Tampa RV Supershow Day One

Well, we have made it to the Florida RV Supershow at the Tampa Fairgrounds in Tampa Fl. We have a press pass so we get to get in a little early while the manufacturers and vendors are setting up. It gives us a chance to talk with them about their new products and coaches. The one we really want to see is the new Trek by Holiday Rambler under the ARV group. They also make Fleetwood and Monaco. So, we will talk about it on our show this week.

I don’t know how you get ready to move, but I will tell you what we do. As we have gotten more organized we have a routine down. It now takes us 2 days to get ready to go. The First day is all about outside stuff. Taking down the screens, putting away the chairs and the grill, and looking at the tires and fluid levels and having our route planed out . John love’s to play with all the route planning programs and set up places for our stops and potential campgrounds and all the usual checks to make sure everything is in good working order. I get all the laundry, and extra cleaning done I also will make up meals if we will be on the road several days. That way there are no decisions to make about dinner and lunch. This helps to save money. I like to travel with everything up to date and ready to go for when we get to the new place, I don’t have to do anything, just get out there and explore and enjoy. Moving day, we like to get going around 8:00AM, so all the stuff gets stored, rugs put away, loose items and extra essentials put in a safe place usually on the bed. Then the slide comes in the jacks go up and we move out of the site and find a place to hook up the CRV then do the light check and we are on our way. Be sure if you have a pet to secure him or her. We also check each other’s jobs, I always look up to make sure everything is down, antennas, etc. and I look underneath to make sure nothing is under there to impede our moving. If it is raining while we are parked we sometimes put the chairs under the rig and out of the weather. So, it is always good to check.

We got here around 11:00AM got ourselves checked in and discovered that Greg Gerber of the RV Daily report was already here. Greg interviewed us on his podcast the RV Daily report at http://www.rvdailyreport.com, if you haven’t listened to this one, put in on your must do list. He has been involved in the RV industry for many years from the industry side and now is learning about the consumer side of RVing. He just went full timing and is getting a real eye opener about the life style, he loves it! Listen to the podcast at www.rvdailyreport.com/category/podcasts. I think you will really like it.
Well, that’s all for today.
God Bless and Happy Camping

Author: John Huggins

John is a retired Navy Electronics Technician Chief. He traded the Navy adventure for a job in manufacturing quality assurance in 1986, and traded the job for the RV adventure in early 2005. Kathy has held jobs in the medical office arena as well as raising two sons. We now have 5 grand children and one great grand child.We have done much volunteer work since hitting the road including working at the Escapees CARE center in Livingston, Texas. We also are registered Red Cross disaster volunteers, and served in a Hurricane Katrina shelter in San Antonio, Texas.Our connection to Sarasota started in 1995 when John was transferred from New Jersey to work for Electro Corporation, later to become a division of Honeywell. He retired in 2004 and we bought our motorhome and hit the road.We are life members of the Escapees RV Club, as well as members of Good Sam Club and Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA). We hold campground memberships in Thousand Trails, RPI, and Passport America. Our home park is Hart Ranch in Rapid City, SD.Lately, we have worked in campgrounds in PA, IL, SD, AZ, and FL.Nowadays, we have become podcasters, broadcasting our show, Living the RV Dream on the internet. We also have this blog we are having fun with. Check out our Books page for our books on RVing and Workamping.