We were able to get an appointment on short notice yesterday with Airstream Adventures Northwest in Portland, which is 30 minutes from where we are camping at Champoeg State Park vs. driving an hour and a half back to Sutton RV in Eugene.
Non-RVer’s if the subject didn’t send you away, you probably won’t be interested in the following details. RVer’s on the other hand might find what we learned useful.
It turns out we had a lot of calcium build-up on both sides of the seal in our toilet. The seal itself was disintegrating and the calcium had created small divots in the ball that covers the hole. So even if we replaced the seal, we’d still have a problem due to the divots.
My first thought was wow, I can’t imagine that we have that much calcium in our diets. But then Brian and the service guy pointed out that the water in places like Vegas is very high in calcium. I guess I knew that, since you can actually see deposits on the outside of our trailer near the water heater.
Dometic doesn’t cover calcium damage in it’s warranty, and a new ball assembly is basically the same price as a new toilet. The dealer happened to have a porcelain toilet with a sprayer (which I’ve been coveting, since our old toilet didn’t have a sprayer), so we had it installed.
The big take-away is that Dometic recommends cleaning the toilet regularly with vinegar to avoid calcium deposits.
Dinner Last Night:
Last night we met up with George & Lisa for dinner in Portland. More on that tomorrow.
2013 Cost of Camping:
50 nights paid camping
107 nights free camping
157 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $1,059.08
Daily average cost of camping: $6.75