Thursday, January 27, 2022

The ionizer.......

 8:07 am - Thursday - January 27th - Newell House, AZ - 39° F, 39% humidity, wind - CALM.....crystal clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 68° F.  On this date in 2012 we were watching one of our last sunrises at Rancho Jurupa Regional Park where we had been camphosts for a year....within days we would become vagonbonders supreme, and begin our full time life on the road.....↴


As part of our waste management system we have what is called an 'ionizer' (center of 3rd picture below), which has wires running to three 'through' fittings mounted on the side of the black tank....back in 2013 we had to removed our fresh water tank (picture below) to reattach one of the three through fittings (2nd picture below), which had come loose, and was leaking, on the black water tank....

Removing the fresh water water tank near Glacier National Park back in 2013

One of the three through fittings on the side of the black tank

.....an ionized charge is sent through these wires into the effluent in the black tank which helps abate any odor.  Frankly it has worked quite well over the years, but became one of the Coastal Oregon salt air casualties during our one year stay there.  The problem could be the unit needs replacing, or the ground needs refreshing, or the line supplying power had a short in it.  I was hoping it would be one of the latter two, and it turned out to be the power line was shorted, so I cut out the bad part, and reconnected the wire from the ionizer to the power line, and the ionizer began to work again.....


.....once I had the ionizer back in its place I proceeded to put all those loose wires that run along the bottom of the fresh water tank into a length of 'wire loom' to better protect them from the elements, and to neaten up the water bay.....

You can see the newly installed 'wire loom' running along the bottom of the fresh water tank

......and, using zip ties, rerouted the wires going to the built in gray water macerator pump so they were not hanging loose.....


....on a side note, the newly installed sight tube is doing its job.....the black tank is about 1/2 full as of Wednesday.....

You can see another length of 'wire loom' I installed over the wires running to the gray water macerator pump

......I also spent time cleaning the linoleum on the passenger side of the water bay....before I replaced all that plumbing while we were boondocking in the Anza Borrego Desert, there had been a little leakage.  I wore goggles, and latex gloves while I cleaned the floor.  While everything went smoothly, and no trips to Home Depot, Ace Hardware, or Lowes were necessary, I spent about 3 hours working on the aforementioned tasks before everything was to my satisfaction.

I've got a few more small projects to finish before the new airbags and shocks arrive, and hope to have them completed by this weekend as I expect we'll be moving the Newell inside Newell House early next week to install those airbags and shocks.

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