Latch. Ka-bam! Beep beep beep. Whirrrrrrrrrrr … Latch. Ka-bam!
My neighbor next door is microwaving dinner. The walls of this building are paper thin and everyone can hear their neighbors. Just ten minutes ago I heard his cell phone ring—on vibrate. Right now he’s eating, and I know this because I can hear his utensils clinking against his plate.
Why would anyone choose to live this way over living in a van???
Well, to be fair, I’ve never actually lived in a van. But it’s hard to imagine that it could be worse than this. You might give up some personal space within the walls of your dwelling, but by living in a van out in the wilderness you gain hundreds—maybe thousands—of feet of between you and your neighbor. You might give up the ability to own an endless closet full of clothes or an entire wall of books, but you gain the money you would have spent on those items. And let’s face it, how often do you really use all that stuff anyway? You have one pair of legs. Do you really need 30 pairs of pants? Have you read all of your books cover to cover multiple times? Are they really not available digitally?
Of course, this comes from a girl who still owns about 30 pairs of shorts, and a fairly large book collection herself, so take it with a grain of salt. Paring down will eventually come, but not today.
Today was mostly spent working, but I made a point of visiting C&S RV Service to see if they could help me find fittings that would work with the inexpensive fresh water tank that I purchased several weeks ago. Boy, did they ever deliver. Not only did they find me all the right fittings and hoses, but they also patiently answered all my dumb questions and offered sound advice. It’s the kind of service that you hope for, but never get at places like The Home Depot.
The technical stuff: The fill hose is a 1.25” water fill hose, and will be secured with a hose clamp to the 1.25” boss fitting that came installed on the tank. The vent is .5” plastic tubing, and can be capped off with a .5” Flair-It cap. The water line going from the fresh water tank to the faucet will be 3/8” PEX, using plastic Flair-It fittings. Unlike the crimp and clamp fittings sold at The Home Depot, Flair-It fittings don’t require any special tools, and they’re cheaper than push-in Shark Bite fittings. As a bonus, they don’t appear to cause cancer.
In case anyone else has had this bright idea, I briefly considered using a fresh water hose instead of PEX tubing, but the gentleman at C&S said that those hoses are prone to leakage. Prior to that, I thought about using CPVC, but I had a hard time finding fittings. So PEX it is. Will it work? I sure hope so.