RV on the open roadThis is our third of three posts about basic RV repairs – see one and two for more info.

One of the necessities of RV life is the daily maintenance of the sewer hose. When the sewer hose begins to leak, tear or wear thin, you can have a messy situation on your hands. Investing in a heavy-duty hose is a good idea unless you only RV a few days a year. But, when the hose leaks, keep the duct tape at bay and grab the adhesive.

If you know where the leak is, follow the simple instructions we’ve already discussed. Make sure the area you are working with is clean and dry. Apply a small amount of an adhesive, like Amazing GOOP RV, to the area.

When creating a waterproof seal, you need to build thin layers of adhesive to create a thick coating. Wait three to four hours between each application to ensure a proper seal.

Tip: Make sure to clean off the tip of your adhesive tube with a little acetone and apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly to threads of tube before replacing cap!

Some other quick fixes possible with a flexible adhesive: repair tears in rubber roofs and awnings, seal leaking windows and shower drains and vents; permanently adhere molding and chrome; or if you like to be reminded of your trip to the UFO Capital of the World, Dundee, Wisconsin, you can stick mementos right to the roof or a tabletop in your RV.

So minimize unpleasant surprises on the road by preparing in advance with a few simple tools. After all, the road to the World’s Largest Potato, Driggs, Idaho, is a smoother when you’re ready for it. For more ideas about unique places to visit see Roadside America. And learn more about RV GOOP here.

[parts of this series originally appears in Escapees Magazine, November/December 2003]