Every January, the biggest RV show in the country takes place at the Florida state fairgrounds in Tampa. We have heard a lot of good things about the Florida RV Supershow, and decided to check it out last week. Everyone we talked to said it is too big to see everything in one day, and they were correct. We spent 2 days at the show, and still did not see everything that was there. They had RV’s of every shape and size, from $4,000 trailers to a $3 million dollar custom coach.
We also ran into Kristen and Jason (Snowmads), whom we first met last January in Cedar Key, FL. They have sold their Airstream trailer and will be venturing out in a new Trek motorhome, which was on display at the show. They travel with three dogs that were happy to great all visitors at the show!
We also ran into a number of co-workers from Amazon, and had a nice lunch with everyone. Then all of us went over to one of the exhibitor buildings, to say ‘hi’ to the human resource personnel for Amazon that handle the Camperforce program. Kelly, in the purple shirt below, was our HR rep that came with us up to Jeffersonville, IN last December.
Across from the Amazon booth, was a booth selling these “exercise” machines, that you stand on and “lose weight” due to the vibrating movement! Donna was checking them out. I think Amazon is a more effective weight loss program.
After lunch we ventured over to the Heartland display, and checked out the brand new Charleston 5th wheel model. It received the ‘Best in Show’ ribbon. It was a beautiful 5th wheel, and had a very residential feel to it. We noticed many of the 5th wheels are now including residential refrigerators, induction stove-tops and dishwashers, as options. Dan was able to spend some time talking with a technician from Heartland about some routine maintenance questions that he had. That is one nice part about a big show like this, as they usually have the representatives from the manufacturer’s to talk with, and not just sales representatives.
Of course if money was no object, I found a coach that I could live in, the Monaco Dynasty 45P! It was one of a few motorhomes that had a lot of storage space in the kitchen, a comfortable layout in the living area, a shower that you can move around in, and a curbside dinette.
They had a few antique trailers on display, including this 57 foot long, long trailer.
And we found a little trailer that would be perfect for Makena.
You can spend a lot of time walking at this show, as there is row after row of vehicles to look at. And we saw many RV’s with ‘sold’ signs on them, including some in the seven-figure price range.
On the second day we attended the show, we were finally able to meet up with two more couples whose blogs we have followed for a while. John and Kathy, have an excellent podcast (available on ITunes) that we have listened to for several years, as well as a blog and website, Living the RV Dream. Nick and Terry of the Gypsy Journal were also at the show. In the photo below, Dan is talking with John (in the white shirt), with Kathy behind him. Terry is a bit hidden behind Kathy, and Nick is sitting on the end of the bench. We had a nice conversation about full-timing with both of them, and look forward to meeting up with them again somewhere down the road.
Quote for the day: “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” – Linda Grayson