Week 1 Swim Noodles

Colorful swim noodles

Welcome to your very first assignment of the Hack My RV Challenge! Each week you will get one new assignment delivered to your inbox that you will be challenged to complete before the next week’s assignment hits – and we’ll keep this going for a total of 6 weeks.

For each assignment, Dave Solberg, Managing Editor of RV Repair Club, will give you an idea for an item that you likely have lying around the house or RV. You will be challenged to think of a new way to use or refashion that item so that it can create a “hack” for your RV – a quick, easy, cool, or fun solution that makes life in the RV easier or better in some way. It’s a chance to get creative and have some fun!

When you’ve completed your hack for the week, make sure to share a photo with us in the Challenge Facebook Group – we can’t wait to see what you all come up with!


What can you create with swim noodles that enhances your RV experience? Dave has some ideas to get you started – check out the video below:


Swim noodle raft

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Ready for the next hack? Here’s what’s coming up next:

Swim Noodles
PVC Pipes
Grocery Bags
Cardboard Tubes
Empty Containers
Duct Tape

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27 Responses to “Week 1 Swim Noodles”

  1. Kari

    We slit noodles lengthwise to place along the bottom edge of interior slide in the kitchen area to prevent drafts in the winter.


    Make sure to look under the unit before purchase.

  3. Sue Dillard

    I slit the noodle all the way and place on the under lip of the slide out so I dont crack my skull when getting things out of the basement. My hubby likes to use them on the corners slitting lengths and placing on the corners of the slide outs so he does not run into the hard edge. Also use them over the wiper blades to protect from the Florida sun while we are parked for the winter there. Just cut to length and slit one side then feed over the rubber side of the blade and put wiper arm back up in place. The arm holds the noodle securely.

  4. John B

    I carry noodles to protect my head from scraping the bottom of the bedroom slide. We full-time RV, and last winter we were in an area where the temperature dropped to 25 degrees F, and the wind was blowing about 15 mph. I didn't want the fresh water hose to freeze, so I used my noodles like pipe insulation, and we had no problem. The lesson we learned is to stay south enough to avoid this kind of weather.

  5. David

    use to protect windshield wiper blades

  6. Mark

    Used mine to slip over my kayak rack to protect rack and kayak. Have a pic of one of them still on the rack after crossing the country WITHOUT the kayak!

  7. mark

    I would use the noodles on exposed water pipes that hang down underneath your RV to help protect them from freezing or just for protection.

  8. Ellen Kaminsky

    Swim noodles...cut 3" length, split the side and slip over the padlocks we use to secure kayaks to the top of the car. No more scaring the paint when the locks bounce on the roof. Also use them, full length, to protect our fishing rods when they're stored in the bins under the rig; no more mangled/tangled rods/line.

  9. Jeff

    Tired of cracking my head on the bottom of the slides when removing/replacing items in the basement, I cut a slit the full length of each swim noodle and slip them over the entire outer, bottom edge of the slides. No more hurting my head.

  10. Paul White

    Response to Challenge 1 - Swim Noodles; we use the on on bikes when we put them in the rack behind our RV - various lengths in the main rails, and pedals to keep them from scraping against the coach and each other.