16 Dec 2015Sometimes newer is better
Just some domestic happenings and observations to talk about tonight. Not very exciting, but I learned a few things. First of all I have to say that I ended up hiring a RV Mobile Repair Service to install my new kitchen faucet. I'm sure glad I did. It took Jason less than 30 minutes to take out the old faucet and replace it with this new one.
I can't imagine how long it would have taken me to do this. A reader recommended that I get one with the pull out nozzle sprayer, and I did. I think I'm going to like this new-fangled invention. Never thought I'd be so enamored with a kitchen faucet, but you folks that live in rigs think about living for a week without one; or one that becomes an Old Faithful geyser every time you turn it on. I must admit that I'm still a little leery every time I turn it on though. I'm braced for getting a shower!
Since I had an RV tech here, I pulled out my little list of other things that needed looking at. Like why the heck doesn't the residential fridge work off of the inverter? It did when I had it installed. My idea was that when I had that compressor replaced during the 2013 government shutdown while I was at Tamarac NWR, when the refuge manager and LE officer put the fridge back into the space for me, they plugged it into a different outlet so it wouldn't be on the inverter. (Oh my, isn't that quite a sentence?) They didn't know any better, and neither did I. Well, I explained that all to Jason. He was skeptical, but it turned out I was right! He knew how to figure out which outlet was connected to the inverter, and now so do I. :) Hmm...does this open up possibilities for doing a tiny bit of boondocking??? Maybe Quartzsite for a couple of days in January???
Then I had him climb up on top of the rig. When I had the rig washed and waxed last week, I asked the guy how all the caulking on the roof looked. He said the right rear corner needed a little work. Yep, it needed a little silicone, but Jason found something more important near the front of the roof. There was a hole that had been stuffed with a rag, and covered with caulking that had come loose. Not sure what that's all about, but it's now fixed. I saw the rag and old caulking, and he showed me pictures he had taken with his cell phone of the hole and his repair. I have my ideas how this happened about a year and a half ago, but I can't prove it. It's been some time since I've given up climbing on the roof.
There were a couple of other little things I had him look at, and then I held my breath for the bill. He had been here about two hours. Turns out the bill came to $349, and $164 of that was for the new faucet, fittings, and other parts. Money well spent as far as I'm concerned. I've paid much higher rates in the past for less reliable service. Jason has a new customer.
Can anyone tell me what's more economical. Using the propane furnace verses the heat pump on the rig. Propane is very reasonable here, and I actually prefer it to the electric heat. Electric is .11/KWH and propane is $1.27/gal.
Thanks for stopping by... talk to you later, Judy