RV Space Saving Tips from RV Space Savers

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As I write this newsletter today, we are traveling down I-5 to Fresno to attend my uncle’s memorial service.  He would have been 95 years old in October, was a WWII Vet and the patriarch of our family, loved and missed by many.  Sadly we are quietly losing the “greatest generation” and no one seems to be paying attention.  It would be nice if the media reported something positive for a change and recognized these heros rather than filling the airwaves with the latest Hollywood or deflategate scandal!  Memories of wonderful times spent with him remind me of all the changes he would have seen in his lifetime!  As I sit here in the truck writing this newsletter while Mike drives, I have a computer plugged into a 110 outlet in the dash all connected by a hotspot on my smart phone while the GPS is giving us directions!   Who had a clue  that just a few years ago there would be all these things to keep us so connected! I cant help but wonder what things will be like when we’re 95!  What will our RV’s look like?  Will more and more people be living in an rv, will there be many more ways to save space.  What will happen to fuel prices and how will our RV’s be powered?  What will happen to the tiny house movement?  Even with that movement, we will still need space savers and have products that we can use in multiple ways.  Lots of things to reflect on in our ever changing world.

Summertime tip:  Carry a collapsible cooler in your car to keep groceries cool on these hot days.  There are many kinds on the market.  Do a Google search and you will be amazed at all the different collapsible and space saving coolers there are to choose from..  We also take along some ice packs to help if we’re not going right home or have quite a distance to go between the market and the RV.

Another great tip:  More and more supermarkets are doing away with plastic bags and asking you to bring your own or pay for paper. These are great little mesh bags that take up very little space, are easy to carry and to wash.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=15.  And please keep those reusable shopping bags washed.  Here is an article well worth reading.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/06/reusable-grocery-bag-germs/4341739/.

One more tips I need to share this week:  Since it is sweet corn season in a lot of the country, here is a quick and easy way to cook and husk it.  https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&sqi=2&ved=0CDsQtwIwA2oVChMIgL-w9oiBxwIVCDiICh2dQgsv&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DU10MkdbzS54&ei=zCi5VYCpJYjwoASdha34Ag&usg=AFQjCNH-aYOFsnMnOCtPNiikGRxN0VkvVw&bvm=bv.99028883,d.cGU.  This is the way I always cook it and this really works. Absolutely no silk left on the ear!   Be sure to have a pot holder or glove that can stand the heat as it is VERY HOT when it comes out of the microwave. I use this silicone glove which is heat resistant to 600 degrees. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=84.  Sadly our supplier has quit making these and I only have 2 left.

Trips, Places To See, Things To Do:  Having grown up in agriculture as kids, one of our favorite things to do as we travel is talk to growers, farmers and ranchers.  We do this in a variety of ways.  1) We love Farmers Markets and enjoy talking to the farmers who sell their produce.  2)  If we’re out driving around the area, we stop and  visit with them in the fields for a few minutes and 3) Our favorite is to call the County Extension Agent in the county we are staying in and find out what crops grow in the area and where we can get up close and personal with the farmers, ranchers and producers. Most people in agriculture are more than happy to educate us on how they grow their products and it is very interesting.  We have learned about so many things in our travels from growing, harvesting and packing avocados to growing and harvesting peanuts, cotton and sugarcane, just a few of the fun visits we have had.  Give it a try and let me know what you have learned.  You can always contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com

Your tips:  Helen sent in this tip…Mount a magnetic board or paint the inside of your cabinet door with magnetic paint…put spices in small metal cans and hang on door. And  speaking of tips…as we have continued to discuss the square clear plastic containers Joni.and Chris sent in these photos of how they repurpose those containers.

Great job Joni and Chris!  Love your organization!  Thanks for sharing.

 

 

We hope you are all enjoying your summer and hope you will share your tips and ideas so we can share them with others.  Also if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

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Tips for Your RV from RV Space Savers

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Good Morning

We hope you are enjoying your summer travels or your summer home if you have a home you go back to in the summer.  Living in an RV is a fun experience and no matter what kind of RV we have, we all need to save space and weight.  It is important to most of us that there is a place for everything and everything has a place.  I know as we sit for a month or more, it seems as though we bring in things that we have not found that special place for so when it is time to be on the road again, it is important to find that storage space.

A couple of ideas that Rver’s use is: 1) If you bring something in, something else has to go out!  And 2)  After sitting in one place for a month or more, go through all the cabinets, drawers, doors, etc., (this goes for you guys as well in the basements).  It is amazing the things you find that you really don’t use or just haven’t kept those storage areas as organized as you do when you’re traveling and know you have to keep things straight to find things.  Try them both and see what works best for you.  It may be a combination of both.  Or do you have another idea?  If so, please share it at rvspacesavers@gmail.com and I will add it to an upcoming newsletter.

One of my favorite tips:

Mr. Clean Erasers really are magic!

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.  They can be used to clean so many things and areas and best of all they are almost weightless and pack a mighty punch of cleaning power in a great space saving product.  One of the many things I use them for is to clean off the smudges left by bottles and cans inside the fridge.  Here is a whole list of things they can do.  https://www.mrclean.com/cleanbook/magic-erasers-101

 

Another great space saving and organizing tips:

Small towel bar

A simple towel rod which can be used to corral many different things  and all depending on what and where you plan to use them, you can possibly use a spring loaded curtain rod to do the same without having to screw in a towel bar. Lots of Rver’s use the spring loaded rods to keep things in the fridge while traveling.

  We also use them in the bedroom closet to keep things on the shelves.  Here’s a bunch more ideas.  http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com/2015/06/11-ways-to-organize-with-towel-rods.html

A new product we are absolutely love is this Grill Racket.  We use it to make pizzas, kabobs, burgers, fish, shrimp, ham, steak tacos, you name it on the grill.  Keeps the mess outside and from heating up the inside on hot summer days.

 No more things falling through the grill! It is a non stick racket and so easy to use and clean up is fast.  Many of us had those little baskets but this works so much better it is amazing.  Check it out at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=37&product_id=149

This week on Things to Do and Places To See:  North Cascades National Park is an amazing drive in the summer.  You can’t beat the scenery and there are 3 dams on the river to stop and visit as well

Diablo Dam Can you believe the color of the water!

as a couple of power houses, a boat tour on Diablo Lake or even stay at the Ross Lake Resort. The color of the water is mind blowing and is caused by the grinding of rock against rock producing a fine silt called “rock flour” which reacts to the light and causes the blue-green color.  Here are some great links: http://www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm;  http://www.seattle.gov/light/tours/skagit/;  http://rosslakeresort.com/

Customer tip:  Last week I shared the tip about storing dry dog food in square nut containers from Carol.  I received an email from Marijke who also uses those same containers for staples because they are square and she comments…something I learned from you at your seminar in Gillette!  Thanks Marijke.

Speaking of Marijke and Gillette…It’s a Small World after all!  While we were parked at the Thousand Trails Park in Palm Springs this winter, a couple was backing in beside us and getting set up.  The woman said “I know you…you give seminars on saving space!”  She called her husband and said this is the gal who gives seminars on space saving tips and ideas, he said “yes you taught us to roll all our clothes and I still do that!”  Made me smile. 🙂

New tip from a seminar attendee:  We write where we are camped on a dry eraser board in the car asking someone to rescue our dogs  if we should be in an accident & dogs are in the MH…Sue & Jim

If you have a tip to share, please write to us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com

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RV Tips from RV Space Savers

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I want to apologize for not keeping up with our newsletter. This living in an RV is one of the most incredible experiences of our life and I am always searching for space saving ideas to solve our own issues or those others have asked me about in seminars and by email. It’s amazing how life and health get in the way, then traveling and rallies and just life in general.  I have vowed to get back to our weekly newsletter as I hear from so many how much you enjoy it.

Our year started out as a busy one.  In January we had a booth at the FMCA Rally in Indio, CA where I gave 2 seminars.  Then on to Phoenix for the Good Sam/Camping World Rally where I gave a seminar and reportedly had the largest attendance of any seminar they have ever had at any rally they have ever held.  From there it was on to Tucson for the Escapade where I was able to give one seminar with the room overflowing.  Had a little rest then it was back to Pomona for the big FMCA Rally the end of March where I gave 2 seminars.  Many, many thanks to our dear friends Marilu and John Neally who helped us at the rallies.  We couldn’t have done it without them!

Not all tips I share are necessarily “space saving” but tips that work for those of us living in an RV, whether full or part time or just vacationing.

Here are a couple of great and useful tips for everyone.

Pledge Furniture Polish is not only great for dusting all the surfaces in your RV.  Don’t you wonder how all that dust gets in? 🙂  It is also great for keeping the seals in your toilet pliable and the toilet bowl is much easier to keep clean.  We spray our toilet at least twice a day.  An added bonus is that hubby hasn’t had to use that drain valve lube since.  Several of the last cans I bought the sprayers quit working so I love this new design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Separating egg yolks is so easy with this method and I have used it in many of my seminars.  https://video-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hvideo-xpt1/v/t42.1790-2/11755267_10154034396128761_1031390353_n.mp4?efg=eyJybHIiOjMwMCwicmxhIjo1MTJ9&rl=300&vabr=131&oh=9d031aa3dd27c2a301b598181a953d73&oe=55A81880.

And speaking of eggs…this Omelet Maker is so easy to use in the microwave with very little cleanup.  Add a little milk or water to your eggs as you beat them and they will be fluffy.  I love to add chopped ham, green pepper, red onion and grape tomatoes to my omelet and I saute them a few minutes before adding them.  It is only $6.00 plus shipping.

A quick and easy meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Places To Visit

This spring after the rallies were over in the southwest, we took our time coming up the southern and central California coast and if this is not something you have done, be sure to put it on your bucket list with lots of time to explore.  While we saw many, many amazing things, too many to list, one of very favorite’s was the drive on Hwy 1 Big Sur in central California.  While it is not a great distance from Monterey there are so many places to stop and enjoy the incredible ocean views, it pretty much takes a full day.  And of course the trip would not be complete without a stop at Pfeiffer Beach which really is a purple sand beach.  The sand gets it color from manganese garnet deposits in the rocks around the secluded cove.  It is poorly marked so when you get close be sure to stop and ask the locals for directions.

Point Lobos Beach just south of Carmel.

The purple sand at Pfeiffer Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

Just in time for harvest.

Have never seen such huge artichokes…watched them being harvested.

 

And of course while we were south we made it to lots of Farmer’s Markets to enjoy the bounty of whatever was being harvested.  One of our very favorite’s is the Old town Temecula Market.  Once we are back in Western Washington and it is berry season, we haunt any market close enough to get our fill of the delicious Washington berries.

Lots of beautiful Washington berries. Never seen such big blueberries.

Never realized there were so many different colors of beets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have places that you have visited that you would like to share with others, please email us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com with photos and descriptions and we’ll share them with others.

We have a couple of groups on Facebook you might like to join that are great for travelers.

Trips, Places to See, Things to Do is a group listed by state and things there are to see and do in each state.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/291056790996931/.

RV Pet Care Reviews  is a group for those of us who travel with pets and lists vets, groomers, day care, etc. as well as articles regarding pets.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1426372777582694/

And of course if you haven’t already liked our Facebook page RV Space Savers, please do so.  https://www.facebook.com/RVSpaceSavers.  I am always posting things of interest to Rver’s.

Tip from a fellow Rver:  Use the clear plastic nut containers (from Costco or Sam’s Club) to hold dry pet food.  Stays fresh longer and you can always see when you are running low.  Thanks Carol.  Also a great recycling tip!

And remember RV Space Savers is a proud supporter of the Military.  A portion of every sale is donated to help military families.