How to Make a PVC Drying Rack for a RV Ladder

How to Make a PVC Drying Rack for a RV Ladder
Being self-contained as you travel in an RV means doing laundry at some point. Unfortunately, stopping at a laundromat means losing the better part of a day. An excellent solution is washing your clothes in your sink and drying them on a rack attached to the rear of your RV. This simple, cheap, convenient solution fits easily on the back of your RV and collapses for easy storage.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Build the Base of the Rack

Things You’ll Need:
  • Saw
  • Power drill
  • PVC glue
  • 3 10-foot sections of 3/4-inch PVC pipe
  • 2 PVC end caps
  • 6 90-degree PVC elbows
  • 2 45-degree PVC elbows
  • 8 PVC T-joints
  • 1 30-foot clothesline
Step 1
Cut your PVC pipe into the following sections: Two 2-inch pieces, two 3-inch pieces, two 22-inch pieces, two 24-inch pieces, two 28-inch pieces, three 7-inch pieces, four 8-inch pieces, and four 12-inch pieces.
Step 2
Attach four 90-degree elbows to the ends of the 28-inch PVC sections. Glue these joins.
Step 3
Connect, in order, a 12-inch section, a T-joint, a 7-inch section, a T-joint, and a 12-inch section. Glue these joins.
Step 4
Connect the two previous sections to form a PVC square. Glue these joins.
Step 5
Drill holes approximately every 4 inches in the T-joint sides of the PVC square.
Step 6
Tie a knot in the end of the clothesline. Thread it back and forth through the drilled holes to form a net. Once complete, tie a knot in the loose end and cut off the remaining clothesline.

Complete the Rack

Step 1
Connect, in order, the end caps, the 2-inch sections, 90-degree elbows, 3-inch sections, and T-joints. This will form the ladder hooks. Glue these joins.
Step 2
Place the two 24-inch PVC sections in the T-joints on one side of the PVC square. Connect these to the T-joints on the ladder hooks.
Step 3
Place the two 22-inch PVC sections into the T-joints on the other side of the PVC square.
Step 4
Connect the 22-inch pipes to the ladder hooks with the following, twice: T-joint, 8-inch pipe, 45-degree elbow, 8-inch pipe. Glue these joins. Connect the two T-joints with the remaining 7-inch section of pipe to complete the rack.
Step 5
The ladder hooks will hang over your RV's ladder to hang the rack. The rack itself will separate from the vertical supports and the angled supports for easy storage.

Tips & Warnings

Always use goggles when using power tools.
Do not use your rack while the RV is in motion.

Article Written By Beau Prichard

Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.

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