Bring The Fun Inside
At a recent rally we experienced torrential rain, making it impossible to eat or socialize with friends outside. My motorhome has opposing slideouts in the kitchen and living room areas, so I brought my patio carpet into the motorhome and spread it out wall to wall to keep the carpets clean. A long table was set up down the center of the room, and chairs were added, with plenty of room for everyone. So, don’t think your patio carpet and folding chairs are just for the outdoors.
Arlene Chiarolanzio, F181694, Florham Park, New Jersey
Protect Electrical Connections
I use dielectric grease compound any time I am working on electrical connections that are exposed to water, road salts, or corrosive elements. The electrical umbilical cord that runs from the motorhome to the towed vehicle is protected on both the male and female ends, and I have never had contact problems. The grease helps to improve electrical performance during adverse conditions such as rain, fog, salt spray, and temperature extremes. Just fill any voids, coat the connectors with the grease, and then make the connection.
Dielectric grease is made by several manufacturers, and it can be found in a variety of stores, including those that sell auto parts. I purchased mine from an electrical supply house. It may be a bit messy, but it’s worth a couple of paper towels.
Danny Lindstrom, F310275, Salinas, California
Medicine Shelf Stabilizer
The medicine shelves in our motorhome are narrow and fairly long (22 inches). I take a few different pills each day, but in no way do I fill the entire shelf. Thus, when we arrive at our destination, everything inside the cabinet is tipped over and mixed up. Occasionally something falls out, so we need to make sure the toilet seat is kept down.
I made a simple “bookend” with some scrap lumber that helps to keep all of the bottles on the shelf pushed to one end and upright and in place. When it’s not needed, the bookend can be slid out of the way or turned around and put up against the other end of the shelf, where it takes up very little room.
Make the base of the bookend out of a thicker piece of lumber; it works best if it’s a little rough on the bottom so it won’t slide. Make the bookend slightly narrower than the shelf so it can be positioned easily. It should stand about 5 inches high.
Simple and easy, and everything will stay where you put it.
Richard Fry, F285034, Williamson, New York