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Why You Should Take Swim Noodles to Camp

| Updated Dec 21, 2017
Why You Should Take Swim Noodles to Camp 1

Ever run into your awning support pole?

Hurts, doesn’t it?

We’ve all done that. So don’t think you’re the only one.

Well here’s a tip to help you avoid that…. or at least to make it not hurt so much when you do.

They’re pool noodles.

Yes, you read that right: those Styrofoam logs that are pool toys and you can get for a buck or so at many dollar stores.

Slice them lengthwise and then wrap them around those awning poles. They serve as both a warning… and a cushion. They easily store in the basement area of your RV when not in use.

Those with larger RVs can also put them around the sharp edges of slides outs

And while we’re talking about those pool noodles, here’s another tip. This one comes from a Roadtreking fan named Roger, one of the regulars on our Roadtreking Facebook group.

Roger’s tip is for those of you who travel with dogs.

Specifically, it seems a lot of dogs get their collars tangled up in the seat recline lever. Roger says those pool noodles can make a “lever guard.” Cut it, fit it around the lever and then duct tape it.

No more stuck collars on the lever!

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Jennifer Wendland

Published on 2017-12-21

Jennifer Wendland travels North America with husband, Mike, in a small Motorhome. She has worked with Mike as a television producer and traveled extensively all over the world. She is a self-described "gym rat," enjoying fitness and exercise wherever she goes. She is a certified Water Aerobics instructor and has taught large group classes in leading health clubs for more than 20 years. She and Mike have three grown children and seven grandchildren. They travel about two weeks out of every month. When not on the road, they live in southeastern Michigan.

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