Vent Operating Tool
Because the ceiling vents in our motorhome operate manually and are difficult to reach without a stepladder, I decided to make a special tool to open and close the vents. I began with 1/2-inch-diameter wood dowel that is 18 inches long. Since the center of the vent knob has a recessed screw, I whittled down one end of the dowel to fit inside this recessed hole. I then drilled a small hole through the top of the dowel that was just large enough for a piece of wire coat hanger to fit through. After sliding the wire through the hole, I bent it on both ends so the part of the wire extending upward would engage the flutes of the knob. I secured the wire to the dowel using glue or epoxy. Now we can open and close the vent with the tool while standing securely on the floor.
Richard Fry, F285034
Williamson, New York
Awning Hook Holder
I have several awning hook holders, but the problem I had was that the plastic sleeve/cord that inserts into the awning’s accessory slot would always slide out as I threaded on the holders. To prevent this, I dabbed a spot of hot glue on each side to keep the holder from sliding off the plastic cord. Now they stay securely in place. Also, if you are missing the plastic cord, you can substitute a piece of straw cut to the size needed. It can be painted any color to match the others, and no one will even know.
Eric & Bernadette Berland, F270976
I am fond of putting just about everything in plastic containers when camping. Crackers are a problem, because of their delicacy and the fact that they tend to go stale almost immediately after they’re opened. I noticed that the plastic canisters used for sugar-free drink mixes such as Crystal Light are about the same shape as some popular crackers. Some canisters are round and can hold a half-sleeve of round crackers, such as Ritz. Some of the canisters are oval in shape and can hold crackers such as Town House. With just two empty drink mix containers, you can keep an entire sleeve of crackers from getting stale or broken. Talk about recycling at its best!
Mickey Watterworth, F326564