The local RV repair guy has come and gone and I have heat once more! Yay! It was a faulty relay on the circuit board. He had some unfavorable things to say about the furnace manufacturer – the furnace has no outside access panel, making it much more difficult to get the thing out and work on it and the “heater side” of the thermostat is notorious for going out on the particular model that I have so he put in a totally different thermostat to run the furnace (a much higher quality and reliable model).
He was nice as could be and got to me so soon because he was making a trip out to the park and he saw my number first. There’s a hidden benefit to living in the front row, I guess 🙂 I picked his brain while he worked and got some great info before he left.
While the RV guy was here, the Cable Dudes showed up. The signal from the box in the park was fine. They started at the back and worked their way forward to see where the signal broke down and discovered that the cable connections were hooked up wrong inside the trailer and got it sorted for me in about 10 minutes. No charge and they even set my TV to do the “auto channel scan” thing before they left.
All in all it has been a fabulous day! The back room is about half cleared out and if the people at the RV dealership get back to me before closing about cutting me a check to reimburse me for the furnace bill I will call the whole day a success!
UPDATE: The heat is on. The door no longer sticks. I think the payment thing is worked out. The cable TV works. The drain hose for the gray and black water tanks is hooked up and I only bled on it twice. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the toilet is malfunctioning. The valve opens and stuff goes down, but the valve does not close all the way. I noticed it staying just a little bit open yesterday but forgot to ask the RV repair guy about it. A little research points out that the bowl should have an inch or two of water in it after flushing (and there’s a Special Flushing Technique to make that happen.) Luckily (???) the parts are readily available and the interwebs has lots of info. Sigh. When this first week is over I will surely be an expert about RV systems. I only hope it will prove to be a wise career decision 🙂