I know it has been awhile since I last wrote a blog post. Life has gotten kinda crazy. I have wanted to keep up with this a lot more than my schedule has allowed. But I’m back!
In November I went to visit friends in California for a week. A day or two before I was scheduled to come home my husband messaged me telling me we had no hot water. After some fiddling around with the hot water heater it came back on for just a day. Then the day I was coming home I got another text telling me it was out again. Of course all I wanted to do after a night of traveling on a plane was take a nice hot shower. That of course didn’t happen.
Michael and I spent a good part of the day after I got back googling the crap out of what could be wrong with the water heater. One of the things that every blog or website spoke about was this anode rod. I had been told about changing it by my neighbor when I lived in California. Michael pulled the one we had out to look at it and this is what we found.
Yeah. We had the same reaction. Apparently this rod needs to be replaced every 2 years. Or else it ends up looking like this. So if your curious what it is supposed to look like here it is.
So we replaced this rod hoping that would do the trick. We tried the hot water again and nothing. Still freezing cold. So we decided to break down and call the nearest mobile RV repair center. They were able to come out the next day. Mind you this is Thursday morning that they came to the rig and I got in Wed morning and neither me nor Michael had a shower since Tues.
After some searching and coming up with nothing the repair man asked us to remove the panel that covered the cords, hot water heater etc in the basement of the RV. When he pulled the panel off he immediately saw what the problem was. There was half an inch of water on the flooring, exactly where the plug for the hot water heater was installed. Now don’t ask me why the idiot RV manufacturer decided to put an outlet on the FLOOR right under the bathroom but they did. Here is what he showed us after turning off the power and taking out the outlet.
All I can say is that it’s a miracle that the RV didn’t catch on fire! I could have lost everything including my family.
So after some further investigation the RV repairman discovered the water was coming from a crack in the shower floor. The problem just got a lot bigger. First the repairman thought it was a leak from the pipe. He went to replace that but couldn’t get the pipe out because the screw was so tight so he had to cut it out. Of course he didn’t have replacement pipe with him to finish the job because he didn’t realize this was the problem until he got out there. So he went back to the store to get more piping. He investigated further when he came back and that is when he discovered the crack in the shower floor. So the next day, yet another day without a shower, we had the fiberglass repair guy come out and repair the flooring.
This was terrific and all except for the fact that it had to sit for at least 24 hours before the RV repairman could drill into it t make a new drain hole and attach the new plumbing. And not to mention this was a Friday all this happened. The RV repairman informed us he wouldn’t be able to come back to finish his portion of the repair until mid-day Monday. Ugh….Another almost 3 days of no shower? That’s now going on 6 days. We already felt so gross at this point. Thankfully our neighbors learned about our situation and allowed us to use their shower to clean up.
Monday came and the RV repairman came around noon to finish up our shower repair. One of the concerns Michael and I had about this costly repair was having it happen again. The repairman had said “just try to not step on the drain so it doesn’t crack again”. I asked Michael “how on earth will we do that? Have you seen how small our shower is?” Thankfully he had already come up with a solution. The fix was to get a teak wood shower floor mat that fit over the entire area of the shower floor. After some searching on google I finally found one that would completely cover the floor surface. It cost $150 and I found it on Overstock. We just had to cut it a bit to fit it exactly to the shape of the shower floor. I think it looks great. Ironically I had actually mentioned this idea to Michael a long time ago (although he won’t admit it now) and he vetoed the idea saying we didn’t need to spend the money and it wouldn’t serve any purpose. Guess he was wrong on that one. No worries, I got an apology out of him and he admitted I was right which of course every woman loves to hear, lol.
We wound up paying $750 for the work but I was very impressed with the RV repair company as well as the fiberglass repair guys. It wound up costing more than I had hoped but less than I had planned on.
Do you have an RV horror story? Want me to share it? I am thinking of doing a blog post on that subject but I need stories to put in it. So if you have one send me an email. I’d love to add it to my post and share it with my readers!