Better Bathroom Lighting
Idea for better bathroom lightingThe only light in our coach’s bathroom was on the ceiling in line with the mirror. Although it worked fine when we were combing our hair, I found it very inadequate for shaving, and my wife found it too dim for applying makeup.
I solved this lighting deficiency by installing a pair of two-bulb 12-volt fixtures on each side of the mirror at face level. I simply extended the wiring from the ceiling fixture by passing it through the ceiling and down behind the mirror. The mirror frame, which abuts the ceiling, hides the wiring coming down from the original fixture. I then passed the wiring through the gap between the mirror and the wall and routed it to each of the new fixtures. After aligning the light fixtures to where I wanted them, I drilled small holes through the sides of both the light fixtures and the mirror frame and fished the wires through. I mounted the lights tight to the mirror frame so that the wiring doesn’t show.
Each light has its own three-position switch, giving us the choice of six levels of lighting. The lights themselves are less than $10 each and can be found at camping supply stores.
Frank Woythal, F291956
Andover, New York
Here’s a tip that will be useful for anyone who travels with a dog. Purchase a soft plastic pouch, the kind that’s typically used in automobiles for holding items such as maps and sunglasses. These pouches can be found at most auto-supply or discount department stores. The rear pocket can hold a retractable leash, while the front pocket can store plastic bags needed for cleaning up after your pet during a walk. The pouch can be fastened to the motorhome wall using snaps or decorative screws.
Len Montanino, F185733
Refrigerator Wall Protector
Refrigerator wall protectorAfter each camping trip, I would have to clean black marks off the back wall of the refrigerator. This was caused by aluminum drink cans touching the wall. If I kept the cans in the case, then dye from the box would rub off on the wall.
So, I purchased some white poster board and slid it down the back wall. It works perfectly. No more scrubbing. I just slide out the poster board and replace it with a new one. It even acts as a cushion when the cans hit against the wall.
Be careful, though, not to block the refrigeration plates or interfere with the airflow inside the refrigerator. By trimming the poster board to fit snugly against the wall, you should have no problems.
Irene Herring, F190242
St. Pauls, North Carolina
Using spring clamp as door braceFor years I’ve tried many different methods to keep the refrigerator access door from crashing down on my head while I performed maintenance. Finally, I found a simple solution that works. I use an inexpensive spring clamp to keep the door propped open. When I’m finished, I store the clamp inside the compartment.
Thomas A. Dorrance, F111504