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Posted: 15 June 2008 10:17 PM
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That's a good idea, Malc, as long as there is room for the liquid to expand in the bottles as they freeze.

I found some small freezer blocks in Tesco the other day that fit perfectly in my m/h fridge's ice-box. I can freeze them before I go and whenever the fridge is turned on they will re-freeze.
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Posted: 15 June 2008 10:46 PM
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J9withdogs - 2008-06-15 10:17 PM

That's a good idea, Malc, as long as there is room for the liquid to expand in the bottles as they freeze.

I found some small freezer blocks in Tesco the other day that fit perfectly in my m/h fridge's ice-box. I can freeze them before I go and whenever the fridge is turned on they will re-freeze.



They sound like the small blocks we used in our 'cold bags' and boxes when tent camping.
The trouble with them in a fridge is that they take up storage space, whereas the milk/water bottles are ditched.

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Posted: 14 August 2008 10:19 PM
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Picture hooks, the sort used on the picture rails that go round rooms, will hook over the top of many of the cabinet doors in motorhomes and can be used for hanging towel and don't involve drilling holes everywhere.
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Posted: 18 August 2008 11:19 PM
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Rear view camera......I got one for when I tow my trailer. However, I am reluctant to drill holes in the motorhome body if I can avoid it.

I bought a cheap desk lamp with a strong clamp fitted to the bottom from Homebase and took off the clamp. This I attached to the camera and when I need the camera I clip it to the curtain pelmet and run the cable through the motorhome and plug in to the "monitor tail" below the dashboard.

On arrival, I make it all up and stow it away. It also keeps the camera out of the weather, and although rain on the rear window will cause some loss of vision, I can still keep an eye on the trailer and reverse if need be.



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Posted: 23 August 2008 2:47 PM
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If you keep candles in a cupboard for emergency use, don;'t store your hob kettle in the same cupboard unless you make sure it isn't still hot underneath first .....
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Posted: 23 August 2008 3:22 PM
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When I put my hob kettle away I put it in a cotton tea cosy upside down it stops the rattle and if it is still warm it doesnt do any damage.

The tea cosy is upside down not the kettle.

Edited by maggyd 2008-08-23 3:23 PM
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Posted: 23 August 2008 5:27 PM
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thanks Maggy.
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Posted: 23 August 2008 9:34 PM
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ROON - 2008-08-23 3:47 PM

If you keep candles in a cupboard for emergency use, don;'t store your hob kettle in the same cupboard unless you make sure it isn't still hot underneath first .....


I would have thought that using candles in a motorhome, even as an emergency, was dangerous. It would be safer to keep a windup torch, they are very cheap these days.
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Posted: 24 August 2008 4:24 PM
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Yep Randonneur, Know what you mean.... it's a sort of hangup thing left over from my youth.. keep candles to hand for emergencies. I only lit one once when having a meal; wanted to cheer myself up and have a romantic meal for one... but the smoke alarm went off and I havn't used them since .......... other than to weld onto the bottom of my kettle of course.
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Posted: 15 September 2008 10:40 PM
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With the wet summer we've had so far, its a devil of a job to dry a wet towel in a camper following a shower.
If you wipe the excess water off your body with a face flannel (wringing out as you go), before finally drying off with the towel, you'll find that the towel will be barely damp and dry soooooo much quicker.

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Posted: 16 September 2008 12:22 PM
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Janine and I would like a demonstration please, Bob.
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Posted: 16 September 2008 1:16 PM
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perhaps if you pat yourself with kitchen roll first to take excess water off then towel dry - oh well it was only a silly suggestion
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Posted: 16 September 2008 3:03 PM
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When parking on wet grass the tyres, being round and of narrow profile, tend to sink into the ground.

This means that when you drive off you have to get the wheels out of the holes before you can make any progress and this is when the driven wheels spin as they are unable to pull themselves and the rear wheels out of their pits.

For many years we have carried four sheets of plywood about 12" square which we place under each wheel when parking on all but solid grass.

This enables the driven wheels to grip right from first application of power and as none of the wheels are in a pit we usually get away without getting stuck although sometimes with a bit of wheelspin.

When the wheels do start spinning let off the power as much as possible and reduce the spin rate to give them a chance to grip again - but try not to stop once rolling.

Our 'pads' are made from 2 layers of three eighths - 12.5 mm - marine ply laminated together to form a pad six eighths - three quarters of an inch - 25 mm - thick - which seems adequate to take the weight.

If you have the storage space and the wood making them bigger to spread the load even further would be better still!

Ours have a hole in one corner with a rope loop to make them easier to retrieve and drop into the ubiquitous Tesco storage bags - which are then disposable when dirty (the bags not the pads!).

The pads can be further enhanced by fixing some old broken yellow plastic so called grip tracks to either side this gives more grip and makes them easier to clean.

If you have grip tracks already you may as well use them because the grip tracks themselves are too flexible and not tough enough to be of any real use in the real slippy stuff.

Edited by Tracker 2008-09-16 3:08 PM
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Posted: 19 September 2008 11:01 PM
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When staying on a Caravan Club site, you'll find a mop and bucket situated in the shower block. Following a shower, if you mop the dressing area floor with the aforementioned equipment (wringing the mop out as you go), the person using the shower after you will very much appreciate the gesture.

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Posted: 20 September 2008 7:34 PM
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bob b - 2008-09-19 11:01 PM

When staying on a Caravan Club site, you'll find a mop and bucket situated in the shower block. Following a shower, if you mop the dressing area floor with the aforementioned equipment (wringing the mop out as you go), the person using the shower after you will very much appreciate the gesture.



and if the ignorant sod who left the shower in a mess before you had done the same you might feel more inclined to do the same yourself!
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Posted: 20 September 2008 8:06 PM
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We bought one of those minute swim towels that need to stay damp, they are brill for drying off after a shower, then I just use my normal towel for a final rub keeping it dry.
Also I use a trouser coat hanger ( the clip type) to hang our towels up to dry.

Another useful tip, I bought 4 towel rings that hang over the door for hand towels.
And some useful over door hooks from Netto, I put them on the Wardrobe in the bathroom for hanging wet coats or just for a dressing gown.

This way The motohome stays intact without drilling holes, and I can take them on to any new van we have.
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Posted: 20 September 2008 11:05 PM
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ROON - 2008-09-16 12:22 PM Janine and I would like a demonstration please, Bob.

Minx !

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Posted: 4 October 2008 5:41 PM
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bob b - 2008-09-15 10:40 PM

With the wet summer we've had so far, its a devil of a job to dry a wet towel in a camper following a shower.
If you wipe the excess water off your body with a face flannel (wringing out as you go), before finally drying off with the towel, you'll find that the towel will be barely damp and dry soooooo much quicker.



Many years ago I bought a Magic Towel this is a 2ft by 10inch piece of material you used find them on the carousels you often find in shops with camping nick nacks on, compasses and pocket knives etc with this towel I can totally dry myself after a shower if it gets a bit soggy just ring it out and start again.

Terry
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Posted: 8 October 2008 10:34 PM
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Hi tp002c784 tp002e784tb Hi tp00 hi tp002c7849
Sod it I'll just watch telly!

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Posted: 9 October 2008 9:30 AM
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pkc - 2008-10-08 10:34 PM

Hi tp002c784 tp002e784tb Hi tp00 hi tp002c7849
Sod it I'll just watch telly!


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Posted: 9 October 2008 4:54 PM
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Presumably in the 'all together' Jenny...until he dries off !
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Posted: 3 November 2008 6:21 PM
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I have a wind-up lantern and it gives off plenty of light, much safer than candles.
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Posted: 3 November 2008 6:34 PM
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not as romantic tho

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Posted: 28 April 2009 12:59 PM
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If you want a towel that dries you and subsequently itself quickly, is light, and folds up small, check out tent camping gear, don't be stuffy have a look, buy a Microfibre towel, they're excellent.
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Posted: 23 October 2009 9:00 AM
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Best tip for keeping towels dry is not to bother showering.
Jon.

P.S. can any one recommend a good deoderant. my regular one is not very effective.
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Posted: 23 October 2009 10:40 AM
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One of the best tips i have ever been given is to fill my car up with fule BEFORE i go on holiday
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Posted: 24 January 2010 9:26 PM
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Elastic Straps (bungees)never seem to be the length you want so i use cut from a reel at B&Q about 5mm in dia elastic which can be used in any length. The clever bit is the termination to make it look neat and tidy so I cut a very short length of 10mm copper pipe squash it slightly so it becomes an oval and then you can get the elastic down inside and back out to make a loop which can be hooked on to anythink you like or a complete loop of any length can be made . Once you are happy with length and the stretch bit squash the copper in a vice and or centre or pin punch the copper and that will stop it moving. And it comes in bigger Dia. Mick
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Posted: 24 January 2010 9:40 PM
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Another good tip from the House of Eve. Not the right time of year yet but unused cheap shower caps are just fab for keeping flying summer bugs off food in bowels Brenda
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Posted: 24 January 2010 10:54 PM
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"for keeping flying summer bugs off food in bowels"

Hmmm, under pants work as well.
but I might try your tip for food in bowls.
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Posted: 25 January 2010 4:21 PM
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Oops spelling mistake Mrs Eve should have typed Bowl but in her defence she said it was my fault as I was bending over cleaning the Kitchen Floor as its my turn for the housework . Just wondered if spellchecker would have picked that mistake up who cares we had a real laugh with the reply Mick
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