Double, Double Toilet Troubles!
I’m pretty sure Shakespeare didn’t have modern plumbing in his day, but for some reason this MacBeth line keeps popping into my head.
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble.
I’m glad to report that the toilet, or caldron, isn’t bubbling and Goldie is fine!
We did have a strange plumping issue that we needed to get taken care of immediately. Water leaks are never good - especially in an RV. Three times over our first 30 days we noticed water leaking from under the toilet. On all three occasions, the puddle of water eventually ran out into our bedroom. The strange thing is that this was an intermittent plumbing issue - it didn’t leak all of the time. In fact, when it leaked it would only leak for a couple of hours and then mysteriously (and gratefully) stop. The plumbing/tubing all appeared to be dry and all of the fittings seemed good. It seemed to be an issue with the toilet itself. We had to get it looked at. We need a toilet and we only have one bathroom in our tiny home on wheels!
We called the Airstream Service Center and they were able to squeeze us in for an appointment. They normally schedule service out at least 3 months in advance, and they are especially busy this week with Alumapalooza coming into town. But plumbing issues can’t wait, so they said they’d squeeze us in on Wednesday.
On Tuesday morning we packed up Goldie, and hitched-up Ol’ Blue, in preparation for our 300 mile trip west to Jackson Center, Ohio. Since our appointment was at noon on Wednesday, we scheduled a Harvest Host stop at Blend of Seven Winery in Delaware, Ohio. The owner, Steve, took us through an educational wine tasting and we shared a bottle of “Big Red" with dinner. Steve and his family were very gracious hosts. Delaware is just north of Columbus and only an hour from Jackson Center. It was the perfect overnight stop.
We arrived at Airstream at about 10:30am, but they didn’t start working in earnest on Goldie until around noon. We spent the rainy afternoon in the customer lounge while the technician worked to find the source of the toilet leak. At first, he couldn’t find any leak. We implored him to keep looking, because we knew we had a real, not imagined, issue. Eventually, he agreed to just replace the toilet and that’s when he saw the first small signs of leaking. Fortunately, there was no water damage and we had a new toilet installed.
We spent the night in the Airstream TerraPort just to run the new toilet through it’s paces. The TerraPort is a small camping area for folks having work done at the Service Center. We woke the next morning and everything seemed to be in working order, so we packed up for the 300 mile trek back to Penn Wood.
All-in-all, it was a good trip. The drive back was uneventful. We were able to visit the birthplace of Goldie. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to fit in a factory tour, but I was able to pick up an Airstream golf hat. As we pulled out of the Service Center on Wally Byam Blvd, the tents were going up and the Alumapalooza volunteers were starting to gather. Maybe someday we will be able to attend an Alumapalooza.
In the meantime, here’s to hoping we have no more cauldron bubbles or toilet troubles!