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Saturday, September 20, 2014

We Have All Been There…

Rick Morgan


One day last week, I found myself reading the posts on the Facebook Group "RV Tips". As I started reading, my first reaction was, “you have got to be kidding.” For example, comments like, “If you don't empty the blank tank water, does it stink? Was wondering at what wind speed do you put your awnings away? and We are in our RV for the first time; we have noticed the carpet is wet below the toilet and into the bathroom. Does anyone know what this is?” if nothing else were entertaining.

So, I kept reading and ran across these, “So what are your opinions on awnings on RVs? Do you think they’re useful for the sun & rain or are they too much of a pain from wind? Okay I am missing a part and calling it pull thingy for the tank is not helping me find a replacement. It is the thingy on the black tank that you pull that makes it drain, is there supposed to be water in the bottom of the toilet? Or does it stay dry after you flush? How many inches is the most you've had to raise one side to level the trailer?”

Really, I thought, “You can’t make this stuff up.” Then I remembered back to 1997 when we purchased our first RV and the many of what now seem like basic and na├»ve questions we had. Not to mention the "stupid" stuff we have done.

In fact, just the other day I did one of the dumbest things I have ever done. I was using our black tank “outside flush” to re-fill the back tank to rinse it out again. I was watching the sensor gage and waiting or the “F” to appear. It seemed like it was taking a long time and for some unknown reason I went into the bathroom and flushed the toilet – bad move! Enough pressure had built up that when I flushed – yep, you guessed it a “gusher”. Face Palm! Luckily, I had already emptied the back tank once but still the bathroom was showered with brown water. Out came the bleach and several hours of cleaning. Of course I knew better, but it served to remind me that we all continue to learn and “fine tune” our RVing skills.

That being said, the "RV Tips" Group on Facebook, is perhaps good for a laugh, and while I am sure some have gotten good information and advice - it is not where I would go. I much prefer the really good forums like iRV2 and following blogs that continually provide good RVing information like Wheeling it, Technomadia, and Gone with the Wynn’s.

What is the “dumbest” thing you have done? Where do you go to get you questions answered?