When getting our motorhome ready to roll, on occasion I have neglected to lower the antenna or stow the jack pads before taking off. Since I needed a nudge to remember these items, I came up with a simple reminder by using spring-type clothespins borrowed from my wife’s clothespin bag.
I disassembled the clothespins, painted them red (any color will do), and reassembled them. I then used my computer and printer and made specific labels for each pin. Examples are Antenna, Sat Dish, Stove Top, Refrigerator Lock, Awnings, and Jack Pads. You can make as many pins as desired and label them accordingly.
When a device isn’t being used, the pin is left clipped to the item. When you use the item, remove the pin and put it on the steering wheel, ignition switch, or wherever you will see it prior to your departure. Do this for all of the items that need attention before you move the motorhome. When the pins are all back in their proper places (provided that Murphy is asleep at the moment), you will be ready to roll.
Paul Lindstrom, F286198
Grand Junction, Colorado
Power Interruption Indicator
To help you determine whether there’s been a power interruption in your motorhome while you were away, try this. Put a marble on top of the ice in your freezer’s ice tray before you leave. If the marble is frozen in the ice when you return, you’ll know that the power was out long enough to allow the ice to melt and possibly to cause food in the refrigerator or freezer to go bad.
Leonard J. LeBlanc, F210858
Many motorhomes are short on kitchen drawer space. Here’s our space-saver idea for storing aluminum foil, waxed paper, plastic wrap, and plastic bags in a small place. Inside the overhead storage compartment, we nailed wood slats — measured to the depth of the cabinet — to the ceiling and to the bottom of the cabinet. We then attached a pair of straps from top to bottom on each side, creating the space for the boxes. The stacked boxes also act as a divider to keep other items from shifting in the cupboard.
Arthur & Jean McPartlin, F146813
Tow Bar Bracket Covers
After I’ve disconnected the towed vehicle from the motorhome, I slip a pair of 2-inch hitch ball covers over the tow bar brackets on the towed vehicle to prevent skinned shins.
H. Dean Yantzi, F253278