Comparatively speaking, this RV does not weigh a heck of a lot more than I do

Not the RV I’m sitting in. Our big booger weighs about 12,000 pounds when it’s empty.

I’m talking about this little red myPod, which we saw yesterday at the Austin RV Expo. It weighs 500 pounds! I most certainly do not, but I could still probably pull this cutie my own self.

Not sure I could lift it, but I'm rather confident it would fit in the bed of the BFT.

Not sure I could lift it, but I’m rather confident it would fit in the bed of the BFT.

When we hit the convention center floor in Austin, two things made it different from last week’s show in Houston (wrote about that one here and here):

  1. To save time, we were prepared with a list of only three units we wanted to see and learn more about. A fourth got thrown in at the last minute, which means that somewhere in Austin, a Winnebago factory rep probably woke up with one helluva hangover this morning. Have I mentioned that Tim asks a lot of pointed and technical questions?
  2. It’s Austin, not Houston. And by that I mean ATX has its own vibe, and it was palpable even at something as mainstream as an RV show.
    Not just garbage cans, but bins for compost and recycling too. And a man wearing a kilt. And two rows of adorable little Airstream bubbles, as opposed to the two units in Houston. Never change, ATX. Never change.

    Not just garbage cans, but bins for compost and recycling too. And a man wearing a kilt at not-the-highland-games-festival. And two rows of adorable little Airstream bubbles, as opposed to the two units in Houston.
    Never change, ATX. Never change.

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    I was amused by this. It’s a staging area for staging items. And apparently no RV kitchen is complete without a basket of fake fruit on the table, you know, to tempt other people into buying it. Us? Not so much. “Yes, that plastic banana looks lovely, but do tell me, does this rig have a 6-point leveling system? And what’s the R-rating on the insulation? OK, now how’s the frame constructed?”

    Found some swag I liked, but did not buy. Photos are enough. Own less, and all that.

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    Tim, as mentioned, is the data head at the RV show. I wear socks that fit my attitude.

    Tim, as mentioned, is the data head at the RV show.
    I wear socks that fit my attitude.

    The attendant at the door stamped our hands to make sure we could come and go. It occurred to me that last time I was in Austin with a stamped hand, I was the Longhorn in the family. (And the stamp definitely did not come from an RV show.)

    The attendant at the door stamped our hands to make sure we could come and go. It occurred to me that last time I was in Austin sporting a hand stamp, I was the Longhorn in the family. (And the stamp definitely did not come from an RV show.)

    And speaking of Longhorns, that's ours in the center. We treated him and his ol' buddies -- friends since freshman year of HS, and now all freshmen at UT -- to dinner.

    And speaking of Longhorns, that’s ours in the center. We treated him and his buddies — friends since freshman year of HS, and now all freshmen at UT — to dinner. They uh… they can put down a lot of barbecue, it turns out.

    Not just my reflection in an RV, but a lesson. If you visit an RV dealership on your way to the RV show, and happen to mention that's where you're headed, the sales dude just might hand you a couple of complimentary tickets. That little excursion saved us 12 bucks!

    Not just my reflection in an RV, but a lesson. If you visit an RV dealership on your way to an RV show, and just happen to mention that’s where you’re headed, the sales dude just might hand you a couple of complimentary tickets. That little excursion saved us 12 bucks!

    Until next time, ATX!

    Until next time, ATX!

RV show, Day 2: I had to grab another man

No, really. That’s how I tried to get out of there.

We went back to the Houston RV Show yesterday with a couple of RV-ing friends, Jay and Kris. I’d joked with Kris early in the day that if we couldn’t get our husbands to quit talking to sales reps (they are both big on asking questions, crawling underneath the chassis, and in short gleaning every possible detail about any rig that captures their interest), then we could try leaving — with other men.

And when the clock hit 7:55, at a show that ends at 8:00, and our two guys had started asking yet another rep yet another round of questions, Kris looked at me and said, “I think it’s time to try that trick. I’m doing it.”

Since it was my idea in the first place, what could I do but fall in step behind her?

And that is how two very bewildered Holiday World salesmen ended up walking us toward the convention hall exit, linked arm in arm like groomsmen escorting wedding guests down the aisle. Good sports those chaps, but then I think we made their day with our conspiratorial winks and “Can you just walk with me for a second while I explain…?”

Did it work?

Hell no.

Tim and Jay noticed right away, but then called our bluff by hollering loving sentiments like, “Good luck!” and “You get the mortgage along with her!”

Much laughter ensued — from our escorts and from a small assembly of bemused onlookers.

So I put Plan B into motion and flopped to the floor, feigning Death from RV Show.

(Photo by Kris, who was probably laughing)

(Photo by Kris, who was probably shaking with laughter)

That didn’t really work either, but hey, it made for a great story, eh?

Oh, and no, we did not buy a new RV. Someone had already bought the one we were most interested in, but we were impressed enough with it to continue researching the manufacturer, dealerships, options and pricing, so stay tuned!

Sold to a guy with the same first name as my brother. "Aww, Mom. Why does *he* always get the new toy before I do?"

Sold to a guy with the same first name as my brother.
“Aww, Mom. Why does he get to have it?”

Tim came armed with a spread sheet...

Tim came armed with a spread sheet…

... and a tape measure. He just happened to find this eager little helper on the couch.

… and a tape measure.
He just happened to find this eager little helper on the couch.

But it's all for good reason. We've been burned once on RV purchasing, and he's going to make sure that doesn't happen again.

But it’s all for good reason. We’ve been burned once on RV purchasing, and he’s going to make damn sure that doesn’t happen again.

As I'd mentioned in my last post, exterior TV mounts are a popular thing, along with outdoor kitchens. I guess they appeal to folks who do a lot of tailgating. For us, they made for an easy way to rule out hundreds of RVs!

As I’d mentioned in a Feb. 10 Facebook post, exterior TV mounts are a popular thing, along with outdoor kitchens. I guess they appeal to folks who do a lot of tailgating?
For us, they made for an easy way to rule out hundreds of RVs!

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And hey, any day that includes a hug from this guy is a good day. I met Yogi Bear! I met him!