Jan 202013

Well, I whined, sniveled, wheedled, cajoled and even begged, but Greg White was being stubborn and wouldn’t come to Florida to fix our Splendide washer/dryer combo. So yesterday it was time to pull the unit out of its cabinet and to try to figure out why it was leaking.

RV manufacturers don’t make it easy to work on things and it was a tight fit, but we managed to pull the machine out and balance it on our bedroom steps. (Yes, we. What you thought I did it by myself? Don’t be silly. I was just there to help with the heavy lifting and to be Terry’s go-fer.)


The leak seemed to be coming from the drain pump, and once it was off, Terry took it apart. There is a plastic or rubber gasket, which was covered in gunk, but seemed intact. We called Greg, who was willing to give lots of free advice as long as he didn’t have to disrupt his life, leave his family, and spend his own money to drive 900 miles from Texas to Florida to come and do the job himself. (Yeah, he’s selfish, but I still put up with him.)

On Greg’s advice, after cleaning everything up and treating the gasket with 303 Protectant, we put the pump back together, reinstalled it, and gave it a test run. Darn, still leaking! So Monday I’ll make some calls and see if we can find a replacement gasket or another pump. Since a gasket kit is under $20 and a pump is about $125, we’ll try the gasket first if we can find one. I doubt we’ll be able to find one locally, so I’ll have it sent to the Orlando Thousand Trails Preserve, since we’re due to move back there Wednesday morning.

So, how can failure be success? Well, I was helping Miss Terry tear things apart and put them back together again, the heavy Splendide is back in the cabinet, and nobody lost any body parts, no blood was shed, and we’re still married! I’ll take my victories where I can find them.

By the time we got the machine put back in its cabinet and things cleaned up it was 9:30 PM and we had not had anything to eat all day. Terry made bacon and eggs for dinner, since it was quick and easy, and because sometimes breakfast makes the best dinner.

I’m not sure what’s on the agenda today, probably a trip to the campground’s laundry, since we couldn’t fix the washer/dryer. Then I may have to take Terry out for dinner, as hard as she’s been working.

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  5 Responses to “Sometimes Failure Can Be Success”

  1. Hey, what’s with those shirts in the closet? I have NEVER seen you guys in anything except Gypsy Journal T-shirts! 😉

  2. If you are speaking of the TT Orlando park in Clermont, we will be arriving there on the 25th for a 2 week stay. This is our first time in Florida … bumbling our way around … but I want to thank you for your mentions of various parks and areas. It has been very helpful. I also look forward to your mention of books and authors … always check them out … and I have enjoyed your Big Lake series. I am halfway through the 3rd. If you are in Clermont, and it is convenient, we would be pleased to say “Hello!”.

    Carol & Jeff Savournin

  3. Give Ladd a call on the Splendide tech line, ext.24. He is a great help and will walk Ms Terri through every step to determine the problem. Parts shipping is very fast. We have had to use him twice for different troubles.

  4. Hey, RV Rockefellar is that a CEDAR lined closet?

  5. So happy to hear that you did all the heavy lifting and shifting for Terry, and that you are both all in one piece, I had bad thoughts go thru my little brain of you actually trying to fix it. Glad also that it seems to be an easy fix for Terry. Hope your parts get in quickly. Most parks laundry centers are in good shape and are not expensive. I use them because I do not have a washer/dryer in the rig and since most parks frown on using them and here they are a big no because of our ancient septic system we have a great laundry. Stay safe

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