Thoughts on the Tampa Supershow

What a great week we have had. First the Florida RV Show and now we are at the Fleetwood Motorhome Association rally here at Lazydays. The show was great lots to do and see, I think the only new thing in the RV division was a coat closet and an escape ladder. A newly released American Eagle had an escape ladder that was a shelf in the back bathroom, there was a lock to release and the whole shelf lowered to the ground to be like a stepladder. Very nice, much better than climbing out of the window. The coat closet was right across from the door in a side door model, it was small and it could be used for brooms and mops but there was nice space for coats.

Products we found were a Miracle grill mat, it covers the grill and you can cook right on it. It’s really great for fish and vegetables. Found a new apparel company selling RV4life, it’s on tees and everything else, personally I like our stuff better but you all know that.

Lots of campgrounds were there, KOA had a big display and they have are transitioning many of their locations into KOA journeys, KOA Holiday, and KOA Resorts. The journey parks are for overnight or a few days, the holiday has more patio RV sites, cabins and amenities, the resorts are a vacation destination.

The best part of the show was meeting so many of our listeners. We had a meet and greet on both Fri. and Sat. and wow what a humbling experience to meet all of you. Thank you for taking the time to come to talk with us. Nick and Terry Russell were with us and they too thought this was a great time. I hope we can do more of these. I would love to name everyone we met, but I’m not sure if I got every ones name. So, you know who you are and thank you.

It amazes me the totally different types of people who RV from executives to custodians. Just put us in a RV and we are so happy to be with others going down the road and sharing our adventures. There is no class status once you get into the RV, there are not racial issues either, there is just fellow RVers loving the lifestyle and talking about the places we have been and the people we have met. I know I have met some fantastic people. John says I’m a great interviewer but it is really just being overly curious, about how and why people choose to RV. The answers are always different and once you make the commitment and let go of all the stuff it is freedom itself.

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.

One thought on “Thoughts on the Tampa Supershow”

  1. Wow- an escape ladder. We needed one of those when we became locked in our Dutch Star. Our deadbolt failed and the door would not open. Our daughter was the only one who could get out the drivers window and drop all the way to the ground without breaking… something. We didn’t want to break the seal on the escape window in the bedroom. She brought the pick-up to the window so I could get out and have something to land on. Coach-net could not find anyone to help on a Sunday… so we bought tools and husband took out the entire lock. Free at last!
    Lessons learned.
    1. Have some basic tools inside the Rig- Duh.
    2. It is a long long way down to the ground after struggling to get out of that window!

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