This is Not Glamping!

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

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  • Reply Van-Tramp May 17, 2013 at 8:29 am

    And you are getting some exercise to boot 🙂

  • Reply robin May 17, 2013 at 9:35 am


    • Reply Santa Barbara Mary and David May 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Oh, no! It brings to mind my recent conversation with Jesse, a mechanic at the new Airstream of Los Angeles. When I remarked that I wished for a “porcelain throne,” he cautioned that our 2010 model plastic toilet was a lot easier for them to repair.

      On the kitchen (and lighter) side of life, Mary suggested this morning that I start using your dinner recipes. She’s not only thinking of the healthy nature of your cuisine but also its “small footprint’s” impact on our world.

      And on to yet another note, this re: your search for a proper office environment in your Airstream. Have you got room for a treadmill . . . LOL!

      • Reply Leigh May 17, 2013 at 10:48 am

        The porcelain is really nice. Thom at Sutton said it was likely the valve and made it sound like it wasn’t a big deal. Cross fingers.

        I would love a treadmill work station!

    • Reply Leigh May 17, 2013 at 10:51 am

      For our non-rving friends, I know it’s kind of gross.

      For those that are in RV’s, I hope it never happens to them but if it does maybe they might remember this post and find it helpful.


  • Reply amanda May 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I am impressed by your ingenuity!

  • Reply John and Pam Wright May 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    You two are so clever!! What a great idea! Our flapper got stuck open one night at 9:30. Luckily, John was able to fix it. Good luck with your new flush system!!

    Great dinner idea!! That’s what we are having tonight since it is 5:24 and we aren’t even home yet. Thanks for the idea!! I have all the ingredients.

  • Reply Mary May 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

    What a great temp fix! I would have never thought of that. Our toliet is broken as well. Right now we have to water in the bowl when used.

  • Reply Nan and John May 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    We had the same problem. It was a broken spring and John was able to install a new one from Camping World.

    • Reply Leigh May 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Wow – You got lucky!!

  • Reply Kate May 24, 2013 at 5:27 am

    I just discovered your blog, and you’re giving me hope that we can full-time someday! 🙂

    The second time we had a problem with the toilet, I refused to even attempt to fix it. We ripped out the whole system and installed a composting toilet. So much easier to deal with. 🙂

    • Reply Leigh May 24, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Hi Kate! Thanks for commenting.

      We never had a problem with our first Airstream. It’s not fun (10 days until it gets fixed), hopefully it’s not chronic problem!

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