First RVing adventure of the season.
As usual the week started out beautiful, warm, and sunny as I witnessed from my office. My wife is also off work this week for Spring Break so what better time to get in the RV, hook up the tow car (toad), and head out on another adventure.
We wanted to go somewhere we haven’t been for a while. We spent a couple of days searching, and reading reviews on several places within an hour or two from the house. The decision we came to was to leave Thursday and stay the weekend at Desoto State Park in Fort Payne Alabama. It has beautiful scenery, and is a difficult enough drive for us to test towing the car up mountains and around fairly tight curves and obstacles.
We are very blessed to have several friends that decided to join us and we followed each other to the beautiful Desoto State Park. Traffic was mild as we had hoped it would be since we decided to drive after the 8:00 rush hour was over. We had no issues driving up the steep mountain other than one of those huge oversized crane’s that have 10 axles was going 15 miles per hour up the mountain to the campground. When we arrived we were greeted with hostesses that were exceptionally helpful and friendly.
We were checked in by 10:30 in the morning and were driving to the pull through sites which both of us benefited from. However once we got everything disconnected from the tow car, and his truck disconnected from his fifth-wheel. We realized the sites were a little more uphill than they appeared. My camper had to sit the front bumper on the ground by evacuating the air from the suspension, while raising the back jacks to the point that the rear tires are just barely off the ground <yikes>. But, again, I am happy to be RVing with my wife and friends.
After about an hour of levelling, and hooking up electric, water, sewer, and putting the slides out. We also stretched out the awnings for the first time since last season. I ALWAYS get my wife to check the faucets while I turn the water on ( read other pages to find out why ). The kitchen faucet blew completely off the sink due to over pressure and it appears it may have frozen and cracked over the winter. Anyway, no big deal, there is a Lowes at Fort Payne and we picked up a repair part and replaced the sink nozzle.
Our friends also were working out some kinks from their winter storage too. They got settled in just to find out they have no hot water. So we worked with that for a short while. GOOGLE is great for troubleshooting, but in this case everyone who posted their problems, and their fixes were all unique. Nothing in common with his problem. So my fall back strategy is to take things apart one screw at a time until I find the problem.
We checked fuses, circuit breakers, power, tried lighting the gas pilot light with a manual charcoal starting lighter. All to no avail. I started taking things apart to see deeper into the problem, and the only thing I noticed was that their was a normal oxidation from being an outside appliance. There was normal wear and tear from a gas burning element which left a little rust like residue inside the burner tube. We vacuumed that out, and cleaned everything we could find with a steel bristle tooth-brush. When we put it all back together we asked the ladies to turn it on and see what might happen, and POOF. It light right up immediately which I wasn’t really expecting because we didn’t really do anything but scrub off the oxidation and put it back together.
Summary after thought was that cleaning everything and tightening everything back must have grounded wires back to a better surface connection. For whatever reason, it works so we took credit for fixing it like we knew what we were doing. Our wives were happy that their skilled men fixed a critical and life dependency for hot water.
No better day than today to go RVing! I love my camping adventures.!!!!