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.

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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.

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 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!

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

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

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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.

 

 

Corrected Newsletter Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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I was informed by one of our readers that on the Underrated Places to Vist in All 50 States, I added the wron link.  Here is the correct link.  I am so sorry.  https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/most-underrated-place-in-california-florida-texas-new-york-and-every-us-state/travel

 

Greetings from Wilderness Lakes RV Park in Menifee, CA.  The weather has been gorgeous here and we left Yuma just in time as they were headed for triple digits right after we left.  We so enjoyed all four rallies in Yuma, greeting old friends and meeting many new ones.  The rally masters all did a great job and we look forward to joining them again. Two of the rallies, The FMA (Fleetwood)

Fleetwood Rally Spring Fling

Their table decorations.

and the Freightliner Rallies

really went all out with their decorations.

Freightliner 50’s and 60’s Theme

Table decorations

Three of the rallies were held at Fortuna de Oro and the Recreation Director, Desiree is amazing to work with.  The park has all kinds of decorations onsite and you can borrow any of them.   So if anyone is thinking about having a rally in the area, Fortuna de Oro would be a great place.

Since we have been on the go so much, I haven’t had much time to devote to the newsletter but wanted to pass along some links for tips and ideas that I thought you might enjoy.

TIP: I thought this was a great tip to share with everyone as it helps keep our many electronic devices safer.  Idenity theft is the fastest growing crime and has gone up over 1000% so it pays to do everything you can to keep safe.

http://blog.protectmyid.com/2016/04/13/calling-all-digital-packrats-spring-clean-your-devices-to-avoid-identity-theft/

Another TIP:   This is in conjunction with the tip above on phishing.. http://blog.protectmyid.com/2016/02/10/phishers-and-phrauds-how-to-spot-em/

TIP on Fresh Water Tank:  I had read this several years ago and we have used this practice since that time.  For the most part we hook up to the water in RV parks but when we are traveling, we want to make sure our water is fresh to use.  It takes Mike several hours to complete the entire process and he does it about every 3 months.  http://rving.how/get-your-fresh-water-tank-sanitized/

Great TIP:  Many of us use lots of lemons (and limes) and of course being in southern California during the season, they are everywhere for cheap so I thought you might enjoy a way to use those peels.  I always keeps some grated lemon peel frozen to toss in dressings, sauces, marinades and rice.  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/uses-for-lemon-peels-including-lemon-vinegar-2.html#.VxV33jArLIU

IMPORTANT NOTE: In the March 27th newsletter I talked a lot about avocados as the California avocados are back in season.  I can’t remember if I talked about grating some of the pit in your guacamole but wanted to give you this heads-up I got from the California Avocado Association about NOT doing that so I wanted to be sure and pass it on.   Fallbrook, CA is the avocado capital of the world and last Sunday they had their avocado festival which we attended.  It was a fun day and lots of things dealing with avocados.  One of the vendors makes beautiful things from the avocado wood

Serving board made from avocado wood

…I bought some gorgeous coasters.  Also I visited with a grower/packer about which are the best avocados (taste wise).  He said the Hass is the most popular but not the tastiest.  Here are photos of his first two recommendations.  Number 1 is The Fuerte

Number 1 avocado Fuerte

which is a fall to early spring variety and Number 2 is the Reed

2nd best flavor…the Reed

which is round and about the size of a softball and is a summer variety.   Most growers are moving to only Hass as they have good handling properties and are long lasting.  There are about 500 varieties of avocados but only seven are grown in California.  Of course we bought a box while at the festival and my are they yummy!  He also had “freaks”

Freaks

which you don’t eat that are crosses between 2 different kinds of trees that have self propagated and they do everything they can to rid their groves of these.  trees http://www.californiaavocado.com/blog/march-2016/is-it-safe-to-eat-the-avocado-seed?utm_source=cac&utm_medium=EMC&utm_campaign=plantaseed2016.

 Product Sale:  The Egg Space Saver.  We have used this for over 5 years and have never lost or cracked an egg and it saves a TON of space.  

Egg Space Saver RV Space Savers

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:  The Most Underrated Places to Visit in All 50 States.  I thought this was a fun article and as we all travel it is fun to make some of these places a stop over, a destination or just a fun place to visit.  Do you have any other suggestions for underrated places you have visited?  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=89

Another Great Place to Visit:  Shaw’s Cove in Laguna Beach.  

Shaw’s Cove

We spent some time here one day this week and it is a beautiful and uncrowded beach which has it all…a sandy beach and tide pools at low tide.  http://www.californiabeaches.com/beach/shaws-cove/

Tomorrow we start our slow trek back to Washington State.  We will be in Lodi for the Good Sam Sambroee the end of  the month and are excited to see friends we have met there in years past.  Our plans are to be back in the Seattle area by mid-May.  Hopefully the weather will hold as it has been beautiful up there and neither one of us are ready for the rain!

We love hearing from you and if you have tips, great places to visit or other ideas you would like to see in this newsletter, please contact us.  rvspacesavers@gmail.com

May your road be smooth and your travels happy and exciting.

P.S.  I just got this IMPORTANT notice on a recall of frozen vegetables and wanted to pass it along.  http://patch.com/new-york/riverhead/s/fpok4/frozen-vegetable-recall-in-ny-serious-sometimes-fatal-contamination-risk-cited?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=community%20corner&utm_campaign=alert

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Happy Easter

Wishing you all a Happy and Blessed Easter.

Monday morning we leave for 3 weeks in Yuma for 3 rallies.  The first is the FMA (Fleetwood) then the Freightliner and ending with the Alfa Rally.  We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  We met some Alfa and Fleetwood owners here that are headed for the rallies and also are living in their RV.  Hope to see many of you there.  I will be giving space savers seminars at all three rallies.  Even though it is Easter weekend and most kids are out of school, the park here in Palm Springs is only about half full.  The weather is beautiful although one day earlier in the week we had a horrible wind storm.

Sand storm in Palm Springs

It reminded me of a Montana blizzard only with sand instead of snow!

As I reported in a newsletter  a few weeks ago, Mike broke the wand off the kitchen faucet and we had to replace it.  We were in Vegas at the time and the only thing we could find that would fit was a shiny chrome one (not what we wanted)!  It was already looking terrible with water spots from the water here and I found this NEW TIP that really works!  Use wax paper to rub all over the faucet to clean off the water spots.  I have given tips before about all the things you could do with wax paper and it deserved a place in your RV.  Well now you have one more reason!  It really does last about a week.  http://tiphero.com/keep-faucet-clean/? 

We try not to keep too much extra food around because of space and weight but do like to have some things around and of course we all have to have the basics: flour, sugar, butter, spices, vinegar, oil, etc.  And if you’re like us, some nights we look at each other and say “what are we going to fix for dinner?”  I was reading an article the other day and found this site that I thought was a great tip for all of us.  It’s called My Fridge Food and you can put in the ingredients you have on hand and tell it if you want to make a meal, dessert, snack, etc., and up it pops with recipe ideas.  I have used it a couple of times this week and have gotten some pretty good ideas.  Sadly because of all of Mike’s food issues the recipes included things he couldn’t have but I thought it was a great resource.  The other thing I like about it is if you need something for a potluck or cocktail party, you may not even have to go shopping to make something.  http://myfridgefood.com/. Can I just tell you if I haven’t already, I hate shopping so this site will really work for me.

The Wait is Over…California Avocados are now in Season.  YEAH!   http://email.californiaavocado.com/hostedemail/email.htm?CID=23847261146&ch=

624E9CA4D0258E152B870B587491BD75&h=cb31c39bb41a563cbcaeaa9bd0ae82b6&ei=6nJQnkANw.   Look for the Grown in California label.

California Avocados

Here is a list of all the varieties of avocados grown  in California. We love being in Southern California during avocado season!  We share an avocado almost every day while we are down here.  They are so yummy and good for you.   http://www.californiaavocado.com/how-tos/avocado-varieties.aspx. And don’t forget all the products we carry to use with avocados.

Salsa Maker (formerly Herb & Veggie Chopper)

Tomato Tool for chopping tomatoes for Guacamole or Salsa

Avocado Tool (my favorite)

Avocado Slicer

Lemon/lime Squeezer (to squeeze fresh juice into that Guacamole)

Citrus Keeper

Guacamole Serving Bowl

Tomato Keeper (to keep the other half of tomato from the guacamole)

Avocado Keeper

Onion Keeper (to keep the onion not put in the guacamole)

We use them all and you can find them all on www.rvspacesavers.com. I not only use the Salsa Maker to make Salsa but also to make Guacamole.  I put the tomatoes or pomegranates in at the end.  I did a demonstration using the Salsa Maker to a group last week on “How to Make Pomegranate Guacamole.”   They loved it!  While the “season” for pomegranates is over, you can find cups of the arils in the produce section of most supermarkets. 

Sadly I still don’t have the pictures of our new products that I promised would be here this week…hopefully this coming week. 🙁

New Reader Tip:  

New use…. the oven tool is marvelous for lifting tea bags out of the mug…. the kind of tea that has no strings/label.

Oven Push/Pull

Thanks Danise…a great idea.  I love hearing from our customers how they use our products for things other than for what they were intended.  Lets hear from the rest of you…how do you use our products?  www.rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Great Places to Visit:  Discover the Giant Forgotten Arrows That Guide Travelers Across America.  I thought this was such a cool story and one I had never heard of.  It would be fun to find some of these.

Giant Arrow

 

Map of Route Where You May Find Arrows

http://www.americanews.com/gallery/society/2015/10/20/discover-forgotten-giant-arrows-guide-travelers-across-america/slide/1.  You can also read about it on Snopes.  http://www.snopes.com/travel/airline/arrows.asp. This might be a fun trip to plan this summer if you are going to be in any of these areas.

Our Prayers

Praying for all the families and friends of the Brussels bombings.  And praising all those First Responders not only in Brussels but all those who serve here in the United States. Thank you for all you do.  Please be safe out there.

 

 

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Sorry I missed last week’s newsletter.  I ended up with that “crud” that’s going around right after the show in Las Vegas.  Finally feeling human again and now Mike has it!  In talking to other attendees and exhibitors at the show, it sounds like a lot of people ended up with it so obviously there were folks there spreading it around to the masses! 🙁  It was quite an experience and as I think I told you there was over 2 million square feet of exhibit space…easy to get overwhelmed.  Lots of things we’ve never seen before (and probably won’t ever again!), and lots of things depending on what kinds of products you were looking for.  We were a little disappointed there wasn’t more kitchen gadgets but were told those items are pretty much limited to the big kitchen shows in New York, Chicago and Atlanta. Maybe a trip in my future!

 

NEW TIP:  Clean, Organize and Re-Stock Your Medicine Cabinet This Spring.  Remove everything and check expiration dates.  Discard everything that is outdated or you no longer use and make a list of the things you need to purchase.  Wipe down the inside of the cabinet before reloading things.  Many of you have attended my seminars and know I talk about the trick of putting magnets on the inside of the medicine cabinet door.  Do not buy magnetic tape as the magnet is not strong enough to hold things while you are moving.  Purchase some good strong magnets and 3M Scotch Brand Extreme Indoor/Outdoor mounting tape (sold at most big box stores).  Mount as many as you feel you need and let sit for 24 hours before loading.  This is a great place to  keep metal tweezers, clippers, nail files, hair clips, pins, needles, etc., within reach that are so easy to lose!  Anytime you can clean and organize you are saving space.

Also, if you didn’t do this after reading about it in a previous newsletter, do the same to your First Aid Kit…now while you’re gathering items to restock your medicine cabinet.

A good and easy way to remember to do these things is to schedule them in conjunction with something else so when Spring arrives (or whatever) it jogs your memory to do these things.

Also here are a couple of ideas I read about and thought were worth sharing.  Storing Plastic Bags…I have shared with you about putting them in empty tissue boxes to save space.  Here is a great way to fold them to get even more of them in a box.  They call it a “football” fold…I have also heard it called a “flag” fold.  http://www.thriftyfun.com/Storing-Plastic-Bags-Using-Football-Fold.html

Ways to Get rid of Clutter.  We talk a lot about this in my seminars and in the newsletter.  I believe that especially in a small space you need a “Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place.”  http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf/Organizing/Clutter_Control/Getting-Rid-of-Clutter.html.  Being in an RV for weeks or months at a time or living full time in your RV, these these are all so important.

New Products:  As I told you a couple of weeks ago, I had hoped to add some new products but am still having trouble getting the photos from our supplier.  She has promised them this coming week.

Still on Sale:  Both sizes of silicone spatulas and the wine opener.  Still just $5.00 each.  Only have a few left.

Great Places to Visit:  While in Las Vegas we had time for one day of sightseeing and anytime we are in Vegas, a Must See is the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio Hotel.  While we were there it was decorated for the Chinese New Year…the Year of the Red Monkey.  It was so beautiful.  https://www.bellagio.com/en/entertainment/conservatory-botanical-garden.html#/Past%20Shows.

Chinese New Year at the Bellagio

The Year of the Red Monkey

It is now decorated for Spring.  The other MUST SEE at the Belllagio is the World’s Tallest Chocolate Fountain.  https://www.bellagio.com/en/restaurants/jean-phillipe.html.  It is over 26 feet tall and circulates 2 tons of dark, milk and while chocolate at the rate of 120 quarts per minute through 500 feet of stainless steel pipes into beautiful glass bowls and mixing together.

The World’s Tallest Chocolate Factory.

For all us chocolate lovers, it would be a dream come true to have the key to it and a spoon!

The Mob Museum

The other place we visited was the Mob Museum which is very well done and chock-full of information (3 full floors) about the early days of the Mafia and the families spread out throughout cities across America and how they got their start in Vegas.  We met someone years ago who had been an undercover agent for the FBI and helped take down one of the famous crime families so the place was quite interesting to us.  It even shows the escape route of El Chapo not too long ago.

One of the oldest Slot Machines     

When you pay to park, you are allowed 3 hours and you can certainly spend that amount of time there.  A pleasant change from all the glitz, glitter and noise of the strip. 

 http://themobmuseum.org/.

We have had several successful seminars at RV Parks here in the Palm Springs area and a couple of demonstrations of some of our products.  The park is really emptying out.  Not sure whether it’s just that time of year or people are trying to escape the heat (or some of both).  It has been in the mid 90’s for quite a while and they are saying that is unseasonably warm for this time of year.  Next Monday we head to Yuma for 3 weeks for 3 rallies and I’m sure it’s going to be as warm there also.  Thank goodness for air conditioners!

Safe and happy travels and Happy Spring until next time.

As we have told you all many, many times, RV Space Savers is a huge military supporter and we donate a portion of every sale to help military families.   Sadly last week in the news we found out that the money being sent to one of the charities is being spent on things other than our Wounded Warriors and their families so we have stopped our donations to that organization for the time being and will continue to donate to others we support and look into new ones.