Camper Hack

We have been using a travel trailer camper on vacations for about 15 years now. My first experience was after I married. I had no clue what to expect but now I love it. Something about having your own bed and toilet away from home.

We have owned two campers. The first one was a 27ft sportsman without a slide. The second one and the one we currently still have is a 34ft Puma with a super slide.



When I speak of a slide, its where part of the camper will slide out a few feet to make the room larger. It really makes a big difference in comfort.
With just a push of a switch, the room will slide in and out. 



Our slide switch is located inside the door right below the light switch. It is a much larger switch but can easily be confused with the light switches. I have actually hit the slide switch causing it to slide in while the camper is occupied. It will stop when released but that single oops of hitting it will cause it to move in just enough to smash a toe, break something in its path or possibly blow a fuse. 
It could also result in a safty issue if you leave a pet in the camper while your gone or a child left unattended while you turn around a second. 

After trying to figure out a solution. My husband came up with the bright idea of purchasing a receptical cover and placing it over the switch so there are no accidental hits.



Though red is the only color he could find, I will accept the tacky look for a sense of safety. 
Isn't he smart? 



I think newer campers and RVs come with a cover over the slide switch or the slide switch is located out of reach of children and pets. Speaking of "newer", We are ready to look for us a new one. We want a different set up with a front living area and give up a second bedroom since the daughter is older and travels less with us on our trips. Thought they are nice, we are also ok having one without a slide. We spend most of the time outside under the awning anyway.

Now if I can just find a hack to keep me there so I don't have to come back to work.



19 comments

  1. What a lovely Home Away From Home. Good luck in your quest for one that meets your current desires. Switch cover is a great idea. Happy days when home and out'n about!

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    1. Thank you Mary. We get to enjoy it a few times a year.

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  2. I would like one personally, I just don't how well I could drive one. There's situations that are tight in my sedan, let alone something much larger.

    But I'd rather sleep there than a hotel. At least I'd feel like the bed was mine.

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    1. We do not drive or pull ours. We keep it in a camper storage where we vacation.

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  3. what a charming camper. looks like your husbands switch solution is a good one.

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  4. The only realistic hack that I know of is called retirement, another less realistic one is winning the lottery ;)

    Very nice camper Lisa and thumbs up on your Husband placing the cover over the switch, that was an excellent idea, and the red color will grow on you ( at least until you paint it)

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    1. I probably have more chances winning the lottery.
      Lisa

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  5. Hi, my latest book due to the proofers in the next few days is 'Our RV LIfe' where I try to include these 'hacks' or ideas for the newbies to RV'ing. We have lived full time in a coach for nearly 20 years. Thanks for a hint here. SWEET idea. We actually have the same problem in our bedroom slide. The front side is no problem.
    GOOD STUFF.

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  6. I've never heard of a trailer slide; sounds like a great idea!!

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  7. Wow! I'm impressed.

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  8. Nice RV!! Do you ever tow it anywhere?
    We had an RV and toured the country back in the 90's. Great way to see the country.

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