Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers plus Guest Article on Emergencies

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Living and/or traveling in an RV is such a great way to live and travel.  Many people we visit on our travels invite us into their homes to spend the night.  And while we so appreciate the offers, it is so much easier to stay in our own “home,” with all our things at hand.  We have gotten so we dread having to stay in a hotel because we’re afraid of forgetting something!  I’m sure many of you identify with what I’m saying.  We get spoiled having everything at our fingertips in what my Mom called “our traveling home!”  While all of the above is true we also need to be prepared just as we would in a sticks and bricks and plan for contingencies like what to do in case of Emergency Evacuations.  A faithful reader and tip sharer has written this article to make sure you are all thinking about how to prepare and then to practice!  I read years ago that you should be able to pack up your RV in 10 minutes if need be so you need to know exactly what you would do to make that happen.

EMERGENCY EVACUATIONS

Danise Still

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Prioritize….prioritize…. prioritize…..PLAN AND DISCUSS…..  Fire extinguisher…. see # 6 below.(Note… we have a 30 foot Class C…. adapt your list to suit your specific  needs )

 1.  Consider time available…. and work off a written list, from top to bottom as time permits.  Keep a master list posted somewhere handy.  Have the A and B sections available to grab and take .  Under pressure it is easy to forget something important.

 We have divided our list into 4 parts.   A1, B1   and A2 and B2.   “A” is my responsibility… “B” is my husband’s.  (Basically it is mine inside and his outside.)  A1 and B1 is 10 minutes or less to evacuate.  A2 and B2 is for 30 minutes or less.   Lay breakables on the bed, if it is easy to get to. Use the sinks and bathtub as a quick place to grab & stash.

2.  Keep keys, Rx, meds  in the same place at all times.

3.  Plan precisely what needs to be done…. slides, awning, antennae, hookups, etc. (some hookups are hooked to RV and will be more important, than those that can be unhooked and left.  Have extra wrenches or necessary  tools in the hook up storage pod, for quick usage. , SHUT OFF PROPANE. EXTINGUISH CANDLES

3A. Designate who will be responsible for pets… don’t waste time chasing… leave under the bed or??if necessary.  Keep their leashes easily accessible, and maybe an extra one in the toad or tow vehicle.

4. Don’t stop to lock  storage pods, close and latch only, if possible, or just lock one side.

5.  DO NOT hook up toad… each vehicle will travel quicker and safer separately. Know who is going to drive which vehicle.

6. FIRE EXTINGUISHER…. Do you have time to use it?   is it up to date?   Is it all purpose (ABC) Is it accessible?  Do you know how to use it  …….. PULL extinguisher pin.  Aim at BASE of fire.  Squeeze handle. Sweeping motion across base of fire.  Do you need more than 1 in your rig….and one in your toad or tow vehicle?  Editors note:  No less than 4 extinguishers please…one in the bedroom area, one in living area, one in a quickly accessible outside compartment and one in your toad/towed vehicle.

7.  Have you planned your escape routes, and do you know how to open the emergency windows if you are trapped inside your rig?

8.    Leave expendables- outdoor chairs, tables, rugs, etc. if need be.   They are replaceable…

 Hope this provides you with some “food for thought” and some planning ideas.

Thanks so much for this wonderful article Danise.  Great information for us all.  For additional information visit Mac the Fire Guy and his website http://www.macthefireguy.com/articles and if you get a chance at a rally be sure to attend one of his seminars.

If you would like to write a Guest article for our newsletter, we would love to hear from you.  Contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

 

A reader needs help…can you help her please?  Does anybody have a tip on how to clean window shades in an RV?  Mine are not the day/night kind, just single layer shades.  We had a mishap and spilled a chocolate Slim Fast shake which went EVERYWHERE.  I was able to clean everything except the window shade.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks.  If you have some suggestions for Sue please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

 

Great TIP: If you are looking to purchase something or planning a trip or whatever and looking for reviews, you want to make sure they are trustworthy and not something written by the company selling the service or product.  These are some great suggestions on how to find those reviews.

*Look for trustworthy reviews…1)  Check for fakes on Amazon before buying a product.  Copy and paste the website address of the item you want into the searchbox at FakeSpot.com.  It lets you know the percentages of reviews that can be trusted. 2) Look for reviews from verified buyers!  More and more sites are featuring verified buyer review…OpenTable.com, Amazon.com and Expedia.com are a few that have a label of “verified buyer” by the reviewers name.  3) Check other reviews.  On many sites you have to have an account and login to write a review.  By clicking on a persons name you can read other reviews they have written and can get an idea if they are legit.  4)  Look for hidden reviews.  Some websites automatically place “rave” reviews at the top.  Scroll past the 5-star reviews to see what others have written.  Visiting Yelp?  Click the link at the bottom that says there are more reviews ‘that are not recommended.’  Often these are hidden for a reason. * Taken from Woman’s World Magazine 6/16.

Cleaning Hacks…some of these we know but others are new to me and worth a try.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/cleaning-hacks-that-are-borderline-genius?

Great Tip from a reader:   I use small plastic baskets for our socks, underwear, etc its easier to find and stack in cabinets.  Thanks JoAnn…a great idea.  Editors note: Make sure you use straight-sided baskets so as not to lose space.

 

Product On Sale: On Sale in August  Guacamole Bowl and Salsa Bowl.

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Regularly $12.00 each now ONLY $10.00 each while supply lasts.  These are ceramic and look much more expensive than they are.  Great for serving dips and salsas and make great gifts.  They are the only glass things we carry in the motor home because they are so well packaged to keep from breaking.   Purchase now and receive my special recipe for Pomegranate Guacamole and my daughter-in-law’s yummy salsa.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=160

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=161

This week when making Breaded Pork Cutlets for dinner I used the following RV Space Saver Products.  Salsa Maker  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=131  was used to grind the almonds into a meal/flour for breading (Mike can’t have all-purpose flour).  Fiskie  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=150 was used to whip egg replacers and 2 Expandable Food Storage Containers  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=141 to hold the egg replacer liquid and the almond meal to bread the cutlets.

Email us with how you use our products.  We love to hear from you.

Great Places to Visit:  images (2)Who doesn’t love the beach?  Growing up land-locked in Montana and being a Pieces, boy was I missing  the beach.  Here at RV Space Savers we always “brake for the beach.”  It still is my very favorite place and wish we could live in our RV right on the beach forever.  Here is a list of some of the best under the radar beaches you may not know about.  http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-under-the-radar-beaches-in-the-us?ref=news_fd_072316&bt_email=mgalex65%40gmail.com&bt_ts=2016-07-23#!2-carova-beach.

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Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. Greg Anderson

Until next time we hope your journeywill be all that you desire and more because only you hold the map.

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Greeting from RV Space Savers.  I always think I am going to do this newsletter on the same day of the week and it seems something always comes up that I can’t make that happen.  Since retiring, I will say that if I get a chance to spend time during the day with friends or family, I am always going to choose that over all the things that seem to make it on my never ending “To Do” list!

While I am always on the look out and researching ways to make living and traveling in an RV easier and clutter free, I appreciate all of you who send in your tips and ideas of things that work for you.

TIP from reader:  

If you are like me, as a full-timer you find your closet too full most of the time. Consequently, when you pull out a top or dress hanging there it will have closet wrinkles. My favorite tool for dealing with wrinkles is Downy Wrinkle Release spray. You lightly spray the garment, smooth it with your hands, and let it hang for a few minutes. It really works—smooths those wrinkles right out and no need to drag out the iron and ironing board just for a quick press job. I love it!  Thanks Pat…what a great idea.  I sure will be trying this great tip.

Tip from reader:  And this from Joyce…boy what a space saver!  How to Fold Grocery Bags to take up very little space.  http://www.creeklinehouse.com/2014/11/fold-grocery-bags.html.  Thanks Joyce for this great space saver.

Inexpensive Ways to Make Fridge Liners…so cheap and easy.

Fridge liners

 http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/make-your-own-inexpensive-fridge-liners.html?utm_source=DailyRSSNewsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Headline&utm_campaign=RSSNewsletter

 

The Best Way to Wash Fruit and Veggies  http://tiphero.com/how-to-wash-fruits-and-veggies/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=cf4049dcaf-TH_NL_522_07_26_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-cf4049dcaf-

Keeping Those Mice Away  http://tiphero.com/peppermint-pest-repeller/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=cf4049dcaf-TH_NL_522_07_26_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-cf4049dcaf-1216341

Tricks to Clean Hard to Clean Items  http://tiphero.com/27-hard-to-clean-things-solved/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=cf4049dcaf-TH_NL_522_07_26_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-cf4049dcaf-1216341

If you have tips and tricks to share, please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.  We love to hear from you.

Product On Sale: On Sale in August  Guacamole Bowl and Salsa Bowl.

Guacamole Bowl

Salsa Bowl

Regularly $12.00 each now ONLY $10.00 each while supply lasts.  These are ceramic and look much more expensive than they are.  Great for serving dips and salsas and make great gifts.  They are the only glass things we carry in the motor home because they are so well packaged to keep from breaking.   Purchase now and receive my special recipe for Pomegranate Guacamole and my daughter-in-law’s yummy salsa.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=160

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=161

Great Places To Visit:  Who doesn’t love Fairs and Festivals?

Fairs and Festivals

Where ever you are traveling for the summer it’s fun to attend local fairs and festivals to enjoy the local culture, fun and food.  Here is one way to find them in your area.  http://www.myfairsandfestivals.com/?en=&startDate=2016-08-01&endDate=2018-08-01&days%5B%5D=0&radius=0&states%5B%5D=IA#.V5_HQGgrLIU

We hope you are enjoying your journey and holding your own map!

 

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Whether living in your RV or just traveling for the summer months most Rver’s are in the northern states for the summer where it is some cooler, many are still being caught in the horrible heat and many fires that are burning already in the west.  And those traveling to the rallies back east are being hit with high humidity as well.  We pray for everyone’s safety and hope you are having an enjoyable summer.  Being in the Northwest this time of year is amazing and very few days get hot.  But we were in Cle Elum/Roslyn, WA over the weekend and there is a burn ban east of the Cascade mountains.

A Timely Tip:  This was forwarded to me by reader Danise and is from a website called www.FlyLady.net.  With fire season already under way and so much horrific weather happening in much of the U.S. this is good information and should be practiced by all including RVer’s.  Thanks Danise for the great information.

Could You Evacuate in Minutes?

Here it is that time of year again when we are faced with the threat of Evacuation from our homes. We never know when we this could happen because of fire, train wreck, floods, riots, earthquakes or hurricanes. It is up to us to be prepared!

1. PEOPLE: Have a plan for getting out of the house and make sure everyone knows it. Have an emergency bag of food and water for your family. Include wholesome snacks and treats for the children: dried fruit, nuts, peanut butter, crackers and granola bars.

2. PETS: Keep pet carriers and leashes readily available to lead pets to safety. Also take pet food with you.

3. PICTURES: Keep negatives, CDs, or hard drives of pictures in a lock box or at a family member’s home. Have picture albums in one place ready to grab and go at a moments notice.

4. PAPERS: Have all your important papers in a lock box at a bank and only keep copies at the house. This keeps you from panicking. If you have them at home then put them in a folder that you can easily grab if you have to move fast. Color code it so you can find it!

5. PRESCRIPTIONS: Take your medications with you. Don’t forget the ones that have to be refrigerated like insulin. Have small ice chest and cold packs readily accessible to pack and go. If you have babies; remember their formula or medications.

6. PURSES and PETRO: This is where you keep your identification, credit cards and cash. Keep a stash of cash for emergencies and grab it. You may not be able to use an ATM in the event of a power outage. Make sure your car always has a half a tank of gas.

7. PROPER CLOTHES and COMFORT ITEMS: According to the weather conditions; gather up a change of clothes along with outer clothing: coats, rain gear, boots, gloves and hats. If you have babies remember diapers. Remember to grab your children’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy. A game or a deck of cards could keep them occupied and calm too.

8. PLANNER/CALENDAR/CONTROL JOURNAL: These documents have all the information you will need from phone numbers, insurance numbers and important dates. They are small and filled with things you don’t have to try to remember.

9. PERSONAL PROTECTION: Many of us still have that time of the month. Be sure and grab a box of your preferred protection. It may be hard to find if you have been evacuated. Stress can cause our bodies to do strange things too. So be prepared. Take medication for cramps too.

10. PHONES, RADIOS, FUEL FOR THE CAR: Many of us have cell phones now. Always keep them charged up and have a charger in the car or an extra battery. They may not work in the event of power outages, but then they might. Know which local radio station has emergency bulletins. Keep your battery powered radio tuned to that local station and have plenty of batteries for it. Also keep a old type regular phone that does not operate with electricity. GAS PUMPS don’t work without power either. You can’t leave if your car is on empty. So keep your car fuel tank topped off when it hits a half of tank. This way you will have gas to drive at least a couple of hours. Evacuation routes are usually bumper to bumper traffic. Having a tank filled will keep you less stressed.

11. PATIENCE: This is one of the most important things to pack. Keep it inside of you so that you have a clear calm head. Having your P’s to Preparedness list guiding you will keep you patient. In the event of an evacuation there will be lots of displaced people. Being patient will make things less stressful. Your children need to see you calm and collected. This will help keep them calm too.

We can FLY in the face of Danger and Emergency if we are prepared. Don’t wait till you are being asked to evacuate. Everyone thinks that it could not happen to them. Well it could and it is up to you to make sure you are prepared.

Don’t wait! DO IT NOW!! I know you have been procrastinating because you don’t think it can happen in your area.

FlyLady

Start putting your emergency kit together. Use a duffle bag or plastic bin to gather your items. Put copies of your important papers in your Office in a Bag. That way you can just grab and go.

 

 

TIP from a reader:  If you need some help with a day job or project this is a great way to get excellent help and help out Vets.  http://hirepatriots.com/dayjobs.  Thanks for the tip George.  He states he has used them several times with good results.

Also this great tip from Danise (a real space saver):  Heavy Duty Coated Garden Training Wire.

Heavy Duty Coated Garden Training Wire

She has many uses for it and I’m sure you can all come up with more ideas.  Thanks for this too Danise.  Can’t wait to try it.  Looks like you can get it at Lowe’s, Home Depot, McLendons, etc.

I use it in place of bungee cords or Velcro straps in several areas as I can customize the length and am not struggling with the cords and the hooks or knobs, or the  sticky Velcro.   It would be great to hold tarps or awnings  in place to keep them from blowing in the breeze  or wrap around water hose, electric cords and I use a chunk to wrap around the outdoor running cable  I sometimes use for our dog. (She can be a real pest when we are setting up, as she can’t figure out which one of us she wants to follow about.   It is so much safer and easier to let her be outside, but restrained to a nearby tree or picnic table while we are moving about.)

 

On Sale until the end of the month.  Silicone Oven Mitt https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=84  only $10.00 .

TIP from a reader:  I bought 2 of the oven mitts for a friend.  He puts oysters on the bbq and now does not get burned when he opens them.  He loves them.  Thanks Marilu for the idea.   I use this oven mitt to do corn on the cob all the time…so easy. Watch this short video on how it’s done.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U10MkdbzS54

Also still on sale: Mesh Picnic Covers…so great for picnics and outdoor meals.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=140 2 for $5.00. 

Want more tips and tricks?  Visit www.lifetricks.com.

Great Places to Visit:  25 Stunning National Park Vistas.  Who doesn’t love to visit our national parks?  So many stunning sites to see.  Here is just one of those vistas. 

Olympic National Park

http://www.fodors.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/news/photos/25-stunning-national-park-vistas?ref=news_fd_071616&bt_email=mgalex65%40gmail.com&bt_ts=2016-07-16.

And another website for Great Places to Visit:  The Most Beautiful Spot in Every State.  http://www.purewow.com/travel/most-beautiful-place-in-every-state?utm_source=zergnet&utm_medium=syndication.  WOW how lucky we are to live in this beautiful country….so much to see and do.

May you have a huge “bucket list” of things to  see and do on your journey and Rving be the perfect way to check off items on that list.  Remember only YOU hold the map to make your journey a memorable one.  Happy and safe travels.

RV Space Savers

Lots of Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Hope everyone had a happy and safe Independence Day.  Ours was very enjoyable spent with great friends and thankfully very few fireworks as it scares the animals.  I can’t believe summer is already on the downhill slide!  It is my favorite time of year and oh how we love the fresh fruit in Washington where we are able to buy it direct from the fields and farms so it is picked ripe and fresh.  Sadly the berry season has ended except for blueberries.  But we are still getting lots of fresh cherries, nectarines and peaches.

And it’s Corn On the Cob Season in Some Areas…this is a great tip.  I do it all the time but be careful as it is really hot coming out of the microwave. http://tiphero.com/trick-to-remove-corn-husks/?  I use this silicone Oven Mitt which is good up to 600 degrees.  $14.00  On Sale Until 8-1-2016 for only $10.00 while supplies last.

Silicone Oven Mitt from RV Space Savers

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=84

Also ON SALE for summer.  Mesh Picnic Food Covers. $2.50 each or 2 for $5.00 while supplies last or until 8-1-2016. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=37&product_id=140

Mesh Food Picnic Covers

 

I loved this tip about how to make the chocolate chip cookies YOU like the best.

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Everyone seems to like their cookies differently.  I like mine soft, rounded and chewy, while others like them crisp and flat.  This is the Ultimate guide to making them just like you like. http://www.handletheheat.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-chocolate-chip-cookies/

 

Another Important TIP:  If You Have Norton  Virus Protection you NEED to read this article.  http://www.moneytalksnews.com/feds-warn-very-serious-flaws-popular-anti-virus-software/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=email-2016-07-08-pm&utm_medium=email

This is a very interesting set of articles.  The Death of the RV Industry. I don’t know how many of you get the online newsletter RV Daily Report written by Greg Gerber.  He is writing a series of articles on this and thought some of you may be interested.  We as customers of RV’s can certainly understand much of what he is saying.   http://rvdailyreport.com/category/opinion/

Another Great Tip from Jillee  Great Ways to Extend the Life of Products.  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2016/07/201607frugal-ways-to-extend-the-life-of-your-stuff-html.html?

 

Don’t Get Ripped Off. A great article from RV Life Magazine.   http://rvlife.com/ripped-off-by-mechanics-dentists/

Five Must Know Tips if you have Slide Outs.  Most of us have slide-outs anymore and here is some good information to remember from Rving how.   http://rving.how/5-must-know-slide-tips/

Two Yummy Recipes I tried while camping with friends and the tools I used to make and serve them.

Pumpkin Dip

1 13 oz. can pumpkin, 1 cup Philadelphia cream cheese,  1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8th teaspoon nutmeg.  I mixed everything together with the fiskie and served in a collapsible bowl.  I served it with graham crackers and granny smith apple slices.  This makes a lot so you may want to make a half a batch, depending on how many you are serving.

Avocado Crunch

1 ripe avocado, juice of half a lime, 2 teaspoons shelled sunflower seeds, sea salt to taste.  I made a double batch so I used the Salsa Maker, Lemon/lime squeezer, measuring spoons and guacamole bowl to serve it in.  I served it with chips.

Both were a huge hit.

GREAT PLACES TO VISIT:  Top Nine Cities American’s Are Visiting This Summer.  Are you going to New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Jackson Hole, LA, Atlanta, Phoenix, Philadelphia or Dallas?  I was surprised that there were so many in the south in the heat of the summer but we are going to Vegas for a convention the first of August (we may be crazy! 🙂 )

Please pray for the safety of our Law Enforcement and the people of Nice, France.

Praying for Law Enforcement

 

Pray for Nice, France

We hope your journey is filled with many stops on your map!

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Happy July 4th Everyone.  Please have a safe holiday.

We are spending the holiday with a group of friends in an RV Park with lots of food, visiting and relaxing far away from the fireworks.  It is about as good as it gets!  A new tradition with this group is a “therapy session” between 10-10:30 with coffee and goodies…then a “therapy session” that begins about 4 p.m. with wine, ??? and snacks!  What fun we have.  Some days we haven’t left the morning session and it’s time for the afternoon session! 🙂  So this will be a short newsletter!

We had a successful rally in Albany, Oregon with about 350 rigs.  Met lots of new people and enjoyed visiting with old friends.  Both seminars were well attended.  And a beautiful drive back up I-5 where for the first time we can remember in a 300 mile trip we were able to see all 5 mountains starting with Mt. Hood, then Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams in the distance, then Mt. Rainier and finally Mt. Baker.  It is so unusual that at least one of them isn’t shrouded in clouds.  What a perfect day for the drive home.  Makes you fall in love with this gorgeous country all over again.

TIP:  Last newsletter I did a recipe and told what tools I used that we sell.  Bless Danise she sent in this great tip.

Wanted to share my delight with the new tool I used.   As you know storage space is limited and work space the same.   I made a potato salad using just 3 tools…. the 2 knives  to peel and cut the spuds, and the short red spoon/fork tool (fiskie).   Used it to scoop out the mayo (I make my own potato salad dressing), the dill pickle relish, then blended in my mustard, sugar, spices, and enough dill pickle juice to make the dressing the right consistency.  Used the same utensil to mix and then left it in the bowl as a serving spoon. What could be better.   Thanks Danise…what a great idea. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=150  The fiskie takes the place of a fork and a whisk and Danise sure proved it here.

Another TIP from Danise.  A great reminder for us all.

Could You Evacuate in Minutes?

 

Dear Friends,

 

Here it is that time of year again when we are faced with the threat of Evacuation from our homes. We never know when we this could happen because of fire, train wreck, floods, riots, earthquakes or hurricanes. It is up to us to be prepared!

1. PEOPLE: Have a plan for getting out of the house and make sure everyone knows it. Have an emergency bag of food and water for your family. Include wholesome snacks and treats for the children: dried fruit, nuts, peanut butter, crackers and granola bars.

2. PETS: Keep pet carriers and leashes readily available to lead pets to safety. Also take pet food with you.

3. PICTURES: Keep negatives, CDs, or hard drives of pictures in a lock box or at a family member’s home. Have picture albums in one place ready to grab and go at a moments notice.

4. PAPERS: Have all your important papers in a lock box at a bank and only keep copies at the house. This keeps you from panicking. If you have them at home then put them in a folder that you can easily grab if you have to move fast. Color code it so you can find it!

5. PRESCRIPTIONS: Take your medications with you. Don’t forget the ones that have to be refrigerated like insulin. Have small ice chest and cold packs readily accessible to pack and go. If you have babies; remember their formula or medications.

6. PURSES and PETRO: This is where you keep your identification, credit cards and cash. Keep a stash of cash for emergencies and grab it. You may not be able to use an ATM in the event of a power outage. Make sure your car always has a half a tank of gas.

7. PROPER CLOTHES and COMFORT ITEMS: According to the weather conditions; gather up a change of clothes along with outer clothing: coats, rain gear, boots, gloves and hats. If you have babies remember diapers. Remember to grab your children’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy. A game or a deck of cards could keep them occupied and calm too.

8. PLANNER/CALENDAR/CONTROL JOURNAL: These documents have all the information you will need from phone numbers, insurance numbers and important dates. They are small and filled with things you don’t have to try to remember.

9. PERSONAL PROTECTION: Many of us still have that time of the month. Be sure and grab a box of your preferred protection. It may be hard to find if you have been evacuated. Stress can cause our bodies to do strange things too. So be prepared. Take medication for cramps too.

10. PHONES, RADIOS, FUEL FOR THE CAR: Many of us have cell phones now. Always keep them charged up and have a charger in the car or an extra battery. They may not work in the event of power outages, but then they might. Know which local radio station has emergency bulletins. Keep your battery powered radio tuned to that local station and have plenty of batteries for it. Also keep a old type regular phone that does not operate with electricity. GAS PUMPS don’t work without power either. You can’t leave if your car is on empty. So keep your car fuel tank topped off when it hits a half of tank. This way you will have gas to drive at least a couple of hours. Evacuation routes are usually bumper to bumper traffic. Having a tank filled will keep you less stressed.

11. PATIENCE: This is one of the most important things to pack. Keep it inside of you so that you have a clear calm head. Having your P’s to Preparedness list guiding you will keep you patient. In the event of an evacuation there will be lots of displaced people. Being patient will make things less stressful. Your children need to see you calm and collected. This will help keep them calm too.

We can FLY in the face of Danger and Emergency if we are prepared. Don’t wait till you are being asked to evacuate. Everyone thinks that it could not happen to them. Well it could and it is up to you to make sure you are prepared.

Don’t wait! DO IT NOW!! I know you have been procrastinating because you don’t think it can happen in your area.

FlyLady

Start putting your emergency kit together. Use a duffle bag or plastic bin to gather your items. Put copies of your important papers in your Office in a Bag. That way you can just grab and go.  This article came from the FlyLady.  http://www.flylady.net/

No new products or products on sale this week. No Great Places to Visit this week

Until next week Enjoy the Journey and Make Sure it Is A Safe One. 

 

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Well here it is mid-June and it’s been 2 weeks since I last sent out a newsletter!  Thinking I am retired, I am wondering where all the time goes.  Maybe instead of being RETIRED, I am just tired! 🙂  Love the much simpler life of living in an RV, not so much house to clean or yard to take care of which gives us time for lots of other things (maybe too many)!  Still on my summer “to-do” list is new sheers for all the windows and deep clean the carpet.  I was hoping to maybe start some wall painting and tiling in the bathroom but with the way the summer is stacking up, not sure we will get to that.  But anytime we can meet and visit with friends or our family, that will always come first.

We had a wonderful time at the Good Sam Sambroee and have made so many friends there that it is just like old home week to us.  The attendance was way down and they are working hard to come up with ideas to  bring new members to the rally.  While visitng with my friend Danise who is always so good about sending in tips and ideas, she suggested that once in a while I do a recipe and list the products we sell that I use while making them so a “Shout Out” to Danise as this will be my first…thanks for the idea Danise.  See recipe below.

Today we are traveling to Albany, Oregon for the Northwest FMCA Rally.

Northwest FMCA Rally

Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new.  If you’re attending the rally please stop by and say hello.  http://www.fmcanw.org/pages/rallies.html.  I will be giving two different seminars on Space Saving Tips and Ideas…one on Friday and the other Saturday morning.  Beautiful drive as always down the I-5 corridor.

I have been saving lots of tips I have read that I thought were worth sharing.

TIP:  With berry season well under way in the northern states I thought this was a timely tip.  3 Berries to Wash Right Away (well NOT wash).  http://www.thekitchn.com/3-berries-to-wash-right-away-and-3-you-never-should.  Be sure to store them in your Produce Keepers.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=63

Produce Keeper

TIP # 2    I thought these easy tips were great reminders to us all.  Great tips for easy kitchen cleanup.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/nataliebrown/7-easy-kitchen-cleaning-ideas-youll-actually-want-to-try?

TIP #3  We love fresh pineapple but disappointing when you get it home and it’s not sweet or ripe.  I sure will be trying this tip.

Pineapple

Sweeten that Pineapple  http://tiphero.com/pineapple-preservation/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c484c5ae66-TH_NL_508_06_07_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-c484c5ae66-1216341.

TIP #4  11 Household Hacks Worth Knowing except the shower curtain rings for scarves (do not hang your scarves with shower curtain rings…it can and will snag them).  There are inexpensive scarf hangers on the market.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=137

Scarf hanger

http://tiphero.com/11-clever-household-hacks/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c484c5ae66-TH_NL_508_06_07_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-c484c5ae66-1216341

Tip #5  RV Etiquette  http://blog.rvinsurance.com/rv-park-etiquette-10-ways-to-keep-the-peace/.  A great reminder to us all.

Tip #6  RV Pizza  http://www.explorerrv.com/tips-on-RV-travel/bid/207212/Recipe-Pizza-on-the-Grill. It works great to cook it on this Grill Racket . https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=37&product_id=149

Grill Racket

Pizza on the Grill

Thought this recipe sounded good plus easy.  We do Mexican Pizza’s on the grill using the grill racket and steak tacos.  Sure cuts down on the mess and meat falling through the grill.

Mexican Pizza

Brown 1 # ground beef with 1/2 cup chopped onions (I use 1.2 tsp onion powder).

Add 1 tsp. of each of the following spices:  chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, paprika, salt & pepper to taste.  Adjust these all to your own liking.  Stir until well blended.  I add 1/2 cup water and let simmer on low until all the moisture is absorbed.

To one 15 oz. can of refried beans add the same spices as above only using 1/2 tsp.  Add a little water and simmer, stirring frequently.

Use either corn or fried flour shells.  Top each with meat then beans and sprinkle with shredded Mexican 4 Blend Cheese.  Put on Grill Racket and cook over low heat until the cheese is melted.  We open up the racket so we can cook 2 at a time.  Remove from grill.  Serve with chopped tomatoes, onions, guacamole, shredded lettuce, sour cream and your favorite taco sauce.  So easy and can make everything ahead and assemble at dinner time.  ENJOY!

Tools we use to make this recipe:  Grill Racket; Safety knives; Avocado tool; Tomato tool; Salsa Maker (use to chop onions and make guacamole); magnetic measuring spoons; storage bowls for serving. You can find them all at www.rvspacesavers.com.

 

 

Great Places to Visit:  3 Idaho Ghost Towns   

Silver City, ID

http://blog.goodsam.com/ghost-towns-idaho?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WoodallsBlog+%28Good+Sam+Camping+Blog%29.  We love poking around old ghost towns.  Just be sure not to enter any buildings as they are unsafe and if it is in the summer just a warning…rattlesnakes love to hide in cool places. 🙁

We love hearing from you.  Please contact us at rvspaceavers@gmail.com.  Please let us know if you try the recipe and if you have one you would like to share.  Would also love photos of you using RV Space Savers products.

Wherever your travels take you…enjoy the journey.   Remember only you hold the map.

 

Happy Memorial Day from RV Space Savers

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Remembering all those who are gone but not forgotten on this Memorial Day.  As we spend the day in remembrance, we are thankful to all those who have so bravely served our great nation in the military so we can enjoy all the freedoms we have.  Traveling to Moses Lake, WA  for the Good Sam Sambroee which starts on Thursday, we are always delighted by the huge Veteran presence in the Washington Good Sams Club and the ceremonies they have each year as part of the Sambroee.  The Sambroee has enjoyed an increase in First Time Attendees for the past couple of years and hopefully that will continue.  With so many organizations and associations associated with Rving losing membership, it’s great to see this one growing.  It was a beautiful drive over the mountains but we were sad that there was so little snow left.  But I will say it was nice to get out of the gray and rain and see the sun!

TIP:  One of my online newsletters discusses getting your mail on the road.  Many use mail services if they are full time and some use family which is what we choose to do.  Many of the RV Parks will not accept mail from the Post Office unless it is a Priority Mail package but do accept FedEX and UPS.  Make sure if you are getting mail by “General Delivery” that you know which post offices accept  Gen Del as not all of them do.  Always get a tracking number!  We have had packages go astray by all 3 methods so none are fool proof.  Here is  the link to the article I read.   http://rvlife.com/package-delivery-tips-for-full-time-rvers/

TIP:  Storing Winter Clothes  I have asked the past two newsletters about how others store their winter clothes and what luck anyone has had with the vacuum storage bags.  Sue was the only one who responded and they have had mixed results as have I, with different brands I have purchased.  I will be resoarting to a plastic tub again.  Here is an article I read about Storing Winter Clothes and she doesn’t mention using the vacuum bags either!  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/simple-tips-for-storing-winter-clothing.html utm_source=DailyRSSNewsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Headline&utm_campaign=RSSNewsletter. But I do have to say with the weather in Seattle so far, I won’t be storing them away anytime soon! 🙁

Products:  No new products and none on sale right now.

Great Places To Visit:  Living and traveling full time in an RV gives you the opportunity to see all the things this wonderful country has to offer. You can spend an hour, an afternoon or a week or two in a place discovering all the area has to see.  One of the amazing “finds” we stumbled upon while driving the back roads was Mesa Orchards just north of Payette, ID on Hwy 95.  There are very few fruit trees left but it was a very educational stop.  You can read more about it here. http://payettecounty.info/marlow/mesaorchards.html.  If you’re trraveling in the area it is worth the trip.

We love hearing from you with your thoughts and ideas.  Contact us at  rvspacesavers@gmail.com

 Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

Remember life is a journey and you hold the map!  Have a wonderful journey.

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We’ve had some beautiful weather in the Seattle area and then some gray and rainy days as well.  The rhodies and azaleas are in full bloom and I understand the berries are early and starting to show up in fruit stands.  I haven’t gotten any yet but can’t wait.  To me that is one of the best things about living and traveling in an RV…you can enjoy the produce in season as you travel.  We love the berries in western Washington and there are lots of fields with lots of different kinds of berries.

TIP:  When purchasing or picking your berries this spring and summer, don’t forget to use your Produce Keepers.

Produce Keeper

 And don’t forget to put them in the potion of 10 parts water to 1 part white vinegar before storing them so they will last much longer.  We always marvel at the things others use them for from pineapple and cantaloupe to bananas and even bread!  They work better than anything I have ever tried for produce.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=63.

TIP:  Everyday Objects That Can Work Magic in Your Kitchen.  I thought there were some good tips here that were useful.  Most of them we know but sometimes it is good just to have a reminder.  http://metro.co.uk/2016/05/12/16-everyday-objects-that-can-work-magic-in-your-kitchen-5831127/

And another TIP:  35 Amazing Uses for Rubbing Alcohol. This is certainly a product that deserves space in your RV.  I have even printed out a copy and taped it to the inside of the medicine cabinet.     http://www.mentalscoop.com/35-amazing-uses-for-rubbing-alcohol/

Yet Another Tip:    A Surprising Way to keep soap scum off your shower.  Boy am I trying this!  I think we may even have some RainX around.  It is one of those things I said to my self “Why didn’t I think of that!!!”  http://idreamofclean.net/a-surprising-way-to-prevent-soap-scum-build-up-on-glass-shower-doors/

Last few days to get your Egg Space Saver.  On sale only until midnight May 23rd. 

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=89.

Great Places To Visit:  Have any of you ever heard of an “Escape Room?”  We had not but our daughter and her family took us to one last weekend for Mike’s 70th birthday.  What a blast we had!  It is an experience you will never forget and there are lots of different “themes.”

Mike’s Birthday at the Escape Room

The one we went to was a “Prison Break.”  You are not allowed to take any pictures during the escape so can’t show you what we went through but were locked in jail cells and only had so much time to escape.  We would absolutely do it again.  Here is the definition of an Escape Room.   An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit. The games are physical versions of “escape the room” video games.  If it is of interest just Google ‘Escape Rooms’ and the city you are interested in.

Also this from Sue and Jim:

1—Among places to visit that I would want to include would be Sequim, Washington in late July for their annual Lavender Festival.  There are several lavender farms and the tours would be awesome.  There is at least one shop in town that sells only lavender products and it is worth the time for a visit, but I must say we did NOT like the lavender chocolate!!!!

2–Since I am from upstate New York, I grew up enjoying the incredible beauty and fragrance of lilacs.  We had them in white, pink and every shade of purple you can imagine.  I really miss them here in southern California.  But I do buy lilac scented candles so I don’t have to miss out completely!  Thanks guys.

Last week I asked about our readers experience with  Vacuum bags and what brands you had tried and liked or didn’t like.  I only received and answer from Sue and they have had mixed results.  I sure would appreciate hearing from others about your experiences with them.  Contact me at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

We leave next week for Moses Lake.  We will be a vendor at the Moses Lake Spring Fair during Memorial Day Weekend and then attend the Good Sam Sambroee June 1-5th at the Grant County Fairgrounds.  Looking forward to both and seeing many friends at the Sambroee.

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
― Heraclitus

Life is a journey and YOU hold the map.

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Thankfully we arrived at our summer home safely and are settled for a few weeks.  We will be heading to Moses Lake at the end of May to attend the Good Sam Sambroee on June 1-5 which we have missed for the past couple of years and are looking forward to seeing many of those friends again.  That is certainly one of the many benefits of living in an RV…just pull the slides in and go!  Then we’re back home for about 3 weeks when we will head back down I-5 to Albany, Oregon for the NW FMCA Rally June 23-26.  While I always organize to trave,l when we arrive home for the summer, I really dig deep to make sure we’re not packing anything we never use and donate it to a local second hand store.  I am always in the mindset to save space so do everything I can to make that happen.  I also go through all the paperwork that has accumulated over the months we have been gone and store them until the 10 years are up for the IRS.  Even though I scan and save so many things to thumb drives, I am always amazed by how much paper we seem to carry.  And running our little business, of course all that paperwork has to be saved.  Thankfully our son has a big attic!  In the past I have tried to use those vacuum bags to store winter or summer clothing but have never found any that worked well.  What experience do you have with them and what brand really does work?  I sure would appreciate your thoughts and ideas.  Send comments to rvspacesavers@gmail.com. 

We were please to see how much water there was in Shasta Lake and how much snow there was on the mountain from when we were through there last August.  I was unable to get a good photo of Mt. Shasta as it was shrouded in clouds but the mountain was white and snow level was down low once again.  I did get a couple of photos of the lake.  Here is a photo taken last August and again this May.

Shasta Lake August 2015

Shasta Lake May 2016

People in northern California were smiling from ear to ear and the crops looked great.

TIP:  We have talked about keeping our electronics and information in cyberspace safe the past couple of newsletters  and I thought this tip was great to continue talking about our devices and as you all know about my favorite subject…de-cluttering and organization! 🙂  Declutter Your Digital Life…http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/tips-for-decluttering-your-digital-life.html?utm_source=DailyRSSNewsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Headline&utm_campaign=RSSNewsletter

Another Great Tip:  How Often Things Should be Cleaned?    http://tiphero.com/how-often-you-should-be-cleaning-everything-in-your-home/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=a3a990e614-TH_NL_497_04_29_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-a3a990e614-1216341

And this tip:  Ways To Use Apple cider Vinegar  http://www.metaspoon.com/apple-cider-vinegar-soak-feet-uses/

Sale:  This is the last week to get your Egg Space Saver on sale.

Egg Space Saver from RV Space Savers

Sale ends on May 23rd.  You can order it at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=89.

Great Places To Visit:  While there are so many great places to visit in this country Donna, one of our readers reminded me of this site which has lots of fun things to see and do as you travel America’s highways and byways.  Thanks Donna.  Roadside America has lots of attractions and oddities to look for.  http://www.roadsideamerica.com/.

Another Great Place to Visit:  Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Woodland, WA.  http://www.lilacgardens.com/ We see the sign as we travel the I-5 corridor and either never have time to stop or it’s not ‘lilac’ time.  This spring we did have time so spent a couple of hours touring the beautiful grounds.  Sadly the lilacs were early so were gone for the most part but the grounds are beautiful. Here are a couple still in bloom.

Lilacs

Lilacs

And oh I had forgotten how heavenly they smelled!

A Great Find:  While we were in Yuma at the four rallies, we met several new vendors and one we were especially taken with was Chuck Warner and his wife Dorothy.  Chuck is retired and does “Scratch Art.”  We had him do a portrait of CoCo and absolutely love it.  It comes double matted and ready to frame and he does lots of pets as well as other things.  He so captured CoCo’s look and expression.  Chuck doesn’t have a website but is considering setting one up so you can see much of his beautiful art work.

CoCo in Scratch Art

If you are interested in having him do a portrait of your pet you can contact him at watersystems@yahoo.com.  Please put “CoCo’s Mom” in the subject line so he knows it’s not spam.

Please contact us with comments, tips and ideas at rvspacesavers.com

And remember…“It’s all about the journey and you hold the map!”

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Starting our trek back to Washington for the summer and I-5 is a beautiful drive for the most part.  The nut trees are loaded with nuts, olive trees full of olives, vines have lots of tiny clusters of grapes and rice paddies full of water.  And the oleander is in full bloom.  Can’t get much better than that.

Oleander along I-5

Rice Paddies in northern California

.  Since northern California has gotten some much needed rain it is much greener than the southern part of the state.  We stopped to do the Northern California Good Sam Sambroee in Lodi and enjoyed seeing friends we have met there in years past.  Sadly their organization is getting smaller as most organizations are so they only had 123 rigs.  We had a great time and enjoyed it very much.  We also attended the Lodi Street Fair on Sunday which was fun and met some very nice people.  And outside of Washington strawberries,

Northern California Strawberries

Lodi has some of the best so of course we couldn’t pass them up!  We stayed at the Thousand Trails Turtle Beach RV Park in Menteca and it is such a beautiful park, very well kept and the staff is amazing.  It has become our favorite and sits right on the San Joaquin River…a gorgeous spot in the world.

Today’s Tip:  This tip comes from reader Danise and is one that is a very important reminder.  A really great tip for those of us living in an RV  or when traveling.  THIS IS A GREAT IDEA I AM HAPPY TO SHARE WITH YOU! READ TO THE END. IT HAS ANOTHER GREAT IDEA FOR SENIORS.

What to take to bed with you – not a joke.
Pretty neat idea. Never thought of it before.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

Car Keys

 

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr’s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.

If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn’t hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she’ll know there’s a problem.  Please pass this on even IF you’ve read it before. It’s a reminder.

Thanks so much for sharing Danise.  You always send in such great tips. And we love getting tips from our readers.

Another Tip:  In the last newsletter we discussed keeping your electronics safe and here is another good article on the subject.  You sure can’t be too careful in this day and age.  http://www.thriftyfun.com/Protecting-Your-Personal-Data-and-Online-Identity.html.

Product On Sale: Don’t forget the Egg Space Saver is on sale only until May 23rd.  Normally $12.00 now on sale only $9.00 plus shipping. Act now as this sale is only good until May 23rd or while supply lasts if before 5-23-2016.  Use coupon code EGG300.  You must be logged in to the site for the coupon to work.   https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=89 

Great Places to Visit:  An Rver’s Guide to Traveling the Length of the Mississippi River.

The Mississippi River at New OrleansP

 I read this article and thought what a fun trip this would be.  Something else to put on your “bucket list!”  http://rvtravel.about.com/od/Itineraries/fl/Your-RV-Guide-to-the-Mississippi-River-Road-Trip.htm.

Have a tip to share?  A great place to visit?  Something you would like to see in the newsletter?  Please let us hear from you at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Life is a Journey and YOU hold the map!  Enjoy.