In our Things They Don’t Tell You series, we talk about things we learned AFTER moving into our RV fulltime. Read on for tips on how to handle some of the little surprises that come with living a life on wheels.

Call us naive, but we severely underestimated the power and spite of H2O before we moved into the Airstream fulltime.

So far, we’ve battled a leaking shower, condensation, and mildew under our mattress – just this past week! Since we moved in, our water pump was broken and we have an ongoing battle with water pressure that we can’t win.


the Big Weaz soaking up a storm

And then there are the thunderstorms. Sure, the rain comes with its own aggravation – mud, flooding, and ruining perfectly good shoes, but it’s the accompanying noise that can really get to you after a while – imagine a tin roof wrapped all the way around you. Then, 100 hammers beat on it from the outside while a thunder-phobic dog pushes you out of bed at 3am. Talk about a restful night o’ sleep!

So far, we’ve found very few helpful precautionary measures when it comes to water issues. Trouble just sort of happens, and you have to figure out what it is and react. By all means, continue the routine under cabinet, hose, and pipe checks – but don’t be surprised when you find some weird water problem where and when you least expect it. If you spend enough time in an RV, you’re bound to experience it in some form or another.

Instead of trying to predict them, we’re trying to get smarter about finding and fixing our problems with water. Here are a few tips we’ve found to avoid or get past the most egregious problems with the wet stuff:

  • ALWAYS investigate strange water. If you see a drop or two, look for a source. If you can’t find a source, look again.
  • The same goes for water sounds.
  • Standing water is destructive – keep water from gathering on anything, especially around faucets, toilets, in window frames and near door jambs
  • Keep standing water off metals and woods.
  • Check under your bed regularly. Better yet, cover your mattress with a waterproof cover and aerate the wooden plank under it.
  • Running water is also destructive – learn the paths water takes down the side of your RV’s exterior. Keep these areas clean to avoid corrosion and stains.
  • Avoid condensation – keep airflow moving with fans and vents, and avoid sudden or drastic temperature changes between outside and inside the trailer.
  • Run the exhaust fan during your shower (and for about 10 minutes after) and squeegee afterwards.
  • Keep plenty of towels and rags handy.
  • If you have water pressure issues, check with the Park Host – it may be a problem for others as well.

That about covers the big things we’ve found so far. How about you? Do you have any unique water problem stories, or interesting tips for fixing them? If so, we’d love to hear from you!