So, I followed his directions and headed for Hathaway’s. What an eclectic place that was. Not only do they sell RV supplies, but they also sell modular homes, a few trailers, and they are also a carpet store! I guess you have to diversify in a small town in Idaho. :) After about 15 minutes of scrounging around, they came up with the needed check valve. I decided to buy two of them (just in case), and wiped out their inventory. :) Since the valves were only about $6, I figured what the heck. I’ll have a backup that I can install myself if I need it down the road. As I was about to pay for the valves, I decided to ask them if they had any discontinued carpet samples for sale. (You know…those rectangular, finished edge, chunks of carpet that are about 18”X30”. I like to use them under my bench table. That way, they get dirty from my shoes instead of the installed motorhome carpet.) Anyway, the salesman said “follow me” and led me to a stack of samples. I picked out two that would go with the carpet in the RV. He told me there was no charge! Yahoo! Two valves and two carpet samples for a total of $12, and I didn’t have to drive all the way to Idaho Falls. I was a happy camper! Sometimes things work out better than you think they will. I’ve been looking around for carpet samples since I got the new rig, but hadn’t found any.
On the way back home, I decided to make a couple of side trips. First stop was the Island Park Dam, and what a great stop it was. I got this pic of a double-crested cormorant as it came up for air after diving for a fish for lunch.
Then I spotted a Western grebe in the water. This is a new bird for me. I’ve never seen one before. :)
My next little side trip was to drive up the road to Sawtell Peak.
Sawtell Peak is the highest mountain in back of my rig in this picture that I took on June 6 when I arrived at Red Rock RV Park. (Sam, this is my new, to me, 2008 Winnebago Adventurer Limited)
The drive we took was on the other side of this mountain, and was a nine mile up hill climb on a nicely graded gravel road. There were many, many switchbacks and steep grades.
This was the view from the top. You can see the curvy tan road that I took to get up here. The view wasn’t the best because of the heavy haze down below. I’m thinking that that heavy haze is caused by all the pine tree pollen that was being blown about in today’s brisk winds. You can also notice all the snow that can still be found at this elevation.
When I got back to the rig, Jim, my neighbor, was sitting outside his rig, and was curious to find out if I had been successful in my search for a new check valve. I gave him a thumbs up, and we both headed inside to install the new valve. I want to clarify for some of my commenters, that neither I nor Jim knew anything about hot water heater valves to begin with. It was only because of your comments, responses to my post on the Escapees forum, and each of our internet investigations, that we were able to come up with a solution to my problem. We both learned a lot from this experience, and will both be prepared should this same problem arise in either of our rigs. I didn’t have the proper wrenches nor the strength to accomplish the fix, and I am very grateful that Jim helped me out with this challenge. :) In return for his help, I will watch over his rig while he and his family take a trip (without his fifth wheel) up to Glacier NP next month. It’s all give and take out here on the road. That’s one of the things I like about this life. :)
A couple of folks have asked about Rick’s fix for sizing pictures to match their desktops. My suggestion is that you read his instructions that can be found in the comment section of my post entitled “Asking for help with two challenges” which I posted on 6/28. His instructions are so clear and easy to follow, that I can’t improve on them. :) Just click on comments at the end of that post and look for Rick’s comment. :)
This post has been long enough, and I’m going to take a shower tonight thanks to my newly fixed hot water system! :)
Thanks for stopping by….talk to you later, Judy