We are not normal people. Normal people would be scurrying about preparing for the renters that will take over our house. Normal people would be washing the RV or checking tire pressure. Normal people would be packing clothes or food for the journey ahead. No, that’s all done. Instead we went to the Tampa RV Super Show.
We hit the road at 8am, to make the 80 minute drive with our friends Sue (a RV owner) and Carol (a might be RV owner). Girls day. What fun! We arrived shortly after the gates opened and found the queue had already formed.
Since we had printed out the show’s exhibitor map the night before we were able to plan our route. Using the Disney World strategy we went to the furthest location first, believing it would be less crowded and we were right. (Of course, I got a bit testy as some in our party detoured to check out “just this one motor home” we passed on route…but we got there.) Destination Tiffin was chosen because Carol and her husband are considering buying a motor home and had identified the 32′ Tiffin Breeze as a possible contender. A very nice unit, no doubt…but I thought the dinette unit took up too much real estate.
Next stop Jayco, because Sue and her husband own the Precept. Sue just wanted to see if there was anything new and wanted to ask about swapping out the couch for two lounge chairs. Frankly, this is an option ALL RV manufacturers should consider! Evident the fact that the supplier exhibits were filled with lounge chair dealers.
In route to the Renegade exhibit, I heard a familiar voice. I ducked my head in the Class A I heard the voice coming found and found John and Kathy Huggins, founders of Living the RV Dream website, Facebook group, podcasters, authors, gathering hosts, and probably some other things I have failed to mention. We were so excited to meet them because their podcasts were super helpful to Denise and I as we began to explore purchasing a RV, and continue to be a source of information and entertainment as we travel down the road. John and Kathy have been living the full-time RV lifestyle for over 12 years, so they are an endless supply of trusted information. They also host a Facebook group with over 29,000 members. (I have posted several questions on this group and have had literally dozen of responses within a few hours. One night I posted a comment about the Reelfoot State Park, TN, where we were staying, and another member commented back that they were at the same campground that very night. What did we do before Facebook?)
Anyway, after lunch we toured the Leisure Vans, and Couch House displays…both had models we seriously considered before buying our Renegade. They each have released new floor plans since we purchased OLGA. And both floor plans looked interesting on the web and in person. But good news…we still think our Renegade Villagio is the best option for us. Actually great news since OLGA is only 4 months old!
We ended the day in the two large Supplier Exhibits. Crowded and warm, we probably didn’t spend as much time as we could have. We really don’t need any more gadgets or gizmos, (I didn’t really say that did I?), so we concentrated our time talking to campground owners. We especially focused on those with spinning wheels that entitled you to free nights or discounts on future visits. We have already rerouted our upcoming trip to take advantage of some free nights in Superstition Mountain…but more on that in a future post.