Tampa RV SuperShow Arrival

We have arrived to the Tampa RV SuperShow.

We will soon cross the gates into the show. No particular plan. We have the next three days to take it all in. The show will attract roughly 70,000 attendees so it will start to get busy although I expect most of the crowds will be coming in on the weekend.

We, on the other hand, will be leaving first thing Saturday morning. I have band commitments this weekend and, in between attending the RV SuperShow, I will be practicing my guitar. No rest for the weary.

Here is a video of our arrival:

Quite the process. Coaches queue to enter. Coaches move to a staging area to unhook. Coaches move to a parking area. And there it is. All settled in for a few days.

We have a great spot. Wide open at the front nestled under a large tree. Cellular data is good so far allowing me to post and upload some content.

Lorraine and Tabby wandered around the Newmar campsite and, predictably, met many old friends and made many new friends. Several couples that we know from Canada are here and it was great to catch up with them.

Somewhere over 200 Newmar coaches in this area. I haven’t counted them myself but it is a pretty big gathering of fellow Newmar owners.

Power is provided by these big diesel generators strewn throughout the parking area. Only 30 amp service so we have to be mindful not to trip any breakers.

The parking is thoughtfully laid out. Although all the coaches are spaced relatively tight, it feels open.

This was one of the main parking lots last night. I suspect it might be a tad busier this morning.

Looking forward to walking through the show this morning and checking out all of the new coaches and RVs.

Fort Wilderness

Lorraine and I are enjoying a wonderful break at Fort Wilderness this week. We arrived at Walt Disney World on Sunday and we will be here until Saturday.

Walt Disney World is one of our favourite places to visit. So many great memories from when we used to bring our children here every year.

We came to Disney with another couple and we have been having a great time exploring the parks and enjoying the restaurants.

Not enough time to write a lengthy post but I will leave you with a classic Disney shot from yesterday. I managed to find an angle without the construction cranes in the background.

Crowds are much larger than I expected for this time of year. However, our friends have done such an amazing job planning our time that we have been able to navigate through the parks without too much difficulty.

Posting will be a bit light this week. Next week we will be out at the Tampa RV SuperShow. Turns out that there was a last-minute cancellation with the Newmar Kountry Club rally at the SuperShow and we were offered a spot. We will be there with our coach from Tuesday through Saturday.

Keeping ourselves busy in retirement.

Blessed to be with good friends in an awesome setting.

Myriad Resort Rental Only

April Fools perhaps? This was one of the last emails I received from Myriad Luxury Motorcoach Resort, the same folks behind Mountain Falls Luxury Motorcoach Resort. It hit my mailbox on April 1, 2019:

12 SPOTS SOLD

Only 13 Priority Reservation Agreements remain. Call Suzanne to learn more about the advantages of the Priority Reservation Agreement. Here are a few highlights of being one of the first 25 lot owners:
– Be among the first to select your preferred lot
– Discounted price advantage only available to agreement holders
– Lot trade advantage
NEW ADVANTAGE: Guaranteed a lot to occupy while you build a coach villa on your lot in the 2019/2020 winter season.

Except nothing in life is guaranteed. I was speaking with my American buddy about this development last week. He told me that he had gone down to take a look at it and that there was nothing to see. He thought that the project had been abandoned.

A few days later and I received a bit of an odd email from Myriad:

The update, for whatever strange reason, was a tiny embedded graphic. It reads:

The developer of Myriad RV Resort has modified their project plan. Moving away from a phased approach, Myriad will be built out all at once. The completed project will open in 2021. Lots will be available FOR RENT. The completed Resort will open in 2021. There will be no lots FOR SALE. Myriad Luxury Motorcoach Resort…
– same reputable high end developer
– same resort vision with a new project plan
– open for renters in calendar year 2021

Something odd happened with this development. I had posted about Myriad last January. You can find that post over here.

This was the original overview.

Designed in the French West Indies Vernacular, Myriad is truly a one of a kind Motorcoach Resort unparalleled in its fine finish, attention to detail and warm luxurious design.

We spent the last 5 years planning this resort, leveraging our experience in developing the finest in luxury resort communities and understanding the wants and needs of the motorcoach enthusiast. With oversized lots, lush landscaping, and deluxe coach villas for entertaining and overnight guests, to the meticulously designed infrastructure, we’ve anticipated your future wants and needs. We took the time to get it right.

This was the original park plan with owner sites to the left and renters crowded into the upper right on very small lots.

This is the new plan:

I can’t tell if it is basically the same plan as their website is a total mess with outdated information including a page with rental rates for the 2018/2019 season. Their Facebook page isn’t much better I’m afraid.

If Myriad is truly a one of a kind Motorcoach Resort unparalleled in its fine finish, attention to detail and warm luxurious design, then they might want to improve their website and their communication.

I have no idea whether this park will ever get built but their messaging sure does comes across as an amateur effort.

Welcome Home!

Welcome home! Such a lovely greeting from the owner of Myakka River Motorcoach Resort. And this will be our home for the next six months until we return to Canada.

We stayed here last year and we connected with so many wonderful people that we knew we had to come back. Aside from the awesome community at Myakka, it is hard to beat the views from the front of our coach. We have a riverside lot and we enjoy awesome sunsets.

Our coach is nestled amongst the palm trees with an expansive site. Life does not get much better than this.

We decided to arrive a few days earlier than planned and we skipped our stay at Bay Lake. It was a very long drive from Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort to Myakka. Part of the drive took us through the horrendous construction work that is ongoing on I-4 in Orlando. Not fun.

I will take a couple of days to rest and recover although I will be very busy in the woodshed preparing for several guitar dates in Florida and in Canada.

Nice to be back in shorts and t-shirts. Awesome to reconnect with our friends.

Here is a short video showing our arrival into Myakka.

Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach Resort

Paradise. The Cambridge dictionary defines it this way: a place or condition of great happiness where everything is exactly as you would like it to be. That is how I would sum up our experience at Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach Resort.

Bob McKee, owner of McKee’s 37 and McKee’s RV, invited us to spend some time at one of his sites at Apple Valley. The site we are on, site 148, is available for purchase and, if you were looking to own a bit of paradise, this site should be on your list.

I have posted about McKee’s products a few times, here and here. I’ve used McKee’s RV and car care products to detail our vehicles for many years. Great products and outstanding customer service.

Apple Valley is a Class A motorcoach resort located in Lake Lure, North Carolina. We arrived here on Saturday and we have been thoroughly enjoying the park, the beautiful fall colours and the pleasant weather.

The resort is a relatively small and closely knit community with 46 sites situated around this lake.

Quiet and peaceful. Early morning walks reward you with a wonderful connection to nature. There is nothing like being out in the refreshing mountain air. The coaches blend into the landscape, almost hidden by the trees and vegetation.

Our coach is parked here.

Our site has two decks. This is the upper deck.

One side of the deck runs almost the full length of the coach with several seating areas.

And the front of the deck offers wonderful views of the surrounding country.

A stairway leads down to the lower deck.

Great views of the park from here. Looking forward you have the water and the mountains.

And looking towards the right you can just make out the sites that are located within the towering trees.

Each site at Apple Valley has its own charm. Like this one.

All of the sites are generous in size with mature landscaping.

Our site includes a dedicated parking area for our toad.

This is our first visit to Apple Valley Farm Motorcoach Resort and it won’t be our last. A beautiful spot to consider if you are ever in the North Carolina area. We love it here.