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Hints, Tips and Great Ideas


Or else - "start a new topic" if it is a new idea - but add to a topic if not - i.e. "storage baskets ' or "suction capped fittings" - or "mosquito repellents" - there are several follow up ones that could be incorporated into one topic subject, same as in other sub forums. I reckon it would work better that way - so you use the search button for "storage" - then all with that in will come up - my opinion anyway.  Just realised this can't be done as the original is a "POST" not a sub forum - maybe a new sub forum is needed for this whole topic??



-- Edited by jules47 on Tuesday 23rd of April 2013 10:19:48 AM

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Just saved a whole lot of cash, being a member of the RACV total care.

Would not travel to the local shop without it,  for a reasonable cost,  you literally save thousands.



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littledick wrote:

Good idea but that does not stop the roller from turning and moving in the wind.

I prefer a cord or strap around the roller, nothing moves.

Dick.





If your roller is turning in the wind with this rope on ,you must have a bad problem.your roller locker is not working.

Lance C

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When we are free camping water and power are at a premium. So when we shower in our ensuite we use a plastic bucket to catch the excess water until we have the right temperature mix for the shower. Then the water is recycled back into our water tanks. Saves a lot of wasted water.;

Also use the Bulla 2 litre icecream plastic containers with the flip top lid for many and varied items for easy storage. 

many of the tips we also use, but always willing to learn more to make life easier.

Jay&Dee



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LOve this post ,just got some good ideas. thanks


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hmmThe dance is called dance of the flamers...huge thing done by sailors.. Specially in Singapore. Between my partner and I we spent 46 years in the Navy.. smileyawn

This message is for Guru as he wasn't sure what the strange dance was that his RAAF friends did. 



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Boofa wrote:

hmmThe dance is called dance of the flamers...huge thing done by sailors.. Specially in Singapore. Between my partner and I we spent 46 years in the Navy.. smileyawn

This message is for Guru as he wasn't sure what the strange dance was that his RAAF friends did. 



-- Edited by Boofa on Tuesday 7th of January 2014 02:34:30 AM


 Sorry Boofa - who is this intended for?  A "guru" is a member who has posted at least 500 posts - you are a "newbie" - your screen name is at the top of your avatar/profile - usually underlined - your postis a it confusing -so if your post is for someone in particular use their screen name - you can also use the "quote" button to put their post at the top of yours to help readers.

 

 



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Grumpy, hubby uses a leather glove when filling with diesel, keeps his hand clean... smile



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Love this hints, will use quite a few, some we already have/use. You can never have it or know it all, always more to learn.

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Whitey2 - if you start a new topic with your hint, it will be easier for people to find if they do a search - i.e. TV Antenna - rather than in this thread, which was brought over from the General forum when the Hints and Tips sub forum was put in. Like your diesel and gloves one could be titled "Dirty Diesel" or something like that - just trying to help - hope you are enjoying the site - keep on posting, keep on reading, keep on travelling!!!!!!

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jules47 wrote:

Whitey2 - if you start a new topic with your hint, it will be easier for people to find if they do a search - i.e. TV Antenna - rather than in this thread, which was brought over from the General forum when the Hints and Tips sub forum was put in. Like your diesel and gloves one could be titled "Dirty Diesel" or something like that - just trying to help - hope you are enjoying the site - keep on posting, keep on reading, keep on travelling!!!!!!


 Hi Jules47, I wasn't wanting to start a new topic only reply to grumpy's post about not getting diesel on hands, I've since learnt to press the quote button to reply to that particular person!!! lol learn something new everyday. Love this forum learning learning learning and been camping/caravanning Since I was 10. Thanks for yr help, cheers.



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Good on ya whitey2 - never too old to learn something - I love the forum as well - have met a heap of other GN's - good people - lots of fun!

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When travelling we always have a packet or two of Baby Wipes. Great for using to wipe plates before washing up, cleaning anything in the van.
Use when fishing, filling the fuel tanks, saves on water and easily disposed of.
Cheers, Kate


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goinsoon wrote:

mmmm!  I just carry spare dunny paper for u kno wot


All ways carry extra  date rolls.



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we carry a box (like a tissue dispenser box) of throwaway plastic gloves when we refuel for diesel - a lot of the metro servos have very clean pump handles - its usually the others that are covered in an oily film that makes your hand stink and get all through the tow vehicle.

We also use the log electrical strip connectors for tying up the upright arm on our van awning - one is long enough to go through the horizontal bar and around both the vertical arms - just cut it off when youre ready to lower the awning. You can buy strip zip connectors in various bright (like green/red/yellow so theyre visible) in plastic containers (about 200 strips) from Bunnings and Marsters and cheap as chips

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Boroma577 wrote:

Knives, especially sharp ones are always an issue and I've not got the space in the van to have a bench top block for them.

So they live in a drawer and that being so, the blades need protection (for them and me) so I always have a sheath for them. Some come with sheaths and if you can't buy them after the fact then I make my own.

Just a simple piece of cardboard folded and stapled or taped will do the job quite nicely.

I also place them in the drawer all facing the same way, no nasty surprises that way.


 We purchased 2 magnetic knife holders. One on the wall in the Kitchen area in the van and the other in the home kitchen.

Just hang the knives by the steel blade. The van knives have never come off the rack when we travel. They are nice and handy for quick use.

Jay&Dee



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JayDee wrote:
Boroma577 wrote:

Knives, especially sharp ones are always an issue and I've not got the space in the van to have a bench top block for them.

So they live in a drawer and that being so, the blades need protection (for them and me) so I always have a sheath for them. Some come with sheaths and if you can't buy them after the fact then I make my own.

Just a simple piece of cardboard folded and stapled or taped will do the job quite nicely.

I also place them in the drawer all facing the same way, no nasty surprises that way.


 We purchased 2 magnetic knife holders. One on the wall in the Kitchen area in the van and the other in the home kitchen.

Just hang the knives by the steel blade. The van knives have never come off the rack when we travel. They are nice and handy for quick use.

Jay&Dee


 Ours have been on the magnetic strip for 3 1/2 years now, and have not moved (apart from when we use them obviously)  Have done many off road tracks, i.e. Oodnadatta, Gibb, Tanami, they do not move, and are always ready to work for us.  having said that, our steak knives pearced the moulded plastic drawer liner when we crossed the Oodnadatta, so we turn the around the opposite way now, and take the drawer out, leave it under the bed when we do the corrugations.



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Olley46 wrote:
Rickp wrote:

Hi, the comment about diesel on your hands when filling up, our solution is a pair of white leather gloves in the door pocket of the car and they last for years.
Cheers, Rick



 



Yes I agree with you,and a nother handy little item is a little block of wood to stick in the pump handle when you put in 140 plus litres of fuel saves the hand cramping.

Lance C


I found that most pump nozzles have the ratchet clips still in place but the pins have been removed. I carry a piece of wire that I just slip into the holes on the nozzle then lock the ratchet down on it. Then when the tank is full the nozzle turns itself off. The  pins were removed when the servos got complaints that "I only wanted $10 worth, but the pump kept going".

The block of wood sounds a bit dangerous, does the tank overflow if you don't turn the nozzle off in time?

PS the wire lives on the floor in front of the drivers seat.

 



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Good post Joga! Often wondered why they took the pins out.



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We purchased a 12 volt fan on ebay. I installed above the bed, connecting to the wiring for the light above the bed. So can turn on light or fan to suit. Great $25 investment.
Also had our large dining table reduced in width and then had both pieces with hinges attached to still allow us to have the big table when necessary. Gives us heaps more room in the kitchen region of van.

Jay&Dee

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Awesome ideas here from everyone. Thanks.

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No problems, I will make sure I put the right person next time. cheers



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Hi Grumpy J instead of your velcro I use a dog collar for the awning uprights works great too just small ones just another thort cheers woollie












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John, yours hints about stopping the straps on your car mirrors for making the humming noise and to avoid scratching is the best hint. You posted the hint in December 2011. As soon as I saw your hint I did it to my car, Ford ranger, love it no more noise.

Thanks for a wonderful helpful tip, we have told many people about it on our travels. 

Cheers 

Boofa 



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totally agree great for 12v showering also.



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We have a Regent Series 3 ensuite van which has a lift up double bed in the front. The mattress frame is minimal strength, and it wasn't long before it sagged in the middle. (DONT ASK ME WHY!!)Fixed it with a stack of novels underneath. The mattress was too firm. Fixed it with a rubber underlay from Clarks Rubber. Donna complained that the wall vent by the bedhead was too cold for her. Swapped sides with her: Perfect for me: FIXED ! Found the floor catch for the sliding door to the ensuite hopeless. Jammed a handtowel under it when travelling FIXED. Found the showerhead would jump out of its bracket and hit the shower floor when travelling: put it in a spare sock and left it laying in the shower floor: FIXED. Sheared the Jockey wheel bracket off the A frame (only welded NOT BOLTED ON). YET TO BE FIXED.(dammit) I note that in later designs, they have doubled up on the height of the A frame size crossmember and used two jockey wheel brackets- obviously a design fault...

Bought a karcher power washer from Masters- did a brilliant job on the van exterior, except when I aimed it at the external doorway light, and the light lens revealed it had been damaged with UV and it blew apart into a million pieces.

Went back to Cameron Caravans where we bought the van new, and was told "We don't do spare parts".. Not happy jan.

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David and Donna, love the techno advice you have just given.....



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some great tips there , thanks ;)

Rin and Steve 



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Yep, another great idea smile

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