We love trying new gadgets to make life a little easier. Over the past year, there have been more than a few gadgets that didn’t work in our Airstream. For example, the Energizer Tap Lights.

This is my closet when they’re off…..

And this is on….

The top shelf of the closet and the top shelf of the pantry are almost impossible to see into even with the overheard lights on.  I have a horrible time with this, so I bought these lights, and they don’t work. The amount of light they give off is negligible — you’d have to have about 4 or 5 to get any usable light in there. Too bad.

We have really big, fluffy towels, so we decided to get two OXO Softworks Stronghold suction cup towel bars for the back of the bathroom door. This is what they look like when they’re up,

but unfortunately they only stay up for an hour or so at a time. I cleaned the door with rubbing alcohol and dampened the suction cups before sticking them to the wall as advised, but no dice. They just don’t stick. After a month of trying, they’re in the garbage.

This brings me to another few OXO products. Let’s just say, OXO items are no longer purchased for the Airstream. We’ve tried the soap dispenser (soap constantly leaked from the spout) and the suction cup toothbrush holder (didn’t stick) with not-so-stellar results.


I’m always on the search for a good coffee mug with a lid that doesn’t leak. We tried the Contigo Stainless Steel Mug and it works great, until you have to clean it. The underside of the lid is a weird web of plastic that no scrub brush can get into. Therefore gunk builds up until one day, you drink it in. And it’s gross. I’ve tried putting the lid in a Ziploc with soap and shaking the hell out of it, but I can’t do that every time!

Another thing that unfortunately didn’t work out (but might for other folks) were the Clear Globe Patio Lights for the awning. We have a few different lights for outside, but we’ve always liked these and they were on sale, so I bought a box. Before I even got them on the awning, I broke 2. By the time I actually got them hooked to the awning, I broke 5 more. They’re too heavy for the awning clips I got (also at Target, and I used a whole box) and they’re just really delicate. While they’re pretty and I tried to be really careful with them, I ended up throwing the remaining lights away.

So, that’s my list of things that didn’t work for us over the last few months! I’d love to hear if anyone had different experiences with these gadgets!