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Sunday, 23 May 2021

Could have done without this taking ALL day

We could both have done without yesterday's activity taking ALL day, and still not being finished.

Early on in my trip I realised there was a small leak from somewhere under Bill's sink. Not enough to panic about, but more than enough to do serious damage if left unattended. Removing the most important tea & coffee drawer and stuffing the space with a pot to catch drips and a pile of tea towels is a good fix whilst away, but not really something for longterm. So we spent pretty much all of Saturday twisting around in the most uncomfortable and inaccessible of places with zero visibility other than by phone camera or mirror, removed the tap, hoses and sink waste, then checked everything, replaced some 'O' rings and put it all back together again.

We had realised there were actually two leaks - one from the base of the tap unit and one (much smaller) from the sink waste. We seem to have resolved the tiny leak from the waste, but the tap - it still leaks ðŸ˜ĪðŸ˜Ą, and to be honest, probably worse than before we started trying to mend it.










Management has been doing some research and sadly this sort of tap failure is not uncommon, and whilst irritating I have to remember that I have had Bill since October 2017 and even though I don't go away as often as many people the van gets a lot of use on a 'day basis', so maybe we have reached the built-in-obsolescence point. A new tap has been ordered, so we can do nothing else until it arrives, hopefully mid-week. Neither of us are particularly impressed but I keep telling myself that if this is the most dreadful thing to happen, then I am doing extremely well. Still ruddy frustrating though ☺️.




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  1. How frustrating that your day spent trying to fix the problem didn't solve it. I hope it's easy to fit your new tap and all will be well again.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, now we (nearly) know what we are doing fitting the replacement tap should not take too long. The hard part was having to semi-disassemble the drawer unit to get access, the small space we were working in and - never having replaced a leisure vehicle tap - trying to understand how the damn thing works in the first place.

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  2. Rather you than me, it looks and sounds like a bit of a nightmare. I hope the new tap is easy to fit and it solves the remaining problem. Incidentally, I like the flowery background in the third photo :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, we have now taken the tap on and off so many times putting the new one in holds no fears (other than will it leak!)

      The flowery background is a couple of mats I made to cover/protect the glass cooker top and sink top. Mentioned it 26 March but - as usual 🙄 - I never showed a picture of them finished. Oops.

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  3. A leaky sink and tap.. annoying, but far better than many other things that could misbehave!
    I wish my other half still had his camper...boy we could do with it now!

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    1. You are absolutely right GZ, a bit annoying but not the end of the world. It's something we ~hope~ we can fix ourselves and if necessary I have the option of a bucket for washing up and large bottles of water instead of the onboard tank 😉 😜

      Sorry you don't still have a van - by all accounts they are in very short supply these days and prices have shot up more than pandemic puppies. ðŸķ

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  4. Leaks of any kind in any location can drive you nuts! Hope you get it all fixed up with the new tap.

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    1. To me, leaks are always a worry because I know how much damage even a small amount of water can do over a period of time. But we are getting there . . . {positive attitude and all that 😛}

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  5. Oh dear, but at least it's on it's way to being fixed. I hope today has been a better day for you.

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    1. Thank you Nikki, as you say "we are on the way" to a fix.

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  6. And I thought I was going to see some pictures of Scotland! Better check under our caravan sink when we go up next time just in case. Hope all goes well fixing the new tap.

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    1. I too was hoping for Scotland pictures! But right now I am trying to get my head around a task list which is longer than the combined Covid regulations from all four nations . . . bloggy holly-bobs pictures are on there, just not right at the top ðŸĪŠ

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  7. A friend of mine was out in her van - Tyke - last week and the shower developed a leak and the loo pump packed up in the same 24 hours - she was not best pleased. She was in the middle of the wilds of Scotland, so she rang a mobile van mechanic who said that he could come out but not for another 3 days as he that many jobs on - his explanation was all the sudden leaks and failures were down to last year when no one was able to get out and about and little issues quietly grew with being noticed as quickly. Any hoo - long story short - he suggested makeshift alternatives so she could continue with her holiday. On the way home her automatic step into the van stuck out and had to be (wo)manfully shoved in to be able to get her home. Suffice to say she booked her van in for a 'well van' clinic to get the once-over. The first slot she could get was in July! Fingers crossed your leaks are the last of your problems and you and Bill can get out and play :)

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    1. Oh, your poor friend. Loo pump I can help with - if you take out the cannister (from outside) and reach right in to underneath where the flush button is there's a tiny 5amp fuse that seems to blow for no apparent reason. Maybe she can fix that one herself before July?

      But I get how busy the mechanics are, which is why we are very keen to try and fix my sink ourselves rather than wait for our usual chap to have a slot.

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  8. At least you found the leak in the end. Hopefully, replacing the tap will be a little more straightforward. X

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    1. Thanks Jules, the new tap has arrived and IN THEORY (she says with fingers and toes crossed) putting everything back together again should be moderately straightforward.

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  9. Just catching up in between visitors. Next lot due for a late lunch in 20 minutes give or take. Leaks even when the source is found are the most frustrating of household/vanhold things that niggle. Hopefully I'll learn the outcome in a future post.

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    1. Thanks Graham, yes - the outcome is revealed in a few posts!

      Hope you enjoyed your lunch with visitors and that you're having a lovely weekend. x

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