Sewer Hose Connection Stabilizer
Sewer hose connection stabilizerTo help keep the sewer hose connection in place, I created this stabilizer using 1½-inch PVC pieces. The unit is simple to use, easy to make, and inexpensive. It can be used on any type of surface (grass, dirt, asphalt, concrete, etc.) without any attachment. Once completed, the PVC yoke fits nicely over the hose or hose end sewer insert, and the weight of the piece holds the connection in place securely.
Start by purchasing the 1½-inch PVC pipe and fittings. You’ll need two 90-degree-angle pieces; two pipe end caps; two 2-inch-long nipples; and one 1½-inch-long nipple. You also will need some PVC cement and some type of weight material, such as sand, lead fishing weights, an assortment of nuts and bolts, etc.
Connect the two 90-degree-angle pieces together using the 1½-inch-long nipple and PVC cement. Connect one end cap using one of the 2-inch-long nipples and the cement to one of the open ends of the 90-degree-angle piece. Into the remaining open end, fill the stabilizer with your choice of weight material. Then, using the other 2-inch-long nipple and cement, connect the second end cap.
You can use any color pipe you wish. I used black 90-degree-angle sections (to show less wear and dirt, etc.) and white end caps for contrast, so I don’t overlook it when putting the sewer hose away.
Ernest E. Elmore, F107968
Arroyo Grande, California
I have several areas in my coach that provide easy access for rodents. I wanted to spray urethane foam in these areas to fill the gaps, but I didn’t want the urethane spray to come in contact with the wiring, etc. So I inserted a plastic sandwich bag into the gap and sprayed the foam into the bag. This way I can remove the insulation if need be without interfering with the wiring.
Ben Rusnell, F255084
Muffin fan to combat closet moistureDuring cold weather we have been bothered by wet walls in our clothes closet. We installed a computer muffin fan where the 12-volt light was and now we are free of moisture. I can’t believe it took us so long to figure it out.
Judy Todd, F316199
Tongs extend your reach.I keep a pair of spring-loaded metal tongs handy in the kitchen. I use the tongs to extend my reach in the RV to retrieve small, lightweight items from high shelves.
Arlene Jeknavorian, F193524
Valance as book shelfIt seemed like we always had more books than space in our motorhome. To help solve this problem my husband enclosed the space above the valance in our bedroom with wood slats (to keep down the weight) supported by a ½-inch-by-4-inch piece of wood on each end. Now we have plenty of extra room for our paperbacks, etc.
Editor’s note: Before doing this, make sure the valance can support the additional weight of the books.
Don & Timi Ruiz, F176638
Emery, South Dakota
Hot Water Only Lukewarm?
If your coach’s hot water mysteriously isn’t hot anymore, don’t jump to the conclusion that your water heater is at fault. There could be two simple reasons this is happening. First, when you dewinterized your water system, you may have neglected to fully seat the bypass valve(s) for the water heater. Second, if you have an outside shower, make sure that the water valves are fully closed off, not just shut off using the showerhead button. In both of these cases, using the hot water can pull some cold water in with it, lowering the temperature. Trust me; I’ve made both of these mistakes.
Dick Brown, F360383
Westerly, Rhode Island