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Posted: 8 July 2006 10:18 AM
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Having had a bottle of Soy sauce fall over with a loose top in a cupboard above a winwow resulting in a L O N G brown stain down the blind and flyscreen we now store all pots and bottles in those gallon size ice cream cartons. Added security and its easy to lift out all the jams in one box for breakfast or all the sauces for dinner in another box.

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Okay, Clive's started with his tip, so I'll continue with some of mine:

Wine and lemonade bottles:
These are bulky items to store at the best of times. I've got a long thin cardboard box which is approximately 18 inches wide, 5 inches deep and 12 inches high (an old envelope box from work). I strenghtened it with some gaffer (duct) tape and it fits tightly between the rear of the driver's seat and the cupboard behind it, nice and snug. The 2 fixing 'bolts' in the floor push up into the base of the box so hold it in place at the bottom. I can get lots of bottles of wine, lemonade, milk, orange, oil etc in this and it's nice and easy to grab what you want.

Fixed beds - storage hints:
Fishing around under the fixed bed for bits and pieces is a pain in the bum sometimes so I have several ways of keeping things in place, the first is to use the stick/clip on pouches that you can get for use in car boots, this is the long thin holdall type thing that has several pockets and usually press-studs or velcros to the back of the rear seats in the boot. I've put ours along the side edge of the underbed storage (the side you go into it from). We use it to keep hook-up leads, varoius connectors, tent pegs, a small tarpaulin, virtually anything you want that you may need to get at easily, to hand.

I also have several of the small cargo type nets - the type that you can use on the back of bicycles and motorbikes etc that have several hooks on them - which I hooked onto the slatted base of the bed, I can slot in lightweight items such as frying pans, trays, small plastic table, games rackets, whatever you can think of that's not too heavy (remember you still have to be able to lift the bed base!). I also have some bungee straps stretched across parallel with each other and within these I can put longer items such as walking poles, umbrella etc. It keeps them accessible and saves an awful lot of scrabbling around in the 'cavern' that is the bed base - if you've ever fallen into it looking for something once you won't want to do it again! Apart from the fact that you feel a right pillock, it's bl**dy difficult to get out again!!!!

Bed Shelf:
If like me you like to have a cup of tea in bed in a morning but didn't have anywhere to rest the cup then I found one solution. You'll probably have seen some of the cheap plastic tea, coffee and sugar sets in the pound shops etc that sit on a nice little plastic shelf, I had a spare set of these in a nice grey colour so put the shelf up at the head of the bed (make sure you put it to one side so you can still sit up to enjoy your cuppa!), it attaches with 2 small screws which you put onto the wall first and then just hook the shelf on to them, as the shelf has a lip if you knock your mug the shelf will catch the spillage and it has the advantage that you can easily take it off again to wash it.

I also use one of these sets of tea/coffee/sugar/shelf above the entry door, it saves having to rummage around in a cupboard for them when I want them and also saves storage space and no, they do not jump off whilst travelling, in 3 years of use they've never committed suicide once, one thing to watch out for though - make sure you can lift the canisters over the lip of the shelf when you are deciding how high to put them, one thing I nearly forgot about!

If I think of any more bits I'll put them on here, I assume someone will find these useful?!?!

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Posted: 8 July 2006 9:06 PM
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Hi All, another tip, if you have a HOPE SAFE-T-BAR back bumper [very good to deter 'tail-gaters'] If you pull the plastic end off, a 6 pole canvass wind dodger rolled up tight, will slide inside, specially good if it is wet, then pop the end back on as a little door/lid.
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Posted: 8 July 2006 9:21 PM
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Mel Bs post reminded me of seeing a T25 with wine rack built under rear bed/seat where where it ramps up over engine, don't know how cool wine kept but I was well impressed.
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Posted: 9 July 2006 10:21 AM
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Underseat/bed lockers can be divided up using plastic boxes of an appropriate size. I have a number in my MH, one holds shoes/boots, another spare linen and towels, another large bottles. They are easy to lift out and take into the house for replenishing etc.
One top locker is divided up with icecream tubs to hold bottles,jars which may leak or break.
Socks, underwear and other small clothing items are stored in net bags.
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Posted: 9 July 2006 12:12 PM
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Wine bottles: best not carried if its not good enough to drink on the spot its not good enough to take for later/home.
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Wine bottles: best not carried if its not good enough to drink on the spot its not good enough to take for later/home.


That's why we buy our cheap plonk in cartons.
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Posted: 9 July 2006 4:53 PM
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We carry our wine in one (or two if we're thirsty!) of those square wicker baskets made for 4 bottles. They have a good centre of gravity and rarely tip over, and are available at the bigger garden centres, I think.

Another tip... for those of you with small campervans and one of those collapsable water containers for grey waste... to keep the container fully extended and hence use the full volume, I purchased one of those "for your garden" long iron spikes with an ornamental candle from the gardening centre. Dispose of the candle bit, bend that end into a hook and drive it into the ground at 45 degrees to the container with the container handle being held high by the hook. Feed the container with a short length of hose.

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Posted: 9 July 2006 5:20 PM
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I find the telescopic net curtain rods which are tightened up across a high level locker opening ideal to stop cans and other thing droping out when the door is opened. They can be bought in brass or white finish in a variety of lengths the small size about 24" long cost about £1.49 each from most stalls or shops selling net. chas
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Posted: 9 July 2006 8:38 PM
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'baby bum' wipes,
can be used to wipe hands, bums, surfaces; act as quick cooling wash when you're hot n sticky; great for removing small stains from clothes; and spare packs can be used to stop stuff rattling around.

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Posted: 9 July 2006 8:50 PM
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Yes Chas, brilliant idea, I use a similar idea in the bathtroom cabinet as the first opening on arrival on site was usually followed by a shower of littlle bottles, tubes of tooth paste, spare soap,spare loo rolls etc etc. Now everything stays where it belongs. I like Mels under bed storage ideas, unfortunately our under bed store is a huge drawer on runners, dodgey on roundabouts if not locked. Keep the tips rolling in ! ! ! What can you do with clothes pegs ? ? ?
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Wine bottles: best not carried if its not good enough to drink on the spot its not good enough to take for later/home.


Would have saved on having to up the tyre pressures on our last trip back from france, but would have been hell of an hangover
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Posted: 9 July 2006 9:50 PM
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Baby wipes, or husband wipes! Mine uses them to give his feet a wash down when they get a bit pongy! They are also very good for wiping the sink and toilet down to keep it nice and clean and smelling sweet and they're cheapter than the 'proper' ones.

Clothes pegs, what CAN'T you do with them is probably easier to say! And what can you do with Velcro!!! It's great for keeping a table cloth in place on your dining table which protects the surface and means no more bowls sliding off into your lap- sticky backed on the table itself but use sewing type velcro on the material (unless it's plastic and you can make sure it sticks well) - don't whatever you do try to sew the stick type onto material, I've tried and you just end up with your threat getting constantly stuck, a very sticky needle and sore fingers! .A couple of strips of velcro make a great way to keep bits together, such as wind breaks, simply cut so they just go round then unfasten them, put one round the wind break and the use the other to fill the gap, you can get them really tight and keep the thing together, to avoid loosing them when you use the wind-break, sew one end of the overlaping pieces together and then fasten one end of it to the windbreak (staple or sew depending on the material the windbreak is made of). Similar 'straps' can be made for a wide variety of uses.

Washing line - if the weather isn't good and you've got a few wet towels to dry what do you do with them? I've got a piece of washing line cut down to a size just big enough to stretch across the width of the van, on each end I've put the 'hooks' off an old bungee cord, I then open 2 top hinged upper lockers, one at each side of the van, and hook the hooks over the middle of the hinges, works a treat ... and you can use clothes pegs to keep them on as well if you want!

Small stacking racks, like small vegetable racks, make excellent additional 'shelves' for lockers.

To stop mugs and glasses rattling, go and visit your local office furniture store and ask if you can have some of the protective 'stockings' that they put on the swivel bases of office chairs, they use them to protect the 5 star base from damage in transit - they are like plastic stockings and cut in half with a small slit for the handles if required, easily slip on and off and allevaite the problem. They also work well on bottles.

Crockery - use paper plates (on top of normal plates to keep them rigid), it makes cleaning up much quicker and easier and saves on washing up (and using water reserves).

Shoe storage - get one of the material shoe hangers and put it in the wardrobe, makes getting at your shoes much easier than scrabbling about in a locker. You can also use it for storing clothes as well if locker space is tight.

That's it for now!



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Posted: 10 July 2006 9:04 AM
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Seing as this thread could prove to be very useful indeed, I've taken the liberty of making it a 'sticky' - meaning it should stay at the top of the page.
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Posted: 10 July 2006 9:45 AM
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I can think of only three motorhome-related wrinkles we've come up with that might be novel. The rest (like sewing loops on all 4 corners of towels so that they can be hung to dry from self-adhesive plastic hooks stuck around the top of the shower-compartment walls) seem fairly obvious things to do.

Two 'tips' involve storage of crockery. All our flatware is melamine and, on our Herald, we kept 4 large plates, 4 small plates, 4 cereal bowls and 2 egg-cup thingies in a custom-sewn set of cloth pouches based on the shoe-hanger principle. These were fixed to a thin plywood backing-board screwed to a wardrobe inner side-wall. Virtually no space was taken up and the crockery didn't rattle. The Herald had a semi-useless cocktail cabinet that I managed to store 3 wine-glasses in (horizontally!) and our 4 melamine mugs hung from purpose-made padded hooks at ceiling height behind the wardrobe door.

We transferred the in-wardrobe pouches concept to our current Hobby motorhome, but this has no dedicated drinks storage and hanging the mugs in the wardrobe was impractical. I've got all sorts of things I've acquired over the years including some thick rubber/cork composite industrial floor-covering. I cut some of this to fit the base of one of the high-level kitchen cupboards and then cut through the floor-covering 4 holes the diameter of the tops of our 4 swanky new acrylic wine-glasses, plus 4 holes the size of the bottoms of our mugs. I made three of these 8-hole shapes and stuck them together to form a piece a good half inch deep that sits on top of a layer of non-slip material. This has proven entirely successful: the glasses/mugs are handy for use, don't rattle and stay in their individual 'holes' on even the roughest roads. A reasonably thick piece of high-density foam plastic/rubber should work just as well, if not better, than the floor-covering, while foam polystyrene would be OK except for the inevitable 'crumbs'. Clearly the practicality of storing crockery in a wardrobe will depend on the latter's location in relation to the kitchen and the design of the wardrobe itself.

The 3rd tip involves magnetism. Our Hobby's layout mirrors that of a Hobby caravan and includes two horizontally-sliding tambour doors in the upper part of a sort of room-divider. These whizzed from side to side on every corner: fine in a caravan, infuriating in a motorhome. The sliding doors have weak magnetic strips in their outer vertical edges but the room-divider centre-section prevents them meeting (!!) I needed something similarly magnetic to fix to the room-divider centre-section and found vast quantities of it in the door seals of the redundant freezers and fridges dumped at our local recycling centre. If the door seals are cut at the corners with a sharp knife then the magnetic strips can easily be extracted. Worked a treat on our Hobby's doors and is totally unobtrusive.
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Posted: 10 July 2006 12:48 PM
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Yet another idea I have incorperated in the bathroom of our van is the shower curtain rail which goes around 2 of the walls which incidently is very firmly fixed, I have attached 4 spare shower curtain split rings which are ideal for hanging wet pac-amacs and damp bath towels etc, I thought of using self adhesive hooks but feared they may not stick to the vynil paper walls, and may leave marks if they did fall off or needed to be moved. The rings slide along and work a treat. chas
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Posted: 10 July 2006 3:23 PM
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I daresay you all have those solar garden lamps outside the motorhome during the day well why not bring one in for the bathroom for little trips during the night. It avoids waking up other people by putting lights on plus its quite a sexy light. lol
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Posted: 10 July 2006 7:12 PM
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We too use a flat plastic see through 'shoe' thingy on the rear of the wardrobe door and it holds socks and undies etc and one compartment has the rubber gloves for using when emptying the toilet cassette (oh no - please don't splash)
And 's' hooks on the shower rail for light wet waterproofs etc.
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Posted: 10 July 2006 8:33 PM
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Oooo, that's just reminded me of something else:

I have a large melamine tray that I use as a draining board when washing up, the only problem is that it's a bit big to store. Answer? Drill a couple of small holes in one end (no, in the lip you twit, not the base!!!) and then mark these holes on the inside of the wardrobe door, now screw a couple of small hooks into the wardrobe door and hook the tray over them, a bit of blue tack on the bottom stops it swinging in transit. Another couple of hooks below the tray are used to hang one of the small washing-up plate racks on. Easy to get at when you want them.

Lights - how many of you don't like the little lights shining on the control panel at night but you don't have a choice but to have the switches on? Sometimes they can seem like a 100w bulb is glowering at you! Just put some blobs of Blu-tak over the lights but remember to switch off those that you don't need on anymore in the morning. Make sure you stick it on well though as if it drops off in the middle of the night into the step recess it don't half give you a scare!!!
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Posted: 10 July 2006 10:00 PM
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Those fridge lights are so bright at night they seem like 100watt bulbs thats for sure, so I drape a tea towel over ours, at last its nice and dark. chas
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Posted: 11 July 2006 4:55 PM
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Useful Tips.

Go to your local £1 shop and buy a few rolls of non slip matting (or your caravan dealer and pay more for it). Line all your shelves and cupboards. This will stop things moving and rattling.

Use empty ice cream tubs for storing bits and thingys in, and without a lid for standing tall things in. The more flavours you try the more different sizes and colours of tub you will have. With lids they stack to help fill overhead lockers. Ice cream is good for you too!

Line all your floor lockers with off cuts of carpet and this will stop rattles and provide a small degree of noise and heat insulation too.

I use either one of two lengths of water hose, one 10' and one 20', all fitted with snap on connectors according to how far away from the tap I have to be. I also carry a wide range of tap adaptors to fit almost (but not quite) every type of tap you can find.

Carpet pads (about 4" square) twixt cooker top (when cold) and glass lid stops rattles.

Bulldog clip your oven shelf to it's rack to stop rattles.

Use an old pillow slip to wrap grill pan and gridle in to stop rattles.

Stick cut outs of rubber mat on Peugeot boxer cab door steps as they are slippery - more so when wet.

Fix lengths of curtain wire with sliding pegs on in the loo to hang flannels or smalls over the sink to dry.

If you don't take suits or posh coats try shelving out a wardrobe in a small van to give lots more clothes storage.

If there are only two people and the huge or heavy or fixed table is not needed for the bed get a smaller lightweight table and use an island leg with either a fixed 'hole in't floor base' or a more portable tripod. The table is easier to handle and store and lots more room is feed up in the van.

I use incontinece pads or doggy training pads as a dog bed base. Better that than lots of smelly towels if a doggy leakage occurs and also no doggy smells get on to carpet or seats. If soiled just chuck 'em out (responsibly please).

No doubt I will remember others drekkly.
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Posted: 22 July 2006 9:51 PM
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Overawed by range of useful tips so humbly offer a simple few:

1. Paper plate placed in non-stick frying pan during storage prevents abrasion from pans etc. placed on top.

2. Cut 1 litre square-section plastic milk containers in half to make an open-topped container but leave one side a bit higher so that it can be stapled / screwed/ velcroed onto wood cabinet side. Olive oil, soy sauce and other potentially threatening bottles can be dropped into the containers without the risk of spillage. The effect of 500mls of spilled olive oil onto upholstery is worse than one could imagine after a long, hot day's drive in Southern France....

3. Keep a small plastic wallet with hotel small shower-gel bottle, beer towel, travel toothbrush and toothpaste in door pocket to take onto ferry / service station etc in case of finding free shower!


Edited by peterthebruce 2006-07-22 9:52 PM
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Posted: 22 July 2006 10:15 PM
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As an owner of a Auto-Trail i found that the catches on the under sink storage cupboard wouldnt hold the doors shut if something hit them as you turned a corner. The contents ended all over the floor.
The simple solution was to purchase those elasticated loops with the plastic ball on the end they fit through the handles and secures them.
A simple ten pence fix.

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Posted: 23 July 2006 6:03 PM
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Just got back and remembers another thing to add to this:

Toilet & Wardrobe doors - to save having to push the buttons in and out for the door catches on the toilet and wardrobe when on site (it does get tiring after a while!) I put some of the small magnetic catches door catches on them, now the doors stay closed and it saves me having to do all that strenuous pushing all the time!!! Just remember to push the buttons in before driving off otherwise they do wave about a bit!!!
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The simplest way to overcome the problem of bright indicator lights is to close your eyes and go to sleep!
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Posted: 26 July 2006 7:20 PM
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But some of us are like moths and are attracted to the lights whatever we do!!

Oh ... it's so pretty ... BUZZ splat!
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I think I'm getting the idea of this (After mistakenly making new threads)
There's been a lot of usefull tips I've a few to add to the list
Place a 'Cat litter' tray under the cutlery draw - keeps all those small
cooking aids; OXO's, Pkt Rice etc, handy

In our Low Profile we put three sets x two mini plastic veg baskets in
the Over Cab locker- keeps all underwear, socks etc seperated
between Pilot and Co Pilot

Stick strips of Velcro in cutlery draw to hold knives; forks etc in place
while travelling

A roll of yellow dusters from the local Pound shop make good covers
to stop pots and pans rattling

Curtain wire to make a washing line in the toilet is a good idea But make
sure it is high enough, or Big chaps risk 'garrotteing' themselves in the
dark

When Co. Pilot reminds me there may be more You have been
warned

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Posted: 5 August 2006 8:22 PM
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Our Autosleeper Harmony is equipped with two tables on a pole so when we need a freestanding table outside we just use one face down as a base and the other as normal on top the pole.

We have just returned from our first visit to France and were very lucky that our pitch on the campsite was adjacent to an electric point. On most of the pitches one needed an extension lead of at least 25 meters as well as the normal hook up and continental adaptor.
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1) I must have lots - I can only think of a couple for the moment. We have a vertical cupboard that is inclined to open when we go round the bend. Especially if the tray attached to the door is full of wine bottles - as the tray appears to be designed for. Solved it with a door safety catch - the sort to keep babies out.

2) A van we saw on holiday had a large garage door that was hinged across the top. They had fixed rows of washing line across the width of the door to hang washing from while the door was open - brilliant.

3) We fill the fresh water tank with convential garden hose. Sometimes the pressure from the supply is so high the hose falls out. Another short (few inches) piece shoved in beside the filling hose holds the hose in place.
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Posted: 18 August 2006 4:46 PM
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Keeping it cool.

We made some curtains from the silvered car cover material sold by Halfords / Argos which held on by velcro. In hot sun they act like a silver screen and relect the sun out of the side and rear windows.

They look a bit utilitarian, but work well.

We have recently brought from Tchibo shops some fly screen material which is silved one side to relect the heat and black the other. Initial trials seem to have the same effect as the above, you can see out but not in.

We brought 2 packs of of door screen, one for the door ! the other for the windows. The width of the door screen (2 curtains in a pack) is the same as the drop on the windows. Total cost a tenner for the two packs.

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Sun screens:
We bought some cheap van sun screens in France and I cut one down to fit the Heki rooflight - this means that when it's sunny we can have it open and let in fresh air but still stop the sun getting in. Make sure you allow for it to flap down at the sides though so that as the sun moves round it doesn't creep in. I had some spare rubber suction cups so I put these on to keep it in place but if you cut it to the right size it pretty well stays up there anyway or pegs can be used keep it clipped in place on the 'glass'.

Storage:
I got a cheap multi-pocket plastic material thingy from a pound shop, the sort with a coat hanger hook on the top. I cut the bottom 3 rows of pockets off it, leaving a little bit of extra 'material' on top, bent over and taped this extra material to the rear and then fastened it to the motorhome door, utilising a couple of screws that were already there. To stop it flapping when the door is open I then put some sticky velcro on the 2 bottom corners to fix it to the door. It's extremely useful for keeping dog leads, brushes, spare cloths etc in.

Brushes:
A washing up brush, the type with the long handle and a small scrubbing brush on the end, is brilliant for cleaning your shoes before you get in the van, you can clean sand, grass and mud etc off and don't get your hands dirty due to the long handle. And if you do the storage solution above you can stick it in one of the pockets so it's always at hand as soon as you open the door.

Drinks:
We got hold of a couple of drinking can holders, the type that slip over the door between the inner door and the window glass. The only problem was they they have a nasty habit of jumping off or being knocked off. I just drilled a couple of small holes in them and put in self tapping screws to keep them in place, now we can have drinks to hand whilst travelling.

Dash tray:
I also made a dash tray to fit over the cut-out dash area in front of the passenger, I used an old tray (but a piece of strong board would do), some sticky velcro and a couple of legs from a computer monitor 'shelf' to support the front outer edges (but again I'm sure you could come up with something else. I attached the legs to the front and put velcro under the 2 sides and rear of the tray, these were then carefully matched with their 'brother' pieces of velcro on the dash itself. I now have a storage area under the tray to keep campsite and travel books in so they are readily at hand, and an area on top for other bits and pieces or simply to put my large map on when needed (they can get a bit heavy to hold all the time!).

Map holder:
Large maps can be a pain to hold when you're having to keep referring to them. I bought an A3 clip board and clip the map's side edge onto it. It keeps the map straight, easier to read as it stops it from flopping around, and safe from damage. If you dont' want to go to the expense of an A3 clipboard a piece of hardboard with a bulldog clip will work just as well.





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Posted: 20 August 2006 9:34 PM
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Just packing the van for our next trip and remembered another tip:

Socks!!!! They are great for putting bottles into stop them rattling, but do remember to use clean socks won't you!

Edited by Mel B 2006-08-20 9:35 PM
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Socks!!!! They are great for putting bottles into stop them rattling, but do remember to use clean socks won't you!

or wider rubber bands / bungie cord.....
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Empty squash bottles cut in half (sideways not longways!) are ideal to jam and pickle jars clattering together.

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Hi Friends I thought I would share with you all an idea I came up with while cogitating in the smallest room, I have used an old reversing aid as a intruder alarm. I have wired it to my leisure battery on a switch and mounted the sensors,1 above the drivers door and 1 above the passenger door,this also covers the habitat door, I can now see & hear anyone within a distance of about 3 metres. These reversing alarms can be bought for about £20 in most car spare outlets. I sleep a lot easier now when wild camping in the middle of nowhere.............
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Thats a good Idea.
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I always carry silicon spray, its clean and wont harm plastics,
good for lube, or back to black.

I also carry re useable cable ties, useful for holding cable(what else).
holding wind break ends,hoses, and many other things.
I used 2 to hold my mud flaps in place
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Posted: 13 August 2007 11:40 AM
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Finding your van on large and poorly lit sites can sometimes be a problem, so what we use is one of those solar powered garden lights which we place on the roof through the skylight. Cheap and effective with a distinctive blue colour, never a problem finding the van but don,t forget to remove it before driving off.
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Posted: 13 August 2007 3:10 PM
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I was looking at those screens that cover part of the front of your fiamma roll-out awning to provide shade/windbreak at the Malvern show, and someone told me that shower curtains, hung upside down do just as well.

Apparently the weighted bottom edge feeds into the slot on the front of the awning, and elasticated loops can be put through the eyelets to peg into the ground.

Good eh? - I'm sure they must do them in pink
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Posted: 14 August 2007 6:42 PM
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We,ve used shower curtains in place of a full safari room for a while now Jan. Rather than hang them upside down I slide them on to the end support bars of the awning, then with the windbreak in place simply clip them to the w/b poles. This covers the two sides of the awning and the front is done the same but with a old cut down windbreak that can easily be stepped over.
We use plain blue curtains that match the graphics on the van and w/bs, and the beauty of this is that they are cheap, lightweight, can easily be tied back and easy to put up and down, which is ideal for us where one night stopovers are the norm. Not perfect I know, but for a outlay of less than £40, compared to £500 plus for the official version, something thats easy to live with.
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Posted: 14 August 2007 7:11 PM
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I don't have any end support bars on my awning, but the bloke at the show had used a telescopic clothes-line prop with rubber ferrules on each end to fit between the front and back rails of the awning.

He then hung the blind from that. Obviously the fabric would then need to be cut at an angle to reach the ground front and back.
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Edited by J9withdogs 2007-08-14 8:35 PM
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J9withdogs - 2007-08-14 7:11 PM

I don't have any end support bars on my awning, but the bloke at the show had used a telescopic clothes-line prop with rubber ferrules on each end to fit between the front and back rails of the awning.

He then hung the blind from that. Obviously the fabric would then need to be cut at an angle to reach the ground front and back.
Well worth getting those end bars Jan. Spring loaded and up in a second or two they stop the awning canvas from flapping about which on many occasions has got me out of bed in the early ours just to give the wife peace of mind. Never had a problem with how the shower curtains hang, but easy enough to put right if you want. Just set up the awning at its normal angle and mark the vertical line where it needs trimming. One other thing with the bars. Omnistor and Fiamma have different fittings where the ends are located so if you do get them make sure they are the right ones.
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Posted: 15 August 2007 8:56 AM
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Thankyou, Howie
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Posted: 4 September 2007 9:40 AM
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Fed up with the van end of the 5 metre fresh water hose falling out while I turned on the tap at stand pipes, I took a plastic "U" shaped pipe bender off an old washing machine waste water hose (the bit that goes into the stand pipe behind washers and dishwashers) and put it on the end of the potable water hose. It now hooks neatly into the filler orifice on the van and with the spring loaded cover down onto the u-shaped part it works a treat, needing a firm tug to remove it after filling.

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If you use Evostick or any contact type adhesives you know how the top of the can sticks on, to save this, spray a little silicone spray on the threads, no more problem.
cheers;
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Posted: 18 October 2007 3:16 PM
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Old trouser belts from a charity shop make good replacements for the straps in your gas bottle locker.
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Posted: 18 October 2007 6:03 PM
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Cut the top off plastic drinks bottles of various sizes to stand your glass bottles in.

Stops them 'chinking' in the cupboard when you are driving.
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Posted: 18 October 2007 7:47 PM
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Empty squash bottles cut in half (sideways not longways!) are ideal to jam and pickle jars clattering together.



That sounds familiar?
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Posted: 18 October 2007 7:49 PM
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See - I learnt from a great teacher
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Posted: 18 October 2007 8:16 PM
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See - I learnt from a great teacher



Teacher's always was one of my favourites, along with Bell's and several others whose names escape me due to the fact that I can't see the labels because of the plastic bottles they are standing in!

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Posted: 6 November 2007 8:47 PM
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to stop your fridge going mouldy when not in use crunch sheets of newspaper up & put them in fridge works even with fridge door shut tight
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Posted: 6 November 2007 9:14 PM
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Better still modify your fridge door catch to hold the door open about half an inch and you may well find that smells and mould do not congregate in the first place.

A wash out with washing up liquid and hot water, and then dry it before leaving it, at the end of each trip also helps achieve this.

In the old days fridge door catches used to come with two holes - one to secure it airtight and one to secure it just open.

It worked so well that it no longer seems to be needed - by the makers that is?

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As far as I'm aware the design of all Dometic and Thetford 'leisure vehicle' fridges (whenever they were produced) includes a means of securing the door(s) slightly open for ventilation purposes when the appliance is not in use. Perhaps you've been looking at fridges from other manufacturers?
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Posted: 28 December 2007 2:36 PM
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The red plastic boxes that Family Circle biscuits come in fit snugly into the high level cupboards of both coachbuilts that we have had. With their lids on they also stacked securely three high. Great container for medications, batteries, loose vehicle light bulbs and other bits and pieces.
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Posted: 3 January 2008 9:53 PM
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I use a sheet of bubble wrap under my cooker pan stands and another on top under the glass lid to stop rattles when travelling it easily folds and rolls up small when on site in my passenger door shelf.

Edited by maggyd 2008-01-03 9:55 PM
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Posted: 3 January 2008 10:32 PM
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Good Idea never though of that sick of using a tea towel to stop the rattles.
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Posted: 23 January 2008 8:00 AM
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Hi Chas we find the very veritile elastic band with 2 small hooks even better they can be used to secure any shape and size also they can sub divide compatments and the bands can be free from your local postman that are discarded on his rounds and the kooks pennies.
Another tip visit your local recycling area and in the recycled fridges are loads of all sorts of trays and wire baskets that can be reused with many having the "eyes" for attatchment, the plastic coated wire shelves can be bent and formed to all sorts of dimensions to be placed in all sorts of tiny awkward corners.

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Posted: 15 June 2008 9:40 PM
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I don't think this has been mentioned before.
When going on longer ferry crossings, when the fridge will be off for some time, freeze your bottles of milk and water before you put them in the fridge.
Helps to keep everything cold. Has worked for us up to 24 hours.


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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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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 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.

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


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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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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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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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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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Practically impossible to drive away a modern vehicle without the keys. So thieves will try every which way to get them. So have a second line of defence in case they do.

Get a steering lock (many places selling them off cheap now as vehicles have manufacturer fitted steering locks so people think they don't need another one).

But keep the key for the steering lock hidden in the vehicle, not on your key ring

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To clean real dirty/greasy hands get a spoonful of any vegetable oil "Spread", rub well into the hands then wipe off with kitchen towel. The residue can then be easily washed off.
It leaves the hands so soft and clean I've considered putting it in a jar and selling it at ten times the price as a hand cream.......but it does get smelly if left on after a while.
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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 .....


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.


When I was in Canada it was common to carry two large candles in cars during the winter. They provided sufficient heat to keep you alive if the engine died on you.
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Posted: 31 January 2011 5:29 PM
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Blood, if you get blood on fabric, the best way to remove it is to use saliva......but it has to be the bleeders blood

So my usefull tip........ is to get your other half to spit into a cup before you beat them to death, as it makes cleaning up so much easier
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Carrying Important Contact Details

It’s an unavoidable necessity that you have to carry Passport, Insurance, Vehicle documents when travelling abroad.

Originally posted  in Motorhome Matters, but I thought it would be better in this long standing “sticky”

Cattwg posted :- This may be an old tip but I thought it worth repeating for newer forum members or those going to Europe for the first time.

Before travelling abroad I always make two lists containing the passport and other important telephone, insurance policy and credit card numbers, one for my wallet and the other for my wife’s purse. There is also an emergency UK contact number.
If the worst happens and your motorhome is stolen it’s a stark fact but all you’ve got is what you are standing up in! So with these lists at least you have all the contact numbers needed. We always carry the mobile phone as well – based on similar thinking.
And of course we always hide all documents within the ’van with photocopies hidden in a different place.
Unless we are in a campsite we always carry our passports. In some countries of course you would need to carry them as ID.

I posted our solution (expended from the thread)

Scan the documents & save to a USB stick or SD Card.  (or 2 – one in the Motorhome & one on your person) Either can easily hidden in a secure place in the Motorhome or on your person.

If the Motorhome is broken into or Handbag/Wallet stolen resulting  in one being lost ,you still have a full set available.

If using a SD Card, get one that will fit your Camera & the documents can be read on its screen, using the digital zoom.

Pepe63 added :- insurance certificate,V5, etc., in the van..but with the stick/card idea you could have full copies of loads of stuff(..driving license, inc' paper section, passport, any medical insurance documents etc)  add -travel insurance
They could even contain photos the actual vehicle or any other valuables that you may have in the van, making reporting a theft easier.

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Great tip about the memory stick to back up documents.

My tip I would add is, a couple of well placed sheets of loo roll in the loo saves on flushing water, not nice I know, but very effective, plus we have never used the expensive cassette loo paper.
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Hi all, I imagine that the old timers will already do this but it seems like a good tip to me. I always do the washing up in the van after meals, (the wife does the cooking), before putting the plates into the bowl wipe them over with paper towel to get rid of any "bits". you do not want any excess food lying in your' waste tank. It seems that most of my wifes friends like the blue LCD "Christmas" lights. Get a set, now very cheap and string them around your motorhome,caravan extension to give it some"VaVaVoom". "A"
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Hi our names are Don and Marjorie, just sold our Bungalow and are going motorhoming again, we have done quite a bit before, liken7000 miles travelling Europe. We are very old pensioners, 76 and 73, we are starting doing the British Isles first and then going, in the back end to France and Spain. (Spain to see Don's sister), hope we meet a lot of fulltimers to help us on our way. Look forward to hearing from our friends, Hope to start moving soon, when we've bought our next motorhome. Last one was a lovely Hymer. Regards to all Marjorie & Don X.
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Hi there this is my first time in replying as a new addition to the forum, butter and sugar rubbed together on the hands is also very good, to clean dirty hands

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When parked on soft ground, I always go back until wheelspin j-u-s-t starts, hold on brake, then drive forward. This uses the 'downhill' part of the wheel-dents to assist forward motion, so you zoom out of the dip.
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Posted: 23 September 2011 10:10 PM
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what a fantastic tip
i am about ready to buy my first motorhome and have been reading about break ins while sleeping and was wondering what i could do you have just come up with an inexpensive solution
buy the way this is the first time i am on the forum
thanks
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Posted: 30 September 2011 9:00 PM
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As long as you avoid high risk places : for instance motorway service areas on the outskirts of large towns and cities, unless your house is a fortress you are probably at no more risk of being broken into at night in your motorcaravan than you are at home. The glazing is always the weak point.

The cheapest deterrent is probably a slightly hungry large dog.
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After 4 years of motorhoming we had worked out exactly what bottles pots crockery etc we wanted soI
bought a large piece of foam, cut out appropriate sized holes with electric knife and also correct shape for cupboard. Al the stuff is now easy to get at fits neatly and DOESN'T RATTLE...most important bit for us!!! Also I don't get a cascade of things on my head when I open it
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Posted: 12 May 2012 8:23 PM
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For those fortunate enough to have a newish van with the wheeled cassette. Don't use the wheels on concrete or tarmac, they will wear and then won't fit the housing properly.
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Posted: 8 June 2012 5:23 PM
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pound shop lights are handy
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Posted: 20 August 2012 4:40 PM
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Excellent tip to follow !
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For people with no hang ups

A dismountable clothes line for the shower.
Basically take two lengths of 15mm dia plastic water pipe and drill 2 mm holes across. Thread nylon string through the holes from one pipe to the other.. The pipe drops into hooks screwed or stuck onto the wall. The length of string is adjusted to suit the width available and knotted . Out of use the tube is rolled up in the string and stows in a small space.

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Lakeland sell a battery powered LED motion detector light, with a manual over ride button, stick it to the ceiling of the toilet area, open the door and on it goes, the manual over ride is great for those extended stays in the loo!
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Posted: 25 January 2014 9:21 PM
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pelmetman - 2011-01-31 5:29 PM

Blood, if you get blood on fabric, the best way to remove it is to use saliva......but it has to be the bleeders blood

So my usefull tip........ is to get your other half to spit into a cup before you beat them to death, as it makes cleaning up so much easier


See....... I knew I once made a useful post ............2011 .........crikey I didn't know it was that long ago ..............doesn't time fly when your a semi idle oike .....
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Posted: 30 August 2014 11:38 PM
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One I picked up on the net and it works.

Refresh faded black plastic bumpers or minor scuffs in interior plastic trim with a hot air gun. I did mine a month ago and they still look tidy. Some scuffs on the dash caused by carrying planks have almost vanished.

Try it out somewhere out of the eyeline and keep moving and you will see the surface freshening up. I needed the higher setting.

If it starts to bubble you have probably overcooked it.
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I have often done this on Auto Sleepers with the black plastic panels on the sides, such as Duettos. Yes it does work, but you seed some skill and care, otherwise you will make a mess of the surface.

Note, we are talking hot air guns here; another name for a paint stripper and the air does get really hot!
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Posted: 29 October 2014 5:23 PM
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Not a MH owner yet - but have been doing lots of reading.... will be purchasing March/April 2015.. retirement at 55 :)... bring it on!...

Another tip I read elsewhere.... worth sharing here me thinks...

Put a LARGE dogs bowl and one of those (large) studded dog collars ( attached to a lead) outside the door - of an evening :)

sounded like a good idea to moi... :)

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Norma - 2006-08-14 6:12 PM

1) I must have lots - I can only think of a couple for the moment. We have a vertical cupboard that is inclined to open when we go round the bend. Especially if the tray attached to the door is full of wine bottles - as the tray appears to be designed for. Solved it with a door safety catch - the sort to keep babies out.

2) A van we saw on holiday had a large garage door that was hinged across the top. They had fixed rows of washing line across the width of the door to hang washing from while the door was open - brilliant.

3) We fill the fresh water tank with convential garden hose. Sometimes the pressure from the supply is so high the hose falls out. Another short (few inches) piece shoved in beside the filling hose holds the hose in place.
Regarding "lot 3" can I suggest you get one of these. It takes the place of the lockable filler cap when topping up your water tank. Iv'e had this one for 8 years and wouldn't be without it.



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Ranger - 2006-07-09 8:50 PM

Yes Chas, brilliant idea, I use a similar idea in the bathtroom cabinet as the first opening on arrival on site was usually followed by a shower of littlle bottles, tubes of tooth paste, spare soap,spare loo rolls etc etc. Now everything stays where it belongs. I like Mels under bed storage ideas, unfortunately our under bed store is a huge drawer on runners, dodgey on roundabouts if not locked. Keep the tips rolling in ! ! ! What can you do with clothes pegs ? ? ?

This idea sounds great,but it's not simple to do that...
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Probably obvious, but I spoke to the window cleaner and he said he could clean the Moho no problem, they have long brushes and all the equipment to do the roof.
So I don't have to risk climbing up, or pay someone to jet wash it with all the risks entailed.
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we put a expandable net curtain rail behind the shower curtain, added four hooks (closed at one end and knobs on the other) so no sharp points and hang large bath towels on these, the original towel rail was inadequate and I told it so.
we also had a suction type hook and stuck it to the mirror next to the wash basin for the hand towel.
the toilet door opens towards the bed and the light switch is on the outside of the room, when you turn the light on in the middle of the night the light burns your retinas out, so we bought a three pack of battery operated leds from good old poundland and stuck one just under the cupboard, just the right amount of light for a visit to the toilet.
When we pull our blinds down at night there is a gap at the bottom which lets in a surprising amount of light, so we invested 87 p for a length of pipe insulation, which clips on the bottom of the blind and blocks the light, just pop it behind the seat backrest during the day.
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i use some of mine fitted on my hanger rail in wardrobe and rail in loo to stop hung clothes sliding ulong the rail
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Posted: 2 December 2018 11:40 AM
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My top tips, Screwfix, Screwfix, and Screwfix, amazing what bits and pieces I can get from there and on a Sunday as well, seriously I got a garage cargo net from there which does limit the stuff in the garage moving around, and also a roll of stick on velcro, comes in black or white, lots of fun and uses for that.
Also (and not a Screwfix product) if you are up for a melamine crockery or plastic drinking glasses change out look at the Brunner range with the non stick ring on the underside, stops it sliding off the table but also limits the noise when stored in the cupboards, of course you could also adapt the Scerwfix velcro to do something similar, lol
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For those who don’t want to pay £25 for external fridge vent winter covers, I bought a length of white upvc soffit board from Wickes ,cut it to shape, drill two holes through it for two plasterboard toggle bolts which fit through the slats.