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.

We love hearing from you all with your tips and ideas or comments about our newsletter or what you would like to see covered in it.  Visit us at www.rvspacesavers.com.  

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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

 

 

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Spending the winter in southern California, mostly in the Palm Springs area, we are amazed at how few people are here for the winter.  The TT RV park in Palm Desert is about half full!  And most of the license plates are from Washington and Oregon.  We all got out before the rain and windy weather hit there.  Sadly it hasn’t been too warm in the desert either.  This morning in some places in the valley it was down to 29 and highs in the low to mid 60′s.  Sure not what RVer’s, Snowbirds or those of us living full time in our RV’s are looking for.  And it’s looking like the chilly weather is pretty wide spread…Arizona is feeling the chill as well. As you can imagine the pool isn’t the most popular spot in the park!

TIP:  If you are in an area where it is getting below freezing be sure to make sure your water hose doesn’t freeze.  If there is a danger of that, we leave the faucet on a trickle.  In most areas it probably won’t be cold enough to freeze the pipes inside your RV but be watchful of the weather in your area and be prepared.

TIP from Reader:   Last week we talked a lot about purging and Marijke says Purge, purge, purge is right!  Twice this week I have gone to the Salvation Army to get rid of ”stuff” and there is still more to purge.  Feels really good.  I am trying to stick mostly to black, beige and khaki for the colors of my clothes so that I can mix and match and not have to worry about so many other colors. Great idea Marijke and thanks for sharing.

And these tips from another.  Have been doing some down-sizing/ fall cleaning in my RV and came across a couple of things that made me think I should share.

 1.  We all need more storage , particularly in small bathrooms, eh?  Both of us are short so we can get away with this…. we got a 2nd small medicine chest (from Ikea) and put up on the blank wall above the potty.    Gives us a bit of extra space and also a 2nd mirror.  I store my tall hair spray, medicated talc powder a couple of other tall items there, and with the small space above that, I store the chemicals I need for the potty. I can use the original cabinet above the sink  with 3 shorter spaces for smaller items. 

  2.  I use mini bungie cords and very small eye screws  in this extra space to hold the tall containers in place, and a narrow plastic basket on the upper shelf to hold the chemicals. Thanks Danise.

Here are another couple of ideas for great bathroom storage.

The first is an over the door hanging shoe bag.  Make sure it has clear pockets so you can see what you are storing in it.  The 2nd and not so easy to find anymore is an Adjustable shelf with spring loaded legs that will fit in an RV.  You can attach baskets to the shelves with clear zip ties.

And here is another great space saving idea.  https://www.facebook.com/aprildawn1977/videos/10153106334111044/

And you will be amazed at how much space this will save in the end:

Cleaning and Organizing Your Closet

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/control-closet-clutter-with-th-162160

Product Review:  One of our most popular products are the Collapsible Produce Keepers.

2 quart Collapsible Produce Keeper from RV Space Savers

4 quart Collapsible Produce Keeper from RV Space Savers

We have been selling them from the very beginning and they continue to be one of our best sellers.  Lots of people who bought one come back to buy at least another one or more and many of them purchase them for gifts.  Coming in both 4 quart and 2 quart sizes, they work great in any size fridge.  Since we have an RV Norcold I find it best to use 3 of the 2 quart size and they are ALL always full.  Strawberries, Romaine Lettuce, Baby Spinach, Celery, Baby Cucumbers, Baby Carrots are just s few of the things I keep in them.  One of our customers uses a 4 qt one to keep her bananas in on the counter which keeps them from turning brown.  Another uses them to keep cantaloupe and pineapple in. What have you used yours for?  Let us know at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

Great Places To Visit:

Gorgeous Christmas Trees To Visit if You’re In The Area.  Here is a photo of one of the most famous.   http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-awe-inspiring-christmas-trees-across-the-us?ref=news_fd_120115&bt_email=mgalex65%40gmail.com&bt_ts=31322f312f3230313520383a34373a323020414d#!1-intro.

If you are traveling this holiday season, please travel safely and enjoy time with family and friends.

Please visit us at www.rvspacesavers.com.  Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RVSpaceSavers/

And if you are in the Palm Springs area stop in and say hello at the College of the Desert Street Fair Space 273A or give us a call in the TT Park.

 

 

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Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish Friends.

Good Morning…can you believe it is only 16 days until Christmas.  What do you do as an RVer for the holiday?  Are you living full time in your RV?  Do you stay home until after Christmas and then become a Snowbird?  Do you and your family spend the weekend at an RV Park not too far away from home?  Do you have family that comes to visit wherever you are? While we live full time in our RV, some years we stay at our home base which is near our family, some years they come to us which is what is happening this year in the San Diego area and other years we fly home for a week or so.  We always are in southern California the first of January as we are exhibitors at the WHMA FMCA Rally in Indio. Hope to see many of you there.  We so love to see friends as we travel.

TIP:  Purge, purge, purge and donate things you no longer use, things you put in your RV that you never use and clothes you don’t wear or that don’t fit, shoes you don’t wear (or don’t need).  Sadly we all purchase things we’re sorry about later or things that we think are a good idea at the time we buy them and turn out not to be so.  Don’t let your RV become cluttered with these things.  Its a win-win-win. 1) You get rid of clutter.  2) Someone else can use them.  3)  You get a tax write-off.  Being organized is not a one time thing but an ongoing process for us all.  Here is a great article to read on the subject.  http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com/2015/11/3-simple-steps-to-staying-organized.html.

Great Idea I Read:  Go through your pantry, kitchen food cabinet,s fridge and freezer and make a list of what you have.  Post it on the wall close to your shopping list.  When you are making your shopping list, you know the items you already have.  We have started doing this and boy has it helped.  No longer do we have 6 cans of tomatoes and 3 of black beans and none of the refried beanswe needed for a meal this week!

New Product:  Splatter Guard 

Effectively shield much of your stove and it’s surrounding environment by using this screen. Works great for frying or browning things on the stove. Also works great for mixing batters to keep from splattering. You get 3 hinged panels each measuring 10-inch by 9-inch /25-1/2cm by 23cm.  Folds flat for easy storage. Durable nonstick finish for easy cleaning. Hand wash.  We have 2 of these and boy do they work to keep spatters off the walls when cooking.  They also work great when mixing flour into a recipe to keep the dust contained. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=163

******Don’t forget to have any orders to us by the 10th if any of your order is Christmas Gifts.  The mail is already slow.   We had a 2 day Priority package that was to have been delivered on Monday and still hasn’t arrived.  We don’t want you to be disappointed that your order didn’t arrive on time so please get them in within the next couple of days.  http://www.rvspacesavers.com/shop/

Great Places To Visit:  We LOVE good BBQ and are always on the lookout for it in our travels.  I thought this was a great article that many of you may enjoy.  ”Following the BBQ Trail in South Carolina.”  Sure hope to do this one day soon…YUM!  https://www.yahoo.com/travel/south-carolina-bbq-trail-the-1310928899194934.html.

It is a busy time of year for everyone but we love to hear from you and get your tips and ideas and great places to visit.  We would love to share with others.

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Have a great week and please pray for San Bernadino.

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Happy Thanksgiving and Greetings from Palm Springs Thousand Trails.  The park is furnishing the turkeys and we are all bringing traditional dishes to share in the fellowship of Thanksgiving. Even living in an RV,  I also do a turkey dinner for just Mike and I, with all our favorites, as we love the leftovers as much as the dinner itself.  Our little RV oven does a fine job on a turkey breast! We hope you have a wonderful day filled with many things to be thankful for.The park is quite empty but I imagine right after the holidays it will fill up fast and surely will be full for the FMCA Rally in Indio starting January 9th and several golf tournaments starting right after the first of the year. I held a seminar on Tuesday afternoon at the Rec Room which was very well attended and have plans to give several more on different space saving ideas while we’re here for the winter.  Seems most of us have issues with space and ways to save it on our rigs.

We dodged a bullet over the weekend as they predicted high winds starting an hour before the Street Fair closed but thankfully they missed us.  Our prayers go out to all those around the country who have been having such nasty weather already and those who got caught traveling in it.

Tip of the Week:

Spend some time going through your paperwork. Think of this?  500 sheets of Bond paper (17 x 22 inches) weigh 20 lbs, then a ream of paper cut to Letter size will be labeled as 20 lb. And if 500 sheets of Cover paper (20 x 26 inches) weigh 65 lbs, then a ream of this paper trimmed to tabloid size would be marked as 65lb.  How many sheets of paper are you carrying in your rig?

How much of it do you really need?  How much of it can you find somewhere else if you needed to refer to it?  Do you really need to save all those magazines?  Can you tear out the articles you really want to read.or can you read the article online?

Scanner

Can you scan your receipts and keep them on

Thumb drives

thumb drives or on the Cloud.

Cloud

I remember hearing when computers first came out that we would do away with paper!  What a joke that turned out to be.  Small portable scanners are fairly inexpensive and take up very little space.  Think about getting one and quit carrying around all that paper.

Also books are heavy.Can you read them online, your Smartphone, Kindle, laptop or notebook?

And think of all the space you would save besides the weight!  Be honest with yourself and do this with your traveling partner.  Things that may be important to one, may not be to the other.  But I guarantee you if you are honest with yourselves you will be able to create some new space.  Here’a a post to help you get started thinking about how to start your project.  http://www.lifetimemoms.com/how-to/8-ways-to-get-a-handle-on-paper-clutter  And here is a great article on what to keep and what to toss. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2010/03/conquer-the-paper-piles/index.htm.

Tip from a Customer:  Once you de-seed pomegranates you can freeze them.  She freezes them on a cookie sheet so they don’t stick together and when frozen puts them in Ziplock bags to use when they aren’t in season.  I have some in the freezer so will let you know how they turn out when I use them.  I can taste these great little bursts of fruit in a salad, dip or salsa.

New Products of the Week: These two new products are great for those holiday parties, RV get togethers, parties and make great gifts.

Guacamole Bowl by RV Space Savers

The Guacamole Bowl is shaped like an avocado.

Salsa Bowl by RV Space Savers

The Salsa Bowl is shaped like a red chili pepper.

They are ceramic and both are 3 pieces: bowl, lid and spoon and each hold 1.5 cups of dip. Check them out here.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=160 and https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=161/  A cute but inexpensive gift idea.

On Sale This Week:  The Salsa To Your Taco Special 

Salsa Special from RV Space Savers

All you need to preserve the items you put in your Salsa.  Includes: Salsa Maker, Tomato tool, Salsa Bowl, Tomato Keeper, Onion Keeper and Citrus Keeper. A $62.00 value now only $49.50 for a limited time only.  We’ll also include our favorite recipes for Guacamole and Salsa.

Great Places To Visit:  Usually the night after Thanksgiving many cities and towns hold their lighting ceremonies and I’m sure you will find some in your area.  

The Mission Inn in Riverside, CA

We have seen some gorgeous ones in different cities so be sure to check them out wherever you are.  And if you’ve not heard of it there is a show on TV called “The Great Christmas Light Fight” which starts on December 7th on ABC.  If you enjoy that kind of thing be sure to check it out.  http://abc.go.com/shows/the-great-christmas-light-fight.

During this Thanksgiving, we are thankful for all of you our readers, customers, followers, family and friends, our health, wonderful lifestyle and freedoms we have.  We wish you too many, many things to be thankful for this Thursday and all year long.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of France and Paris during this difficult and tragic time in their history.

A special thank you to all our military personnel fighting for our freedom and especially those families who can not be with their loved ones during the holiday season.

NOTE:  All orders need to reach us by December 10th to insure you will receive them in time for Christmas

 

RV Space Saver Tips and Ideas Newsletter

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Boy getting up at 3:30 a.m. 2 days in a row takes a toll on these old folks and even on our little CoCo!  We have to be at the College of the Desert grounds to set up for the Street Fair between 4:30-4:45 for the open at 7 a.m.

But even by the second day we were getting better at both setting up and taking down so hopefully it will get faster each week and we can get a little more sleep!  It was a fun weekend and we met several people who we have met at other shows and rallies which is always so fun for us.  And demoing the guacamole was a HUGE hit with everyone.

This week I will be demoing the Fresh Salsa as well so we’ll see how that goes.  Come out and say hi if you are in the Palm Springs area…open from 7-2 both Saturday and Sunday.

TIP OF THE WEEK:  Lemons and Limes are being harvested right now in California so they are pretty reasonable.  If you can find a good deal on them, buy a bunch and put them in the freezer for later use.  Just give them a good wash first.  This information came from a friend.

Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted.

How can you use the whole lemon without waste? Simple.. place the washed lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lemon (no need to peel it) and sprinkle it on top of your foods. Sprinkle it to your vegetable salad, ice cream, soup, cereals, noodles, spaghetti sauce, rice, sushi, fish dishes, whisky, wine…. the list is endless. All of the foods will unexpectedly have a wonderful taste, something that you may have never tasted before. Most likely, you only think of lemon juice and vitamin C. Not anymore. Now that you’ve learned this lemon secret, you can use lemon even in instant cup noodles. What’s the major advantage of using the whole lemon other than preventing waste and adding new taste to your dishes? Well, you see lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself. And yes, that’s what you’ve been wasting. As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc… So, give those lemons a good wash, freeze them and grate them. Your whole body will love you for it!!!!!  And this is a great article About Why and How to Freeze Lemons and Limes. http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/how-and-why-you-need-to-freeze-lemons/.  I certainly can not or will I vouch for the health benefits of lemons and limes but they are a great source of Vitamin C and we do love the taste they give food.

And remember the tip we talked about within the past couple of weeks about the gasket on the washer.  While we got a lot of feedback about this, this photo came to my Facebook page this morning and felt it was important to share it.  Dryer caught on fire caused by lint buildup.

 

Dryer fire caused by a lint buildup

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE keep the lint traps and around your machine free of lint so this doesn’t happen to you.  It is one of the top 10 causes of house fires!  We never leave ours on when we’re away from home.  http://www.laundry-alternative.com/how-to-prevent-clothes-dryer-fires/

Product and Sale of the Week:  

Holiday Avocado and Tomato Tool Special  

Only $15.00.  Purchase the Avocado Tool at regular price ($10.00) and get the 3-in-1 Tomato Tool for half price ($5.00)

RV Space Savers Holiday Special

Make great Christmas gifts and socking stuffers.  

Avocado Tool

Specially designed knife and cover for slicing, pitting and scooping avocados

Knife cover doubles as a spoon to scoop fresh avocado from skin

Pit remover on end of knife handle safely removes avocado pit

Knife cover protects blade during storage

Polypropylene, nylon, stainless steel and silicone

Also works great on Kiwi and other fruit and vegetables

3-in-1 Tomato Tool

Serrated blade easily cuts through ripe tomatoes

Tomato fork tip serves and transfers individual slices

Knife cover protects blade during storage

Knife cover doubles as a coring and de-seeding tool

Polypropylene and stainless steel

All-in-one tomato preparation tool

Core/de-seed, slice and serve’

Also works great to hull and slice strawberries

Limited time only

Offer ends at midnight on Small Business Saturday  November 28th.

No substitutions.

 

Great Places To Visit:

Since we are both originally from Montana, we are pretty partial to the gorgeous scenery the state has to offer and I have written about some of the small towns in the state on Trips, Places To See and Things To Do but wanted to share this fly-over someone sent me the other day.  It is a jaw-dropping video.  There are so many, many wonderful places to visit, try to give yourself enough time to spend several weeks there (in the summer and fall of course)!  Unless you love to ski and Montana has some great sking.  Also if you have never visited Yellowstone Park in the winter and taken a snowcat, it is worth the trip.  A state you really need to put on your bucket list.  http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/montana-wowza/.

Next week will be a busy week for us.  On Tuesday I am giving a “space saver” seminar in the recreation hall at Palm Desert Thousand Trails and on Wednesday I am being interviewed for a Podcast with Mike Wendland of Roadtreking on Space Saving Ideas which is exciting.  Mike is a journalist for FMCA and he and his wife travel in a Class B RV.  I also offered to help in any way I can with the Thanksgiving Dinner that will be held here at the park. I will try my best to get a newsletter out next week!  Until then we wish you safe travels and good health.  We always love hearing from you.  Visit us at  www.rvspacesavers.com.  Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RVSpaceSavers/.  Because of you we are  continuing to grow with almost 2500 likes.  Please keep passing our page on to others.  And remember we love hearing from you at rvspacesavers@gmail.com

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Next Wednesday, November 11th  is a Great Day in Our History and we would like to thank and honor all of the Veterans.  We thank you for your service.   Here is a list of Free Meals and Discounts to honor our Vets. http://themilitarywallet.com/veterans-day-free-meals-and-discounts/.   Please contact any and all Vets you know and show your appreciation.

Tomorrow we head for the Thousand Trails in Palm Desert for 3 weeks.  We will be setting up at the College of the Desert Street Fair every Saturday and Sunday except Christmas if our kids come down for a visit.   Market is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. so we’ll be “early birds” those 2 days a week!. Booth # 272B on the west side. I’m sure it will take us a time or two to get it all organized like we want it.  Having received some of our products on special, we wanted to pass them along to you, our faithful readers…more on that later in the newsletter.

TIP of the WEEK:  Because we are such avocado nuts at our house and have one almost every night for dinner especially when we are in southern California and near Fallbrook, the Avocado Capital of the World, it is pretty easy to get them for a cheap price and they are oh so good.  We use them in salads, on sandwiches (ever try a peanut butter sandwich with slices of avocados?  Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!), or just to share.  With the avocado tools we have, it makes preparing one really easy.  I am asked very often how to decide if an avocado is ripe and we were told this when we toured an avocado packing plant years ago and I wanted to share.  If you are purchasing them to have in a few days and not ripen right away, NEVER choose ones that the little button stem is missing and keep them in the fridge at 40 degrees so they will last.  Here is a great article about how to take care of avocados.  http://www.californiaavocado.com/blog/how-to-ripen-an-avocado.

Speaking of avocados, we have some new products that we love. Besides the Avocado tool

which we have featured before and is one of my very favorite tools and the Avocado Keeper,

we also have 2 new tools for avocados.  One is an avocado slicer

Avocado Slicer

which makes perfect slices of avocados for sandwiches, burgers, salads, etc.  And a great idea for serving guacamole and dips this cute 3 piece Guacamole bowl

with lid and ladle.  You can find them all on our website and they would make great gifts. www.rvspacesavers.com 

Product on Special:  As promised, we received a special on these Herb & Veggie Choppers (now called Salsa Makers) and wanted to pass the savings on to you.  From now until midnight on Black Friday 11-27-15 buy one chopper and receive a 2nd one for half price.  What great gifts and stocking stuffers.  Or buy one for the house and another for the RV.   https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=164.  There is a separate link for it on our website to make sure you get the sale.

And from our readers:  

Loved using the rice steamer recently.  My observation…. used the full amounts per instructions, as was doing a stir fry for a chapter pot luck… It made a bit of a mess in the microwave as there was some boilover.  I won’t use quite so much next time, but the product itself was marvelous.   And I love the idea of using it for veggies, too.

 Safety reminder…. we were on our way EARLY this AM to our water aerobics exercise class.  Saw a lady heading for her bus…. black umbrella, navy raincoat…almost invisible in the dark, rainy conditions.   Also, our youngsters are out and about in dark jeans, navy jackets, etc.   Be aware of how you are dressed.  I almost hit a child in dark clothing, riding a bike with no lights or reflectors at dusk several months ago. Please  drive safely.  What a great reminder to us all!

Thanks Danise for all your ideas. I so appreciate you most always having a comment or two for everyone to think about. And while being here in Wilderness Lakes, we have met and visited with 2 couples who have attended our seminars in various rallies across the U.S.  Such fun for us.

Great Places To Visit: This week we drove to the Oceanview Gem Mine in Pala, CA which is northeast of San Diego and southeast of Wilderness Lakes.  While you are no longer able to go in to the mine, they do have a place where they bring tailings down from the mine and you can buy a bucket and sift through to find some gems. http://www.palagems.com/mining.htm.  We did not do it but there were lots of folks who did and several found some beautiful small gems.  They are only open on weekends for mining. 

 

 

 

 

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And of course here is my favorite pumpkin

GO SEAHAWKS!

We are at Wilderness RV Park in Menifee and they have tons of things going on tonight for kids including train rides and a Haunted House.  We understand we get over 100 trick or treaters so we’re ready for a fun evening to see them all dressed up in their costumes.  Lots of folks live close and bring their RV’s for the festivities and bring along the grandkiddies.  I would say that a park full of RVer’s would be a pretty safe place to let your kids trick or treat in this day and age.  UPDATE:  I am finishing this newsletter on Sunday as we had friends stop by that we hadn’t seen since February so had a great visit with them and missed the festivities.  And sadly we didn’t have one trick or treater…candy anyone? :-)

SInce the Temecula area is one of our favorite places we have visited the Farmer’s Market three times this week and have gotten some gorgeous produce and my favorite Balsamic Vinegars…one Fig and one Pomegranate, and my favorite Avocado Oil…Original and Lime.  As you can guess all my produce keepers

RV Space Savers Mini Produce Keeper

are full!  Together they make an excellent light oil and vinegar dressing for salads.  Also got some fresh limes,

Fresh Limes

Hass avocados and pomegranates that are to die for as they are picked fresh and so sweet.

TIP OF THE WEEK:  Since I love pomegranates and they are messy to peel and eat, I am always trying new ways I read about to make that process easier and believe me I have tried everything I have ever read about!  And I FINALLY found the perfect solution and they don’t bleed when you cut into them. Takes just a few minutes to extract the seeds (arils).  Use them in cooking, baking or just eating. Click on this link for directions. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Cut-a-Pomegranate/?ALLSTEPS.  And according to WebMD they have many health benefits.  You can read about them here.  http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/pomegranate-power.  I can”t believe how inexpensive they are here in California where they are grown and harvested from September through December.  One of the growers told us that when they were first introduced to the U.S., they were grown strictly as a windbreak!  And now look at all the health benefits they have found they provide. 1/2 cup of seeds has only 80 calories and 0 fat!  Here are some fun facts about pomegranates.  http://fruitfacts-sastha.blogspot.com/2012/07/fun-facts-about-pomegranate.html.

NOTES FROM OUR READERS:

I had several comments from readers about the washer/dryer information from last week.

Ever since I learned about WashEze at one of your seminars, I bought it immediately and think it’s the cat’s meow!!  I have a separate washer and dryer and even when I still had a sticks and bricks house I left my washer door open to dry out, only after I wiped out the seal (behind the seal) and never had a mold problem.  I also spray the inside of the seal with vinegar to kill anything that might grow there maybe once a month and let it dry by itself.  In addition, I put a container of DampRid in the washer at all times when I am not washing.  As you can gather from my comments I am compulsive about mold and mildew prevention.   Thanks Marijke…great ideas.

I have the same type of washing machine. Our dryer was not working well. Took it into an rv repair shop. They pulled it out and proceeded to pull several pounds of lint out of the dryer vent. Apparently the design of those vents do not work well.  The lint build up in it. They told us to check it every year.    Also white vinegar would work well to keep the gasket mould free. I also put about 3/4 a cup in where u put the softener and do an extra rinse if possible. It keeps the washer and pipes calcium free – takes the extra soap out of your clothes and preserves your color!  Great information Arlene…thanks

Great article and I have never in 5 years of full timing had a smell and never think to check that.  I will do this Sunday and get in the habit of doing it more often.  Good idea Marilu.  I didn’t used to do it either until I found one of those little glass cleaning cloths tucked in the fold!

And this from Danise…A Warning about White Vinegar.  http://savingdinner.com/white-vinegar-black-list/#.  I did a Google search and there are several articles about this so if you are concerned, buy organic vinegar which I will be doing as I have told you about my “potion” about saving berries and it really works.  Will be keeping my eyes open and would appreciate hearing from anyone who finds it.  Here is another article worth reading. http://homesteadrevival.blogspot.com/2010/05/white-vinegar-household-essential.html.  Thanks for the heads up on this Danise.

NEW PRODUCT:  We have added several new products in the past few weeks so be sure to take a look at our website  Many would make great stocking stuffers.  One of our new favorites is the Lemon/Lime Squeezer.

And with it the beginning of the lemon and lime harvest it is a great gadget to not only use for fresh juice but to buy them on sale while they are at their peak and the cheapest and freeze the juice for later use.  TIP: Freeze in ice cube trays so you can only thaw what you need. Check it out at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=158

Great Places To VIsit:  My place of the week is the Temecula Farmers Market in Old Town.

Old Town Temecula

If you are in the area, it is a must stop.  They are open every Saturday from 8 a.m. noon.

Temecula Market

And it is so fun to visit with the growers who are there selling their produce.

Mushrooms anyone?

Yummy Berries

I don’t know how many vendors are there but it is a nice sized market and the produce

is excellent.  http://myfarmersmarkets.blogspot.com/

And it will soon be time for the date harvest.

Dates are almost ready.

These pictures are taken coming into Wilderness Lakes.

Wonder who gets the dates when they’re

ready?

Starting next Saturday and Sunday RV Space Savers will have a booth at the College of the Desert Street Fair in Palm Desert.  Booth number will be 272B along the west edge of the lot.  We’ll be doing some fun new things and demoing some new products. Open every Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hope if you’re in the area you’ll stop by and say hello.http://www.codaastreetfair.com/content/home.aspx .

 

Until next week, we hope you had a fun Halloween and have a great week.

Someone sure loves Halloween.

Here’s a photo of our favorite decked out RV in the park.  Not sure where they store all these things the rest of the year but it sure was creative.

 

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The RVIA Show in Pomona, CA is in the books for another year. They had record attendance in spite of the record temperatures the first 3 days of the show.  We were told it was 107 degrees inside the tent where the vendors were and I certainly would believe that.  I did have excellent attendance at all of my seminars which people seem to enjoy.  While not a lot of folks are living in an RV, there are lots who dream of doing that and many more others who love the time they spend traveling in their RV.  Whether going on weekend trips, two week vacations, or a few months on the road, Rver’s love the lifestyle and everyone has a space and weight issue.

You may have noticed the past couple of weeks the title of the newsletter was different.  I wanted to do a test to see which seemed to have the highest interest to our readers.  Needless to say you can see by the title which received the most opens!

Tip of the Week:  Anyone who has a washer/dryer or a combo in their RV has a front loading machine.  We love our combo and I use it for everything but sheets, blankets and rugs.

RV washer/dryer combo

I came across this article the other day and thought oh my, I had better check the gasket in mine.  I do keep it wiped out but didn’t stop to think that the spots I couldn’t wipe out were mold!  This is a great article on how to clean that gasket if it needs it.  Thankfully mine didn’t smell and since I do keep it wiped out one application of 50/50 bleach and water did the trick.   http://www.cleanandscentsible.com/2013/09/how-to-clean-your-washing-machine.html#_a5y_p=989528.  And don’t forget if you are using

WashEZE  3-in-1 laundry sheets don’t forget to cut the sheets in thirds and put each in a lingerie bag before putting it in the washer.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=91

Reader Tips:  Danise writes…I recently bought a fresh turkey breast… a bit pricey initially, but  good value for the number of meals the two of us got out of it… turkey dinner, hot turkey sandwiches,  turkey gravy over mashed potatoes, and several cold turkey sandwiches.  Now the bones are simmering on the stove for a pot of soup…  The one item I wanted to share besides being able to get so much value out of the breast, is when simmering bones of any kind add some vinegar… I used about a 1/4 cut for this pot.   The vinegar releases the calcium from the bones and the odor dissipates.   More nutritious that way.   What a great idea Danise.  You made me hungry for turkey and all the trimmings!

And from Marilu…I swapped the water for a can of coconut milk and added water to make up the balance of the moisture when using my microwave Rice Cooker.. I usually useThai Kitchen coconut milk unsweetened.  It is 13.66 ounce and I add enough water to give the liquid.  Next time I will try sweetened.  I usually use white rice but next time I am at the store I will pick up some brown rice and try that.  We like brown rice too so it will be a good change.  I read if you put in 1 teaspoon salt you will get more of a coconut flavor.   Can’t wait to try it Marilu.  I sure love that rice cooker and thanks to your tip I also use it to steam veggies.

Do you have a tip to share?  Please email me at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.  I would love to include you tips as well.

 

New Product:  We are so excited about this new product.  With so much of the west in a drought situation, we discovered these new Instant-Off Water Saver products.

Instant-Off Water Saver

They replace the aerator,  fit any standard faucet and include an adapter for a male or female faucet.  The push rods come in different lengths and some have a constant water flow option if you need to leave the water on for a few minutes.  They save a lot of water and also by using them, you aren’t cross contaminating if your hands are dirty.

  •  Reduces Water and Saves Costs by Eliminating Wasted Water at Faucets
  • Reduces the Spread of Germs Caused by Touching Faucet Handles
  •  Replaces the Aerator on ANY Faucet
  •  Dual Threaded – Has Internal & External Threads
  •   Stops Drippy Faucets
  •   Pays for itself in 1-4 Months
The rod sizes are all listed separate on the website but here is the link to the one designed for RV bathroom sinks.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=153.
Great Places To Visit:  Today I found 2 trips that I thought would be fun to take.  The first is “A Year-long road trip in 70 degree weather.”  http://www.citylab.com/weather/2015/10/a-13235-mile-road-trip-for-70-degree-weather-every-day/411406/?utm_source=atlfb.  And the other “A trip to all National Parks in the lower 48 states.”  https://www.islebox.com/2015/national-parks-road-trip/.  I thought both would be fun and something some of you may want to think about in your travels.
We’re spending a week or so at Wilderness Lakes RV Park in Menifee catching up after the 10 day show, seeing friends and visiting our favorite Farmer’s Market tomorrow in Temecula.  I have a list of things I always buy there that I can’t find anywhere else and love their fruits and vegetables. All of the produce is absolutely beautiful.   Will report on them next week.
Hope you are all enjoying the fall and not in the path of all the crazy weather.  We always love hearing from you and love the ideas you send us to share.
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