Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Hello from Seaside, Oregon. Seaside, Oregon Seaside, a beautiful coastal community has historically been one of the Oregon Coast’s most visited and popular oceanfront resorts and is located only 80 miles from Portland. There are lots of activities around the area besides walking on the beach and is close to the winter home of the Lewis and Clark Expedition at Fort Clatsop.  A fun place to spend some time.  We are here with several RV friends for 2 weeks of sightseeing, morning coffee and goodies, 4 p.m. cocktails and snacks and sometimes either dinner or dessert! Living and traveling in an RV is the best life ever with lots of great food, new recipes, laughs, games and visiting with friends and meeting new ones.

Great Tip:  30 Awesome things to do in retirement.  Many of us living and traveling in an RV are retired or at least semi-retired.  This list may give you some ideas of ways to spend your time whether while you’re traveling or sitting in a warm spot during the winter or cool spot during the summer. The list of ideas are endless…use your creativity.  Here are 2 great lists. http://www.moneytalksnews.com/slideshows/30-awesome-things-retirement/?all=1.     http://earlyretirementextreme.com/wiki/index.php?title=Long_list_of_things_to_do_when_you_retire

Tip:  Keep tabs on the stuff in your freezer!  We just had to replace our Norcold fridge and chose to purchase a residential one that would fit in the space. It not only gave us another 3.5 cubic feet of fridge and freezer space but weighs one hundred pounds less and was an easy install.  It also gave us a chance to really sort through things in both the fridge and freezer and get rid of things that we had forgotten and had become freezer burned or out of date.   I found this article online and thought it was worth sharing.  Ways to keep foods from freezer burning.  http://tiphero.com/avoid-freezer-burn/?

A Tip Worth Trying:  I have used Scrubbing Bubbles in the shower for years and it does a great job but it is not cheap and of course has chemicals in it.  I saw this the other day and am certainly going to try it. dawnvinegar I keep both products in the RV so I don’t have to purchase anything to try it and IF it works, I will save both space and money.    http://tiphero.com/2-ingredient-shower-cleaner/?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hyX_-Qev7o.

Product Sale Ending This Friday at Midnight  The sale on the Guacamole and Salsa Bowls is ending this Friday September 30th at midnight.  Hurry to get this great deal for $2.00 off each bowl.  Makes a great gift as well as using to serve guacamole or salsa at your RV get-together’s .  Just used them during cocktail hour last night and they were a big hit!  Order either or both and get my Pomegranate Guacamole recipe and my daughter-in-law’s yummy Salsa recipe.  Picture1 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.

Fall brings on the colors of warm and smells of autumn and of course the beautiful pumpkin colors and flavors.  For one of our meals with our group this week I made Pumpkin Pie Squares which always says fall to me.  I used 3 of our products to make them…the Salsa Maker, Small Fiskie and the 3 quart collapsible bowl.  To find these products go here  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=35   To get the recipe go here  file:///C:/Users/Gail/Documents/Recipes/Pumpkin%20Pie%20Squares.pdf.

Great Places to Visit:  Foder’s gives us a list of the Best Fall Food Festivals.  festivalSome are already over but others are yet to come and may be able to be incorporated in to your fall plans. http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/americas-best-fall-food-festivals?ref=news_fd_092716#!1-intro.

This newsletter is for YOU, our readers.  We would love your participation and input in to what things you would like to see in the newsletter, ideas and tips you would like to share with others and great places you have visited or restaurants you have dined in.  Please contact us with your ideas at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

We hope your journey is filled with happy and fun stops, friends, food and family visits.  Remember only you and your traveling partner hold the map and the decisions to make the most of your travels.  Until next time.   Happy Fall and safe travels.

RV Space Savers Tips and Ideas

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seattlejapanesegarden_21_web-mFall is certainly in the air and even some snow has been reported in the mountain states! One of the wonderful things about being in the Northwest in the fall is the stunning colors of the different maples.  Some day we hope to get back east to see the breathtaking fall colors there which are so different than those in the west.  Where ever you are I hope you are enjoying beautiful fall weather and colors unique to each area.

Fall means different things to RVer’s.  Some travel in them all summer and put them to bed each winter, some do the opposite and get them out of storage to spend winter  down south in the warmer weather and those who live in their RV full time start thinking about slowly heading south before the weather gets too bad and some don’t leave until after the holidays.  No matter what your style of RVing is, fall is time to get the RV in shape for whatever is next for you.  For us, since we have been in the Pacific Northwest all summer, it means cleaning and organizing inside and out: cabinets, bays, and toad to make sure everything is ready for our trip south. For many others it is cleaning and organizing to put it to bed for the winter.

GREAT TIP: Fall also means that mice, spiders, mud daubers and wasps are looking for warm places to build their nests.  Earthkind has several products and great articles under their Learning section about ways to control these pests. http://www.earthkind.com/learning-center/control-mice, and http://www.earthkind.com/learning-center/control-spiders. And Amazon as well as many RV Parts stores have screens to cover furnace and other openings to keep out wasps and daubers.  https://www.amazon.com/JCJ-M-300-furnace-Outside-Fitting/dp/B00076WQBS.  Better to protect yourself before a problem arises.

Great Fueling Tips for Big Rigs:  Plan and Practice Accessing Fuel Stations in Your RV.  Writtten by Dave Helgeson

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Some Great Cleaning Tips: Here are 27 cleaning tips for things you may have wondered how best to clean.  Some don’t apply to RV’s but many of them do. http://tiphero.com/27-hard-to-clean-things-solved/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=58000b6fcd-TH_NL_530_08_23_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-58000b6fcd-1216341

TIP on New Credit Cards: Why You Shouldn’t Swipe the New Chip Credit Cards.  http://tiphero.com/how-to-use-chip-credit-cards/?utm_source=Tip+Hero+Newsletter&utm_campaign=58000b6fcd-TH_NL_530_08_23_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5665396f02-58000b6fcd-1216341 I found this article very interesting not only as a consumer but as a business owner.  By now we all have the new credit cards with chips in them.  According to Good Housekeeping if you can’t use the chip pay cash or watch your card closely.  We as a small business get fined IF we don’t have the new technology.  Be sure to click on the link to Good Housekeeping within the article.

A Money Saving TIP:  We love and use lots of cilantro both fresh in things like guacamole but also in  cooking.  Since many Farmers Markets still have fresh cilantro fairly inexpensively, I purchase quite a  bunch and use some fresh to make guacamole and chop the rest in the  Salsa Maker (one  of my favorite gadgets https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=131), put on a paper towel and wrap in 2 thicknesses of foil and then in a Ziplock bag and freeze for use in cooking. Talk about good cooking and I always have it on hand.

Salsa Maker (formerly Herb & Veggie Chopper)

Salsa Maker (formerly Herb & Veggie Chopper)

GREAT PLACES TO VISIT:   Across the Wide Missouri on the Lewis and Clark Trail.

missouririvermap-1 This is a great article by Mike Wendland a journalist for FMCA.  We have done some of this trip but not all and is on our bucket list to finish one day.  http://roadtreking.com/across-wide-missouri/.

Still on Sale:  Through the month of October.  Guacamole and Salsa Bowls.  Only $10.00 each.

Guacamole and Salsa Bowls

Guacamole and Salsa Bowls

 https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=161 and https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=160.  

 

We’re testing and researching some new products so stay tuned.

 

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As you get ready for what’s on your calendar for fall and beyond, remember only you hold the map and can make as many stops and detours as you wish along the way.  Safe travels and we look forward to seeing you down the road.

 

 

Disaster Preparedness Tips from RV Space Savers Tips and Ideas

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Labor Day signals the end of summer and boy is it true in Western Washington.  Trees have been turning their gold, oranges and reds since mid August and oh so beautiful but oh I’m not ready for summer to be over!fall I’m sure that has some meaning for the winter to come.  It means the kids and grandkids back to school and fall sports and of course football.  It means Rver’s are thinking about their trips heading south whether a snowbird or living full time in your RV, we all want to be out of the winter weather.

 

Reader TIP:  September is Disaster Preparedness Month and this guest article was shared by   Kathryn, a reader who spent 30+ years as a Disaster  Specialist for the Red Cross.  It is a great article and thanks Kathryn for sharing all this good information

 

Disaster Preparedness Month

Disaster Preparedness Month

“I was sitting here thinking about all the horrid storms and thought perhaps my 38+ years of being a Disaster Specialist for the Red Cross might be able to help those who are in the line of fire or who could become in the line of fire, or in this case not fire, but tornado’s and the horrible storms.
Please make sure that you have the following: 1. Water is the most major of all of our needs. Place at least 10 gallons in the trunk of your car, fill the tub to the brim and keep it full as it seeps into the drain. (Remember the liquid in all canned foods will also help with thirst.) 2. If you have a small “camping” propane stove – – get it out where you can grab it and make sure you have extra bottles of propane for it. (If you must evacuate quickly put it in the trunk of your car) 3. Dehydrated food is good to have – – but only if you have enough water to fix it! 4. Canned Tuna and Salmon will give you protein. 5. Peanut Butter & Crackers are excellent, Trail Mix, Oatmeal bars, Granola Bars, Hershey Bars (Hershey chocolate is the purest of all chocolates giving immediate energy) Gator Aid replaces lost electrolytes lost during stress.
6. Blankets and Rain Gear are so important. 7. Jewelry, Money, Guns and above all: Your prescription medication, glasses or contacts any important documents that are in your home not in your safety deposit box NEED TO BE WITH YOU! 8. Be sure to have some “kitchen size” trash bags. These work for so many things – – not the least is you have a port-a-pot (don’t forget to include potty paper in the trunk of your car) 9. A Weather Radio if it is battery operated, extra batteries, there are also “crank” ones that are great to have.
10. Pet food for you animal children along with a bowl for their water. Hold them close to you, they do not know what is going on and like a child they are SCARED and need to be comforted by you. 11. If you have small children, make sure their “favorite” thing is with you- – -stuffed animal, pillow, blanket. 12. A shovel, hatchet or ax, cigarette lighters (even if you don’t smoke) Now lets discuss your First Aid Kit: Make sure to in close the following: Gauze Pads 4″x4″ (they are the best since they fold to smaller sizes) Antibiotic salve, Surgical Tape, Band aids, several old wash cloths, Quart and Gallon Zip Lock bags (these will work as surgical gloves as a “blood barrier”) Aspirin or Tylenol. Last but not least (and yes, I know it sounds silly) Sanitary Napkins, heavy ones, they are the best “pressure pack” in case of sever bleeding. I know we are all used to having our cell phones and 911 is only a second away. However, if the cell towers are down or if everyone is trying to use them at the same time 911 will not and cannot work. Therefore, it is imperative that you be able to care for your family and those around you who need help. * It is Important if you are returning to a Flooded Home to Remember God Did NOT CREATE ANY CREATURE THAT CANNOT SWIM — THIS INCLUDES SNAKES !! THEREFORE DO NOT REACH WHERE YOU CANNOT SEE — THE TOP OF A REFRIGERATOR IS AN EXAMPLE !

Not only am a Disaster Specialist, but have taught Survival Courses, Emergency Preparedness, Advanced First Aid, along with EMT and Para Medic Courses.

I hope these hints will help anyone who is in need. God’s Blessings to each and all.”

 

TIP: Join RVillage…it’s free and fun.  A great place to connect with other RVer’s, belong to like-minded groups and schedule get togethers  when in an area.  You can even Sell your RV on the site, there’s a blog and a place for you to update where you are staying and see who else may be in the same park.  Check it out at http://www.rvillage.com/pages.  Once you have joined click on the GOLD tab to see if you’d like to become a GOLD member.

TIP:  21 Uses for Windex.  This certainly has a place in your RV.

Many Uses for Windex

Many Uses for Windex

http://upstairsdownstairscleaning.com/21-unusual-uses-windex-fun-extras/.  

On Sale:  Since I have not put out a newsletter for a month to remind you of the sale we will extend the sale of the Guacamole and Salsa Bowls through the month of September.  

Guacamole and Salsa Bowls

Guacamole and Salsa Bowls

These make great gifts as well as being fun for your 4 p.m. cocktail get togethers.  Both for only $20.00 plus shipping.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=160.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=161

 

 

Great Places to Visit:  

Coast Hwy 101

Coast Hwy 101

This is such a gorgeous area in our country and I thought this article was a great resource for anyone who wants to make this trip. No matter where along the route you pick it up the scenery is spectacular.   http://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/driving-101-unbeatable-west-coast-road-trip?

Remember to enjoy the journey and you do hold the map so make it as spectacular as possible.  Until next time.  Safe and Happy Travels.

 

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

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

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

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

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and tell your friends about it and that they too can receive it in their Inbox.  We love hearing from you our readers so please contact us with any tips, ideas, questions, places to visit, how you use our products or things you would like to see in the newsletter.

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

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

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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

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

TIP from reader:  

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

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

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

Fridge liners

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Guacamole Bowl

Salsa Bowl

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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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.