Why Spring Prep is Important

I mentioned that I did the spring prep on the trailer the other day.

But, after I posted that, I discovered a slow drip from the sewer valves. Not a place one wants to see a leak!

Closer examination revealed that it was, at least, from the grey side, not the black side. So, that’s slightly better news.

Yet further examination revealed that while water was dripping from the valve, it was collecting further up the drain line. That was odd.

So, I jacked up the back of the trailer and found that the 1-1/2″ grey line had split its entire length! Looks like a manufacturing flaw to me.

A quick trip to a local home improvement store for a length of new 1-1/2″ ABS and two flexible couplers, and here’s the repair:

Ignore the unsightly factory-wiring for the grey tank sensors there.

If you ever find yourself needing to repair some ABS lines, your grey tank probably uses 1-1/2″ (ID) ABS. You can use the 1-1/2″ to 1-1/2″ flex-coupler to connect pipes together, or you could even use the 1-1/2″ to 2″ flex-coupler to connect a pipe to the larger outer diameter of other unions, as I did here.

By the way, here’s the actual drain line after I cut it out of the trailer:

The split is not the white line that you see, but the very faint black line to the right of it. And, because it’s along the entire length of the pipe, I suspect it was a manufacturing flaw.

Total repair cost, including the gallon of diesel fuel to get there and back: $18

Getting Ready for the 2014 Camping Season

We’re chomping at the bit to get out for a camping trip. We’ve reserved a site at St. Vrain next weekend as our first trip of the season. The overnight in the driveway, tonight, doesn’t count, does it?

This week, I installed some seat covers, transferred the brake controller from Twuck, and tested the wiring harness. I also installed and adjusted a new shank for the Eaz-Lift hitch as the hitch needed to be lowered about three inches.

This morning, we took the trailer for a little drive to see how it behaves behind UPGRAYEDD, then decided to take it for a little longer drive up the interstate and ended up stopping for lunch while we were out.

When we got home, I did a few more tweaks to the Eaz-Lift and put the WD bars on. I really prefer to have the weight shifted a bit further forward than where it was. I’m sure it’ll take a few adjustments to get it the way I like it.

Next on the list was to prep the trailer for the season. Typically, that’s just a matter of opening everything up, sanitizing the potable system, running the appliances, and checking and repairing anything that was left from last season.

I’ll also need to remove the old bumper sticker that I had made for the trailer as it doesn’t really seem fitting anymore because UPGRAYEDD is two feet longer than the trailer.

So, what’s the sticker?

At the time, the tow vehicle was a 15 year-old Nissan Pathfinder behind a full-height, full-width travel trailer.

Of course, when we upgrade to the Heritage Glen T300BH that we like, we’ll need to come up with another humorous sticker.

Can’t Leave Well-Enough Alone…

I’m one of those people who give nicknames to vehicles.

I had an old 1983 sedan that we named Christine because of all manner of strangeness with the engine.

My motorcycle is named “The Wee Star“.

My last Chevy truck — a 4×4 with no muffler and a big 350ci V8 — Beast.

The Pathfinder, because it actually pulled all of the things that I’ve asked it to: “The Little Pathfinder That Could”. Though it’s short name is Twuck.

Daisy asked yesterday if we should name the new truck.

“I suppose.”

“What should we name it?”

I thought for a moment, “UPGRAYEDD!”


“Spelled thusly. With two D’s, for a double-dose of his pimping.”

For those that don’t quite grok the reference, please see the movie, Idiocracy.