Toothbrush holderWe could never figure out a good place to keep our toothbrushes when traveling in our motorhome. We were in a home-improvement store one day and found some wire guides with adhesive tape on the back. I stuck two of them up in the medicine cabinet. Our toothbrushes slide right in and are held securely while we’re going down the road. You can buy six of these for about $1.50. Best little idea to get that toothbrush out of the way.
Wilton J. Dickerson, F245585
Durham, North Carolina
Flushing The Water Hose
One day when I was not in a hurry to hook up my water hose, I coiled it up in a bucket and poured a cup of bleach into the hose. Then I connected the hose to a water source and gently turned on the water pressure, watching the water run through the hose and into the bucket. I let it sit this way for one or two hours. It was unbelievable what came out of the hose when I rinsed it clean.
I always use a water purifier, but often water will sit in the coiled hose for a week or longer. We need to be more alert to what might be sitting in that water hose. Flush it out.
Bernice A. Wells, F303048
Monitoring Electricity Use
Electricity use chartMotorhomes with 50-amp service sometimes only have access to a site with 30-amp power. When this happens, it’s necessary to monitor electricity usage more closely. We developed charts that indicate which leg or phase the various electrical equipment or outlets use and the approximate amperages used. This helps me decide whether I need to shut one thing off in order to run something else.
We used the ammeter on the coach to create the charts; one of us watched the meter while the other turned items on and off.
Sylvia Quayle, F123759
Merritt Island, Florida
Improved Clothes Rod
Clothes rodThe clothes rod in our motorhome closet, as in so many other motorhomes, consists of an aluminum angle with triangular holes punched in it, which is screwed to the ceiling. In my way of thinking, this is “engineering with imagination.” Someone engineered it and imagined that it would work.
My modification to make it more user-friendly was to remove the rod and fasten it to a 1½-inch-thick wood spacer cut at a 45-degree angle, which is then affixed to the ceiling. The new attachment screws must be 1½ inches longer than the original screws to compensate for the thickness of the spacer.
The new design uses the angled wood as a “ramp” to guide the clothes hanger into the triangular hole. Now, any clothes hanger will work without modification.
Frank Woythal, F291956
Andover, New York