Zephyrhills, Florida (high 85, low 64)
The rain throughout the state of Florida, finally came our way yesterday afternoon. We got some pretty hard rain and even some thunder and lightning. Fortunately, there was very little wind, and we didn’t even have to bring in the awning.
Eric, the carpet replacement guy came out yesterday and gave us an estimate. His price was reasonable enough to make it worth hiring, verses doing it ourselves. He will come to us, and we can stay inside the motor home while he’s working. I warned him, I’d be watching his work.
The center area of the motor home has tile, we like it, and we’re not replacing that. For now, we’re going to just replace the front living room carpeting. Later this spring, we’ll have him do the bedroom. I think it’ll be much easier to just do one section at a time, since he will have to move the sofa and captain and copilot chairs and move them into the kitchen area. We’ll need a place to “live” while he’s working.
The cost, including the materials is $800 for the living area and another $800 for the bedroom area. We’re on his schedule for March 12. He’s a pretty busy guy with all the snowbirds in the state right now. I’ll take lots of pictures and let you all know what kind of job he does.
If anyone wants some flooring done, his name is Eric. His phone number is (352) 324-2894. He installs carpeting, vinyl, laminate, whatever you wish. I can’t vouch for his work yet, but his name was given to us by an RV dealer we talked to last year. He seemed professional, and said we didn’t pay him until we were happy. I still intend on getting a few references, but we think he will do a good job. He understands the differences with rv’s compared to residential flooring.
We got to talking to Eric a little bit and he mentioned that here in the town of Zephyrhills was where “snowbirding” began.
The first Snowbirds came to Zephyrhills in the early 1900’s. They drove their vehicles down here and it’s said they brought canned foods, which were opened and heated on the car radiators. They were dubbed, “Tin Can Tourists.”
Eventually the "Tin Can Campers of America" was formed and visitors returned each year to sing songs, exchange stories and enjoy socializing with people from various states. Zephyrhills has a LOT of rv parks and a LOT of visitors during the winter.
When you go drive around here, you see very few Florida license plates, but lots of Quebec, New York, Vermont, Michigan, Maine….etc.