Finding the perfect RV

Whether you are looking to upgrade your current RV or thinking of purchasing your first RV, you have a lot of choices. While having choices can be good, it can also be overwhelming. Is there such a thing as the perfect RV? Finding an RV that has everything is nearly an impossible task. So how do you decide?

Determine your style of RVing

One of the great things about RVing is that there is no one-size fits all. However, knowing how you will be using your RV will best help you narrow down your choices to find the ‘perfect’ one for you and your family.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Will you be RVing full-time or part-time? Full-time RVers have different needs and often require more from their RVs than the occasional camper.
  • Do you prefer to park at traditional campgrounds or in remote places? If you like to get off the beaten path and want to go for days off-grid your options will be vastly different than if you want to camp at luxury RV resorts in popular tourist spots.
  • Do you want to camp at National Parks? There are length restrictions at many National Park campgrounds.
  • What is your comfort level driving and parking RVs? Does driving something the length of a semi-truck scare you? Do you hate backing in trailers? Identifying these things will quickly narrow down your list.
  • If part-time RVing, do you have a place to store your RV when not in use? Many neighborhoods have restrictions on parking RVs in front of or on site. If yours is one, finding a good storage facility should be part of your planning.
  • Will you be traveling with children or pets? As you consider RVs, think about the space you would be occupying during inclement weather…because bad weather does happen. Would you and your family be comfortable?
  • Do you plan to do a lot of entertaining or prefer to keep to yourself? There are some great RVs out there with outdoor kitchens and entertainment areas but if you a
  • Will you need to buy a new vehicle? Depending on your budget, this might make a significant difference in your RV options.
  • Do you prefer new or used? New might get you a great warranty, but used typically have already had warranty issues taken care of.

Know RV classifications

RVs for sale are segmented into two main categories; motorhomes and towables. If it has a motor it’s a motorhome and if you tow it, it’s a towable. But within those categories there will be classifications such as Class A’s, B’s, C’s etc. Check out this great post on RVing 101: Types of RVs for detailed information on each class.

Set a realistic budget…and stick to it

This can be the hardest to do. As you delve into looking at RVs for sale, you are going to find many attractive options. But remember, owning an RV is only part of the cost. Make room for maintenance, insurance, repairs and accessories as these costs can quickly add up.

Make a list of must-have features

I remember a must-have for me when we bought our RV, was an oven. Guess what….we don’t have an oven. And i’m fine with it. The point is, something I thought was an absolute, was something I could actually do without. But there are some things that you can not budge on. For example, we have friends who need to have an outlet in near the bed for their CPAP machine.

Make a list of things you really want in your dream RV. Now go back and put whether each item is a need or a want and separate them into two lists. Finally, rank each list in order of importance. This exercise will really help keep you focused as you narrow down your choices.

Watch videos and tour RVs

RV shows can be a great way to tour many RVs at once. Another overlooked benefit of RV shows is the accessibility to talk directly with the manufacturers. Check out our RV Show Schedule to find one near you.

But what if you can’t get to a dealer or show? There is no shortage of RV related videos on YouTube. They are a great resource to see not only what certain RVs look like, but more importantly real-life feedback from current owners as well. Pay attention to both positive and negative information to best educate yourself in your RV purchase decision.

Take, for example this video:

Now, we absolutely love our Little Guy Max. That being said, there are still features that we dislike. We cover which items we were able to address and a few items we could not. More importantly, we also mention how the manufacturer has responded to issues. That was a big factor when we decided on which one was best for us and we are pleased to say we have had a very positive experience. Through videos like this, you might learn about features that you would have otherwise missed.

Do a test run

Once you think you have decided what RV you want, we suggest renting one to see how you like it. Websites like Outdoorsy, RVShare and Cruise America offer great prices and options on RV rentals. Do a test run as well and compare units before you commit to a large purchase and it could save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Get the best price

Prices can vary greatly from dealership to dealership. Use tools like RV Trader, RVT and NADA RV Guide to give you an idea of what the RV you are looking for will cost.

In the end, there is no perfect RV. But it is possible to find one that fits many of your needs and wants and will make you very happy, making it perfect for you…for now. Remember, what is perfect for you now may change in the future. Thank goodness there are plenty of options ready and waiting for you when that happens!

2021 Tampa RV Supershow: What to know before you go

The 2021 Florida RV Supershow is still planned to go on as scheduled. However, there are a few changes in response to COVID-19 you should be prepared for before you arrive. Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know before you go and what has changed from previous years.

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Meeting up with Mike and Jennifer Wendland was a highlight for us at the 2020 RV Supershow

Open to the public January 13-17, 2021

Wednesday, January 13 – Saturday, January 16
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, January 17;
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

What’s changed: A major change to the schedule was the cancellation of Industry Day which was to be held on January 12.

Located at Florida State Fairgrounds

Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 US Highway 301 North
Tampa, FL 33610

Admission tickets are $12 before discounts

At the door:

If you buy your Supershow tickets at the door, it will be $12, which will give you access to the show for two days.

Save $1 purchasing online in advance

Tickets are $11 for two days entry.

Discounts
  • Children under 16 are Free
  • Seniors save $2 on tickets purchased Wednesday through Friday
  • Military (active or retired with ID) and first responders save $2 any day of the event

What’s changed: Ticket prices are the same for every day of the Supershow; the second ‘free’ day of admission on any ticket can be used on any day

Day parking: $8 per car and $16 per RV

Cash and credit cards are accepted on-site upon entry. Parking is located on the Florida State Fairgrounds property. Any questions can be directed to  813-621-7821 or info@FloridaStateFair.com.

Overnight RV parking: $20 per night plus $16 first day parking fee

  • No reservations are required to camp overnight. Don’t be worried about showing up and not having room. We have been to several shows over the last few years and space was never an issue.
  • No services or hook-ups are provided. You will be dry-camping, so make sure you empty/fill your tanks as needed prior to arrival.

The Super Rally is already sold out

For those that have never been to the RV Supershow before, you’ll notice there are locations for RVs with full hook-ups. These spots go early so plan well in advance if you want one for next year!

Covid-19 Precautions

Face masks required

Face coverings will be mandatory in all buildings and RVs and when social distancing is not possible.

Temperature Checks – 100.4 threshold

Temperatures will be checked at all admission gates and for rally participants. Those whose temperature is 100.4 or higher will be pulled aside and given a second temperature check. If temperature remains above the threshold, participant will be asked to leave and your parking fees will be refunded to you.

Hand sanitizer provided

Stations with hand sanitizer will be located throughout the Supershow grounds and in Rally bags. Hand sanitizer will also be distributed to all supplier booths, information stations and on Floor Manager carts.

Buildings and trams are on a sanitization schedule

Supplier buildings will be sanitized by every morning before opening and trams will be rotated and sanitized bi-hourly.

At this time, we ask that if you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or fatigue, or have recently been exposed to someone who tested positiveplease do not attend the Fla RV SuperShow.

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Dogs are allowed

Well-behaved and leashed dogs are permitted to join attendees at the Supershow.

Looking for more RV Shows?

For a comprehensive listing of RV shows near you, visit our RV Show Schedule!

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