We have probably all met a caravanner who has rigged up their own awning clothesline. In fact, you might’ve rigged your own as well. But what if I told you there is a portable, lightweight and rather clever clothesline system designed to be attached to most roll-out awnings available? It requires no screws and no drilling into the roll-out awning tube, and it’ll easily accommodate four large bedsheets, depending on the size of your awning. I’m talking about the All-In-One RV Clothesline by Queensland-based company ReverseMate, the company behind the ReverseMate caravan reversing aid.
I had the opportunity to try this clothesline during a quick trip away with a Goldstream. Here’s what I thought…
SETTING UP THE ALL-IN-ONE RV CLOTHESLINE
The kit includes two brackets that are shaped to grip the circular awning barrel, 15m of clothesline wire, four hand knobs and two tensioners (one is a spare). With the awning rolled out to your preferred pitch, the first thing you need to do is decide whether you want to set-up the clothesline on the outside of the aw
ning, or underneath. The fact the All-In-One RV Clothesline can be set-up under the awning is a brilliant feature, and it’s just as easy to do it this way as it is to set it up outside of the awning. More on that later.
Each of the two aluminium brackets has a tongue that slides into one of the awning’s grooves. With both brackets fitted either end, close to the support arms, it’s just a matter of tightening the black knob on each. Each bracket also has a special ‘arm’, to which the supplied clothesline is secured. These arms are highly adjustable, so finding level isn’t too difficult. Once you have the brackets fitted and the arms have been adjusted to the best position, you can now fit the clothesline wire.
Now, this is probably the fiddliest part of the process but, in truth, once you’ve done it once or twice, I think you’ll find it quite easy. It’s a case of feeding the line through one side of the clothesline arms, with a knot tied at one end of the line, through a supplied aluminium central support bracket, through the arm at the other end, and back the other away. The trickiest part is maintaining tension on the line as you feed it through the two arms and central bracket. But, again, it’s actually not too difficult and a plastic tensioner is provided to secure the line. Because 15m of line is provided, you’ll need to cut it on first use to suit your needs after it has been secured.
Naturally, wet clothes can be a little heavy. That’s why each of the arms of the two brackets, as well as the central bracket, have a special in-built cradle to accommodate a tent pole. Tent poles aren’t supplied with the kit, but it’s the sort of thing you might have in your kit anyway. If not, they aren’t expensive. Simply adjust each pole to the required height and secure with guy ropes. And yes, each of the two side brackets have built-in tie-down clips! Some awning brands have their own support poles built-in so there is no need for tent poles.Once you’ve set up this awning a couple of times and you have the gist of it, I reckon it would take you no more than five minutes to set up.
It is no more difficult to set up the All-In-One RV Clothesline underneath the awning. Now, it’s fair to say that simply hanging up your clothes under an awning won’t completely protect them from hard rain. However, it might buy you a little extra time to get your clothes dry when the rain starts.
Further, a lot of Vanner’s travel with privacy screens that fit the awning barrel via the same groove that the brackets of this clothesline use. It’s important to note that you can still use your privacy screen with this clothesline in place. In fact, by setting up the clothesline under the awning with a screen in place, you have a better chance of keeping some more delicate articles of clothing private, with the screen also providing your clothes just a little extra protection from the elements too.
The All-In-One RV Clothesline is designed to work with all popular roll-out awnings on the market, including those by Dometic, Aussie Traveller and Carefree. At 8mm in diameter, the Carefree awning barrels are a couple millimeters narrower than other awning barrels, so Reverse Mate includes 2mm-thick rubber strips in the kit to act as packing material. The clothesline brackets will not fit a 70mm awning barrel.
So, what did I think? I was impressed, first and foremost, by the cleverness of this system. The brackets fit snuggly around the awning barrel, and everything appears to be well made. Setting up any camping clothesline can be fiddly, but the All-In-On RV Clotheslinemakes it as easy as possible. The fact that it doesn’t require drilling or the securing of permanent brackets into the awning arms makes it a winner, too. If you’ve struggled with how best to dry your clothes when on the road, I can recommend this product.
Now on sale, the new All-in-One Awning Clothesline from Reverse Mate is the brainchild of Queenslander Grahame Pilgrim, an experienced RV traveller and serial inventor with a background in engineering and building.
Pilgrim says his latest invention weights 2.6kg and 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 like sheets and towels 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.
As can be seen in the promo video, the clothesline is relatively easy to install and requires no drilling or other tools to assemble.
The brackets for the awning clothesline are manufactured in Australia and the product will fit most but not all caravan awnings.
‘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.
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.
It’s not the first time an Aussie inventor has revolutionised the way we dry our clothes, but it has been a long time since we’ve seen such innovation in a caravan clothesline. Due to go on sale shortly, this fantastic new caravan awning clothesline could be a game changer.
Grahame Pilgrim, inventor of the popular ReverseMate aid for caravans has come up with yet another practical invention, the All-In-One RV and Caravan Awning Clothesline. Designed to take the hassle out of drying clothes, towels and sheets when travelling, this new offering takes up less storage space than a traditional fold-up or umbrella-type caravan clothesline.
According to Grahame, the new RV and caravan awning clothesline simply fits over your existing awning tube. You don’t need to purchase any additional items or drill anything to install it.
Everything you need is supplied in the caravan awning clothesline kit, including:
Two adjustable brackets that fit over the awning tube
Two awning tie-down clips (one is used when the line is outside the awning and the other when installed under the awning)
Centre line support bracket to minimise wire sagging
15 metres of 4mm plastic coated wire with 160kg breaking strain
Two plastic strainer clips to tension the wire
The nitty gritty on what, where and when
Grahame has finished the prototype testing on the caravan awning clothesline and the final retail version, which will be proudly manufactured in Brisbane, Australia, the Brackets will be cast from aluminium.
These new clotheslines will suit Carefree, Dometic, A&E Awnings and some Aussie Traveller with the first lot of stock due to arrive in February. To get your hands on one of these new caravan clotheslines, make sure to jump on over to the Reverse Mate website and register your interest (click on the product inquiry button) so you don’t miss out when they become available.
International Patent Pending No PCT/ AU2022/050423.
We have finalised the design as per pictures above and the testing for our New All-In-One Clothesline, plus our New Terra-Pegs. It has been a very long journey and the manufacturing of the moulds has now begun.
The stock Coming Soon
We would like to thank all our ReverseMate customers who have already registered to purchase these great new products via our product inquiry button and supporting Australian Made Products.
The All-In-One Clothesline has an International Patent Pending No PCT/ AU2022/050423, Australian Regd Design Number 202210665, Australian Regd Design Number 202214690
The Terra-Pegs has anAustralian Design Registration Number 202213443