Ok guys, hit me in the head. I went out and bought another appliance for the kitchen.
I bought a Foodsaver Vacuum Bag Sealer! I thought that I'd try another one out and see if it works well, though I still have yet to try it.
This one should work. It seems to have all the latest features & more.
The Rival unit still works great. I just found myself constantly replacing the batteries a bit too often.
So now, I'll just use the Rival unit for short-term storage and the Foodsaver for long-term storage. It should work out well