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!

Scenes from the 2019 RV Supershow

Pros and Cons of an RV Wet Bath

Wet baths in RVs are common, so why do so many people sigh when they fall in love with an RV only to find out it has one? There are those that won’t even consider an RV that has one. Are they really that bad?

What is a wet bath?

Typically found in small RVs, campers, travel trailers and Class B vans, wet baths are areas where there is no separation from the toilet and shower. The floor in the bathroom IS the shower floor. Occasionally a sink will be integrated into the space.

What’s good about them?

More room for other things

Space is everything in a small space. Wet baths have a smaller footprint and therefore frees up valuable space.

Space to sit while you shower

Particularly convenient when needing to shave your legs, you’ll appreciate the ability to sit down when showering. Having the toilet in the shower space provides a ready-made bench for you.

Easy to clean

Cleaning a wet bath couldn’t be easier! Spray everything from the walls, floor, fixtures and toilet down and dry off. You’ll be done in minutes.

TIP: We replaced our showerhead with a handheld shower nozzle, which makes showering and cleaning the bathroom much easier.

Keeps wet items out of the way (and secure)

Hang up that wet jacket or towel in the wet bath to keep it away from other items in your small space. Even if you are staying at a campsite, letting your expensive gear dry off inside is more secure.

No damage if you leave the roof vent open

We like to keep our Fan-Tastic fan open and have been grateful for our wet bath when a surprise rain shower descended upon us and we forgot to close the cover in the bathroom. The water simply fell into the area and down the drain.

The not-so-great side

Wet baths are small

A smaller footprint also means a smaller space. Typically you’ll have just enough room for you to step in front of the toilet and that’s about it.

Less privacy

Even if you have an actual door rather than a glass/acrylic door, there isn’t a place to keep your clothes or towel inside the wet bath while you take your shower. This means having to open the door to the main living area to get items and/or get dressed.

Many wet baths have a space at the top of the shower door that is open to the main living area for airflow. For those who prefer more separation when using the bathroom, this might not be an ideal situation.

Storage space is minimal

Very utilitarian in nature, but the vast majority lack dedicated space for storage of toiletries.

Wet baths are…….wet

One of the more irritating things about a wet bath can be if it is not properly wiped dry after use. Wet socks are never enjoyable…just saying.

Shows wear faster

A wet bath can show signs of aging quicker than most areas in an RV or camper. This is largely due to the materials used. For example, the shower pan is also the main floor. Unlike a traditional shower, a wet bath floor will often have people stepping on it more often and from time to time, with shoes on. This will cause scuffs and cracks on the floor over time. Also, exposure to standing water or hard water will cause discoloration and staining.

Making the most of the small space

When asked, the majority of our fellow RVers prefer a traditional bathroom over a wet bath. That being said, there are ways to make a wet bath more appealing.

Get a small squeegee and keep it in your bathroom. After showering, use your squeegee and either a paper towel or a microfiber towel to finish drying off the bathroom. 

Run your bathroom fan to help air out and dry the area. 

Mount several hooks where you can hang towels, wash cloths, soap-on-a-ropes, and other bathroom items. 

Mount a multiuser soap dispenser and toothbrush holder to the interior to keep things within reach and clutter free.

Place a raised mat in your wet bath. This will protect the shower pan from getting scratched and dirty from shoes. It will also protect you from inadvertently getting your feet wet stepping into the bathroom. Just remember to lift it and dry off under the mat regularly.

For more ideas on maximizing small spaces, check out our post Tiny Home Tips: How to Maximize Your Space in a Tiny Home or RV

Wet baths are a good option in small spaces

Overall, wet baths are a good option for situations where space is a premium and you want to save time and effort cleaning. It allows you to have everything you need and the ability to spend more time doing what you bought your RV for – camping!

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