One other thing needed help right away, and that’s the bathroom sink/shower.
Unlike the GT/XL, this Tiger’s bathroom has its own sink and is several inches wider – I measured 28” wide at the sink height, plenty big enough to actually move around in. Initially I thought I’d remove the sink - do you really need two? But it’s integrated with the showerhead and not in the way so its stays. With only a one-basin sink in the kitchen instead of two-basin kitchen sinks like my other Tigers had, it kind of makes sense. I just have to get used to using it. With a latching medicine cabinet in there for toiletries, shouldn’t be too hard.
This Tiger doesn’t have a hot water heater, but all the plumbing is in place for it so my guess is the original owners removed it at some point.
The sink needed some help though. It didn’t drain well, the faucet had major leaks, and the diverter to the showerhead was broken off. So onto removal … under the decorative/waterproof covers, I found more Provan screws so I don't think the sink had been removed before.
The one screw in the corner near the faucet took as much time to remove as everything else combined. Lucky that I have this little ratcheting angled skewdriver for these problems.
Once the sink was off I could see that someone had siliconed the feed lines, but that’s not where the leaks were. They were inside the 4” faucet.
Something else I saw was that there was a thick skin of slime across the head of the trap – and a gagging smell coming from it.
When I poked through the slime, there was a living, swimming marine biology experiment in progress. YUCKO - gloves on! I dumped that mess and pressure cleaned everything I could get to. Undoubtedly the root cause of the slow draining issue. The kitchen sink trap will definitely be getting removed to check out.
So another Walt’s RV find for $12 to replace the bad faucet, reattached (minus that corner screw) and everything is working again.
The weak point of the plumbing in these units is on the opposite side of the bathroom wall, in the closet. This is where the city water feed line enters, and the low point drains are for winterizing. It’s the closest exposure to cold that the small lines get and there are problems.
This Tiger is no exception, and what I saw in there under the insulation was a little scary. But that’s a different story and for a little while longer, cold temps are not a problem. So for now, time to hit the road ...