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  1. I decided to start a thread regarding our RV pad we are building in the Texas hill country, specifically Pipe Creek TX. (about 40 miles north west of downtown San Antonio. I thought it might be nice to document the progress of said structure. We're putting in a caliche pad (concrete too expensive), with a 24' x 54' cover, and a 12' x 28' storage building. It will have 50amp service and well water. No septic. Due to high density of rocks the septic was going to run almost $15,000. We travel frequently so dumping every couple weeks won't be difficult. (we will be able to dump gray on site) If it becomes a hassle we'll add it later. Once we get the pad, cover, and storage building complete we're going to add outdoor kitchen and sitting area using flagstone, decking, lighting, and artificial turf. Attached are the pictures of the progress so far... which is just the caliche pad and footings for cover and storage building. I've also attached renderings of storage building and cover. As you see, this is not going to simply be an industrial metal cover and pre-fab storage. If anyone has questions I'll be happy to answer what I know. Lumber delivery December 4th.
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    We are "on the road" this week... well, "in the air". Flying to Boston to broadcast an event... 2,000 miles each way... so we decided it would be cheaper to fly..... we'll be back soon though!
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    99% done... just minor details and the decorating..... Today we had our first "live broadcast" from the "outdoor studio". (We have a live show every Wednesday on Radio Trop Rock from wherever we are.... ) DreamWood Builders did the RV pad/cover and the 12x28 storage building. I did the landscaping and covered deck/bar/studio area.
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    95% complete.... just the "details" now...… and all the decorations that are in storage to put up........ although... people that know me are aware.... I'll never ever be "done".
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    Yes we do! It is a redneck table... I'm going to work on it a little... but we needed something bulky and tough so this fits.... We have A LOT of outdoor decoration / bar stuff / neon signs etc.... in storage that should be here in a couple of weeks... but.... Here are the latest....
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    What "songfest" is in Kerrville this weekend? Here are today's updates!
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    Awesome! We've got a couple work trips in March (Mass. first weekend and BVIs last week) but should be in town for MOST of it. These were 8x8x16 and had to be special ordered..... I suspect they were a large part of the total cost.
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    Yes please. I don't mind sharing the info.... just the cover itself, which is a 54' x 24' roof (8x8 posts are 50' x 20' apart), was about $22,000. Utilities: electric and water only was about $2,000 and that included a separate meter and 200 amp box. No septic.... they wanted another $15,000 for that due to rock... no rock it would have been about 5 or 6K. The "pad" itself is caliche, so, much less expensive than concrete, was about $1,000 to level / grate and caliche. Here are the latest pictures of the bar area, and Wilke's "Bad ***" fire pit.... about 80% complete:
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    The shell is built and painted... hopefully tomorrow I get the roof on and stain the deck. Then the details begin. (decorating)
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    haha..... If we owned the land I could show you that..... we're on the in-laws acreage.... so, not our call to allow "guests". That would be cool though! Here is the latest update.... building the deck/bar/outdoor studio ……. in the rain... what a mess. About 1/3 done with it.
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    We're getting close.... almost done.... only 16x16 covered deck/bar/outdoor studio left to build and lighting to add. and... of course the "detail" work.
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    Yes....we have a lot of issues with rock here.... don't even think about digging a hole....
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    We have given it some thought but undecided as of now. We'll probably wait for summer to see how bad we'd need it.
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    One man and one skid steer can get a lot done in 7 days: (still not done though)
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    Lakeside Pavilion. We'll be in RV with Jeep. We were parking at the Pavilion.... but, they just started construction on the parking lot.... we'll be parked near Brass Hall and drive jeep to pavilion.
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    That is my gray water hose.... it's up on the fence while I drive the skid steer around.... don't want to crush it before it's put into place. We're in the Pipe Creek TX area. Not too far from Texas Custom Coach if you know where that is. Here is our schedule: http://radiotroprock.com/tour-schedule/
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    Water is right next to pad..... Well, it was attached to side of pad.... I just broke it with the bobcat during excavation next to pad... now, it's about 6 feet south of pad. LOL Sewer? None for now. They wanted about $13,000 for a septic. We have a dump nearby and move frequently... so, not an issue yet. Here are today's update pics.... still have the covered deck/bar area to build, and more detailed work cleaning up and spreading mulch.... and of course painters are coming back for touch ups.... and roofers to put metal roof. but... so far so good.
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    hmmmm..... probably not.... funny story though... there is one rock that probably weighs about 400lbs I need to move.... she comes out.... "would you like me to help you roll that rock in place". I'm like.... "uh, that weighs about 400 pounds".... she says "and?". ye, right! LOL More progress..... here are the latest pictures. Let me just say.... I'm exhausted!
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    Time for the heavy lifting!
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    Skid steer (Bobcat) rental on the way - Landscaping starts tomorrow. Crushed granite and flagstone has been delivered. It's going to be a fun week! Here is a few "before" pictures.
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    BUILDING RV PAD / TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

    Just got back from our event in New Orleans "Pardi-Gras". We've got about 11 days before we have to be in Marble Falls for "Lone Star Luau". The major stuff is almost done..... only the metal roof needs to be put on.... then we'll star landscaping and making it 'pretty' after we get back from Lone Star Luau. Here are the latest pics:
  22. Coach: 2014 Itasca Ellipse 42QD - All electric Aqua Hot 450D I had my Aqua Hot serviced in October, had never used it prior to that. (I bought coach used in May). All zones worked when we first used it in November, shortly after the service. In December I noticed Zone 1 was not heating, blowing only cold air. (On mine, Zone 1 is the rear which is in main bathroom, and 1/2 bathroom) Zone 2, which is mid-coach, worked fine (and still does) I finally took a look after I noticed it appeared to leak under the coach under the AquaHot location from time to time. Yes, I see now when 'hot' it is overfull. (see pictures). Here is my thought, but I know nothing about Aqua Hot.... I think MAYBE the Zone 1 piping liquid is all in the tank, and not in the pipes..... maybe a stuck check valve prevents the liquid from getting back into the piping to circulate????? You can see in the below pictures the aqua hot reservoir is full to the top, and leaking out the overflow tube.
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    AQUA HOT 450D / ZONE OUT? OVERFULL?

    Is it possible over fill would cause 1 zone to not flow?
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    AQUA HOT 450D / ZONE OUT? OVERFULL?

    I don't know for sure they did anything.... but I do know it's not a valve you manually close because it was working shortly after the service. I did what was suggested above.... and..... one hose warm, other hose clearly NOT warm. I tapped, then whapped, and finally WACKED what I believe was the check valve attached to the cool hose.... no luck. Still not working.... Looking at the picture below.... the metal thing just left of the center hose with a hex bolt looking thing on top is the check valve? Is the plastic square thingy under and to the right of the center hose..... is that a little 12v pump? I tapped on that too.... no luck.... still doesn't work.
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    AQUA HOT 450D / ZONE OUT? OVERFULL?

    Yep... I'll give that a shot... I did take a quick look at it last month and the problem was when I take the cover off it disconnects the power via a sensor... I guess I could tape it down so it thinks the cover is on.... also, the **** thing is in there sideways.... tough to squeeze in. But, I'll give it a shot. Also.... Since we had it serviced and working in October we did run it every couple of weeks. Good info.... I'm just not sure why the level is so high.... since it was recently serviced... (October)… maybe when they did the service they filled to "hot" line while cold? No diesel smell so that is good. I'll take a look inside the panel next week.
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