RV travellers are burdened with finding a solution for washing and drying clothing while travelling. Visits to the laundromat can become expensive, but there are ways to cut back on the expense. Towels that are air-dried between uses can be used several times. Clothes and towels can also be line-dried after being washed to save money. A drying rack can be constructed out of PVC pipe, which can be placed over the ladder on an RV and quickly disassembled for easy storage.
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Things you need
- 3 PVC pipes, ¾ inch and 10 feet in length
- 6 PVC 90-degree elbows, ¾ inch
- PVC pipe glue
- ½-inch drill bit
- 8 PVC T joints, ¾ inch
- 22 feet of plastic clothesline
- 2 PVC end caps, ¾ inch
- 2 PVC 45-degree elbows, ¾ inch
Use a saw to cut ¾-inch PVC pipe to the following lengths: two pieces that are 2 inches long, two pieces that are 3 inches long, two pieces that are 22 inches long, two pieces that are 28 inches long, three pieces that are 7 inches long, four pieces that are 8 inches long and four pieces that are 12 inches long.
Place ¾-inch 90-degree elbows on the ends of the two PVC pipe sections that are 28 inches long. Secure the elbows with PVC pipe glue. Use a drill and a ½-inch drill bit to drill holes every 4½ inches across the 28-inch sections of PVC pipe.
Place a ¾-inch T joint on one end of a 12-inch-long PVC pipe section. Secure the T joint with PVC pipe glue. Place a 7-inch long PVC pipe into the T joint and secure with pipe glue. Place a T joint on the other end of the 7-inch pipe and secure with pipe glue. Glue a 12-inch PVC pipe into the T joint. This is half of the base. Repeat to build the other half of the base.
Assemble the base pieces into a rectangle. These sections are not glued into place to allow disassembly for storage.
Tie a knot in the end of a 22-foot-long clothesline. Thread the clothesline into the first hole on the PVC pipe and pull it through the hole on the opposite side of the base. Pull the clothesline through the second hole and thread it through the second hole on the opposite side. Continue until the clothesline is threaded through all the holes on the base. Pull the clothesline taut and tie the end.
Insert a 2-inch section of PVC pipe into a ¾-inch end cap and secure with pipe glue. Glue a 90-degree elbow to the other end of the 2-inch pipe and glue a 3-inch section of pipe into the elbow. Glue a ¾-inch T joint to the other end of the 3-inch pipe. This is a ladder hook. Repeat to make a second ladder hook.
Glue 24-inch sections of PVC pipe into the bottom of the T joints on the ladder hooks. Glue the ends of the 24-inch sections into the T joints located on the back of the base.
Glue 22-inch pipes into the T joints on the front of the base. Attach T joints to the other ends of the pipes and secure with pipe glue. Glue 8-inch pipes into the T and glue 45-degree elbows on the other end of these pipes. Insert the ends of a 7-inch section of PVC pipe into the T joints. Do not glue this pipe.
Place the ladder hooks over the rang of the RV ladder to use the PVC drying rack. Remove the pipes that are not secured with glue to disassemble the rack for storage.
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