Removing fuses from the towed vehicle in preparation for towing has always been a problem because of their small size. But I’ve found that wrapping a small tie-wrap around the body of the fuse and then another one through that tie-wrap, leaving a loop to use as a finger pull, makes it easier to remove the fuses. I use a combination of three different colors to help me replace the fuses in the proper order. The fuses have different values, so I use red, white, and blue, always replacing them in the proper place in the fuse block.
Reed L. Johnson, F277082
Lockport, New York
Using cardboard to stabilize stored itemsObjects in our cabinets shift around a great deal when we’re traveling. When we would open a cabinet door, we’d have to be careful that something didn’t tumble out. One time when we took a sharp turn, a cabinet door opened and objects came flying out. I was concerned that one day the cabinet above the driver’s seat might open and an object would fall on my husband’s head, causing a dangerous situation.
To help avoid this problem, I cut pieces of cardboard (using old boxes) to fit across the opening of each cabinet. On each piece of cardboard I marked which cabinet it should be placed in before traveling. Storing the cardboard is no problem; it fits behind the couch or under the bed. The cardboard also holds objects more securely in the cabinets with less shifting.
Christena Van Driel, F63269
Screen Door Opener
Using cupboard or drawer handle as screen door handleWhen opening the screen door from the inside of my RV, I used to have to first move a little sliding door to access the latch mechanism. Most RV screen door latches are made to open the door from the outside. To make mine easier to open from the inside, I drilled a very small hole through the screen door frame directly below the end of the latch handle. I then passed a length of fishing line through the hole and tied one end to a hole drilled in the very end of the handle. The other end of the line hangs on the inside of the door and has a small weight attached. A red wire nut, fishing sinker, etc., works well here. To open the door from the inside, I simply pull down on the weight.
Frank Woythal, F291956
Andover, New York
Desk inside table leaf supportEach time I read “Tech & Travel Tips” in Family Motor Coaching magazine, I feel I should share with other readers the “find” my husband, Duane, discovered that’s made him very happy. In our Holiday Rambler Endeavor we have a table that’s attached to the wall. The table has a leaf that’s stored underneath. When more dining space is needed the table can be pulled out and the leaf added. One day when he pulled the table out to put the leaf in, he discovered that there is ample room in the table support where the leaf would be inserted to keep his important papers, etc. He beams with approval each time he takes the telephone to the table and opens his “desk” to conduct business, just as he did for many years in the newspaper business.
Mary Jane Weber, F298349