The Wet Spot

 Posted by at 2:48 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 182013

There you go again. Would you please get your mind out of the gutter? I’m talking about our water leak!

The other day I noticed that there was a small wet spot on the ground under our motorhome, and since it was near where the refrigerator is, I thought it might be condensation or something. But by yesterday it had grown considerably and I could see it dripping slowly. That’s not good.

Water Leak

As you can see from the photograph, there is a small tube that extends down right there, which is our fresh water drain if we want to empty our fresh water tank. At first I thought that was the problem, but a little investigation showed the tube was dry, and the water was seeping out of the top of our Shurflo water pump. In this picture, you can see where the black plastic front of the pump is held to the body. It is leaking where they come together. I imagine I can get a kit to rebuild the pump, but I’m pretty sure it’s original equipment, which makes it almost 14 years old. I think the better option is to just buy a new pump. They’re not all that expensive.

Water pump

Of course, this had to happen when the water is off here at the Verde Valley Thousand Trails, due to a broken water line. Timing is everything. Fortunately, the leak is pretty slow and I think (hope) we’ll be okay until I can find a new pump locally or they get the water back on. The fellow at the ranger station said they hope to have it fixed today. Of course, they said that yesterday, too. Sad smile  We are going to run over to Prescott today and I’ll pick one up while we’re there.

Yesterday afternoon Howard and Annette Morgan came by to visit for a while and we had a nice time talking about our RV travels and life on the road. They invited us to park at their place if we get to Pahrump, Nevada sometime. While they were here the ranger called to tell me a priority mail package had arrived for us and I drove up to the gate to pick it up. The Verde Valley Thousand Trails is located in a canyon with the RV sites at the bottom and the entrance and ranger station up on top. This is high desert country and we share it with the local wildlife. Driving back down to our motorhome after I picked up our mail, I came across about a five foot rattlesnake crossing the road. I don’t like snakes. Not even a little bit. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’d rather drive across a high bridge in my Winnebago than touch any kind of snake. But Miss Terry has taught me to live and let live, so I just shuddered and waited for it to get off the road before I went on my way. Besides, we’re not allowed to shoot anything in the campground.

A couple of days ago I told you about some free books a couple of my author friends are giving away. Here are some more, in case you need even more reading material. Molly Pendleton’s The Riddles of Hillgate is a fun easy-reading mystery that you’ll enjoy. For sci-fi fans, check out Randy Morris’ The Journal of Jacob and Hyde. Another good free science fiction e-book is Chris Ward’s The Tube Riders. If you are into horror stories and zombies and such, try Kellie’s Diary #1 by Thomas Jenner and Angeline Perkins. When it comes to mysteries, George Wier is an author whose style I really admire, and his The Last Call is free right now.

Not free, but currently reduced from $3.99 to just 99 cents until Sunday is Mona Ingram’s Full Circle, which is ranking very high in women’s fiction. Another excellent 99 cent book through the end of the month is Len du Randt’s end-times supernatural thriller The Son of Perdition. That ought to keep you in reading material for a while. If you like hearing about these freebies and low cost offers from my author friends, let me know and I’ll list some more in a few days. And please, once you’re read their books, leave them a review.

Thought For The Day – You know you’re broke when your bologna doesn’t have a first name.

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  6 Responses to “The Wet Spot”

  1. I sure appreciate Nick your giving us the free and 99 cent books for Kindles. I will try the mystery you suggested and John will read the sci-fi two. Thanks ! Of course, we will always like yours more!!

  2. Since you can not shoot the snakes where you are, just park the Explorer on top of them for a few minutes and then see if it will peel out when you are ready to move on. The Lord must have been having a really bad day when he created snakes, flies and cockroaches.

  3. Just took you up on your offer. What a great deal. And I too love the free books. My kindle reading material is ready for our trip next week with your seven book suggestion and all the freebies you mentioned.

  4. Nick, those pumps are simple. Just take it apart, and use Vaseline to lube the O-ring and parts nearby, after cleaning it all up first of course. I did mine 3 years ago when I had a similar leak and it’s been fine since. And my pump is nearly 20 years old.

    Good travels, Bud!

  5. In our almost 6 years of full timing, most of which was connected to campground water, we nonetheless went through 4 or maybe even 5 shurflo water pumps.

    Well, there are 4 of us, and we used a lot of water, I guess. Our supposedly 100 gallon fresh water tank would last 2 or 3 days, as long as we did not do any laundry…

    All of our water pumps were the “new” types with a sensor. The first time that we had to replace the pump, the guy who replaced it said that he had already seen 2 or 3 other “new” pumps with the sensor go out.

    At least a couple of the pumps that went out sounded like the bearings had gone out.

  6. Thank you for mentioning some free ebooks written by your friends. In addition to your Big Lake audio book series, I have downloaded their books so I always have something on my Kindle for entertainment. I appreciate it.

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