I just got a new motorhome and found that the entry door has two keyholes. I inevitably picked the wrong key to unlock the door. So I color-coded one of the corresponding locks and keys by dabbing a little red nail polish on each. No more guessing which key goes to which lock.
Arlene Jeknavorian, F193524, Davenport, Florida
Outdoor Clothes Hanger
Needing a place to hang clothes to dry, I made this outdoor hanger with a 6-foot-long piece of 2-inch-by-4-inch cedar wood that attaches to the motorhome ladder. In the wood I drilled out 1 1/4inch holes spaced 5 inches apart, and on the bottom I screwed in brass cup hooks spaced 8 inches apart. The slots for the ladder are 1 1/4 inches wide, but these can vary depending on your ladder. The length of the hanger also can vary depending on where you will carry it. If you don’t have a compartment that can handle something 6 feet long, you can cut the piece in half and connect it with a strap hinge on the top so the sections can be folded together. I varnished my hanger to give it a nice appearance.
Editor’s Note: Check campground rules before using such a laundry hanger, as some parks prohibit this.
Richard Van Horn, F231872, Kent, Washington
Paper Towel Holder
Reduce the clutter on your galley countertops by mounting a paper towel dispenser on the back side of a kitchen cabinet door. Allow the towels to feed out just below the door. The towel roll is out of the way, yet still handy, and you can use the bottom of the door to help tear off the towel.
Deanie Hendrix, F761S, Erie, Colorado
The safety cables from my motorhome to my towed vehicle kept getting frayed. This would happen when exiting or entering a service station that was a bit higher than the roadway. The angle in or out caused the cable to be crushed between the receiver and the pavement. My permanent fix for this was to install two pieces of angle iron 1/4-inch higher than the bottom of the receiver on each side. I secured the pieces with the same large bolt that is used to secure the tow bar to the receiver. These “shelves” keep the cable out of harm’s way. They also provide a safe shelf for my electrical cable that connects to the towed vehicle. I use wire ties to fasten the cables to the angle-iron shelf.
Editor’s Note: Most receivers have a 5/8-inch cross pin and a spring clip to secure the tow bar. A 5/8-inch bolt with a nylon insert nut can be substituted for the cross pin in order to secure the illustrated angle iron that was added.
Frank Woythal, F291956, Andover, New York
When you come in from outside the motorhome with a jacket or sweater, where you do throw it? On a chair, the couch, or the front seat? Most people don’t go back to the closet to hang their garments, especially if they plan to wear them later in the day. I saw this idea and modified it for my coach. I purchased a wall-mount coat tree and attached the base to the slideout frame. The coat tree then attaches to the base via two screws that extend from the base and slide into keyhole slots in the back of the tree. The coat tree can be removed when traveling so you don’t bump into it.
Reed Johnson, F277082, Lockport, New York