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Clothes Line For the RV


We have been doing the typical line strung across 2 trees for a while and I even looked into some of the standalone units at camping world for hanging clothes. We also considered portable dryers but that doesnt fit our needs for capacity or storage. Neither really gets us excited. I saw this idea and I was curious if any of you handy folks could comment on:

1. Is there some other material thats easy to work with that I could make the base out of than wood? I am thinking aluminum (if i can find it)?

2. If this isnt a good idea then what do you use for drying your clothes?

We have a TT that is like the pictures without the spare on the back. So I figured i could secure it to the bumper still.

Edit by moderator: Added in-post photo.  Terry



-- Edited by Terry and Jo on Friday 8th of February 2013 07:39:31 PM

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I have seen these.......you can build it out of aluminum C-Channel and square tube available at home depot or Lowes......I would not build this to travel down the road though, you should make it so it is detachable, it would be top heavy and the stress from bumps and such will make it crack and fail........looks nice but if it comes off at 60mph, I wouldnt want to be the one behind you getting a closer look!



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Some campgrounds/RV Resorts won't allow you to hang towels & clothes out to dry. But it would be great for those times when it's allowed.

We have a line that is retractable in our shower to hang clothes from if we don't want to use our dryer.

Outside we tend to use the back of chairs or hang something from our awning arms.



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We bought a curtain rod and lay it over the valences in the bedroom, works great to dry our clothes inside without them getting dusty from hanging outside.

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here is a link to my blog showing the "clothes hanger" I built.

homemade clothes line

I followed another RVers directions (see the link on my blog) and it is made from PVC pipe and is meant to hang from the ladder once you are parked. Seems like it would not be too hard to design something to mount it from the bumper if you do not have a ladder. 

 

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Craig,

I took the liberty to add the photo of the finished rack to your original post.  I used the one with the towels hanging to give a perspective of size for anyone interested.  If anyone wants to see the detail photos of how it was built and looks without the towels, check the link below that will take you to my Photobucket account.

Home Made RV Drying Rack

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Why wouldn't the quick and easy put together/pull apart metal clothes racks work inside?  Disassembled, they don't take up much room.  That's an idea I have come up with when it comes our time to go FT.  In the S&B, we never dry our clothes completely.  We use one of these in our laundry room and absolutely love it.  We put our clothes in the dryer just long enough to steam them up, shake, and hang.  This keeps the wrinkles to a minimum.  Not sure about the towels... we always dry them completely, of course.  It seems this rack could be put anywhere inside, even.  Seems like it would work.  Clothes rinsed with fabric softener also makes for a much fresher room!  Can get them anywhere... Walmart, Target, etc.



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Mary Sunshine wrote:

..In the S&B, we never dry our clothes completely.  We use one of these in our laundry room and absolutely love it.  We put our clothes in the dryer just long enough to steam them up, shake, and hang.  This keeps the wrinkles to a minimum.  ...


Similiarly to Mary, I have been considering options that would allow the drying of cloths after the initial de-wrinkling in a dryer. What I have been most interested to find is something that can be used in the shower and easily stored otherwise. The following could be used for wet or partially dried clothes -- although they probably work better inside versus outside, but could be used in either situation.

An option for the outside, that is similiar to what krackle12 shared (Exterior Drying Rack) -- it would probably take up less storage space when not in use, but would be more complicated to make.



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Workinrvers wrote:

here is a link to my blog showing the "clothes hanger" I built.

homemade clothes line

I followed another RVers directions (see the link on my blog) and it is made from PVC pipe and is meant to hang from the ladder once you are parked. Seems like it would not be too hard to design something to mount it from the bumper if you do not have a ladder. 

 

Phil


 I like that one I just wish I had a ladder!



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Lyn, I'm not sure how that 3-arm stand would work.  When you think about the space closest to the center, would 3 hangers (one on each arm) actually "fit"?  Seems like they would impede the space of the other.  The other one, however, looks like it would work.  Seems like set-up and take down would be quite easy, as well.



-- Edited by Mary Sunshine on Sunday 10th of February 2013 01:24:01 PM

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2 flag pole holders mounted on the rear bumper.....2 pieces of conduit with eyelet bolts every foot .....a piece of cord to thread up through the bolts...

a 7 foot piece gives you 7 lines at 5 or 6 wide .............do it yourself total cost under 20 at home depot.....

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DH attached a section of the metal closet hanger to the top of our bathroom pocket door opening. This is where I hang shirts and slacks to dry after they have tossed around in the dryer for awhile. The rest of the laundry just stays in the dryer till done.


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Lucky Mike wrote:

2 flag pole holders mounted on the rear bumper.....2 pieces of conduit with eyelet bolts every foot .....a piece of cord to thread up through the bolts...

a 7 foot piece gives you 7 lines at 5 or 6 wide .............do it yourself total cost under 20 at home depot.....


 

Mike,


Thanks for this idea. Do you have a picture for reference? If not no big deal. I may try it anyways.



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The one that Phil made is what we made. We sanded it a bit and spray painted it to match our coach. Lots of compliments on it.

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