Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I've Been MacGyvered

v. 1. To use ingenuity to fix or remedy a problem using only the tools available at hand   2. To jury-rig

n. Someone who can regularly cobble together solutions to problems using only the tools available at hand

On the way back home from my Coastal Caravan last fall, my battery/LP box was hanging on for dear life!  Momma Sharon and I have been babying it for years, knowing that one day it will have to be replaced.  The metal struts have broken, screws are missing, half of the latch assembly has been lost on the road, and there are cracks big enough in the plastic shell to see the road beneath.  

Back in February we ordered a new one from Little Guy in Ohio. Momma Sharon had some lengthy discussions with Elsie about our options and in the end, we went with one exactly like we have now. Little Guy has the paint codes from Dutchmen, so we are confident that the lime green one will match. It was supposed to have been shipped with a delivery of T@Bs and T@Gs to the dealership in nearby Lenoir at the end of February, but that date got bumped back to March 25.  We are anxiously awaiting a phone call from Bumgarner RV letting us know it has arrived.

In the meantime, we have had to use a bit of MacGyver ingenuity so we can keep to our 2016 camping schedule…

Red suspenders & duct tape
One of two holes in the plastic where it is attached to the frame

Momma Sharon went to Walmart and got a pair of nylon straps with cinches on them and put one on each side of the compartment.  Then she took the leftover lengths of nylon and added some suspenders in the front for good measure!

Cinched up snugly around the box and frame
Suspenders added up front for extra support
Here's where the biggest hole is located

Our next trip isn't until April 17th, so we are both hoping our spiffy new box will arrive and get installed before then.  I will keep you posted and until then, always remember . . . 

"Peace, Love & MacGyvering"


  1. Creative and problem solver extrordinaire. Who knew MacGyvering was a word?

    1. Nothing was going to keep me from the SC DOG…not even a wobbly LP box! Momma Sharon checked it every single time we stopped and her suspenders worked!! Splash

  2. Creative and problem solver extrordinaire. Who knew MacGyvering was a word?

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    1. The only thing cooler would have been if they were lime green or blue Ellalou! Splash