Thursday * October 2nd 2014

RV Maintenance, Glamping My Rig, and Ignoring Drama…

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Today the mobile RV guy paid a service call to Casa de Cheryl and took a look at the 1985 Dolphin for some RV maintenance.  The water in my rig was acting “wacky.”  I had a little drip under the sink, the toilet bowl would fill to the brim with water after I turned on the water pump, and no water pressure in the shower.

OK, if you mention the word “mechanical” I automatically go into blank mode…

It seems that even though one doesn’t use the water heater, you STILL need to flush it out at least once a year, and inspect the adode rod (Suburban) in the water heater.  Larry, (the RV guy) asked me the last time I had the water heater flushed and inspected.

Uh, how about NEVER!

Note to self:  Even though you heat water on the stove and don’t use the water heater, it still needs annual maintenance.   Needless to say, the anode rod was basically non-existent and there were deposits of gunk in several spots.

It’s funny what you find out about people…

As my rig was being work on, I found out that my RV repair guy Larry plays saxophone in a band called 24/7.  I actually paid $10.00 more for my repair bill since I bought the band’s first CD!

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Bitten by the “glamping” bug…

Lately, as I get ready for my summer sojourn I find that I’m into “glamping” my rig.  Today, I put in a new shower curtain.  Also,  to hide an area that I had stapled near the visors in the cab, used a Mexican themed sash.  Don’t worry, I won’t go as far as put pom-poms like you see on the “chicken buses” in Mexico…  ;-)

Whoa Nellie! 

I had a thirty year career in education and retired last July.  During the span of my career, between dealing with students, parents, and administration I reached my personal capacity for “drama.”  I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it here again.  My blog is self-hosted and is a personal diary of my experiences and my life.

I feel that I’m basically an open person, but unless you meet me face-to-face you’ll see a “slice of my life” that I reveal to the blog-o-sphere.  I think it’s “best” not to call out, point a judgmental finger, or be too “vocal” about one’s personal opinions.

Recently, someone in the blog-o-sphere had a personal dilemma regarding their blog.  We are all responsible for the choices we make in our life.  I can’t tell you how many times I had a conversation with a child regarding “good and bad” choices.  In my opinion, if you sign a contract, you agree to the terms of that contract.  It’s then your personal responsibility to adhere to those terms – whether you agree with them or not.

I “do” take issue when I’m “called out” with other bloggers on a blog’s comments, and when I receive “out-of-the-blue” comments on my personal website.  Let’s all “play nice” boys and girls and ditch the drama!  :-)

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11 Replies to Desert Diva to “RV Maintenance, Glamping My Rig, and Ignoring Drama…”

  1. Emjay UNITED STATES says:

    I hear you. Same here. Drama kings and queens are to be avoided at whatever age they present themselves and in whatever format they choose to do so. I appreciate being allowed to unobtrusively “ride along” on your journey.

    Carry on, Cheryl. No judgment from me!

    Emjay

  2. rvsueandcrew UNITED STATES says:

    Hi Cheryl!

    As a former educator myself (middle school), I know what you mean about drama.

    My recent blog “drama” was due to a mistake on my part. Like you wrote, “In my opinion if you sign a contract, you agree to the terms of that contract. It’s then your personal responsibility to adhere to the terms of that contract — whether you agree with them or not.”

    You’re absolutely correct! However, in my case, I did not understand the necessity of self-hosting before becoming an Amazon Associate on a WordPress blog. It was a mistake. I was not purposefully ignoring the Terms of Service of the contract.

    That “drama” I brought upon myself through ignorance. Any further “drama” is brought about by folks who won’t let the topic alone.
    rvsueandcrew´s last blog post ..How I found a boondock in the San Rafael Reef, Utah

    • Desert Diva UNITED STATES says:

      Thanks Sue for clearing it all up. I guess I thought I was being “picked on” and didn’t understand why. You’ve done a great job with your blog, and I wish you continued success in all of your ventures. Hopefully, everyone will “move on” and things will return to normal.

      You’ll absolutely LOVE having a self-hosted WordPress blog. You’ll have much more user control and an endless supply of plug-ins, themes, and widgets from which to choose. You can do updates and add from your dashboard – no more worrying about FTP.

      I have two domains:

      http://www.desertdiva.net (personal blog)
      http://www.cjcox.net (photography blog)

      My host is on 1 & 1 . I think my total for having two domains and hosting is approximately $80.00/year. The tech support is great if you have problems, and they are very helpful.

      Good Luck!

  3. rvsueandcrew UNITED STATES says:

    I’ve already signed up with Hostgator and now I’m waiting for the process to finish so I can get back to blogging. I’m glad you’re happy with 1 & 1.

    Your comment about self-hosting a WordPress blog is very encouraging. I’m sure there will be a steep learning curve to begin with, but it will be nice to have more control.

    The silver lining in all this mess is I’ve had the time to get out into the blogosphere and read other blogs!
    rvsueandcrew´s last blog post ..How I found a boondock in the San Rafael Reef, Utah

  4. Contessa CANADA says:

    I use WordPress also but have no idea how to do all those neat things you have on your blog. Maybe one day!

    We have a ‘to do’ list for the RV that Colin pretty much sticks to but we also have forgotten the anode rod and it does let us know it needs changing by the smell of the water. The RV is a constant upkeep but so very worth it. I too love getting new things for the RV
    Contessa´s last blog post ..Que Pasa

    • Desert Diva UNITED STATES says:

      Hi Contessa!

      It just takes patience and time to find your way around WordPress – you can do it! :-) Gee, I wish “I had a Colin to do RV maintenance! ;-)

  5. This is really fun writing! Yeah, RV’s don’t just maintain themselves. You’ve gotta fight against an army of mold and gunk just waiting to destroy your appliances!
    greenminimalism´s last blog post ..How to Look After Your RV – RV Maintenance Tips

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