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Tampa Show Offers Taste of ‘Life on the Road’

Keith and Betty Conine already know their itinerary.

As reported by the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, the Riverview couple will load their motorhome, and head to Branson, Mo., then to Illinois. From there, they’ll trek back to Florida, stopping along the way at Civil War battle sites.

First, though, they have to deal with the small issue of buying a recreational vehicle.

“We’re kind of still in the research stage,” Betty Conine, 63, said Sunday (June 23) lounging in a recliner inside a SportTrek 270RL at the Florida Fairgrounds during the Tampa Bay Summer RV Show.

“We know what we want, we just haven’t seen it yet,” said Keith Conine, 65.

The four-day event attracted more than 2,000 people to the fairgrounds, which had close to 200 RVs on display and about 30 vendor booths.

The Conines got their first taste of the RV life in 2008 when they rented a motorhome, driving it from Arizona to Orlando. Betty Conine, who bragged about doing 90% of the driving, said she was sold by how the RV handled the road.

“It drove like a Cadillac,” she said. “I loved it. If I can get another one and they can guarantee it’d feel like that, I would be in it in a heartbeat.”

Mark and Lennie Schiefer were excited over the interior of a hulking Entegra Coach Aspire that featured cherry-glazed, hardwood cabinets, stainless steel refrigerator, electric fireplace, porcelain tile flooring and buttery-soft leather.

“We’re just drooling over these,” Lennie Schiefer said of the larger RVs. “Ours is on the other side, but we’re drooling on these. They are beautiful.”

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