The past two weeks have felt much more seasonable. Days where it rains more than it doesn’t, and there have even been a few nights where it got below freezing. Luckily it hasn’t been the same degree of below freezing as Kansas, I left my fresh water faucet on a bit and the gray tank open and had no issues.
But it’s still cold enough to where I need my hot water heater to be functioning in order to take a shower, and it isn’t. Well, it might be, it’s complicated. Up until now I’ve never needed to use it because I’ve always stayed at campgrounds with bath houses. When warm water was needed for washing dishes, it could be heated up on the stove.
My older Casita is equipped with one of those water heaters that is strictly propane only. Using propane exclusively isn’t a problem in my eyes, in fact when I finally get out for some boondocking it’ll conserve my battery power. But since it doesn’t even have an electric starter that means going outside and manually lighting the pilot when I want hot water. After getting all of the air out of the line it’s lighting easily enough, but being able to physically see the flame, I’m thinking it doesn’t quite look right.
Let me stop right here and say that after having spent nearly nine months living in a RV, I can now safely say what my least favorite thing about it is. It’s not all that extra length when towing. Nor is it hooking up, unhooking and setting up, or backing up. It’s not the limited amount of space, the lack of insulation, storage, or the higher rate of pest problems. It’s having to do all the fixes. I’m not a fixer-upper kind of person at all. I’m learning how to do this stuff out of necessity because I enjoy the other aspects of being a RVer, but I don’t like to do it and I’m not very gifted at it.
So to overcome my lack of knowledge on the subject and get boost of confidence, I’ve enlisted the online help of the good people at one of the Casita groups I’m a part of with pictures and descriptions of the burner flame and I have a few simple things to try on my own before I ‘pull in the big guns’ and take Cas back to a shop to get it looked at professionally.
I gotta say that having a community of people who have the same kind of RV to ask questions of is an extremely valuable asset, and for all you future RVers out there I can’t recommend joining a group for the type of RV you end up buying enough. I mean really, RVing is complicated enough as it is and it’s impossible to learn everything before you start.
On occasion it might seem like I have it all figured out, but that’s only because I tend not to post the “how do I” questions here on IO. You all get the ‘how to’ articles after the fact. It’s the Casita communities I went to when I needed to change the anode rod, when I had the leaky rivet that needed replacing, and how I decided which type of weight distribution hitch was going to work best.
Even as a solo RVer, you don’t have to learn the ins and outs of the lifestyle alone these days when you can hop online. You’ll find plenty of RVers happy to lend their experience and expertise to an issue. Or if getting online isn’t an option (due to poor campground WiFi reception perhaps, ahem), I’ve found that RVers in general are a friendly and helpful lot, and I’ve gotten plenty of help along the way from my neighbors in the various parks I’ve stayed at. Help is never far away, as long as you can gather up the courage to ask.
And as always, I welcome questions or comments on RVing if you have any. It may take me some time to respond to longer e-mail questions, but I do get to them all eventually!
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Oh, and for any who are wondering after my last post, yes my eye is fine. I got a bit of something in it while I was at work on Sunday and had to go to the emergency room when I was unable to get it all out myself. It wasn’t really an emergency, more of an urgent care thing but those aren’t open on Sundays as it turns out.
After it being stuck in my eye for hours, just as the doctor was coming in to see me it came out of course, but there was still an abrasion on my cornea to deal with. I got to wear an eye patch and play pirate for the rest of Sunday and was prescribed some antibiotic eye drops. With no pain, discomfort, or signs of infection I can only guess that it is healing up fine. Never a dull moment around here.