Thanks to Howard and Linda Payne of RV-Dreams, we used our complimentary pass for two to the RV Supershow in Tampa. We had several things we wanted to accomplish there. First, we wanted to confirm what we thought was our selection for our “future” home on wheels. Second, we wanted to meet with some of the RV-Dreams Family. Third, we wanted to see all the new RVs and accessories for 2011.
We arrived right at opening—9am. Because of the cold weather, the crowds were very thin this early.
We started in the vendors area (indoors=warmer) first. We saw all the new RV stuff and got lots of info about things we will need for fulltiming. We also picked up many travel guides.
We walked around the vendor buildings until 11am when we met up with quite a few of the RV-Dreams Family. Some of these folks we had met at last year’s RV-Dreams Rally and some we met for the first time today.
Of course the “Rock Stars” were there – Howard and Linda. As always, it was great seeing them again. They are an inspiration to a lot of us future fulltimers as well as current fulltimers!!
Following that, we were off to see what was new as far as RVs go. This show has it all: truck campers, travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth wheels, vans and motorhomes.
Of course, the people attending make an attraction as well :o)As we walk around looking at everything, I kept hearing the same thing… ”No Bill! No Bill!” It was repeated over and over!!
There was one last task to complete. Just a formality, to visit and see all the Class A Diesel Pushers to confirm our selection from last year, a Winnebago Journey, model 34Y. To our surprise, we liked several units including the Journey, a Monaco and a Newmar. We went through all of them (at least 3 times). We sat in them and listed our likes, dislikes and changes we would make if it was ours. We both came to the same conclusion that we have a new fulltiming rig selection: the Newmar Ventana, Model 3434…at least for now!
We spent a lot of time with the sales rep from North Trail RV Center in Fort Myers, Florida named Kevin Richardson. We also met the president of Newmar, Matthew Miller, who told us they would be happy to make the necessary changes we would like to the coach. He also extended an invitation for a factory tour in Nappanee, Indiana. With his business card in hand, we certainly will follow-up with him at a later date.
Oh well, another fun, confusing but productive day! Every time we think we are SURE – we’re NOT!! As we drove back to the State Park, we looked at each and said, “Let’s just get the house sold – then we will figure it out.”
Could this be a sign...our reflections in the Ventana
WE’RE SURE!! MAYBE NOT!! WE'RE SURE!!