Time Zone Clocks
In our travels across the country, we sometimes cross time zones as well as state lines. It is customary for us to call relatives in the evening after settling in a campground. To help us keep track of the time in other places, we installed four battery-powered clocks “” one for each North American time zone “” in a cabinet door that covers a circuit breaker/switch panel in our Winnebago Adventurer and is otherwise unused.
After removing the door and taking careful measurements, I drilled four 5/16-inch holes for the shafts of the clocks that I had purchased from a local hobby shop. The adhesive-backed clock faces were mounted on the outside of the door. Small signs denoting the time zones were obtained from a badge and tag-making company listed in the Business Directory of FMC magazine and were mounted beneath each clock using double-sided tape.
The finished project looks like a custom-made addition and is very useful when we make calls to our widespread family. The total cost was less than $45, including tax.
Al & Beverly Moore, F191508
Deming, New Mexico
Water Filter Holder
Here’s a simple water filter setup that doesn’t cost much but works great. Purchase an orange safety cone and a cylindrical water filter. Cut off approximately the top half of the cone, making sure that the hole is large enough for the filter to slide through. On one side of the filter, attach the hose from your water source; on the other side, attach the hose that leads to your motorhome, and then drop the longer end of the filter into the top of the cone. The cone will help keep the filter upright and also will insulate it from the sun.
Joe A. Bartok, F316019
We are full-timers and do most of our cooking in the motorhome. We freeze our meat in meal-size portions (usually in small plastic bags). These packages would slip out of the freezer when the door was opened, especially after driving over bumpy roads. We thought a wire basket would be a good way to hold the food and still allow air to flow within the freezer, but we couldn’t find the right size basket. In our search, however, we did find a rigid, rubber-coated, wire-frame sink protector with an opening for the sink drain. We slipped it behind the bottom lip of the freezer. The items on the bottom of the freezer push against it “” nothing else is required to hold it in place. It’s easy to see through, and the drain access area is large enough that one can fit a hand in to pull out a package of meat. The sink protector has held everything in place even after several days of driving over some very bumpy interstate highways.
Mary N. Wagner, F279264
Refrigerator Vent Cleaner
As an RVer for many years, I have had the outside vent for the refrigerator on several motorhomes turn yellow. With a white-colored coach, the discolored vent stands out like a sore thumb.
Recently, while cleaning the motorhome, I tried Thetford’s Premium RV Black Streak & Bug Remover and a fine-grade scouring pad to scrub the vent. With a little elbow grease I was able to get the cover white again. Looks great!
Thought I’d pass this on to other motorhomers, as I have seen numerous units with yellow vent covers on a different color RV.
C.J. Maurer, F203219
Denham Springs, Louisiana