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