Heading to the Florida SuperShow 2015

We left Niles Michigan at 10:00 am on Thursday January 8th. The temperature overnight was -10°F. You read that right–10 degrees below zero! We were looking forward to reaching the Florida SuperShow 2015 where we knew we’d encounter a lot of RV enthusiasts, and also be able to feel our faces while standing outside.  😉

We loaded our 2014 Phoenix Cruiser 2552 Class C/B+ motorhome the day before. The fresh water tank was full, the furnace set to 70°, and the water heater was on AC electric so that we could save on LPG. So after loading a few last minute personal items and “Stray” (our kitty) we were ready to roll.

We were on our way south to the Florida SuperShow, a great RV show put on by the FRVTA, where we would be displaying seven new 2015 Phoenix Cruiser motor homes.

Our first  day on the road we stopped at a Love’s truck stop to top off our fuel and have lunch. Pat made a couple of ham sandwiches from the groceries that we brought in the refrigerator, and I used that time to answer a few calls and check my e-mail with my laptop. Then right back on the road.

At about 6:00 EST we stopped at Goodlettsville TN. Where we found a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. We like Cracker Barrel when we travel because we can always find parking and the food and service is always good.


Cracker Barrel Goodlettsville, TN

The Cracker Barrel in Goodlettsville, TN is always a welcome sight for us when traveling!

I parked in a far corner and backed in the parking space. The backup camera made that ridiculously easy. The reason I backed in was so I could get my rear over the curb and also have the slide room over the curb. This way if I wanted to extend the slide room it would not take any extra parking space.

Heading to the Tampa SuperShow 2015

I backed in, hanging the rear over the curb, and the driver’s side close enough to the curb that I could extend the slide without taking up any extra spaces in the Cracker Barrel parking lot.

After a great dinner at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, I asked to speak to the manager and he was very friendly. I explained to him that we were traveling in a Class B+ motor home, and that we would like to spend the night and come back in for breakfast the next morning. He said that would be no problem. (See why we love Cracker Barrel restaurants?)

That evening I turned on the built in 1800 watt power inverter and we were able to watch TV on our 32”Samsung TV, using only our Wineguard TV antenna. We had a good selection of channels to enjoy. I was able to get online using my iPhone hot spot. I plugged my laptop and phone into the inverter so that I could charge the batteries, and we were all set!

When we were ready for bed I plugged my C-PAP machine into the AC recept powered by the inverter and it worked great. We were able to run the furnace, lights, TV, Water pump, and my C-PAP machine all night on the house batteries. The temp overnight was around 24 degrees and the furnace kept the interior very comfortable.

2552 Slide over curb

The slide and rear fit comfortably over the curbs, allowing us to be good neighbors to the great folks at the Cracker Barrel in Goodlettsville, TN.

I am convinced that camping in a Phoenix Cruiser lets your take your adventure anywhere at all. It can’t be beat for convenience, luxury, ease-of-use, and affordability. A great deal of thought has been put into every aspect of it, and it shows. Hope to see you in Tampa!

Earl Robbins.