Fall 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
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.
GREAT PLACES TO VISIT: Across the Wide Missouri on the Lewis and Clark Trail.
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.
We’re testing and researching some new products so stay tuned.
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.