Easter eve we were making preparations to relocate the next day so Jo came and picked me up to save from moving 2 cars. When we got back I was planning on dumping and cleaning the black water tank before we rolled out Easter morning. As soon as we pulled up my neighbor came over and told me we had a power problem.
Apparently the plug connection to our booster box had caught fire and melted. We’re not 100% sure our box is still going to work but I’ll get it checked out soon and see if we can replace the plug. It looks like the outlet melted all the way to the ground wire so I hope the park gets it fixed properly. That could have been really bad for our dogs and we’ve ordered save our pet stickers for the RV now.
From there our evening was even more eventful as soon as I drained the waste tank. Once it stopped flowing I closed the valves and refilled the tank with water and a little cleaner. Once it was full I opened the valve and nothing came out confirming what I had feared since we bought the RV. Our black tank was full of sludge from previous owners. Luckily having been a plumber I figured out howto backflush the line using the gray water system. Over and over I filled then flushed to get as much of the solids out as possible. Roughly 3 hours later (about the time dinner was done) I finally achieved a consistent flow of clear water.
That night I filled the tank 1/2 way up and let it sit til morning. After we showered and were ready to roll everything up I dumped the tank again. Everything flowed smoothly but I’m sure I’ll have to do it a few more times even with enzyme treatments. Here is what I chose based on my years of plumbing and septic system maintenance:
I prefer liquida solely because they contain live bacteria versus the packets that have to grow first but here are a few other alternatives:
After all that I posted in one of my Facebook groups about the adventure we had and got several more great tips on how to clean the tank and clear obstructions. When you need to backflush the system and all you have is whats on the rig all you have to do is close the main valve and open the black and gray together. Shut off the toilet water and fill your sinks/showers til the toilet starts gurgling then dump the tanks at the same time. You can check out all the other tips in this thread on facebook
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Last weekend we spent an entire weekend in Daytona thanks to the wonderful people at Luna Sands Campground. Friday night we headed to Orlando for a bit of business then boondocked in a parking lot near Harbor Freight which was an interesting story all on it’s own. Saturday when we pulled in to Luna Sands it was exactly what we had hoped for.
The park itself is set up around the natural layout with several pull through sites perfect for our rig. Soon as we hooked up the utilities and offloaded my Harley we headed to find food. Google pointed us to a place called the Soul Cafe in Orange city and we were really pleased. (See Review)
By the time we made the ride through Deland to Daytona it was pretty dark. We parked off main street and walked the strip a bit. You can see quite a bit on our Instagram and of course on FaceBook plus we’ll be posting videos soon. Anyway we window shopped quite a bit and headed back around midnight.
The next day we had an early breakfast and went on a tour of the park. After the tour we decided to join TRA and expand our options for parks nationwide. Anyone that would like a free weekend of camping in Florida shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll show you how.
We spent the rest of our time riding backroads to Daytona and exploring lots of places. We also made some great purchases from vendors we’ll be posting in our reviews section including concealed carry leathers, luggage and even seamstress work. Now that we’ve gotten things settled in we can focus more on sharing our experiences and start focusing more efforts towards adoption.
As you know we were in New Jersey for a few weeks and we’ll have some posts about some of the places we visited family including Amish country (Intercourse Pennsylvania). Even though it was a very somber trip we were able to find a bit of solitude and peace in the outdoors. After spending so much time there though we were ready to go home soon after some tearful goodbyes. Saying gooodbye to family is never easy but with our new life plan we’ll be able to see much more of them soon.
We hit the road Southbound in the mini van on Valentines day and intended to drive straight through til we got home but we stopped to visit a friend in North Carolina. After our visit we stopped for dinner at a steakhouse and got back on the road. Somewhere around midnight we both started getting tired but a hotel for a few hours would have been a waste so we opted to hit a rest area for a few hours.
South Carolina rest areas are posted with a 4 hour maximum so I set the alarm and crawled in my sleeping bag while Jo opted for a reclining seat. 4 hours came and went, before I knew it I was seeing a beautiful sunrise out the window and nobody had made us move. We cleaned up a bit and hit the road again. We stopped for breakfast at a great little restaurant called The Omelette Cafe which we’ll tell you about in our upcoming review page. From there we hit Savannah Ga for a bit which we’ll tell you more about soon too!
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