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things in both the fridge and freezer and get rid of things that we had forgotten and had become freezer burned or out of date.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.