Dave-I replied to your last post on the water pump, but I think you are thinking in the right direction to deal with the water pump racket. Even the upgraded "whisper quiet" model had some mechanical noise. I think that installing some kind of insulation material around the pump would cut down on noise even further and am hoping that someone has tackled this. When a partner must sleep or is sick, the noise becomes an issue.
I have been traveling for 6 weeks through lots of weird, stormy weather and twice, I brought my slides in during high winds and rain. No water that I can see has gotten inside or in the compartments so far.
I agree about the downsizing. After my DH passed, I downsized from a 40' diesel to my 27' vehicle and have never looked back. Yes, the bathroom is teensy even for a female frame but I love the compactness and being able to go anywhere without worrying about size.
Dried out, shrunken potty seals are probably to be expected where you live and I have seen discussion on forums that talk about how to preserve the seals during storage so they remain functional. You don't want to do THAT job too frequently!
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