Tampa RV Super Show

1/14/15 Wednesday in Wauchula,FL (Peace River Preserve-TT)

On our way by 7:30 am. Mmm, so early and dark, but we made it by 9 am. Naturally there were lots of RV’s for sale and two buildings full of vendors. We checked out the vendors first. On our walks to various buildings, then later the Winnebagos, we were entertained by fun musicians. There was even an outdoor induction oven on an Ellipse (Itasca).

musician 2 induction

We met a neat couple at the WIT (Winnebago Itasca Travelers) table too. They have a 2012 Itasca Meridian 36M, the very same rig we bought! They even have the same issue with water freezing at the bottom of their french door fridge. It was great we could share what we’d learned because they were just breaking up and removing the ice periodically. They even love to visit the Northwest. They have a new home in Florida too.

After we inspected the 2015 Meridian/Journeys, noticing additions and eliminations (I really like ours better!), I ran the dryer (also Splendide/Ariston) in 2 different RVs. They were definitely quieter. I could live with the sound they made!!! Maybe Splendide changed the motors due to complaints? I’ll be calling them.

When we left the Winnebagos we sat down (what a relief!) to watch a seminar on “How To Buy An RV.” We’d been talking to a couple looking to buy their first RV (and sell their home) just before. I’d mentioned this class and she noted that it was pretty late for such a class. Well, I said I was curious what we did right and what we did wrong.

As we left the seminar John spotted our friends Naomi and Phil!

phil naomi

They’d driven into Peace River Preserve just yesterday and said they were too tired to go to the RV Show with us. Yet here they were!!! They’d left the campground at a reasonable 11 am!! So we had a great visit, then parted since it was getting to be 5 pm. What with all the commuter traffic in Tampa, we made it back before 7 pm. Thank heavens we had leftover lasagna available for supper.

Thus we made it home without purchasing anything except lunch.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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