RV Projects, And A Probably Unnecessary “How-To”

19 06 2011

A little while back Ayo was away for a week or so and I put that time to good use. This included my going into hyperdrive with RV work. Among other things, while she was out East, I:

  • fixed and lubricated hinges on our cabinets and doors
  • properly mounted our fire extinguisher
  • tightened all cabinet and drawer handles, and replaced some broken rail components
  • washed the RV
  • replaced our fridge bulb
  • installed a new fresh water flange
  • changed our A/C filter
  • borrowed a shop vac to clean our rug
  • replaced every window frame screw (the heads on the old screws were rusting)
  • found a dead cell in one of our batteries
  • figured out how to clean our carpeted ceiling
  • finally found our small propane leak and… installed a new stove(!)
  • properly installed our overcab vent shade

I’ll write separately about the window frame screws and stove installation, but installing a new fresh water flange is one of those very simple fixes with two easy-to-screw-up elements. Let’s quickly walk through the install, making note of those two ‘be careful’ parts for those of you who might do the same.

Connection Point

Connection Point

Remove the old flange, obviously. Scrape away the old putty.

Putty Tape. Important!!

Putty Tape. Important!!

Thing #1 that you can screw up: Not having or using putty tape. You need this stuff to seal out moisture.

Connected-Up

Connected-Up

Connect your new flange. Thing #2 that you can screw up: You need to pressurize the system after connecting your new flange and prior to screwing it into place. That way you can check for leaks and tighten if need be – without having to disassemble the whole thing.

Rust-Free Screws

Rust-Free Screws

Get some screws that won’t rust.

Checking The Connection Inside The Rig

The Connection Inside The Rig

Lay down a circle of putty tape on the RV around the rim of where you’re going to place the flange. Press the flange into the putty tape and screw it into place.

Remove The Excess Putty Tape And You're Done

Remove The Excess Putty Tape And You're Done

Pressurize one more time to check for leaks, and keep your fingers crossed. Ayo is happy that I’ve somehow become handy.

posted by yair

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7 responses

19 06 2011
libertatemamo

OK, I’m probably one of the wierd ones, but I LOVE do it yourself pics (then again, DIY channel used to be my favorite back when we were home-bound). NICE little job you did there. Might have to bribe you for some RV maintenance in the future 🙂
Nina

20 06 2011
jayhorowitz

If the bribe is Wheat Thins, I may just do it.

19 06 2011
Carol Kerr

You can’t imagine how timely this little DIY tip is! I just picked up a new fresh water inlet to replace our leaking one. Well, actually I picked up 2 because we’re not sure if the inside fitting is a male or female fitting so we purchased both and will return the unused one later this week.

I’ve been sort of dreading it, but now I’m feeling up to the challenge. Thanks!

19 06 2011
jayhorowitz

No way! You’ll do fine. Just don’t try to do the project in the sun on a 100 degree day like I did.

8 07 2011
Carol Kerr

There have ONLY been 100 degree days here lately. But good news… Project completed successfully and no more big puddle running down the side of the RV. A big thanks!

23 06 2011
Breezy

Um… WOW!!! You were busy! Okay, so how DID you clean the carpeted ceiling? 🙂

23 06 2011
jayhorowitz

Oxyclean. Put it in a spray bottle with water, shook it up, fought with it to actually spray without getting clogged, and scrubbed with a towel. It’s magic stuff, really.

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