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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Drip, Drip

Water.  The liquid enemy of RVs.  Regular close inspections of the roof, windows and other seams is what I do to keep that water where it belongs.  Outside.

Thankfully, Marti has good hearing.  This afternoon she heard a drip, drip sound inside the Journey.  Not good.  Especially when it was a nice dry and sunny day.  That means an internal leak somewhere.

I began my exploration to find the source of the noise.  Looking all around the inside, we didn’t find a single wet spot anywhere, yet we continued to hear the dripping.  So I looked outside.

Yep, there was a huge puddle under the Journey, right under the refrigerator panel.  Opening up the storage compartment underneath the panel revealed water pouring in from above and the water level had flooded the compartment right up the the door lip.

I pulled a coin out of my pocket and opened the fridge panel and found water shooting out from the white plastic ice maker feed line.  I quickly turned off the water from the campground faucet and investigated. 

I removed the water line brass fitting and inspected the plastic water line, there didn’t seem to be any cracks or holes in the line.  Hmm.

I reinstalled the plastic water line, making sure the fitting was tight.  Turning on the water showed that there was no further leak.  The fitting had just loosened up, probably from vibration or hot/cold weather over the years.  Tightening it up solved the problem.

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Thankfully, it was a cheap repair.  The cleanup, however is a different story.  I removed all the gear stored in the compartment and broke out my handy little shop vac.

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I vacuumed out all the water and place a bucket in the compartment to catch the last few drips.

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I’ll have to let the compartment dry for a day or so before I replace all the gear.  One quick, cheap fix that could have been much worse had it not been for Marti’s sharp ears!  :c)

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.

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17 comments:

  1. Good catch, Marti. Glad you were able to get it taken care of quickly.

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  2. I hope my comment didn't go through more than once. It didn't seem to be working when I hit publish because the little wheel didn't spin, so I hit publish about 7 more times. Sorry, hope I didn't overdo it!

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  3. With my hearing , I would have only found out when my shoes were soaked:(

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  4. Good job to Marti. Water leaks are probably my biggest fear. They can show their ugly head far from the point of leak.

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  5. Even with my hearing aides I would not have heard it, good for Marti.
    Nice save for sure.

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  6. Good job on finding the problem and solving it. Now a quick PDD trip out to the desert for a few days should dry it up nicely. :-)

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  7. I'm glad you were able to locate the source, thanks to Marti's great hearing.

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  8. Marti needs to hire out to detect these annoyances and then she needs to hire you out to fix them all!

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  9. Yay, Marti! Water leaks are not fun :)

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  10. Water leaks are the worst! What a way to spend your Easter afternoon :( Glad everything worked out though.

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  11. Oh boy! Good thing Marti heard that drip when she did.

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  12. Good thing you heard it. Happy Easter.

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  13. Ugh, I hate hearing sounds like that and not knowing what they are or where they hail from. Sometimes I just turn the tv up louder.

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  14. April 8, 2015

    last November Bonnie and I could have used Marti’s hearing as our water leak was at the stub up to connect refrigerator water to the rig. We had changed from a “site job” to a RV park “higher water pressure” after a trip of one-hundred-twenty miles.

    Maybe we need a plan of checking these fittings, time or trip.

    George

    http://busterstravelsgeo-bon.blogspot.com

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  15. Sometimes following the noise isn't easy

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