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Florida RV SuperShow Recap & Motorhome Reviews

Florida RV SuperShow Recap & Motorhome Reviews

I wasn’t feeling well on Saturday, so we ended up attending the Florida RV SuperShow on Sunday. The Florida State Fairgrounds is only a two-hour drive from Orlando, so the schedule change wasn’t a problem.

The motorhome walk-throughs, vendors and entertainment were enjoyable and very informative!

BLOWN AWAY

Curt and I always hope for cool weather, but mother nature over delivered on Sunday. It felt like we were on the outskirts of a small winter hurricane! Despite the strong winds, we had a wonderful time and learned a lot about various motorhomes.

Funny story… as we strolled by an area of the show, a man walked around the corner carrying one of dealership’s tall flags. (We assumed he was removing flags due to the strong winds.) Immediately after, a sales person followed him around the corner walking at a fast pace, and talking to himself said “Where is that guy going with our flag?!?” We laughed and laughed with the two men, as it would have been ridiculous for some random person to steal one of their flags, or even more outrageous, another dealership. It turned out to be another employee, as we suspected.

MOTORHOME WALK-THROUGHS

Here’s a recap of the motorhomes we toured and our likes and dislikes for each of them.

WINNEBAGO VITA/PORTO 24P

The Winnebago Vita/Porto 24P is a new motorhome with many features that are ideal for boondocking and a unique sliding bi-fold bathroom door design.

Winnebago Porto/Vita Spice Rack

Like

  • Bathroom Space
  • TV Location
  • Bedroom Shelf
  • Built-in Spice Rack
  • Kitchen Sink

Dislike

  • Overall Living Space
  • Storage Capacity
  • Non-recessed Stovetop
  • Kitchen Countertop Space

COACHMEN PRISM 2300

The Coachmen Prism 2300 has a door that divides the bedroom and living area, which is a huge plus for our in-door cats, Roo and Spike. Keeping them away from a motorhome door would prevent them from getting out when we enter and exit and give us peace of mind.

Like

  • Bedroom Door
  • Cabinet/Pantry by Dinette
  • Kitchen Sink
  • Kitchen Countertop Space

Dislike

  • Bathroom Space
  • Toilet Location
  • TV Location
  • Non-recessed Stovetop

FOREST RIVER SUNSEEKER 2440DS

The Forest River Sunseeker 2440DS is one of our favorite floorplans. We love the bathroom location at the back of the motorhome, the storage capacity, and much more.

Like

  • Bathroom Location
  • Bathroom Space
  • Sink Covers
  • Storage Capacity
  • Large U-shaped Dinette
  • Kitchen Countertop Space
  • Countertop Trash Opening
  • Recessed Stovetop
  • Pantry

Dislike

  • RV Length
  • TV Location

GULF STREAM BT CRUISER 5255

The twin beds and bathroom location in the Gulf Stream BT Cruiser 5255 caught our attention, and then we discovered other awesome features.

Like

  • Twin Beds
  • Bathroom Location
  • Storage Capacity
  • Recessed Stovetop
  • Large Kitchen Sink
  • Comfortable Chair

Dislike

  • Kitchen Countertop Space
  • No Pantry
  • TV Location
  • RV Length

PHOENIX CRUISER 2552

WOW! If we could ever afford the Phoenix Cruiser 2552, it would be a done deal. The luxurious, high-quality twin bed floorplan is gorgeous and functional.

Like

  • Luxurious Interior
  • Superior Quality
  • Twin Beds
  • Bathroom Location
  • Pantry
  • Comfortable Chair
  • Ability to Customize

Dislike

  • Kitchen Countertop Space
  • RV Length

Motorhomes on our potential purchase list that we missed at the show include:

We were able to walk-through Winnebago and Jayco floorplans similar to floorplans on our list, and we prefer the quality and overall feeling of Winnebago RVs over Jayco.

We’ll visit RV dealerships in the near future so we can walk-through the motorhomes we missed at the show.

NEXT YEAR

A few things we’ll do differently next year are:

  1. I’ll rent a scooter or wheelchair. We would have liked to stay longer and see more, but we had to leave around 1:00pm due to my pain and exhaustion.
  1. We’ll arrive prior to opening to avoid crowds and video record all our walk-throughs.
  1. Hopefully we’ll be able to purchase camera equipment before the next show that will allow us to deliver improved video quality.

We hope you had a great time if you attended the show. Did you find the RV of your dreams?

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Florida RV SuperShow Trip Planning & Motorhome Research

Florida RV SuperShow Trip Planning & Motorhome Research

This will be our second visit to the Florida RV SuperShow, so we know what to expect this year. More than 73,000 people attended this show in 2018! To give you an idea of its enormous size, it covers 26 acres and features more than 1,550 RVs and 450 vendor booths. Visiting every RV and booth in one day is nearly impossible, so we created our ‘Potential RV Purchase List’ and mapped out our route for Saturday.

Click here to review Traci & Curt’s Potential RV Purchase List.

We’re searching for a small Class C gas or diesel motorhome. It took many hours for us to narrow down our list to only 10 motorhomes, considering drivability, interior and exterior storage capacity, construction material, technology, bathroom and kitchen size, overall layout, and cost of course. 

Click on the photos below to watch video tours of the motorhomes on our list.

Coachmen Prism 2300DS
Coachmen Prism 2300DS
Forest River Forester MBS 2401W
Forest River Forester MBS 2401W
Forest River Forester TS2371
Forest River Forester TS2371
Forest River Sunseeker 2440DS
Forest River Sunseeker 2440DS
Gulf Stream BT Cruiser 5255
Gulf Stream BT Cruiser 5255
Jayco Redhawk 22J
Jayco Redhawk 22J
Winnebago Minnie Winnie
Winnebago Minnie Winnie 26A
Thor Chateau 24DS
Thor Chateau 24DS
Winnebago Vita/Porto
Winnebago Vita/Porto
Thor Chateau 24BL
Thor Chateau 24BL

While visiting the show this weekend, we hope to complete the highlighted areas on our spreadsheet.

If you own one of the motorhomes on our list, we’d love for you to share your experiences and overall level of satisfaction!

Attending the Florida RV SuperShow

If you’ll be attending the show, we recommend the following:

  • Bring cash for parking and food vendors.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes. (Wheelchairs are available at the fairgrounds –https://www.frvta.org/show/florida-rv-supershow.)
  • Arrive as early as possible.
  • Familiarize yourself with manufacturers and types of RVS and create your own list.
  • Bring water and snacks.
  • Take notes and photos.

You can download the show app at https://www.frvta.org/frvta-app. Focus on what you’re most interested in, especially if you’re planning on buying an RV.

Click here to review the 2019 Florida RV SuperShow Map.

We’re researching, planning and window shopping for RVs far in advance of our actual purchase. Currently, due to financial challenges, we’re on track to buy a motorhome in three years. Who knows… we could win the lottery!

If you see us at the show, please say hello. We’d love to meet our followers and fellow YouTubers and bloggers! We’ll be the goofy couple trying to film our tours and holding up lines. 

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RV Checklists for Arriving at Camp and Leaving Camp

RV Checklists for Arriving at Camp and Leaving Camp

When Curt and I rented a small Class C motorhome for our 2016 Christmas vacation, he scraped the roof of the RV on a tree branch and damaged one of the vent covers when we were leaving camp. That was a valuable lesson and the reason I decided to create RV checklists.

Some of the costliest mistakes made by RVers are done when they forget to do something before leaving camp, like retracting the slide-outs or turning off the levelers. Likewise, it’s hard to remember all the things you need to do when you park somewhere overnight.

I created these RV checklists to help us avoid some of the bigger mistakes and potential damage to our future RV, and as always, we’re sharing the information with our followers.

Click Here to Download our Arriving at Camp Checklist by Drive to RV.

Click Here to Download our Leaving Camp Checklist by Drive to RV.

I hope these checklists make your RV camp arrivals and departures a little bit easier!

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Best Fall Road Trips for RVers & RV Essentials for Fall

Best Fall Road Trips for RVers & RV Essentials for Fall

I know this is hard to believe, but I’ve already planned about 10 road trips for our future RV adventures, most of which include stops in Colorado and Georgia for family visits.

Fall is our favorite time of year and Orlando just doesn’t deliver the best fall has to offer, with the exception of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. We dream about RV trips with cool weather and beautiful fall foliage. With the help of websites like Roadtrippers, KOA, WinnebagoLife (GoLife), Airstream and various RV blogs, we narrowed down our list to 10 ideal fall road trips and they’re listed below.

Before your trip, remember to check your tire pressure, and make sure your heating system and brakes are working properly. You should also learn how to drain water lines in case of a hard freeze. Autumn can bring temperatures that dip below freezing point at higher altitudes. 

A few items that will keep your RV in working order through bouts of cold weather are:

With a few precautions, you’ll have the RV trip of a lifetime!

10 Best Fall RV Trip Destinations

San Bernardino National Forest – California

This national forest offers numerous outdoor activities and it’s well known for Rim of the World Scenic Byway. The 100-mile route takes you through two mountain passes and awesome views of the Sand to Snow National Monument.

Ledges State Park – Iowa

A rustic campground overlooking the Pea’s Creek Canyon, this RV park offers exciting hiking and biking trails to take in the colorful fall foliage.

Acadia National Park – Maine

Acadia National Park in Maine is one of the most stunning national parks in the country. Take a drive down Park Loop Road to see mountain peaks, forests and shores.

Roosevelt State Park – Mississippi

This RV park overlooks Bienville National Forest. While the views are stunning year-round, they are a sight to behold as fall sets in. Additional popular activities in this area include biking, hiking and birdwatching.

Cape Fair – Missouri

Adjacent to the James River, this is a beautiful area to see fall colors, and it’s a fishing haven, as well. The Table Rock Lakeshore Trail is close by, which offers impressive fall foliage vistas.

Mark Twain National Forest – Missouri

This expansive national forest is spread over 29 counties. When visiting, check out the Glade Top Trail National Scenic Byway for some incredible fall foliage views, as well as the Ozark Trail.

White Mountain National Forest – New Hampshire

San Bernardino National Forest has more than 20 campgrounds, miles of hiking trails and a whole host of wildlife, including moose, lynx, bobcat and white-tailed deer. When RV camping in the White Mountain National Forest, make sure to drive through Kancamagus Scenic Byway.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Tennessee

The Great Mountains National Park comes alive with a myriad of colors in autumn. Blue Ridge Parkway is the highlight of this location, but there are other areas equally worth visiting, like Clingmans Dome Road.

Winhall Brook – Vermont

Nestled amidst hardwood forests in the Green Mountains, Winhall Brook is a campground that is open year-round. The Green Mountains take on a spectacular range of hues as the leaves change color in fall. There is a 16-mile hiking trail close to the RV park, named West River Trail, and you’ll most likely run into woodpeckers, moose and loons during the hike.

Shenandoah National Park – Virginia

Shenandoah National Park is THE place to see fall foliage in all its glory. Drive through Skyline Drive, the park’s 105-mile byway, that offers stunning vistas.

These are our picks for the best fall foliage based on our research and planning, but don’t take our word for it. Get out there and discover the beauty of the fall season and be sure to share your travel updates with us here and on social media!

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