The Constipated Black Tank – I Learned About RVing From That

The Constipated Black Tank – I Learned About RVing From That

In some eighteen years of RVing with various vehicles, I’ve never had a tank refuse to give up its contents.  I’ve had valves stick and valves break, but I’d never had a valve get plugged up. We had been set up in a nice RV Park in Naples, Florida, for six days when I thought it’d be prudent to dump the black tank.  I have one of those clear sections you see in the RV catalogs attached to the tank outlet, with the drain hose attached to that.  The idea is so you can see the flow, especially when rinsing the waste tank. I pulled the valve handle and saw just a little ‘stuff’ slide through the clear section, and then – nothing.  I pushed the valve handle back in and then pulled it back out again.  Still nothing.  Oh...

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I Learned About RVing From That: Watch That First Step

I Learned About RVing From That: Watch That First Step

I got my first non-tent camping unit in 1994 – a used slide-in truck camper – and have had seven more RVs of various kinds since then, so I’ve been at this for a while. Over the years I’ve learned a thing or three about RVing, often the hard way. In the hope of keeping you from making the same mistakes, I’m periodically writing about some of my experiences. Many towable-trailer manufacturers build units with two doors. Usually, one is near the living area and the another off a bedroom. My first brand new unit – a Rockwood – had two doors and that was quite a novelty to me. But we nearly always used the aft door from the living area whenever we accessed the trailer because that was where we spent most of our time when on the road. However,...

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I Learned About RVing From That – Do It Yourself Repairs

I Learned About RVing From That – Do It Yourself Repairs

I got my first non-tent camping unit in 1994 – a used slide-in truck camper – and have had seven more RVs of various kinds since then, so I’ve been at this for a while. Over the years I’ve learned a thing or three about RVing, often the hard way. In the hope of keeping you from making the same mistakes, I’m periodically writing about some of my experiences. My first (and only) motorhome was eighteen years old in 1997 when I acquired it for five-thousand dollars cash. I’d actually been in it before when a friend borrowed it for several of us boys to go to central Florida for an aviation event. It got us there and back so I felt pretty confident buying it a couple of years later. Besides, it belonged to a good friend’s sister-in-law...

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I Learned About RVing From That – Blocking The Tires

I Learned About RVing From That – Blocking The Tires

    I got my first non-tent camping unit in 1994 – a used slide-in truck camper – and have had seven more RVs of various kinds since then, so I’ve been at this for a while. Over the years I’ve learned a thing or three about RVing, often the hard way. In the hope of keeping you from making the same mistakes, I’m periodically writing about some of my experiences. When I bought my first brand new travel trailer in 2002, I was excited to take it on the road so we decided to head south to St. Augustine for Thanksgiving. Not quite realizing how long a drive that would be, we didn’t arrive until after dark. Let me just say – setting up after dark sucks. The back-in spot we were assigned had a slope to the rear with the edge of a...

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I Learned About RVing From That: Winter Preparation

I Learned About RVing From That: Winter Preparation

When we bought our first new and more up-to-date travel trailer, it came with a whole-house water filter – the first time we had had one. It was located under the queen-size bed in the front of the unit, right next to the fresh water reservoir and the 12-volt water pump. After the first winter of owning it, we loaded up for a three-hour trip to Charlotte to attend a trade show. We arrived at the RV park and got set up. The last thing I connected was the water hose, and then I walked over to the park office. After a few steps, an odd noise made me pause and look around. Looking back over my shoulder I saw the source of the sound – water was pouring out from underneath the front end of the trailer right under where the water reservoir was located. I sprinted...

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