RV Space Savers Tips and Ideas

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Beach or the MountainsWhere do you love to spend your summers?  I love the beach and Mike loves the mountains so we spend time doing both.  To me there is nothing more relaxing than listening to the waves crash up on the beach.  To Mike the smell of clean, fresh air and no people are his ‘go to’ place.  Do you and your traveling companion have a favorite place to relax and renew?

August brings hot days to much of the country including the Northwest.  We have ‘heat warnings’ this week which is unusual for this area.    Once August rolls around, many of us are starting to plan and making reservations on where we will spend the winter. Sadly it also brings fire dangers across the west..  According to the USDA Forest Service as of today there are 32 uncontained large fires  in the west. https://fsapps.nwcg.gov/  So be very careful out there and be sure to check out any area you plan to visit.

Important Tip:  With all the crazy weather happening all across the country, now is a good time to review your emergency plan.  And if you don’t have one promise yourself you will make one today!  Also do you have your ‘bug-out’ or ‘ditch’ bag made and ready to grab in a moments notice?  We have discussed this in many seminars and I hope you downloaded a copy from the website for reference. I have read several times that you need to be able to evacuate within 10 minutes…could you do it?  What is most important to grab IF you have time to grab anything?  In my book Keep Your Small Space from Bulging at the Seams there are a couple of great articles written by readers Danise and Kathryn on Emergency procedures and plans so if you don’t have your copy, you should order it today.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=177.  Another great tip from Danise.

A Great Beach Tip: Here are some great ideas to enjoy a day at the beach.  A few things prepared ahead will make it more enjoyable and cleanup much easier.  1) Line the trunk of the car with an old sheet, a shower curtain or plastic table cloth that you’ve picked up at the Dollar Store.  When you get home just grab all four corners and lift out of the trunk and the mess is gone.  2) Put another shower curtain or table cloth under your beach blanket which will keep the sand from getting embedded in the blanket or towel.  3)  Take lots of sunscreen and apply it often.  4)  Wear a hat that covers your face, ears and neck.  5) Use a mesh beach bag so the sand falls through.  6) Invest in a pair of beach shoes so if the beach is rocky, you can still wade in the water.  7)  If you are a shell collector like I am, take a mesh produce bag to put your finds in so the sand sifts out…when you get them home, rinse the sand off and soak them in a mixture of bleach and water for several hours or cover with toothpaste and let them sit several hours or over night.  Then take an old soft toothbrush to clean them off, rinse well and let dry.  Next rub them with a little mineral oil to give them a shine.  A fun and small memento of your day at the beach and the best part of it all…none of these things take up much room in your RV.  I have Mike drill a hole in them and hang them on our little tree at Christmas.

 

Easy and time saving TIP:  Don’t have anywhere to hang those clothes as they come out of the dryer?  Purchase a flange at the hardware store along with a 12 inch piece of pipe that will screw into the flange and a rubber end for the flange.  Hang the flange in a handy place close to the dryer and when doing laundry screw the pipe into the flange for a great place to hang those shirts, etc as they come out of the dryer and to cool down.  When finished with the laundry, be sure to unscrew the pipe and store beside the washer/dryer. *Taken from a post by Deedee Pearce on Facebook.

As I told you last week, I am starting a redecorating project in our motor home.  I decided to start first in the bathroom but want a continuous look throughout so colors, fabrics and styles will all compliment each other. This is a before photo.  I have now removed the old border, installed Smart Tiles from Home Depot and primed with the Gardz primer I told you about last week.  I am now waiting for the fabric samples to finalize my paint color.  Eventually the cabinets will be painted white but that will come as I have time.  Our vintage, 2004 has gold and brass metal and rather then replace what can be (lights and towel bars) and what can’t (the shower surround) I am opting to use a product called Rub ‘n Buff in silver. It is easy to use and I did the light fixture yesterday.  I still need to buff it to a shine but we put the bulbs back in as it got dark so will finish it up today. As I continue with the process i will keep you posted and if you have any questions, please email me at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

When in San Francisco  we had some amazing food.  I gave you one of them in last week’s newsletter  and here is another that is super and healthy besides. Fried Brussel Sprouts/Cauliflower/Bacon.

I used the Safety paring knives https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=69   to slice the sprouts in half and cube the bacon.  I used the slicer/mandolin to slice the cauliflower. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=175  Saute the bacon first in a frying pan until crisp.  Remove and reserve.  In the drippings saute the sprouts and cauliflower until slightly brown then cover to steam until al dente.  Season with sea salt and toss with the bacon using the fiskie. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=150  Serve immediately. They served it with ground aleppo pepper which we chose to leave off.  OMG a yummy quick and easy side dish.

And the item I use the very most this time of year during produce season in  the Northwest are the four (yes 4) Collapsible Produce Keepers https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=63  They are all full of yummy fresh produce from Farmers Markets. One with my favorite berries…tayberries, one with small cucumbers that I love to just eat fresh, one with Romaine lettuce and the 4th one with snap peas but I vary what might be in any of them from time to time.  It is so amazing how long things last in the keepers.

Great Places to Visit:  Wings Over Washington…on the Seattle waterfront.  A fun ride that is pretty new to the waterfront.  My kids have done it and say it is better than “Soaring” the Disneyland ride. http://www.wingsoverwa.com/  And while you’re downtown be sure to drive just north to the Ballard area and shop at the  Purple Store!  I haven’t been yet but sounds like a fun place to visit! https://www.thepurplestore.com/seattle.shtml.  And a must along the way is the Chihuly Gardens next to the Space Needle.  https://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/.

Do you have recipes to share?  A great place to visit? Tips to share with fellow Rver’s? Know anyone who would be interested in purchasing our business?  We would love to hear from you at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

I thought this was a fun quote about those of us who travel in an RV because we all love the journey and where it takes us.  And our beautiful United States is filled with breathtaking scenery, things to do and people to meet.  Our wish is that someday we meet you in our travels.  I love to meet people who say “Oh I took your seminar in X” or we met in “Y” at a rally or at a potluck in “anywhere USA.”

Until next time travel safe.  Gail and Mike

 

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WOW…how time flies when you’re having fun!  Can’t believe it has been a month since the last newsletter.  I hope everyone is having a great summer.  Here in the Northwest we are having a beautiful summer and frankly after having record rainfall over the winter, we all think we deserve it!  We’ve been spending our summer with family and friends and enjoying our gorgeous weather.  As I’m sure is true with many of you, we are starting to make our plans for fall and winter travel.  When you pick a leave date…my it seems like there is a lot to do between now and then!

We have lots of feelers out to sell our RV Space Savers business.  It is a great opportunity for someone who can physically do it.  It has paid for our travels around the country for the past 5 years.  We have had several inquiries and have put it in God’s hands.  Until that perfect buyer comes along, we will continue it and are making some rally plans so we may see some of you later this fall.  If you know of anyone who might be interested, please pass our contact information along.

  My book is selling well and has been very well received.  Here are just a few comments I’ve had:  The best of the best space saving ideas; love, love, love this book; awesome; buy Gail’s book on ways to save space; where did you learn all these great tips?  Every RV needs your book.  I’m now working on getting it put into an ebook format when I have time.  For now you can order it at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=177.  Only $10.00 plus shipping.

New Products:  We have 2 new products that we are loving.  The first is a Lemon/Lime Slicer which works great in your summer drinks, cocktails and served with fish.  Easy to use and a real time saver.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=176  Only $10.00

And this Adjustable slicer/mandolin makes slicing a breeze.  Slice three different thicknesses in seconds.  It lays flat so is also a real space saver.  I use it for veggies for salads; hors d’oeuvres and raw fried potatoes which are a real treat once in awhile. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=175

Great Tip:  This from our dear friend Danise:  Thanks, as always.

Honey for Cuts…. Its antioxidant properties may help to cleanse and heal.

Potato Peel for burns…. The juices in the potato keep the burn moist.   Cover with a bandage

Duct Tape for a twisted ankle.  To stabilize an ankle (or wrist) wrap the injury with thin strips of tape.

Greek Yogurt for a Sunburn.   The lactic acid works to remove dead skin.  Leave on for 15-20 minutes.

(Here’s my favorite)……. Toothpaste for Bee Stings.   The alkaline tooth paste neutralizes the acid in the bee’s venom.

Another Great Tip:  For those of you who may be thinking about painting the inside of your RV but are scared to death (like us).  I have been visiting with a professional painter because we are going to update and redecorate the inside of our motor home. I plan to paint over some of the wallpaper and use  wainscoting on the bottom half to really brighten it up.  Two of the painter’s brothers are professional wallpaper hangers and use Gardz.  They all three swear by it.  Sadly I had to order it or drive a long way to get it here in Seattle.  I am so anxious to get started.  And I’ll keep you posted along the way how it’s going.

Urgent Tip:  Don’t forget to get your America the Beautiful Park Pass before August 28th.  And even if one of you has it, the other one should get one also.

Yummy recipe:  Jicama and Cucumber Spears

Here is the recipe http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/jicama-and-cucumber-chili-spears-15201.  I did not add the chili powder or cayenne as I don’t like hot but oh what a yummy, refreshing and healthy snack.  Because I love lime, I let mine soak in the lime/salt mixture.  All I used for this was a knife to peel and slice the veggies and the lemon/lime squeezer to squeeze out all the lime juice.  They were served in a tall cup and would be great for a picnic or an hors d’oeuvre.

 

 

Great Places to Visit:  San Francisco and Sausalito

My daughters and I spent a long weekend there last week and the weather was gorgeous and we even got to see the sun set a couple of nights without the fog rolling in before it went down.  We also spent an afternoon walking around Sausalito.  While we needed jackets in SF, it was 20 degrees warmer in Sausalieto and we found a yummy lunch place there called Copita Tequileria y Comida.  The recipe I gave you above is served there and is so refreshing when it is hot.  We also found a great place for dinner in downtown SF called Oola.  It was just blocks from our hotel and the food was amazing…both get 4.5 stars.  We did a 2 day hop on/hop off which included a night tour of the city…so worth it as we got to watch the sunset at the Golden Gate Bridge and see the Bay Bridge lit at night.  Sadly we didn’t get to do Alcatraz as all tours were booked out a month or more.  So if you are making plans to go there be sure to check availability.

 

We love hearing from you and are happy to share your tips and ideas, recipes, Places to Visit or help answer any questions.

Until next time…make your journey a memorable one and see and do all the things along the way and remember only your hold the map to your journey.