Hi all! I'm a new owner of a 27 foot '75 Overlander with a rear bedroom. She's pretty much completely original, and excepting a leak at the water heater and the fridge not working at all, everything seems to work- everything I've tested so far at least.
I am pretty green, and if it matters, a single female; but am handy and technically inclined, own my own tools, and usually know when I shouldn't do something myself. I'm preparing to full time in her, but have some time before I need to be moved in and using all the systems full time. Since I will be by myself on the road, I definitely want things set up properly but sometimes that's a hard thing to discern amongst all the well meaning advice.
So...the plumbing. Got the sewer connection done. Actually the overeager gentlemen at my RV lot did... with PVC pipe, but that's ok. I know how to undo that and put on the right stuff. The problem seems to be with the city water connection. The pipe is smaller than a standard garden/potable water hose connection- it's 3/4 of an inch while the hose is 5/8. My helpers were stumped. They taped a hose to it while I was inside "to test it"... and blew off a small hose under the bathroom sink. More easily fixed than my too short electrical hose that was cut and 'spliced' to another instead of waiting for me to get an extension....
...tightening the hose clamp, I resolved to repair it myself before they came back.
I thought it wouldn't be hard to find a coupler to let me connect them anyway, but it appears I was wrong. I now have a large but useless collection of hose couplers and repair kits, but still no water. Yesterday the RV lot owner showed up with an ancient piece of plumbing he thought might work and spent 10 minutes haranguing me (again) about how useless the water pressure regulator I'd connected to the water hose was, and got upset with me for asking him to show me the part before putting it on...so I'd like to try and find the right part before he finds whatever he's looking for.
After I get the water connected, what next? How do I flush the system and ensure it's all clean/working?
What hidden places do I need to look at, and how do I get to them, to look for leaks?
Is there, somewhere in the overwhelming amount of great info here, instructions on how to flush out your fresh, grey, and black water tanks when first coming into possession of an older trailer?
First steps with the toilet, testing the pump(s)?
Also, I haven't found any tanks inside the trailer, and none are visible underneath. Are they embedded in the flooring? How do I get a look at them to see if they are in good order? I know no one here can account for modifications by the original owner- but I will say that everything appears to be factory in my rig, right down to the gold rubber shower curtain and the bathroom sink hair trap.
Yes, I will post pictures....