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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

am I a "square" ?

We started yesterday morning with the rest of the work camping gang at the cafe for breakfast. We have quite a group of workers here, Ken and Nancy arrived late last week and they will be cooking breakfasts Monday through Friday. This is their 6th season here so they are old hands at work camping. We still have one more couple coming in the next couple of weeks. I'm not sure where they will fit into the schedule but they would make the 5th couple working the season here, plus there is another couple who are working part time on the week ends to pay for a site for their motorhome. Needless to say there are a lot of people wearing yellow shirts running around here :-).

After breakfast we headed to Menards for some supplies. I had some creating to do! We have a Splendide Washer/Dryer combination unit in our 5er. We love the thing but it just doesn't seem to dry things very good anymore. I have taken it apart and cleaned it but that hasn't helped much. When we were in Jamestown we strung a clothesline up but after arriving at the KOA they have rules against clotheslines being strung up between the trees. I completely understand their concerns so we looked for another option and found the plans for building a ladder mounted drying rack built by fellow RVer Larry and listed on his blog The Happy Wanderers .
We did our shopping and headed home, got 1/2 way back and realized some of the pvc elbows were not correct and headed back. We exchanged the wrong ones for the right ones and tried going home again. I took a wrong turn this time and we ended up going home the loooooong way. Rudee just takes these things in stride. She knows that when I start these little projects there will be several round trips for supplies and "what not". :-)
Back at the 5th wheel I cut the pvc pipe into the pieces that I needed.

Using the elbows and T's I followed the diagram from the instructions and put it together. Once I had it assembled I did a test "hang".

"Hey look, I built a square!" :-)
We laced the rope through the "square" and VIOLA a clothesline is born! Rudee didn't waste any time putting it to use and no those are not my undies up there. :-)

I glued some of the joints and attached some of the others with screws and wing nuts so we can take it partially apart for storage. We both like the way it turned out. We spent less than $25 for all the supplies and it was fun to build.

Shortly after finishing the clothesline and hanging out the laundry the skies darkened and we started hearing thunder. I guess hanging out laundry is just like washing your car (or motorcycle) and is a sure way to make it rain! The rain came and was it ever a downpour, it rained and rained and rained some more! We had plans to cook out on the grill but it never stopped raining so we moved inside and relaxed in front of the TV for the evening.

We have no big plans for today and judging by the skies it looks like another rainy day. I guess rain is just job security since the grass will need mowing and I will probably be the guy in the "yeller shirt" riding around on the mower. I'll keep you posted.


  1. Nice clothes hanger! I bought a metal clothes hanger from the oriental store. It's really pretty cool. It folds out in several shapes so I can hang a few things or a whole load and folds flat for storage. Inside I can set it up before we go to bed and turn the fan on. Most things dry overnight. We like our Splendide too but we have the use of a washer and dryer at no charge while we're here in Oregon. Take care.


  2. I like it! We did laundry yesterday and even at the laundromat it took FOREVER to get the clothes dried. Would've been nice to bring them home to dry. Think I will check both the oriental store too. Steve and Joan's folding job sounds good too.

    1. Rudee hates to waste a bunch of time sitting in a laundrymat washing and drying clothes. She really loves using the Spendide unit we have and now, as long as the weather is decent, we can dry stuff outside speeding things up even more.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I don't like to reinvent the wheel. A great simple solution that I would not have thought of!

  4. I too love my W/D. If I want I can hang light weight things in the shower.

    Just a side note. I am all set to get a gate, probably next week. Went to Corpus Christi to do the paperwork for the license.

    1. Great news on the gate Susan! After push mowing for 4 hours yesterday I have a mind to join you ....... "Rudee, pass the Ben Gay" LOL

  5. Thank you for sharing the link to the instructions. We are heading out in a few months for full time RV living and I know that this will come in very handy. I already wish we had one. Happy camping!!