Basement Bike Storage
My motorhome has a huge basement storage slide-out drawer. Since I am an avid biking fan, I made a few minor modifications to carry one of my bicycles in this area. Traveling with my bike in the basement storage keeps it out of the elements and safely secured; plus, it provides me easy access. Even with the bike resting on saddles, I still have plenty of room for my grill, tools, towing gear, satellite dish, and chairs.
To keep the bike from shifting around in the drawer, I made three saddles out of a length of 2-inch-by-4-inch wood upon which the bike rests. Once you have determined where to locate the saddles and how long they should be, cut a notch into one end of the three short pieces of wood. I covered each notch with a small piece of indoor-outdoor carpet; felt also would work. Secure the saddles to the bottom of the slide-out floor from underneath using deck screws. We just returned from a 5,000-mile trip out west, and this bike carrier worked perfectly during the journey.
Don Frank, F359188
We did not want to spend thousands of dollars to install new window shades in our 2006 Tiffin Zephyr, so we went to Lowe’s and found 14-millimeter-thick white shades that block out all light, provide total privacy, and reduce heat inside the coach. After removing the valances and the pleated day/night shades, we carefully measured the windows (excluding the kitchen and windshield). We returned to Lowe’s and discovered that the cost for the new shades would be less than $300. The shades were cut to our exact measurements at the store. Our valances are illuminated with rope lights, so it was a simple two-person project. We have window awnings on the outside, so there was no reason to purchase solar sun shades as well as privacy white shades. We slid a plastic pull-down in the middle of each shade, the same as you would in your home. It’s been three years since we installed these shades and they are just beautiful. We found that it’s easiest to do the smallest window first so you feel more comfortable with each step on the larger windows.
Lambert and Sandra Elboeck, F291952