Easing Along

RV Show…“Uh-Oh!”

RV Show scenes

Last week we went to the mountains to do battle with cabin fever and celebrate adorable wife’s birthday. That trip provided a nice break, but the fever remained strong and our weather remained cold.  We needed another treatment for this condition and, fortunately, one arrived when we noticed an ad for a three-day RV show in a neighboring town.

“Let’s go on Friday,” said Helen “Then you can buy me dinner!” I suppose that we’re still celebrating her birthday, but nonetheless, I was all in.

Readers of Easin’ Along know that we entered the RV scene earlier this year when we rented a motorhome and took it across the country to California on a fun-filled three-week adventure. That trip led to the purchase of Bertha, a small travel trailer which gave us a great orientation on RV travel. Five months later, Bertha was replaced by Betty to have a bit more room and a few more features. We were now fully engaged in RV living, and loving it.

We hoped that an RV show would give us a few ideas on equipping and decorating Betty before our snowbird trip to Florida that was growing closer. Besides, Helen and I are truly smitten by the RV bug and just enjoy looking at them as well as meeting others who love this laid-back lifestyle as much as we do. Friday couldn’t get here fast enough.

RV shoppers

When we entered the parking lot, it became evident that we weren’t the only ones overcome by the cabin fever bug. The parking lot was full of cars.  With temperatures in the 20’s, we raced across the parking lot to get inside the convention center. At the front of the center were approximately 15 booths that displayed everything from cookware to campgrounds.  I’m not certain what some of the displays (like replacement windows or hot tubs) had to do with RVs, but I suppose that large crowds are just another opportunity to sell stuff. After looking at a gutter system (don’t know why), I went inside to see some RVs.

Cooking demonstration

The crowd was large and potential RVers were lined up to look inside every size and shape of RV imaginable. We joined a line after my eyes were drawn to a display of Airstream trailers, something I’ve always admired for their sleek design.  All five Airstreams on display were beautifully furnished and had the latest features. I was in love, but as I went to seek out a salesman, Helen grabbed me and brought me back to reality. My Airstream dream was put on hold.

Luxury Motorhome

Motorhomes and fifth-wheel trailers on display tended to range in size from large to colossal with prices to match. One very impressive motorhome attracted my attention for its unique colors and large outdoor kitchen. I had to take a tour and pictures.  It was luxurious. Once outside the coach, I was curious about the list price, so I approached a salesman. I gasped when he quoted me $349,000, but did a double-take when he told me that the equally large one next to it was $529,000 and it had a “sold” sign on the door. I went to the back of that one to see if there was a swimming pool or a guest cottage.

Motorhome interior

Time passed rather quickly, and we were really enjoying ourselves, but the hour was late, and I still had dinner to buy for the birthday girl, so we made our way up the last row of travel trailers and went inside one marked as a “Show Special”. Helen immediately fell in love with the floorplan, especially the kitchen.

“Show Special”

 

 

“Uh-oh, I had better come up with dinner plans in a hurry,” I thought to myself.

“Uh, dear,” I said softly, “we had better get moving, it’s time for the show to close and (under my breath) this is getting dangerous.”

“But look at this kitchen…it’s perfect for us!”

Double uh-oh!

Reluctantly, I agreed to ask a salesperson for the “Show Special” price, confident that it was somewhere out of reason and far more than a birthday dinner was going to cost me if I could pry her loose from where Helen was now firmly seated, mentally furnishing a new kitchen. I found Kelly from Tennessee RV, the wonderful salesperson who helped us when Bertha was traded for Betty and asked him for the price on the trailer.

Happiness is a new kitchen!

“What’s it going to hurt just to ask?”

Is there such a thing as triple uh-oh?

In all honesty, this trailer was very nice.  It had more room, and a great floorplan.  Betty was only four months old, so the trade-in difference was not very much for this “Show Special. Nevertheless, the hour was late, I was hungry, my head was spinning, and my cabin fever was now in a full sweat. After an hour or so of heavy negotiation and stiff resistance from me, Kelly presented us with the final offer. I gave a short stare toward Kelly, then looked over to Helen, still seated at the dining room table.

“What do you want to do?” I asked her.

“Well,” she said, “it is my birthday…”

 

Next week we begin our month-long snowbird trip to the warmer climes.  Please join us as we load up “Gracey” and go Easin’ Along.

13 thoughts on “RV Show…“Uh-Oh!”

    1. jobruner01 Post author

      Well, maybe third time is the charm. You know how it is…just do it until you get it right. By the way Ingrid, I took your advice and purchased a Panasonic Lumix ZS70. Really love it, but there is a lot to learn. Thanks!

      1. jobruner01 Post author

        This one is “Gracey”. For several years we stayed in an old 50’s style motel in Bryson City named Gracey Manor. We loved the place and the owners, Dan and Peggy Gracey. They sold the motel last year so Helen felt that we should keep the memories alive, thus the name.

    1. jobruner01 Post author

      LuAnne, I’m too lazy to write a book, but we will post pictures. Leaving for Florida next week…still celebrating Helen’s birthday!

  1. Joy

    Oh dear…the handwriting is on the wall…I expect to see you in the $549,000 model one of these days. What are you naming this beauty…can’t wait to see her parked in the ‘hood! Love your writing!!

  2. Gloria

    Well, Joe, we can definitely relate to falling in love with the RV life! I agree with Helen — the kitchen is very important when living on the move. I love the kitchen in our motor home, as well as the 1 1/2 baths! At rest stops, we both get relief. So glad you found an RV to fulfill the birthday girl’s dream! Happy belated birthday, Helen. And enjoy your Florida travels.

    1. jobruner01 Post author

      We have truly fallen in love with the laid-back lifestyle of RV living. Our kids think we’re nuts, but hopefully they’ll let us take the grandchildren on a trip or two and they’ll come around. We’re really looking forward to Florida and some warm weather. Snowing here right now. Would love to meet you and Dave on the road some day.

  3. Linda Lippner

    Congratulations for update on RV living!!!! You both will have more of the time of your life with this update!!!! Again, living vicariously through the both of you!!!! So wonderful that you both can enjoy your days being blessed with what you both have accomplished in your years before retirement. Keep on keepin on on your travels and sharing!!!!!

    1. jobruner01 Post author

      Thanks, Linda. We both agree that we’re blessed in many ways. We are looking forward to our next adventure, and fortunate to have great friends to share it with. We had hoped to get close to your neck of the woods and travel to the Keys and the Everglades, but the hurricane wiped out the campgrounds where we had reservations, so we will be north of you on this trip. Thanks for visiting Easin’ Along, and please stay in touch.

    1. jobruner01 Post author

      Hang in there with us. We’re in Panama City now and the weather is beautiful! Had a great beach walk today and some great seafood in Historic St. Andrews. Please come back on Friday and thanks for Easin’ Along.

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