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November 27, 2013

November 2013

This is a long post, but there’s a lot to tell.  We’re settling into the Bounder, loving the additional space provided by the slideout.

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One of the things that will take a little getting used to is the slide awning flapping when the wind blows.

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I love the “touch screen” monitor on the dash.  Unfortunately, a lot of the monitors go bad after a while.  We discovered that the propane monitor doesn’t match the gauge on the tank in the compartment outside.  Turned out we were lower on propane than we thought, and the cold weather was upon us.

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 The wind had the slide topper really flapping, so we decided to pull the slide in for a day.  It made things quieter, and we had less space to heat until we could get propane delivery.  Even though the photo above is similar to the space we had in the Holiday Rambler, it really seemed pretty tight.  One gets spoiled by that slideout pretty quickly.  The nice thing about it is that, even with the slide in, we have full access to everything except one cabinet.  We’ll still pull the slide in when the wind gets pretty high, but we can already tell we’re getting a bit more used to the flapping awning.  A propane delivery put our minds at ease and we got back to normal living.

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We bought a pair of slide supports to put under the slide frame outside when it’s extended.  We’ve seen quite a few rigs with sagging slides, and decided we’d get the supports and use them when we’re going to be sitting still for an extended period of time.

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We had an RV Tech come by and help us out with a couple of things.  We did remove the washer/dryer combo unit.  As soon as we can get some plywood cut, we’ll close up the back of this space and add a couple of sliding shelves to hold pots and pans and other big things that had to go in the cabinet above for now.

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We thought we had an electrical problem in the kitchen area, but it turned out we just couldn’t operate the water heater on electric and the microwave at the same time.  The 30 amp service won’t allow that.  This ingenious arrangement of switches allows us to toggle between the water heater and microwave (and washer/dryer, which no longer exists).  The problem was that when we switched to the water heater, the microwave clock had to be reset every time we switched back.  We needed the water heater to operate on propane instead of electric.

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I’ve said several times that buying a used motorhome is like buying an older house.  No matter how great it appears to be, there are going to be things that go wrong, break, or otherwise need to be fixed.  The RV tech discovered that the water heater thermostat was shot.  With that replaced, we now have hot water using propane.

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The ice maker didn’t work, but the RV tech embarrassed me by finding a 120 volt plug and a cord in the fridge compartment outside that wasn’t plugged in.  The ice maker now works.

One thing we hadn’t walked through with the seller was the sewer dumping process.  A week or so ago, when it came time to dump the first time, the black water valve was stuck closed.  The local RV Tech wasn’t going to touch it as long as the black tank was full.  Can’t say I blame him.  Next, following the advice of a tank cleaning company, I gave the black valve a few hard yanks.  It finally pulled open and the black tank dumped the way it was supposed to.  I worked the valve in and out a few times and sprayed the handle with Liquid Wrench silicone spray.  It’s a little sluggish, but it’s getting smoother.

We discovered the toilet was leaking.  The seals at the bottom were shot.  We decided to have the 10 year old toilet replaced.   A few days later, the pipe from the toilet to the black water tank stopped up.  We think it was a combination of the unit sitting unused for a period of time.  We now own a toilet auger (snake) after using it to open up the stoppage.

The RV’s rooftop satellite dish wasn’t connected, and we were only getting local TV through the set’s internal antenna.  After working through the jumble of boxes and wires in the overhead cabinets, we finally got it figured out and we now have satellite TV again using the Tailgater.  We have a lot of extra wiring and some extra electronic gear, but for now we’re bypassing the rooftop dish and keeping the hookup simple.

Both of the side latches on the most-used basement cargo door broke (they’re plastic) two days before we were scheduled to relocate to Rockport, Texas.  I did a little online research, then went down to the local RV dealer and, luckily, they had two latches.  The actual replacement took about twenty minutes once I knew what to look for and had the latches in hand.

We had the four rear tires replaced last week.  If you’re ever in the Georgetown/Round Rock, Texas area and need RV tires, go to RPM Tire Center on I-35.  The owner is a good guy who bent over backwards to take care of us.

So… as far as we know, the Bounder is ready to go.  Tomorrow  (Sunday), we’ll take to the highway for the first time with this coach fully loaded.  It’s 217 miles to Drifters Resort in Rockport, Texas.  We’re booked to stay there until the end of April, so there’s plenty of time to do any other updates or modifications we might think of.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Yorky permalink
    December 1, 2013 6:39 am

    Bon voyage Ralph. Good to know you are settled in and have done all the repairs. Wondered what that flat plate sticking out by the slide out and aerial was?.

    • December 3, 2013 1:34 pm

      Thanks Doug (Yorky). I’m sure other things will be needed over time, but hopefully the major stuff is dealt with for now. I asked the seller the same question about that plate, and he didn’t know. Don’t know whether it’s original or not. My guess is that it’s to deflect the wind from the awning space when moving down the highway at speed. They’ve been known to unfurl on some rigs.

  2. December 3, 2013 3:21 am

    Hope you enjoy your stay on the Gulf Coast. I’m hanging out in New Mexico for now. Wanting to get some painting done while here. Take care.

    • December 3, 2013 1:39 pm

      Stay warm, PG. We’re going to settle in for a while and roam this part of Texas in the car. Didn’t get to do much of that last year because of Nell’s back. Be careful oui there.

  3. December 17, 2013 1:55 pm

    It really is amazing how much that little bit of extra space a slideout can give you. that being said, even without the slideout extended, it seems that at least you have the hallway clear! thank god for the small things in life. I have to admit, you tell your story very well, and the pics that came with it were excellent. I hope you have fun in Rockport.

  4. Maggie permalink
    January 4, 2014 12:43 am

    Ralph, I have not checked into your blog/site for quite some time! So interesting to read about your life and your rig. Looking forward to seeing some more of your paintings, and Happy New Year to you and Nell.

    • January 5, 2014 3:35 pm

      Maggie, how great to hear from you! We are enjoying our life. I’m experimenting with acrylics, so there will be some different work coming up, I think.

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