Houston RV Show
Every year, as the calendar turns indicating the start of a new year, Betsy and I always look forward to attending an RV show to see what’s new and exciting in the RV world. We enjoy climbing into all of the new RV’s, looking at the new features, discussing if we would be able to live in whatever unit we’re in. Sometimes we sound like Goldilocks; “This one is too big”, “This one is too small”, “This one is too bright”, “This one is too dark”, “This one doesn’t have enough storage”. You get the point! Since we are happy with Charlie and the home he provides for us, we tend to enjoy visiting the vendors that frequent RV shows. We love seeing the different RV parks and what they have to offer, the RV product vendors who come to the shows to display there newest products, and of course we always stop at the booth selling sugar coated, roasted nuts. The smell draws you in, but the flavor brings us back every time.
For the last several years our RV show fix has been satisfied at the country’s largest RV show, the Florida RV Supershow (2017, 2016, 2015) in Tampa, FL. This show is held at the Florida State Fairgrounds and is a great place to see just about everything there is to see in the RV world. Well, this year our schedule did not allow us to attend the Florida RV Supershow. We would have to skip a year of walking around in the warm, Florida sun, usually with our friends Jay & Karen. Our workamping job in Texas takes precedent this year. Looks like we were going to have to find a local show to satisfy our RV show fix. It turns out that wouldn’t be difficult to do since RV’ing is pretty popular in this state they call Texas. So on one of our days off from working at Texas Lakeside RV Resort, we jumped into the car and drove up to the Houston RV Show.
It was just about 2 hours, door to door, from Port Lavaca to the NRG Center in Houston. We left late enough to avoid the infamous Houston rush hour traffic, and still allowed some time to eat lunch at one of our faves, Torchy’s Tacos! After another excellent taco experience at Torchy’s, we made our way to NRG Park. NRG Park is a complex that includes; the NRG Center (Convention Center), NRG Stadium (Home of the NFL’s Houston Texans), NRG Arena (A multi functional facility), and the NRG Astrodome (Former home of the Houston Astros and home to many iconic sporting events). It was a cool, rainy day, so we were glad the RV show was inside the convention center. The moderate climate inside the NRG Center was a welcomed feeling. The show had a $12.00 entrance fee, but have no fear, Betsy already had in her possession a BOGO coupon, which cut the price in half. Don’t get too excited though, they got the other $12.00 via a parking fee for the pleasure of parking!
OK, it definitely was not as large as the Florida RV Supershow or the Hershey RV Show, which we’ve attended several times. There weren’t as many vendors to explore or colored brochures to gather in the free bags you get. But, hey, were not complaining. We still saw quite a few new RV’s. We dreamed a little, imagined a little, and critiqued a little. We got to see the 2018 Landmark 365, the new version of our Charlie. We sat in some smaller Class C and Class A motorhomes, trying to decide how small of a unit we could live in. We even had a chance to attend a seminar at the show which gave us some insight into the world of adding solar power to our RV. All in all we had a good day. We talked to some people, we saw some current RV’s and products, we laughed, we dreamed, but most importantly, we spent the day together. You did good Houston RV Show!