Florida RV Supershow
When we were full time residents of Pennsylvania there was nothing more appealing than a really big RV show, in January, in Florida! In fact, the last three January’s we lived in PA we made it our mission to find a way to make it to Florida for the RV Supershow. So, now that we are full-time RV’ers, one of the things that has NOT changed in our life is our desire to attend the Florida RV Supershow. It is not a coincidence that our current campground is only about 10 minutes from the Florida State Fairgrounds where the Supershow is held.
When the option is available, also choose to go to an RV show on a weekday instead of a weekend. Following that logic, we decided to attend the show on opening day, Wednesday. Joining us for the day was Annette and Mike, who also happened to join us at the Hershey RV Show in the Fall of 2016. Betsy had located a $1 off coupon for everyone, which brought the entry price down to $9 / person. Parking was easy and the ticket lines were not bad at all.
Over the years, where we spend our time at RV shows has definitely evolved. A couple of years ago we tried to see as many RV’s as possible to assist with our decision on type of RV, size of RV and brand of RV. Now, with a 2016 Heartland Landmark 365 which we call home, our interests have shifted to the vendors, suppliers and campgrounds with booths at the show. Don’t get me wrong, we still enjoy going in the new fifth wheels to see what’s new and we also enjoy going in the occasional Class A motorhome to see how the other half lives. Still not sure I could spend $2M+ on a coach, even when it says PREVOST across the front. It was fun to see the new 2017 Landmark 365’s, and identify the little changes they had made. At the end of the day, we are really happy with Charlie, and no where near ready to trade him in for anything else.
It was also fun to see and chat with some RV friends at the show this year. We made it a point to stop in and see the Texas RV Professor, Terry Cooper and his lovely bride Lady E, Evada Cooper. They were at the show helping out at the DRV display, explaining the benefits and features of these high-end fifth wheels. It was nice to catch up with them both. We unexpectedly ran into a couple of people who we worked with during our time at Amazon in Campbellsville, KY. They looked much more rested than the last time we saw them in late December in the Amazon Fulfillment Center. Speaking of Amazon, it was fun to say Hi to the Amazon HR Manager, Kelly, who we dealt with during our time in Campbellsville.
Overall, we all decided it was a good day. Nobody made any major purchases, (I wouldn’t call our food purchases major. Although, Betsy and I couldn’t resist the warm, cinnamon-roasted mixed nuts!) we all got some good exercise and it was a beautiful, sunny Florida day.
Betsy and I had such a good time at the show, we decided to do it again on Friday! Well, the decision was easier to make since for our $9 price of admission on Wednesday, we also received another ticket for another day. So Friday was free entry for us. (And you all know how much Betsy likes the free stuff!) She got over the fact that we had to pay another $6 to park on Friday. Another reason for going back on Friday was the opportunity to meet with John from the social media team at Heartland RV. Betsy loves the social media stuff and has always been impressed with the people responsible for Heartland RV’s social media accounts. They are always right on top of things, sharing and commenting whenever appropriate. Marie, from Heartland’s social media team, saw we were at the Florida show, reached out to us, and asked if we were interested in meeting with a member of their team in person. It sounded painless to us, and a good opportunity to meet with somebody from Charlie’s birth family. We spent about 45 minutes chatting with John about our story. Everything from our previous lives, our home (Charlie), how pleased we are with our Landmark 365, and our plans for the future.
So that wraps up another successful year at the Florida RV Supershow. With our travel plans next winter most likely putting us somewhere west of Florida (Texas? Arizona?), it may be a couple of years before we get back to this show. I’m sure we’ll be able to find an RV show somewhere to spend some time, but don’t worry Florida RV Supershow, you’ll always be our first love.