Last spring the last of my Plan B bottles fell apart. I get these cheap blue water bottles at the local IGA, and they’re good for a year or two but then the UV takes its toll. I was shuffling mine back and forth a lot, because the washing machine still worked but had no water supply. Hey, I’m not afraid to go full redneck when the occasion demands.
Anyway, I’m down to this five-gallon Coleman thing that actually belongs to Landlady, and didn’t worry about it because I was so sure I had the frozen water problem worked out. Yes, that was stupid.
My attempt at diagnosis suggests that the problem isn’t at the cabin at all, but at the big manifold at the cistern. Which is very bad, because it’s currently under a big pile of dirt and if that didn’t do the job I don’t know what will. Also, it’ll take forever to thaw. So I’m stuck here for a while. I borrowed another water bottle from a neighbor, and will correct the bottle supply problem as soon as I can get to town next.
Early last winter, when an unseasonably early freeze took out the water, I discovered the ultimate irony. I finally, finally! had my very own Real Flush Toilet – took me months to get the septic system worked out – and then it turned out that RFTs have this one little weakness. In an RV, the toilet doesn’t need running water to still function. Sigh.
So. Here’s a little secret for you hermits on a budget. When the water stops running and you’re hauling it all in jugs, disconnect the trap from your kitchen sink and put a big bucket under there. That way you can use the water twice – once for cleaning, and once for flushing. That is all.