Wesley Chapel, Florida (high 76, low 55)
We decided to head back to the Tampa Rv show yesterday. We were able to get in the second day free, so other than the $6.00 parking it didn’t cost us anything.
Or did it?
For some reason, every time we go to the Rv show we come home with a bag full of goodies. At least, we didn’t come home with a new motor home!
Do these Rv shows have such great bargains, or is it that they just present them so well that you buy? Or is it just that we’re suckers for new gadgets?
We came upon a booth selling these little thingy's that looked like colored plastic straws. It intrigued us so we stopped to see exactly what they were.
They’re called “gripstics” and are actually pretty handy. Once the guy showed us how they worked, we were sold.
They look like a straw but there is an opening on the bottom with a hard plastic insert. They are used to seal plastic bags. Great for chips, bags of lettuce, pet food, and any type of plastic bag that needs to be sealed.
Do yourselves a favor and check out their website here. They looked pretty good at the show, but the true test was at home and I’m happy to say they work great. We always have a bag of pretzels, nuts or something that needs sealing. I think they were worth the $20 we spent for the large bag.
No, I don’t make anything from the company and are not affiliated. I just like to share a good product.
Another Rv show “bargain” we found was 3 nights camping at Florida Gateway Rv Resort in north Florida for only $60. They have lots for sale, and I’m sure they hope to sell you a lot while your are there. The lots are are pull thru’s with their own private outdoor kitchen, fire pits and covered hot tub. They look really nice in the pictures.
It’s right on our way out of Florida and we figured it would be a nice place to stay for a few nights, and the price is right at $20 a night.
We snagged quite a few free camping trips, with several for 4 nights. One is at a Class A luxury Rv resort in south Florida.
One more item we purchased is a Sewer Solution rv waste water dumping system. We have been buying the Rhino Flex sewer hoses for a while now and although they are very nice, they don’t seem to last long, and they start leaking. Sitting out in the hot sun and getting drug over concrete doesn’t help.
The Sewer Solution is a water powered jet-pump system that comes with a 3/4 inch hose that will be easier to store, and hopefully will last longer. It has no expensive motor to install like the macerator type.
It was $99 for the show special which included one 10 foot hose. We opted to purchase another 10 foot hose for $24 more. The two hoses connect together easily.
The next picture explains how it works.
The guy that invented it (supposedly) was there demonstrating it.
He said they were selling very well.
Some people walked by and told us they had one and loved it.
Then the salesman/inventor said he only had one unit left.
Do you think it was a set up?
Okay…we’d better grab it before it was gone. Talk about impulse buying!
We haven’t hooked it up yet, but I did some internet research and found some good reviews. I also noticed they are selling them at Camping World.
I think it’s going to be good for where you have full hook-ups, but maybe not so good at a campground dump station. You have to attach a water hose to it (it does have an anti siphon valve) and the water pressure breaks down the solids. I believe it may take a little longer than just a regular dump, but I could be wrong.
Hopefully, it will last longer. I believe we’ll still have to have the other kind for dump stations. We’ll see.
We also bought a nice little folding beach cart. I haven’t gotten a chance to take some pics of it yet, but it’s pretty cool, and was only $15.00. Al used it to carry around our stash from the rv show and he even brought it back the second day. You could use it for taking a load of clothes to the laundry, or even a bag of trash. I’ll take some pics later. We felt it was a great deal for the price.
No more Rv show today. It’s back to the gym and then start grocery shopping for our trip to the prairie. There are no grocery stores nearby so we are trying to bring everything we’ll need for two weeks. Yeah, right.