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Monday, January 18, 2010

the big RV show

Good morning.
As I posted yesterday, we went to the Grand Rapids RV show. It's the largest show in Michigan. They had over 200 assorted RVs. We toured many motor homes, and even looked at some travel trailers and 5th wheels. There seems to be a trend right now of putting kitchens in the front of motor homes instead of the living room. This just seems weird. As in these 2 pics...
Putting the couches in the middle, puts you right on top of the 42 inch TV. Now I thought your not suppose to sit that close to a TV.
And here, with the kitchen in the front, the driver and passenger chair is cut off from the rest of the seating. Just seems like an odd layout to me.

Another funny thing we saw was this travel trailer with a toilet
just inside the side door.
What made this even funnier, John and Derek went to the St Louis RV show over the weekend, and posted this first pic on their blog. The second pic is the one I took. Is this a new trend also? Craig thought it must be for when you really need to go, and don't want to track dirt all the way through to the bathroom.

And why would you have an outside door to your bathroom?
Some unusual configurations in some of these RVs.
And here's another. An out side kitchen complete with a fridge, sink and stove. Are people too damn laze to go inside to cook? And think of all that space you could use for inside the RV. RVs aren't that large, and to take space for an outside kitchen seems silly to me.
But we had a good time. Only saw 1 mo-ho we liked. Although not well enough for the kind of money these things run.
After the show, we wandered around looking for a place to eat. Like most downtown's, the few we found were closed on Sunday. So we drove out of town and hit a Chilli's. Split a combo plate. Then it was back to Lansing were Craig did his usual bookwork, and I played on the puter. Craig made Hamburger Helper for dinner, which was just okay, and we watched the movie, Hangover, which was pretty good.
And that's it for now. Have a good week.


  1. I agree with you about all that you've said except for seating. How much seating can anyone need? I'd rather lose a couch and have more counter space or something. My biggest bitch about RV's is that other than some 5th wheels, TV viewing is dumb. There's an absence of direct viewing. I hate it.

  2. Anonymous11:25 AM

    I am leaving for the Dayton RV show right now. I can see the outdoor potty entrance and outdoor kitchen good for tailgaters and people with kids. Looking forward to hearing about when you may be at Maumee State Park. I was thinking of going there and I would like to meet both of you if I did.
    Gene S.

  3. Anonymous11:06 AM

    I really don't understand the front kitchen design either. When you turn the pilot and co-pilot chairs around, you are not with the other people that are sitting in the living room.