Yeah - I see what your saying. But we had never been "IN" an RV, much less used one before.
But I totally agree, this place has been our saving grace. I don't want to even mention all the stupid mistakes we've made in just the first few short months... Oye!
Ok - I'll mention the Least embarrassing one. Oh, and this might help Geri. We use our RV mainly for visiting the in-laws farm (so we can have a little elbow room). These visits are weekenders only.
First visit the shower backs up on the very last day, last shower. Oops, there's about a 1/2 inch of water. No problem, we think, this is just the gray water tank reaching capacity after a full weekend of use. We dump and go home - don't give it a second thought.
Fast forward a month - time for the next roadtrip to see the inlaws. Shower backs up on first use. We're flumoxed. WTH...those dirty #%#$@ salespeople! Sold us a rental (when we specifically said no rental, but that's another story), and now we have an RV with bad plumbing!
On a hope, I dump the gray tank. Shower doesn't drain. I have read about the plumbing sometimes being crossed, so I dump the black tank. Shower doesn't drain. I'm getting pretty annoyed and start contemplating what I'm going to say to the salesman when we return this POS.
I get a plunger. Shower doesn't drain. I get Draino. Shower doesn't drain.
Fine, we go to dinner and decide to tackle it in the morning. Our anniversary dinner, btw.
Next morning FIL offers to "take a look". He asks me what the handle is underneath the RV, directly under the shower. Dunno, I say. He pulls it. Yep, a SECOND gray tank, just for the shower! Had no idea!
So yeah, Bclemens, I totally understand where you're coming from. I'm the same way - and yes, most of this is experience based knowledge and asking specific questions on forums like this (thank you all for being here). But Holy Komoly, somebody coulda pointed out "hey, you have to drain the shower with this handle".... :/
So now we sheepishly have learned a little more about our second home, and are looking forward to our first actual "camping" trip (not at the inlaws) this weekend!