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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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We are happy to see the Thousand Trails in Palm Desert much fuller than it’s been.  Lots of our Canadian friends have not made the trek south this year and we are missing them.  I hear that other parks in the Palm Springs area are getting more RV’s as well now that the holidays are over.  Mid-January, February and March are by far the busiest months in the Coachella Valley with several high profile golf tournaments going on, polo and tennis tournaments and folks coming back from their stay in the desert around Quartzsite.  Reports are about 100,000 visitors to the RV  Show with a smaller tent and fewer vendors.  In its prime, Quartzsite had over 750,000 visitors in the winter.  Sadly attendance is down at most rallies and shows across the country. For the most part those showing up now don’t live fulltime in their RV but are what many call snowbirds.

We hope everyone back east in the path of the storm is warm, safe and dry.  It looks like a nasty one so please be safe out there everyone.

TIP:  Cream of Tarter  Many of us still have Cream of Tarter in our spice cabinets and use it to make egg whites frothy when making meringue.

Cream of Tarter

But did you know it has lots of other uses as well?

1. Clean Aluminum Cookware. If your pots and pans are looking a little worse for the wear, try cleaning them with a paste of cream of tartar and water. Apply on the stains and wash as usual.

2. Clean Your Bathroom. Stained tub, sink or toilet? Don’t reach for harsh commercial cleaners. Instead, make a thick paste of cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the stain. Let the paste dry fully before wiping clean.

3. Clean Stainless Steel and Other Metal Appliances. Polish your stainless steel and small metal appliances with a paste of water and cream of tartar.

 

4. DIY Baking Powder. If you’ve run out of baking powder, combine 1 part baking soda with 2 parts cream of tartar — it’s pretty much the same thing as baking powder. This is an especially good trick for people on gluten-free diets; many commercial baking powders contain gluten.

5. DIY “Play-Dough.” Do the little ones in your life love sculpting with Play-dough? Make your own with this great no-cook recipe.

6. Remove Clothing Spots. Cream of tartar is a fantastic alternative to harmful bleach. Make a paste out of cream of tartar and lemon juice and apply to the stain. Let it soak for about 20 minutes and then throw it in the wash.

7. Rehab Scratched Dishes. Make your dishes good as new by rubbing a paste of water and cream of tartar onto the scratch marks. Rinse clean.

8. Repel Ants. A paste made of cream of tartar and vinegar works wonders for repelling ants around the house.

Here is a link to more uses. http://www.mrsjanuary.com/simple-living/cream-of-tartar-uses/.

And here is another handy tip:  When Cream of Tarter is on your list check out craft and kitchen stores, you may be able to buy it cheaper than at the supermarket.

Question:  What kind of heat do you have in your RV?  Ours is propane and we try hard to use it as little as possible.  Some mornings we turn it on to take the chill off before the sun warms the RV.  I have read several articles about which is cheaper when you are paying for both power and propane.  What do you do?  Do you use an electric heater?  We have a small one that we can use if we have 50 AMP service but we also had an “Extend-a-Stay” installed so we can use an extra propane bottle if we are on 30 AMP.

NEW PRODUCTS: Have you heard of huckleberries?  Have you tasted them?  Huckleberries grow wild in the Northwest and are similar to a blueberry but much smaller,  are a deeper color of a blue/red and range between tart to sweet.

Wild Huckleberry Plant

They are smaller than blueberries and take much longer to pick.  We absolutely love them and it’s fun to pick them in the mountains. We are now carrying a few huckleberry products so check them out at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=41.  Right now we have Huckleberry Jam, honey, syrup, Gummy bears and  taffy.  I love the jam and syrup on pancakes, toast, french toast, and cheesecake just to name a few.  Mike loves the gummy bears and taffy.  We will be adding more products in a few days.  Try some on your morning toast or pancakes or some honey in a cup of tea or on a biscuit.  A real treat.

Great Places To Visit: Many of you are in the Phoenix, Mesa area and there are some wonderful things to see.

Arizona

Here is a link to 10 Day Trips From Phoenix. http://visitarizona.com/experience-and-share/arizona-insider/10-arizona-day-trips-from-phoenix.  You may want to check them out.  Sent in by Jan.

As always we love hearing from you and hope you will continue to send in your tips and ideas as well as Great Places to Visit. And would love to hear if you have other things you would like to see in the newsletter.

Until next week we wish you all safe travels and happy trails.

 

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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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