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First 3 Days with Our Sea View RV

Ok, we brought our new-to-us 2001 National RV Sea View RV home to Mariposa on Tuesday, October 5th.

We’ve been very busy getting it ready for next year as we plan to travel back to Wisconsin in Spring.

Though winters in Mariposa are nowhere as bad as Wisconsin winters, it still gets cold here which making working outside problematic. So we’re rushing to get as much done as we can.

Here’s what we’ve been up to . . .

Day 1 – Wednesday, October 6

Inspected the major systems: water, electrical, and HVAC as much as possible. For example, tested both AC to see how much they cooled. Very much in fact. Then tested the propane heater. Fine also. Turned the refrigerator on and tracked the freezer and fridge temperatures. Both were very much in spec – freezer < 10 degrees F and fridge < 40 degrees F.

The hot water heater works, but the relief valve leaks so ordered a replacement. Found out that our water heater runs only on propane, not electricity.

Discovered that our Sea View does not have a transfer switch that switched between external (“shore”) power and our RV generator. To use the generator, you have to physically attach the shore power cable the generator’s outlet. Since both our other RVs had an automatic transfer switch, we’ll be installing one on the Sea View (more on that later).

Day 1 Photos

Found out that ALL the inside and outside cabinet support struts needed replacing

Removed Both TVs (living room & bedroom) – Very Heavy Cathode Tube TVs from Long Ago

Removed Both the Carbon Monoxide & Propane Gas Detectors – Both Units Long Expired. Replaced with a Single Dual Detector.

Behind a Plumbing Panel Noticed Large Gaps in Flooring – Mouse Highways that We’ll Fill with Expanding Foam

Day 2 – Thursday, October 7

Because the couch was not long enough to lay on comfortably, we decided to remove it and eventually replace it with one to two recliner chairs.

The bedroom mattress went the way of the dumpster too.

Day 2 Photos

Just 6 Bolts Held the Couch to the Floor

Sans Couch – That’s a Furnace Vent that was On the Front of the Couch

Installed a Floor Heating Register a Few Days Later

Sans Mattress

Parked the Sea View in Our Park’s RV Storage Area (VERY handy)

Day 3 – Thursday, October 7

Just one item on the agenda . . . Dumping the RV’s waste tanks at the nearby Mariposa Fairgrounds . . .

This is the Only Picture You Really Need to See of This Event
4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Njhz #

    U do a great job of making your vehicle road worthy! Have many adventures in it.

    October 24, 2021
  2. Sister Mary #

    SOMEONE’S been busy!! Wow.. you sure know how to whip things into shape. Good on ya!! Had a mini Three Musketeer bar today and thought of you Tom. Had to test them out before giving out for Halloween.. 😉

    October 24, 2021
  3. Hi Jan, hope all is well. “We’ve been very busy getting it ready for next year as we plan to travel back to Wisconsin in Spring.” A trip back to Wisconsin, maybe we could connect when you get back here.

    October 29, 2021
    • Jan #

      Yes! Tom is already booking things and getting a plan plotted. When we get closer, I will share it with you so we can figure out when and where to get back together. We hope to visit several of our favorite Wisconsin parks, including Peninsula State Park.

      October 29, 2021

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