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Florida RV SuperShow – Tampa/Dover, Florida

After the Knoxville, TN RV Show, we began heading towards Florida to work the 2016 Florida RV SuperShow.  FRVTA-Florida-RV-SuperShow-2016-300x122

Here we are ready to pull out of Two Rivers Landing RV Resort in Sevierville, TN.

Ready to depart Two Rivers Landing RV Park in Sevierville, TN

Ready to depart Two Rivers Landing RV Park in Sevierville, TN

Our planned route from Sevierville, TN to Elko, GA

Our planned route from Sevierville, TN to Elko, GA

View of the bikes on the back of the RV from the backup camera.

View of the bikes on the back of the RV from the backup camera.

We stayed at Twin Oaks RV Park off I-75 near Elko, GA on our way to Florida.  Here we are all setup in one of the handy pull-through sites up front.  We’ve stayed here for overnight stays many times and we’ve even attended a Heartland Owners Club Georgia Chapter Rally here.  Nice people – easy-in/out and $20 cash Passport America rate :)

Elko, GA - Twin Oaks RV Park

Elko, GA – Twin Oaks RV Park

Elko, GA - Twin Oaks RV Park

Elko, GA – Twin Oaks RV Park

During our travel the next day on the final push to Florida, we ran into Ken and Faye Hyde, our Heartland Owners Club Kentucky Chapter Leaders .  Here we are at a rest/lunch stop.  That other Landmark to the right of us is Ken and Faye.

Rest/Lunch stop on the way to Tampa, FL

Rest/Lunch stop on the way to Tampa, FL

We arrived at Tampa East RV Resort in nearby Dover, FL, just off I-4 at McIntosh on Monday, January 14th.  Here we are, setup for the week in site B3.

Dover, FL - Tampa East RV Resort - Site B3

Dover, FL – Tampa East RV Resort – Site B3

And here’s some important work…  I smoked 4 racks of ribs for a potluck with a bunch of our club members/show volunteers.

Four racks of ribs on the smoker.

Four racks of ribs on the smoker.

Ribs ready to eat!

Ribs ready to eat!

On Tuesday, Dave Yocum, Randy Allen and myself ran over to the show to setup the Heartland Owners Club table/shelter/banner.  We setup in the Camping World display among the Bighorns, Big Countrys, Oakmonts, Gateways, Road Warriors and Pioneers.  Here’s a shot of several of our club members working this display later in the week.Florida RV SuperShow - BH, BC, OM, GW, RW and Pioneer

Then we setup a table in the General RV display among the Landmarks.  Here’s a few shots taken by others there.Florida RV SuperShow - Dan and Lisa Brown and Marie PenningtonFlorida RV SuperShow - Landmark

And here’s a shot of the America’s Choice display with Cyclone.Florida RV SuperShow - Cyclone

The show went well.  We had sun and warmth, we had cold and wind, we had rain and wind.  Some of everything but that’s Tampa in January.  Heartland did well with sales for our brands and the company was pleased.  Nancy and I had a nice time seeing all of our club friends too.

The only real negative was I and a few others took ill.  On Saturday, I was really sick (flu), as was Julie H and Steve L.  Unrelated we believe was Nancy.  She was ill earlier in the week and it cleared up right away.  For the rest of us, it was “more involved” and mine lasted 4 days.

Tampa Florida – Day 2

Mild and damp here this morning. Got up at 6:30 am and noticed a lot of traffic on the interior roads of Lazy Days Campground. When I took Emme outside, I noticed nearly all available spaces around the park were taken with cars and pickup trucks. Lazy Days RV had a sales team meeting in the rally hall. Must have been nearly 200 vehicles here for it.

Ken H and I planned to head over to Lazy Days RV sales center for breakfast at 8 am, but it was precisely when sales team meeting here at the campground let out and this place was jammed with everyone trying to leave at the same time and get over to the show. Ken and I both eventually made it out and over to breakfast.

After breakfast, we headed over to the show. Today is the first public day of the 2014 Florida RV SuperShow. Myself and 24 club members will be based out of the Heartland Owners Club table inside the LeMesa RV display through Sunday. Myself and my team will be spending time in the Camping World and America Choice displays with Heartland products – throughout the week.

Traffic at the show today was decent. Not huge, but decent. Linda W told me her and Walter and a few others were going out for dinner tonight. We joined them and 10 of us went to Longhorn Steakhouse in Brandon. Great food!