We recently (January 5th) celebrated our one-year anniversary of being E-trek owners. We had been having a mild winter so far, so we were considering de-winterizing the E-trek and using the E-trek to drive our son, Ryan, back to college in mid-January and stopping over in Connecticut on the way home. We were even going to leave the dogs in New Jersey at a kennel we have used in the past so we would have a little more freedom.
That week, however, the forecast was for a sudden drop in temperature, so we decided against it. Instead, I stayed home with the dogs while Karl took our son back to Boston. I had made a pledge that I would never again make the round-trip to Boston in one day, and since my husband wanted to be back home in time for the football playoffs, I was out of luck. Well, I guess Karl felt bad that I had missed the trip up to Boston, so he suggested I take the train up to Boston for Ryan’s birthday, which was the following week. In the process of packing, I needed some travel-sized items that were still in the E-trek. Of course, these items needed thawing, but they were still usable.
A few days ago I decided I should go get the rest of the toiletries from the E-trek. For one thing, we were starting to run low on liquid hand soap, so I wanted to get those just in case I didn’t get to the store for a few days. When I opened the bathroom to get the soap, I noticed half of one of the plastic rods which secure items in the shower shelf was missing. I had a small plastic case with a puff and body wash. How this created enough pressure to crack the rod is a mystery to me, but it happened. The other half of the rod was on the floor. On our recent drives in January, we had heard something rattling around, but never thought to look in the bathroom. (We thought the rattling was a piece of hardware from the iPad mount.)
Then I remembered that we left a stash of coffee supplies in one of the kitchen galley drawers. Sure enough, when I opened the drawer, I saw that the single-serve creamers had exploded and created a nice sticky mess by spilling onto the sugar packets and teabags.
SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS, WHEN WINTERIZING YOUR RV, DON’T BE LIKE US AND LEAVE ITEMS THAT MAY FREEZE, EXPAND, AND CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR RV!