Demolition Update

We got the water heater out of the camper today.  It was a big job because I had sealed it really well with butyl tape the last time I installed it.

I wrote Joanne at Our Aliner Restoration for advice on my project since she and her husband have been through a floor replacement and complete rebuild of their 1998 Aliner.  She suggested that I take out all the old wiring and have it redone from scratch later.

So I did.  Actually, I’m glad to have all that stuff out of the way while I’m working in there.  Especially the old Elixir converter.  I also removed all the plumbing.

Was too tired to do any more this evening.  I’ll plan on removing the gas lines and the wiring underneath the trailer tomorrow, then start digging out the staples that hold the aluminum siding to the bottom of the trailer.  That project will probably take a few days.

I keep having to fight off thoughts of simply towing it to the junkyard!

One good thing about working on the trailer… I don’t have to cook tonight.  Ron is on his way to pick up KFC.  🙂

 

Going to the Shop

I talked with the people at the RV repair shop today.  The only reason they can think of why my water heater may have rusted out so badly is that I could have run some bad water through it.  I had wondered if maybe some kind of industrial fumes could have caused it.  But I’m not aware of having parked around anything like that.

We use water from everywhere in the camper, so I have no idea where we could have picked up something corrosive in it.  We’ve never parked the camper at the beach, so it can’t be salt air.

In any case, I have an appointment to take the Aliner into the shop Monday to have the wiring on the new water heater hooked up.  I should have it back by mid week.

And then we will go camping.

New Water Heater, Storage & Tatted Cat

Aliner under bed storage

Aliner underbed storage. The three drawer chest was taken out to allow easier access for the new water heater installation.

We got the old water heater out of the Aliner and the new one slid into place today.  That part was an easy job.

The difficult part was prying the mounting collar off the old unit and getting the old sealant off it.

We ran out of daylight on our project, so Ron taped plastic over the hole in the trailer.  And we are taking turns scraping the old sealant off the mounting collar tonight.  We are almost to the stage where GooGone spray gel will work.

View of right side storage

This photo shoes the shoe space in front of the converter, a clothes basket, with additional storage beside it.

Then tomorrow I’ll prime and paint it, and we can finish the installation.

I thought you might be interested in seeing a picture of our under bed storage since we have the bed boards and mattresses out until the water heater installation is complete.

All the space on the left is storage, except for the small area where my three stage smart charger and solar controller are mounted.  The controller is on that side because the plugin for my solar panel is on the exterior on that side.  The smart charger is there because that’s where the RV shop put it!

The rear right houses the water heater and water tank.  Next is the converter, which has space for shoe storage in front of it.  Then there is space for Ron’s clothes basket and a plastic box that holds toilet chemicals and such.  And in winter, the little ceramic heater fits in front of the plastic box.

tatted cat

Tatted kitty kat

Last night I worked on tatting an angel.  I started over four times before finally recognizing that the pattern was too advanced for me.  So I switched to a kitty.  The original pattern is by Nancy Taylor at Be-stitched.com.  But her pattern was for an elegant Aristokitty, and I wanted a more ordinary looking cat.  So I used the body and tail part of the pattern, eliminated the chops, and made the head a little bigger.

The fan and kitty will be used on a purse for my granddaughter.  I need to tat one more motif, then I plan to make some pretty beaded edging for it.  I’ll post a picture when it’s completed.

Camper back from the shop

I finally caught up posting our Florida trip, so am back in real time now.

The camper was in the shop for 8 days getting the water heater repaired, but we got it back today.   Parts for a Suburban water heater are expensive!  But what really matters is that we have hot water again.

I feel like some essential part of me is missing when the camper isn’t here.  And I feel complete again when it’s parked home where it belongs.  Funny how a “thing” can be so important to me.  I think it’s because it represents the freedom to go anywhere I want, whenever I want to.

We plan to head out to West Point Lake COE campground in a few days and do some fishing.  First we have a doctor and dental appointment… then it’s camping again.  Hurrah!

Ron and I are happiest when we are camping together.  I think the reasons are that we really have fun together while we are out.  We are a lot more active.  We usually camp in beautiful surroundings.  And we love being around the best people in the world — other campers!

Rainy Night in Georgia

We had planned to spend a few days fishing at Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park after we left Florida.  We arrived at the campground on Thursday, April 8th.

Rainy night in Georgia

Rainy view from our window

We only make reservations when it’s absolutely essential, preferring to stay flexible about where and when we go.

This was one time it didn’t pay off.  We didn’t realize this was spring break weekend, and every campsite was booked solid Friday through Sunday.

Also, while we were here, our water heater went on the blink.  It would light and stay lit a short while, then would go out, but the propane wouldn’t shut off.  So after relighting it and smelling propane very strongly and having the propane detector go out twice, we finally realized we were’t going to have hot water the rest of this trip.

It’s not a big deal for Ron, as he likes using campground showers.  They are much bigger and the water pressure is better.  But I like showering in the trailer, because it’s cozy, I know it’s clean, and everything I need is in easy reach.  In fact, having a bathroom and shower is the main reason I wanted this model Aliner.

So I took a cat bath with Wet Wipes.

Rained in, we spent the evening reading, surfing, and doing crosswords.

We left fairly early the next morning for home.

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