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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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Tips and Ideas Shared by RV Space Savers

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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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Space Saving Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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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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How She Saves Counter Top Space Is Amazing RV Space Savers Newsletter

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The 63rd RVIA California RV Show in Pomana, CA is in full swing to what they expected to be record crowds and has turned out to be record high temperatures instead!  The first 3 days of the show it were over 100 degrees so the traffic was much lighter than predicted.  I have had great attendance at my seminars on RV Space Saving and so fun to have 3 different gals stop by to visit that receive the newsletter.  That’s what makes this so fun…even in the heat.  So love the people we meet and get to visit with. I gave a new seminar at the request of the show promoter called ” Full Timing in  an RV” which was very well attended.  Lots of people are in various stages of getting ready to live full time in their RV.

TIP:  What a great way to save space on your counter while cooking!

RV Space Saving Tip

Get a hanger the next time you are in a big box store and hang your recipe or recipe book above your cooking and prep area.  Not only saves space but keeps your recipe clean as well.

And a new product to go along with that saving space idea.  This set of 4 Pinch Bowls works great when preparing a recipe.

Pinch Bowls

I take the stack and my measuring spoons to the spice cabinet and measure out each spice and stack them on top of each other to take back to my prep area.  Takes up so much less space than having bottles and cans of spices where I am preparing a recipe.  A tip from Marilu:  She keeps one where she keeps her medicines and puts the vitamins in one to make sure she has everything in it before taking them.  An idea that Mike stole from her and loves.

Here are 27 Insanely Clever Cleaning Tips: Check them out at  https://www.facebook.com/RVSpaceSavers.

Great Places To Visit:

Who doesn’t love bar-b-q?

BBQ

We have it where ever we are traveling if reviews are good.  And believe me we have had some great BBQ and then some not so great.  I ran across this article and thought I would share, so when you are traveling to or through Texas you can try them out.   http://www.wideopencountry.com/17-texas-barbecue-joints-you-need-to-try-before-you-die/.   We have tried a few on the list and really enjoyed them all.  Do you have a BBQ joint you would like to share with others?  Email us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com

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Happy and Safe Travels

 

Can you help “Save the Ta-Tas!” RV Space Savers

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As I begin the newsletter this week, I am asking everyone to continue to pray for the families and town of Roseburg, Oregon to help them start the healing process of the horrific tragedy that struck their community this week.

Sometimes the tips I give are not just about saving space in your RV but for RVer’s  in general which is the case this week.

IMPORTANT TIP:  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so please be sure to call and schedule your mammogram this month.  Hense the title for the newsletter!  While breast cancer is much more prominent in women, it also affects men (they are 100 times less likely to be diagnosed than women).  And guys reading this, please advise your spouse, girlfriend, sister, mother, aunts and nieces to schedule theirs as well.  Caught early, it is very curable in most cases.  So please don’t put it off.

 

Reader Tips:  As one of our faithful readers, Danise sent in some great tips to share.

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. 

This might also work for some of you.  http://www.amazon.com/products-3772w-cabinet-toilet-shelving/dp/b000h8u51o?tag=indifash06-20.  (Gail)

   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. 

 Danise

Thanks so much for sharing Danise.  These are all great ideas and ones I’m sure a lot of us can use.  Do you have tips to share?  Please email me at rvspacesavers@gmail.com

SAFETY TIP:  Be sure to keep track of the age and wear of your tires.   And keep them covered when you are sitting in a park or they are parked in your yard.   Here is a great article on tire safety.     http://www.edmunds.com/car-care/how-old-and-dangerous-are-your-tires.html.   When buying tires for any vehicle know how to check the date codes as there have been several places selling “new” 8-12 year old tires!

We are on the road heading for the Best RV Show http://www.thebestrvshow.com/.  It is being held in Pomona, CA at the Fairplex October 9-18th.  I will be giving seminars every day on Space Saving Tips and one on Living in Your RV.  Hope if you plan to attend you will stop by our booth and attend one of the seminars.  The weather down I-5 is gorgeous with the trees donning their autumn colors.  When we travel from point A to  point B, we sometimes stay overnight at Wal-Mart but always call ahead to make sure it is OK.  This trip every Wal-Mart in Oregon we have called has told us that new City ordinances forbid overnight parking.  Wal-Mart is still fine with it but told us to expect a knock on the door from the police.  This is exactly what has ruined it for those of us who don’t abuse the privilege. This was parked at a rest stop 20 miles north of the California border.  Bikes and junk sitting out all around the camper.  No state workers in sight so have no idea how long they have been there.  I totally understand that with this economy, people are hurting and they do need a place to stay but this can’t be safe for anyone.

New Product:  We have been having so much fun with this new product. Laser Lights can be used in tons of different ways.

Laser Lights from RV Space Savers

We first bought them to use in our booth as a way to be recognized in a long row of vendors and we continue to use them for that.  However, we had so many requests to sell them that we now carry them and have done some other fun things with them.  While they are not to be used in inclement weather, we use them in RV Parks to shine up in the trees at night or on the side of the motor home (people comment that they look like fire flies).  We have had reports of people using them inside on their Christmas trees, for  light shows in an auditorium, in an exercise class, at parties and outdoor functions and for something for their cats to play with.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=151

Great Places To Visit:  Our friend Danise reports a new “Great Place to Visit” and one I am anxious to see.  It is called the 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial in Cashmere, WA.  She has had the pleasure of visiting the new site and says it is well worth going out of your way to see.  Here are a couple of links about the Memorial. http://www.911spiritofamericamemorial.com/  and http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/2015/05/11/town-gets-911-memorial-the-state-didnt-want/27155383/.

Don’t forget to “Save the Ta-Tas!”

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Gadget lovers wanted…by RV Space Savers

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Boy are the colors ever getting beautiful out there.  For those of you who are traveling right now, I am sure you are getting an amazing spectrum of the colors of autumn.  That certainly is one of the great reasons to living in an RV or being a snowbird and getting to warmer weather before the snow and cold start knocking on the door. Enjoy those amazing vistas as you drive through this beautiful country.

TIP: What uses can you find for your gadgets?

What gadgets are you carrying in your RV and have you thought of ways you can use them other than what it was intended for?  Living and traveling in an RV, we all know the need for space saving tips and ideas.  Here are some ideas you may want to think about.

Carry a Pizza Cutter? Did you know you can use it to cut chicken strips, fudge, french toast, cheese and pancakes!

Got a Melon Baller…how about using it to shape mini meatballs for a party.  Core pears, apples and seed tomatoes!

Egg Slicer…slice strawberries. kiwi, mushrooms, olives and deli cheese.

Love grapefruit and have some grapefruit spoons?  Use them for removing seeds from peppers, tomatoes, squash and melons.

Avocado tool…use it to peel a kiwi by simply cutting of both ends and sliding the scoop inside the skin.

Tomato tool...use it to hull strawberries and as a bread knife for artisan breads.

Oven Rack Push/Pull Tool

A couple of new gadgets I like are the Oven Rack Push/Pull which is made of silicone and heat resistant to 645 degrees and the handle stays cool while using.  It not only works on oven racks but also on pans you have in the oven as well.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=148

Another new gadget I really like is the Expandable Trivet. It also is made of silicone so is heat resistant and folds for easy storage.  Works great to keep any kind of hot dish from slipping.  I also use it sitting on the counter for removing hot things from the oven to the counter.

Silicone expandable Trivet

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=147

 

What tools do you have that can double duty?  The options are endless. Just think outside the box.

Tip from reader and product discussion from last week:  Last week we talked about the many things you could do with your Produce Keepers.  Yvonne wrote that she loves them for cantaloupe and pineapple, especially pineapple.  She says you need to make sure to drain them every few days.  Thanks Yvonne…I had not tried eitherof them in the keeper but sure will now!  Another comment from Joyce…I buy romaine lettuce hearts at Costco and they keep great for weeks as it’s just my husband and myself.  Thanks Joyce.

 

Great Places to Visit:  This country is full of great places to visit and surprises around every corner.  Some times we just have to dig a little harder to find some of them like small towns with amazing museums that are well taken care of because the citizens are proud of their heritage.  Nick Russell is writing a blog on Overlooked America which he is posting to Trips, Places to See and Things To Do.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/291056790996931/.  If you haven’t already asked to join, you may want to check it out.  Another great place to find things to do in any state is U.S. State Fast Facts.   http://www.50states.com/facts/ and Only in Your State. http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/.  Just search by the state you want information about.

We love your comments, input, ideas and suggestions.  Please visit our website at www.rvspacesavers.com .  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RVSpaceSavers.

 

Safe and happy travels.

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Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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One of the things we love most about traveling and living in our RV is the wonderful people we meet and how helpful most people are.  Loving to share, whether it’s a tip or idea, an appetizer or pot luck dish, these are the things that make up our wonderful RV community.  I love to see guys all clustered around someone who seems to be having trouble with their RV or toad to offer any help they can or neighbor helping neighbor in an RV Park if the need arises.  It so reminds me of how we grew up as children, in smaller communities where everyone helped everyone else.  What is your favorite tip for small spaces?  Do you have a unique idea or tip to share with others on how you make the space in your RV work best for you?  Please let us hear from you.

I apologize for no newsletter last week and being so late this week.  I have been having some computer issues for the past couple of weeks.  There was a chance that I had a virus on my computer and I certainly didn’t want to be spreading it around.  Luckily it wasn’t a virus, just my anti-virus software cranking up their site with so many viruses out there and trying to protect my computer.

TIPS:

ORGANIZATION   One of my favorites and one I get asked a lot about.  How do I organize this, how can I save space in the bathroom, the bedroom and the kitchen.  I try to give lots of these kinds of tips in my seminars.  Purging and baskets are my 2 favorite solutions.

Both are “freeing” by ridding yourself and your RV of things you don’t use and your mind of clutter.  Here’s a

great link to a short article on 5 Reasons Why Organizing is FUN (well maybe that’s going a little to far)!  http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com/2015/09/5-reasons-why-organizing-is-fun.html#more

Here is another great article on Organizing.  Some of which will work great in an RV.  http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/tips/g2610/best-organizing-tips/?slide=4

One of our readers and customers sent me this article.http://food52.com/blog/13912-the-best-way-to-store-lettuces-other-greens-a-controversial-method.  Thanks Marijke.  I find it very interesting and would love to try it.  However having an RV fridge, I am only able to use my salad spinner to spin the greens and then put it away.  After reading the article I thought I should address the Produce Keepers and all the things you can do with them.

For those of you who have them, they work great to keep lettuce and greens for long periods of time.  Baby spinach for up to 5 weeks, romaine lettuce up to 4 weeks.  Do not wash before storing and follow the directions for each type of produce you are using it for as to how much air and moisture each needs.  I have 3 small ones in my fridge at all times and use them for everything.  Right now I have one filled with mini cucumbers (3 week old ), one with radishes (2 weeks old) and one with spinach (going on 4 weeks).  While they work wonderfully for berries, you can use them for tons of different kinds of produce.  One of our customers uses the 4 qt. keeper to keep bananas from browning and just sets it on the counter (don’t refrigerate bananas). We’re not great banana eaters but I have tried it and Mike ate the last banana on the 8th day and it hadn’t turned brown.  There are 2 sizes of keepers: A 4 quart and a 2 quart.  For those who have an RV fridge like we do, the small ones work best as the 4 qt. will only fit on the top shelf.  For those who have residential fridges, the 4 quart works great.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=77.

New Product:  Small Fiskie    We started carrying these this winter but I don’t think I’ve ever told you about them.

Made of silicone and heat resistant up to 400 degrees, this is a fork and whisk combined.  Great space saver. Quickly whisk, stir, blend and mix.  Incorporate air into eggs or cream. Use it to fold whipped cream into recipes. Perfect to mix protein drinks. Transfer food to a plate. Scoop and drain.  Safe for nonstick and glass.  They sold like hotcakes at the FMCA Rally in Pomona and I have had lots of great comments about them.  Being able to get rid of those wire whisks that take up so much space is a real plus with this tool. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=150

Tip from customer:  Mouse wasn’t responding properly.   Took it apart… wiped ball with rag/alcohol.  Cleaned inside of mouse w/q tip, dipped in alcohol.  …. wiped mouse pad w/same rag/alcohol.   All working well now.  Great tip…thanks Danise.

 

Great Places To Visit:  There are so many gorgeous places to visit in the fall when the colors are changing.

Here is a link to 21 of the Most Spectacular (according to BozzFeed).  http://www.buzzfeed.com/anniedaly/21-insanely-beautiful-spots-to-see-fall-colors-across-americutm

Wishing you all a happy fall and safe travels.  Please send in you ideas and tips to share with others.  If you enjoy our newsletter, please share  with others.  There is a sign up page on our website and our Facebook page.

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Tips and Ideas For Your Small Space

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The Migration Has Begun!  

With Labor Day this weekend and fall in the air, we’re seeing more and more RV’s heading south on Interstate 5.  Folks who are living in their RV’s have enjoyed the beautiful weather in the Northwest and Western Canada and are now thinking of getting to their spots in the south as weather there cools down.  Even some snowbirds are getting on the road, wanting to enjoy the beautiful fall weather as they travel to their winter destinations.

TIP:  Make a plan and a list of things you need to complete before heading out for fall.  Has your rig been serviced?  Oil changed, fluids checked, tires checked for wear and age.

Here are a couple of good articles about the age of your tires.  http://www.goodyearrvtires.com/tire-replacement-guidelines.aspx and https://www.fmca.com/motorhome/basics/82-tire-safety.html. and how to tell the age of your tires.  Be sure to check this even before you buy new tires as there have been lots of reports of tire shops selling “new” tires that are 8-10 years old! Rig and windshield washed, bays or basements cleaned and organized.  Here is also a great checklist from FMCA.

RV Checklist

Inside:  cabinets, closets and drawers are cleaned and organized.  Windows washed, blinds vacuumed, cabinet faces are cleaned with

Murphy’s Oil Soap which I have used on wood for years and love.  TIP:  Use as directed so it doesn’t leave a residue on the wood.   Ask yourself if everything you are taking with you are things you will use during the winter in the south.  Is the space and weight  something is taking up, worth the number of times you use it?  TIP: One of the other things we do before heading south is to purchase products that we can’t seem to find in the south (for us it is Adam’s Peanut Butter and Torani Vanilla Syrup, for friends from back east it is a brand of Marshmallow Cream they love on their toast, another a special sausage)  We always make room for several of each. Do you have something special that you take?

TIP:   Wrap rubber bands around the ends of metal tongs for safety to keep things from slipping out of the tongs. http://tiphero.com/rubber-band-tongs-for-kitchen-safety/

New Product:  2 great new RV Space Savers products that we are loving and take up very little space.

Expandable Trivet

 

 

Silicone Oven Push/Pull Tool

 

The Expandable Trivet is lightweight and folds flat. A great space saving trivet for hot foods.   The Oven Push/Pull Tool is very handy when putting things in the oven or taking them out as well as pushing the hot racks in or pulling them out.   We put a “command hook” on the wall right beside the range so it is always handy.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=147  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=148

Travel Tips:

For those of you traveling to or through Arizona on your travels this winter there are 2 must stops in the Phoenix, Mesa area.

The Arizona Opry is a must but be sure to make reservations and make them early.  Even if you have been before they have 14 different shows.  2 shows a day with dinner which is made by the family and delicious…they even have gluten free options (be sure and request this when making reservations).  http://www.azopry.com/.

The other stop is Organ Stop Pizza which features the largest Wurlitzer pipe organ in the world…and some pretty darn good pizza while you enjoy the nightly entertainment on the organ.   http://www.organstoppizza.com/.  There are many more things to see and do in the Phoenix area but these are 2 of our favorites.  Do you have favorites in the area?  Please share with us.

Thanks to all who took the survey for my friend who is trying to get his community market going.  We appreciate your help.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.  And remember to like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RVSpaceSavers.  Join our Trips, Places to See and things to Do group https://www.facebook.com/groups/291056790996931/

Happy and Safe Travels

 

 

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Woke up this morning to the wonderful sound of rain on the roof!  So needed here in the Seattle area and all across the Western U.S.  Sadly it doesn’t look like it will get over the Cascades to the fire ravaged areas.  The wind has just arrived and is expected to be 35-50 MPH for the next several hours.  Hopefully everyone will stay safe.

We had planned a trip to the John Day Fossil Beds in Oregon and the Prosser, WA Balloon Festival starting mid-September but due to the smoke and fires, we have cancelled the trip.  God willing there will be other years to take the trip when there aren’t so many fires.

TIP:  SPACE, SPACE, SPACE…who doesn’t need more space in their RV?  There are 2 areas in our kitchen that I have always detested…the drawers (there are only 2 and they are 6 inches deep).  What to do with them and how to organize them. Living in an RV we all can get pretty creative about ways to use space and space savers. I had come up with some solutions that I have discussed in my seminars that seemed to be the most workable and the other place I detest is the Spice cabinet.  It isn’t deep enough to stand 3 spice jars but is too deep for 2.  I was always having to remove half the things in the cabinet to find the spice I wanted but have come up with a partial solution to that for the time being.

We had our son–in-law remove the 2 drawers and build 4 drawers with the same dimensions that take up the same amount of space.  2 are 2.5 inches deep and the other 2 are 3.5 inches deep.  Rather than waste space by putting drawer fronts on them, he

built a door that closes them all off.  They are absolutely perfect and now are so organized that even my OCD loves them!  Here are the before and afters.

4) After

5) After

The cabinets are maple so the door will darken over time because of the oil based poly he put on it.  Still am excited every time I open them because now everything has a place and when you take it out and use it, after it’s washed it goes right back in the same space.  Blessed to have such a great son-in-law.

The one solution we came up with for the spices is to pretty much remove them all and use the cabinet for baking needs and oil, vinegar, etc.  And bless hubby Mike for this solution.  He build a great spice rack that fits above our fridge and holds 16 bottles of spices.  The holder is angled so when

traveling the bottles don’t come out.  Absolutely love it.  If you think this is something that might work for you and want Mike’s directions, please email me and I’ll send you a copy.   Sadly

 this is the inside of the spice cabinet and we’re thinking about expanding it out on to the counter that is there which is only used when getting things from the back of

the cabinet.  We put small cup hooks on each side with heavy duty rubber bands to keep things

in place while traveling and so they don’t all come tumbling out when you first open the cabinet.  What are your space saving ideas?  What are your challenges?  Can you find “out of the box” solutions?  Want some ideas?  Just email me you problem area and some photos and maybe we can help you come up with a solution.

Products and Tips: Speaking of spices here are a couple of great products to help with those spices.  These little pinch bowls are great for spices.  I measure out my spices and stack them so the spice bottles aren’t cluttering up what little counter space we all have.  We sold these long ago and they sold out right away and our supplier quit making them.

But one of our new suppliers carries them so we have them back.  TIP:  They also work great to sort your pills into if you take several at a time.  Thanks Marilu! https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=64

And the other great thing we have for spices are the Spice Holders which comes with 12 clips.  They come in rows of 4 with double sided heavy duty sticky tape but can be broken down however they work for you.  They also work great for medication bottles and hanging brooms, mops, etc.  You can see inside my spice cabinet I have 2 sets of 2 for small bottles of spices.

TIP:  Be sure they are positioned where you want them as they are difficult to remove!   https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=107

Great Place To Visit

One of the fun places we visited on our trek back to Washington this spring was in San Jose, CA.  It is the world famous Winchester Mystery House built by the widow, the only surviving heir of the Winchester family.

The mansion has over 160 rooms and goes from beautiful to bizarre in the same room!  Sarah Winchester started construction on the mansion in 1884 and it continued up to the day of her death some 38 years later.  To say this lady was eccentric  would be putting it mildly!  If you haven’t visited it is worth the stop when you are in the area.  http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/.  Have you been somewhere others would enjoy?  Do you have a travel tip to share?  We love hearing from you.

 

PLEASE HELP: I am asking a favor of all our readers.  I’m sure many of you who RV also love to go to local markets and fairs when you’re in an area like we do.  We search them out wherever we are staying for a few days.  A friend has asked me to help him market a weekly Community Market with vendors of all kinds and I agreed to do some things to help him make it a success.  Would you please take a minute and fill out this 3 question survey.  I would so appreciate it and your answers will be very helpful in telling him where and how he should spend his marketing $$$.  It is totally anonymous and no one keeps your email address.  Thank you in advance.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6ZPXHRQ.

No tips from readers this week but one of our readers has agreed to write a guest article on something I wrote about in a previous newsletter so stay tuned.  I am excited about it.

As always if you have space saving ideas, tips, places to see or things you would like to see in our newsletter send me an email  rvspacesavers@gmail.com

Please remember to keep our fire fighters, law enforcement and military in your thoughts and prayers for their safety.  RV Space Savers is a Proud Supporter of Military families and a portion of every sale goes to causes that help them.

Safe and Happy Travels

Tips and Ideas from RV Space Savers

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My how time flies!  It sure doesn’t seem like it’s been a week since I sent the last newsletter but I am even a day late.  I’m not sure if it is just that time goes faster as we age or part of living in an RV and as we travel, we really don’t pay attention to days and dates unless we have appointments!  Do you too find this to be true?

New Tip:  Need more storage in the bathroom?  

Shoe hangers make excellent places for extra storage.  You can hang them over the bathroom or shower door and store lots of items from hand towels and wash cloths to shampoo, shaving cream, razors, brushes and combs and the list goes on and on.

Also small baskets can be attached inside your shower with an adjustable shower rod that fits across the back wall of the shower and hang them with shower hooks (make sure the baskets are plastic).

I also saw this idea online that I thought was cute and sure uses blank

space for most of us.  These can be either plastic or wicker.  Just make sure they are small.

 

 

 

 

And put an adjustable rod under the sink to store cleaning products by hanging the pump part of the handle over the rod.  Do you have a unique idea for bathroom storage?  If so, please share.

 

 

 

I recently read this tip on the Good Sam Blog and thought it was worth sharing.

I recently came across a slick trick to clean my shower-door track. I use a sponge paintbrush (available at paint or hardware stores). I spray the brush with Clorox 2 and then use the foam portion of the brush to rub down the tracks. I then give the tracks a quick rinse and dry with a paper towel. They look like new and the door slides without binding or sticking.
Carol Lucas, Burlington, Colorado

New Product:  Collapsible steamer   This silicone, BPA free steamer is a must for any kitchen.  Not only is is almost weightless but takes up very little space. High heat resistant to 445 degrees.

Works great inside the Rice Cooker that I showcased in the newsletter last week to cook veggies.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=146

Great Places To Visit:  While traveling along I-90 in the mid-west a few years ago during the late summer, we visited all the usual tourist areas  Wall Drug, Badlands, Corn Palace, Pioneer Car Museum, etc.  We also took a detour up to DeSmet, S.D. for 2 reasons.  My maternal great-grandparents came to that area from Norway and also to see all things Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I have always loved her books and the TV show as did my children.  Sadly it seems our grandchildren can’t in any way, identify with that life so they don’t enjoy those things like we did.  From the homestead to the surveyors house they lived in during the winter, the cemetery where several of the family was buried  and the home that the Charles Ingalls Ingalls family built in town, it was a fun visit.   I was sorry that I did not find any connection to my family in the area but was at least able to visit the areas where they were listed in the census and children were born.  It is certainly worth the stop if you are in the area.  http://www.desmetsd.com/desmet/visitors/laura-ingalls-wilder.

 

What  would you like to see in this newsletter?  Please email me at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.  And remember if you have tips or great places to visit, let us know and we’ll include them.

Happy and Safe Travels