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When we moved from our sticks and bricks home in to a home on wheels, we told each other to expect the unexpected. For those of you who DON’T live full time in an RV, imagine the house you live in, with dishes in the cupboards, pictures on the walls, food in the fridge, etc. and now imagine that on 4 wheels traveling down the interstate at 70 mph!
Things rumble, things fumble, things shake and things break! It is just part of RV living!
Some of those things can be obvious and you see and deal with them right away. Others, can take time, and hopefully you catch them before any serious damage occurs!
For us, yesterday was one of those days. We had a plan to paint portions of our kitchen island as part of our spring cleaning and RV refresh. The paint, was way in the back of our storage department under the RV. When my husband cleared out the items in storage, he noticed a box that had a damp bottom! Not good!
So we immediately pulled everything out and found the culprit. A broken valve on the hot water heater with a slow drip. Ironically this was an item that we discussed just two weeks ago with a fellow full time RVer. They asked if we had any issues with it. At the time… NOPE! Luckily we found it early enough and cleaned up the water and we were able to dry what little areas were wet.
If we had not decided to start our spring refresh and paint our kitchen island yesterday… we might not have found that leak for several more days or who knows how long. Luckily a $10 fix and the RV Service Center near us had the part we needed. But this was a lucky experience for us. Others have not been so fortunate.
So for us, we take this in stride, and we move on to the next step of our planned spring cleaning and refresh of the RV. Things that we are working on in the next week...
In addition to these items, I also plan to evaluate the current set up and organization. We recently added drawers to the kids closet. When we started traveling, we hung all the kids' clothes, however their clothes are so much bigger/longer and hanging them no longer worked. We installed 4 drawers that are more effective now.