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Turtle n Peeps

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Posted: 08/28/20 08:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Think you're having a bad day? I bet these people have you beat?

So I was setting up my travel trailer last night and as I was hooking everything up a young guy comes up to me and says "excuse me sir, I'm having a problem and was wondering if you could help me?" I said sure, what's up? He said he was new to RVing and he was having a problem as water was coming out of his toilet. I said what? He said "water was overflowing out of his toilet."

I thought he was yanking my chain until I looked about 4 spaces down the road and sure enough, gallons of water was pouring out of the underbelly of this brand new class C!!!

I went into panic mode and screamed at him to turn the water off NOW. We both ran over to his MH and he turned the water off.

Black water ( read, sewer water for you new RVers) continued to pour out of this new MH. I nelt down and found the black water valve and I opened it and out came a lot of water into the sewer drain.
I explained that he left the black water sprayer on and did not open the black water drain valve and that filled up the black tank until it was so full it overflowed into the MH.

I gave this guy a little more advice and I walked off numb. I wanted to cry I felt so bad for this young family. He explained to me he just wanted to have the perfect vacation for his family and now it was ruined.

The lesson of the day is if you are new to RVing and don't know your systems please learn before you go out on an outing. Small mistakes can turn into big problems.


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Posted: 08/28/20 08:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Save that one for part of the next Chevy Chase Vacation movie?

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He didn't have enough sense to turn the water off before he went looking for help?
He may be destined for more problems in the future.

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gbopp wrote:

He didn't have enough sense to turn the water off before he went looking for help?
He may be destined for more problems in the future.


Ya, I thought the same thing. But after talking to the guy he was just lost on the whole thing. He just didn't put 2 and 2 together.

I don't "think" it was a rental unit from some of the things he said and their were no markings on the MH that I saw.

I felt super bad for the guy. He was trying hard for a good RV experience but it didn't work out that way because of a small mistake. And in his defense it was a small mistake. [emoticon]

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He is not the first person to make this mistake and he won't be the last.
Common sense doesn't seem very common anymore.


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Turtle n Peeps wrote:

And in his defense it was a small mistake. [emoticon]

The radio operator on the Titanic made a small mistake by not sending the message about icebergs to the bridge.
Stuff happens. [emoticon]

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Posted: 08/28/20 09:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Turtle and Peeps,
I am just glad that you were there to help him. You sound like a very kind person.

Yes, we have all made mistakes!


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Hopefully the new RVer learned to not panic and approach the problem calmly but quickly.
Yes, we have all made mistakes.

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Posted: 08/28/20 10:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hopefully it was truly "brand new" and the toilet hadn't been christened yet. Send him out to buy a shop vac and dry it up. Then some bleach water clean up.


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you said he left the black tank sprayer on. is it plumbed with a valve. On mine the connection is completely separate. the only way to do that would be to not pay attention.


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