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Sorry I missed last week’s newsletter.  I ended up with that “crud” that’s going around right after the show in Las Vegas.  Finally feeling human again and now Mike has it!  In talking to other attendees and exhibitors at the show, it sounds like a lot of people ended up with it so obviously there were folks there spreading it around to the masses! :-(  It was quite an experience and as I think I told you there was over 2 million square feet of exhibit space…easy to get overwhelmed.  Lots of things we’ve never seen before (and probably won’t ever again!), and lots of things depending on what kinds of products you were looking for.  We were a little disappointed there wasn’t more kitchen gadgets but were told those items are pretty much limited to the big kitchen shows in New York, Chicago and Atlanta. Maybe a trip in my future!

 

NEW TIP:  Clean, Organize and Re-Stock Your Medicine Cabinet This Spring.  Remove everything and check expiration dates.  Discard everything that is outdated or you no longer use and make a list of the things you need to purchase.  Wipe down the inside of the cabinet before reloading things.  Many of you have attended my seminars and know I talk about the trick of putting magnets on the inside of the medicine cabinet door.  Do not buy magnetic tape as the magnet is not strong enough to hold things while you are moving.  Purchase some good strong magnets and 3M Scotch Brand Extreme Indoor/Outdoor mounting tape (sold at most big box stores).  Mount as many as you feel you need and let sit for 24 hours before loading.  This is a great place to  keep metal tweezers, clippers, nail files, hair clips, pins, needles, etc., within reach that are so easy to lose!  Anytime you can clean and organize you are saving space.

Also, if you didn’t do this after reading about it in a previous newsletter, do the same to your First Aid Kit…now while you’re gathering items to restock your medicine cabinet.

A good and easy way to remember to do these things is to schedule them in conjunction with something else so when Spring arrives (or whatever) it jogs your memory to do these things.

Also here are a couple of ideas I read about and thought were worth sharing.  Storing Plastic Bags…I have shared with you about putting them in empty tissue boxes to save space.  Here is a great way to fold them to get even more of them in a box.  They call it a “football” fold…I have also heard it called a “flag” fold.  http://www.thriftyfun.com/Storing-Plastic-Bags-Using-Football-Fold.html

Ways to Get rid of Clutter.  We talk a lot about this in my seminars and in the newsletter.  I believe that especially in a small space you need a “Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place.”  http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf/Organizing/Clutter_Control/Getting-Rid-of-Clutter.html.  Being in an RV for weeks or months at a time or living full time in your RV, these these are all so important.

New Products:  As I told you a couple of weeks ago, I had hoped to add some new products but am still having trouble getting the photos from our supplier.  She has promised them this coming week.

Still on Sale:  Both sizes of silicone spatulas and the wine opener.  Still just $5.00 each.  Only have a few left.

Great Places to Visit:  While in Las Vegas we had time for one day of sightseeing and anytime we are in Vegas, a Must See is the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio Hotel.  While we were there it was decorated for the Chinese New Year…the Year of the Red Monkey.  It was so beautiful.  https://www.bellagio.com/en/entertainment/conservatory-botanical-garden.html#/Past%20Shows.

Chinese New Year at the Bellagio

The Year of the Red Monkey

It is now decorated for Spring.  The other MUST SEE at the Belllagio is the World’s Tallest Chocolate Fountain.  https://www.bellagio.com/en/restaurants/jean-phillipe.html.  It is over 26 feet tall and circulates 2 tons of dark, milk and while chocolate at the rate of 120 quarts per minute through 500 feet of stainless steel pipes into beautiful glass bowls and mixing together.

The World’s Tallest Chocolate Factory.

For all us chocolate lovers, it would be a dream come true to have the key to it and a spoon!

The Mob Museum

The other place we visited was the Mob Museum which is very well done and chock-full of information (3 full floors) about the early days of the Mafia and the families spread out throughout cities across America and how they got their start in Vegas.  We met someone years ago who had been an undercover agent for the FBI and helped take down one of the famous crime families so the place was quite interesting to us.  It even shows the escape route of El Chapo not too long ago.

One of the oldest Slot Machines     

When you pay to park, you are allowed 3 hours and you can certainly spend that amount of time there.  A pleasant change from all the glitz, glitter and noise of the strip. 

 http://themobmuseum.org/.

We have had several successful seminars at RV Parks here in the Palm Springs area and a couple of demonstrations of some of our products.  The park is really emptying out.  Not sure whether it’s just that time of year or people are trying to escape the heat (or some of both).  It has been in the mid 90′s for quite a while and they are saying that is unseasonably warm for this time of year.  Next Monday we head to Yuma for 3 weeks for 3 rallies and I’m sure it’s going to be as warm there also.  Thank goodness for air conditioners!

Safe and happy travels and Happy Spring until next time.

As we have told you all many, many times, RV Space Savers is a huge military supporter and we donate a portion of every sale to help military families.   Sadly last week in the news we found out that the money being sent to one of the charities is being spent on things other than our Wounded Warriors and their families so we have stopped our donations to that organization for the time being and will continue to donate to others we support and look into new ones.

 

 


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Greetings from sunny Las Vegas.  The ASD Show is over and my what an experience it was!  Over 1000 vendors wholesaling everything you could think of and even some things we had no idea what they were!  We came away with lots to think about and maybe some products to add to our existing ones.  In visiting with vendors of all kinds this past fall and during the winter season in Palm Springs we are realizing that we, like most vendors are having to diversify.  There are getting to be fewer RV rallies and much lower attendance at the ones still on the calendar.  And with many of our Canadian friends not wintering in the states or if they did come it was for much less time, it has an effect on us all.  Please stay tuned as we muddle through.

Timely TIP:  It is getting to be that time of year when the snowbirds start heading back to the north after sitting in one spot for several months. buying  treasures to take home to family and friends and maybe a new shirt or a few :-) , some new shoes or sandals, and on and on the list goes.  But as the time to head out gets closer we look for places to store all these great new finds without much success!  Here is the “timely tip” to help with that process.  Get a big box and go though your closets, cabinets and drawers. Be honest about what you REALLY used, REALLY love and REALLY want then put the rest in the box.  Keep reminding yourself “A place for everything and everything in its place.”  And whether you are a snowbird or living full time in your RV, we all need to go through this process every so often.  PURGE, PURGE, PURGE then organize.  The more organized you are before heading out, the easier your trip will go and if you’re at all like me the treasures I find to take home are usually small or flat and I put them in these places where I will know right where they are, ONLY to not remember where I put them (or that I even bought them!  (Last year in January when we were in Kauai I found some beautiful carved wooden Hawaiian Christmas ornaments for the grandkids and of course had totally forgotten I had purchased them by the time Christmas rolled around…a dangerous thing for me to do since Mike and I can hide our own Easter eggs)!

Here is a link to some other ways to declutter before heading out whether home for the summer or on your summer travels.  http://xenlife.com.au/19-hacks-declutter-home/.

A reader tip: And here is a link sent by Danise on Uses for Household Borax.  http://athomewithmyhoney.com/uses-for-household-borax/.  We have driven by the Borax mine in the Mojave Desert but never seem to have time to stop or the wind was howling and we wouldn’t have enjoyed it.  Thanks Danise as always for sharing these tips.

Products for Sale:  Still on sale this week are the 2 different sizes of spatula’s and the wine opener…while supplies last for only $5.00 each.

Great Places to Visit:  Speaking of Borax we have heard there are 3 museums relating to the “20 Mule Team Borax Mine.”

20 Mule Team

Here are some links to those museums.  http://www.desertusa.com/desert-california/borax.html.  http://www.nps.gov/deva/learn/historyculture/twenty-mule-teams.htm  http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g32098-d2578456-r177183512-Borax_Visitor_Center-Boron_California.html.

We are in Vegas until Monday and tomorrow is a “play day” for us.  The show was over Wednesday afternoon so yesterday was spent doing laundry and playing catch-up while giving our sore feet a rest!  Last night something started to fall off the drainer and Mike went to catch it, hit the faucet and broke the wand off!  So you guessed it, today was running around trying to find a faucet that would fit and getting it installed.  We’ll be back in Palm Desert until the end of the month when we head to Yuma for 3 rallies.  Safe and happy travels to you all.

Thanks for subscribing and reading our newsletter and we love hearing from you to share ideas and tips with others.  Please pass the newsletter on to others who might be interested.  We’ll be doing a few more seminars while back in Palm Desert and would appreciate knowing about RV Parks that may be interested if you are aware of any.   Contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

 

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Since yesterday was a travel day for us and there was some issue with the blog site, I am a day late with the newsletter.  We drove from Desert Hot Springs to Las Vegas for the ASD Market.  This is 9 shows all in one where they show products to retailers and what’s new or hot in the market place.  We are attending for the first time so it will be an interesting experience for us.  Many have said it is 4 days of miles and miles of walking and can be quite overwhelming.  With my OCD we went today to get our bearings and try to get our paperwork so I could mark all the places we definitely wanted to check out for new products.  Well that didn’t turn out so hot…they claim the program books haven’t even arrived in Vegas yet and won’t be available until tomorrow morning when the show starts!  You all know how well I do in disorganization so probably we’ll spend some time in the morning once we arrive at the show getting things organized so we aren’t running back and forth. Many of you may have seen, been in or driven by the Las Vegas Convention Center and know how huge it is.  The center includes more than 2 million square feet of exhibitor space!

Las Vegas Convention Center

Here is an overview of the floor plan.  Now you know why I want to be organized!  Thankfully we won’t have to go to all the areas since some are things of no interest.  I’m sure we’ll have tired feet every night!

 

 

 

New Tips:  I shared a couple of tips on our Facebook page this week that I thought wuld be  great to include in the newsletter.

U.S. Map

Tip One: I loved this idea and so many of us have those maps somewhere in our RV’s of the states we have visited.  What wonderful memories this would bring and could even be done if you were spending time in one state and visiting several places within a state.  You could start a notebook with a state map and photos of each place that was especially memorable to you.

 

Tip Two:  Install a small towel bar (can be one with suction cups) against a wall to hold shampoo, lotions etc., if you are short on cabinet space.

Towel bar

This idea would also work in the kitchen to hold spices if you have a small area of counter space or you could

Wooden Spice Rack

purchase a wooden spice rack and hang it on the wall.

 

 

 

New Products:  Coming Soon: Huckleberry Pancake Mix, Muffin Mix and Scone Mix.  We now have these products which are great with our huckleberry honey, jam and syrup.  I hope to have them all on the website this coming week for you to order.  Not only are they a delicious treat to share with your special someone but make a great gift.

Great Places to Visit:  Can you help?  One of our readers is driving up the Oregon Coast and looking for good RV Parks and great places to stop and visit.  Please let me know if you have special ideas.  Since most of the coastline are state parks I have already given them that idea and since we are Thousand Trails members, those are the parks we choose to stay in so would love to give them some other ideas.

27 Florida Destinations You May Not Know About.  

Florida Caverns State Park

For those of you wintering in Florida or are planning a trip there here is a list of some Gems you may not have known about.  http://photos.orlandoweekly.com/27-beautiful-florida-destinations-you-probably-didnt-know-existed/?slide=1&ancient-spanish-monastery-via-ludmilacc.  

Looks like some gorgeous out of the way places worth a look.

 

We held a couple of Space Saving seminars last week at some parks in Desert Hot Springs and have a couple more scheduled when we’re back in that area.  No matter where we go, it is a topic everyone seems to have a lot of interest in whether living in an RV or a park model.  If you know of any parks that may be interested in our seminars, please let us know and if you have attended any of our seminars please speak with the Recreation Director or Park Manager about booking us for these free seminars.

We are sending prayers to all those RVer’s caught in the horrible storms in the southeast.  The photos were absolutely devastating and our hearts go out to them all.  Please everyone stay safe out there. Until next time.  Gail, Mike and CoCo.

 

 

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This week still finds us in the Palm Springs area with gorgeous weather, in fact a couple of days were over 90 which is getting a little warm. Many nights in the desert have gorgeous sunsets and this one was especially breathtaking.  We were over visiting friends Sue and Jim and when we walked out the door this greeted us and I didn’t have my camera…thanks Sue for taking this gorgeous photo.

Desert Sunset

I’m sure not complaining about it knowing what kind of weather has been in other parts of the country.  Just one of the many reasons we live and travel in our RV.  We have enjoyed visiting with several groups of friends  and it is always fun to meet new ones along the way.  We did 2 seminars in local RV Parks this week and have 3 lined up for next week.  Everyone seems to be in the same boat when it comes to needing space saving tips and ideas in their RV’s.

I am always amazed at how some people living in an RV decorate for every holiday.  We saw some beautifully decked out ones for Valentine’s Day. It’s always fun to walk around the park to see what folks have done. I sure would love to know where you all keep all those decorations the rest of the year!  But since we carry our products, most of you have a lot more room for other things than we do.

Great Organization Tip:  I read this tip the other day and thought it was a great idea to help save space and have a way to store those hair dryers, curling or flat irons.

Storage for hair dryer, curling and flat irons.

I talk about this in my seminars and suggest using hard sided PVC pipe that is the correct diameter and attaching it with double sided tape but boy this would be much easier.  And don’t forget the heat sleeve for hot curling irons.

Curling iron sleeve

You can buy them in most big box stores that sells hair appliances.  And here are the instructions to make them yourself if you are handy at those kinds of things.  http://handmadebyheidi.blogspot.com/2010/03/curling-iron-sleeve-tutorial.html

Some other great tips and reminders: http://www.buzzfeed.com/carolinekee/trust-no-sponge#.roBKrPRGY

Product Sale:  Last week we put 3 items on sale.  The small and medium spatulas and the corkscrew.  The spatulas are silicone and heat resistant to 500 degrees.  The other thing I like about them is they are all one piece so bacteria can’t grow between the handle and spatula part.  We have been using ours for several years and they still look new.   The corkscrew is reportedly one of the best on the market and is double-hinged.  We still have both black and red.

All on sale for only $5.00 each while supplies last.

 

Great Places to Visit:  My favorite places to visit are the beaches and Mike’s are the mountains.

Big Sur

Here is a list of the Best Beaches in the U.S. according to the subscribers of Trip Advisor.  http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches-cTop-g191-a_Mode.expanded.  I was disappointed the list didn’t include Big Sur  and none of the beaches along the Oregon coast (some of our favorites) .  

We hope you have a great weekend and as always we love hearing from you. Contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com  If you know of others who would enjoy receiving our newsletter please send them this link so they can sign up https://www.facebook.com/RVSpaceSavers/app/123077107711598/.  And be sure to let us know if you have tips and ideas to share or if there is something you would like to see in our weekly newsletter.

Until next week be well and travel safe.

 

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day Tips & Ideas from RV Space Savers

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.  The weather is warming up in the Coachella Valley with day time temperatures in the mid-80′s.  This was what we had been waiting for when it was in the low 30′s at night!   

President Obama arrives in the valley today for 4 days so traffic on the west end of the valley will be a nightmare and no place to be.  According to the news there will be lots of folks lining the travel route to catch a glimpse of the President and of course those who are protesting a variety of issues.  A good place to be as far away from as possible!

TIP:  A great tip for your Special Valentine!  This is one of the easiest tips I think I have ever posted and doesn’t save space but sure saves time!  The park was hosting a Pool Party and we were all to bring a dish to share.  I happened to be at Costco and saw a vanilla cheesecake that I thought would be fun to make my own.  I had some caramel which I heated and added at least 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt.  I let that cool then poured over the top of the cheesecake then sprinkled it with lightly sea salted roasted almonds that I had chopped in the Salsa Maker

Salsa Maker

(one of my very favorite products and used to be called an Herb & Veggie Chopper https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=131 ).  I chilled in the refrigerator overnight so the caramel was set but not hard.  It was a huge hit!  Everyone wanted to know what it was and who made it…and it was the only dessert that was completely gone at the end of the potluck.  So if you need a new idea give this a try.

Tip from Danise:  Have been taking a free cooking class offered/sponsored by the federal govt.  It’s always interesting to get new info/ideas &/or reinforce what one already sort of knows.  As a result of something that I learned I went on to the internet.  It concerned taking care of your knives and choosing good cutting boards.  The site recommends a bamboo for fruits/veggies, and a plastic one for meats.  Glass is very hard on knife blades.  Also recommends oiling whatever wooden board you have, using food quality mineral oil.  Great tips Danise.  It is so important to use different boards for meat, fish and chicken than you do for fruit and veggies.

Product Sale:  While supplies last.  The following 3 items are on sale while supplies last for only $5.00 each.  

Small spatula  Regularly $6.00

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=105

 

Medium spatula  Regularly $7.00

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=106

Truetap double hinged Corkscrew Regularly $7.00  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=110

Please Note: The Utensils that have been on sale are gone.  Thank you for your orders.

Great Places to Visit:  Groom Cross.   I wanted to add a note about another wonderful place to visit.  If you are traveling east on I-40 through Texas, you should take time for a stop in Groom, TX.  There is a giant cross that stands 193 feet high, and can be seen from 5 miles away on the Interstate.  We have been there twice now.  Besides the giant cross, you will find the stations of the cross, a tribute to aborted babies, a depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and the last Supper.  There is a very beautiful grotto, and an incredible gift shop on the site.  There is also a theater where you can watch a short video that is very moving.  It is well worth the time you will spend there.  Thanks Jim & Sue.  It looks like a wonderful place to visit.  Here is a link to more information. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/12568

That’s all for this time.  Safe and happy travels everyone.  We love hearing from you with your tips and ideas.  Contact us at rvspacesavers.com.

 

 

 

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Super Bowl Sunday has almost arrived.  Many people watch even though their team didn’t make it.  And lots of Super Bowl parties are held all over the country.  Some facts about the big day.  It’s the biggest pizza day; the second largest eating day (behind Thanksgiving); the most TV’s are sold just before the big game and it holds nine out of the top 10 spots for all time viewers.  Obviously it is a popular day.  Here at the Thousand Trails Palm Springs there is a big party and many folks are signed up to attend.

I had the pleasure and honor of being interviewed for a podcast from Mike Wendland, traveling reporter for FMCA and his blog Roadtreking on Space Saving Tips and Ideas for RVer’s.  Here is the link to the podcast.

http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/e/3/0/e3012f9562e55a78/RT73.mp3?c_id=10835880&expiration=1454530196&hwt=da58d8da522b979149b63b734bde74d0.

http://roadtreking.com/podcast-73-saving-space-in-your-rv/.

My interview starts at 38:15 but Mike has a lot of interesting information on the entire podcast.  We had tried to get it done before the holidays but just couldn’t make our schedules meet.  It was fun to do and Mike has lots of great information on his website.  He and his wife Jennifer travel in a Class B but are not full-timers.  Here is a link to his website.  http://roadtreking.com/

 

TIP:  Ground Beef, pork, chicken or turkey… easy and versatile meats.  Here are some great money saving tips:

Purchase when on sale.

Ground Meat

Place in a Ziplock bag…flatten to make sure it is evenly distributed.  Use a ruler, spoon handle etc.,to divide into portions.  Then just break off how much you need and keep the rest in the freezer for later. So much easier than dividing and individually wrapping each pound or half pound.

We choose to brown most of it when we bring it home and store in portion sized Ziplocks with seal sticks.  It makes a quick and easy start to a meal if we’re in a hurry.  We can quickly make nachos, tacos, a casserole and if we’re putting things is a crockpot, it’s already browned and ready.  I never put raw ground meat in the crockpot.  Boy is this a real space saving idea.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef or pork.  It will help pull the grease away from the meat.

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TIP:  Best Discounts for People Over 60.  They are working on the new list for 2016 but here is a link to 2015…many discounts will still be available.  http://www.theseniorlist.com/2015/02/2015-best-list-of-senior-discounts/.  It never hurts to ask for a discount wherever you are because most places don’t automatically give it and the “answer is always NO if you don’t ask!”

Some great tips from readers:  Sue and Jim sent this very important information that we all need to be aware of on downed electrical wires.  Please check it out.

https://www.facebook.com/imtiaz.paracha.35/videos/10153358630293789/.  They also state that they do most of their cooking with electric appliances of which they have quite a few and the only thing they use their gas oven for is baking.  Both great tips.

And this from Danise:  There is a company called Swim & Sweat and their products are chlorine resistant.  You can check them out here.  https://www.swimandsweat.com/.  She and her husband really like the products.

Product Sale: The utensils  will be on sale while supplies last.  These utensils are the best as they are good up to 450 degrees so won’t melt.

Solid Spoon

Flat Turner

Scoop Turner

I can’t tell you how many turners I have purchased through the years (from cheap to expensive) that have melted over time.  I have been using these tools for several years and they still look like new.  Check out your utensils and make sure they aren’t

Scoop ‘n Drain

melting…a huge breading ground for bacteria!   Regularly $8.00 each ON SALE  $6.00 each.

 

 

 

Great Places to Visit: Last week we drove up to the Yucca Valley and visited a couple of new places.  It is one of the ways to go through Joshua National Park but since we had done that a few years ago we were interested in other things.  That’s one of the reasons we love living in an RV…just pick a place and go for the day.  We are always amazed at the things to see in an area that we’d never heard about and wouldn’t even know about if we were just vacationing.  Our first stop  Desert Christ Park which was dedicated on Easter Sunday in 1951.

These remarkable works of steel-reinforced concrete were the vision and creation of Frank Antone Martin as a benchmark for peace.

The Last Supper

Tomb of Christ

His work is breathtaking and he completed over 50 statues including a 3-story facade depicting the Last Supper.  There are 10 different areas throughout the park depicting different parts of the Bible.  It is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit.  The details in the pieces are amazing.  You can learn more at http://www.desertchristpark.org/.

Then we were off a few miles up the road to Pioneertown, an old movie and television set.  The idea for a practical Western movie town and location with proximity to Los Angeles was conceived in the 1940′s.

Pioneertown, CA

It is two city blocks long with all the typical buildings you would see in Westerns.  The first movie was made in 1948, one many of you will remember the name of “Cisco Kid,” and many movies as well as TV shows and series featured Cisco Kid.  Other memorable TV shows filmed there were the Gene Autry Show, The Range Rider, Annie Oakley, The Adventures of Judge Roy Bean and Buffalo Bill.  The last movie made in Pioneertown was called Last Chance in 1998 but has never been released.

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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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RV Space Savers Tips and Ideas Newsletter

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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.

 

RV Space Savers Tip and Ideas Newsletter

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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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Merry Christmas from RV Space Savers

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RV Space Savers wishes you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and Happy, Healthy and Safe 2016.  We hope no matter where you are you are blessed with the love, peace, joy of the season.

Do you spend the holiday in your RV?  If so do you decorate?  And if you do, how and where do you store your decorations the rest of the year?  I have given this TIP before but will share it again.  We collect key chains from every state and/or special attraction we have visited and I love to collect shells so those are our Christmas decorations on our little 3 foot tree.  They take up very little room and are easy to store and unbreakable.

Please pray for all our troops who are unable to be with their families during the holidays.And please say a special prayer for the families of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Due to the busy season, I will not be doing the traditional newsletter for the next couple of weeks.  We hope to see many of you at the WHMA Rally in Indio, CA January 7,8 and 9th.   I will be giving 2 space saving seminars again and hopefully a couple of demonstrations. We’re once again in Booth 34-35.  Please stop by and say hello.

We love hearing from you so please contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com. with your questions, comments and ideas.

Blessings,

Mike and Gail