RV Space Savers has lost Our Beloved Boss

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In Loving Memory of Our Precious CoCo (the boss).

2005-2017

Most of you have met CoCo through the years as she was always in the booth watching over everything that was going on.  Since she was a service dog she went everywhere with me, was so loving and took such good care of me.  As you can imagine we are devastated that she is no longer with us and she was one in a million.  We miss her terribly.

 

Has RV Space Savers been lost or wandering?

But yes maybe we have been both!  Since I last sent out a newsletter, a lot has happened in our world.  As I had last told you we were in the process of doing some remodeling in our motor home to get ready to head south on October 1st.  As always seems to happen when you take on  a project, things take longer than expected so we were right up against it to get things wrapped up before hitting the road.

I’ve tried to download some photos but my internet service isn’t strong enough to download them. We are loving it and looking forward to getting the flooring replaced and the cabinets painted.  If you would like to see the photos, I will be creating an Album which I will put on my Facebook page in the next few days.  https://www.facebook.com/rvspacesavers.33.  I only share my posts with friends so if we are not already friends, you will need to send me a friend request to see them.

We did leave the Seattle area on October 1st and stopped in the Salt Lake City area to visit family for a few days which was so fun.  We then headed to southern Utah where we met friends Marilu and John and Patti and Warren. We spent a day in Capital Reef National Park.  It is the one park in the Grand Circle that we had not seen and oh my was it gorgeous.  The six of us traveled together, which was so fun, to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and met a Facebook friend and her husband and had great visits with them. We split up and then it was off to the Six-State FMCA Rally in Texarkana, AR for us.  It was fun to see old friends and meet many new ones at the rally. While we were there, we met many members of the Crusin’ Cajuns who were hosting a rally in Rayne, LA and asked us to exhibit at their upcoming rally so we changed our plans and headed to Louisiana . Remember Nick Russell says Rver’s plans are made in Jello!  What fun we had there and what a great group of people who welcomed us with open arms. I gave two seminars at each rally and they were well attended.    They want us to come back in April for their Spring Rally.  We then went on to Alabama where we visited with more Facebook friends and then headed to Florida’s Forgotten Coast for a few days.  We are now at Thousand Trails Orlando with friends Joyce and Jim, Marilu and John are close by and  we will all be spending Christmas together.  So as you can see, life has been busy for us which is why I have been so lax in getting out newsletters.

New Tip from a Seminar attendee: When I gave the tip about using a white toothpaste and clean cloth to remove the dull film from headlight lens, a gentleman  said that Off Insect Repellent also works.  Just spray on and shine with a clean cloth.  I haven’t tried it but certainly worth a try.

Safety Tip: Someone sent me an article on how lemon slices in restaurants are full of bacteria and there is no oversight on them by the health department!  Well since I am a lemon lover and use six wedges in a tall glass of water, I have started buying several (or a bag if I find them) when they are inexpensive.  I wash them well  and then using the Lemon/Lime Slicer, I slice them and freeze in freezer bags.  When we’re going out to eat, I take a small ziplock bag with my own six wedges to put in my water.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=176.  Only $10.00 and mighty cheap insurance if the article is true!

 

Great tip for your Christmas tree:  Years ago we attended the big Tampa RV  show and I bought a Wheeltopper Steering Wheel Table.  It was only $20.00 and I use it whenever we are stopped for any length of time and put a variety of things on it but at Christmas time I use it for our tree.  It looks very pretty there and is still out of the way.   http://www.wheeltopper.com/shop/wheeltopper

Another Great Holiday Tip:  Collect key chains from places you visit and use them as ornaments for your tree.  Most of them are flat and take up very little space the rest of the year.  It’s fun to reminisce about places you have been as you hang them on the tree.

Great Christmas Gifts for your gift list.  

On Sale:  Makes great holiday gifts.  Guacamole and Salsa Bowl Gift Set…one of each.  $20.00 plus shipping.

Guacamole and Salsa Bowls

Normally $24.00.  Makes a great gift set or split and have two gifts! https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=178

 

 

 

 

Keep Your Small Space from Bulging at the Seams  also makes a great gift for anyone living in a small space, for an Rver or a Boater.  Only $10.00 plus shipping. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=42

 

Also the Lemon/Lime Slicer above makes a great gift..

PLEASE NOTE:  There have been some issues with the website (that we’re trying to get straightened out) not sending notices of orders so when you order, please send me an email to make sure I can track your order  rvspacesavers@gmail.com

Our business is still for sale so if you know of anyone who might be interested, please have them contact me  We are still actively doing the business and are exhibiting at  the Southeast FMCA Rally in Lakeland, FL in February and the FMCA International Rally in Perry, GA in March as well as checking on several others. You can contact me at the above email address.

Great Places to Visit:  We have been to some beautiful places on this trip and have seen some amazing things.  One of our favorites so far on this trip is Florida’s Forgotten Coast.   It is called that because most people stay on Interstate 10 until they get down to the more populated cities in the state.  We left I-10 and headed south on Hwy 71 and into the Apalachicola National Forest to Hwy 98 which hugs the coast.  WOW was it a gorgeous trip.  So much to see and do, several Florida State Parks in the area and lots of RV parks and the Wakulla Springs the largest and deepest springs in the world.  We wished we had planned more time in the area.  It is not only gorgeous but very quiet and peaceful compared to the hustle and bustle of the more populated areas of the state.  

Wakulla Springs

Sunset in Ochlockonee Bay on the Gulf Coast

We love hearing from you and hopefully I will get back to sending out a newsletter every week or two.  It would be great to hear from you if you appreciate and want me to continue to write this as it takes quite a bit of time and if you don’t find it worthwhile then it makes no sense to continue doing it.  You can always contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

I found this quote which is so true and we have met so many great people and look forward to meeting many more.  What a blessed journey it has been.   Until next time.

RV Space Savers Tips and Ideas

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Beach or the MountainsWhere do you love to spend your summers?  I love the beach and Mike loves the mountains so we spend time doing both.  To me there is nothing more relaxing than listening to the waves crash up on the beach.  To Mike the smell of clean, fresh air and no people are his ‘go to’ place.  Do you and your traveling companion have a favorite place to relax and renew?

August brings hot days to much of the country including the Northwest.  We have ‘heat warnings’ this week which is unusual for this area.    Once August rolls around, many of us are starting to plan and making reservations on where we will spend the winter. Sadly it also brings fire dangers across the west..  According to the USDA Forest Service as of today there are 32 uncontained large fires  in the west. https://fsapps.nwcg.gov/  So be very careful out there and be sure to check out any area you plan to visit.

Important Tip:  With all the crazy weather happening all across the country, now is a good time to review your emergency plan.  And if you don’t have one promise yourself you will make one today!  Also do you have your ‘bug-out’ or ‘ditch’ bag made and ready to grab in a moments notice?  We have discussed this in many seminars and I hope you downloaded a copy from the website for reference. I have read several times that you need to be able to evacuate within 10 minutes…could you do it?  What is most important to grab IF you have time to grab anything?  In my book Keep Your Small Space from Bulging at the Seams there are a couple of great articles written by readers Danise and Kathryn on Emergency procedures and plans so if you don’t have your copy, you should order it today.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=177.  Another great tip from Danise.

A Great Beach Tip: Here are some great ideas to enjoy a day at the beach.  A few things prepared ahead will make it more enjoyable and cleanup much easier.  1) Line the trunk of the car with an old sheet, a shower curtain or plastic table cloth that you’ve picked up at the Dollar Store.  When you get home just grab all four corners and lift out of the trunk and the mess is gone.  2) Put another shower curtain or table cloth under your beach blanket which will keep the sand from getting embedded in the blanket or towel.  3)  Take lots of sunscreen and apply it often.  4)  Wear a hat that covers your face, ears and neck.  5) Use a mesh beach bag so the sand falls through.  6) Invest in a pair of beach shoes so if the beach is rocky, you can still wade in the water.  7)  If you are a shell collector like I am, take a mesh produce bag to put your finds in so the sand sifts out…when you get them home, rinse the sand off and soak them in a mixture of bleach and water for several hours or cover with toothpaste and let them sit several hours or over night.  Then take an old soft toothbrush to clean them off, rinse well and let dry.  Next rub them with a little mineral oil to give them a shine.  A fun and small memento of your day at the beach and the best part of it all…none of these things take up much room in your RV.  I have Mike drill a hole in them and hang them on our little tree at Christmas.

 

Easy and time saving TIP:  Don’t have anywhere to hang those clothes as they come out of the dryer?  Purchase a flange at the hardware store along with a 12 inch piece of pipe that will screw into the flange and a rubber end for the flange.  Hang the flange in a handy place close to the dryer and when doing laundry screw the pipe into the flange for a great place to hang those shirts, etc as they come out of the dryer and to cool down.  When finished with the laundry, be sure to unscrew the pipe and store beside the washer/dryer. *Taken from a post by Deedee Pearce on Facebook.

As I told you last week, I am starting a redecorating project in our motor home.  I decided to start first in the bathroom but want a continuous look throughout so colors, fabrics and styles will all compliment each other. This is a before photo.  I have now removed the old border, installed Smart Tiles from Home Depot and primed with the Gardz primer I told you about last week.  I am now waiting for the fabric samples to finalize my paint color.  Eventually the cabinets will be painted white but that will come as I have time.  Our vintage, 2004 has gold and brass metal and rather then replace what can be (lights and towel bars) and what can’t (the shower surround) I am opting to use a product called Rub ‘n Buff in silver. It is easy to use and I did the light fixture yesterday.  I still need to buff it to a shine but we put the bulbs back in as it got dark so will finish it up today. As I continue with the process i will keep you posted and if you have any questions, please email me at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

When in San Francisco  we had some amazing food.  I gave you one of them in last week’s newsletter  and here is another that is super and healthy besides. Fried Brussel Sprouts/Cauliflower/Bacon.

I used the Safety paring knives https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=69   to slice the sprouts in half and cube the bacon.  I used the slicer/mandolin to slice the cauliflower. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=175  Saute the bacon first in a frying pan until crisp.  Remove and reserve.  In the drippings saute the sprouts and cauliflower until slightly brown then cover to steam until al dente.  Season with sea salt and toss with the bacon using the fiskie. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=150  Serve immediately. They served it with ground aleppo pepper which we chose to leave off.  OMG a yummy quick and easy side dish.

And the item I use the very most this time of year during produce season in  the Northwest are the four (yes 4) Collapsible Produce Keepers https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=63  They are all full of yummy fresh produce from Farmers Markets. One with my favorite berries…tayberries, one with small cucumbers that I love to just eat fresh, one with Romaine lettuce and the 4th one with snap peas but I vary what might be in any of them from time to time.  It is so amazing how long things last in the keepers.

Great Places to Visit:  Wings Over Washington…on the Seattle waterfront.  A fun ride that is pretty new to the waterfront.  My kids have done it and say it is better than “Soaring” the Disneyland ride. http://www.wingsoverwa.com/  And while you’re downtown be sure to drive just north to the Ballard area and shop at the  Purple Store!  I haven’t been yet but sounds like a fun place to visit! https://www.thepurplestore.com/seattle.shtml.  And a must along the way is the Chihuly Gardens next to the Space Needle.  https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/.

Do you have recipes to share?  A great place to visit? Tips to share with fellow Rver’s? Know anyone who would be interested in purchasing our business?  We would love to hear from you at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

I thought this was a fun quote about those of us who travel in an RV because we all love the journey and where it takes us.  And our beautiful United States is filled with breathtaking scenery, things to do and people to meet.  Our wish is that someday we meet you in our travels.  I love to meet people who say “Oh I took your seminar in X” or we met in “Y” at a rally or at a potluck in “anywhere USA.”

Until next time travel safe.  Gail and Mike

 

RV Space Savers Wishes You A Happy and Blessed Easter

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RV Space Savers is Wishing you all a very happy and blessed Easter.  Many of you are still either south or headed north so many are not with friends and family but do things to celebrate in other ways.  We have found some wonderful Easter Brunches in our travels that are fun to do.  Whatever your plans, we hope you have a wonderful day.  Since we have been in the Seattle area for the winter, we will be enjoying spending the day with the family and a traditional “Adult Easter egg hunt” with little bottles of liquors and age appropriate drinks for the underage and those who don’t drink alcohol.  It’s been a fun tradition for many years.  And we’re at the point of being able to hide our own Easter eggs! 🙂

 

Don’t forget the Spring Sale on All Things Avocado

To celebrate the start of the California Avocado Season and Spring we are offering a great 20% discount on all things avocado sold at RV Space Savers until April 30th.    FREE avocado recipe booklets with every order. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=173.

These are the FREE recipe booklets included with your order while supplies last…donated by the California Avocado Commission.  https://www.californiaavocado.com/.

And if you are in southern California be sure to attend the Avocado Festival in Fallbrook on Sunday April 23rd.  It is a fun day filled with lots of things avocados.  http://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/events/31st-Annual-Fallbrook-Avocado-Festival_ET1327.html

I love to share  tips using products that RVer’s already have in their RV’s and here are some worth the read.

Great tip:  Clean those hard water and grimy spots around the faucets.  http://askannamoseley.com/2011/03/reader-question-getting-rid-of-tough-water-build-up/. 

TIP:  Things to Use dish soap for besides the dishes.  http://tiphero.com/ways-to-use-dish-soap/.

TIP:  Ways to clean stainless steel with products you probably already have.  I use just plain white vinegar.  http://tiphero.com/clean-stainless-steel/.

TIP:  Before heading out for the summer…sort, reorganize and purge, purge, purge.  We’re getting ready to take a couple of summer trips with the motor home.  Having been in the Seattle area since last May, I have not been good about keeping things as organized and followed my mantra of “a place for everything and everything in its place.”  This week has been spent going through everything inside the coach to organize and donate.  Next week will be able to start on the bays outside as we’re finally supposed to get some nice dry and sunny days so that will make that an easy task.  Hopefully I will be able to wash and pack away my winter mackinaw and warm winter clothes (yes that includes long johns) to store above our son’s garage until we have to spend another winter here (hopefully not soon).

TIP:  Lots of great fruit and veggies at Farmers Markets in the south so be sure and find them in your travels and get some homegrown produce.  Much better for you and much less expensive too.

Great Places to Visit:  Kartchner Caverns State Park in Arizona between Tucson and Tombstone looks like a fabulous place to visit while in the area.   http://blog.goodsam.com/RV-trip-to-kartchner-caverns-arizona?

 

And always remember you hold the map.  So create a life that is filled with awe, adventure and amazing moments.  Until next time.

RV Space Savers  rvspacesavers@gmail.com

 

Celebrate Spring With Savings from RV Space Savers

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It’s Spring…let’s just hope that Mother Nature agrees with spring weather all over the country.  Many of us in areas that had a long winter are more than ready.  Things are slowly beginning to bloom but downtown Seattle is way ahead of our area.One of our favorite things about spring is 

California Avocado Season which starts April 1st.  

We so love to be in southern California during this time.  We eat an avocado almost every day either by itself or in or on something and we love my Pomegranate Guacamole and have it as long as we can get the arils.  I love to try new things with avocados and found this recipe on the California Avocado Commission’s site and they have tons of great recipes.  http://www.californiaavocado.com/http://www.californiaavocado.com/.  Here is a recipe I will be trying this week.  CALIFORNIA AVOCADO BALELA.   I will be using the following RV Space Saver Tools to make this side dish.  Tools: Tomato Tool to cut the tomatoes; Prep Colander to drain peas and beans; Salsa Maker to chop the onions, parsley and mint; Avocado Tool to cut, remove pit and chop the avocado; reuse the Salsa Maker to make the dressing; Fiskie to stir everything together; Magnetic Measuring Spoons for measuring the spices; and  (3 qt.  bowl and collapsible measuring cups..no longer available)  All but the last 2 items can be purchased on  our website at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=common/home.

To celebrate the start of the California Avocado Season and spring we are offering a great  20% off sale on all things avocado sold at RV Space Savers…Order nowLimited Supply while supplies last or April 30th. Order this special and receive FREE recipes directly from the California Avocado Commission.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=173.

TIP: For those who have a gluten intolerance or celiac disease here is a website that might be helpful.  https://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2008/12/baking-cooking-substitutions-for-gluten.html.

TIP: And this is a great site for anyone with eating allergies.  I use it quite a lot for Mike.  http://www.eatingwithfoodallergies.com/

Many of us remember Grandma’s Rice Pudding…I sure do and loved it way back then. Thanks Danise for sending this recipe along.  How fun it will be to make it once again. Thanks Danise.

No One Will Ever Get Bored Of Grandma’s Old Fashioned Custard Style Rice Pudding!

Important TIP:  In the last newsletter I gave you a couple of important articles to read about the upcoming tick season.  Here is a recipe for a repellent that might be helpful.  Tick Repellent  http://usefultipsforhome.com/outdoor/1-simple-tip-keep-ticks-off-summer-long/.  Or you might try this:  To make a home remedy tick repellent, simply mix about two ounces or so of tea tree oil with water. It is a very strong agent, so make sure that the amount of water exceeds the oil, but not by a lot. Put the mixture into a spray bottle and spray on yourself and your family.  Be sure to check your pets often too.

Great Places to Visit:  The Most Scenic Roads in America.  This article was in the Passport America newsletter and I thought I would pass it along for all to enjoy.  http://www.businessinsider.com/americas-best-road-trips-2017-3.

“A friend is a present you give yourself.”  Thanks for the beautiful quote Danise.  You are all gifts to us and we look forward meeting you again down the road.

“There’s nothing better than a friend unless it’s a friend with chocolate”  Carol Grayson

We love hearing from you and hope the journey to your next destination is filled with happiness, safety and the wonders this beautiful country has to offer.  Until next time.

Please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

New Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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We love living in our RV and traveling whenever the mood strikes or a friend calls and says “Let’s go to XXX” or we’ll meet you in YYY on such a such day.  I think that is the draw for many who own an RV whether it’s a Class A, B, C or a towable. And according to Chuck who writes the RV Travel Blog/Newsletter http://rvtravel.com/rv-travel-newsletter-issue-784/   and many other articles it is becoming more and more attractive to younger folks, many of whom are traveling and working in their RV’s and homeschooling their kids. And with so many amazing things to see and do in this country, there are always new discoveries to be made.  It’s more and more important that manufacturers, Campgrounds, Rallies and Associations embrace this younger crowd to find out the things they want from the RV world.  Do you belong to a local chapter of an association that is doing a good job of bringing these younger people into the fold?  If so we’d love to hear from you.  We are visiting all the time with people in the industry and everyone is wanting to be inclusive of all  RVer’s.  Or are you a member of the younger set and have some ideas of things you’d like to see to make the industry more friendly to your age group?  Please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

We hear there was a pretty good crowd at the FMCA Rally in the Valley in Chandler, AZ and those attending had a great time with beautiful to pretty warm weather. We sure missed being there and visiting with all our friends and meeting new ones.  Hopefully we’ll be seeing you down the road soon.  Spending the winter in rainy Seattle is not our idea of a fun warm winter spot! 🙂

Reminder tip from reader Danise…The Golden Age Pass which you can purchase for a one-time fee of $10.00 once you turn 62 is going to be increasing to $80.00.  As of this date the government has not set a date for the increase but as soon as you turn 62 it is a must have.  Even at a one-time fee of $80.00 it is a bargain to use in all our National Park System and you also get discounts on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and Forest Service campgrounds. Since it is a Lifetime Pass I suggest that everyone gets one.  Some couples choose to get only one but we think it is a better idea for you each to have your own.  I do not know if they are transferable to the other person so for $10.00 it’s well worth getting your own.  You can purchase them at any National Park or check out this link.  https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm  Thanks for the reminder Danise.

As the migration of Rver’s are getting ready to stat their trek northward I thought this article was a great resource for those heading to Canada for a trip or the summer.  http://blog.goodsam.com/RV-canada-travel-checklist?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WoodallsBlog+%28Good+Sam+Camping+Blog%29.

And as the northern migration is getting in gear this is an Important Warning for everyone traveling this year. Please read this article and take heed not only for your pets but for yourself.  Our son-in-law was diagnosed with Lyme disease after many months of testing.  It is very hard to detect and many doctors haven’t seen it and it can take on many forms.  He is in remission right now but will never be cured.  And while it is much more common in the northeast, it has been reported in every state. http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/03/06/518219485/forbidding-forecast-for-lyme-disease-in-the-northeast.

 

Great Tip for those who Knit:  I am not a knitter but I know many who are and my mom was a knitter.  When I saw this on Facebook I thought of all those who are.  It is a Pinterest photo and I can’t find who the creative soul is to give the credit but thought it was worth putting in the newsletter.

Another great tip:  As many of you already know I talk in my seminars about different kinds of shoe holders  that work great for organization and ideas for space savers of lots of different kinds of things. It’s amazing how much space they save and how many things they can be used for.  Here is a link to a lot of great ideas.  http://www.hacksof.life/save-space-and-get-organized-with-a-hanging-shoe-caddy/.

Here is a great sounding vegan Blueberry Cheesecake recipe.  http://www.veganfamilyrecipes.com/vegan-blueberry-lime-cheesecake/ .  I will be making this and would use the Salsa Maker in place of the food processor and the Fiskie to mix it together.  I don’t have a springform pan so would use a pie or cake pan.

This is a great site for recipes for you or someone you love that have dietary issues.  http://www.veganfamilyrecipes.com/.

Do you have tips to share, great places to visit, an extra special restaurant you’ve eaten at?  Or a product you might like us to carry that others would love?  Rver’s love to hear ideas from other Rver’s and we are happy to share them.  Just let us know.  Also let us know what your favorite product is from RV Space Savers and how you use it.  It may be an idea that others have not thought of and would love to know about.  Our email address is rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Great Places to Visit:  The Klondike Gold Rush National Park  Seattle, WA.  Who would have ever guessed there would be a national park in the middle of a city?  Seattle was the jumping off point for the people heading to the Klondike Gold Fields in Alaska.  After fire had devastated most of the downtown city and waterfront a few years before the gold rush in 1897, Seattle was struggling to find it’s legs.  The Seattle Chamber and newspapers started a mega campaign to promote the city as the “only place” to outfit for the gold fields and the city came “roaring back to life!”  It only takes a couple of hours to go through but is in the historical district of Seattle so there are lots of things to see and do in the area and it is only blocks from Century Link field.

 

We are so blessed to have met each and every one of you and so appreciate you helping us enjoy our journey.  We hope in some small way we have added to yours.  Until next time.

Know Before you Go from RV Space Savers

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Happy Valentine’s Day from RV Space Savers.

We have been in lots of parks that have Valentine parties, activities or dances which can be fun.  We hope you have a wonderful day where ever you are and whatever you do to make it special.

Know Before you Go  We still seem to be getting nasty weather in a lot of the country and pray that you all stay safe. Be sure to check the long range forecast for what area you plan to visit to hopefully know what is on the horizon weather wise.   Living in an RV  hopefully you can rearrange your plans or get out of an area before things get bad and travel to an area where things are better.

Tip from reader Danise:  Some of you may be planning a trip to Alaska or through the Canadian Provinces this summer and you may want to read this article and see if there is anything you need to be aware of and have in place before you trip.  Thanks so much for sharing Danise.  Know Before you Tow.  www.rvwest.com.  Search under articles for RV Tips and Tricks Know Before you Tow Regulations for towing in Canada and the US.  I tried to link the article but it wouldn’t allow me to.

Money Saving Tip from a Gentleman in line at Kroger:   I was visiting with a guy in line at Kroger a few weeks ago  and he had 2 of these Mistro Olive Oil Sprayers

he was purchasing.  He said he had borrowed one from a friend and fell in love with it so he was purchasing one for himself and one for his sister as a gift.  He said you can use any kind of oil in it and it saves a ton of money rather than purchasing cooking sprays that may be filled with things you’ve never heard of!  I also bough one and we are really liking it.  Mike can only have Canola or olive oil and we have tried both in the mister and so much cheaper than the canned cooking spray.

Great Space Saving Tip:  A hanging utensil rack made out of an old wooden paper towel holder.  Here are the directions.  http://www.hometalk.com/13774385/diy-rotating-cooking-utensil-storage-rack.  Sure would help save counter space.

Products I used the most this week:  Always the number one item is the Salsa Maker which I used to make guacamole for a Super Bowl Party, chop veggies for a soup and turn canned chopped tomatoes into puree for Swiss steak; 3 qt. bowl as I made a different kind of Norwegian Bread (so easy): measuring duo to heat the milk and bloom the yeast. I jut mixed everything together with the small fiskie.  And any time I make most things I use the collapsible measuring cups, magnetic spoons, silicone spatulas, food safety paring knives and the oven mitt.   Find these products and many more at  rvspacesavers.com.   https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=common/home.

What RV Space Saver products have you used this week?  Let us know at rvspacesavers@gmail.com..

Here is the recipe for the Nutritious Norwegian Bread which is so easy to make.  Makes great toast and is very hearty.

  https://mydearkitcheninhelsinki.com/2014/11/21/fjellbrod-a-nutritious-norwegian-bread/.

The only thing I did different was  used almond milk and  added 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds..  TIP:  When you sprinkle some of the seeds on top be sure to press them into the dough well before baking.

CloseOut Sale:  Oven Mitt.

 Regularly $14.00  On sale now only $10.00  while supplies last.  Hurry (only 3 left)

                                             Use for cooking inside or out.  

9″ glove with improved surface pattern for added grip

Heat resistant to 600 degrees

Silicone

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We love hearing from you, our readers.  Remember this newsletter is for you so if there are things you would like to see, have tips to share, great products you use or great places to visit, please let us know so we can share with others. email us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Great Places to Visit:  I ran across this article in the Passport America newsletter and thought “well how fun would this be?”  The Map of the World’s Longest Highway would certainly be the ultimate road trip.  Doesn’t sound like something you would want to do in your RV but what an adventure.  I had never heard of it.  Here is the article which I thought was pretty interesting.  https://www.inverse.com/article/27356-map-worlds-longest-highway-ultimate-road-trip.

This would take you on the JOURNEY of a lifetime and I thin it is one where you would be holding a lot of maps and making lots of memories.  Until our next journey together… “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”  Martin Buber

 

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Living and traveling in RV’s is becoming more and more popular and I get more and more requests of how to save space.  No matter the size of your RV, space is always an issue.  I too am always trying to find solutions to our own space saving issues and trying to help others.  And I know a lot of you have great space saving ideas so please share.

 

A Great  Money Saving Tip:  Pour your dish soap into a pump bottle to leave by the sink.  If your hands are nasty you can use the back of your hand to push on the pump to keep from spreading germs.  Look in the bathroom section of big box stores to find a pretty bottle that goes with your kitchen.  Or re-purpose a pump bottle you already have.

Another great tip:  This Good Grips Salad Shaker and Storage Bottle is a must if you make a lot of dressings or as I do, make a large batch of  balsamic dressing to use on my salads most nights.  It travels well in the upper cabinet with no spills and drips.  I have tried a multitude of things for my dressing and found this to be the best.  It comes in both a 1 cup and 1 1/2 cup size and can be purchased at big box stores and online.

Check out these 12 yummy and easy salads to make.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/michelleno/ban-sad-salads?b

If like me, you love your slow cooker or crockpot this time of year, here is a link to some great tips and ideas.  http://www.today.com/food/11-slow-cooker-tips-tricks-every-home-cook-needs-know-t60156?cid=eml_tfo_20170110

Seems there are coupons for just about anything anymore except produce and meat.  Here is a list of 5 places you may be able to get some coupons to help with produce. If you are lucky enough to be in an area where there are fresh fruit and veggies this time of year, these won’t help but if you are having to buy at the supermarket, they can save you some money.   http://www.moneytalksnews.com/6-secret-places-find-coupons-for-fresh-fruits-and-vegetables

Here are some great cleaning hacks that might be useful.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/elenamgarcia/go-get-your-neat-freak-on?

Here is another great non-toxic cleaner you will love to use.  A great kitchen cleaner on grease and grime.  Just Castile Soap, Orange Essential Oil and Distilled Water.  Mix together in a spray bottle.  http://www.hometalk.com/26620029/diy-grease-cleaner-spray?se=fol_new-20170114-1&date=20170114&slg=956df582e20060709f5756a2e7eebb00-15287402.

Products On Sale through January: 

Purchase a Silicone Baking Mat $10.00 and A Silicone Mini Basting Brush $5.00 and receive a Cotton Mesh Shopping Bag (a $5.00 value) absolutely free!   Good until midnight January 31,2017.  Many customers (including me) use a silicone mat in the bottom of their microwave as it is so easy to clean.  Both make great gifts.  Purchase at  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop.   You can see a description of the Cotton Bag at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=152..

I have 3 mini basting brushes and use them all the time to brush butter on rolls, oil in baking pans and roasters, BBQ sauce on meats and marinade on both meat and fish.  And the cotton mesh shopping bags are kept in the vehicle for grocery shopping and easily washed after a couple of trips to the store.

RV Space Saver Products Used the most this week:    WashEZE  3 in1 laundry sheets works so well and takes up much less space than detergent and weighs way less as well.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=91

Salsa Maker (formerly Herb & Veggie Chopper)

We use this Salsa Maker several times a week and this week I used it to chop onions, radishes, cilantro, cucumbers, apples and avocados for different things I was making.

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=131

Note from customer Marilu:  “My salsa maker is my favorite gadget.  I gave them to the females in the family and they enjoy them”.  Thanks Marilu.

What is your favorite product from RV Space Savers?  Let us know at rvspacesavers@gmail.com 

Great Places to Visit:  Road Trip to Ohio’s Majestic Castles

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/ohio/road-trip-castles-oh/?utm_source=oh-beaut&utm_medium=marketing&utm_campaign=phil-ohio

 

Until next time a Point to Ponder on life’s journey.  Remember only you hold the map.

Happy Anniversary RV Space Saving Tips and Ideas

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It’s our 6th anniversary and we would like to thank you all for helping to make

RV Space Savers a success in these past 6 years.

Thinking back to when and why we started this business, I am reminded of when we first moved into our motor home planning to live full time and spend the rest of our lives traveling this beautiful country.  Getting ready to sell our home and its contents we loaded into the motor home all the things we thought we needed and some things we thought we wanted to take with us…WHAT A MISTAKE!  Within 90 days I was going crazy being unable to find things we wanted and knew we had.  Having to empty drawers, cabinets, closets and basement bays to find what we were looking for is the very thing most of us who live or travel in an RV struggle with.  I told Mike either we find some solutions or I wouldn’t be able to continue our dream.  And after several years of research, organizing the motor home (a never ending project as I discover new ways to save space and make our lives easier)and filling my need to help others, we started the business to share the tips, ideas and products with others.  And neither of us have regretted it for a minute.  As time has gone on, I started giving seminars and then this newsletter was born.  I hope you enjoy it and I get many, many great comments on the seminars I give.

As I stated last week, January is typically Organizing Month and I am always looking for new ways to make life easier and simple without taking up space.

Great Tip:  A tip similar to this was submitted by an attendee of one of my seminars several years ago with her tip being: When you leave your RV for a day or several hours, write on a white board where you are going and when you plan to return.  In case of an emergency others would be able to have a starting point.  Another seminar attendee suggested something very much like this photo and is an excellent idea as if you had an emergency while in you RV and needed emergency help, you may not know the address of where you are staying. Just make sure you change the information as you travel.

Tip Sent in By Reader:  37  Favorite Ideas to Save Time in the Kitchen…sent to me by Marilu from Jillee.  Thanks to both.

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/37-sanity-saving-kitchen?

Tip to TRY:  Kill Those Ants…I haven’t tried this and don’t know if it works but many have reported that it does and since it is so simple and you probably already have the ingredients, it’s certainly worth a try!  http://www.hometalk.com/17429659/kill-ants-instantly-natural-diy-spray-?se=fol_new-20170107-1&date=20170107&slg=d6ac1c5aa0b3da94aa1acd2fd20265b9-15287402.

 

Great Reader Tip:  TWILIGHT SAFETY

Walking at sunrise or sunset can be peaceful and invigorating for both the body and the soul.

However, low light conditions can be dangerous.   Here are a couple of tips to stay safe while enjoying your walk.

  1. Wear light or white clothing so you are easily visible to drivers.

      Fluorescent colors actually appear dark in low light.

  1. Choose shoes, jackets, and safety vests with retro-reflective patches

     that shine in headlights.

     3..Carry a flashlight and keep it on so drivers will see it.  If possible carry it

    on the “street side” for better visibility to the driver.

  1. Remove your sunglasses at dusk so you can see anything that might

    endanger you.

This tip was sent in by reader Danise…thanks so much.

Another note from Danise: For Walking your Dog:  There are many leashes, collars, etc. that are reflective as well.

We have recently saw a collar that had flashing red LED lights all the way around. We recently bought one at Mud Bay for our dog, that looks like a tube.. It comes in one size fits all, and you just cut off the excess, then slip on and off the dogs head as needed.  It also came in blue and neon green. We chose the green one as being more visible.

Product Special:  January Special  Purchase a Silicone Baking Mat $10.00 and A Silicone Mini Basting Brush $5.00 and receive a Cotton Mesh Shopping Bag (a $5.00 value) absolutely free!    Good until midnight January 31,2017.  Many customers (including me) use a silicone mat in the bottom of their microwave as it is so easy to clean.  Both make great gifts.  Purchase at  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop.   You can see a photo and description of the Cotton Bag at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=152.

Great Places To Visit: 

Bank of America partners with many museums across the country to provide free entrance on certain days. Here is a list of the 24 days which you can visit for free in 2017.  Then click on the link inside the article to see a list of participating museums.  http://www.moneytalksnews.com/24-days-when-you-can-visit-150-museums-for-free/?.

We look forward to hearing from you this year and hope that 2017 is starting out to be a great year.  Our contact information is rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Find Joy in the Journey…only you hold the map to where that journey will take  you.

 

 

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Baby…It’s Cold Outside by RV Space Savers

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images-1This image says it all!  As much of the country is gripped in cold, rain and snow, I hope most of you are where it’s warm and sunny!  We are still in the Seattle area so for the most part it is cloudy and rainy however we had about 3 inches of snow earlier in the week.  Not excited about being in this weather in the winter but love being here to spend the holidays with our kids and grandkids!   What a wonderful life it is.  Last year we stayed in southern California and two of our three kids we able to come down for Christmas which was something different and fun. Certainly one of the great things about living in an RV is following the warm weather in the winter and cool weather in the summer.

Can you believe there are only 14 days until Christmas?  I hope you are all ready for whatever celebrating Christmas means to you.  In most places you can find lots of activities to create new memories if you are not with your family.  Check  out bazaars, concerts, church and school programs, lighting ceremonies and neighborhoods that are lit for the season, visiting folks in Assisted Living facilities, etc.  We have been doing lots of those kinds of things with our dear friends Marilu and John who are also spending the winter in Seattle.  Marilu and I made a bunch of these “Sock Snowmen” and delivered them to “forgotten seniors” in an Assisted Living facility in the area.  photo-dec-04-2-06-10-pmWe spent a fun afternoon together making and delivering them.  Here are the directions.  http://sumo.ly/3Q5Z.

Great Tip:  When we were in southern California last year I found  a couple of sites where you can put in the area you are staying in and find Christmas light displays.  hqdefaultWe found some gorgeous neighborhoods in the area last year and I also found some up here this year.  http://www.christmaslightfinder.com/ and  http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/xmas-displays.

Great Tip from Marilu:  Simple Sock Trick to stop your windows from fogging up. download-1We have trouble with our windows in the RV  fogging up and sure will try this tip.   http://theheartysoul.com/fix-foggy-window-cat-litter/?t=SNJV.  Do any of you have this problem and what do you do to keep the moisture at bay?  We have fans going and a small dehumidifer and we really have to manage it carefully.  This winter we have added a couple of the DampRiddownload-2 containers of little moisture pellets so we’ll see if they help.  We also watch the window sills to make sure there is no mold building up.  Would love to hear from you on what you do to control this issue.

Do you decorate your RV for Christmas?  If so do you decorate both inside and out? We only decorate the front of the MH as we have one of those little tables that fits over the steering wheel.  All our decorations are flat and easy to store.01b5fd493474974c12eb240745d55a330dd652c1ab  We’d love to share your photos if you send them to us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

A Tip from a Customer and Jillee.  Use a cutting board on top of your burners (make sure they are turned off and cool) as additional counter space.  This came to me from a customer who found a beautiful wooden cutting board the same size as the cooktop in her RV.  She had her husband install handles on either endimages-2so she can also use it as a serving tray.  I had totally forgotten this wonderful tip from Peggy (thanks Peggy) until this came the other day from Jillee.  This is a great idea also and you could certainly modify a larger board with feet.  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/how-to-modify-a-cutting-board-for-more-counter-space?

Sadly we did not have any votes for our entries to the contest!  We only had 6 entries and no votes.  All 6 entries will receive a 20% discount as a way of saying thanks for participating.

Folks…this newsletter is for download-3 What would get you to be involved?  Are there things you would like to see covered in the newsletter?  I have had requests for Places to Visit which I have added and Recipes using our products which I have also added.  I need to hear from you.  It is expensive to continue to do the newsletter and not get responses from you.  I have spoken with the people at Aweber and they say the opens for the newsletter are way above most they see and they don’t understand either why we’re not getting participation.  Please let me know what you’re thinking and how we can make it better for download-4RV Space Savers has lots of great gifts for your RV friends and family.  Check out our website ahttp://www.rvspacesavers.com/shop/

Products on Sale:   Only  14 days until Christmas.  Here are a couple of great Christmas Ideas.  On sale now while supplies last or until the end of December. Not only great for Rver’s but for anyone on your Christmas list.

Egg Lover Special. This includes the Egg Space Saver (normally $12.), the Microwave Omelet Maker ($6.) and the Small Fiskie ($7.)

Egg Lover Special

Egg Lover Special

 Purchase the Egg Space Saver and Small Fiskie and receive the Microwave Omelet Maker FREE.  This makes a great gift for anyone who loves eggs no matter what sized kitchen they have.  One of our readers gives the Omelet Maker to all her friends as gifts.https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=172

 

 Mini red and green Laser Lights

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Laser Lights

        • ED Mini Portable Stage Lighting with Tripod
        • Fun for gatherings, parties, potlucks or just to shine in your RV space
        • Unique mini lights that projects red and green with several beautiful pattern designs
        • Projector comes with a 3-position switch, “off”, “on” & “strobe” with flashing speed continuously adjustable
        • Can use on your Christmas tree
        • DO NOT use outside in inclement weather

We’ve used them in trees, on the side of buildings, over a swimming pool, on the side of the motor home, kids rooms, for work-out sessions and on our indoor Christmas tree.

Regularly $35.00 now only $20.00 while supplies last.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=151

 

A yummy recipe using RV Space Saver products.  For this Sausage Lentil Soup recipe I used the following products:  Salsa Maker (Herb & Veggie Chopper) to chop all the veggies, mixing bowl (to mix all the ingredients together before I put it in the crockpot), small fiskie (to mix all ingredients together), all of which can be found on our website.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=35

Sausage and Lentil Soup Recipe:  file:///C:/Users/Gail/Documents/Recipes/Sausage%20and%20Lentil%20Soup.pdf

 

Great Places To Visit:  How About a Trip to the “Best of the West” National Parks? road-trip-nationals_1 Here is a trip that includes 14 of the most popular.  We are so fortunate in this country to have so many beautiful national parks and monuments to visit.  And I’m sure we all have our own “best” or favorites.  http://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/ultimate-western-national-parks-road-trip?utm_source=k1&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=odpcpc&kwp_0=261462 .

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We hope your journey is filled with  friends, family, food and fun until we meet again.

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Boy it doesn’t seem possible that Thanksgiving is just a week from today!  Why is it that the older we get the faster the time goes?  Seems like we wish our lives away when we are young: we wish we were old enough to do this or that, then we couldn’t wait to retire, etc., but now that many of us are we wonder how the years can pass so quickly.  Mike and I have now started our 8th year of full timing and neither one of us would change that decision.  I think many living full time in their RV feel the same as we do.  And while we live full time in our  RV we find ourselves being more like snowbirds and spending the summer at home in the Seattle area to be near our family and heading south to warmer climate in the winter.  For a multitude of reasons we are still in the Seattle area and sadly October set an “all time rain record.”  raining-3Sure not something we like to be in anymore and it’s looking like November may be just as bad.  Certainly wish it somehow could be sent to the areas that need it so badly.  The RV Park we are in has horrible internet service unless of course you pay for theirs so I have been remiss in doing the newsletter as it takes forever to get photos to load and get things sent out.

Oh all of this electronic equipment us oldies are suppose to master!  Last week a new smartphone was on my list and while I got a great guy at Verizon to help me through the process of getting what I needed and not something that had all the “stuff” that I will never use and don’t even understand, it is still daunting!. images-8 Going from an Android to an Iphone so it would sync with my Ipad meant lots of frustration and a learning curve as well as the frustration of losing most of my emails and trying to recreate all of that.  I’m hoping to spend some time with one of my grandkids who can get it all straightened out in a hurry!

TIP:  12 Things Every Rver Should Do.  This is a great article by Nick Russell and there are lots of great tips here. whether you are full time, a snowbird or weekend warrior.  http://gypsyjournalrv.com/2016/11/12-things-every-rver-should-do/.

What a Great Tip:  Sure wish I would have thought of this tip before we fixed a rack for our lids.  A great and inexpensive idea.  http://tiphero.com/kitchen-storage-space-hangers-hooks/

Great Tip from Reader Danise:  Last winter Danise told me about a cooking class put on by the government for healthy cooking and shopping options for those on a budget.  It is a FREE six-week class and she learned so much has considered taking it again.  I have been searching for a class in the north Seattle area and finally found one.  My friend Marilu and I are taking the class and it really does have a lot of good information.  This week we made a Veggie Lasagna that was delicious.  We were sent home with everything we needed to make it at home after taking part of making it in class and tasting it.  If you are interested in finding a class in your area check out their Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/cookingmatters.national/.

Contest Entries:  As I said when I started the contest, I would list all the entries I received and let you all vote for your favorite.

Avocado Tool (my favorite)

1.We love the 3 quart salad spinner, use it everyday when we are on the road as we are big salad eaters. css-2_open1 I have also occasionally used it to spin out excess water from my sons socks after getting caught in a storm or two.

2.My favorite product that I purchased from you is the Avocado scoop/knife.  I love it as much as I love avocados.  gt-3562_capartSo glad that I purchased it and I use it all the time.

3.I absolutely love WashEze. WashEZE I have a washer and dryer in our motor home and cut those sheets in half and put them in a lingerie bag and throw it in the dryer too.  When all is dry I use the used up sheet to remove the lint from the lint filter.  I swear by them!!

4.We love the WashEZE and recommend it to others. WashEZE I cut them into thirds so I get 30 washes out of a box.  So handy!!

5.The Fiskie is my “go to” utensil….small-fiske-2

Wow what a time saver, to say nothing of just plain handy…My favorite use is for making potato, pasta or rice salads.   I can use it for stirring the rice/pasta in the pot.  Then as I usually make   or adapt my own dressings I can scoop out the mayo or?, add my own spices and seasonings to make my dressing.. Using the same fiskie, I mix the salad with the dressings, and then leave it in the bowl to use for serving. 

6.  The chopper (now called the salsa maker)

Salsa Maker

Salsa Maker

is my favorite also and the avocado knife is my 2nd.   I use the chopper to chop everything and since we love avocados I use it a lot and also use for kiwis.Avocado Tool (my favorite)

So Readers…here’s what I’d like you to do: Go to rvspacesavers@gmail.com and vote for your favorite.  The winner will receive a 20% discount at RV Space Savers.  Let’s set the date for your votes to be in by 11-30 so the winner can use the discount on their Christmas shopping.  I hope the next contest we will get more entries.  Thanks to those who did enter.

 

A Tip that came in after the contest was closed:  

My little thing that I put on the top of a tuna can to use in draining got mangled.   I usually buy water pack so always need to do a good job of draining.  Yesterday, I was doing some dinner prep using a large can of tuna, and was looking for some way to “dry” the tuna….Rustling thru my kitchen drawer, and low and behold.   There was a red plastic scoop with holes. 2171_straining-scoop-colander It took the large size can of tuna and with little effort and a fork I got the results I wanted.  Thanks so much Danise…that scoop is one of Mike’s favorite tools.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=162.

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Products on Sale:   Only  37 days until Christmas.  Here are a couple of great Christmas Ideas.  On sale now while supplies last or until December 15th.  Not only great for Rver’s but for anyone on your Christmas list.

Egg Lover Special. This includes the Egg Space Saver (normally $12.), the Microwave Omelet Maker ($6.) and the Small Fiskie ($7.)

 Purchase the Egg Space Saver and Small Fiskie and receive the Microwave Omelet Maker FREE.  This makes a great gift for anyone who loves eggs no matter what sized kitchen they have.  One of our readers gives the Omelet Maker to all her friends as gifts.

Egg Lover Special

Egg Lover Special

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=172

 

 Mini red and green Laser Lights

      • ED Mini Portable Stage Lighting with Tripod
      • Fun for gatherings, parties, potlucks or just to shine in your RV space
      • Unique mini lights that projects red and green with several beautiful pattern designs
      • Projector comes with a 3-position switch, “off”, “on” & “strobe” with flashing speed continuously adjustable
      • Can use on your Christmas tree
      • DO NOT use outside in inclement weather

We’ve used them in trees, on the side of buildings, over a swimming pool, on the side of the motor home, kids rooms, for work-out sessions and on our indoor Christmas tree.

Regularly $35.00 now only $20.00 while supplies last.

Laser Lights

Laser Lights

 https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=151

 

Great Places To Visit:  Who Doesn’t Love Gorgeous Waterfalls?

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Here is a list of the West’s 100 Best Waterfalls.  http://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/wests-100-best-waterfalls?

Wishing you all a happy fall and Thanksgiving wherever you may be on your journey.  We hope the map you hold is filled with fun and exciting places to visit with things to see and friends and family to visit.  Until next time.  Have a safe journey.

As always we love hearing from you.  Please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com