Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Handy Hints, Gadgets, Products & Gizmos
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in General RVing Issues

Open Roads Forum  >  General RVing Issues

 > Handy Hints, Gadgets, Products & Gizmos

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Page  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 356  
Prev
JimBollman

Lost State of Franklin

Senior Member

Joined: 08/31/2006

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/27/20 06:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have several magnetic strip lights, no motion detector, I solved the nothing magnetic for one of them by putting some large washers under some trim screws. The the one lives inside the range hood to give a cooking light.

Veebyes

Bermuda & Maryland Eastern Shore

Senior Member

Joined: 11/24/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/28/20 03:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

opnspaces wrote:

I have a battery powered magnetic LED that I bought at Home Depot. I had visions about finally having decent light when barbecuing. What I forgot was that RV's are mostly fiberglass and aluminum. Now I have to get creative in how I hang the light since the magnet is all but useless.


Best thing to use for grilling, & a whole bunch of other jobs where light is needed where you are looking, is a decent head lamp.

You turn your head, the light turns too. Genius!


Boat: 32' 1996 Albin 32+2, single Cummins 315hp
40+ night per year overnighter

2007 Alpenlite 34RLR
2006 Chevy 3500 LT, CC,LB 6.6L Diesel

Ham Radio: VP9KL, IRLP node 7995

Pangaea Ron

Anacortes, WA, USA

Senior Member

Joined: 12/20/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/28/20 04:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Veebyes wrote:

opnspaces wrote:

I have a battery powered magnetic LED that I bought at Home Depot. I had visions about finally having decent light when barbecuing. What I forgot was that RV's are mostly fiberglass and aluminum. Now I have to get creative in how I hang the light since the magnet is all but useless.


Best thing to use for grilling, & a whole bunch of other jobs where light is needed where you are looking, is a decent head lamp.

You turn your head, the light turns too. Genius!


Just don't look at someone else in the eye.


2008 Itasca SunCruiser 35L
2014 Honda AWD CR-V EX-L


wguss

So. California

Full Member

Joined: 01/11/2007

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/09/20 01:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've been perusing this forum for over 15 years and this is the first time I've seen this post! Amazing amount of hints contained herein and I guess I'll add mine, if not just for the bump effect.

We have done a lot of mods to our motor home since we got it new 15 years ago. This is the latest one I just finished during our coronavirus lock down. No safer place than alone in the RV!

Our bed has a good amount of storage under it but it is not accessible unless the slide is rolled out. It snugs in against our closet and the lid can't be lifted evenly by the near corner.

[image]

To solve this problem and to just make it easier on our backs I installed a linear actuator to do the lifting. The bed has a false bottom which when lifted exposed the slide worm drive mechanism. I placed a block of wood the thickness between the slide and the false bottom. I bolted and screwed that into the frame of the slide.

[image]

The next job was wiring to control the actuator. Winnebago has a nice wiring diagram and all their wires are labeled. I was able to find a pair of wires on the floor of the slide that go to the sconces on either side of the bed. I simply spliced into those positive and negative 12 volt wires and then ran it to a switch. By mounting the switch to the lower corner of the foot of the bed I was able to keep all the wires hidden beneath the false bottom and hopefully out of the way of feet and vacuum cleaners.

[image]

[image]


A little tricky was locating the mounting brackets for the actuator. I found this Calculator to help me figure the size and placement. One problem was not being able to be inside the box to check the install location of the top bracket. I put a pillow under the actuator to hold it up and then closed the lid. I slid a tape measure in until it reached the bracket mount and measured the distance to the foot of the bed and then transcribed that for the placement so I could bolt it in when the lid was up. One thing I added to the top mounting bracket was a wood block. The bracket is bolted through the wood block and then the wood block is secured from the top of the lid using t-nuts to bolt into. This allows for the bracket to be unbolted from the top in case of failure of the actuator.

The finished product.

[image]

The actuators come in different lengths and weight lifting capabilities. They also come in different speeds. To get the most lifting ability some of them raise very slowly. The one I used has a 12" lift and a 225 lb lifting capability. Way more than I needed. The speed is about 1/2" per second. I found it on eBay for $43 and the switch on Amazon for $8. The switch is a DPDT on/off/on and came pre-wired for the reverse polarity needed for a DC motor.

It was a fairly easy mod and I'm hopeful it will let us make better use of the under bed space.

Bill

welsteach

AK

Full Member

Joined: 06/20/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 04/18/20 07:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow! Nice work, AND solves a huge pain in the back.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Page  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 356  
Prev

Open Roads Forum  >  General RVing Issues

 > Handy Hints, Gadgets, Products & Gizmos
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in General RVing Issues


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2020 CWI, Inc. © 2020 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.