After a year of untangling jewelry chains, I decided that there had to be a better way of storing them. With the help of some self-adhesive hook-and-loop fastening material and some felt, this is the solution I came up with. I applied a strip of hook-and-loop fastening material across the inside of the bedroom vanity door, near the top. The top piece of material is threaded through the chains and, when attached to the mating piece, it securely holds them in place.
Then I covered the lower part of the door with felt material. The felt keeps the jewelry from scratching the door, especially when traveling. To make it look nice, I hot-glued ribbon roses over the hook-and-loop fastening material top. The ribbon roses also act as spacers. When I need a chain, all I have to do is loosen the hook-and-loop fastening material and remove the one I want.
Sandy Baker, F289259
Catch The Mess
Kitchen counter space in RVs is usually very limited. Peeling potatoes and carrots or skinning a chicken are jobs that can get quite messy. To help keep the counters clean, place a plastic grocery bag in the sink to catch the mess. When you are finished, fold it inside-out and tie it closed. Cleanup is fast, and there’s no lingering odor.
Anne Cilio, F180655
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Spray-On Paint Protector
After seeing what our mail carrier had done to protect his Jeep from damage, we decided to explore this alternative for the front of our motorhome. For a cost of $255 (installed), we had pickup truck bedliner material– yes, that’s right, bedliner — sprayed on the front of our 1999 Monaco Diplomat. My only comment is: “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”
It’s been a great move. The bedliner covers any old paint chips the coach might have picked up over the miles of travel and prevents that from happening again. The liner cleans easily during regular motorhome washing. For a new shine, give it a shot of vinyl, plastic, and rubber protectant. The liner can easily be repaired if it’s ever necessary.
My installer, Bar TZ Unlimited in Belgrade, Montana, tells me that colors are available for a higher cost. Shop around, get some prices, and ask about a lifetime warranty. Make the plunge. You will love it, and it will be the hot topic in your RV park.
Richard L. Lease, F292839
Cleaning The Electric Grill
I let our George Foreman grill cool down some after cooking, and then put a wet paper towel on the grill and close the lid. By the time I finish clearing the dishes, my grill can be wiped clean with the same paper towel used to soften the cooked-on material. Many other motorhomers have used my idea and say they use their grills more because of this easy cleanup method.
Muriel Kay Tholen, F278618