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Well if you ever doubted how big 'rving' is over here, just take a glance at some of the photos in this entry. It's certainly big at this location. Here at the Lazy Days complex not only is there a 300 pad campsite complete with all the usual amenities including a 'tram' running constantly between all areas, there is also a café where they serve free breakfast & lunch to all, (giving away 300.000 'meals' a year) and what must be the 'hugest' prep and repair facility in the country. They employ something like 700 people, over 300 service and parts personnel and there are 273, 60' service bays. There are three separate spray booths where each is capable of spraying a 40' motorhome, all at the same time. http://www.lazydays.com/supercenterphotos.html
Anyway, after a tour of the complex in one of the 170 golf carts, with Betty our allotted 'colleague' on Friday afternoon, we set about looking around the hundreds of rigs on offer early on Saturday morning. This was clearly not for the fainthearted! Armed with camera (of course) pen and paper we set off, surprisingly it was raining!! F...Fay! We were left to our own devices and that was great, we could wander around at leisure, looking in whatever rig took our fancy.
There was also a row of trucks...kids in a sweetie shop?
I've lost count of how many rigs we climbed into, we began with the 5th wheels as that was what we had come for, hoping to find the perfect one for us. It took us nearly 2 months of constant searching to find Bree, we both knew immediately we got in that he was 'the one' now we were seeking that same feeling. It is truly amazing how much each one differs, same year, same model but different floor plans. We saw rigs with living areas that were perfect, but where the bathroom let them down and vice versa.
They say anything is possible here but failing a 'cut and shut" job, it wasn't looking good. We did eventually find one that was close and Malc proceeded to inspect the trucks. We returned to Betty to see what kind of deal we could put together. The advantage of coming to a dealership of this size is that they would take Toad as part of the trade in deal, arrive with Bree + Toad, leave with 5th wheel + truck, simple.
Will they? Won't they? I can feel the suspense in the air...can you see the tongue in my cheek? No we didn't. We found nothing that would give us an improvement on Bree. In fact I think it's made us even happier with him. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! However it's been fun looking, fun seeing so many different rigs, even some newer Bree's (which incidentally weren't as neat and tidy as ours)
and now, after experiencing this site, now we don't have to say, "I wonder if?'
Just to treat Bree, in case he was feeling a little dejected, we took advantage of all the facilities here and had his oil changed and had a 'skirt' fitted to his bottom! Now his rear end won't get so dirty when we travel in the rain and Toad will stay cleaner too.
Fay is still lurking to the north, scaring residents on the Gulf coast, still emptying 20+" of rain on all them. She has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but is predicted to be moving NE...see she is waiting to see where we are headed! Enough to give anyone a depression - not us though, happy with Bree we head north soon.