My own personal handyman!

Every Sunday Dave runs the generator and the truck as part of his routine maintenance/upkeep/keeping the critters out of the engines. Last Sunday’s run turned that routine into a not-so-routine repair. 

As he was walking toward the control panel to turn off the generator we heard the sound of something getting caught in and being thrown around by the metal fan of the generator. So, Dave “calmly” runs over and shuts down the screaming machine and just as “calmly” goes outside to see what happened. What happened was: the wing nut that holds the metal air filter cover on rattled loose over time causing the cover to fall off and bounce into the fan only to get thrown around the compartment with enough force to destroy itself, the starting solenoid, the foam that covers the fan and the plastic piece that holds the foam over the fan. Luckily it didn’t get into the engine… So, we “calmly” go inside, get online and order the $40 dollar solenoid and continue on with our day. We got it in the mail the other day and Dave installed it yesterday and beat the air filter cover back into somewhat reasonable shape, it will be put back on with a bolt. So, for those of you in RVs with generators, you might want to occasionally check the wing nut on the air filter cover to make sure it hasn’t rattled loose…

So, that was yesterdays repair. Today’s repair was the toilet! 

Toilet parts and lots of tools in the hallway...probably not a good sign.
Toilet parts and lots of tools in the hallway…probably not a good sign.

Things wear out, it’s just the way of the world. In an RV, things seem to wear out often. This time, it was the seals and the flush ball in the toilet. Age and heavy minerals in the water (which are different at every park we go to) built up over time until the seals warped and the toilet no longer held water. Not a horrible thing but annoying, especially when it’s the water held in the bowl that keeps the smell of the septic tank out of the living space. It was actually a pretty easy repair (according to my personal repairman) and could have been done in about 2 hours if the repairman didn’t do any cleaning (which would probably not be done at a repair shop). It only took Dave an additional hour to scrape off the mineral deposits (and other nasty build-ups) from the sewage pipe so that the new flush ball wouldn’t get scraped up like the last one, that step alone should help the repairs last longer. And those same hands cooked our dinner as soon as he was done… 

We also replaced the toilet seat. The flimsy, plastic one that came with the RV was starting to degrade. We bought a regular house toilet seat for $20 at Lowe’s. It’s much sturdier than the original and looks really good. And it was about 1/2 the price of the direct replacement, $40 for another flimsy, plastic one. 

The toilet and generator parts we ordered from Best prices, our orders were accurate and arrived quickly. We’ve ordered from them a few times with no issues! 

Dizzy wasn’t allowed to supervise today…

Dizzy is so bored!
Dizzy is so bored!



2 thoughts on “My own personal handyman!

  1. You two amaze me!

    Thanks for the RV info. We will be hosting at Champoeg in October.
    This will give us a chance to watch a few granddaughter soccer games. Where are you in October?

    Woody is having carpel tunnel surgery on Sept 12th so we will be at Champoeg the 10-14th. He has the VA camping pass which is coming in real handy.

    1. Awesome! We’re taking October off to wander parts unknown.
      We will be sure to come find you at Champoeg during one of your stays 🙂

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