Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler - Winter 2011 travel blog

Florida State fairground

the grounds

just plug in

the line up

We've come northwest as a cold front moved south - perhaps not the smartest move. It's supposed to be below freezing tonight. But as we watch the forecast for the rest of the country, we dare not complain. Newscasters said that we are in the only snow free state in the country. We've come here to join thousands of other RV'ers at the Tampa Super Show, one of the largest RV trade shows in the country. We arrived mid afternoon at the height of rush hour at the rally. A fleet of volunteers wearing bright orange vests and mittens checked us in and got us parked. But the parking was delayed by a poor woman who just couldn't get her tandem axle fifth wheel trailer parked. As she maneuvered back and forth with her massive freight liner truck, she just couldn't back it up straight. Our impatience was tempered when we were told that her husband died recently and she had never parked it on her own. Perhaps she is here to look for something smaller.

It was fun to watch the giant generators get set up. The wiring strung from each unit powers about 20 rigs and makes life camped here more comfortable. For fresh water we are on our own.

It took us over half an hour to walk briskly to the display building at the far end of the facility to meet up with friends. This was one of two buildings here that housed vendors selling all the accessories an RV'er might need. We found everything on our shopping list here and will bring back the car tomorrow to load up. One stop shopping is one of the many benefits of coming to such a trade show.

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