Well, I just got back from the Atlanta RV show. The place was pretty busy. There were 8 major Georgia dealers there. None of them hassled me. Mostly older folks, the families with kids will likely be out tomorrow.
I did purchase a banana hammock and some soap.
No really, Sweet Wife takes 10 pounds of fruit and such with us on every trip. Lot's of bananas. The "under cabinet fruit and produce hammock" will clear up some space on the counter. And the "RV wash and wax" will dress up the trailer a bit.
Radio looks back
I'm glad I got into RV'ing when I did. Everything is so much more expensive now. And seems to be heavier. Everything is really dolled up and overly fancy or the dealers only brought the fancy stuff. Even 18 ft TT are way too "fancy" for my taste. What I saw was over-budget and over weight (at least for me, anyway) There wasn't anything there that made me want to part with my 2009 Rockwood 8280SS 5th wheel. I bragged when I bought it it would be the only camper I'd ever own and people laughed and said I'd trade it in 3 years. Still got it, still no plans to trade.
Radio crawls out from under a rock and tells you stuff you already know.
Remember I haven't been to an RV show in years.
The dealers pulled out all the stops and had the latest and greatest stuff there. FR was well represented. It seems to me the RV designers/decorators all go to lunch together and plan what next years models will look like. They all seemed pretty uniform.
All the interiors are much darker, all the upholstery is leather/vinyl and either black or brown. I'm old fashioned, if 5 years is old school, I like fabrics and light, neutral colors. Vinyl no doubt wears better. Perhaps if real sunlight had been coming in the windows I would have liked them better. They seemed to have cut back on carpet, which is an excellent idea. Carpet is too much to maintain and we got the minimal carpet back in 2008.
But on the other hand, the new exteriors are great! You don't see plain white campers any more. All the new colors hide dirt. And the RV makers have finally eliminated all the white trim and stuff on the outside of RVs that tend to blacken with mold. HURRAY!! It's all trimmed in black now and most of it looks really, really good.
Bits and pieces
I was hoping to see more of those weird vendors that sell all sorts of stuff. Not too many there. There were flashlights that double as tazers, a "steam iron" that doesn't get hot and the bedsheet lady. Of course they had waterless cookware, but only one booth had it. Those awful roofing and siding people were there. Never figured out why they go to RV shows.
They had seminars and people liked them but I was busy looking at the campers.
I took my own advise and ate before I came.
Campgrounds and State Parks were there giving out brochures and raffling off nights in their parks. That took me back to pre-rv days, the idea of going to all these interesting places, planning trips I would someday take in the RV I would someday own. So I got about 5 pounds of paperwork from all these places.
There was a small selection of RV accessories and supplies. Only one dealer had set up a small store. I had hoped to find a new "next exit" book but did not see one. But I got the banana hammock and the RV wash & wax and that's all I really needed. Prices were cheap on what was there, though.
It was pretty good entertainment. And I got to meet "O'neill" from "O'neill Outside" and got an autographed picture!