Slideout Extension Measure
Our new motorhome is our first with a slideout, and I was very careful to allow space to extend the slideout when I backed into a campsite the very first time. Imagine my chagrin when I got out and saw that the extended slideout was a mere inch from the utility stanchion. I realized after the fact that the stanchion was low enough that I could not see it in my rearview mirror when I was backing in. To prevent this from happening again, I measured the distance that the slideout extends from the side of the motorhome. Using a piece of PVC pipe, I marked that length and added a few inches to the total before cutting the pipe. I painted one end of the pipe red for identification purposes. This gives me a convenient way to make sure the slideout will not come in contact with any obstacles when we extend it. I also cut a small notch in one end of the pipe, which I use to help me reach and turn the water tank drain valve.
Frank Winter, F114882
Manalapan, New Jersey
Chassis Air Conditioner Filter
The dashboard air conditioner on our 2006 Safari Cheetah didn’t seem to be blowing as hard as it did years ago. It turns out that the core was clogged with cat hair. So, we cut a piece of filter material for a rooftop air conditioner to fit a $5 frame that we purchased at Dollar General and attached it over the dash vent with pieces of adhesive-backed Velcro. We won’t pay another $300 to have the core cleaned again. (Anybody want a cat?)
Editor’s note: Make sure to use a nonrestrictive filter material (one you can see through easily). Airflow is critical to prevent the evaporator from freezing up.
Carl and Marty Turner, F413320