2018 Tampa RV Show
Wauchula, FL - Events of Monday, January 8 to Wednesday, January 17, 2018
You might be wondering why when we have decided to give up full-timing and buy a park model we would go to the Tampa RV Show. The reason is we went to the show to look at furniture for the park model. We decided not to buy the furniture package when we ordered the park model because we wanted to find furniture that really suited us even though we knew it meant we would likely be doing a lot leg work on our own.
We heard about an Amish-owned company in Indiana called Lambright that makes sofas, recliners, and theater seating designed specifically for RVs so it is nice and compact. Although the park model will be bigger than our 5th wheel, it's still not huge so we are looking for furniture that isn't oversized.
Lambright furniture is sold by several after-market RV furniture stores in Indiana and by a company called Glastop located in Pompano Beach just north of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. We made a day trip to Glastop a while back, and we liked one of the models of Lambright theater seating we saw there. When we realized Glastop was going to be at the RV show, we decided it would be a good idea to go to the show to try to finalize our decision about the theater seating even though it is still going to be over two months until our park model is delivered.
We headed straight to the Glastop booth after standing in line about 15 minutes to get our tickets to get into the show. Fortunately, Glastop had the model of theater seating we were interested in on display.
The theater seating was even more comfortable than we remembered. The center console can be raised up out of the way so you would also be able to lie down lengthwise on the seat if you want, although it isn't quite long enough to stretch all the way out. There is also a large drawer below the center console where things like remotes, pencils, and glasses can be stored.
Lambright furniture is available in a variety of fabrics and also in Ultraleather, which is a faux-leather material made from urethane rather than vinyl. We had an Ultraleather sofa in our motor home, and it was very durable and easy to clean so that's what we decided we wanted for our new park model. The other big advantage to Ultraleather is it is available in a wide variety of colors.
While at the show, we found out if we order the theater seating within a week of the end of the show we can get the special show price that is $125 off the regular price. Glastop will specify an extended ship date to schedule the arrival for right after our park model is delivered. That way we won't have to find a place to store the theater seating in the meantime. All we have to do now is decide on a color so we can call and place the order.
After we checked out the theater seating at the Glastop booth, we headed outside and walked past some of the RVs on display. We're not sure what they were thinking with the bathroom location in the Class B camper van in the next photo, but you better lock the back door when you're on the john or you might find a new meaning to the term "looky-loo."
As we walked around, we looked at a couple of smaller travel trailers out of curiosity. However, once we trade in the 5th wheel and have the park model, we're not planning to buy another RV (we probably won't be able to afford one even if we wanted to).
The air was cool, but the sun was shining brightly making if feel warmer than it was so the crowds were growing rapidly. Not only that, but our feet were getting tired so we headed toward the exit around 11:30. The next photo shows the crowds along the midway extending out the main entrance.
Outside the gates, the lines at the ticket windows were just as long as they were when we first arrived.
Going to the RV show was our most recent activity of note, but we have continued to be busy around the Co-op with meetings, with an occasional meal at the clubhouse, and with going out to eat at a few local restaurants like Dee's Place in Sebring. We also went to Taco Tuesday at the Main Street Grill with a group from the Co-op, and Margery went to lunch at the Island View Restaurant over in Sebring with about 25 or 30 ladies from the Co-op).
Margery has been busy with the newsletter and with making sign-up sheets and posters for Co-op activities. She has also been busy attending meetings so she can keep up with all that's going on around the Co-op in order to better be able to pass that information on in the newsletter.
Paul has been busy working on projects around the Co-op with the Landscape Committee. One of the projects he worked on recently was planting some dwarf Ixora shrubs around one of the Co-op's storage sheds.
As co-chairman of the Landscape Committee, Paul also oversaw the installation of 5 new palm trees along the streets of the Co-op. We were originally going to plant the palm trees ourselves until we found out 8 to 10-foot trees like we were planning to put in weigh around 1,000 pounds each. Fortunately, we we found Edgewood Landscape over in Avon Park who would supply the trees and install them for a very reasonable price. The trees arrived last Tuesday.
As you can see from the photo above, palm trees have a very small root ball because the roots are heavily pruned when the trees are transplanted. Fortunately, the roots grow back quickly, but the downside is the new trees have to be watered frequently until the spring/summer rains start. The tops are trimmed because they will likely be damaged in transit anyway. They should start to show signs of new growth in a few weeks.
Because the trees have a very small root ball, they also have to be braced for the first few months to keep the wind from knocking them over. The cost of planting also included bracing.
So that's what has been keeping us busy recently. Thanks for stopping by.