Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Another Leaky Water Pump

Jim was on the phone with a friend last night, and she suggested we post something to the blog on a daily basis. My response was that our life just wasn’t that interesting, so Charlotte, I’m blaming this one on you!

In the middle of watching Angels and Demons with Tom Hanks ( a very good movie, by the way), we started hearing a beeping sound. I thought it was something in the movie, but Jim paused the DVD and the sound continued. Of course, it was our trusty water leak detector under the bed by the water pump. I being the optimist in the family was hoping it was just a loose connection, but Jim was sure it was another pump failure. Of course, he was right. The fittings were dry but the actual pump itself was leaking. The leak detector was the best $15 we’ve ever spent. In fact we should probably get a couple more for under the sinks, as we had a small drip from the cold water pipe under the kitchen sink a couple days ago that I found by accident.

We had a spare Shurflo model 4008, which was a replacement for the other 4008 that leaked on October 19th. Luckily after 5 pump replacements in less than 5 months we have gotten pretty good at this. What we forgot about last night was that we always drained the fresh water tank before removing the old pump. Since we have no hookups here, we didn’t want to have to drive off and get water in the dark, so I managed to hold my thumb over the tube coming out of the water tank and Jim quickly removed and replaced the other pump without too much spillage. And the whole process took about 15 minutes. We ought to have it down to 10 or less if we keep getting all this practice.

Jim is going to try and get a replacement pump FedExed from Shurflo while we are here. It makes us really nervous now that we have no spare. The saga continues!

We drove down to Cattail Cove State Park yesterday, which is about 10 miles south of Lake Havasu City. Thought it might be a place we would stay and they have water and electric. What a disappointment!  The sites were close together, not on the lake, and no views. Really a depressing looking campground, although we hiked one of the trails and it was very nice. These photos are from the hike. There was a huge private RV park next to the state park that was even worse. Don’t know if we’ve ever seen sites so close together, but it was nearly full. Not our idea of a relaxing place to spend the winter.

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  1. Another water pump leak? Wow, your rig is giving Odyssey a run for her money in the Most Repaired category!

  2. Luckily the replacements are still under warranty. We want you two to keep of the good work in this unofficial competition.

  3. *Sigh* I DREAM of warranties, but alas, they are just that, dreams.

    Love the cat picture on the latest post! They look so peaceful.