As we were pondering where we would go after Maumee Bay State Park, we received an e-mail from FMCA about a rally at Tom Raper’s RV in Richmond, IN. This was very timely, as Richmond was about half way to a hoped for stop to visit friends in southern Indiana on our way south.
We made a reservation and prepared to head to Richmond. This was not our first time at this RV dealer. We bought our first new class C motorhome here in 1988, and we did visit here again when we were looking for our current motorhome. This was to be a four day event with a chance to look at the latest models, along with food, entertainment and camaraderie. We advised friends Dan and Karen about the event in case they might like to attend. Indeed they did and they ended up in the spot next to us. We also ran across Glenn and Kay who were members of the Ohio Winnebago club, who also got the emailed invitation.
The staff at Tom Raper’s was very friendly and helpful. They had prepared a fun four day event, which we enjoyed very much. The highlights included a surprise entertainer who offered to perform, since he was there picking up a new style camper from a company called Earthbound. He was the lead singer for the group Paul Revere and the Raiders. The other well known guest was Bob Tiffin, founder of Tiffin RV, who gave a very enjoyable and fun presentation on “a day in the life of Bob Tiffin”. It was informative and amusing-I almost felt guilty about not owning one of his products.
The new models were nice to look at, but not so tempting that we would consider trading our Itasca. In fact, the new models get more complicated every year and the new pollution regulations that require the use of Urea in the diesels only add to the complications. The trend for all electric coaches with house style equipment and massive battery banks and huge inverters can only lead to major problems and repairs down the road. I am glad to continue on with the old technology of 2006.