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Old 11-21-2015, 10:39 AM   #1
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Tampa show, the experience

The DW and I are planning on attending the Tampa show in January. It runs from Wednesday through Sunday. This is our first RV show and I would like a few opinions from those of you that have attended.

Generally at industry shows I find that the first day has the vendors still getting their act together and some staff unavailable. It is a good day to view show items as you have a better chance to look at details without being accosted by sales and there are less people overall.

The following days come up to speed and by Saturday it is swarmed with so many people you can hardly get around. Then on Sunday, the vendors are packing up and thinking of getting the hell out of there so it doesn't pay to go.

We will be concentrating on large class A coaches to compare brands and floor plans even though we have a brand in our sites. We will also take in most aspects of the show.

If this scenario is correct, we will shift our plans to be there the first two days. What has your experience been?
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The DW and I are planning on attending the Tampa show in January. It runs from Wednesday through Sunday. This is our first RV show and I would like a few opinions from those of you that have attended.



Generally at industry shows I find that the first day has the vendors still getting their act together and some staff unavailable. It is a good day to view show items as you have a better chance to look at details without being accosted by sales and there are less people overall.



The following days come up to speed and by Saturday it is swarmed with so many people you can hardly get around. Then on Sunday, the vendors are packing up and thinking of getting the hell out of there so it doesn't pay to go.



We will be concentrating on large class A coaches to compare brands and floor plans even though we have a brand in our sites. We will also take in most aspects of the show.



If this scenario is correct, we will shift our plans to be there the first two days. What has your experience been?

The heavy attendance days are somewhat weather dependent. Wednesday is the first public day as Tuesday is "industry day" so the vendors are a day into the show by Wednesday. Wednesday is also "seniors" day which pushes attendance up. I consider Wed, Thursday & Friday to be the prime days. By Saturday noon the place is packed with local weekenders. They typically have 50-60k come through the show.

If you get there early, do the vendor buildings first as its a cattle call when the crowds show up. Then have a priority of coaches you want to see. We'll be camping in the rally area this year as many times in the past.


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Old 11-21-2015, 11:16 AM   #3
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Been there many times and I think you are correct in your analysis.
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We will be attending for the first time also. Staying with the Newmar Country Club. Not looking for a coach but looking forward to seeing a lot of vendors
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You will see a lot of vendors but getting a chance to talk to one is a differant story. After a few years we gave up on the vendors. Prices to high and the wait is to long and the crowds are way to heavy.
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We went in 2014 and agree with the Wed, Thurs, Fri assesment. We stayed across the street in a motel and would get to the gate when they opened and were able to tour all the coaches without much hassle. We flew out from the west coast to attend the show and were very glad we did. Every coach you want to see will be there.
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Old 11-21-2015, 02:24 PM   #7
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It's still the best show for the winter to see all the major players in the class A DP market, correct? How much if any is inside? It will be fun to look at other classes, fivers and accessories too. We also have some financial contacts in the area so it should make for a nice escape from winter. Being warm will be the cherry on top!
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The first public day is Senior Day (seniors save $1), but you can find coupons online for $1 savings any day so I don't think attendance is that much higher on the first day. Not only does attendance increase as the show progresses, but the number of units that are sold and locked up also increases as the show progresses. I would definitely go Wednesday or Thursday.
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Our experience

Unless it has changed, when you purchase a ticket it is for two days. DW and I go Weds/Thurs. Be there when the gates open if you want to hit the DP because we had to wait in lines. Many we did not even get to see because we were not going to wait, or other delays.
Most of the DP were inside. We also looked at a few 5vrs that we had not seen before or the new floor plans.
It is enjoyable to see the new toys and so many vendors for just about any thing you can imagine. We purchased things we had no idea we would be buying.
On the outside part of the show there is a trolley that runs so you can get around. We go 8 hrs each day and still do not see it all. But it is a great show and we have fun there every year.
Enjoy the show!!!
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The DW and I enjoy looking at motor homes, at local shows. However, if you have no interest in buying a new coach, what is your interest in going this far, to such a big crowd? I assume the other reason might be to see a lot of suppliers and vendors of merchandise you opulent find anywhere else. I would also assume, getting installation and or service, on OEM items maybe?
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DW and I went two years ago looking for a 40+ ft DP. We walked and climbed for two days. My biggest memory is of disappointment in the quality of the coaches. That said all of the dealers were there. Like mentioned before go early if you want to talk to anyone.
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We will be attending for the first time also. Staying with the Newmar Country Club. Not looking for a coach but looking forward to seeing a lot of vendors
same here

This will be the kick-off trip for our retirement.

Hope to see you there.
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I have a question for veterans of this show, is it worth bringing my toad? Or if I am dry camping on site is it fairly easy to get to restaurants or cook for ourselves?
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