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Hot Water and Hospitality

May 18, 2012

We’ve been in Ohio for two weeks, and it’s been difficult to write.  I’ve spent a lot of time painting, and we’ve done a lot of going.

Our Ohio home for a while

We’ve settled in next to the barn on the property of Nell’s sister and brother-in-law, just outside of Mount Vernon, Ohio.  Thanks to their hospitatlity, we have water and electric.  We’re using an adapter to step down from our normal 30 amp to 15 amp, but we have lights and fans.  All we’re missing is the AC, but we don’t need it right now anyway.  The nights are still in the 40s and 50s here, and the days are generally in the 70s.  We’ve got the gray water drain running out to a point that slopes down a slight hill.  There is a nice RV park maybe a quarter of a mile down the road, and we’ve worked out a deal with them to dump the black water tank about once a week for $5.  Our hosts have graciously allowed us free access to the house to use their bathrooms, which allows us to stretch the black water dumps farther apart than usual.  We’re on one of the few near-level spots on the property.  We’ve got the driver’s side front tire up on a stack of Lynx levelling blocks, and along with a couple of wheel chocks, that’s it.  I felt the ground was just too soft to try putting the hydraulic levelling jacks down.  Yes, it rocks a little, but we’re used to it.

Water heater bypass valve

We began having a problem getting hot water about three weeks or so ago, but we were on the road and not really in a position to do much about it.  Once we got to Ohio, I stuck my head into this little cabinet under the bathroom sink, but quickly realized this wasn’t a job I had the expertise to handle.  We were referred to Country Boy RV, which is near Granville, Ohio, about a half hour from Mount Vernon.  I took a couple of photos with us like the one above, and Wayne at Country Boy knew immediately what the problem was.  He ordered a replacement check valve, which is the first fitting coming out of the wter heater.  A week later (yesterday), he drove to our location with the new check valve, and replaced it, along with a couple of other fittings that were beinning to leak.  We hadn’t noticed the leak, because it was under a shelf that’s built into the bottom of this cabinet.

We now have a good strong flow of hot water and a repaired water leak for a little over $100, and we didn’t have to take the motorhome anywhere.  That was a good deal.  Looking forward to a hot shower in my own house.

Cruising the Interstate

This 14 year old motorhome offers two different driving experiences.  On rough highways (and we’ve encountered some doozies so far), there are a lot of rattles.  Some highways seem designed to shake an RV apart.  But on smooth highway, it almost seems to float down the road, with very little effort and not a sound to be heard.  The V10 engine purrs along, and the Jeep isn’t noticeable on back.  An occasional glance up at the monitor for the rear view camera reassures me it’s still there.  The main white-knuckle times are when a cross-wind gusts and pushes the motorhome around a bit, and those really narrow construction zones with the concrete barries almost right on the edge of the lanes.

We will be staying here for awhile, to allow Nell to spend time with her Mom, and to just be nearby.  Health issues dictated a change in our itenerary, so we’ll hang out here and make a few day trips round the surrounding countryside.

One of the great things about this part of Ohio is that there is another landscape subject around every bend in the road.

The morning view out our door.


This is Deeogee (D.O.G.).  Hemi is no longer travelling with us, so while we’re here, I’m getting my dog fix from this big guy.  He’s huge, and lives to have sticks thrown for him, and to be petted.

Nell has played in the dirt…

…and I have painted at various places around the property, and in the Outdoor Studio.

I believe this is the first time we’ve made the trip to Ohio and not had to worry whether we brought the right clothes.  We brought everything we own.  Other than that, it still seems a bit like we’re on our regular annual vacation here.  Another week or so, and the relatives will begin to realize they don’t have to entertain us, but for now, we’re enjoying the hospitality.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2012 5:59 pm

    What happened to Hemi??

  2. May 18, 2012 6:43 pm

    I must have missed something, Ralph. What happened to Hemi?

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