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 »

Adjustable RV Water Filling Unit

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October 31, 2012

A standard freshwater tank filler, which is made out of a water hose connector and plastic tubing, would not stay in the my cabover camper’s freshwater inlet because of the hose’s weight and water pressure while filling. To solve this problem, I made a flexible filler unit out of ½-inch threaded... Read more »

10 Minute Tech: Cheap Fridge Temp Gauge

Cheap Fridge Temp Gauge

October 30, 2012

My older travel trailer’s refrigerator does not have a built-in temperature gauge on the outside of it and I wanted to be able to keep track of that without having to open the door all the time. I found a wireless remote thermometer for about $10 at Walmart and attached the sensor inside the refrigerator... Read more »

Instant Hose Heater

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October 19, 2012

When you have to install a fitting (coupling or outlet adapter) to the end of a flexible sewer hose, it can be difficult. In cold weather, it can be next to impossible, since the plastic becomes less flexible and the opening smaller than the fitting. A simple solution is to turn on your furnace and use... Read more »

Removing Material From Black-Water Tank

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October 16, 2012

Over time, all kinds of stuff collects on the inside walls of the black-water tank. This creates sanitation problems and gives false readings at the monitor. An easy-to-make, affordable pressure-wash “magic wand” can cure this. Using ¾-inch PVC pipe, cut a piece long enough to go from at least 7... Read more »

Keep Bees And Insects Out Of Your Bumpers

Bee blocker

September 21, 2012

To keep bees and other nest-building insects out of my bumpers, I designed a bumper cover that’s an effective barrier against bees, wasps and hornets. I took a piece of rain gutter cover and cut it into four 3-by-3-inch pieces. Placing a small screen inside, I used Loctite Construction Adhesive and... Read more »

Draining Hot Water Tank

Draining Hot Water Tank

September 14, 2012

We like to drain our hot water tank often, but we don’t like the water splashing all over the ground and onto the unit’s components. I used to make a funnel out of a plastic milk carton or bleach container to direct the water. One day, while my wife was vacuuming, I got the idea to use the corner... Read more »

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