Yesterday I went on Facebook and shared our troubles. For those who didn’t see it, I’ll bring you up to speed.
The flusher on our toilet broke and the ball that covers the hole to the black tank is stuck in the open position. Yuck.
We called Airstream, who referred us to a Dometic authorized dealer in the area. The dealer said they could take us today but they didn’t actually have the part to fix our problem and it would need to be ordered and that could take up to a week.
I called our dealer in Oregon figuring we could move our existing appointment and hustle up there to get it fixed on Monday. They said they were booked for the next few weeks.
We made a few more calls and the consensus was, we’d have to either have to wait in Reno or we could stay on our schedule and keep our appointment in Oregon (which is, at the time of this writing 17 days away).
We discussed ways to live with the problem, and decided we were tough enough and we would stick to our schedule.
So we bought a 2 pound exercise ball, (the squoosh and the weight fits nicely in the hole) and wrapped it in saran wrap. When we need to use the toilet, we pull the ball out using the extra saran wrap, then place it on a paper plate. When we’re finished, we pour a little water down the bowl keeping it clean and then put the ball back in place.
We’re occasionally spraying the area with Lysol disinfectant and changing the saran to keep things as clean as possible.
It isn’t that bad. The middle of the night isn’t great since we have to turn on the light, but it really isn’t that bad.
Brian suggested that maybe we should keep it this way. Haha. Funny.
Dinner Last Night:
Tortellini Pasta Salad. We’ve had this before. Delish.
2013 Cost of Camping:
37 nights paid camping
99 nights free camping
136 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $699.58
Daily average cost of camping: $5.14