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


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


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


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 »

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