Saving Cupboard Space
We’ve found every nook and cranny in our motorhome, so now we’ve switched from space hunting to space saving. Recently we took the cereal bags out of their boxes. Wow! What a difference. Popcorn packets don’t really need an outer box either. Other packages are only partly filled, so we transfer those products into plastic bags to conserve cabinet space.
Another example: I bought a package of the new foil cooking bags — three come in a box that’s larger than my box of aluminum foil. The bags are folded into a square with empty space in the middle. I found that I could slip a box of foil wrap inside the folded bags and store them that way.
Barb Willis, F248171
I have been asked several times, “How do you keep your flowers on the table from sliding off when traveling?” The answer is that I keep the flowers on a tray that I fasten to the table using a bungee cord. The tray has a handle on each end, and the bungee cord goes through these handles, wraps around the table, and fastens underneath. I also put a piece of non-slip material inside the tray to keep the pot from sliding around when we are on a really bumpy road. Usually I have more things on the tray than just the flowerpot, but I removed them for the photo.
Jo Ellen Nichols, F268966
Holding Tank Vent Protection
My wife and I were completely baffled as to why the sewer smell around our motorhome seemed to get worse each day. We tried everything from draining and flushing the tank to using different treatments, to no avail.
While sitting outside the motorhome one day, we noticed a large number of wasps buzzing around the roof vent for the black water holding tank. Further investigation revealed that the wasps had built a nest that was within 1/4-inch of completely blocking the vent tube. After evicting the wasps and clearing out the nest, we modified the vent caps by gluing several pieces of nylon screen around the openings. All it took was a little hot glue and a small piece of screening, which cost next to nothing.
D. Paul & Karen Landry, F230354
East Dummerston, Vermont
Service Center Log
I keep track of all the positive letters sent in to “Readers’ Forum” regarding repair shops by saving them in a notebook. It’s organized with a tab for each state, making it easy to locate service centers that have been given good referrals.
Barbara Meyer, F254542