Slideout Slickers

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January 14, 2013

When we got a new fifth-wheel, we ordered it from the factory with laminate wood flooring. We had wanted this type of flooring for a long time. However, we did not know that when the slideouts came in, they actually scratched the floor in places. For a while we used carpet scraps to prevent scarring,... Read more »

Fifth-wheel Handrail

fifth-wheel handrail

January 7, 2013

To improve the accessibility of the four exterior steps of our fifth-wheel, I formed a handrail out of 6-foot pieces of 7/8-inch aluminum tubing using a conduit bender. First, I attached the tubing to the existing handrail using two 1/4-inch bolts with lock washers and thumbnuts. Then, I detached the... Read more »

Leveling Blocks

Leveling blocks

December 25, 2012

Most of us level our trailers from side to side by driving on plastic or wood blocks. I found that 2-by-12-inch planks, cut to size, do a very good job. They do not sink into soft soil, nor do they chip from rocky ground. After a time, however, they do weather and split. My solution is to drill from... Read more »

Hands-Free Freshwater Fill Adapter

Hands-Free Freshwater Fill Adapter

December 14, 2012

Purchase a new fill cap and water hose adapter (female hose to 1/2–inch male pipe treads). Next, drill a hole in the center of the fill cap and install the hose adapter. Then drill a series of small holes around the newly built hose adapter – holes are needed to allow air to escape while filling.... Read more »

Hose Reel Tip

Hose Reel

December 4, 2012

I made a water-hose holder from a reel that’s generally used to wind up electric cords. The reels are sold at all types of stores, including Walmart. Mine holds 25 feet of hose. When I roll the hose I start at the male (RV) end and leave about 2 feet unwound (or the length you need to reach the city-water... Read more »

Portable Solar Light

Portable Solar Light

November 29, 2012

Individual solar-lamp assemblies are available at many hardware stores and home centers. They make nice light sources while camping. And in order to be able to place your solar light in the sun for charging, you should make it portable. Cover or paint a 13- to 16-ounce coffee can or a 1-gallon paint... Read more »

Holding Down Tablecloths

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November 26, 2012

Outdoor tablecloths often fly up in the wind. Commercial hold-down springs are too small for the thick concrete or very thick wooden tables found in many parks. At the hardware store, I bought a couple feet of 6-inch PVC pipe and sliced the piping into 2-inch-wide circular sections. Then I made a cut... Read more »

Leak-Free Tub

Leak-Free Tub

November 13, 2012

We’ve occasionally had problems with water running over the edge of our tub and onto the bathroom floor when taking a shower. For a simple fix, we bought a plastic rod from a hardware store and glued it to the edge of the shower tub and used caulking to finish the job. Now it acts as an effective catch... Read more »

Extra “Shoe” Pantry Storage

Shoe rack storage

November 6, 2012

We found that there was never enough storage space in our trailer’s pantry for canned goods so we bought a see-through plastic hanging shoe rack and hung it in the clothes closet next to the food pantry in the kitchen. We stock it with canned goods instead of extra shoes. The cans fit perfectly into... Read more »

Quick Fix: Refrigerator Odor Cure

November 5, 2012

We found an easy cure for persistent refrigerator odors. Wipe down the entire inside of the refrigerator with a solution of warm water and baking soda. Rinse it all off with more warm water. Then place an open pan (no cover) with several large pieces of charcoal in the pan inside the refrigerator for... Read more »

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