One myth of fulltime RV life is that every day will be an amazing, not to be forgotten great experience. It is a free feeling lifestyle, for sure, but life still happens. You get sick, you still have to pay bills and stuff breaks. But don’t get me wrong, it is still a great way to live and we love it.
Recently, while I was recovering from my eye surgery, I had to take on a fix to the Journey’s sink drain. Our kitchen sink is in a slide and the drain has to be flexible. Well, something happened and the drain line lost its flexibility and broke off. I found out it had broken when I noticed a drip on the outside of the Journey. Drips are never good. Further investigation inside revealed this.
The plastic pipe got caught in the slide due to a broken plastic tie used to hold it in place and it snapped off.
I had to remove all the drawers under our cook top to gain access.
First job was to cut out the broken pieces of pipe to a smooth, square end and cut out the 90 degree elbow. I was able to make the cuts using just a hacksaw blade not held in the hacksaw frame.
Then off to a nearby Lowe’s for PVC pipe parts and glue. Care to guess how many trips we made to Lowe’s?
Next was to glue new couplings to the pipe ends and attach the new elbow.
Finally, after a quick measurement (twice) I cut the final piece of PVC pipe and glued it in place. I secured all the plastic water lines with new tie straps.
Now the line is all back in place. I just have to think up a better way of securing the flex part of the drain other than plastic ties so it won’t get caught again and break.
Knowing me, I just can’t seem to do a repair without spilling blood. Yep, scratched my arm on the drawer slides. I really know how to fix things using blood, sweat and tears.
As to how many trips to Lowe’s to complete the repair? A new record for me. Two! One to buy parts and one to return some of the unneeded ones. Now if I can just get it down to one visit, or better yet, drive the Journey to Lowe’s and do the repairs in the parking lot. That would count as one visit, right? ;c)
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