When you want to save water and gray water storage but also need to have a shower, here’s a way to do both. First, find a nonbreakable bowl or cut off the top of a jug, leaving the handle intact. From the faucet located closest to the water heater, fill the container, beginning with hot water and adjusting so that the water is just a little bit warmer than a normal shower. Place the bowl in the shower and use a washcloth to wet your body. Apply soap and wash as needed. Dip the washcloth into the water and use it to rinse yourself off. Finish by pouring the remaining water over your entire body. You may need two washcloths if you put soap on the first one.
Jay and Joan Johnson, F80108, Livingston, Texas
Under-sink storageHere’s a way to utilize the cabinet space under your sink to store towels or other light items. Purchase a pair of Camco spring-loaded, expandable refrigerator bars and place them just above the plumbing drain. These bars come in several sizes and can be found in the RV section at Wal-Mart.
Deanie Hendrix, F761S, Erie, Colorado
When riding in our motorhome’s passenger seat, my wife rests her elbow on the armrest where the switches for the stair cover, lights, and visors are located. Only one of the four switches has a light, so if she activates any of the other switches, they may remain on for quite a while. To solve this problem, I used the lid from a Scott Moist Wipes dispenser, painted it to match the color of the leather upholstery, and attached it to the armrest using self-stick hook-and-loop fastening material.
Pete Chiarolanzio, F181694, Florham Park, New Jersey
Eliminate Black Streaks
Eliminate black streaksOur motorhome came equipped with short gutter extensions to direct rainwater off the sidewalls. However, they did not work well if the coach was not perfectly level when it rained or if there was a slight breeze, so we still experienced those dreaded black streaks. My solution to this problem was to attach 2-inch extensions to the existing fixtures. I used a short piece of J channel found in vinyl siding installations. I applied silicone sealant between the two parts and a pop rivet to secure it from below.
Editor’s note: When adding an extension such as this, make sure it does not exceed the allowable width of the motorhome.
Frank Woythal, F291956, Andover, New York
Satellite Signal Acquisition
Satellite signal acquisitionMany RVers have domes mounted to their motorhome for satellite service. But sometimes the signal can be elusive. When we have trouble locking onto a signal, we will move the motorhome forward a few feet from the original location while the system is searching. If that doesn’t work, we’ll move the coach back a few feet from the original location until we get locked in. We have used this method for more than seven years without fail.
Anne and Mike Cilio, F180655, FMCA Mail Forwarding