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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Surviving The Time-Share Pitch

Surviving The Time-Share Pitch

Many of you have probably sat through a time-share presentation. Some of you may have bought a time-share. I imagine a lot of you who bought one are perfectly happy with it. But I’ve mostly heard about those of you who aren’t happy. And who want to get out of their time-share, but can’t. There are even time-share resale brokers out there. So, we weren’t in the market for a time-share, but we agreed to listen to the pitch in exchange for a three-night stay at a two-bedroom condo in Williamsburg, Virginia, for $189 plus tax. A nice deal for roomy comfortable accommodations in that historic area. We had seen this ‘vacation’ offer at a home show in Raleigh. Of course, the pitch at the home show and the reality we found at the actual...

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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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Celebrity Caribbean Cruise – Part One: En Route

Celebrity Caribbean Cruise – Part One: En Route

As usual, with pleasure comes a bit of pain. Well, that’s what I hear anyway. In this case, to get to a cruise one must suck it up for the airport/airline experience. We were booked to Ft. Lauderdale on Southwest, mostly because of lower airfare and free bags, of which we had three. But there is the cattle call aspect of the whole thing. If you haven’t flown Southwest, know that there are no reserved seats, just boarding priority groups. You must line up next to numbered posts corresponding to your boarding priority group, i.e., A, B, C, etc. The higher your letter and accompanying number, the farther back in the aircraft you’ll sit and the less likely you’ll sit together if you’re traveling with someone. Of course, Southwest will...

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The Thrills of Covering and Storing the RV

The Thrills of Covering and Storing the RV

Doing things single-handedly seems to be a theme with me.  I’ve done everything from build sheds to cabinets to patio roofs solo simply because I’m impatient and don’t want to wait for someone else to show up and help.  Usually, everything works out alright, and putting the cover on the new RV recently was one of those occasions.  And, like other projects, it was not without its challenges. Right after I started pricing the model RV I wanted last Spring, I also began pricing custom RV covers.  I was tired of big unwieldy tarps and tangled up bungee cords.  I was sold on the look and full-side protection offered by actual covers designed for fifth-wheels.  So, I finally ordered one through Walmart online and it showed up at the Apex store...

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