could give you a hand, but I don’t. I need to come see yours to see if I can figure it out, should be easy to use and not so messy. ;>) Famous last words. Pretty soon you will be so smart that you can open your own RV repair shop.
    Hang in there kid, it will all work out. GOD BLESS
    Jim & Sandy

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Thanks for the offer, but I am sure it was all operator error. It is a simple system. I expect my next attempt to go much more smoothly. Although I still plan to wear old clothes just in case 🙂

  2. Have many suggestions, and colorful commentary, but discretion prevents me from posting same in public. Just make sure your fire insurance is up to date, just in case of “accidental” issues … haha. Hang in there, nothing is impossible because you are woman. Roar on ! je

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Thanks for the advice on the insurance – will do!

  3. Michele Hilberth says: Reply

    God bless you girl! You know that soon you’ll have it all figured out and you’ll be on the road again. You’re organized, you’re persistent and you’ve got this! Love you!

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Love you too and thanks for the support!

  4. We wish you weren’t so far away so we could lend a helping hand. Doug’s good at tearing apart and fixing. Me…I’m only good at tearing apart. Lol. Were glad your gonna travel and hoping to see you again in our travels. If you need anything once your out west we’ll be here.
    Happy trails. Doug and Tracie

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Tracie, sounds like you and I have the same skill sets 🙂
      Sure hope I can get better at putting back together soon so I am not doing double work. I will post my planned itinerary on this site soon. I definitely plan to be in Moab from mid-April – mid-May. Hope to see you there if not before.

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