It seems I made it thru all these winter storms & freezing temps over the past two months only to come park in front of cw last nite in well above freezing temps, (in order to be on time for my windshield & step fix appt the next day), & all my efforts to dodge ice, storms & freezing temps were for naught. I'm less than a day & a wake up from being a 2 month old rv'er & my worse fear of winter came true (nope, not turning into a human popsicle)!
I went outside to walk Radar last night & I saw a torrent of water coming out from the bottom of my rig! I ran to check my fresh water level & it had totally emptied out. I was rather numb w/shock, wondering how the hell I'd be able to pay for a destroyed fresh water tank. It just seemed to ironic to have gotten thru so much only to destroy my tank in near 50 degree temps.
Needless to say, I didn't sleep well & was exhausted when I got up to check in for the early morning repair to my windshield, to again deal with my lack of hot water in the bathroom issue, plus fix the broken step.
With not a little embareassment I told them I had burst my fresh water tank right in front of their door...I figured I was gonna spend many days camping out on their street waiting for repairs or replacement & go into debt to pay for it.
Instead, less than two hours later, the maintenence clerk brought me a little pipe or valve w/a small filter in it & it was split in half. She was smiling when she said that this small part was the culprit that emptied my tank & it probably had been frozen & then melted, releasing the torrent from the break once it melted in the warmer temps.
I asked how much it would cost & how long it would take to fix? She said the bad news was, it wasn't covered by warranty. The good news was, that they already put a new one in, the tank was fixed & that including the labor I owed a grand total of $82! By then, seeing my relief, her smile turned into a grin & then we were both laughing in relief!
I'm now nearly to South Carolina & not going back to deal with my house sale or anything else till this winter is a bad memory!
As for my windshield, that's a warranty issue. No cost involved. They did a small fix for what looked like a bad seal, but they told me to keep an eye on it bc it likely would start leaking again if it was part of a larger problem.
If that turns out to be true, they will have to order a windshield before they can work on it. The corporation requires a new one to be on hand when they pull a windshield since they have a tendency to break. But it's for back up. The work would take a couple of days to "set" once finished, so I'd be enjoying the dead end street outside their fence again for a couple of days if it happens. They said the normal problem they run across is that the windshield &/or the seals are sometimes improperly installed at the factory.
Sooo, I will keep an eye on it & I told them I didn't want to come in for that fix, if needed, till winter was over! I'm headed for Florida (if I can get into a military camp or find free boondockin), or at least the bottom of SC, until I know for certain!
Well, that's my adventure for the day. I've gotta try to catch some sleep. I need about 48 hrs of sleep to make up for the stress I experienced.
Radar has recovery need too. He needs a place to run & play w/out salt & ice causing sores & cuts in his pads. He refuses to wear winter booties. He demolishes every pair I've tried on him & absolutely refuses to move till he gets them torn off his feet - not a good thing when he's my mobility dog. If he's not happy & doing his job - I'm not either...
Good night everyone!