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GizmosMom

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Posted: 04/16/06 10:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another member suggested a new forum section with new products but it doesn't look like it will be feasible. So I thought I would post this here under General RVing Issues. If enough people post (even if you have mentioned it before in another post) we can keep it near the top?

Do you have a handy hint, a new product or an old product that makes your RVing or Camping much better?

(Sorry, no commercial advertising allowed)

I'll start:

Someone in the Camping Van posted a reference to using a Super-Chamois to wipe down their shower. I have been using an icky old thick sponge and I like the chamois idea so much more.

Now I want to hear what works for you


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We live in washinton state so we see a little rain now and then.When we first got our 92 bounder it seemed that the batteries would be almost dead after just a few hours of use.Will it turned out that the batteries are mounted just in front of the radiator and that the vents in the caps were facing forward. the batteries were filling up and getting diluted with rain while driving.The darn things were always over flowing.the problem was solved by rotating the bat caps 180 degrees,empting the washed out batteries out and installing new bat fluid.a good charge was also done along with installing a vent tube from each bat cap to a central location under the bat box.No more problems with bat overflow eating my the mh.

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Posted: 04/16/06 01:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gizmo Mom
I don't know if you're wiping it down just to get it dry, or to keep it clean. At home I use Arm & Hammer Shower Clean. Spray it inside AFTER showering and you won't have any soap or scum or hard water build up. We have hard well water and this keeps my shower clean. Other brands are a little cheaper, but don't work as well. I get it at Wal-Mart for $2.37, but yesterday it was on a mark down for $1.97. Lasts for weeks and probably ends up costing 20 cents per shower.

bsherryg

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Posted: 04/16/06 02:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Storing papers and files: I use an accordian-fold expanding plastic sleeve (about $4-5 at any drug store, WalMart etc.) for the important papers (insurance etc.). For files, I use FedEx/USPS-type shipping boxes, put together then cut in half so file folder tabs can be easily read. 2 box halves fit nicely in my bedroom overheads that are too shallow for almost anything else except paperback books and hold a lot of files.


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The TurboMax fan was one of my favorite add on's. Works great and keeps things comfy inside. Indoor/outdoor thermometer is really handy. And our new Wal-Mart "zero gravity" LaFuma type folding recliners last weekend made a believer out of me. Most comfortable outdoor chair ever, as a matter of fact, we used the inside of the RV at night to watch TV! $100.00 less than the LaFuma, same quality and features for $49.00!


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Not sure if this qualifies for what you are wanting, but I got tired of destroying my tiki torches each year because I couldn't get them in the ground. While camping one time, I noticed that someone had come up with something better. Simple design. Take a small bucket(citronella candle is what I used), place some PVC pipe in and pour some concrete in and let it harden. They will blow over in the wind, but you never tear'em up trying to get them in the ground. Here's what the finished product looks like:



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Posted: 04/16/06 03:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We keep a little short handled squeege hanging in the shower all the time. Last one showering just takes a few seconds to squeege down the 4 sides all the way to the floor.

Wonderful.

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GizmosMom

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Posted: 04/16/06 04:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ours is a wet bathroom and I use the sponge to wipe up the excess water. Nothing like a middle of the night trip to use the toilet and ending up with cold, wet feet!!!!

Yes, these are the types of hints I was looking for! Any and all!

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Those stackable plastic drawers come in all shapes and sizes; squares, rectangles, short and deep, tall and thin and you can put them together like a puzzle to fit odd-shaped areas or those overhead bins you can't quite see the back of.

I put two sections with three 4" drawers in one on my small overhead bins. That gave me six drawers to hold small items I usually want in a hurry, or are a pain to store easily on hand.

One drawer has paper, pens, markers, tape measure, magnifying glass; the next one has a t-plug, a surge protector, the campground plug adapters, and a 3' 110v extension cord; next one has the bird books, binoculars, wildflower chart; another has all the extra 12-volt bulbs, fuses, a gasket or two, the volt-meter, the plug-in series tester....I think you get the ideas...which are endless. The drawers are a frosted see-through, making it easy to just look up through the bottom and see if what you need is there, or just slide 'em on out easy as pie.

My overhead bins are deep, so I filled up the space behind the drawers with seldom used items like the manuals and wiring books, portable fish finder, and CAT-5 cabling.


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soldiersmomtx

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Posted: 04/16/06 06:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, Since we live in our RV year round, I purchased a tabletop ironing board. It works perfectly on the dining table and folds flat for storage.

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