This was the comment from one of our customers. Martin has a fifth wheeler and lives fulltime in his RV, he knows how difficult it is trying to get your washing dry.
All travellers know the problems they face after doing their washing. There are not enough clotheslines in the caravan park, or you have the small rotary clothesline. I know firsthand the problems when travelling as I had an RV.
Many times, I would do my washing only to find out my clothes were all over the park after winds picked up. This is the reason why I designed the All-In-One Clothesline.
We have had a number of great stories from our customers who have purchased the All-In-One Clothesline. Please feel free to send pictures and a story and we will put them on our Blog.
Thanking all of our customers who have purchased our new clothesline and other products.
Back in September last year, I wrote about the All-In-One Caravan Clothesline from Reverse Mate that was yet to hit the market. Now that it’s available, I’ve finally had a chance to try one out, and I was not disappointed.
Drying your clothes on the road comes with a few downsides, but the All-In-One Caravan Clothes Line from Reverse Mate has changed the game. No tools or drilling are required, just four hand bolts and the ability to install it on either the outside or underside of your awning. Installing the caravan clothes line on the underside of your awning gives your washing some privacy from the rest of the caravan park.
There are quite a few reasons why I would choose this caravan clothes line over the traditional fold-up and umbrella styles, so to keep it short and sweet, here are the pros and cons:
Doesn’t take up much space
Won’t blow over in the wind
Fits a full load of washing or even a set of sheets
It can be installed on the underside of the awning for privacy
Features built-in tie-down clips
Very easy to install
Some Carefree Altitude Awnings have a 70mm tube the brackets will fit, the larger tube diameter of 88mm the clothesline brackets will fit.
Threading the line for the first time can make people sweary (or maybe it’s just me)
You’ll need to get a few tent poles if you want to hang a whole load of heavy stuff on it, like blankets and towels
What you get in the box
Everything you need is in the box and no tools are required. However, you will need to get yourself some tent poles if you want to hang heavy things off your clothesline so you’re not placing too much pressure on your awning. Most people have a few of these lying around, gathering dust in their garage somewhere.
In the box, you’ll get:
2 x adjustable brackets that fit over the awning tube
1 x centre line support bracket to minimise wire sagging
15m x plastic coated clothes line wire with 165kg breaking strain
4 x hand bolts
2 x plastic strainer clips to tension the wire
More information and where to get one
The All-In-One Caravan Awning is now ready and able to be purchased from the Reverse Mate website. It will set you back $200 and more information can be found on the website. For an additional $25, it’s worth getting the kit that includes the Reflective Tie-Down Straps. They’re a set of handy awning tie-downs that feature a heavy-duty spring that takes the shock out of any unexpected gust of wind that threatens your awning.
HOW TO INSTALL THE ALL-IN-ONE RV CLOTHESLINE BRACKETS
Roll out your awning to your desired pitch usually 8 metre / 6 feet from the ground.
Remove the two brackets from the box, left-hand and right-hand plus a center support bracket.
Once you have decided whether you want the clothesline on the outside or under the awning place the right-hand bracket over the roller tube close to the end support arm, then tighten up the clamp using the black knob. Once that bracket is secured, install the left-hand bracket the same way as the right-hand bracket.
After completing Step 3 tie a knot at the end of the wire as shown in picture and start to thread the clothesline wire through the first hole closest to the awning tube. Feed the wire through the center support bracket. Then feed wire into the other end bracket and work back to the other end bracket. Supplied are 2 plastic tensioners, one is for a spare Install the tensioner where you started feeding the wire through as per picture and start to tension both wires.
There is an awning support cradle built in. The small tube on the underside of the Cradle is where a tent pole can be located to take the weight of the awning tube when hanging out the washing on the line. “Poles Not Supplied”
Once the awning is tied down by using guy ropes or straps, install another support pole under the center support bracket. “Pole Not Supplied”
Please Note: Some Aussie Traveller awning tubes have dome head screws.These will have to be changed to countersunk or flathead screws as the brackets will not clamp tightly around the tube. Please contact Aussie Traveller re size of screws.
Please Note: Some late model Carefree awnings have plastic covers. Check there is at least 25mm gap between the vinyl and the end support arm of the awning.
When tying down awnings it is the responsibility of the person carrying out the procedure to realise the straps and guy ropes are only a precautionary measure.
When strong and excessive winds prevail awnings should be wound in to prevent any damage to your awning.
Remove clothesline before retracting the awning as serious damage can be done to the awning and the clothesline.
Due to go on sale shortly, the new Reverse Mate All-in-One Awning Clothesline is the brainchild of Queensland resident Grahame Pilgrim, an experienced RV traveller and serial inventor with a background in engineering and building.
Pilgrim says his latest invention takes up less storage space than an umbrella-type or fold-up clothesline. It also won’t blow over in the wind, and can dry many more items as well as larger items at the one time.
“The Reverse Mate All-In-One Clothesline can take full size sheets plus another line spare, (and) they fold up into a 250mm x 210mm x 150mm box,” he says.
According to Pilgrim, the two supplied clothesline brackets fit easily over the awning tube, and everything else you need is supplied in the kit including two awning tiedown clips, a centre line support bracket, 15 metres of 4mm plastic coated wire with a 165kg breaking strain, and two plastic strainer clips to tension the wire.
“There are no other brackets on the market that can be used externally or under the awning with built-in tiedown clips, plus no drilling (is) needed to install the clothesline,” he says.
Pilgrim has just finished prototype testing and the final retail versions will be manufactured in Australia.
‘You can install the clothesline either under your awning and still have your privacy screen down, plus (it) can be installed externally if you have an annexe,” he says.
The ReverseMate All-In-One Awning Clothesline with built in Tiedown Clips makes drying clothes easier for RV Travellers.
We are proud to say our All-In-One Clothesline is being manufactured in Australia.
There are a lot of travellers on the road going from place to place these days and find themselves in need of a clothesline. The laundry facilities in most of the campgrounds have limited amount of electric dryers for your convenience but you can still wait a long time until one is available, and they cost you a lot of money. The down side is you do not know what has been previously dried in these dryers e.g. dog blankets. We have heard recently that some RV Parks are installing electric meters and this will be an additional cost to travellers if you use your own washer and dryer in your RV.
For occasions when using the dryer is neither feasible nor preferable for delicate or special care items, daily drying of dish cloths, bath towels, swimsuits, beach towels as well as finishing damp laundry that did not completely dry in the coin-operated machines this is where the ReverseMate All-In-One Clothesline will make life easier for travellers. As per the pictures below, you can install the clothesline either under your awning and still have your privacy screen down plus can be installed externally if you have an annexe.
Sometimes access to a permanently-placed clotheslines in an RV Park is not convenient or available. A number of travellers use an umbrella-type clothesline. Even though these fold up the clotheslines can be quite large when you do not have much space to store them. As many travellers would know this type of clothesline can blow over when the winds pick up and is limited to the amount of washing you can put on them. The ReverseMate All-In-One Clothesline can take full size sheets plus another line spare, they fold up into a 250mm x 210mm x 150mm box.
Our RV Rollout Awning Clothesline brackets simply fit over the awning tube. There is no need to purchase any additional items to install our clothesline brackets.
There are no other brackets on the market that can be used externally or under the awning with built in tiedown clips plus no drilling needed to install the clothesline,
Warning make sure the All-In-One Clothesline is removed prior to retracting the awning.
Our New All-In-One RV & Caravan Clothesline includes:
Two adjustable brackets that fit over the awning tube.
The brackets have two awning tiedown clips, one to be used when the line is outside the awning and the other when installed under the awning.
Centre line support bracket to minimise the sagging of the wire.
15 metres of 4mm plastic coated wire with 165 kg breaking strain, two plastic strainer clip to tension the wire..
The Clothesline centre support.
The ReverseMate All-In-One Clothesline has a
International Patent Pending Number PCT/ AU2022/050423.
Australian Design Number 202210665
Australian Regd Design Number 202214690
Being a survivor of Melanomas, Reverse Mate Pty Ltd is now a proud Partner of the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation.
With each sale of the ReverseMates we make a donation to the Foundation.
We will have stock in January 2023, if you would any further information, please contact [email protected]