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RV Slap Bracelets

When you’re moving from place to place on a long trip in the RV it’s easy to forget things. There’s a surprising number of steps to remember for a smooth trip. 

Since the beginning we have used these as reminders. 


They’re essentially slap bracelets for your steering wheel. They remind us of various things, like retract the antenna, close bay doors, disconnect utilities, etc. The packs we bought also come with a couple of blanks to write in your own. 

It’s a cheap investment that can save you thousands in damages and hassle. 

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Big Cat Track 

Daisy and I were hiking trails around Lake Benton in Texas when I spotted this large feline track. Eyes open and head on a swivel. 

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Holiday Park at Lake Benbrook

On our way back to Florida, we’ve stopped for a few days in the Ft. Worth, Texas area. 

We’re in our RV overlooking lake Benbrook in Holiday Park. It’s a US Army corp property. 


The sites are very nice, although most of them are not very level. The sites have electric and water connections but no sewer. There are dump stations in the park. 

There are a few miles of hiking trails as well as whatever water activities you’d want to do. 

There’s a lot of wildlife around, including predators, so be careful with pets. Daisy and I came across a large cat track on the trails. The same day the gate worker showed a picture of a panther crossing the road near the front gate. 


One major complaint we have is that the only entrance gate is locked at 10pm and you can’t get in or out until 6 am. This policy seems insane to us. I really don’t know how someone thought this policy was a good idea. 

We’ve got a couple of days left and we’ll continue east. 

Brodie 

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Live Oak Ridge campground 

We’re finishing up a short stay in Belton, Texas. We’re staying at Live Oak Ridge, an Army Corp campground. 

It’s a very well kept place with lots of space and shade. Each site has water and electric, but no sewer connection. There is a dump station though. 

The views of the lake are great. 


Tomorrow we start back to the east. 

Brodie 

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Yelp Delivery!!!

We stay in so many different places and environments. Sometimes we’re urbanites. At other times we’re country folk. 

Both have positives and negatives. And no place is the same. 

After a long stint in the country it’s awesome to take advantage of the metro conveniences. One of which is Yelp delivery. It’s convenience on roids. Open the Yelp app. Pick the delivery place. Order, pay, and presto!  Dinner is served. Not just weird pizza either. 

Brodie and Jodi 

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Traders Village RV park 

We left Duscon, Louisiana this morning. Our work camping situation came to an end sooner than expected. We’re disappointed that it didn’t work, but we feel that we did what we could. One of life’s curves I guess. 

Regardless, we decided to use the unexpected open schedule to head west to Texas for a short time. We’ve stopped for a few days at Traders Village in Houston. 

Soon we’ll go east. Most likely to Florida. Jodi has been looking for a good location to stay through the summer.  Then we’ll regroup, replan, and move out. 

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Frog City RV Park

Well, it’s time for an update. I know it’s been awhile since our last post but it’s not for lack of trying. I typed up an awesome blog post with tons of pictures from our recent stays at Harvest Host locations, scheduled it to post, waited for it to post, realized that the entry didn’t post OR save, got mad, decided to punish WordPress for it’s sins, and gave up.

Now, we are staying at Frog City RV Park in Duson, LA which is just outside of Lafayette. It is such a nice little park and there are many fun things to do in the area.

Not only are we guests here, we are also part time employees. We just fill in on the weekends now and then for the full time managers of the park.

For you non-RV’ers out there, this is called Workamping (work camping). This is when you are hired by a park in exchange for a free site and sometimes pay and other perks. So, we will be living at no charge for the next few months in exchange for a few hours of work.

We tried this one other time and it was a MAJOR fail!!! That last place treated it’s workampers like free slave labor. We left after a week.

But, we sure found a good one here! It’s a slow paced, 62 site, RV park right off of I-10. Everybody loves Daisy and she enjoys playing the park “Welcome Wagon”.

Stop by and say hello if you’re in the area. It’s a great place to stop if you’re headed West to TX on I-10. There aren’t any stops after us until TX (well, there are a few that are FULL of monthly renters in Lake Charles because of the pipeline and two new factories).

-Jodi

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Cornice removed 

We’ve been wanting to remove some of the cornice and blind combos in the RV. Today we’re finally getting started by first removing the small set on either side of the master bed. 

They weren’t hard to remove, just a little awkward. Only four screws hold each unit in place. 

Now we need to find the right solution for replacements that will keep out as much less light, but not take up so much space. 

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Rolling out of cars in Memphis

We’re well on our way to the Grand Canyon.  We made it to our next stop today, which is Memphis, TN.  We’re staying in the Graceland RV park.  The area around Graceland appears to be a little sketchy, but the park is nice.

We’ll be staying here a couple of days before we move on west.

Once we were in Memphis and only 3 to 4 miles from the park, we had a very unique situation happen.  We’re driving along when a car, coming the opposite direction, did a hard, fast u-turn in front of us and a young male, late teens or early 20’s,  rolled out of the back door and across the pavement.

We came to a stop and Jodi called 911 to report it.  I contemplated getting out to assist, but before I could more people showed up, from where I don’t know, and angry voices began.  We decided it was best to let the police come and do their thing and we left the area before things got violent.  Besides, the afternoon shift was filing out of the adjacent strip club to take a look.  There were more than enough feet already on the ground to handle whatever situation it was.

Any who, we arrived safely and got situated.

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Locked out of the RV

Last night took a very unexpected adventurous turn at about 11:30pm.  Jodi and I were ready for bed, but we decided to take the dogs out one last time.  We were out for about 5 minutes when Jodi called to me and said “the door is locked”. Oh……No…….

Sure enough, the door had somehow locked behind us.  First time this has happened.  We tried for several minutes to use a tool to pop the lock to no avail.  We have a second set of keys for the RV, but they were locked in the Jeep.  Not good.

I must admit here that I was not handling this situation well.  The day had already not gone as smoothly as I tried to make it.  Locking ourselves out late at night was bad icing on a really bad cake to me.

I had luckily brought my phone out with me.  Jodi looked up a local locksmith and within about 15minutes he and his wife were on the scene to help.  This is where the story gets insane.

The locksmith tried to get into the RV, but couldn’t.  We had heard and he confirmed that these doors are very difficult to get into.  We then had him go with plan B.  Unlock the Jeep and we’ll get the spare keys from there.  Only hurdle we had was that once he unlocked the door the car alarm would start screaming and here we are in a tightly packed park.  I got tools to start disconnecting the battery while the locksmith unlocked the Jeep, but before I could get the battery disconnected, he opened the door.

We were off to the races!  We get the keys and are trying to get the RV unlocked, which is not cooperating for some reason.  Because of the screaming alarm, our two dogs are going nuts.  Jodi couldn’t keep her hold on them without leashes.  Then a guy and his wife that evidently live here permanently in a very small RV across the street come over yelling for us to shut the alarm off.  Jodi and I both are trying to explain that we’re working on it while at the same time control our dogs that are loosing it.  The two angry RV dwellers continue to berate and threaten us with calls to the police, the park owner, the president, congress, while we try to grab our dogs and get into the RV to get the key to go the Jeep to shut off the alarm.  This is the best I can do to get the whole crazy thing into words.

The good news is that we got in, got the car alarm off and we both slept soundly after I was able to calm down.

Footnote: the angry neighbor must have left for work or somewhere about 6:30 this morning because he laid on the horn in his truck for a couple of minutes before leaving.  Guess he wanted to make sure we knew what his horn sounded like too.

Brodie

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