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The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) will host the 26th Annual 2011 Florida RV SuperShow, Wednesday, January 12 through Sunday, January 16. The Florida RV SuperShow will again be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida.

The 2011 SuperShow will have representation from every major RV manufacturer as well as hundreds of accessory booths exhibitors. “We will have more Suppliers’ booths and every type, size and style of RV on the market,” said Marketing Director David Kelly. “With the addition of new entertainment and more seminars, we’re anticipating record crowds this year. We’re also renewing the 2-day pass so the public will have two full days to see everything at the SuperShow at no additional cost.”

The theme of the 2011 Florida RV SuperShow is “Join the Fun”. With more families looking into RVing as a travel option and trying to stay closer to home, “Join the Fun”, conveys the ease and enjoyment and seemed like an appropriate theme for the 2011 SuperShow. With hundreds of RVs on display and educational seminars, the SuperShow is the place to trade-in your old RV or get all the information you need to get acquainted with the RV lifestyle. And some of Florida’s finest campgrounds and resorts will have booth exhibits to show attendees the best camping opportunities found anywhere. Also a huge display of camping accessories and supplies will be found in the Camping World Store.

A favorite of all visitors to the SuperShow is the free entertainment! From clowns and unicycle riders to Barbershop Quartets and BagPipe Bands, the SuperShow has enough entertainment to keep everyone busy the entire day. And take advantage of the free shuttle service inside the SuperShow that will carry visitors from exhibit to exhibit.

Seminars are presented throughout the day at the SuperShow making it easy to attend the ones you want to see. National RV Writer Bob Marx host two seminars daily. “Choosing an RV; A Logical Approach” helps you decide which RV is right for your particular lifestyle and “Full Time & Extended RV Travel” explains how RV travelers deal with banking, bill paying, telephone communications, e-mail, mail forwarding, medical care and other concerns while on the road for extended periods of time. Other daily seminars include using your RV for temporary housing in an emergency presented by Brian Brawdy and his self-contained RV.

The Super Rally celebrates its 21st year at the SuperShow. This RV rally is opened to any and all RV clubs and the general public and includes a number of amenities including free admission to the SuperShow all five public days, meeting facilities for your club, free coffee and donuts every morning, and seminars. Three nights of entertainment and refreshments are also included and will feature “The Rivoli Revue” music by Kay and Ron Rivoli, a fun evening with The Ditchfield Family Band and Diana, a Patsy Cline salute.

Returning again this year is Brian Brawdy with his “SuRVivor” RV display. The RV uses six solar panels and a wind turbine. It also captures and stores rainwater for use later as fresh, sanitary water. The RV has everything found in today’s homes: complete kitchen, queen-sized bed, full bath and entertainment center. It even has walls that slide out at the touch of a button. At first glance, it may seem RVing is hard on the environment. “It’s not,” says Brawdy. “I’m sharing my experiences to make this point.” Brawdy also says that he already sees other RVers at local campgrounds doing a big part to conserve water and electricity, recycle and buy paper items over plastic. “We can all do a little more. And a little from all of us is all it takes,” says Brawdy. Brawdy, 47, grew up in Syracuse, N.Y., where he was a police officer for nine years. Referred to as an ‘Outdoor Adventure Expert,’ “Environmental Pioneer’ and ‘Eco-RVer’ he has inspired audiences during appearances on Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, CBS Early News, ABC, CBS and FOX.

Admission to the SuperShow is only $10.00 for adults and that includes a second day admission for the cost of one day and children under 16 are free! The SuperShow hours are Wednesday – Saturday 9am – 6pm and Sunday 9am – 5pm. Wednesday is Senior Citizens Day with seniors receiving $1.00 off the cost of admission (not valid with other discounts).

For more information on the 2011 Florida RV SuperShow contact the Florida RV Trade Association at 10510 Gibsonton Drive, Riverview, Florida 33578, (813) 741-0488, or visit our web-site at

When winter snows blanket the Sierra, most campgrounds and RV parks shut down. But there are a handful of parks that stay open throughout the winter in an effort to accommodate cross-country skiers, snowshoers, downhill skiers, snowboarders and snowmobile enthusiasts.

“We put our water lines down deep enough so they don’t freeze,” said Wally Walker, manager of the 44-site Eagle Ridge RV Park in Graeagle. The park, located at the 4,600-foot level near a remote winter recreation area in the northern Sierra, provides its guests with electricity, cable TV, sewer and campsite snow removal services as well as information on nearby winter recreation activities.
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Joe Peterson, co-founder of the Escapees RV Club, died Wednesday (Dec. 22) in Houston.
Peterson and his wife, Kay, founded the club in 1978. They were 2001 inductees into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.

The Petersons were owners/developers of 18 RV parks in 11 states and were widely recognized consumer educational seminar speakers at RV events. They authored numerous self-help books on the RV lifestyle.

For over 20 years they developed the Escapees RV club, mail and message forwarding service and coordinating medical insurance. They operated an adult day care and residency program near their office in Livingston, Texas.

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