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Old 07-07-2006, 06:22 PM   #1
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I have a couple of tips & tricks I'd like to share with y'all. If you have any, please tell us about them. Here goes . . .

1. For dog owners:

For years we used supermarket or Wal Mart plastic bags to pick up dog poop when we walked our 2 critters. Since we also used the bags for our trash (see next tip)they sometimes were in short supply.

Then I discovered diaper disposal bags! These are smaller versions of plastic shopping bags. They come in packages of 100 and are exclusively (as far as I know) found at Dollar Tree stores. How much does a box cost? Yep, $1.00. And, they are scented! I buy 5 boxes at a time.

2. Trash:

I said above that we use plastic grocery bags for our daily trash. We use them because we found a plastic stand (I don't remember where) designed to hold a plastic shopping bag open specifically for trash. Go find one.

3. Black tank odor:

For years we used the blue stuff in powder form; one pouch per tank. I didn't particularly care for the perfume smell.

I began to think about the two septic tanks I had in my former home. As a result we now add about 1 ounce of Ridex to the black tank after flushing the tank out. Since we started using Ridex there has been no smell of any kind from the black tank.
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Old 07-07-2006, 06:22 PM   #2
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I have a couple of tips & tricks I'd like to share with y'all. If you have any, please tell us about them. Here goes . . .

1. For dog owners:

For years we used supermarket or Wal Mart plastic bags to pick up dog poop when we walked our 2 critters. Since we also used the bags for our trash (see next tip)they sometimes were in short supply.

Then I discovered diaper disposal bags! These are smaller versions of plastic shopping bags. They come in packages of 100 and are exclusively (as far as I know) found at Dollar Tree stores. How much does a box cost? Yep, $1.00. And, they are scented! I buy 5 boxes at a time.

2. Trash:

I said above that we use plastic grocery bags for our daily trash. We use them because we found a plastic stand (I don't remember where) designed to hold a plastic shopping bag open specifically for trash. Go find one.

3. Black tank odor:

For years we used the blue stuff in powder form; one pouch per tank. I didn't particularly care for the perfume smell.

I began to think about the two septic tanks I had in my former home. As a result we now add about 1 ounce of Ridex to the black tank after flushing the tank out. Since we started using Ridex there has been no smell of any kind from the black tank.
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Old 07-08-2006, 01:42 AM   #3
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Pipe foam insulation uses:

Solved the cloths hanger tangle and falling off issue. Place a length of foam pipe insulation over the rod holder in the closets. Keep the hangers in position and they don't come off the rod.

Use the foam insulation as bumpers on the corners of the slide outs. That way when people walk into they don't get cut or scratched. Just a little dizzy.

We keep it handy in the coach to be cut and stuffed into areas to prevent rattles.

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Old 07-08-2006, 05:04 AM   #4
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Thanks Jim, that was a great idea for the closet!

You've reminded me that we use those long float tubes, the ones with the large diameter center hole, to protect us from our awning arms.

I cut the length of tube I need, then slit one side along the length. It slips right over the arm. It has saved me from embarressing bumps and bruises more times then I care to admit.

Of course, I have a manual awning. I don't know about using this idea on those automatic awnings.
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Old 07-08-2006, 05:50 AM   #5
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I saw an easy solution for storing those walmart bags and plan to do it in ours. Take a length of PVC pipe to fit inside one of your cabinet doors. Velcro it to the inside. You put caps on the ends (don't glue them of course). You just fill it and take them as you need them. You can take from either end and if you get low and can't reach them, push them out with a good old fashioned wooden spoon.

Also there are little stick on spice racks that you can stick inside the cabinet doors as well. They not only hold spices, but little travel containers. You can buy the little containers at WM and put lotion, dish soap or shampoo and conditioner in them (don't forget to label which is which). They are kept nice and neat right where you want them.
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"Take a length of PVC pipe to fit inside one of your cabinet doors. Velcro it to the inside."


Great idea! We use the cardboard tubes that paper towels are wound on. Instead of throwing them away we stuff our plastic grocery bags into them and leave the tube in the compartment over the door. We travel with two dogs so we aways take a couple of the bags when we go outside!
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Old 07-08-2006, 12:46 PM   #7
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To hold our dogs plastic bags we stuff them into a small tissue box which takes up very little space on the counter top. Plus, like tissues, the plastic bags pop out one at a time. We place out tissue box right beside the door for easy access.
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