My First RV Supershow

This past week I felt like I was transported from my twenty-one year old body back to my six-year old counterpart, but minus the creaking knee from ACL surgery. Touring the RVs showcased at the Florida RV Supershow in Tampa embodied the same feeling as being a little kid let loose in a candy store or, better yet, visiting Disney World for the first time—except instead of being told ‘Don’t touch’, I was told to put those CSI booties over my shoes. Not only did I have one of the best strombolli’s of my short-lived life, but I was also able to see some incredible things, like the “Original RV”—a 21st century (aka mechanized) version of a caravan wagon pulled by an armadillo.

Before the supershow my knowledge of RV culture was close to zero; merely consisting of what I had seen at RV parks located off the interstate or run-down billboards directing RVers to those parks. My preconceptions therefore were pretty much shattered the moment I stepped into exhibitor building B, where dozensTampa RV SHow Kidd RV of class A Prevost motorhomes were open for viewing. I felt like a little kid, wanting to touch everything: the crystal walls, the leather upholstered seats, feel the memory bed, the granite countertops, the wooden mahogany cabinets. And I’m sure I looked like a little kid, eyes wide-eyed and sparkly, mouth slightly open while gawking at the surprisingly spacious bathrooms or the endless amounts of closet space that put my closet at home to shame. Of course there were other equally impressive RVs that didn’t have the drool-worthy decadence of a class A Prevost, like Keystone RV’s fifth-wheel trailers.

But the most awe-inspiring aspect of the event was the sheer magnitude of it: nearly 1,350 RVs representing 98 different manufactures as well as 450 vendor and supplier booths were showcased at the event’s million net square feet of exhibit space. From class B and C motorhomes to travel trailers and sport utility RVs, the event broadened my understanding of the RV industry and of RV users.