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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.

 

 

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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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.

 

 

Happy Easter from RV Space Savers

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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.

 

 


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Since yesterday was a travel day for us and there was some issue with the blog site, I am a day late with the newsletter.  We drove from Desert Hot Springs to Las Vegas for the ASD Market.  This is 9 shows all in one where they show products to retailers and what’s new or hot in the market place.  We are attending for the first time so it will be an interesting experience for us.  Many have said it is 4 days of miles and miles of walking and can be quite overwhelming.  With my OCD we went today to get our bearings and try to get our paperwork so I could mark all the places we definitely wanted to check out for new products.  Well that didn’t turn out so hot…they claim the program books haven’t even arrived in Vegas yet and won’t be available until tomorrow morning when the show starts!  You all know how well I do in disorganization so probably we’ll spend some time in the morning once we arrive at the show getting things organized so we aren’t running back and forth. Many of you may have seen, been in or driven by the Las Vegas Convention Center and know how huge it is.  The center includes more than 2 million square feet of exhibitor space!

Las Vegas Convention Center

Here is an overview of the floor plan.  Now you know why I want to be organized!  Thankfully we won’t have to go to all the areas since some are things of no interest.  I’m sure we’ll have tired feet every night!

 

 

 

New Tips:  I shared a couple of tips on our Facebook page this week that I thought wuld be  great to include in the newsletter.

U.S. Map

Tip One: I loved this idea and so many of us have those maps somewhere in our RV’s of the states we have visited.  What wonderful memories this would bring and could even be done if you were spending time in one state and visiting several places within a state.  You could start a notebook with a state map and photos of each place that was especially memorable to you.

 

Tip Two:  Install a small towel bar (can be one with suction cups) against a wall to hold shampoo, lotions etc., if you are short on cabinet space.

Towel bar

This idea would also work in the kitchen to hold spices if you have a small area of counter space or you could

Wooden Spice Rack

purchase a wooden spice rack and hang it on the wall.

 

 

 

New Products:  Coming Soon: Huckleberry Pancake Mix, Muffin Mix and Scone Mix.  We now have these products which are great with our huckleberry honey, jam and syrup.  I hope to have them all on the website this coming week for you to order.  Not only are they a delicious treat to share with your special someone but make a great gift.

Great Places to Visit:  Can you help?  One of our readers is driving up the Oregon Coast and looking for good RV Parks and great places to stop and visit.  Please let me know if you have special ideas.  Since most of the coastline are state parks I have already given them that idea and since we are Thousand Trails members, those are the parks we choose to stay in so would love to give them some other ideas.

27 Florida Destinations You May Not Know About.  

Florida Caverns State Park

For those of you wintering in Florida or are planning a trip there here is a list of some Gems you may not have known about.  http://photos.orlandoweekly.com/27-beautiful-florida-destinations-you-probably-didnt-know-existed/?slide=1&ancient-spanish-monastery-via-ludmilacc.  

Looks like some gorgeous out of the way places worth a look.

 

We held a couple of Space Saving seminars last week at some parks in Desert Hot Springs and have a couple more scheduled when we’re back in that area.  No matter where we go, it is a topic everyone seems to have a lot of interest in whether living in an RV or a park model.  If you know of any parks that may be interested in our seminars, please let us know and if you have attended any of our seminars please speak with the Recreation Director or Park Manager about booking us for these free seminars.

We are sending prayers to all those RVer’s caught in the horrible storms in the southeast.  The photos were absolutely devastating and our hearts go out to them all.  Please everyone stay safe out there. Until next time.  Gail, Mike and CoCo.

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day Tips & Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.  The weather is warming up in the Coachella Valley with day time temperatures in the mid-80’s.  This was what we had been waiting for when it was in the low 30’s at night!   

President Obama arrives in the valley today for 4 days so traffic on the west end of the valley will be a nightmare and no place to be.  According to the news there will be lots of folks lining the travel route to catch a glimpse of the President and of course those who are protesting a variety of issues.  A good place to be as far away from as possible!

TIP:  A great tip for your Special Valentine!  This is one of the easiest tips I think I have ever posted and doesn’t save space but sure saves time!  The park was hosting a Pool Party and we were all to bring a dish to share.  I happened to be at Costco and saw a vanilla cheesecake that I thought would be fun to make my own.  I had some caramel which I heated and added at least 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt.  I let that cool then poured over the top of the cheesecake then sprinkled it with lightly sea salted roasted almonds that I had chopped in the Salsa Maker

Salsa Maker

(one of my very favorite products and used to be called an Herb & Veggie Chopper https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=131 ).  I chilled in the refrigerator overnight so the caramel was set but not hard.  It was a huge hit!  Everyone wanted to know what it was and who made it…and it was the only dessert that was completely gone at the end of the potluck.  So if you need a new idea give this a try.

Tip from Danise:  Have been taking a free cooking class offered/sponsored by the federal govt.  It’s always interesting to get new info/ideas &/or reinforce what one already sort of knows.  As a result of something that I learned I went on to the internet.  It concerned taking care of your knives and choosing good cutting boards.  The site recommends a bamboo for fruits/veggies, and a plastic one for meats.  Glass is very hard on knife blades.  Also recommends oiling whatever wooden board you have, using food quality mineral oil.  Great tips Danise.  It is so important to use different boards for meat, fish and chicken than you do for fruit and veggies.

Product Sale:  While supplies last.  The following 3 items are on sale while supplies last for only $5.00 each.  

Small spatula  Regularly $6.00

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=105

 

Medium spatula  Regularly $7.00

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=106

Truetap double hinged Corkscrew Regularly $7.00  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=110

Please Note: The Utensils that have been on sale are gone.  Thank you for your orders.

Great Places to Visit:  Groom Cross.   I wanted to add a note about another wonderful place to visit.  If you are traveling east on I-40 through Texas, you should take time for a stop in Groom, TX.  There is a giant cross that stands 193 feet high, and can be seen from 5 miles away on the Interstate.  We have been there twice now.  Besides the giant cross, you will find the stations of the cross, a tribute to aborted babies, a depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and the last Supper.  There is a very beautiful grotto, and an incredible gift shop on the site.  There is also a theater where you can watch a short video that is very moving.  It is well worth the time you will spend there.  Thanks Jim & Sue.  It looks like a wonderful place to visit.  Here is a link to more information. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/12568

That’s all for this time.  Safe and happy travels everyone.  We love hearing from you with your tips and ideas.  Contact us at rvspacesavers.com.

 

 

 

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Good morning from Sunny Desert Hot Springs.  We are under a high wind warning this afternoon through tomorrow evening with rain expected shortly.  Our window looks out on Big Bear Mountain which is white but this morning we can see the storm coming over the mountains.  Winds could have gusts of 70 MPH and we’re hoping they don’t hit.  One of the benefits/disadvantages of living in an RV!  Last night we enjoyed a gorgeous desert sunset which we can see so much better being out at Desert Pools RV Park.

Desert Sunset.

We really enjoy it here and is an RPI Park for us.  It has a nice pool and 3 hot pools of different temperatures from the hot springs in the area.

TIP:  Speaking of pools.  I posted this tip several years ago but it is worth a repeat.

Chlorine is not good for your swim wear.  Also read this article on great tips on how to remove the harsh chemicals used in pools.  http://www.wikihow.com/Protect-Your-Bathing-Suit-from-Pool-Chemicals. 

TIP from a Reader: 

Many of us have the thin nylon cutting mats. 

Cutting boards

They are easy to store and light weight.  Just attended a cooking class where these were used, but they put an 8 X 8 or so piece of that rubber drawer/shelf liner that we use in our RVs under these sheets to prevent slipping and sliding. How clever!  

Rubber shelf liner

Another use for the same piece of the rubber “fabric” is under mixing bowls, either glass or metal.  Thanks Danise…great tips. Here are some other great uses for the rubber shelf liner.  http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf585365.tip.html 

We had several replies to our question on how you heat your RV.  Most use a small electric heater when possible and some have fireplaces that take the chill off.  Everyone tries to use as little propane as possible.  We have found a huge price variation of propane as we travel and do everything we can to conserve.  We have a NuWave cooktop and are thinking seriously of getting a NuWave Oven.  We have heard they work well.  Our only hesitation is where to store it when not in use!  Do any of you have one and where do you store them?

Product Sale:  All the following tools are normally $8.00 each.  On sale while supplies $6.00 each

Nylon

Built-in tool stand to keep tool head off counter

Hangs on side of pan

Heat resistant to 450 degrees

BPA Free tested

Solid spoon…https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=120.

Scoop ‘n Drain…https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=123.

All Purpose Turner…https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=121.

Squeege Turner...https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=122

Great Places To Visit: Steamboat Arabia in Kansas City, Missouri.  We visited this amazing museum several years ago on a trip through the Midwest.

Steamboat Arabia

It is a MUST SEE if you are in the area.  Here is a great story in Roadtreking America about the story of the steamboat and its discovery. Thanks for the great article Mike.   http://roadtreking.com/steamship-arabia/.  Also another link with information http://1856.com/.   At the time we visited there were still over a million artifacts in storage to clean and put in the museum.

 

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The first RV Rally is in the books for 2016.  We just finished 3 days at the WHMA Rally in Indio, CA. We always enjoy seeing friends and the other vendors we haven’t seen for a few months.  Attendance at the rally was down as were the number of vendors.  Here are some photos of our booth (lots of great response to our new booth set-up) and of one of my seminars which were both well attended.

Visitors at the RV Space Savers Booth

 

Giving an RV Space Saving Tips & Ideas Seminar

Our dear friends Joyce and Jim helped in the booth as well as with my seminars.

We had a couple of down pours while setting up but the days the exhibitors were open were sunny and dry although a little cool.

Snow surrounding the hills in the Palm Springs area January 2016

There was snow on all the high hills around the Palm Springs area.

Have lots of great tips to share from attendees and that I have received by email.

TIPS:  One of the tips from the seminars.  We were discussing Bounce Dryer Sheets to dissolve the bugs off windshields and an attendee states that she wraps the dryer sheet around a sponge with a green scrubbie and

Sponge with scrubbie

when she runs into a really tough bug splatter she just turns the sponge over and has the scrubbie side to use.  Just make certain that if you use the Bounce Dryer Sheet on paint, you rinse your rig really well.

Another great TIP from an audience member:  She uses a divided carousel pill holder to hold up to 30 pairs of pierced earrings

Divided pill carousel for earrings

which has a lid so is easy to store and takes up very little space.

I so love how willing Rver’s are to share things that work for  them.  Another attendee shares that they use 3 pound Folger coffee containers in their basements for small items.  And another shared the tip of keeping cords corralled in toilet tissue holders.  And one of my favorites:  a customer who has 5 Produce Keepers

Produce Keeper

that she says are all in use all the time!  I have 3 that are in use at all times but she really puts them to good use.  And I am always amazed by the things that people put in them besides the items listed on the pamphlet that is enclosed.

TIPS from Readers: Marilu uses her Onion Keeper for a garlic keeper and says it works great.  Janice uses the microwave Rice Cooker for pasta as well as rice and Marilu makes Coconut Rice in hers.  And this from Danise:

1 quart of milk is not enough for us between shopping trips, but 1/2 gal.was a bit too much.   I frequently had to discard a cup or so as it spoiled.   When I got info that Organic milk lasted longer, I tried it, and that is so true.   Organic milk lasts significantly longer, so the higher cost is offset by the amount of pasteurized milk that I was discarding.

In the short newsletter I sent out just before Christmas, I asked the question if you decorated your RV for the holidays and if so how and where did you store the decorations during the year.  Danise reports: “One RV park I heard about in Southern Calif or somewhere warm let their people decorate their sites.  Those who wanted to ,left the décor up if they left fairly soon after Christmas, or donated to the park and the park stored lots of stuff.   The next year it became available to whoever was there and wanted to decorate so the park was pretty thru the season and no one had to carry stuff the rest of the year.  A little different, but workable for them.”  I thought this was a great idea and wish more parks would do this. We decorated more than usual as 2 of our 3 kids and their families were coming to southern California to spend Christmas with us so I wanted things more festive than usual.  I bought 2 wreaths that I ended up giving away as we just didn’t have room to store them since we carry our products with us to be able to ship out for website orders.

NEW PRODUCTS:  No new products this week  However we will be back at the College of the Desert Street Fair in Palm Desert starting this weekend and are showcasing some new products which I will talk about next week.  Stay tuned for something totally different.

Great Places To Visit:  Tear of Grief also known as Tear Drop Memorial and To The Struggle Against World Terrorism.   51 Port Terminal Blvd, Bayonne, NJ  This is a 10 story sculpture that was given to the United States by the Russian Government as a memorial for the September 11th and 1993 World Trade Center bombing victims.  It was dedicated on September 11, 2006.  You can read more about it  at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_the_Struggle_Against_World_Terrorism.  Many people do not remember this ever happening or that there was much media coverage about it.  Submitted by Sue and Jim…thanks.

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Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish Friends.

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

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

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

New Product:  Splatter Guard 

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

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

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

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

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Have a great week and please pray for San Bernadino.