My wife and I decided that when staying in a campground, we should have a means of quickly summoning help to our RV during an emergency. So, I ordered two key fobs online for less than $4. In less than a minute, I programmed them to activate our Ford F-150 pickup. Using hook-and-loop straps, we mounted one fob over the bed and one by the entry door. Now, in an emergency we can press the alarm button on a fob and cause our truck’s lights to flash and the horn to blow continuously. This alerts people to check on us and also directs emergency personnel to our location. So, if you hear an alarm, don’t ignore it; knock on your neighbor’s door to see if they need help.
Tom Hunt, F369700
Editor’s note: Not all vehicle security systems can be accessed remotely with a self-programmed fob. In such situations, keep the original manufacturer’s fob within reach.
Stored Items List
I had trouble remembering what was in each of our motorhome’s basement compartments. So, I typed and printed an inventory list for each space. Also, I designated a letter (A, B, C, etc.) for each compartment, and I labeled them as such with attractive gold letters that I bought. Now, I no longer have to open and close basement doors until I find what I’m looking for. If I need jumper cables, for instance, I can see that they are in compartment “G.”
Frank & Marty Hill, F373997
Every year I have had to replace the fresh-water valve on the back of my motorhome’s toilet. My solution: I installed a pump filter in the half-inch hose to prevent sediment from getting into the water line and entering the small plastic ball valve on the toilet.
Kenneth Morgel, F458111
Black Creek, Wisconsin
Editor’s note: If enough sediment is entering the motorhome to clog the toilet’s fresh-water valve, it might be wise to install a sediment-only filter on the coach inlet to prevent clogs from also occurring in other places.