Flooding - not once . . . not twice . . . . yes, THREE TIMES.
1. Checking out my 'new-to-me' VW Westfalia in my driveway, I hooked up to my city water and turned on the water. Water started shooting all over the inside of the van.
Lesson 1: When the books say 'Use a water pressure regulator, take them seriously'.
In my haste to get to the shut-off, I tripped over the hose and broke off the Van's city water connector (about $35 to order from online resource for old VW camper parts)
2. Armed with my new city water pressure regulator, I was camping for the first time and hooked up to the campground water supply - turned it on - confident that all would be well this time. Well, Water started shooting all over the inside of the van - and since it was loaded for camping this time, food, clothes, and bedding all got pretty damp before I got it shut off.
Lesson 2a: Sometimes even the water pressure regulator isn't enough on older campers.
Lesson 2b: ALWAYS test things at home BEFORE you load up the camper!!
3. Having learned my lesson never to hook up my old camper to city water, I went camping again - using just the water from the onboard fresh water tank for the sink. I happily made dinner and washed up afterwards - only to find water all over the cupboard and my food AGAIN!!!! The source this time turned out to be the little plastic ball under the sink that connected the sink drain to the hose leading outside connector. It was over 20 years old and had finally just cracked and broken - but, since I was in the middle of almost no where - I had no sink for that trip (back to the online resource for old camper parts when I got home)
Lesson 3?: Not sure what the lesson is here (although the fact that my next camper is going to be NEW with no aging, cracked parts).
I'll probably have more
moments as I cope with pulling a trailer.