I know this is too late to be of any help... but the next time you are in the area, try the rv park at Coachlight RV just south of Carthage, MO. It is about 10 miles east of Joplin and a beautiful park next to a great RV facility. Carthage is home to the Precious Moments figurines that your wife will enjoy taking a look at. Also, there is a very unique steakhouse on the north side of Carthage called Lucky J Steakhouse... if you hit it right, you can watch the cowboys/cowgirls in the arena while you enjoy a very good steak. Be safe and have a great trip.