Today was Wash Day

That would be wash the camper day. I went and picked the camper up from the dealership yesterday after having it in for a problem with the hot water heater not lighting off on propane.  That is the second time in about two months that we have had that problem.  My gut feeling is that it will happen again on our next trip out.  I think there is a problem with the gas valve on the heater but they won’t replace it if they can fix the problem by blowing out the orifice on the gas supply line.

Bighorn Camper

Wash day for the camper

We’ve had the camper out several times to Medina, Texas at The Farm Country RV Park and have not been able to wash it.  Like most campgrounds, they will not allow washing of campers there so I have to bring it home and park it in the street in order to wash it.  It takes me a couple of hours to wash the camper since I always include the roof in the wash job.  I start on the roof and then work my way down and around the camper.  If I could get this thing through a car wash, it would be a lot easier! 

I know that it is not practical for everyone to get on the roof of their camper, but the roof needs to be cleaned several times a year at least.  Dirt is not good for the longevity of the rubber roof.  Keeping the roof clean also helps prevent those pesky black streaks on the side of the camper.

When I wash the camper, I use Gel-Gloss Wash and Wax cleaner.  It helps to keep the shine on the camper and makes it a little easier to get the bugs off the front.  I didn’t start doing this on the first camper that we had so I had a problem with the shine dulling and the bugs were tough to get off.  With this camper, I have always used the wash and wax and have had good luck with it.

I had a little problem coming down the ladder today.  When I get on the roof, I usually have to make several trips since I always forget something that I need.  Today was no different than any other day so I had to make a couple of trips.  On the first trip down I heard a loud pop.  I looked at the ladder and didn’t see anything different so I went on down.  When I came back to the ladder, I found the cause of the loud pop.  One of the long screws that goes into one of the standoffs had just sheered off.  I guess I shouldn’t have had that doughnut for breakfast.  Must have been metal fatigue since I’m not  heavy enough to overstress the ladder.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

That’s the first time that I have had a problem with a ladder but I have heard of ladders coming off campers.  I talked with a guy in Montana a few years ago who had several bicycles attached to his ladder and the ladder came completely off the trailer.  Bummer!  Oh well, I’ll fix mine tomorrow.

Remember, be kind to your camper and keep her clean.

Broken ladder on camper

Broken ladder



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