RV Enthusiasts Flock to Bay Area as RV Show Kicks Off

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – More than 1,500 RV owners camp at the Florida State Fairgrounds this week for the annual Florida RV Super Show.

The show is the official start of the RV season in the United States

What do you want to know

  • Thousands of participants Great Florida RV Show This weekend
  • The event is the start of the VR season
  • Darryl Hayner is camping at the fairgrounds this week with his wife and three children.

“We’re probably known as weekend warriors,” said Darryl Hayner, who is camping at the fairgrounds this week with his wife and three kids.

From road trips and camping to trips to state parks on their mountain bikes, Hayner says his family hits the road at least once a month to explore somewhere new.

It has been a life-changing experience since becoming RV owners in 2019.

“We had a 19-footer, half the size of this, a tilt-bed, hybrid motorhome first around 2019,” Hayner said. “Then upgraded massively to a 38ft travel trailer. Hurricane Ian took care of it, it did just enough damage to be totaled. And we went shopping and found this and jumped on it.

The world of VR has changed since the pandemic.

Prices for new RVs skyrocketed last year, but they’re still cheaper than buying a home. And with an RV, the Hayner family says they can play the long game.

In the future, he plans to live full-time in the RV and keep his home in Sarasota to rent out.

“I think for us our plan is going to be to rent the house seasonally, Airbnb maybe, some form of home hang-up so we have a starting point where we can go back. Many people talk about how they can get into the full-time lifestyle and regret selling their house because they can’t take a break and have something to return to.

The RV Super Show at the Florida State Fairgrounds opened Thursday and will continue through Sunday.

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