15-17 October; Rainy Days and Toilets Always Get Me down…

After experiencing the fantastic weather through 12 October, the past few days sure have been dreary.  Rain off and on, but the temperatures have been good.  We really are looking forward to this weekend when the sun is supposed to be out so we can get a good look at the remaining color in the trees.  The color is still vivid to the naked eye against the cloudy weather, but hard to see in photos, but in any case here are a few shots from Wednesday and Thursday.

Looking at the South end of our land across a corn field.

Looking at the South end of our land across a corn field.

A shot of the trees on our land.  We will get some more when the sun comes out.

A shot of the trees on our land. We will get some more when the sun comes out.

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We really want to spend some time out on the land after it dries up a bit to determine where we want to put a slab for the Coach. Below is a good shot of the almost sunset from Terri’s moms house:

We almost saw the sun!

We almost saw the sun!

Wed night we went out to eat at the HuHot Mongolian Restaurant in Rib Mountain with Terri’s sister Patti and Brother-in-law Rob.  It was a great meal, company and a great treat for Terri’s birthday from Pat and Rob.  On Thursday we stayed at the camp site and got some cleaning and other things accomplished.  Later that afternoon we got a fire going, and Terri’s Mom, Aunt Lois, Sister Julie and Brother-in-law Craig came for a visit and to check out our house.  It was great to spend some time around the fire and getting caught up again.

Tech Tip:  Today so far has been repair day!  Toilet repair day…yuck!  Actually it was not too bad.  I think I mentioned in a previous post that we have been experiencing a water leak from our SeaLand Technology Model 510 plus “Fine China Toilet.”  After taking some of the ornamental covers off, we were able to determine that it was the Vacuum breaker at the back of the toilet that was leaking.  After some research on the internet, we found out that SeaLand has been taken over by Dometic, and they still make parts for all of these units.  After getting quoted a rather large price for the replacement part, it was time for our fingers to do the walking and found a part on Amazon for a lot less than the manufacturer wanted.  We also decided it would be a good time to replace the teflon and rubber seal, since we would be breaking down the top half of the toilet to get to the vacuum breaker.  From previous research, we have learned that the seals tend to go bad after a few years, and if you ever break your unit down for some other reason, it is a good time to replace the seals, so we ordered them as well.  We ordered everything off of Amazon, and since we are Prime members, the parts were delivered to Terri’s mom’s house the next day.  About $60 for the Vaccum breaker and the seals.  Without hopefully too much graphic detail, here is what we went through.  The process really wasn’t bad, and took only about 40 minutes or so.  It sure helps when you have a wife that actually likes working on things that break down.  Terri really is quite handy, and is real good at finding tips and tricks on the internet as well.  Here are some photo’s of the process:

Here is the toilet on the pedestal with the ornamental parts removed.  Next step (after shutting off the water!) was to remove the metal band that holds the top of the toilet to the pedestal.

Here is the toilet on the pedestal with the ornamental parts removed. Next step (after shutting off the water!) was to remove the metal band that holds the top of the toilet to the pedestal.

These are the parts that had to be removed first.

These are the parts that had to be removed first.

Once the top half of the toilet, or the bowl was loose, we were able to lean it forward so we could get to the vaccum breaker and pull it out of the rubber seal at the back of the toilet.

Once the top half of the toilet, or the bowl was loose, we were able to lean it forward so we could get to the vacuum breaker and pull it out of the rubber seal at the back of the toilet.

This must have leaked before, and instead of fixing it correctly, someone put a ton of silicone all around the breaker.  What an extra mess that caused.

This must have leaked before, and instead of fixing it correctly, someone put a ton of silicone all around the breaker. What an extra mess that caused.

Having to remove all of the old siicone added several minutes to the job.

Having to remove all of the old silicone added several minutes to the job.

After removing the toilet top half, it was time to replace the seals.  There are two rubber seals that sit on top of a rotating ball that allows the "mess" to go into the black tank.

After removing the toilet top half, it was time to replace the seals. There are two seals (one rubber and one teflon) that sit on top of a rotating ball that allows the “mess” to go into the black tank.

New seals.

New seals.

New seals installed.

New seals installed.

New vacuum breaker and rubber gasket.

New vacuum breaker and rubber gasket.

New vacuum breaker installed to the plumbing and ready to be installed into the toilet.

New vacuum breaker installed to the plumbing and ready to be installed into the toilet.

Nice and shiny clean toilet ready to go back on.

Nice and shiny clean toilet ready to go back on.

Everything went back together quite nicely, and no more leak from the Vacuum breaker.  After a bit we checked it agin, and found another drip.  This appeared to be coming from the water valve and spring cartridge that is attached to the flush pedal.  We cleaned it up a bit, and tightened the hose connection and it seems fine now.  We will leave the ornamental pieces off for a couple of days to see whether or not we need to replace those parts as well.  All in all, not too bad.  Water in a RV where it is not supposed to be can be a killer.

We were going to replace our water filter as well, but we need to get some petroleum jelly first to lube the new seal.  Thought we had some, but guess not.  I mentioned the other day that we have had a leak that seems to be coming from the grill behind our fridge on the outside.  Any time it rains, I get water in the bay just below, and it is wet behind the fridge.  Last night we ran a bead of silicone just inside the access panel to see if that keeps the rain out.  The previous owner had an ice maker water line go bad and it flooded and rotted some of the wood above the bay.  I think that this caused the area to warp, and instead of moisture draining out, it was coming in.  Hopefully this will do the trick.  We will replace the entire area once our fridge stops working…these fridge’s tend to need to be replaced every 10-15 years, and we are close.

Time to get some laundry done, and then we are heading to Terri’s sister Julie’s new cabin at Summit Lake for the afternoon.  All in all, a productive day so far.

 

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