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Potential signs of mice include chewed-through dry goods and trails of debris.

Rodents Entered RV While in Storage

We all think little Frederick and his little mouse family that live in the wall all winter are adorable, but we’re not so excited when the little mice have made their winter home in our RV.  How can you tell if you’ve been hosting these little rodent guests all winter?  Here are 3 signs you may have a rodent problem as you pull your RV out of storage to get ready for Spring travels.

  1. Made the mistake of keeping dry goods in the pantry?  Look here first for signs of nibbling on pasta boxes and even eating through packets of creamer and sugar.  If you left it in there, they found it.
  2. Is there an unusually foul smell?  This is likely a dead rodent who made and nest, enjoyed a comfortable stay, and then for any number of reasons died.  Rodents will go back to their nests to die, so if there had been any “bait bars” or other types of poison in the RV to deter mice and they took the bait, they won’t die near the source, they have gone back to their hidey hole in a wall, mattress or corner cupboard.
  3. Do you notice outdoor debris scattered around?  Mice will bring in their food sources, so if you notice trails of little bits of debris from outdoors, that’s an indication there’s a nest somewhere.
  4. Holes?  If you have a huge RV, inspecting for holes and points of entry can seem like a nightmare.  Some people will do an inspection at night, using a flashlight shining from the inside out, and a helper outside looking for any light coming through.  Mice can get through an opening as small as a dime, so some RV owners even wrap their RV with plastic wrap around windows and doors to make intrusion that much harder.

A rodent infestation is the worst as it means damage and usually a lengthy clean-up, but if you inspect your RV frequently while it’s in storage, and if you start the engine when you can, that can help deter the little critters to find a quite abode elsewhere.

Natural Fun in North Florida

Florida State Parks Still Closed After Michael

The following State Parks are still closed (as of the date of this post) due to ongoing recovery efforts after Hurricane Michael.

St. George Island State Park in Franklin County

Florida Caverns State Park in Jackson County

Three Rivers State Park in Jackson County

St. Andrew’s State Park in Bay County  – Campground Remains Closed

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Gulf County – Camping Area Still Closed

Torreya State Park in Gadsen County – Camping Area Still Closed

 

If you’re traveling through Florida and have been affected by these closures, please contact us at Alliance Hill RV Park.  We’re just minutes off I-10, and we’re open for business.  We’ve been taking care of many of the contractors who are helping with recovery efforts, but we do have many sites available for the general public as well.  We will make every effort to accommodate every traveler during these months after Hurricane Michael.  God Bless Florida.

Celebrating the Holidays RV Style

With Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, we thought it would be fun to offer some creative ideas to celebrate the best season of the year scaled-down to an RV Lifestyle.  If you think you can’t have a grand and merry season just because you’re spending it in your RV, think again!  We found some great ideas!

  1. Cooking For Two –  There are some great recipes that can be modified for smaller number of servings including parmesan baked apples, and beef tenderloin with grilled Brussel sprouts on the side!
  2. Creative Decorating – Ever though of putting a Christmas Tree on the wall?  Well, here’s a great example.  If you’re camping, you can even get the materials while walking through the woods… a few cedar boughs and pine cones would make a wonderful festive tree without taking up any space!  (Before you bring materials into your camper, put into a plastic bag, seal tightly, and leave in the sun for a few hours to kill any bugs). 
  3. Make it Cozy and Bright – Use holiday themed throw pillows, comfy soft colorful blankets, and cute dish towels embroidered with Christmas and Thanksgiving themed images to brighten the interior of your RV and bring the spirit of the season with you everywhere you roam!
    Wall Christmas Tree - Image Courtesy of Tip Junkie

    Wall Christmas Tree – Image Courtesy of Tip Junkie

    We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas.  Make sure you stop in at Alliance Hill RV Park in beautiful North Florida as you head back up north in 2019!

Alliance Hill RV Park in Beautiful North Florida. Open post Hurricane Michael.

Thanks to All Helping During Hurricane Michael Recovery

We’re open for business, but we know not everyone is open yet.  We have had many people staying here who are contractors helping with the relief efforts, and we’re so thankful that everyone is working together to help Panhandle residents recover.

We’re thankful to the following organizations who are offering assistance in various ways during this time.

  • We know that over 800 AirBNB owners opened their homes free of charge for evacuees.
  • Disney made a $1,000,000 donation towards relief efforts
  • The Salvation Army is providing nearly 20,000 meals per day to residents in Panama City, Tallahassee and Apalachicola.
  • The Red Cross is reminding donors all over the nation that blood is needed in the Panhandle during this time, assisting hospitals and blood banks.

This is just a few of the organizations helping us recover.  We know there are countless unnamed private citizens sending supplies, helping clear debris from roadways, and supporting the efforts of the State of Florida and FEMA.

We’re going to get back up and running as a State, and we will be as vibrant as ever.  In the meantime, ALLIANCE HILL RV PARK IS OPEN and we are here for anyone needing a place to stay during recovery.

God bless Florida.

Make your campsite spooky fun for Halloween this year.

Fun Halloween Decorating Ideas for Your Campsite

Camping during Halloween is one of the most fun activities of the RV Lifestyle because it just brings everyone together in the campground, and begins to put everyone in the mood for the upcoming holiday season.  We found some great ideas to help you create a super-spooky campsite!

Invisible Children – Use very light fabric, like old sheer curtains, and drape them over a large doll.  Make sure you create a hood over the head, as well as defining the arms as if the fabric were a cloak around the doll.  Spray the fabric with a stiffening spray or spray glue as it is resting on the doll in the desired shape.  Let it dry and then remove the doll from inside the cloak.  Voila – invisible children around your campsite.  To make it extra spooky, you could put some glow-in-the-dark glitter on the fabric before spraying.

Creepy Egg Sacks – If  “creepy” and “spiders” are synonymous to you, this one is especially fun to make.  Using cobwebbing, plastic spiders, and either a small styrofoam ball or small balloon, drop egg-sacs from a nearby tree or your awning.  You may even unintentionally deter people from wanting tricks or treats with this one!

Ghostly Dancers – Using dolls again, shape chicken wire as a bodice a skirt, and spray paint with glow-in-the-dark paint… place several around your campsite to create the illusion of a haunted gathering of dancers.

Reaching Out From Beyond – Using white plastic gloves (from a dollar store), place an activated glow stick inside them, add just a little air to give them shape, and place them on the ground under a light dusting of leaves, dirt and mulch… adding gravestones just above them gives the illusion they’re seeking to escape!

 

We hope everyone enjoys a fun and safe Halloween.  If you want to share pictures of YOUR fun Halloween decorations at your campsite, we’re on Facebook at @AllianceHillRV50Plus

 

 

Run fresh clean water through all faucets once the bleach solution is drained.

Sanitize Your Freshwater System – RV

Is the water smelling funny?  Or maybe your noticing just constant lower-than-usual pressure?  It may be time to sanitize the water system in your RV.  It’s not difficult and can be done in just a few easy steps.  Refer to your owners’ manual or visit the manufacturer’s website for detailed instructions regarding your specific RV so you don’t do any damage or void any warranty in any way.  We’ve gathered the most agreed-upon steps to sanitize most freshwater systems in most RV’s.

  1. Turn off water heater and drain once it is cool and not pressurized.
  2. Open all drain lines and let as much water fully drain as possible.  This may include low-point drain lines as well as draining the water from the holding tank.  If you want to turn on the pump to force out as much water from the holding tank as possible, use caution and continue to watch so that you can stop the pump immediately when water stops flowing.
  3. Close all drains.
  4. The standard rule of thumb for bleach to water is 1/4 cup for every 15 gallons.
  5. Fill the freshwater tank to capacity, open all hot and cold faucets, and turn on the pump.
  6. Once water begins to flow through all pipes, turn off faucets and leave the system sealed with the bleach solution for 12 hours.  Some people even drive the motor coach or pull the trailer a little bit to move the water around within the system helping to ensure all pipes and surfaces make contact with the bleach solution.
  7. After at least 12 hours, open all drains and drain the bleach water completely from the system.  Make sure you’re not draining into an area where plant life could be harmed by the bleach cleaning solution.
  8. Refill the water tank, and run water through all faucets until the smell of bleach is completely absent.

Keeping your RV in good shape isn’t hard if you tackle these projects one at a time.  Part of the pleasure of the RV Lifestyle is enjoying taking care of your home away from home.

 

RV Living During Hurricane Season

Hurricane season in Florida and the Southeastern United States is generally from June through the end of September.  Coincidentally, these are the high months of travel for families, retirees and snowbirds alike.  So if you’ve got to weather a severe tropical storm or hurricane in your RV or at a campground, here are some precautions you can take to just try to keep your loved ones and your property safe.

The biggest threats are wind, flooding and lightning.  Here in Florida, we are the lightning capital of the world, and so lightning is a very real threat, however, if you are in any type of covered dwelling, and especially if there are trees around, a direct lightning strike is highly unlikely.

Flooding can be a major concern, especially during a tropical storm when rain is sustained for days and days and the ground is already saturated.  The best way to prevent any damage to your RV or camping equipment from flooding is to be PROACTIVE.  Make sure your site is on high ground, and create channels for water to flow PAST your site if necessary.  Even if you can create a small area where your vehicle and gear are safe from flooding, that will get you through the worst of the storm.

High winds are a very real danger for campers especially in heavily wooded areas.  If you can get to a solid structure, that’s the best plan of action to keep everyone safe.  If you’re concerned about vehicles and equipment, secure as much as you can either in a vehicle, RV or building, and move out from under trees where limbs can break in heavy winds.

Maintain current CPR certification and a well-stocked first-aid kit.  If there is a natural disaster that affects power and causes road blockage,  knowing how to handle a medical emergency may be the difference between life and death for someone in the campground with you.

Most campers and RVers are well prepared to live “off the grid” for a few days, but if you’re anticipating that you may run into bad weather during your travels, having a few extra canned goods, some sternos for cooking, and a solar water bag or other water purification system on hand is a good idea.

RV living and traveling isn’t always easy, and it isn’t always pleasant, but with a little forethought and keeping some basic first-aid and disaster supplies on hand can make unexpected (or expected) difficulties a little more bearable.

Maclay Gardens is a beautiful place to spend the day here in North Florida.

Maclay Gardens | Hidden Gem in Tallahassee

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee is just another one of North Florida’s little hidden gems.  If you’re planning on heading south for the winter, Alliance Hill RV Park is a great stopover, but we hope while you’re here you’ll spend a couple days seeing some of North Florida’s treasures, and Maclay Gardens is indeed worth the trip.

You can spend a beautiful afternoon in the cooler Florida temperatures of October and November enjoying these picturesque settings.  In October there are some fun events like a Jazz festival and Tomoka-Fest.  There are two short nature trails for those who love to stroll, but there are also biking and equestrian paths as well.  The gardens are lush with azaleas, and those willing to meander can find the secret reflection pool.

Maclay Gardens is a beautiful place to spend the day here in North Florida.

Maclay Gardens is a beautiful place to spend the day here in North Florida.

We sure hope you’ll enjoy all the wonderful little hidden gems North Florida has to offer, and we would like to be the place that you call “home” while you’re here!

To make your reservation for a stay at Alliance Hill RV Park in North Florida, call Glenn at 850-545-4928 OR fill out our online reservation request form.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Microchip your pet may be a good option if you're on the road frequently.

Microchip in Pets for Traveling

If you’re on the road frequently, or for long periods of time, it’s likely you’ve got your best friend with you.  While we all seek to be especially careful to keep track of our naive and vulnerable pets, the worst case scenario absolutely can and does happen: your best friend gets loose and wanders off.  Having a collar and ID tag on the pet is a great way for the average person to know that the pet is not an abandoned stray, and is the simplest way for someone who finds your pet to contact you, but microchips are becoming a great plan B to have in place.

So how do microchips work?  Basically, a microchip ID is a small device which emits a radio frequency that is unique to an ID number assigned to your pet.  The chip also provides the phone number of the manufacturer of that chip, and that is where the ID number and pets info is registered.  Most vets and animal shelters have scanners that are universal and can read microchips from all major manufacturers.  Microchips can last up to 25 years, and because they are inserted just below the skin the subcutaneous tissue immediately begins to bond with the chip, making it highly unlikely the chip will migrate anywhere.

A collar with ID info is still the first line of defense against losing your pet, but if you and your best friend are on the road frequently, a microchip may be a good option.

 

camping with allergies

Camping with Allergies

It’s summertime!  For many that means hitting the open road and getting out of the hustle and bustle of urban life, and into the rural country air!  This is a wonderful experience for everyone, but can be daunting for those with airborne allergies.  Not to worry, with some pre-planning and some simple attention to detail, even allergy sufferers can enjoy a break from the city in the great outdoors.

Use a good pollen-count app.  In a previous blog, we evaluated some of the options available for good apps with accurate weather and pollen count information.  Try to plan ahead based on the dates and location to which you’re heading, and make sure you’re prepared if the predicted pollen count is high.  Obviously, traveling to an area where conditions are most agreeable as far as air-quality is ideal, but even if you’re heading somewhere where allergens are present, knowing ahead of time is half the battle.

Bring an air-purifier to make tent camping possible.  Even allergy sufferers can enjoy the cool evening air and the sounds of owls via the comfort of their own hypo-allergenic tent.  Most tents are made with hypo-allergenic material, and keeping the flaps closed is a great way to keep pollen and allergens out, and fresh air in.  Battery powered personal air purifiers are just the ticket to ensure that even an allergy sufferer can get a good night’s rest, as well as a respite from airborne allergens during the day.  Here’s a link to reviews of some great battery operated air purifiers.

Make sure air filters in RV’s are clean and HEPA.  Whether you’re renting and RV, borrowing one from a family member or friend, or taking your own, make sure the air filters are new and HEPA if possible.  If the RV is a rental, make sure to ask that you’re getting one in which there have been no pets, and that it has been freshly cleaned with hypo-allergenic cleaning solutions.

Talk to your doctor and stock up on your meds.  This is a no-brainer.  If you’re planning a trip away, make sure your doctor knows, and that you not only have all the necessary allergy medication, but that you have emergency supplies available as well.  Additionally, take paperwork with a list of allergens and all meds and dosages in a place that can be easily found by anyone in an emergency situation.  The more first responders know about your allergies, the better.

Summer is time to have fun, relax, and enjoy the great outdoors.  With a little pre-planning and some common sense, even an allergy sufferer can enjoy a trip to the wilderness.