Wardrobe Selection Solution
During the times of the year when the seasons change, it’s hard to know what clothes to pack for a trip (long sleeves or short sleeves, shorts or long pants). So, to make sure we have a variety of shirts to wear no matter the weather, we put two shirts on each hanger. We place a short-sleeve shirt on the hanger first, then a long-sleeve shirt on top. We replaced all our hangers with the slim styles that are now available.
William & Dot Saunders, F337471, Bellaire, Ohio
My husband and I took a wonderful five-month trip to Alaska last summer. Even though we have a washer/dryer unit in our motorhome, it is more convenient to use the laundry facilities at the campground or local town. That way I can get four loads done at once and my task is accomplished in 90 minutes, versus one day for smalls load in the motorhome. I found that this was the case for many of the wonderful ladies I would meet at the Laundromat.
One of the issues I had when doing the laundry was sometimes not getting four washers or dryers next to each other, as other people already had their loads washing. This could get very confusing. When things are tumbling dry and people are adding their things to the dryer, after a while you wonder to yourself, “Is this my dryer or someone else’s?”
I came up with a solution that helped me keep my laundry straight. I found cute, white write-and-wipe-off magnets at Fred Meyer. They were in the school supplies aisle. I took a permanent marker and wrote my last name and “In Use” on them. I now place these on the fronts of the washers and dryers that I am using. This way I know for sure which washers and dryers are mine. I’ve had many ladies in various Laundromats tell me they loved this idea. However, there is one caveat: A few machines aren’t made of metal, so the magnets won’t stick. To solve this, I keep a small batch of “sticky notes” in my kit, and I put a sticky note on the machines I am using.
Lauren Knoff, F407502, Los Banos, California
Brake Fluid Dispenser
The brake master cylinder on a Workhorse chassis, as is the case for most gasoline-powered motorhome chassis, is mounted above eye level. This makes it difficult to check the fluid level without a mirror. It also is very difficult to add fluid to the reservoir. To ease this situation, I took a short length of 1/4-inch brake tubing and cut off both flared ends; bent it into an arc; and pressed one end into the dispenser I normally use for battery water. Now I have a dipstick to check the level of the fluid as well as a means of pumping new fluid up and into the reservoir. Make sure you label the tool “brake fluid” if you also have a similar device to fill your batteries.
Frank Woythal, F291956, Andover, New York
Editor’s note: Make sure the dispenser used for battery water is compatible with brake fluid, which can dissolve certain materials. Also, should you use this device as a dipstick, calibrate the end and add hash marks with “minimum” and “maximum” indicators.