Water Water Everywhere
The weather was getting nice outside now. I wanted to take the Freedom Bird to a Rally in Michigan. They had electricity, but no water hookup. I needed to check the holding tanks and pump. I opened the compartment where the water tank was to find this.
The Electric water heater was covered in spray insulating foam. I guess they were trying to keep some of the heat from making the bed warm or the water heater more efficient. The problem was that you could not get to the elements or the drain valve. This RV spent most of it's previous life in the south, so maybe they did not need to drain the tank in the winter. I needed access to the drain and the elements, so I needed to get rid of the foam.
It took a little while, but the job of removing the foam was over. Now, I could fill the tank with water.
The tank leaked once again getting my beautiful wood floor wet. I removed the tank and found this. There was an attempt made to plug this hole with a freeze plug repair plug. As you can see, it only cracked the tank further, making it leak even more.
I took everything out of the tank area to allow it to dry and went to Elkhart, Indiana to RV Surplus to find a new tank.
The only tank I could find was too small, but everything else was too big for the space. I needed to get something so I could have water. I would look for a larger tank later, but for now, I hooked up this small one and headed for Berrien Springs for the Rally.
Here I am at the Glass Rally in 2008. The water tank solved my problem for now, but it sure restricted my ability to boondock for too long.
I turned 60 at the Rally. I had two more years to go to make my full-timing dream come true. I am only a few months away now.