Fool the Kid


July 5, 2012

I have a child who likes to pull drawers open. I fixed the problem by mounting hook-and-loop fasteners to the backside of each drawer face and the front of the cabinet. To install, simply apply a section of hook-and-loop tape (with adhesive backing) to the inside of the drawer face, leaving the opposite... Read more »

10-Minute Tech: Leave a Light On

leave a light burning

May 3, 2012

Here’s a simple porch light project for neighborly campers that costs around $35 and breaks down for transport. It’s only plastic, but that’s part of its beauty. Start with a 1-foot-diameter plastic planter, and precut some plywood top and bottom center supports. The 2-inch white plastic... Read more »

10-Minute Tech: Maintenance Minder

label maker

April 27, 2012

I just bought a new truck and expect to give it the same care and attention that permitted me to get top dollar for my old one. It’s really simple. My maintenance schedule is based on a 3,000-mile interval reminder. Using a label maker, I first make a strip that reads: “Next service check... Read more »

10-Minute Tech: Pull-Top Magic

Top Tip

April 13, 2012

Take the pull-top cap off of a quality water bottle (the type that you can pull up to let water out and then push down to close off the flow) and thread it onto a quart-sized bottle of motor oil. This has several advantages. First, it allows you more control over your oil bottle, reducing the chances... Read more »

10-Minute Tech: Never Without a Vise

RV How Tos: Portable Vise

April 13, 2012

I made a bracket on which to mount a swivel vise. The bracket is made with 2-inch square tubing and fits in a standard 2-inch receiver. I used a 19-inch steel tube coming out of the receiver squared up to a 13-inch tall vertical tube. For support, I welded an 11-inch long sheet steel bracket at an angle... Read more »

10-Minute Tech: Light It Up

Light tip

April 6, 2012

We and our friends have fallen in love with simple, battery-operated, push-top lights for use in our RV and at the campsite. They have endless uses. Inside the RV, we use them for many things – from lighting up dark storage compartments to serving as an easy-to-use nightlight near the bed or in the... Read more »

10-Minute Tech: Instant Tub

Instant Tub

March 23, 2012

Here’s a tip on what to do if the toddler-aged grandkids are coming to camp for a couple of weeks. Many times kids that age don’t like the shower, but most trailers don’t have a tub – so how do you keep them clean? Take the drain stopper from the kitchen sink and use it in the shower to create... Read more »

10-Minute Tech: Build A Stop

Build a Stop

March 16, 2012

The drawers in our trailer had poor stops, so we made our own. Make a wood stop that’s a little smaller than an Oreo cookie – big enough to secure the upper and lower drawers when in place, but small enough where it can be rotated out of the way. Drill a small hole through the face of the frame between... Read more »

10-Minute Tech: Make Your Mark

Make your mark

March 2, 2012

Many RVs have limited space around the bed, which can make changing sheets or adding blankets time consuming. To get it right the first time, place a small mark with a permanent marker or a couple of stitches of contrasting thread at the center-top and center-bottom of your sheets or blankets. This will... Read more »

10-Minute Tech: Leash Tender

Leash Tender

March 1, 2012

With proper use of bungee cords, a little rope and a retractable dog leash, you can create a leash tender that hangs from your RV’s awning. Hook short bungee cords into the hole on the end of each side of the awning tube. Next, stretch a rope between the bungee cords to determine the proper length... Read more »

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