We were looking for a way to protect our crystal stemware and other glasses while going down the road. We found that a Prest-O-Fit straight hose coupler, available at Camping World and other RV stores, worked great. The glasses fit inside the plastic couplers, and this keeps them from banging into each other and breaking. They are fairly inexpensive, costing less than $2 each.
Ron Norbie, F197099
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Our pet Siamese cat is an “inside” cat, but just in case she should get out and stray away from the campsite, her collar has a tag with her name, our FMCA membership number, the make of our motorhome, and our cell phone number. Providing this information is more likely to result in the return of our pet than data related to our permanent home. Engraved tags are available for only a few dollars at most pet stores and veterinarian offices.
Ralph Peters, F159016
Edisto Beach, South Carolina
Try hanging squares of corkboard on the inside of cupboard doors to post reminders. We keep our doctor appointments, a list of medications, and other health-related notes on the inside of our bathroom cupboard. The large door on our linen closet holds notes relating to other pertinent information that we need handy.
James O’Donnell, F192105
Fire Extinguishers: Bigger Is Better
Returning home from our winter campground in Texas, my sidekick and I were signaled by a passing motorist to check our rear. As I slowed down, I could see smoke billowing from the front of our towed vehicle, a Ford Ranger. I pulled off the highway and stopped. As I exited the coach, I grabbed the fire extinguisher and headed for the truck. The left front tire had blown and was on fire. I doused it with my fire extinguisher, and the man who flagged me down, a tow truck driver, used his large extinguisher. My extinguisher soon emptied, and the fire kept restarting. So, I grabbed another extinguisher that I had on board the motorhome and used half of that one. We got the fire out before the emergency equipment arrived, but the truck sustained $2,000 damage.
With only that one small extinguisher, I probably would have lost both the truck and the motorhome to the fire. With a fire in the front of the towed vehicle, you can’t unhook the hitch, so the rear of the coach is susceptible to the fire. The first thing I did once we got home was to buy a bigger fire extinguisher for the motorhome and put a small one in the towed vehicle. I hope the rest of my fellow RVers will do the same.
Fred H. Jackson, F217325
Fairport, New York