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Title: RV shows... not my bag baby
Post by: viento1 on February 09, 2009, 09:24:10 AM
Ok, so I return from our trip to the lake in order to catch the local RV show. What did I see? well, about 200 000 square feet of white paneling with occasional Swoosh sticker. There was not one booth that knew anything about solar panels, compressor type refrigerators, leveling systems, not even a holding tank macerator pump... All they knew was chairs, beer holders, those mats that you put on your front step, various bbq units, and of course trade show non stick cookware.

I wish they had Bus shows... maybe I should spend my time at a Marine show, maybe they are a little more "hands on" technically minded?? I don't think anyone in that Trade show could trouble shoot a burnt out headlight!

Title: Re: RV shows... not my bag baby
Post by: cody on February 09, 2009, 09:27:53 AM
I like rv shows, it reaffirms my opinion that a bus is the best way to go, if your looking for the real thing as far as what is needed for the road you need to attend rallys or possibly the insanity at quartzite.

Title: Re: RV shows... not my bag baby
Post by: PP on February 09, 2009, 02:02:28 PM
Vinnie, trade shows are for normal people that hire out everything. You're right, they don't care about replacing a headlight, there are people for that. By now you should realize that Busnuts are different. ;) We build and modify and for the most part do it ourselves. ;D We can't help it :P We're the most independent cusses you'll find anywhere, and that's a 'Good Thing'  ;D And yes, Cody, Buses are the real thing!
My $.02 Worth, Will
Now I have to get back to work. The icemaker came out and vegie bins for onions and spuds is going in. Roller bearing hardware to handle the weight and some of the finest rock maple from a drop leaf table I picked up at a garage sale for $20. It's looking sweet  ;D ;D And yes, when I get a faster connection, I will be posting pictures. Sorry for getting long-winded here, Will

Title: Re: RV shows... not my bag baby
Post by: Tenor on February 09, 2009, 03:25:09 PM
I found the one I went to very helpful on what not to do! ;D  I saw LOTS of weirdness and bad decision-making.  However, it helped us work through some layout ideas, see some neat accessories and appreciate what we were doing.  It also gave me some ideas about where to put switches, outlets, tv's.  Some have some nice designs.  I highly recomend that a newbie look at the trade shows to learn.  FWIW.


Title: Re: RV shows... not my bag baby
Post by: WEC4104 on February 09, 2009, 05:29:47 PM
In the early days of owning our bus, I took my family to an RV Show at a local convention center. It was a fabulous opportunity to point our little details to my wife.

While standing next motorhome the same length as our bus, I asked my wife if she had a mental image of the wheel and tire size on our bus.  She said she did.  I told her to look at the tiny little donuts on the motorhome and asked her if those would make her feel safe.  Her jaw dropped.

Later, she remarked on her own how all the cabinets seem to be cheap particle board where we had solid oak.

We found lots of printed sheets with the model's specifications. It was fun comparing our bus to each motorhomes specs for the water and holding tank sizes, storage bay space, and how close they were to their GVWR without passengers and posessions.

Not many of the units had price tags displayed, but when we came across a few, and my wife saw what they were going for, that pretty much sealed the deal.  My wife was always very supportive of my purchasing our bus from day one. But a little insurance never hurts  ;)

Title: Re: RV shows... not my bag baby
Post by: NewbeeMC9 on February 09, 2009, 06:26:54 PM
I think my wife let me get a bus so i wouldn't take here back to the RV show ;)

and price/rv was helpful to prove my point but she did like the nice, flashy, and finished stuff.

I got the idea to install the redneck bidet from there.

Title: Re: RV shows... not my bag baby
Post by: Chopper Scott on February 09, 2009, 06:59:30 PM
I have to agree that there is a big difference from a rv owner and a bus owner. It isn't long before a bus owner becomes very educated about a lot of things on his rig. The average rv owner just drops it off cuz it doesn't work. There is nothing wrong with either style. It's just that some of us tick a bit different than others. If an individual has very limited mechanical skills or can't physically perform such tasks then the factory rv route is probably the direction to go as long as his checkbook can handle it. With a reasonable amount of mechanical skills and forums such as this it enables many of us to go the bus route. You do have to admit that a converted bus sure looks more imposing compared to the average Winnabago!!  Later