Donna, I love the idea of the pool noodle. If you don't see that staring at ya, you've got problems. Very creative.
Jason, the tie down solution is a great idea too, and I usually carry them in my truck.
My husband calls me gadget girl. I'm always looking for the best solution for everythihg and have every gadget to prove it. I think it comes from being a girl scout--"be prepared" is my moto too. Hub teases me about it, but he's happy when I'm able to save the day. Last summer, I saved our camping trip when we had a burst pipe (didn't winterize well enough), and I pulled out the epoxy putty that held the pex together with additional special tape.