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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #420 on: October 28, 2012, 01:13:57 PM »
The best gaget I've bought recently is a low bridge warning addon for my Garmin.

I like to get off the interstates and be a bit more adventurous so it's great for that.

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #421 on: October 28, 2012, 07:03:17 PM »
The Discovery Owners Forum (Wherever that is) has a bunch of POI files for most popular mappling software and GPS units, that includes assorted LOW BRIDGE files.

It's free.
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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #422 on: October 28, 2012, 07:17:03 PM »
I got my battery load tester from Harbor Freight it is a 500 amp carbon pile load tester it was on sale for abt. $50 or $60 and really loads a battery.

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #423 on: November 10, 2012, 10:17:11 PM »
My most recent gadget is a two pack solar spotlight marked down to $11 at Big Lots. They have a really concentrated beam and also have an on-off switch. The light/solar part disassembles from the stake if needed. I plan on charging them and bringing inside when primitive camping.
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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #424 on: November 10, 2012, 10:30:00 PM »
The Discovery Owners Forum (Wherever that is) has a bunch of POI files for most popular mappling software and GPS units, that includes assorted LOW BRIDGE files.

It's free.

This is where I get my POI from; http://www.poi-factory.com/
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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #425 on: November 24, 2012, 09:46:55 AM »
Here are a few of my tricks.
We use a white queen sheet with a bit of clothes line run thru the hem as a sun screen. The rope/hem edge slides down the awning track easy and we use coiled dog tie downs with weights to hold the bottom where we want. The coils allow the screen to move with the wind and not stress the awning. The sheet is thin enough to be rolled up with the awning if needed.

We use Glad press and seal wrap to protect the walls around the stove. Put a few strips up when we get there and two weeks later take it down and have no splatters to clean up.
We also use the Press and seal to make make dual pane windows. Stick it to the frame at night to cut the drafts and peel it off the next morning.

Since our fresh water tank is smaller, we carry four 5 gal drinking water bottles that fit into a small plastic dispenser. We get all the water for drinking and cooking from the bottles which is nice because I don't have to turn on the pump at 5 am for coffee and wake honey up.

Another way we save water for dry camping is to bag the toilet with 4 gal trash bags. (one per use) They can be taken to the trash after and it not only saves a lot of water but leaves the black tank empty as a second grey tank for shower water.

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #426 on: November 24, 2012, 10:06:41 AM »
Another way we save water for dry camping is to bag the toilet with 4 gal trash bags. (one per use) They can be taken to the trash after and it not only saves a lot of water but leaves the black tank empty as a second grey tank for shower water.

Is this (you should pardon the expression) Kosher? Is it OK to put human waste in the trash?
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« Reply #427 on: November 24, 2012, 10:56:28 AM »
Good question.
I have never heard of anything against it and people have been putting disposable diapers and dog poo in the trash for decades. We always double bag the bags with the outer bag being a really thick one to prevent leaks and smells. We also pack in and out so everything has to come home with us and we don't want the trailer to smell once we get there.
You can see different versions of this with bucket toilets that use bags that are premade and selling now.

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« Reply #428 on: November 24, 2012, 11:13:27 AM »
In that case, it's a great idea!
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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #429 on: December 28, 2012, 07:37:25 PM »
Here are a few of my tricks.
We use a white queen sheet with a bit of clothes line run thru the hem as a sun screen. The rope/hem edge slides down the awning track easy and we use coiled dog tie downs with weights to hold the bottom where we want. The coils allow the screen to move with the wind and not stress the awning. The sheet is thin enough to be rolled up with the awning if needed.

I use light color fabric shower curtains myself, but don't roll them up in the awning. They dry very fast. I have three, which are enough to go all around the awning in front and both sides, and leave a doorway. I bungee them to the awning, but I like your clothesline version for the front, which I could do by hanging them upside down.
Laura

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #430 on: December 29, 2012, 08:38:42 AM »
Thanks!

I'll have to look into the shower curtains for the sides and maybe use binder clips to connect them to the side rails.  here is the sheet in use last year.


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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #431 on: January 26, 2013, 07:16:06 PM »
Miracle Bungee Balls for RV'ers.  Better than tie wraps... re-use hundreds of times. Buy on Ebay for 20$ for 100. Available  6 or 9 inches long with a hard rubber ball on the end. These elastic very stretchy closed loop ties are indispensable.
...tie extension cords into neat bundles....ditto for hoses....loose pvc plumbing parts gathered together...Hold your closed end wrenches in a neat no lose package... emergency lash your awning together.... recently used a dozen to lash 4 fence sections together for a temporay dog kennel.Great for securing tarps etc...Secure items rattling around in or under the RV.
      I have used these bungees while Hunting,fishing ,camping ,working and for bundling flea market items. Virtually thousands of uses. Tie several together to make a large  stretchy bungee. Wouldn't leave home without Duct Tape? DITTO on these bungees.
   

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #432 on: May 10, 2013, 01:36:38 PM »
A lot of excellent tips here.  Hopefully I can add some more:

I store our MH with the ceiling fan and the bath fan open (not on, just open).  Have never had a musty smell after storage (and we live in the midwest and get all varieties of weather.)

I open all the cabinet doors and the fridge door while in storage.

Roof leaks around the AC?  Take off the plastic cover and tighten the mounting bolts.  They sometimes work loose after a while.

Cheap carpeting for the fold-out stairs:  get a piece of carpeting (indoor/outdoor) or the like.  Cut it to the width of your treads and about twice the depth.  Install grommets near the edges.  Mount on the stairs with zip ties through the grommets.

Turn off the fridge while gassing up.  No need for a flame near a gas pump.

Install an indoor/outdoor thermometer (a wireless one would work great) in the fridge.  That way you can check the temp inside the fridge without opening it.

Keep the tips coming!!!
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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #433 on: June 28, 2013, 06:05:50 PM »
here is one for all the older carb GM 350s out there  cars / trucks  and RVs
we all know the ethanol kill filters about every 6 months in the carb and its hard to replace it 
the Oring likes to drip if you dont get it back in right/crack out the side of the card  and its all some thing we just dont like to play with 

i had 14 trucks like this running under me when  i was still working    to stop this here a nice trick

we all know we need the oneway valve in that filter or its really hard to start fuel flows back down when not running  then its hard to start it latter

what i all ways did was when it was time for a new filter i would drill a hole in the end of the filter on the still  side  and then install the filter back in to the carb
yes the filter no longer works but the oneway well and stop the fuel from going back down the line when not running 

now i cut the still line going in to the card and walmart has a see in side type filter or the glass type you can see in  glass one is not all that good
that way you can see and install every 6 months a new one with out getting in to the carb

PS look out for the higher pis from the fule pump   some low cost filters well pop  but i have never in many years seen it happen

i had filters with a hart bet befor LOL

wish i had pics  may can find some latter  but i am sure .............. every one gets it i am sure

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #434 on: June 28, 2013, 06:15:56 PM »
aa i fond one  older 2 barrel carburetor here   all so works on 4 barrel carburetor

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #435 on: June 28, 2013, 06:55:07 PM »
Simple solutions for complex (or even simple!) problems.

I've been doing a series on just this subject over the last few months.

The last on is spot on. A Squeegee for the shower!

Check it out at (link in profile).

It's amazing how a simple solution can make me smile.

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #436 on: December 14, 2013, 09:21:06 PM »
As do many of us, my wife and I have a "crank-up" antenna for our two TVs in our 5th Wheel, (plus cable and dish). For many years, just to make sure that we do not drive off with the crank-up antenna in up position, I always hook a "flag" on the crank at the ceiling EVERYTIME I crank the antenna up. Then, EVERYTIME that I crank the antenna down, I take the flag off. The flag is merely a square foot size decorative cloth with a cord to loop around the crank. It is colorful enough, and large enough, to draw my attemtion everytime I do a walk-through before closing down and driving away. When the antenna is down, the flag comes off so that I always know if the antenna is up or down.
I have never driven with the antenna up, but I have from time to time noticed other RV's that have broken their antenna by leaving it up while driving.

There were a couple of posts that mentioned that you could buy antenna reminders.  I thought this was a great idea and immediately went out to the web to purchase one.   Although the price was relatively cheap at 3.99 the shipping charges were outrageous at 8.60.   i just made one on my computer for pennies on the dollar.   Just printed it out on paper, laminated it and punched a hole to insert a chain.  If I have to say so myself...job well done.
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« Reply #437 on: January 12, 2014, 10:07:24 PM »
One of my favorite chores was to make indestructible leveling pads from a 4' x 6' horse stall mat that is 3/4" thick. You can cut 36 8" x 12" levelers from one horse mat. You can find how to do this on the internet. I also use these for keeping by sewer line at the right angle for draining. These don't slip, crack, or break.  They are heavier than plastic (very expensive if you get from camping world). Make your own just once; you'll never need anymore. Oh, if you have dual back tires, cut the levelers to 16" x 18". This way you can just toss them into place because they are plenty big. Yes it's a lot of work to make a set, but you won't regret it once you have them. Cut with a sharp razor knife, change blade often, and keep the blade moistened with some type of slick liquid like wd 40 or even water. It helps the blade go through very tough rubber.

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #438 on: February 05, 2014, 07:04:10 PM »
I found a great small sugar container for the table / kitchen.

I usually like my coffee black.
A couple of times a year I do buy liquid chocolate mocha for the coffee.

The containers are plastic with a great snap top.
Remove the label, wash, dry and fill with a funnel.

The top is made for an easy to pour use, it is easy to hold
because of it's shape and FREE.

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« Reply #439 on: February 07, 2014, 03:51:41 PM »
 To keep your shower clean, use "Clean Shower."  You just spray it on and walk away.  Couldn't be simpler.
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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #440 on: February 15, 2014, 08:06:53 PM »
If you want outstanding levelers and don't mind a little work, check out this link. I made mine 8x12 for front tires and 16x18 for dualies on rear. I also drilled holes in the large ones to add a nylon rope to carry them. The piece of rope is 38 in long and tapped with duct tape on the ends so rope will thread easily through leveler. The over size makes them simple to put in place and carry. I bought the nylon rope at Walmart for about $7.00. I got the 100 ft x 3/8 in size.

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #441 on: February 19, 2014, 07:01:41 PM »
Here in the Arizona Mountains, it gets WINDY. Not unlike the Mohave Valley, albeit not for as many days in a row.
Our park is cinder rock from corner to corner and Williams is landscaped with it too. It's a rough rock and not easy to walk on, so many campers bring a large mat to put down in front of their door where the lawn chairs and dogs are.
Today it was very windy and two of our campers decided to take off for the day before it picked up. While they were gone I noticed one of the mats picking up by the wind, it had detached from it's tie downs.
My sister and I took it upon ourselves to go over and fold it up and shove it under the steps. It was a tight fit and it stayed.
I know those accessories can be expensive, so mind the weather and check your tie downs before you leave. Also, if you're not home, roll up your awning. Especially in areas known for high wind gusts. I've seen the wind blow them right over the roof.

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #442 on: May 15, 2014, 11:24:08 AM »
Lookie at what cool things/gadgets I got for our RV.

www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20213835/ This is so cool. Going over the stove and folds up for easy storage.
And our new dinnerware https://www.buynordicware.com/index.php?q=dinnerware+sets&page=Search.Search
This dinnerware is microwave and dishwasher safe but it's plastic! So cool! Selling my nice china that will chip and break, these are a great replacement!
And here is what I'm gonna do for storage for my shoes. http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/canvas-shoe-pockets/24506
I found a cheaper over the door version that holds 24 pairs I'm going to cut into pieces and hang on the board around my bed!

Great RV gadgets and org tips!
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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #443 on: May 15, 2014, 08:00:50 PM »
Over the door laundry bag since there isn't a lot of floor space for a traditional hamper
I just ordered us one
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121159272029?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #444 on: June 30, 2014, 09:32:04 AM »
New to forum, but read every post on this thread!  I have two to add:

Prepare a "breakfast box"....I keep coffee beans, mugs, sweetener, spoons, coffee grinder, and filters in one plastic bin.  In the morning I can get the coffee made without much thought.

We have '95 Coachman Catalina Class C that has a large window by the dinette.  Our current site has us facing due North, so the evening sun is rough.  Bought an auto sun shade at Walmart for less than $10.  It's a perfect fit and cuts down on wear and tear on the air conditioner and on our electric bill.

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #445 on: June 30, 2014, 02:37:22 PM »
I have my choice of coffee makers.

1: (Currently) Mr-Coffee makes 20 oz per pot.. I happen to have a 20 oz mug so this is "1 cup" for me (4 or 5 per label)  Behind it is a coffee can with coffee and filters, either whole bean or ground (Currently ground) and beside it is the measure (magnet attached to range hood) IF I had whole bean in the can the grinder would be next to the can.

2: Keurig  I have 4 quart bucket full of assorted K-Kups


3: Proctor Silex, uses filters (Cone) or coffee Pods (Senso) it is in storage just now (Cabinet in my main bath) it makes 10 oz per cycle max so I need to make 2 runs for the 20 oz mug.. Same for the Keurig,, The Keurig however will accept the caraf from the Mr, Coffee.  OR (If I remove the drip tray) the 20 oz mug.
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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #446 on: July 21, 2014, 09:53:48 PM »
I know there are a lot of the Dometic RM 7030 refrigerators still in use. If the door handles get broken or lost you will quickly find out that new handles are made of unobtanium. My solution was to buy two flat push plates and handles from the hardware store. I mounted the handles to the push plates then screwed the plates to the doors. A length of board pushed through the handles locks the doors. I notched the wood to slip down around the bottom of the handles to lock it in place. The handles look good and the wood is in place only when we drive. I know this won't help many, but I do hope it helps someone.

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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #447 on: July 22, 2014, 08:14:57 AM »
That is how I keep my kitchen drawers from opening on the road, Only I used a pair of eye bolts (lag type, screwed into the wood separators between the drawers) and a dowel rod instead of a flat board.. But the concept is identical.   Works good too.
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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #448 on: September 05, 2014, 03:53:49 PM »
Some of the "tricks" are pretty cool so I thought I would throw in a couple of mine that I came up with pretty quick:

1. We used to put Walmart bags over our truck mirrors while camping. Birds were pecking at that other bird in the mirror which can screw up your mirrors.  My wife soon decided the bags looked tacky and made some out of material that just slip on.

2. After dumping, have you ever been driving down the road and think you smell something "not pleasant"? I keep an old pair of tennis shoes that I can just slip on in my "sewer box". Being hazmat certified in the past, I know that it only takes one little drop of "stuff" from the dump station on your shoes. I slip them on, do my thing, then put them back in the box.


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Re: Hints, Tricks and Gadgets/Tools --- small ones.
« Reply #449 on: November 10, 2014, 01:46:08 AM »
Do you need a good deodorizer, defumer, dehumidifier, de-everything for your RV?

Have you heard of ZEOLITE?

For those looking for this stuff, I haven't yet read the whole list of postings on here yet. but did however find a link for you .

http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/store/jump/productDetail/67369?searchid=7SPFGPLA&feedid=googlenonbrand&adpos=1o1&creative=56000862858&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=CIawi5bF78ECFcOPMgodRzUAog


as a smoker I smoke outside (trying to quit all together) but  the smells are still on clothing.

 

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