Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ocala Rv Show - Florida Horse Park

What a show. 400 units and I think we went through all of them. Lots of big toys but very few good quality rvs and any with energy saving concepts. The only folding units we saw were Chalet and one small Trailmanor. We found a Shadow Cruiser dealer who had two rvs in the show. One is a 20ft with a walk-around bed and a sofa slideout with a huge bath.

Lots of disappointments. Here you have an industry that is struggling to say the least and there are rvs in an rv show that have such blatant cosmetic defects you wonder what is under all of that bling. We walked into a Bounder Classic that had the vinyl bathroom flooring curling up on all four sides no caulking or seals around the bathroom or kitchen countertops. I did read this morning on my page that BigFoot may be making a comeback out of bankruptcy.

We found two companies that do rv collision repair. We will stop by tomorrow to get an estimate on the leak repair. We are in a park right next door to one of them so we can save some time tomorrow driving to Naples. We could have boondocked at the horse park. Rain is forecast for the whole week but next week is sunshine. Who knows, the weather can always change and it might for the better.

Here's a motorhome wanabee trying out the driver's seat of a Winnebago Via. Very nice motorhome for two people.

My final point is; this is Florida. Where is the sunshine and the warm air? Today it actually got colder as the day went on and it is now 9C.


  1. I grew up in Leesburg and have a bunch of relatives in Ocala. Chances are it'll warm up soon but that area often defies the weather stereotype. I've been disappointed with the quality of my travel trailer. When I but again will get a Northern Lite truck camper. They are expensive but are the only 5 star rated truck camper by the RV Consumer Group. Darn near bombproof. Put one on a Stable-Lift and it's easy to load and unload. No towing issues or license/registration in most states. They have smaller ones that are half-ton capable. Mahindra of India is coming out with a mid-sized pickup, 4X4, turbo-diesel, 2600lb payload, cost low $20k's. I'm putting the smallest Northern Lite on it, offloading at campground with an OzTent for extra living space. Sorry, very enthusiastic about this idea!

  2. Should be "buy" not but.