Sunday, March 23, 2014

RV Sewer Hose Storage Mod

We ran into a little issue with loading the new TT this past week.  We bought the Rhino Flex sewer hose kit.  and the connectors do not fit in the bumper on the TT.  And we do not want to have to disconnect them all every time we use them and worry about loosing one.

So I did some searching and found this mod done by "Adventures with the Visa"   and the hubby and I liked the looks of this mod so went to Lowes today and picked up every thing to do it.

This is what you need:

Gatehouse Arborley 5x5x96 White Fence Post $24.97  #17708(Outside in the garden fence section)
Genova 4 1/2 inch White Vinyl Gutter $6.47 #12066 (Inside lumber section)
1 Gatehouse 5x5 White Pyramid Post Top $ 3.10  # 87410 (With the post in garden section)
1 Fiberon 4x4 White Composite Post Cap $1.98  #100437 (With the post in garden section)
2 USP1 1/4 x 24 inch Light Capacity Strap $1.53 Each #51572 (Across from vinyl gutters)

Total $39.58 (for items above) 

Other things needed: 2 small eyes screws , self tapping galvanized screws with rubber washers, self tapping small screws, a clip (white one in picture) and small bungee cord.  I had all these things at the house so didn't add to the cost.

Tools used, Drill, Screwdriver, nut driver, hack saw, measuring tape, square, vice

In this picture, I took the 1 1/4 x 24 inch metal trapping and I found the center at 12 inches then marked 2.5 inches to both sides of center. This will give you the 5 inches you need to go around the fence post. I drew the lines then put the strap in my vice and bent it over and did the other side.

Your bracket could look like this when bent on the lines. This will now go around the 5x5 fence post and up to the 4x4 bumper. This is the only place we could find to mount this.  It wouldn't fit on the top of the bumper as it hide part of the licence plate and blocked the water heater vent door. So under the bumper it went. Still have good ground clearance. It don't hang any lower then the grey and black drains so it should be fine.

  I actually added more bends to one side of this after this. To add a bend where the 5x5 fence post ended it sticks out 1 inch from the bumper so I just bent it at 5 inches up and then bent again 1 inch up.  So the bracket sits flush with the white fence post and then flat with the bumper. (Excuse the pvc with the green foam noodle, the canoe is sitting on that. And its right behind the Travel Trailer)

Also the U bracket with the black bar is for the Portable Cloths line. We had to make sure it was in place before we added the fence post.

Next I cut a 3/4 wood dowel at 3 3/4 inches, then found a piece of 3/4 pvc in the shed. And cut it at 3 3/4 inches.  And the wood dowel slides right inside the PVC.  Now, what you do with this is.  You take your vinyl gutter and cut it to fit in the fence post.  Then you take one of these (Wood dowel and PVC) and you place it on the end of the vinyl gutter along with the small post cap.  Use a pair of pliers to hold the pvc dowel while you screw it in as it will want to turn.

Screw the Eye screws in near the top of the side of the fence post and attach your small bungee cord to the eyes.  Then take some kind of clip. I used a white plastic clip you use to hole wire shelves. Just cut the prong off the back and used a small machine bolt with a washer and nut to attach it.  Then you just hook the bungee to the clip. To take off, just pull the bungee off the clip and slide up and pull out drawer.

Attach the larger cap on the other end with screws. It will be closed all the time. So nothing slides out.

NOTE: If you plan to use the left over space in the gutter. Then get 2 of the small caps.  And make sure to put eye screws and bungee on that end as well.  We may do this later if we think we need an extender hose.

Finished Sliding sewer hose drawer

The second pvc dowel we screwed in at the end of the hose so it acts as a stopper so the hose cant slide all the way down.  This is the finished sliding sewer hose drawer.  The Rhino Flex with 90 degree clear adapter, and the hole adapter.  In the little box are disposable gloves.

Hope you enjoyed this very handy mod. Any questions email me.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Travel Trailer Storage Mod Part 1

With our new travel trailer being on the small side.  It has very little storage.  Here is a picture of the kitchen area. 

So I started with the Kitchen cabinet over the sink. Its pretty good size 16x16x31.  But why didn't they put a shelf in there. 

So I went to Walmart and got a Expandable shelf for $7.46.  And the legs are short so what I did was cut 6 pieces of PVC to the length of 8 inches. (only 4 in picture)  I used my grinder to make a little cut out for the wire to sit in. To hold it more stable. 

Here is the finished shelf.  It now sits half way in the middle of the height of the cabinet. 

And here is the cabinet loaded.   The white dish pans work great for holding all the small bowls with lids and all the plastic glasses.  This shelf allowed me to add more stuff to this cabinet.

In the bathroom.  We have a medicine cabinet and a very small cabinet under the sink but its only big enough to hold toilet paper.  And I was worried about forgetting to put some thing away and it would be falling all over the place.  So this works perfect in the bathroom.  I got a canvas with mesh pockets hanging shoe organizer at Walmart for about $9.  

These are called Pop toggles and worked perfect for the walls in the Travel trailer.  They hold 50lbs.  I very carefully drilled the 5/16 holes using no force, Didn't push at all. I was afraid of going though the outside wall.  So I drilled the hole (didn't see any daylight)  and inserted these and then screwed the organizer in the toggles.

This is the cabinet under the sink,  It don't hold much, but on the top shelf on the left, I got all the flat cookie sheet, trays and electric griddle.  On the right is just a bucket of other stuff I dont know what to do with yet.
On the bottom left, if the pots and pans and lids.  On the right is very small and only the Lysol wipes and dish soap fit there.  The drawer above is a Real Drawer.  And it has all the silverware in there.  The rest of the cooking utensils are in the top drawer to the left of the oven.  And foil and zippy bags are in the second drawer.

This is all for now.  Have to work on the front outside storage next.  We have a mod planned for that soon. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Carport Mod for the new Travel Trailer!

With the new TT in the driveway.  Our 2010 F150 wouldn't fit.   So had to park it on the side yard with the 1995 F150.   

So the plan was to see if we could raise the carport roof to get the TT under it.  Now, Let me tell you,  It all seemed easy. But it was so much work.  We worked on it all day last Saturday, and got the front low carport removed.  That gave us 10 feet. 

 But the goal was to get the TT under the roof.  So we had some trouble with the main part on one side. The side that was attached to the Eve.  We had a new roof put on first week of January and they put a new wider drip edge on, and it over lapped the last pan.   We tried all day Saturday to get it out, But it wouldn't go. So we cut it in half and pulled it out.  Then we had to use the old truck, pulled under the awning. Used a high lift jack in the back of the truck.  And a pole to jack the roof up high enough to get the new 11 foot pole in.  Then  did the other side. And got it all screwed in.  And then came the moment of truth to see if she fit.  And she did.  Finally sunday night.  We were able to park her under the car port.  

This weekend.  We spent all day yesterday, Putting in the last pan we ordered from "Broke and Poor" (Mobile Home accessory place) The new 14'6 pan was $24 and we decided to add a couple more support poles to the side and roof.  We plan to put up white plastic lattice on the side. Several mobile homes on our street have it and it looks nice.   So to day, we finished it up.  By putting the front gutter on and the downspouts and then I pressure washed the carport and the travel trailer. Hubby moved the leaves and dirt was all over her.  

It was a lot of work, but so glad we did it and she is now protected. Some day we will enclose the side.  

But now we  have the front low awning left and we plan to build a deck on the front of the mobile home and put the awning up over the door.  That will be later in the year.