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Old 01-12-2012, 01:00 AM   #29
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~40 years ago, 3 of us were on a motorcycle ride when a cattle truck passed us. It was raining processed grass and water out of the truck. Luckily we had brought a tube of cold beer and stopped for a couple.
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:22 AM   #30
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Peroxide is not a disinfectant. It quickly degrades in to just water. Peroxide just creates an oxygen rich environment, which to some germs, is lethal. That is why they use it in wounds, to create an oxygen rich environment to kill the germs that cannot tolerate oxygen. If you want to disinfect something, use bleach aka. chlorine.

Peroxide is also an oxidizer, meaning it oxidizes, or "burns up" impuritities. That is how "Oxyclean" works. It creates an oxygen rich environment, which "burns up" stains, or whitens fabrics. Bleach or chlorine, in addtion to being a disinfectant, is at the same time, an oxidizer, so it can also remove stains and whiten fabrics.

So, bleach/chlorine is a disinfectant and an oxidizer at the same time. Only use bleach/chlorine if you really want to disinfect something.
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Okay! I'm going back to the OP.

Here's a tip:

Spend less than $2 on a bicycle tube, or find an old tube somewhere.

Cut the stem out across the entire cross sections. You now have one long piece left.
Cut it down a seam the entire circumference of the tube.
Now cut 1/2" strips, no need to be exact, out of the tube. You will have a few pieces of 1/2" strips now.

Find a length of the strip that you want to use for this purpose (Oh! haven't told you the purpose yet, huh?) and bring one end to that point.
Tie a knot where the end meets to long length to form a loop, sort of a noose.
Cut off the remaining trailing end if you have one. You will be left with a loop of rubber where the ends have been tied together.
(You could also just cut different lengths and tie the ends together)

Find an object that you want to secure, like your outside cable, satellite cable, hose, etc.
Place the "home-made bungee" around the item, slip the knotted end through the loop, pull tight. It will cinch up and hold tight. It replaces those stringy things with the red or black plastic ball on the end. And they are a lot cheaper to make and can be made to whatever length you want.

Happy trails.
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I use 2 straps of double sided Velcro, 180°, apart to do the same thing.
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Be sure to leave liquid in your water closet to keep black water odors from entering your coach.
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Quote: "Peroxide is not a disinfectant".
I stand corrected. It will not work to clean all the sink and surfaces like you may desire.

I will use one of those 'store bought' sprays, so it will be safe, and not be out of balance, like mixing my own bleach formula might be.
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Quote: "Peroxide is not a disinfectant".
I stand corrected. It will not work to clean all the sink and surfaces like you may desire.

I will use one of those 'store bought' sprays, so it will be safe, and not be out of balance, like mixing my own bleach formula might be.
IIRC, the Clorox bottle has instructions for mixing a disinfectant. At any rate, here's more than you ever wanted to know from the Clorox website... Clorox.com | Clorox® Regular-Bleach Uses

3/4 cup clorox to 1 gallon of water seems to be the desired mix.
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As apposed to used ice cubes? lol
Those go in too! Just a softer form LOL
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And Dawn isn't a "chemical"?
It most certainly is. Just look at the label. Most universally used chemical solvent is water.

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Peroxide is not a disinfectant.
It most certainly is. Just the same as bleach. Both are OXIDIZERS and work the same way. Now the stuff you get at the drug store isn't very strong (~4%), but for water treatment often 35% hydrogen perioxide is used.

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Ok...after a lot of research, I conclude that it can be used as a household disinfectant, but not a very good one at 3% concentration (usual store bought kind). Also inhaling the vapors (as you spray onto the surfaces) is not good for you.

If you can find a higher % (4-6%) would work better, but is more hazardous.

I suggest the use of it the same as you would using bleach, very carefully.

And do not use it up your nose or other cavities, as suggested thru emails about its miraculous uses.
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The most valuable, of this first year
  • Draping power cord and water hose above the ground (prevents bug ingress)
  • Extending hot water supply by using from freshwater tank, rather than city water
  • Using a roll-around radiator for interior heating, at CG
  • Send front tires to back wheels at 5 years' age
  • Dumping dishwater into toilet, keeping lots of water in black tank
  • Leave gray and black valves closed
  • Always beginning & ending day with one person driving, the other outside marshalling
  • Cancel local paper delivery, read iRV2 at breakfast instead
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These are some Tips and Tricks I have learned over the years. Some can be used in the house, shop and garage. Most are common sense tips that can be modified to suit your needs. Feel free to add to or modify what I have posted.

* Those 12X10" plastic pans the hospital sends home with you are good for storing things in a motor home
* Use a long piece of carpet remnant to keep your dump hose from getting holes when you drag it across the dirt or cement to the dump hole
* Those cheap AC detectors that light up and buzz are great for finding hot AC wires or circuits
* A baby door makes a great pet door to keep your pet from roaming in your motor home
* Mini doggie tennis balls work good to keep the wipers off the windshield and prevent flattening out
* Install a weather-proof AC outlet in you generator compartment if it doesn't have one
* I haven't found anything that affects a used saline solution bottle; use one for dish detergent, bleach mix, alcohol, solvent, oil, etc
* Sugar dispensers can be use for sprinkling sugar on cereal, etc and won't get on your counter top like a spoon can
* Put small pet treats in a small bottle with a half moon cut-out in the plastic lid. Use Cheerios for treats
* A short strip of double sided Velcro makes a good cord shortener
* WD-40 is a lot cheaper by the gallon and can be used in a plastic trigger spray bottle
* Canned air works for more things than cleaning dust out of keyboards
* Make your own brackets from angle iron or aluminum from a hardware store
* Pocket protectors are great for storing Q-tips, tooth pics and other small objects in the galley or bathroom
* Use muffin pans to keep track of small parts or screws
* Put a PC fan in a utility trailer vent to help exhaust the hot air
* Use side panels and tops from a computer or other desks to make small tables or cabinets for your motor home
* Use coffee creamer for a milk substitute or cocoa thickener
* Ammo boxes make good water-tight tool or storage boxes
* Tackle boxes also make good tool boxes with separate compartments
* Used office carpet tiles are great for bathrooms or small areas like entrance steps
* Cut to fit and Velcro foil backed sun screens to windows and overhead vents to keep the heat & cold out/in
* Use dry erase pens to write reminders on mirrors; like the last time you took a pill or something that needs to be fixed
* Use a "P" clip or a wire retainer to hold your dry erase pen nearby
* Take a cordless phone out to your motor home when working on it
* Alcohol works great as a glass cleaner. You can buy de-natured alcohol by the gallon from a hardware store
* A spice rack works great as a pill rack
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When dumping black water, knock on side of MH and signal DW to fill the bowl with water and then dump it all. The force is good to clean away any pyramid build-up. Do it twice, or more. Monitor the output with one of the "clear" elbows on the outlet drain.
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