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“The Sky is Falling, the Sky is Falling!”   Do you suppose Chicken Little was witnessing a Solar Eclipse? 

  • Here in the Seattle area we will see a 91% eclipse of the sun.  Many Rver’s have had reservations to witness this amazing site for some time and there are reports in Central Oregon that a few strange things have already begun to happen!  I have witnessed 2 total solar eclipses and lunar eclipse and I can tell you that some strange things do happen!  I was in grade school for the first one and the only thing I remember was that we all made these viewing boxes out of shoe boxes and held class outside so we could watch it and learn about why it happens.  We were on the ranch in 1998 when we saw the last one and the cattle all ran and bunched in the corners of the pastures and the chickens went back in the chicken coop to roost! So maybe Chicken Little was right!  To see how much of the eclipse you can see from your location you can go to this link and put in your zip code.  https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/25/16019892/solar-eclipse-2017-interactive-map.  Just be sure not to look directly at the sun.  When you’re living in an RV you can be anywhere you want when ever you want…a great way to see the eclipse and one of the best parts of this lifestyle.

Plans are slowly coming together to head southeast this winter after a stop in Salt Lake City to work on some genealogy with a relative for about a week which I am so excited about.  Our first rally for the season will be the FMCA Six State Rally the end of October in Texarkana, AR.  We’ll have to learn all over again how to set up since we have been stationary since a year ago in May although we have done a couple of smaller rallies.  It’s been five years since we were at that rally and we look forward to seeing some of you there.

So my friend Tom, who is helping me with some new and fresh ideas, is having us do something new.  We will be making a video showing one of our very favorite and most popular products…the Produce Keeper.  Since this was our first attempt there are a few hiccups and I can’t publish it here as it is 2 minutes and that’s too much for this site (boy do we have a lot to learn)  I am delighted at all the things people tell me they use them for…from a loaf of bread to pineapple, bananas and melons.  While we have used them for bananas which lasted 8 days without getting black, we’ve not tried them for the other things.  Ours seem to always be full of other kinds of produce.   Now is the time of year when we have lots of great produce in the Seattle area except the berries are gone for the season.  I use at least two of the Mini keepers for different kinds of berries during their season.  In our opinion, western Washington has the sweetest berries ever!   And we eat lots of them…our favorites: tayberries and blueberries but we like all the others too.  Here is the link to the keepers. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=63   https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=77.  One holds 4 quarts ($20.00) and the mini holds 2 quarts ($14.00).  They both collapse to 1/3 their size for storage.  And remember they are Replacement guaranteed for life.  And many customers can verify that you pay for them in a hurry by being able to use all your produce instead of throwing part of it away.

TIPS from a READER:  Run bacon under cold water before cooking and it will keep it from shrinking by 50%!  Also cooking it in the oven saves a lot of mess.  And also from Marilu…if you peel a banana from the bottom (which is easier anyway), you don’t get all those little “stringy” things.  Thanks Marilu.

Tip from A Facebook poster on RV Tips:  It’s the time of year when mud daubers, wasps and hornets are making their nests and orifices on a RV are a perfect place so be careful when when taking covers off the hot water heater, furnace and fridge on the outside.  There are little screens you can put over some of them but not everything. Facebook friend Leonard says he puts a dog’s flea collar in each area by cutting it into thirds.  He changes them out every 6 months.  Thanks Leonard.

Tip from a relative:  Peggy’s computer crashed and she had to take it in to get fixed.  The tech had to use 3 different kinds of software to get all the viruses and malware off so it would work properly.  The tech told her that recipes, those little quizzes and GIF’s on Facebook as well as all those requests you get that say “Don’t share this…copy and paste it to your page are full of viruses and malware and you should not open or do the quizzes or copy and paste.  Great information Peggy…thanks for sharing.  The tech told her that the reason they like to put them in recipes is because women love recipes and love to share them!

And this Tip from Danise:  “Angel Eggs.”  I have read about this but have never tried it.  In the years when I was doing all the cooking for hired men, I sure could have used this great tip.  Now Mike can’t eat eggs so we don’t use them but boy if you were making a big potato salad or lots of deviled eggs for a picnic or potluck it would sure be handy.  http://www.flylady.net/d/flyladys-kitchen/baked-angel-eggs/. Thanks Danise 

And this great organizing tip:  I sure should have taken before pictures of this cabinet that we have struggled with forever.  We love all our collapsible and space saving products and use many of them every day.  I had them stored in this cabinet in 2 straight-sided baskets but what you wanted always seemed to be on the bottom or in the back.  This is my final solution and we love it!  I found 2 sets of expandable wire racks at WalMart that fit perfectly side to side and front to back and then bought 2 shallow rectangle clear plastic trays that fit between the legs for the small things…a perfect solution!  As I always tell people in my seminars, I am always looking for better solutions not only for myself but others and this was a happy one.

Yesterday we had a surprise birthday celebration for our dear friend Marilu and a Bon Voyage party for friends Jim and Joyce who are going on an extended RV trip.  Marilu loves to surprise and celebrate everyone else’s special days but never wants anyone to know about hers.  Well this year we showed up with fresh flowers, a balloon arrangement and homemade cheesecake and surprised her! 🙂  We also had a taco stuffed potato bar and snacks.  I made a Cilantro Lime Guacamole using the Salsa Maker, Avocado Tool and Lemon/Lime Squeezer.  I put some cilantro (to your taste) in the Salsa Maker and pulled the rope until it was finely chopped.  I then used the Avocado Tool to remove them from their skin and remove the pit, added them to the Salsa Maker, squeezed in a half a lime and sea salt to taste and pulled the cord until it was the consistency I wanted (I like it a little chuncky).  WOW was it a hit.  I never add tomatoes to Guac anymore as one of our sons-in-law doesn’t like it with tomatoes.  So easy.  You can find all the great tools here.  http://www.rvspacesavers.com/shop/.

An FYI from friend Marilu:  Her grandson was removing a pit out of an avocado with a knife, cut himself and had to have several stitches…she immediately gave him an Avocado tool!

The redecorating project is coming along.  We received the fabric samples I had ordered and chose the one we like the best which then allowed me to choose the paint color.  The bathroom is finished unless we decide to paint the cabinets which won’t happen until next summer and the flooring which will all be done at once.  The Gardz primer I used on the walls could not be used on the plastic trim so I used a Bull’s Eye1.2.3 primer for that..I still have art to hang but am pretty happy with the way it turned out. It sure brightened it up and it looks so crisp and fresh.   Here are some of the photos of during, after and making choices.

Making choices

Primer for plastic trim

We chose not to put back up the towel bars but got one that hangs over the cabinet so there will be art on the blank wall.

There will be art on this back wall when the paint has cured.

Paint and fabric final choices

Art that will replace a mirror in the front area.

I found this beautiful piece of art that I used along with the fabric sample to choose the colors we will use…we’re loving it.  Off to pick up the wainscoting (bead board) for the bottom two-thirds of the walls in the main living area.

 

Great Places to Visit:  Macy’s Center City Store Philadelphia, PA  Inside the store is a Wanamaker Eagle Organ that weighs 2500 pounds.  They hold 45 minute recitals Mon-Sat at noon and M,T,Th & Sat at 7 p.m.  Visitors are welcome at the console area on the 2nd floor to meet the staff following the recitals. http://www.wanamakerorgan.com/events.php.  Thanks for sharing Joyce…hope you enjoy it.

Remember we love hearing from you.  And love having you share your tips, ideas, places to visit and any comments you may have.  We are still looking for a buyer for our business and have put it in the Lord’s hands.  When the time is right, HE will bring someone to us that loves it as much as we do. rvspacesavers@gmail.com

In our journey and travels we are never lost but some times mis-placed!  And have seen things because of it.  I found this quote that I thought very much applied to the journey.

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.     Douglas Adams

We look forward to our paths crossing with many of you once again as we end up where we are intended to be.  Until next time…

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time travel safe.  Gail and Mike

 

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Hello from Seaside, Oregon. Seaside, Oregon Seaside, a beautiful coastal community has historically been one of the Oregon Coast’s most visited and popular oceanfront resorts and is located only 80 miles from Portland. There are lots of activities around the area besides walking on the beach and is close to the winter home of the Lewis and Clark Expedition at Fort Clatsop.  A fun place to spend some time.  We are here with several RV friends for 2 weeks of sightseeing, morning coffee and goodies, 4 p.m. cocktails and snacks and sometimes either dinner or dessert! Living and traveling in an RV is the best life ever with lots of great food, new recipes, laughs, games and visiting with friends and meeting new ones.

Great Tip:  30 Awesome things to do in retirement.  Many of us living and traveling in an RV are retired or at least semi-retired.  This list may give you some ideas of ways to spend your time whether while you’re traveling or sitting in a warm spot during the winter or cool spot during the summer. The list of ideas are endless…use your creativity.  Here are 2 great lists. http://www.moneytalksnews.com/slideshows/30-awesome-things-retirement/?all=1.     http://earlyretirementextreme.com/wiki/index.php?title=Long_list_of_things_to_do_when_you_retire

Tip:  Keep tabs on the stuff in your freezer!  We just had to replace our Norcold fridge and chose to purchase a residential one that would fit in the space. It not only gave us another 3.5 cubic feet of fridge and freezer space but weighs one hundred pounds less and was an easy install.  It also gave us a chance to really sort through things in both the fridge and freezer and get rid of things that we had forgotten and had become freezer burned or out of date.   I found this article online and thought it was worth sharing.  Ways to keep foods from freezer burning.  http://tiphero.com/avoid-freezer-burn/?

A Tip Worth Trying:  I have used Scrubbing Bubbles in the shower for years and it does a great job but it is not cheap and of course has chemicals in it.  I saw this the other day and am certainly going to try it. dawnvinegar I keep both products in the RV so I don’t have to purchase anything to try it and IF it works, I will save both space and money.    http://tiphero.com/2-ingredient-shower-cleaner/?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hyX_-Qev7o.

Product Sale Ending This Friday at Midnight  The sale on the Guacamole and Salsa Bowls is ending this Friday September 30th at midnight.  Hurry to get this great deal for $2.00 off each bowl.  Makes a great gift as well as using to serve guacamole or salsa at your RV get-together’s .  Just used them during cocktail hour last night and they were a big hit!  Order either or both and get my Pomegranate Guacamole recipe and my daughter-in-law’s yummy Salsa recipe.  Picture1 https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=160  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=161.

Fall brings on the colors of warm and smells of autumn and of course the beautiful pumpkin colors and flavors.  For one of our meals with our group this week I made Pumpkin Pie Squares which always says fall to me.  I used 3 of our products to make them…the Salsa Maker, Small Fiskie and the 3 quart collapsible bowl.  To find these products go here  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=35   To get the recipe go here  file:///C:/Users/Gail/Documents/Recipes/Pumpkin%20Pie%20Squares.pdf.

Great Places to Visit:  Foder’s gives us a list of the Best Fall Food Festivals.  festivalSome are already over but others are yet to come and may be able to be incorporated in to your fall plans. http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/americas-best-fall-food-festivals?ref=news_fd_092716#!1-intro.

This newsletter is for YOU, our readers.  We would love your participation and input in to what things you would like to see in the newsletter, ideas and tips you would like to share with others and great places you have visited or restaurants you have dined in.  Please contact us with your ideas at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

We hope your journey is filled with happy and fun stops, friends, food and family visits.  Remember only you and your traveling partner hold the map and the decisions to make the most of your travels.  Until next time.   Happy Fall and safe travels.

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Hope everyone had a happy and safe Independence Day.  Ours was very enjoyable spent with great friends and thankfully very few fireworks as it scares the animals.  I can’t believe summer is already on the downhill slide!  It is my favorite time of year and oh how we love the fresh fruit in Washington where we are able to buy it direct from the fields and farms so it is picked ripe and fresh.  Sadly the berry season has ended except for blueberries.  But we are still getting lots of fresh cherries, nectarines and peaches.

And it’s Corn On the Cob Season in Some Areas…this is a great tip.  I do it all the time but be careful as it is really hot coming out of the microwave. http://tiphero.com/trick-to-remove-corn-husks/?  I use this silicone Oven Mitt which is good up to 600 degrees.  $14.00  On Sale Until 8-1-2016 for only $10.00 while supplies last.

Silicone Oven Mitt from RV Space Savers

https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=84

Also ON SALE for summer.  Mesh Picnic Food Covers. $2.50 each or 2 for $5.00 while supplies last or until 8-1-2016. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=37&product_id=140

Mesh Food Picnic Covers

 

I loved this tip about how to make the chocolate chip cookies YOU like the best.

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Everyone seems to like their cookies differently.  I like mine soft, rounded and chewy, while others like them crisp and flat.  This is the Ultimate guide to making them just like you like. http://www.handletheheat.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-chocolate-chip-cookies/

 

Another Important TIP:  If You Have Norton  Virus Protection you NEED to read this article.  http://www.moneytalksnews.com/feds-warn-very-serious-flaws-popular-anti-virus-software/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=email-2016-07-08-pm&utm_medium=email

This is a very interesting set of articles.  The Death of the RV Industry. I don’t know how many of you get the online newsletter RV Daily Report written by Greg Gerber.  He is writing a series of articles on this and thought some of you may be interested.  We as customers of RV’s can certainly understand much of what he is saying.   http://rvdailyreport.com/category/opinion/

Another Great Tip from Jillee  Great Ways to Extend the Life of Products.  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2016/07/201607frugal-ways-to-extend-the-life-of-your-stuff-html.html?

 

Don’t Get Ripped Off. A great article from RV Life Magazine.   http://rvlife.com/ripped-off-by-mechanics-dentists/

Five Must Know Tips if you have Slide Outs.  Most of us have slide-outs anymore and here is some good information to remember from Rving how.   http://rving.how/5-must-know-slide-tips/

Two Yummy Recipes I tried while camping with friends and the tools I used to make and serve them.

Pumpkin Dip

1 13 oz. can pumpkin, 1 cup Philadelphia cream cheese,  1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8th teaspoon nutmeg.  I mixed everything together with the fiskie and served in a collapsible bowl.  I served it with graham crackers and granny smith apple slices.  This makes a lot so you may want to make a half a batch, depending on how many you are serving.

Avocado Crunch

1 ripe avocado, juice of half a lime, 2 teaspoons shelled sunflower seeds, sea salt to taste.  I made a double batch so I used the Salsa Maker, Lemon/lime squeezer, measuring spoons and guacamole bowl to serve it in.  I served it with chips.

Both were a huge hit.

GREAT PLACES TO VISIT:  Top Nine Cities American’s Are Visiting This Summer.  Are you going to New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Jackson Hole, LA, Atlanta, Phoenix, Philadelphia or Dallas?  I was surprised that there were so many in the south in the heat of the summer but we are going to Vegas for a convention the first of August (we may be crazy! 🙂 )

Please pray for the safety of our Law Enforcement and the people of Nice, France.

Praying for Law Enforcement

 

Pray for Nice, France

We hope your journey is filled with many stops on your map!

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Being back home after our speedy trip to Fresno, we are thankful for the safe trip and time spent with family.  We drove through a lot of smoke, some so thick it totally blocked out the sun and you couldn’t stand to be outside the truck without coughing and eyes watering.  I don’t know how the firefighters do it hour after hour, day after day and in many cases in over 100 degree temperatures.  Our hearts and prayers go out for their safety.  They are true heros.

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

“These Are A Few of My Favorite Things!”  Through the years, I have found some products that have become some of my favorite things and do the job as they promise.  We all have purchased products that make claims to do exactly what we buy them to do, only to get them home and find they really don’t work all that well!  I have found these to be  real space savers as they work for a multitude of things so I have 3 items to store rather than 10 different ones to do 10 different things!  We all are looking for easy and ways to save space in our RV’s and these have proved to be winners over the years.  Here are 3 of my “go to’s”

FOLEX ® This is an amazing carpet stain remover.  Just saturate the spot and rub it in with your finger tips and blot with a rag or paper towel.  It also works on upholstery and is non-toxic.   Also works on clothes although I haven’t tried it.  Here is a fact sheet on Folex.  http://www.folexcompany.com/folex-facts/

Folex

 

 

 

 

 

GOOP® Hand Cleaner  Not only for dirty hands!  Works great for stains on washable clothes.  I have used this product for many years on hard to remove stains.  Directions say to let sit for an hour before washing but if the stain is a stubborn one I have found that leaving it on for 24 hours usually gets the stain out.  Also claims it works on carpet and upholstery but I haven’t tried it.They even have one formulated for long haired dogs. It is non-toxic and biodegradable.  http://goophandcleaner.com/original-goop/

Goop Hand Cleaner

 

 

 

 

 

And probably my favorite White Vinegar.  There isn’t much I don’t use it for.  From washing fruit and vegetables to keeping the drains clean and using it in the washer to make sure the detergent has been removed from clothes to disinfecting counter tops and cutting boards, the list goes on and on.  I have seen advertised an extra strength white vinegar for cleaning but I have not seen it in stores.  Here is a mega list of things vinegar can be used for.

 http://www.rd.com/home/150-household-uses-for-vinegar/#.7bogye:R4zq

 

 

New Product:  Microwave Rice Cooker  Easy to use…BPA free…includes locking lid, measuring cup and paddle.  Cooks up to 6 cups of rice.  Check it out here https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=145. While it is not collapsible it takes up very little space.  We have had great feedback on this item.  And it sure helps keep the kitchen cool when cooking in the heat.

Microwave Rice Cooker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trips, Places To See, Things To Do 

I can’t believe it is already after the first of August and on our quick trip to California last week, we saw some leaves already turning and have also seen it starting since we have been back in the Seattle area.  I don’t know about you, but I am not ready for fall!  While I love the beautiful colors, I know that winter is on it’s way.  Having been born and raised in Montana that meant snow and cold were right around the corner and not something I enjoyed once I was no longer a kid!   Here are some photos of some breathtaking fall foliage photos.  And no matter where you are when they start to turn, I’m sure you too can find some amazing ones. Please let us know if you have any favorites or travel tips to share.  I also posted a list of the 10 best on the Facebook group page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/291056790996931/

http://www.budgettravel.com/slideshow/budget-travel-photos-incredibly-beautiful-fall-scenes,7761/

TIps from you, our customers:  Use plastic baskets in the refrigerator to store small things and keep them from rolling around.  Also use them in the freezer to keep things from falling out when you open the door.  (Sadly there was no name on this tip so I don’t know who to give credit to). Great ideas.

Please send us your comments and tips to share with others on this newsletter.  We sincerely appreciate all feedback and appreciate you telling others about us. rvspacesavers@gmail.com  Also if you would like to write a guest article. please let us know.

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RV Space Saving Tips from RV Space Savers

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As I write this newsletter today, we are traveling down I-5 to Fresno to attend my uncle’s memorial service.  He would have been 95 years old in October, was a WWII Vet and the patriarch of our family, loved and missed by many.  Sadly we are quietly losing the “greatest generation” and no one seems to be paying attention.  It would be nice if the media reported something positive for a change and recognized these heros rather than filling the airwaves with the latest Hollywood or deflategate scandal!  Memories of wonderful times spent with him remind me of all the changes he would have seen in his lifetime!  As I sit here in the truck writing this newsletter while Mike drives, I have a computer plugged into a 110 outlet in the dash all connected by a hotspot on my smart phone while the GPS is giving us directions!   Who had a clue  that just a few years ago there would be all these things to keep us so connected! I cant help but wonder what things will be like when we’re 95!  What will our RV’s look like?  Will more and more people be living in an rv, will there be many more ways to save space.  What will happen to fuel prices and how will our RV’s be powered?  What will happen to the tiny house movement?  Even with that movement, we will still need space savers and have products that we can use in multiple ways.  Lots of things to reflect on in our ever changing world.

Summertime tip:  Carry a collapsible cooler in your car to keep groceries cool on these hot days.  There are many kinds on the market.  Do a Google search and you will be amazed at all the different collapsible and space saving coolers there are to choose from..  We also take along some ice packs to help if we’re not going right home or have quite a distance to go between the market and the RV.

Another great tip:  More and more supermarkets are doing away with plastic bags and asking you to bring your own or pay for paper. These are great little mesh bags that take up very little space, are easy to carry and to wash.  https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=15.  And please keep those reusable shopping bags washed.  Here is an article well worth reading.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/06/reusable-grocery-bag-germs/4341739/.

One more tips I need to share this week:  Since it is sweet corn season in a lot of the country, here is a quick and easy way to cook and husk it.  https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&sqi=2&ved=0CDsQtwIwA2oVChMIgL-w9oiBxwIVCDiICh2dQgsv&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DU10MkdbzS54&ei=zCi5VYCpJYjwoASdha34Ag&usg=AFQjCNH-aYOFsnMnOCtPNiikGRxN0VkvVw&bvm=bv.99028883,d.cGU.  This is the way I always cook it and this really works. Absolutely no silk left on the ear!   Be sure to have a pot holder or glove that can stand the heat as it is VERY HOT when it comes out of the microwave. I use this silicone glove which is heat resistant to 600 degrees. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=84.  Sadly our supplier has quit making these and I only have 2 left.

Trips, Places To See, Things To Do:  Having grown up in agriculture as kids, one of our favorite things to do as we travel is talk to growers, farmers and ranchers.  We do this in a variety of ways.  1) We love Farmers Markets and enjoy talking to the farmers who sell their produce.  2)  If we’re out driving around the area, we stop and  visit with them in the fields for a few minutes and 3) Our favorite is to call the County Extension Agent in the county we are staying in and find out what crops grow in the area and where we can get up close and personal with the farmers, ranchers and producers. Most people in agriculture are more than happy to educate us on how they grow their products and it is very interesting.  We have learned about so many things in our travels from growing, harvesting and packing avocados to growing and harvesting peanuts, cotton and sugarcane, just a few of the fun visits we have had.  Give it a try and let me know what you have learned.  You can always contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com

Your tips:  Helen sent in this tip…Mount a magnetic board or paint the inside of your cabinet door with magnetic paint…put spices in small metal cans and hang on door. And  speaking of tips…as we have continued to discuss the square clear plastic containers Joni.and Chris sent in these photos of how they repurpose those containers.

Great job Joni and Chris!  Love your organization!  Thanks for sharing.

 

 

We hope you are all enjoying your summer and hope you will share your tips and ideas so we can share them with others.  Also if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com.

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Tips for Your RV from RV Space Savers

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Good Morning

We hope you are enjoying your summer travels or your summer home if you have a home you go back to in the summer.  Living in an RV is a fun experience and no matter what kind of RV we have, we all need to save space and weight.  It is important to most of us that there is a place for everything and everything has a place.  I know as we sit for a month or more, it seems as though we bring in things that we have not found that special place for so when it is time to be on the road again, it is important to find that storage space.

A couple of ideas that Rver’s use is: 1) If you bring something in, something else has to go out!  And 2)  After sitting in one place for a month or more, go through all the cabinets, drawers, doors, etc., (this goes for you guys as well in the basements).  It is amazing the things you find that you really don’t use or just haven’t kept those storage areas as organized as you do when you’re traveling and know you have to keep things straight to find things.  Try them both and see what works best for you.  It may be a combination of both.  Or do you have another idea?  If so, please share it at rvspacesavers@gmail.com and I will add it to an upcoming newsletter.

One of my favorite tips:

Mr. Clean Erasers really are magic!

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.  They can be used to clean so many things and areas and best of all they are almost weightless and pack a mighty punch of cleaning power in a great space saving product.  One of the many things I use them for is to clean off the smudges left by bottles and cans inside the fridge.  Here is a whole list of things they can do.  https://www.mrclean.com/cleanbook/magic-erasers-101

 

Another great space saving and organizing tips:

Small towel bar

A simple towel rod which can be used to corral many different things  and all depending on what and where you plan to use them, you can possibly use a spring loaded curtain rod to do the same without having to screw in a towel bar. Lots of Rver’s use the spring loaded rods to keep things in the fridge while traveling.

  We also use them in the bedroom closet to keep things on the shelves.  Here’s a bunch more ideas.  http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.com/2015/06/11-ways-to-organize-with-towel-rods.html

A new product we are absolutely love is this Grill Racket.  We use it to make pizzas, kabobs, burgers, fish, shrimp, ham, steak tacos, you name it on the grill.  Keeps the mess outside and from heating up the inside on hot summer days.

 No more things falling through the grill! It is a non stick racket and so easy to use and clean up is fast.  Many of us had those little baskets but this works so much better it is amazing.  Check it out at https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=37&product_id=149

This week on Things to Do and Places To See:  North Cascades National Park is an amazing drive in the summer.  You can’t beat the scenery and there are 3 dams on the river to stop and visit as well

Diablo Dam Can you believe the color of the water!

as a couple of power houses, a boat tour on Diablo Lake or even stay at the Ross Lake Resort. The color of the water is mind blowing and is caused by the grinding of rock against rock producing a fine silt called “rock flour” which reacts to the light and causes the blue-green color.  Here are some great links: http://www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm;  http://www.seattle.gov/light/tours/skagit/;  http://rosslakeresort.com/

Customer tip:  Last week I shared the tip about storing dry dog food in square nut containers from Carol.  I received an email from Marijke who also uses those same containers for staples because they are square and she comments…something I learned from you at your seminar in Gillette!  Thanks Marijke.

Speaking of Marijke and Gillette…It’s a Small World after all!  While we were parked at the Thousand Trails Park in Palm Springs this winter, a couple was backing in beside us and getting set up.  The woman said “I know you…you give seminars on saving space!”  She called her husband and said this is the gal who gives seminars on space saving tips and ideas, he said “yes you taught us to roll all our clothes and I still do that!”  Made me smile. 🙂

New tip from a seminar attendee:  We write where we are camped on a dry eraser board in the car asking someone to rescue our dogs  if we should be in an accident & dogs are in the MH…Sue & Jim

If you have a tip to share, please write to us at rvspacesavers@gmail.com

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RV Space Savers Newsletter and Blog Post Oct 2014

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We’re trying something new here at RV Space Savers and looking forward to hearing from you all to see if it is better then the newsletter style we usually send.  Living in an RV and even traveling in an RV for an extended period of time can be challenging.  Finding space saving tips and ideas is a bonus for us all and many Rver’s are great about sharing those tips and ideas.

Here at RV Space Savers we are always researching and trying new space saving ideas that solve problems for anyone with an RV and no matter how big or small our rigs are, we need to make use of any and all ideas that work for us.

Some new products we have found can be found on our website at http://www.rvspacesavers.com.  One of which is this Mesh Food Cover.  It works great to keep bugs and leaves (this time of year) out of either your plate of food or dishes you are sharing at potlucks that we all sure enjoy. They take up very little space and great to have several.  They are 15 inches in diameter so will cover a good sized dish.  They are great little space savers.  See one of the photos on the website of a customer using one. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=140

 

The following link has many great tips and  ideas for RVer’s    15 Minimalist Hacks To Maximize Your Life  http://www.buzzfeed.com/morganshanahan/minimalist-hacks-to-maximize-your-life?&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DIY+1011&utm

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As the leaves turn their brilliant colors and begin to fall, the weather gets cooler along with the wind, rain, gray skies and threat of frost is showing up more days than not, most of us are feeling the “hitch-itch” to head south to the warm weather and saying to one another…”LET’S ROLL! ” Since there are full-timers and snowbirders, getting ready to head south for the winter gives us lots of things to focus on to get ready for the trip. Living in an RV ourselves, we sit in one spot for longer in the summer as we spend time near our kids and their families and that was especially true this year due to Mike having a mild heart attack and his doctors saying “they” would decide when we headed south!  I am always amazed that the longer we sit in one spot the more “stuff” we seem to accumulate!  The motor home (as well as both of us and CoCo) have had our annual check-ups, batteries, belts, fluids and tires checked, all caulking checked and repaired along with the roof, motor home washed and shined and I’m sure there are other things I am forgetting on the outside.  On the inside, the windows get washed, the cabinets cleaned inside and out, carpet is cleaned, refrigerator is cleaned and defrosted and everything is put in its place.  And for you Snowbirds, you have not only all the maintenance things to do but load in all the things you plan to take including clothes, food and kitchen items.  Some of you we have talked to leave non-food items in your rig so you don’t have so much to pack up.  No matter what kind of traveling you do in your RV, there is always a lot to do to get ready for that trek to the sun.  And for some of you brave souls you plan to winter where it’s cold which gives you a whole other set of issues to deal with.   Google “Camping in the Winter” and you’ll find several resources to read.

Are you full time, a snowbird or a summer camper?  Answer here  https://www.surveymonkey.com/summary/?survey_id=57603103.

Places To Visit Travel Tips

Since tomorrow is Halloween I thought it would be fun to add this article.  America’s Best towns to Visit on Halloween.  http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-towns-for-halloween.  Hope you all have a fun Halloween  http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-towns-for-halloween

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