Tampa RV Supershow Opening Day

We are at the 2015 Florida RV Supershow in Tampa Fl. And it has been a great show so far. We arrived here on Monday and get ourselves all set up and got the map of the show and set up our schedule. I highlighted the motorhomes, 5thwheels and trailers we wanted to see and set the days for each one. Of course, the first day we did the motorhomes because that’s what we live in and know the most about.
Tuesday is industry day and that is the day that everyone here gets their booths and displays ready. The rigs were all here already, but not all the staff and venders booths have totally been set up. So, with no public here it is easy to be able to talk with folks and view rigs. One of the first rigs we wanted to see was the new Trek 26ft gas RV from Holiday Rambler. I must be honest we were a little disappointed because it has great potential but it wasn’t quite ready for prime time. The unique feature is that the bed rises to the sealing on tracks and make room of another room underneath. The original Trek had the bed above the living room and this new design has it in the back of the rig and underneath there really is no rhyme and reason for the room there. I guess I didn’t understand what that room was to be used for. So, onward to Newmar’s new Dutchstar with handicap accessibility. The Dutchstar is a diesel engine rig and very nice. There was a handicap person in the rig at the same time and he commented that is was perfect. That was a great review. So, as long as we were there we check out all the new designed rigs and I was impressed with a new 39 foot Ventanna that had a coat closet right across from the door.

We then went to the vender buildings. I must say we found some get new products and some old reliable ones too. John wanted some BoeshieldT-9 rust and corrosion shield waterproof lubricant. RV LIFE had some fine RV care products. We talked with Grace the president of the company and they have been working hard to develop new and useful product’s to take care of your rig. They have developed a graphics wax that is designed to clean the graphics on the rig and not damage any of them.
There were so many you will have to just listen to the next several podcasts and we will tell you more.
The best part of the show is meeting with old friends and listeners. Greg Gerber of the RV Daily Report is here, Nick and Terry Russell of the Gypsy Journal, Terry Cooper the Texas RV Professor, Don Hume and his lovely wife of America’ s mailbox, Suzy Fletcher of Fleetwood, and we had a chance to meet listeners the Stahlmans. Well, I will close out for now and write more later. God Bless You and Happy Camping! Kathy

Here we are on opening day of the 2015 Tampa RV Supershow. I found probably the best class A gas coach ever in a 38 foot Canyon Star by Newmar. This rig had it all for full-time living with residential refrigerator, stacked washer/dryer, good food prep space and the list goes on.
Later on at the American Coach display we found Kathy’s dream rig in a 39 foot Revolution that had almost everything she says is necessary for full-time living. A little over our current budget though.
Last night was the Florida RV Trade Association vendor appreciation dinner. We met a lot of folks including Terry Cooper aka the Texas RV Professor and resident of the RV Inspection Connection. We will be interviewing him later in the week for inclusion in one of the RV Show podcasts. We also met up with Phil May and his wife Tracy from Techno RV. She is looking really great after undergoing all the treatment for breast cancer. They will probably be at our Gathering in October.
Lots of other stuff we will discuss later on. Four more days of RV show await us and we’re already tired. John

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.