Seacocks and Spelunking

Jan 25

Seacocks and Spelunking

It’s a funny thing when you tell people you’re going to be RVing full-time. They tend to assume your life will now be margaritas on the beach 24/7. They think of the best times they’ve had in an RV, or, even more likely, the pictures they’ve seen in magazines, and they think that’s the lifestyle. Well, just like anything else in life, it’s part of the lifestyle. But there’s still regular old life that happens, too. Case in point: clogged toilets. This new Airstream of ours has a macerating toilet, which means it shreds up the “contents” of the toilet before it flushes them into the black water tank. I’m not sure why this is considered a useful feature. Perhaps one of you readers can tell me. But I will tell you this. The goddamn macerator gets clogged at the drop of a hat. Oh, this also means our toilet is an electric toilet and anytime the macerator has to strain in the tiniest bit it blows a fuse. Yes, you read that last line correctly: Our toilet regularly blows a fuse. You can buy special RV toilet tissue that’s quite expensive but promises to flush and break up easily. It’s pretty much tissue paper. We’d heard that any toilet paper that was labeled “septic safe” would work, so we bought a roll of “septic safe” Scott 2-ply. This was the first time we discovered what owning a macerating toilet was really all about.  It spun that “septic-safe” 2-ply paper into cotton rope and jammed up good. Learning that lesson, we reverted to regular ol’ Scott one-ply. Problem solved. Except, if you use too much it still sometimes blows a fuse. Now to last night: I was very tired and cleaning my face with a disposable face wipe.  I absent-mindedly threw it in the toilet and flushed. The toilet immediately made the loud buzzing/roaring sound that we now know means the macerator’s jammed. “What did you do this time?” Chris asked from the bed. Here’s some free marital advice: Never ask that question to your spouse. Ever. We went to sleep and figured we’d deal with it in the morning.  The Sealand 8100 Series MasterFlush™ manual says to clear...

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Leslie’s Book is FREE today on Amazon Kindle

Jan 25

Leslie’s Book is FREE today on Amazon Kindle

Leslie’s book, Peeling Mom off the Ceiling: Reclaiming Your Life From Your Kids is a funny, helpful book about stress-management. And through the rest of today (Jan 25th) it’s FREE on Amazon Kindle. Even if you don’t have a Kindle device, you can use Amazon’s free Cloud Reader to check it...

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Item #101

Jan 18

Item #101

A while back, our friends and fellow-Airstreamers Tiffani and Deke over at Weaselmouth took the 100 Thing Challenge (where they had to limit their possessions to 100 items.)  Chris and I aren’t nearly that brave (or crazy), but we’re gaining an appreciation for the need to keep the “stuff” to a minimum in such a small space.  There is, however, one item we think they, as full-time Airstreamers, need to add to their list.  Let’s call it “Item #101”: Have you seen the ads for this stuff? They’re quite silly and funny, and when people first hear of this product they think it’s a joke. I picked a bottle of it up at the local drugstore on Whidbey Island, mostly as a joke, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t work wonderfully. Full-time RVing is an intimate experience, to say the least.  You’re pretty much 24/7 with whomever you’re camping with, and if the place you’re camping doesn’t have restrooms (or they’re too far away or it’s pouring rain or whatever) then you’re gonna have to “lay down the law” in close quarters with your travel companions. You use Poo-Pourri before you go, spraying  a few spritzes into the bowl. That puts a layer of the product, which is mostly nice-smelling essential oils, down on the surface of the water. Any … erm … droppings that fall in afterward are immediately covered back up by the layer of oils. The smell can’t get out.  Then you flush and … it’s like you were never there. This is especially appreciated when the other inhabitant of your RV is sitting five feet away from you at the dinner table and trying to eat. Hang around RVers for any measurable amount of time and soon the topic will turn to toilets. I’m not kidding. You’ll be having poo conversations in no time. It’s kinda weird. But, you know, it makes for very quick bonding. I showed Tiffani and Deke our bottle of Poo-Pourri the very first night we met them. Did they waver? Hardly. “I think,” said Deke. “You just saved our...

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Greetings from Petaluma, CA

Jan 10

We just set up at the KOA campground here in Petaluma. The weather is lovely, the site is level and pretty, and we’ve got good strong Internet so we are very happy! Chris has been doing a fantastic job of writing and telling you how we’re doing. I’ll just wanted to step in and add that here on Day 10, we feel like we’re starting to get a better feel for things. One of the things we know to be true: Generally speaking, it’s nice to stay longer at places. The “cost” in time and effort of packing up, hitching the trailer towing for many miles, unhitching at our location, and setting up Internet needs to be amortized over a longer amount of time. “Towing Days” are pretty much good for just that, so you want to have some work/play/downtime to justify the schlep. One of the biggest concerns I had before this trip was about how our dog, Tiki, would do. She’s quite old (she’ll be 13 in about two weeks) with a lot of health problems and for the first ten years of her life we never took her anywhere.  Well, we’re happy to report that Tiki seems to think this trip is the best thing since sliced bread. She gets to be with us 24/7 (well, sometimes 23/7 … we’ve started venturing out for short trips without her) and smell new smells every few days. Life is good for Miss Tiki. Gotta go. Mac n cheese is almost...

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