Ordinary weekend, ordinary repairs
The camping season has re-opened here in the Ozarks (far to hot and humid to go
anywhere during the summer), and I pulled Clayton out of mothballs over the weekend.
We had a very nice couple of days down at Roaring River State Park in extreme
southeast Missouri. The weather was delightful, the campground was not crowded, we
took our tandem bike down to Pea Ridge Battlefield both Sat. and Sun., and enjoyed the
Other than that, it was just the usual things: A few hours after setting up camp I noticed
the water pump coming on for a moment every 15 minutes or so; I knew we had a leak
somewhere. With my long experience at this sort of thing it took only a few minutes to
track down a loose hose clamp on the outlet side of the water pump. Four or five hours
later, it started up again. Further investigation revealed a slight leak from the water
heater tank. Counting on it holding up for the weekend, we coped by turning off the
water pump unless it was needed. As I was hitching up, we noticed water driping
underneath the holding tanks. The grey water tank had sprung a leak.
Once back a home, I discovered the clamp holding the kitchen drain to the grey water
tank had worked completely off. And the weld on the threaded inlet on the water heater
tank had split. The tank is off at the welding shop (aluminum tank - not everyone does
aluminum welding). The clamp is back on the grey water tank (I hope that was where
the water was coming from!), and Iíll put the water heater back in this weekend.
Oh, and we discoved why the heat strip in the AC unit has never worked for us - broken
All in all, a fairly normal outing.