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 71 
 on: October 18, 2014, 08:16:29 am 
Started by Carol - Last post by Barry-Sue
Carol,

 A couple of other things I thought about:

1.  You asked about keeping the hot water tank on and running the furnace-we do this all the time with no issues

2.  The outside shower-my thought there would be to winterize the rig and just dewinterize inside plumbing.  Why I say this is that we had to winterize when we came home from FL this past spring since it was still very cold here.  When we went camping for a weekend in June I thought I had dewinterized everything but when we went out in August I realized I never dewinterized the toilet sprayer or kitchen sink sprayer.  When I went to use them they were still filled with antifreeze.  We don't have an outside shower but I am sure if we did that would have still been filled with antifreeze.

3.  I carry a lot of the 8 ounce bottles of water under the passenger bed in the 2551 and we do not keep the furnace on when traveling and they have never frozen.  Our furnace does not run very much at night because we set it very low, our bedding keeps us very warm.

Sue

 72 
 on: October 18, 2014, 03:05:42 am 
Started by 2 Frazzled - Last post by BandD
From south to north up the coast:

The West coast reunion has been held for the last several years at the Pismo Coast Village RV Resort.  There are wineries nearby, walks on the beach right next to the park, and a restaurant on site.  There are vehicle repair and service places very nearby as well.  We had our unit washed and waxed by one such service, in our space in the park.

Before we got the RV, we stayed often at Asilomar.  Try the Fishwife seafood restaurant.  Highly recommended.  Don't know if there's an RV park nearby.

We've stayed at the Moss Landing KOA several times, on Monterrey Bay.  There are restaurants in walking distance, and a wonderful tour of Elkhorn Slough by boat.  There's also a docent-led tour of the Slough area on foot.  Many, many species of birds.

For a very quiet interlude, try the Manchester Beach KOA.  Highway one is very scenic, from Jenner up to Manchester Beach.  If you approach from the south, you're on the shore side of the road, which is less scary but not so scenic.  There are walks on the beach.  There's the retired Point Arenas lighthouse south of the park which is a nice tour.  Further south, you can sit in the sun and watch fishing boats travel in and out.

The Porto Bodega RV park is right on Bodega Bay, with boats tying up on the property.  I recommend that you not try to walk along highway one for any distance.  There are lots of curves and NO shoulders.  It's a little too far to walk, but drive down to Bodega Head and see if the whales are passing by.

Bill


 73 
 on: October 17, 2014, 09:37:23 pm 
Started by Carol - Last post by Carol
Thanks, Sue!
 Grin

 74 
 on: October 17, 2014, 09:36:04 pm 
Started by David J. Rotelle - Last post by David J. Rotelle
Born Free has been doing a similar tile and it seems to be holding up well.

 75 
 on: October 17, 2014, 07:35:09 pm 
Started by Carol - Last post by Barry-Sue
Carol,

     We travel to Florida every winter from Michigan so our first two days are usually below freezing.  However, we are fully winterized until we get into Georgia and then once there we dewinterize.  I do use the toilet the first two days.  Since I do not have running water I always carry a jug of water to use when I flush.  I am guessing because we have antifreeze in the black tank we never have had a problem with the toilet or black tank and we have never used the heaters in the tanks.

Make sure all the water is drained from the fresh water hoses  and the fresh water filter, if you use one, before you store them.

Sue

 76 
 on: October 17, 2014, 07:11:32 pm 
Started by David J. Rotelle - Last post by AMW
Well done.  Nice upgrade.  I'll be very interested to hear how it holds up over time in a moving vehicle.

 77 
 on: October 17, 2014, 06:36:06 pm 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by Barry-Sue
Ron,

Thetford Customer Service (800-543-1219) has a very simple procedure to disassemble the macerator pump. If you call them they will walk you through the process.  Once disassembled the impeller can be inspected and replaced if necessary.

Barry


 78 
 on: October 17, 2014, 05:52:25 pm 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by Doneworking
Ron, that looks to me like a couple of blades on the impeller sheared off.  

You can buy a repair kit like in your picture and rebuild it.  Assuming the pump is original to the unit and has seen a lot of use,  you can buy a new whole shebang and be done with it for a reasonable price.  I usually get stuff like that from Amazon.  Even though it has had good maintenance and gentle use those plastic parts do tend to deteriorate over the years and seem to get a little brittle.  

I repaired the pump on our previous RV.  It was located underneath and near the middle of the Class B Roadtrek.  I had the Roadtrek elevated on a couple of 2x10s and could barely squeeze my 180 pounds under it in my driveway    You talk about a mess.  I felt like Ralph Kramden in the old "Honeymooners" working down in the sewer.  When we bought our PC, one of the things that I loved was the position of that easy to get to pump  sad

 79 
 on: October 17, 2014, 03:20:08 pm 
Started by David J. Rotelle - Last post by ron.dittmer
Wow, very sharp looking.  Wink

 80 
 on: October 17, 2014, 03:05:50 pm 
Started by David J. Rotelle - Last post by David J. Rotelle
Tile backsplash.

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