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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #300 on: May 10, 2010, 06:14:33 PM »
We have a plastic clothes pin that resides on the antenna crank.  When i crank the antenna up the clothes pin gets moved to the gear shift lever.  This way, when I get ready to drive off i see the clothes pin and remember to lower the antenna.

Since larger diesel pushers have the leverless Allison transmission, I clip my clothes pin to the ignition key.
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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #301 on: June 02, 2010, 11:00:43 AM »
We have a Cocker Spanial and it sheds. The first time I started the furnace I had dog hair blowing out of the floor vents.  I found some vent filter at Walmart or Home Dopot, removed the vent covers and placed the filter in the vents. The filtes are about 12" long, so when I placed them on the vent cover I pulled the extra over the ends and then screwed the covers back down. This kept them from falling out of the vent cover.  Easy to replace as needed. Also keeps every thing else from falling down the vent (coins, ear rings, etc.) 

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #302 on: June 02, 2010, 11:06:47 AM »
We have a Cocker Spanial and it sheds. The first time I started the furnace I had dog hair blowing out of the floor vents.  I found some vent filter at Walmart or Home Dopot, removed the vent covers and placed the filter in the vents. The filtes are about 12" long, so when I placed them on the vent cover I pulled the extra over the ends and then screwed the covers back down. This kept them from falling out of the vent cover.  Easy to replace as needed. Also keeps every thing else from falling down the vent (coins, ear rings, etc.)


Caution.  Not sure how it applies to RV HVAC systems but the guy that replaced our home system last year said those were a major contributor in the failure of our old system.  Just repeating what I was told and I have no personal knowledge of the validity of that claim.
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« Reply #303 on: June 02, 2010, 11:52:08 AM »
Thanks Bill, I only have 2 covered and they are in the livingroom area, the rest are open. I will remove them when I need to start running the furnace.

Den

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #304 on: June 22, 2010, 12:34:18 AM »
Hello all , I am new to the forum and Really like this topic. I read a page or two in my spare moments,  and rather than search my way through the pages again later,  I simply use the "add to favorites" button. This way I can one-click back to where I left off earlier. This isnt an RV trick or tip, but rather a tip for return visits of a topic.  Great for those multiple page topics.
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« Reply #305 on: June 22, 2010, 07:18:40 AM »
You can also use the Notify button to be sent an email when a reply is posted to a topic of interest to you.  That way you won't accumulate a lot of bookmarks :)
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« Reply #306 on: June 22, 2010, 08:44:17 AM »
Ned,  yup,  that works especially good if I had read all the post of a topic,  keeps me informed of new ones.   
With the  add to favorites,  if I gain another 3 pages into a multi page topic,  I can click add to favorites again and it will overwrite the previous,   thus  only one bookmark shown.
Thanks for the notify tip though,   I had forgotten to do that with this topic.   Found yours here with the show new posts link next to my user name.  (notify,   works much better)
Den
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« Reply #307 on: July 08, 2010, 07:17:24 AM »
I use a French press which makes great coffee but a pain to clean.  Best I have come up with is fill it half full of water, take it to the dumpster or garbage barrel, swish it around like a gold pan and quickly dump it.  Wipe remainder out with a paper towel while I'm there.  You meet the nicest people at the dumpster.

We too prefer a french press.   To clean , I simply line a spaghetti strainer with a paper towel or coffee filter and thin out the grounds with some water and pour it into the strainer, propped up in the sink.  It only takes a minute for the water to run through, and the paper towel or filter then can be flipped into the trash can.  Very little residue going down the sink that way.
Den
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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #308 on: July 08, 2010, 08:01:27 AM »
Harbor Freight puts their 400 amp load tester on sale frequently and they are good enough for our occasional use.   Love mine, will tell me if my batteries are still good.

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« Reply #309 on: July 16, 2010, 02:49:41 PM »
  A little hint re starting your generator.

I have a 5KW Onan generator and sometimes I have to hit the start button several times, leaving a period of time between restarts. It is supposed to get fuel to the unit, so that there is enough fuel enough fuel to start.

  Today I found that if your chassis batteries are fully charged , starting is no problem.

Just think, if your chassis Batteries , which start the generator, are on the low side, there will be little voltage left to operate the fuel pump. Hence, little fuel...no start.

  I had that problem many times...Today I tested that theory. I started the RV engine to provide fresh current to the batteries, Instead of trying 3 times, the genie started on the first try. (and that was after sitting for 5 days).

   If your batteries are A1,  this may not mean anything. My batteries are starting to age, like many others.

Perhaps this may help someone in that situation.

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #310 on: July 16, 2010, 03:39:02 PM »
On some motor homes it is indeed the chassis battery that cranks old Genny up.
It appears yours is one of 'em

ON mine it's the house.

On someone another person's rig.. IT's a coin toss.

I'm told there is at least one model that has 3 batteries, House, Chassis and one JUST to make sure old Genny can get cranky.

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« Reply #311 on: July 16, 2010, 04:17:03 PM »
John, you are speculating.   My rig uses house batteries to start my generator. Read my post...don't confuse the issue!

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« Reply #312 on: July 28, 2010, 06:58:38 AM »
I ran into the same genny starting issue last month.  Being new to the motorhome scene and having an older unit, a 1991 Georgie Boy on a P32 things can get interesting.  When trying to start the genny it would just make some whining, screeching, grinding type noise.  Long story short, after some starting fluid, some  disassembly and a few hours of work it turned out to be a weak house battery.  I mistakenly assumed the chassis battery was the battery for the genny starter but I was wrong.  When I finally jumped the chassis battery and the house battery together the genny fired up on the 1st try. 

The batteries on my rig are not labeled and I am constantly confusing which is which.  I need to label them, once I figure out which is which again, lol.

Thanks,
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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #313 on: July 28, 2010, 09:37:55 AM »
Brian
Not sure for yours, but most rigs have 2 batteries for house and 1 for engine.  (on gas chassis's), so if there are 3 batteries, the 2 together are house.

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Macrosill

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« Reply #314 on: July 30, 2010, 06:37:19 PM »
Only 2 batteries on this rig, one for the engine and one for the house.  Thanks for the suggestion though.

On a side note, I do plan on changing both batteries and adding a second house battery.  The current house battery does not hold a charge.  The current engine battery is a deep cycle marine which seems to have a tough time starting the big V8.  I plan on a standard engine battery and 2 rv batteries for the house.
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« Reply #315 on: August 10, 2010, 09:55:57 AM »
Here's my hint- The day before a trip I turn on the refrigerator. When I turn it on, I put water filled frozen milk jugs in the refridgerator and in the freezer. I put a wash cloth below each to catch the condensation. I have room for 2 in each area so I put 2 in each area. It cuts the cooling time down a bunch.

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« Reply #316 on: August 27, 2010, 12:21:23 PM »
Outside storage for the black drain hose wasn't very practical (read DW thought it was a bad idea) on our MH. We bought two plastic storage bins, tinted red, at Wal-Mart. They fit neatly in the storage areas. One holds the drain hose and adapter. The other holds the water hose dedicated to flushing the black tank. First thing we tell any guest is "anything red is possibly contaminated".

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« Reply #317 on: August 27, 2010, 04:35:12 PM »
Outside storage for the black drain hose wasn't very practical (read DW thought it was a bad idea) on our MH. We bought two plastic storage bins, tinted red, at Wal-Mart. They fit neatly in the storage areas. One holds the drain hose and adapter. The other holds the water hose dedicated to flushing the black tank. First thing we tell any guest is "anything red is possibly contaminated".

i purchased 8' of 6'' white plumbing pvc pipe and 2 caps from a plumbing store in vancouver, wa.
i sanded the pipe ends and inside of caps to make a loose fit. i use 1/4'' pip pins to secure the ends while traveling. the right side end fits tight enough that it probably does not need securing. the left side end cap with handle cannot be removed without opening the lockable generator access door. i drilled about 10 1/4'' drain holes in the bottom of the pipe for drainage. the 6'' pipe is attached to my brushguard mounting bar (3/4'' steel channel iron) with 3  8'' hose clamps.
my new compartment allows me to store 25' of rhino flex stinky slinky and 8' of flush hose.
 my stinky slinky is not so stinky because when i get done dumping and flushing (at least 3 times) the black tank, i put 2 cups of bleach in the 54 gallon gray water tank 3 minutes prior to dumping the at least 2/3 full gray tank, thus deodorizing the stinky slinky.
in the pictures, the end cap with handle is hanging on my genny exhaust pipe for illustration purposes. i guess i could paint the caps red...

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« Reply #318 on: August 27, 2010, 05:13:03 PM »
I made two of the PVC tubes, one for the slinky and one for fishing rods up to eight feet long. (not much good for my 11 and 12 foot surf rods though.  Luckily I have roof storage on my fishing rig for up to 16 rods. ;) :D
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« Reply #319 on: August 28, 2010, 12:54:23 PM »
I too have both 4" and 6" PVC pipes secured under the rig, I used screw end plugs though.  the 4" holds assorted "Rod" stock type things I use for ham radio and the like, the six inch.... Yup, that's what it is for.

Since mine are slung under the rig (not in a compartment of any kind) I drilled holes in the bottom of the Pipe (had to in fact in order to bolt it in properly) and after I was done mounting it I put 90 detree PVC elbows in the holes.. Pointed toward the rear,, that way the inside of the pipe stays dry.
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« Reply #320 on: August 28, 2010, 01:55:46 PM »
JohnFD.. I am beginning to appreciate your overall ability to solve almost any problem.

   With no malice in mind intended, would you care to document all the alterations, fixes, innovations and magic things that you have applied to your M-Home.

  It may take you some time to gather all the info....I am sure we can all learn from it.

  You may even qualify for the most altered RV in history... think "Guinness World Record".

Remember, this is a fun forum.

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« Reply #321 on: August 28, 2010, 06:35:38 PM »
Alas not.. There really are not all that many.. And most of them have to do with ham Radio.

but I've replaced the carpeted riser under the toiled with sealed wood
I've added the two pipes mentioned above
I built my own version of the www.PSRV.net device and put it in.

I added a Wilson cellular phone repeater (Bi-directional amplifier)

That's really about it.

But problems.. Yes, I've solved many of those.

Oh, and I shortened my awning, (Thus fixing a problelm)
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« Reply #322 on: August 28, 2010, 06:51:16 PM »
I too have both 4" and 6" PVC pipes secured under the rig, I used screw end plugs though.  the 4" holds assorted "Rod" stock type things I use for ham radio and the like, the six inch.... Yup, that's what it is for.
Since mine are slung under the rig (not in a compartment of any kind) I drilled holes in the bottom of the Pipe (had to in fact in order to bolt it in properly) and after I was done mounting it I put 90 detree PVC elbows in the holes.. Pointed toward the rear,, that way the inside of the pipe stays dry.

John, could you attach a photo of those 90-degree elbows. I would be interested in how you attached those without interfering with full access to the interior of the pipe and it's ability to completely drain.  Thanks in advance.
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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #323 on: August 29, 2010, 06:59:54 AM »
I built my own version of the www.PSRV.net device and put it in.


Did you get a male flush mount plug and small breaker like the one they sell? If so, where did you get them?
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« Reply #324 on: August 29, 2010, 11:36:45 AM »
NO I did not, but if I had chosen most electrical distributors (NOT electronic but some of them might too) have them)  I used a cord type mount. (Like an extension cord outlet, in fact that's what it is)
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« Reply #325 on: August 29, 2010, 09:36:06 PM »
Did you use a circuit breaker or fuse?
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« Reply #326 on: August 30, 2010, 11:31:17 AM »
Breaker. I don't like buying fuses
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« Reply #327 on: October 03, 2010, 07:02:28 PM »
Others have posted about the non-skid shelf lining material, to hold things in place while moving. I have had an irritation forever, with dinette seat cushions moving, while the coach is sitting still. I move my behind around,  ::)  while sitting at the dinette, causing the cushions to move, slide out, angle out, and sometimes to fall off under the table.  >:(
 
Thought of the non-skid material, to hold the cushions in place. Went to ACE Hardware and bought 5 ft of the material. ($1.79) I cut it in half, and put half under each cushion.
 
Holds great! Real improvement. Cushions stay put, no matter how much my behind moves.  ::)  If you have this problem, I recommend the non-skid shelf liner.
 
Ray D  ;)
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« Reply #328 on: January 17, 2011, 10:32:45 PM »
Flexible windshield squeegee.  I got tired of using a flat squeegee on a curved windshield and couldn't find a curved one so I made my own.
I took a long and a short length of inch dowel and fitted them together using a   inch 45 degree PVC elbow to make the handle and offset. Use a small nail or screw through the elbow into the dowels to fasten them. Next I drilled out the mounting pin on a windshield wiper blade, flattened the end of the short dowel to fit between the frames of the blade, drilled the dowel and bolted them together.
I can now squeegee the windshield much faster and easier without the streaks.

I carry some large flat pieces of cardboard cut to fit into the storage compartment for use as a ground cover and pad when I need to get under the MH. It's easy to slide around on and keeps me much cleaner.

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« Reply #329 on: February 02, 2011, 04:57:15 PM »
I have a few petty tricks / hints that may be useful to some. ;)  I didn't go thru all 11 pages, so sorry if there are some already listed.
1- Get a cheap socket/extension/breaker bar that fits your hot water heater plug and simply leave it srored right there in the compartment.  Its a big socket so for me it was not in my standard tools I normally carried.  This solved that.  I even filled in the socket with glue and washers so I can use it to start the plug straight.
2- I found that the 20qt rectangle rubbermaid or similiar brand containers fit perfectly in many cupboards.  Allows me to store a little more, but also allows me to pull out the whole container to get what I want out of the high cupboards, vice trying to search with my hand or while standing on a stool. (Also have one with all the grilling spices/utensils/grease for griddle/etc. that I can grab and grill...
3- Walmart, Target, etc. had hooks that were almost identical to the ones in my trailer.  Allowed me to put in more hooks in the bedroom and at the door and look factory.  Over the door hooks or hangers work well on my bathroom door too.
4- Never let your wife ground guide you back.  Its easier, less painful, and simply in your best inerest to go it alone.  Though it will take a lil longer it still takes less than with her assistance and the ensuing argument and you'll get a lil extra exercise getting in and out checking distances ;D...Just in fun ladies, no flaming.
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