Monday, September 15, 2014

Dallas RV Supersale

Donna and I have been in the big city for a few days. We went to visit my brother and his wife in the Metroplex recently; while there, we attended the Dallas RV Supersale.

The web page for this event (http://www.dallasrvsupersale.com/) has already been updated to reflect the next show, which is scheduled for February 19 - 22, 2015. This is a huge RV show; if you are in the market for a new RV, it is certainly worth your time to spend the day here. There are various RV shows located all around the country, so you should be able to find a similar show somewhere in your neck of the woods. For example, in Texas, there are upcoming shows in Ft. Worth, Austin, and San Antonio scheduled soon.

If you have followed my blog for very long, you know that Donna and I sold our trailer about a year ago; we are considering purchasing another one, though, and we wanted to be able to look at various models and floor plans at one place. The Dallas RV Supersale certainly enabled us to do that.

Admission was $13 each. However, we printed coupons from the web page which reduced the entrance fee to $11. I have a bit of a problem paying this kind of money to visit vendors; to me, it's kind of like paying a few dollars to enter Walmart. However, that's the way things are done these days, it seems, so I had no choice but to pay. In the long run, it is money well spent if you are a serious RV shopper. And if you are ready to purchase an RV at the show, the mark downs there are certainly quite good.

But we aren't ready to make a purchase yet. We still don't know exactly what size RV we are looking for, but we are narrowing our choices. It will probably be spring 2015 before we are ready to make a purchase.


3 comments:

  1. Keith,

    My wife and I just bought a 2015 Keystone Hideout 260LHS, and I decided to see if you were still active on here. I'm surprised to see you sold your TT, but if you're looking for a new one, we like ours for the price. We paid about $15K out the door. We decided to go with a ProPride 3P hitch, which adds another $2500 or so, but we haven't received it yet.

    Hope all is going well!

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    1. We sold Rocky in May 2013, and I wrote about our reasons at that time (see http://ramblin-gamblin.blogspot.com/2013/05/goodbye-rocky.html). We had just moved into our new house and were awaiting the arrival of a new grandson. We really needed to put down roots. The trailer was too big for short excursions. We had to store it and pay insurance, so even when we did not take it out it cost over $100 just to keep it. We felt we would have another trailer in our lives, but it would be smaller. It would probably require a smaller tow vehicle (less gasoline) and be easier to tow. That is what we are looking for now. We want something easier to tow, cheaper to town, and easier to store. We think we'll be out there before long, with a new trailer in tow. Perhaps we'll run into you.

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  2. I just read over that entry and completely understand where you were coming from. We bought our rig knowing that the money we spend on it will never come back to us. It's a huge convenience for us and that is why we chose to invest in it.

    We spent about $15K on the trailer itself and about $5k to accessorize it (including safety equipment, like a ProPride 3P hitch and E rated tires for my truck). Our insurance runs $45/mo and our storage runs $55/mo.

    Even so, we have three dogs that we take everywhere with us and we are vegetarians. Staying at most hotels, and eating at most restaurants, proves pretty difficult. Most hotels refuse us and most restaurants have little to offer. Now we can travel with our dogs, and pull a kitchen along with us that has everything we need. It will pay itself off in other ways... just not necessarily financially.

    I'd love to full time in a larger 5'er. This entry level RV for us is a way to test whether we would ever actually want to attempt that. We're taking a 5,000 mile trip through Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, and Arizona next summer. It'll be very interesting and nothing that we could have ever attempted without it.

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