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Old 10-17-2021, 10:42 AM   #1
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Tampa RV show...

Who's going? Any tips for a newcomer? Looking to go the first couple days.
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Old 10-18-2021, 08:07 AM   #2
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We will be there, stay in the fairgrounds campground.
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Old 10-18-2021, 08:20 AM   #3
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I "may" go for one day. We live about 45 minutes from Tampa so a day trip would work for us.
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Old 10-18-2021, 03:12 PM   #4
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We'll be there, have reservations at Hillsboro State Park, just a few miles from the fairgrounds.
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Who's going? Any tips for a newcomer? Looking to go the first couple days.
We've gone the last two years and will go again. Tips:

- In the past a ticket was good for two days of admission. Hopefully it still is.

- Know what you want to look at. There's something like 1,500 RVs there and honestly two days is not enough to even look at the Class A's.

- The people putting on the show have golf carts you can flag down for a lift. Do it.

- Be prepared to ask yourself "Where the heck are we?" and "Where the heck is ____?" several times. The show does not put up temporary direction signs with arrows showing you who is down what road. There were just a few large "You are HERE" signs, not near enough. Even fake "street signs" and noting those on their map would be very helpful. The people in their few Information Booths would just pull out a map, look for their booth, and then try to find where you want to go. Not helpful at all. The golf cart drivers usually knew, though.

- They have an app with a map and a vendor list but it was not GPS enabled. You should be able to select a vendor and have the phone app at least point you in the right direction and give you the distance. Maybe this year.

- Bring a fabric grocery bag with you to collect brochures and stuff. Lazy Days usually has a big bag but there were not a lot available from other vendors last year.

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Iím going. I live about 1-1/2 hours south of Tampa. I went last year and had a great time.
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We are going with the Newmar Kountry Klub. They have a nice parking area under the oak trees, and provide 30 amp electric. Very nice setup.
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We've gone the last two years and will go again. Tips:

- In the past a ticket was good for two days of admission. Hopefully it still is.

- Know what you want to look at. There's something like 1,500 RVs there and honestly two days is not enough to even look at the Class A's.

- The people putting on the show have golf carts you can flag down for a lift. Do it.

- Be prepared to ask yourself "Where the heck are we?" and "Where the heck is ____?" several times. The show does not put up temporary direction signs with arrows showing you who is down what road. There were just a few large "You are HERE" signs, not near enough. Even fake "street signs" and noting those on their map would be very helpful. The people in their few Information Booths would just pull out a map, look for their booth, and then try to find where you want to go. Not helpful at all. The golf cart drivers usually knew, though.

- They have an app with a map and a vendor list but it was not GPS enabled. You should be able to select a vendor and have the phone app at least point you in the right direction and give you the distance. Maybe this year.

- Bring a fabric grocery bag with you to collect brochures and stuff. Lazy Days usually has a big bag but there were not a lot available from other vendors last year.

Ray
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We will be there

Also going with the Newmar Kountry Klub. We used to live in the area but it has been many years since returning, and we are looking forward to the trip!
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We went last year and stayed in our RV on property at the Newmar Rally. Great experience.

We were not looking to buy an RV - just looking for stuff to put in it.

We saw everything in one full day and left the next morning.
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