Leaking Shower Drain

I found this by accident while searching for the source of the water in the holding tank bay.  There is an inspection cover on the front of the shower pan with four screws. I removed the screws and that exposed the drain trap.  There was water in the pan under that drain evidencing a leak.  I had this same issue with the 2005 coach but it was much harder to access.  I used a large pair of channel locks to tighten everything up and it is leak free now.

DirecTV Not Tracking, Server Not Found

We have a Winegard Traveler Mission tracking satellite system and Genie server with a wireless bridge and four Mini’s.  Everything works great untill we get to New Brunswick, and suddenly it stops tracking and the remote Mini’s are saying “Server not found”.  After much troubleshooting, we finally got a call back from Winegard and they informed me the system doesn’t work well that far north east, and in fact, they have trouble in Maine.  Parked, the system acquires a satellite easily, but just won’t track.

Apparently with no satellite signal, the wireless bridge is not detected by the Genie and the remote Mini’s can;t find the server.

Water Sloshing Out of Holding Tank Compartment

This one was a bit more concerning.  I saw water leaking out of the right side of the coach after we would leave a camp site.  A lot.  I found two screws to open the right side compartment where the tanks are located and saw water in the compartment and on top of the fresh water tank.  On further inspection found the 1 1/2″ drain from the kitchen sink broken.  This is a bad design because it does not allow the pipes to move in relation to the holding tanks which are quite flexible and therefore causes the pipes to break.

I also found the pipe on the other end of the tank from the washer to also be broken.  I found that one by sticking my iPhone up into the compartment where my head did not fit and snapping some photos.

I temporarily fixed the one on the near side with silicone and Duct tape but will do a permanent repair when I have more time. I needed a 1 1/5″ ABS 45 degree street el, a 1 1/2″ male pipe adapter, coupling, a short piece of pipe and some ABS glue.  The red arrow is where the MPA is cracked and separated. You can also see standing water.

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Steps Making Clunk Going in and Out, Then Stopped Working

The electric steps were making a hesitation and clunking sound going in and out, then finally in Benton, Arkansas stopped working altogether.  The replacement motor was expensive and hard to find, special order, so after some Googling I found out it is simply a window motor from several Ford vehicles.  The one that works best is this one from O-Reillys.  The only thing I had to do was drill out the mounting holes to fit my bolts, 5/16″ if I remember correctly.  The cost was $49 and available anywhere in the US, compared to the original which is $200 and special order.

The number on the OEM motor was 300-1406 and Googling generally takes you to a post similar to this one.

The O’Reilly;s part number is 42-339.  This one works!

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Leaking Roof

The most dreaded thing that can happen to an RV because if allowed to go unchecked, it cause devastating damage.  mine happened when I hit the brakes in rain, woosh a wall of water came down on top of me.  The cause was the front cap separating from the roof because the sheet metal screws had backed out and some were even overtightened and stripped.  I purchased some #12 x 3/4 screws to replace the stripped #10’s.  I tightened/replaced the loose screws, then used Dicor self leveling sealant to seal all cracks and then to take the belt and suspenders approach, covered both caps front and rear with Eternabond tape, 3 inches wide.  I think this one is permanent.

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Goose Tongue Greens

Never heard of those?  Me either.   Apparently they are a local favorite (and quite rare) for people living at the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick.  We bought a bag at a small local store near the Hopewell Rocks and cooked them up!  I would say they taste like spinach, kinda salty and earthy.  Looks like something we call “Monkey Grass” in Texas.   I won’t be looking for more…

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