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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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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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A Better Way to Do Laundry

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Carrying detergent, softener and static guard is not only a space issue, it is a weight issue.  Carrying those items weigh more than 8 pounds.  Now you can save space and weight by using WashEZE 3-in-1 sheets.  One sheet does it all.  Also the older we get the harder it is to lift those bottles and carry them to the Laundromat.  TIP:  If you have a washer/dryer combo in your RV, cut the sheets in half and put them in a lingerie bag to keep them from going down the drain.  And 1 sheet does a full load which is too much for the combos.