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Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish Friends.

Good Morning…can you believe it is only 16 days until Christmas.  What do you do as an RVer for the holiday?  Are you living full time in your RV?  Do you stay home until after Christmas and then become a Snowbird?  Do you and your family spend the weekend at an RV Park not too far away from home?  Do you have family that comes to visit wherever you are? While we live full time in our RV, some years we stay at our home base which is near our family, some years they come to us which is what is happening this year in the San Diego area and other years we fly home for a week or so.  We always are in southern California the first of January as we are exhibitors at the WHMA FMCA Rally in Indio. Hope to see many of you there.  We so love to see friends as we travel.

TIP:  Purge, purge, purge and donate things you no longer use, things you put in your RV that you never use and clothes you don’t wear or that don’t fit, shoes you don’t wear (or don’t need).  Sadly we all purchase things we’re sorry about later or things that we think are a good idea at the time we buy them and turn out not to be so.  Don’t let your RV become cluttered with these things.  Its a win-win-win. 1) You get rid of clutter.  2) Someone else can use them.  3)  You get a tax write-off.  Being organized is not a one time thing but an ongoing process for us all.  Here is a great article to read on the subject.  http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com/2015/11/3-simple-steps-to-staying-organized.html.

Great Idea I Read:  Go through your pantry, kitchen food cabinet,s fridge and freezer and make a list of what you have.  Post it on the wall close to your shopping list.  When you are making your shopping list, you know the items you already have.  We have started doing this and boy has it helped.  No longer do we have 6 cans of tomatoes and 3 of black beans and none of the refried beanswe needed for a meal this week!

New Product:  Splatter Guard 

Effectively shield much of your stove and it’s surrounding environment by using this screen. Works great for frying or browning things on the stove. Also works great for mixing batters to keep from splattering. You get 3 hinged panels each measuring 10-inch by 9-inch /25-1/2cm by 23cm.  Folds flat for easy storage. Durable nonstick finish for easy cleaning. Hand wash.  We have 2 of these and boy do they work to keep spatters off the walls when cooking.  They also work great when mixing flour into a recipe to keep the dust contained. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=163

******Don’t forget to have any orders to us by the 10th if any of your order is Christmas Gifts.  The mail is already slow.   We had a 2 day Priority package that was to have been delivered on Monday and still hasn’t arrived.  We don’t want you to be disappointed that your order didn’t arrive on time so please get them in within the next couple of days.  http://www.rvspacesavers.com/shop/

Great Places To Visit:  We LOVE good BBQ and are always on the lookout for it in our travels.  I thought this was a great article that many of you may enjoy.  “Following the BBQ Trail in South Carolina.”  Sure hope to do this one day soon…YUM!  https://www.yahoo.com/travel/south-carolina-bbq-trail-the-1310928899194934.html.

It is a busy time of year for everyone but we love to hear from you and get your tips and ideas and great places to visit.  We would love to share with others.

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Have a great week and please pray for San Bernadino.

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Happy Thanksgiving and Greetings from Palm Springs Thousand Trails.  The park is furnishing the turkeys and we are all bringing traditional dishes to share in the fellowship of Thanksgiving. Even living in an RV,  I also do a turkey dinner for just Mike and I, with all our favorites, as we love the leftovers as much as the dinner itself.  Our little RV oven does a fine job on a turkey breast! We hope you have a wonderful day filled with many things to be thankful for.The park is quite empty but I imagine right after the holidays it will fill up fast and surely will be full for the FMCA Rally in Indio starting January 9th and several golf tournaments starting right after the first of the year. I held a seminar on Tuesday afternoon at the Rec Room which was very well attended and have plans to give several more on different space saving ideas while we’re here for the winter.  Seems most of us have issues with space and ways to save it on our rigs.

We dodged a bullet over the weekend as they predicted high winds starting an hour before the Street Fair closed but thankfully they missed us.  Our prayers go out to all those around the country who have been having such nasty weather already and those who got caught traveling in it.

Tip of the Week:

Spend some time going through your paperwork. Think of this?  500 sheets of Bond paper (17 x 22 inches) weigh 20 lbs, then a ream of paper cut to Letter size will be labeled as 20 lb. And if 500 sheets of Cover paper (20 x 26 inches) weigh 65 lbs, then a ream of this paper trimmed to tabloid size would be marked as 65lb.  How many sheets of paper are you carrying in your rig?

How much of it do you really need?  How much of it can you find somewhere else if you needed to refer to it?  Do you really need to save all those magazines?  Can you tear out the articles you really want to read.or can you read the article online?

Scanner

Can you scan your receipts and keep them on

Thumb drives

thumb drives or on the Cloud.

Cloud

I remember hearing when computers first came out that we would do away with paper!  What a joke that turned out to be.  Small portable scanners are fairly inexpensive and take up very little space.  Think about getting one and quit carrying around all that paper.

Also books are heavy.Can you read them online, your Smartphone, Kindle, laptop or notebook?

And think of all the space you would save besides the weight!  Be honest with yourself and do this with your traveling partner.  Things that may be important to one, may not be to the other.  But I guarantee you if you are honest with yourselves you will be able to create some new space.  Here’a a post to help you get started thinking about how to start your project.  http://www.lifetimemoms.com/how-to/8-ways-to-get-a-handle-on-paper-clutter  And here is a great article on what to keep and what to toss. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2010/03/conquer-the-paper-piles/index.htm.

Tip from a Customer:  Once you de-seed pomegranates you can freeze them.  She freezes them on a cookie sheet so they don’t stick together and when frozen puts them in Ziplock bags to use when they aren’t in season.  I have some in the freezer so will let you know how they turn out when I use them.  I can taste these great little bursts of fruit in a salad, dip or salsa.

New Products of the Week: These two new products are great for those holiday parties, RV get togethers, parties and make great gifts.

Guacamole Bowl by RV Space Savers

The Guacamole Bowl is shaped like an avocado.

Salsa Bowl by RV Space Savers

The Salsa Bowl is shaped like a red chili pepper.

They are ceramic and both are 3 pieces: bowl, lid and spoon and each hold 1.5 cups of dip. Check them out here.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=160 and https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=161/  A cute but inexpensive gift idea.

On Sale This Week:  The Salsa To Your Taco Special 

Salsa Special from RV Space Savers

All you need to preserve the items you put in your Salsa.  Includes: Salsa Maker, Tomato tool, Salsa Bowl, Tomato Keeper, Onion Keeper and Citrus Keeper. A $62.00 value now only $49.50 for a limited time only.  We’ll also include our favorite recipes for Guacamole and Salsa.

Great Places To Visit:  Usually the night after Thanksgiving many cities and towns hold their lighting ceremonies and I’m sure you will find some in your area.  

The Mission Inn in Riverside, CA

We have seen some gorgeous ones in different cities so be sure to check them out wherever you are.  And if you’ve not heard of it there is a show on TV called “The Great Christmas Light Fight” which starts on December 7th on ABC.  If you enjoy that kind of thing be sure to check it out.  http://abc.go.com/shows/the-great-christmas-light-fight.

During this Thanksgiving, we are thankful for all of you our readers, customers, followers, family and friends, our health, wonderful lifestyle and freedoms we have.  We wish you too many, many things to be thankful for this Thursday and all year long.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of France and Paris during this difficult and tragic time in their history.

A special thank you to all our military personnel fighting for our freedom and especially those families who can not be with their loved ones during the holiday season.

NOTE:  All orders need to reach us by December 10th to insure you will receive them in time for Christmas

 

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As I begin the newsletter this week, I am asking everyone to continue to pray for the families and town of Roseburg, Oregon to help them start the healing process of the horrific tragedy that struck their community this week.

Sometimes the tips I give are not just about saving space in your RV but for RVer’s  in general which is the case this week.

IMPORTANT TIP:  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so please be sure to call and schedule your mammogram this month.  Hense the title for the newsletter!  While breast cancer is much more prominent in women, it also affects men (they are 100 times less likely to be diagnosed than women).  And guys reading this, please advise your spouse, girlfriend, sister, mother, aunts and nieces to schedule theirs as well.  Caught early, it is very curable in most cases.  So please don’t put it off.

 

Reader Tips:  As one of our faithful readers, Danise sent in some great tips to share.

Have been doing some down-sizing/ fall cleaning in my RV and came across a couple of things that made me think I should share.

 1.  We all need more storage, particularly in small bathrooms, eh?  Both of us are short so we can get away with this…. we got a 2nd small medicine chest (from Ikea) and put up on the blank wall above the potty.    Gives us a bit of extra space and also a 2nd mirror.  I store my tall hair spray, medicated talc powder, a couple of other tall items there, and with the small space above that, I store the chemicals I need for the potty. I can use the original cabinet above the sink  with 3 shorter spaces for smaller items. 

This might also work for some of you.  http://www.amazon.com/products-3772w-cabinet-toilet-shelving/dp/b000h8u51o?tag=indifash06-20.  (Gail)

   2.  I use mini bungie cords and very small eye screws in this extra space to hold the tall containers in place, and a narrow plastic basket on the upper shelf to hold the chemicals. 

 Danise

Thanks so much for sharing Danise.  These are all great ideas and ones I’m sure a lot of us can use.  Do you have tips to share?  Please email me at rvspacesavers@gmail.com

SAFETY TIP:  Be sure to keep track of the age and wear of your tires.   And keep them covered when you are sitting in a park or they are parked in your yard.   Here is a great article on tire safety.     http://www.edmunds.com/car-care/how-old-and-dangerous-are-your-tires.html.   When buying tires for any vehicle know how to check the date codes as there have been several places selling “new” 8-12 year old tires!

We are on the road heading for the Best RV Show http://www.thebestrvshow.com/.  It is being held in Pomona, CA at the Fairplex October 9-18th.  I will be giving seminars every day on Space Saving Tips and one on Living in Your RV.  Hope if you plan to attend you will stop by our booth and attend one of the seminars.  The weather down I-5 is gorgeous with the trees donning their autumn colors.  When we travel from point A to  point B, we sometimes stay overnight at Wal-Mart but always call ahead to make sure it is OK.  This trip every Wal-Mart in Oregon we have called has told us that new City ordinances forbid overnight parking.  Wal-Mart is still fine with it but told us to expect a knock on the door from the police.  This is exactly what has ruined it for those of us who don’t abuse the privilege. This was parked at a rest stop 20 miles north of the California border.  Bikes and junk sitting out all around the camper.  No state workers in sight so have no idea how long they have been there.  I totally understand that with this economy, people are hurting and they do need a place to stay but this can’t be safe for anyone.

New Product:  We have been having so much fun with this new product. Laser Lights can be used in tons of different ways.

Laser Lights from RV Space Savers

We first bought them to use in our booth as a way to be recognized in a long row of vendors and we continue to use them for that.  However, we had so many requests to sell them that we now carry them and have done some other fun things with them.  While they are not to be used in inclement weather, we use them in RV Parks to shine up in the trees at night or on the side of the motor home (people comment that they look like fire flies).  We have had reports of people using them inside on their Christmas trees, for  light shows in an auditorium, in an exercise class, at parties and outdoor functions and for something for their cats to play with.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=151

Great Places To Visit:  Our friend Danise reports a new “Great Place to Visit” and one I am anxious to see.  It is called the 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial in Cashmere, WA.  She has had the pleasure of visiting the new site and says it is well worth going out of your way to see.  Here are a couple of links about the Memorial. http://www.911spiritofamericamemorial.com/  and http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/2015/05/11/town-gets-911-memorial-the-state-didnt-want/27155383/.

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One of the things we love most about traveling and living in our RV is the wonderful people we meet and how helpful most people are.  Loving to share, whether it’s a tip or idea, an appetizer or pot luck dish, these are the things that make up our wonderful RV community.  I love to see guys all clustered around someone who seems to be having trouble with their RV or toad to offer any help they can or neighbor helping neighbor in an RV Park if the need arises.  It so reminds me of how we grew up as children, in smaller communities where everyone helped everyone else.  What is your favorite tip for small spaces?  Do you have a unique idea or tip to share with others on how you make the space in your RV work best for you?  Please let us hear from you.

I apologize for no newsletter last week and being so late this week.  I have been having some computer issues for the past couple of weeks.  There was a chance that I had a virus on my computer and I certainly didn’t want to be spreading it around.  Luckily it wasn’t a virus, just my anti-virus software cranking up their site with so many viruses out there and trying to protect my computer.

TIPS:

ORGANIZATION   One of my favorites and one I get asked a lot about.  How do I organize this, how can I save space in the bathroom, the bedroom and the kitchen.  I try to give lots of these kinds of tips in my seminars.  Purging and baskets are my 2 favorite solutions.

Both are “freeing” by ridding yourself and your RV of things you don’t use and your mind of clutter.  Here’s a

great link to a short article on 5 Reasons Why Organizing is FUN (well maybe that’s going a little to far)!  http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com/2015/09/5-reasons-why-organizing-is-fun.html#more

Here is another great article on Organizing.  Some of which will work great in an RV.  http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/tips/g2610/best-organizing-tips/?slide=4

One of our readers and customers sent me this article.http://food52.com/blog/13912-the-best-way-to-store-lettuces-other-greens-a-controversial-method.  Thanks Marijke.  I find it very interesting and would love to try it.  However having an RV fridge, I am only able to use my salad spinner to spin the greens and then put it away.  After reading the article I thought I should address the Produce Keepers and all the things you can do with them.

For those of you who have them, they work great to keep lettuce and greens for long periods of time.  Baby spinach for up to 5 weeks, romaine lettuce up to 4 weeks.  Do not wash before storing and follow the directions for each type of produce you are using it for as to how much air and moisture each needs.  I have 3 small ones in my fridge at all times and use them for everything.  Right now I have one filled with mini cucumbers (3 week old ), one with radishes (2 weeks old) and one with spinach (going on 4 weeks).  While they work wonderfully for berries, you can use them for tons of different kinds of produce.  One of our customers uses the 4 qt. keeper to keep bananas from browning and just sets it on the counter (don’t refrigerate bananas). We’re not great banana eaters but I have tried it and Mike ate the last banana on the 8th day and it hadn’t turned brown.  There are 2 sizes of keepers: A 4 quart and a 2 quart.  For those who have an RV fridge like we do, the small ones work best as the 4 qt. will only fit on the top shelf.  For those who have residential fridges, the 4 quart works great.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=77.

New Product:  Small Fiskie    We started carrying these this winter but I don’t think I’ve ever told you about them.

Made of silicone and heat resistant up to 400 degrees, this is a fork and whisk combined.  Great space saver. Quickly whisk, stir, blend and mix.  Incorporate air into eggs or cream. Use it to fold whipped cream into recipes. Perfect to mix protein drinks. Transfer food to a plate. Scoop and drain.  Safe for nonstick and glass.  They sold like hotcakes at the FMCA Rally in Pomona and I have had lots of great comments about them.  Being able to get rid of those wire whisks that take up so much space is a real plus with this tool. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=150

Tip from customer:  Mouse wasn’t responding properly.   Took it apart… wiped ball with rag/alcohol.  Cleaned inside of mouse w/q tip, dipped in alcohol.  …. wiped mouse pad w/same rag/alcohol.   All working well now.  Great tip…thanks Danise.

 

Great Places To Visit:  There are so many gorgeous places to visit in the fall when the colors are changing.

Here is a link to 21 of the Most Spectacular (according to BozzFeed).  http://www.buzzfeed.com/anniedaly/21-insanely-beautiful-spots-to-see-fall-colors-across-americutm

Wishing you all a happy fall and safe travels.  Please send in you ideas and tips to share with others.  If you enjoy our newsletter, please share  with others.  There is a sign up page on our website and our Facebook page.

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