Preparing for the RV Trip – Thinking About RV Security and Ways to Protect Yourself

What can you do to add a little security for your family and your RV in unfamiliar territory in these uncertain times?

Most States frown on carrying guns in your RV. Pepper spray? Police point out that anything like pepper spray would let an assailant get to close to you. There is one alternative that has proven to work and also does not look out of place in your home, office or RV.

The can shoots a fairly accurate stream for 20’. It will blind an attacker until they can obtain the antidote from a medical facility. Extra benefits? The spray will also kill snakes, mice and – oh yeah – hornets and wasps.

Hornet and wasp spray to defend life and your RV
“Hot Shot” adds simple security for your RV

We keep a can velcroed conveniently above the entrance door in our RV -just in case.

Now if they would only come up with a can small enough for a woman’s purse.

More RVing Tips, Tricks and Ideas to pass along on our Website at

Tampa, Florida to the Adirondack Mountains – Niki & Jack are On the Road Again!

Map of our RV Route Tampa to the Northeast
Map of our RV Route Tampa to the Northeast
1,500 miles – Tampa to the Northeast

On the Road Again . . . Soon!

Niki has finished her time with the PT doctors which clears us to get back on the road. We usually head North in May but this Spring was a little different. After 3 operating room visits – the last 2 to repair the poor results from a first knee replacement – we are happy to say that Niki is progressing well after 2+ years of misery.

This trip we will be taking a route that is much favored by many Snowbirds who head to the East side of Florida from Canada and New England. As usual our stopovers are kept to as near 200 miles a day as we can and we will stopover at 6 campgrounds – each for 1 or 2 nights – on this 1,500 mile route.

We’d love to have you join us for the trip. We will be posting daily with photos and comments about the campgrounds, the route, the great “Mom & Pop” restaurants and other interesting things we discover along the way on our Blog at Just visit our Blog and click “follow” to receive an email when we post.

We have a 2011 Excel Fifth Wheel and we pull it with a 2011 Ford F-250 XLT Super Duty.

We’ll be leaving shortly after the July 4th weekend – looking for adventure and whatever comes our way.

Jack and Niki

RVing from Missouri to Myrtle Beach to help family – on a budget?

RVi Route Springfield, MO to Myrtle Beach, SC
RVi Route Springfield, MO to Myrtle Beach, SC
Springfield, MO to Myrtle Beach, SC

We recently received a request for info from a single retired Mother who wanted help with a route from Springfield, Missouri to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and economical camping when she got there.
This is what we had to say and if anyone can add some suggestions please do chime in.

Q: This is my 1st voyage in my 23 ft RV pulling a 1999 Pontiac Sunfire. Do you have any information on the best roads to take from springfield mo to myrtle beach s.c.? -RR

A: Hi RR,
We always check a route on several different mapping programs and the consensus from all is that yours is a 1,022 mile trip and this is the route most often suggested:
(Use the “+” to enlarge the map and see the routes)

Most of the route is by Interstate so you should have no trouble towing. We have traveled on many of these Interstates though we were usually heading North or South.

Next you need to determine how far you want to travel per day and we will help you with suggested stopovers. Do you prefer commercial (private) or State Campgrounds – or do you just prefer the freebies like Walmart’s and truck stops.

Do you have reservations in Myrtle Beach? We know MB pretty well and It gets pretty tight depending on time of year.

Q: Leaving here about the 19th or 20th (June) and would like to spend the summer to help my daughter out since she just has my new grandson 3 weeks ago and a 7yr old and 22 month old granddaughters. And her husband abandoned her so she is exhausted as a new single mother.

I could really use some help in Myrtle beach and willing to do work. I know there are many private camp grounds but charge up to 80.00 a night. I will use truck stops and rest areas on the way down but would like a place to stay in M.B. no room to stay at my daughters and I’m on a very tight budget. Social security doesn’t pay too well. Lol.

A: We would suggest you contact each of the campgrounds in the area and see if they need a Workamper. Most use help during the Summer Season and workers do come and go. List of area campgrounds:

Secondly, here are 2 good sources for possible Summer jobs in the area. A part-time job could help with the high camping rates:

One additional thought – there are a number of businesses in the area that do allow overnight (not extended) parking:!l=3632+Waccamaw+Blvd+%28Hwy+501%29%2C+Myrtle+Beach%2C+South+Carolina&x=33.732865&y=-78.944729&n=&c=6&c=l&c=7&c=8&c=9&c=10&c=g&c=11&c=12&c=13&c=16&d=

Jack and Niki

A Day at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Day Trip to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
Day Trip to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
So much to see and do at Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is a 63-acre nonprofit zoo located in Tampa, Florida. In 2009, Lowry Park Zoo was voted the #1 Family Friendly Zoo in the US by Parents Magazine and is recognized by the State of Florida as the center for Florida wildlife conservation and bio-diversity.

There are many interesting sections including the Asian Gardens,Florida Boardwalk, a primate section, the Wallaroo Station Children’s Zoo, Safari Africa, The Ituri Forest and more.

Exhibits include Indian rhinoceros, Malayan tigers, babirusa, Komodo dragon, clouded leopards, sloth bears, an Indonesian-themed aviary, a disabled white tiger, bleeding-heart doves, mandarin ducks, giant Asian pond turtles, Reeve’s muntjac deer, striped skunks, Orinoco crocodiles, North American black bears, a small pack of red wolves, West Indian manatees, and alligator snapping turtles.

An aquatic center with sharks, eels, seahorses, and a wide collection of snakes, including eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, copperheads, and eastern coral snakes.

There is so much more to see at the zoo. Bring your best walking shoes and the attitude that you will have a great time!