No-Stick Drain Valves


November 25, 2015

  Even with regular use of expensive drain-valve lubricants that are poured in tanks, I’ve struggled for years to operate sticky dump valves. Removing and lubricating at least the black-water valve once a year, and sometimes even replacing valves, was just a temporary fix. Then I came up with... Read more »

Hat’s Off to Little Things


November 25, 2015

  My husband was always leaving small items around our RV after emptying his pockets. I bought a hanging hat rack from Lowe’s for $11.99 and hung it on the wall in the bedroom. It works wonderfully for safekeeping all these little things. It has been a real blessing, as he no longer wonders where... Read more »

Cheap Coverage


November 2, 2015

  I have a 19-foot travel trailer with an Ultra-Fab 3002 electric A-frame jack. To protect the electric motor, I use a thoroughly cleaned 182- ounce Clorox plastic jug. I measured about 11 inches from the bottom of the jug and cut the handle and cap portion off. I then slit from the bottom about... Read more »

Make a Stand


November 2, 2015

  I made a simple stand to hold the filter I use for the water entering the RV using some scrap 2×4-inch lumber and PVC conduit. This comes in handy at paved and concrete campsites where I can’t get the original stand to stick in the ground. Simply take two short pieces of ½-inch PVC conduit... Read more »

Hang in There … Again


November 2, 2015

  I saw Wayne Smith’s “fix” in the June issue for keeping hangers on the rod so clothes don’t fall off during travel. Here’s another idea: I’ve been using a tension curtain rod in our RV’s wardrobe closet for years. It’s a quick fix and cost me less than $5. Buy a rod that is a bit... Read more »

Get a Grip


September 24, 2015

  I spotted a variation of this idea for a grab bar at a Chicago RV show. I bought a shower-stall grab bar at a home-improvement store and mounted it vertically next to the door inside my RV, so we can grip it when exiting. The inside of the door frame is metal, so the attachment is secure. The... Read more »

Keep Connected


September 24, 2015

  Anyone who has hooked up a fifth-wheel and then pulled away, only to have the trailer come unhooked, knows how scary that can be. There are many things — from being in a hurry to a poor inspection routine — that can cause this. Almost always, the cause is driver error, and it can be very costly... Read more »

I Can See Clearly Now


September 1, 2015

  The 6½-foot bed on my shortbed truck holds a generator and a rolled- up cover. It’s difficult to hook up the truck to my fifth-wheel since I can’t see around the generator and bed cover. I made a block of wood about 3 inches long by 1½ inches high and 2 inches wide. I then put a magnet on... Read more »

LP-Gas Cylinder Holder


September 1, 2015

  I bought a milk crate to haul my 5- or 7-gallon LP-gas cylinders when they need filling. They fit right in, and there’s no worry about them tipping over and damaging anything or rolling around. Bob Bauer | Conover, Wisconsin        

Transporting Glassware Safely


July 29, 2015

    We like having wine glasses (as opposed to plastic) while traveling and had a problem with the stemware rack in our camper because the wine glasses would fall out while traveling. Adding a small wire rod across the open ends and wrapping the ends of the wire loosely around the vertical supports... Read more »

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