Wednesday, Jan 16th. Temperatures Jan 16th: 80 degrees / sunny. Procrastination caused us to miss getting into the 2013 Tampa RV Supershow campground this year. Yes, we knew we were coming, but the same idiosyncrasies that keep us from making campground reservations for of our destinations caused us to miss getting a site along with a group of friends. The cost for five nights of 30 amp service was $179 and included morning coffee and donuts and nightly entertainment. We didn't partake in any of that the year before so we wouldn't miss it.
Instead we are in the boondocking section, using generator power. But the site is nice; we're in the shade of a lovely old oak and the grass is a bit shorter than in the higher priced campground. We pulled in at 1:30 and were among the first here. That's why we snagged the good spot under the tree. Cost for the boondocking is $12 entry for the coach, $6 entry for the car and $20 nightly to camp. We'll be buying our show tickets separately.
|Our campsite for the 2013 show, complete with all day shade from this great old live oak.|
I'm really rather happy with this arrangement notwithstanding the lack of shore power.
By the time the resolution to the power problem was found, it was time to feed the dogs, then ourselves and so we didn't try to make the somewhat long walk to the RV show entrance. Instead, we'll get an early start tomorrow. We're both excited and love to look (and yes, buy) things at RV shows.
|The 6 pm walk. Lexie does not like walking on grass. She's a concrete girl. |
Every step was a struggle and so... Pop finally picked her up.
|Ozzie and Lexie love the stroller and jump all over the car when they see Wayne getting it ready for them.|
The RV Show entrance took us directly into the high end coaches so we took advantage of the early hour, before the crowds, to look them over.
The adjoining hall was filled (and I do mean FILLED) with hundreds of exhibitor booths and we took our time going up and down the aisles looking at everything -- buying nothing.
|I'm considering a set of these nice chrome step covers. I always notice them on other coaches.|
|Wayne is considering the purchase of a Little Giant ladder. |
Who knew a ladder could cost that much?
By 10:30 the exhibit hall was beginning to get really crowded and warm so we made our way outside where we were met with misting rain and a stiff breeze.
|Along one of the outside display lanes.|
We ate lunch and perused as much as possible before the wind and rain forced us back inside where we snapped a few more photos before we left the show for the day, surrendering to the weather.
|He loved that I asked to take his picture!|
|The Tampa RV Show always has lots of roaming entertainment. |
This fellow was part of a bagpipe group.
|Impressed? Yes, me too.|
|With Ray (red shirt) and Cindy (yellow shirt) and a few other friends.|