Bushnell, FL - Events of Monday, October 20 to Friday, October 24, 2014
After spending the weekend relaxing at Paradise Lake Campground in Brookfield, GA, we headed out on Monday morning to Florida where we had one more stop to make before heading to our site at Blueberry Hill RV Resort. After a 5-hour drive, we pulled into the Lazydays RV Park adjacent to the huge Lazydays RV dealership. Lazydays is located in Seffner, FL, which is just to the east of Tampa.
The roads and pads in the campground are paved. The sites, which are all back-ins, are a decent size. There are full hookups with 30/50-amp electric, free breakfast and lunch at the cafeteria inside the RV dealership every day during your stay, free newspapers every morning, free cable and free Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi signal was fairly strong, and the connection was fairly fast. There is also good Verizon 4G service.
The daily rate at Lazydays is $40 a night. However, they had a special when we were there that provided a third night free if you stayed two nights, so we reserved three nights.
The reason we stopped at Lazydays was to go RV shopping. We haven't mentioned it in our blog until now because we were unsure of what we were going to do, but we have been looking at new 5th wheels since late summer. Because we had a dizzying number of decisions to make and we kept bouncing back and forth between buying and not buying and looking at so many different makes of 5th wheels, we knew anything we wrote about our RV shopping would be confusing. Therefore, we waited until things were clearer.
Lydia's arrival last summer changed everything for us. Our travel style has been slowing for the past few years anyway, but now it looks like it may slow even more now that we have a granddaughter because, although we still want to travel, we also want spend a good bit of our summers near Pittsburgh so we can be part of Lydia's life. Skyping is good and Lora sends pictures, but that only goes so far to satisfy the granddaughter itch. Lydia was two-months old when we were in Pittsburgh in September. She is now three-months old. From the pictures like the one below Lora sent us recently, we can already see a big difference in Lydia in just one month. By the way, her bib says, "I'm so cute it's scary." That just about says it all.
We always said we may consider a 5th wheel when our travel slowed down because 5th wheels seem better suited to staying in one location for longer periods since they don't have an engine and transmission that need to be exercised and serviced periodically like a motor home does. Knowing our travel style was slowing, we started casually looking at 5th wheels at the Tampa RV show a year or two ago. Lydia's arrival last July made us start to think about 5th wheels more seriously.
Bighorn is one of the brands we saw at the Tampa RV show that we liked. Therefore, we visited an RV dealer in Akron late in the summer while we were staying in Ohio to take a closer look at them. We liked what we saw, but we wanted to see some other brands.
After we left Pittsburgh in September, we headed to Knoxville, TN. Not only did we want to do a little sightseeing there, but Knoxville has several RV dealers that sell a few other brands we wanted to investigate.
One of the makes we saw while in Knoxville that we really liked was the Tradition by DRV. Although we got a good price on the Tradition from the dealer in Knoxville, he didn't give us a very good deal on our trade-in because they don't sell motor homes themselves and would have had to wholesale our trade-in to a third party. The result was a cash difference that was way too high for us to consider.
That's when we made plans to go to Lazydays, which also carries Traditions. By the time we got set up at the Lazydays campground on Monday, it was a little late to go to the dealership so we waited until Tuesday morning. Unfortunately, the price on the Tradition at Lazydays was even higher than in Knoxville.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar is a favorite seafood restaurant of ours. One of their three locations is only about half an hour from Seffner, so after our disappointing visit to Lazydays on Tuesday, we went there for lupper.
We love the clams at Anna Maria's, so that's what we both had. Margery had slaw and onion straws for her sides and Paul had slaw and red potatoes. Everything was yummy!
Although our hopes of buying a new 5th wheel were starting to fade, we decided to extend our stay at the Lazydays Campground another night so we could check out a couple of other RV dealerships before heading to Bushnell. On Wednesday, we drove two hours south of Tampa to Fort Myers to North Trail RV, which also sells DRV Traditions. North Trail said they would get back to us the next day with a price after their appraiser had time to go over the info we gave them about our trade-in and after they had time to check with the factory rep on a couple of special options we requested.
On Thursday while we were waiting for the price from North Trail, we drove to La Mesa RV in Sanford, FL, which is just north of Orlando. We wanted to take one more look at Bighorn 5th wheels. Bighorns are nice, but not as nice as the Tradition; and even though Bighorns are marketed as full-time rigs, they don't have enough cargo carrying capacity to suit us.
On our way back through Orlando, we stopped at Bahama Breeze for lupper.
Bahama Breeze has happy hour with half-price appetizers from 4:00 to 6:00 so we had appetizers for our lupper. We had an order of Firecracker Shrimp, a chicken quesadilla, and a crab stack. The crab stack is lump crab meat, shrimp, mango and guacamole. It looks great and tastes even better. The crab stack is expensive at $14; but at half price you can't go wrong if you like crab and shrimp.
On Friday, we left the campground at Lazydays and drove an hour north to our site at Blueberry Hill RV Resort. We'll tell you about our arrival and about our final decision on buying a 5th wheel in our next post.