We've been to dozens of boat shows and, in the last couple of years, a few RV shows. So what does the “Largest” RV show look like? It's held in Hershey PA at the Giant stadium where the Hershey Bears Hockey team plays. However, the RV's are not inside the stadium. They are on 21 acres of parking lot that surrounds the stadium. The stadium building is filled with vendors, and a few venues for seminars. We helped open up the show on a beautiful, crisp September morning, and were dragging ourselves out to the truck in the dark as it was closing down. By this time, our search had narrowed to a particular model of Fifth Wheel – a 25 ft Palomino Puma. Since this is considered very short for a fifth wheel, we didn't find any of this model at the show, but did manage to find one made by a different Forest River make, Flagstaff, that came pretty close. The unit at the show was loaded with extras we didn't really want, and we didn't find their price for a stripped down model too attractive. So, we'd keep shopping.
However, a week later, Dave stumbled across a new fifth wheel on Craigs List that was almost exactly what we were looking for – a 2015 Palomina Puma 253FBS. After some conversations with the dealer and lots of investigation on the internet, we managed to make a deal. We haven't seen it yet, but it's waiting for us to arrive in a couple of weeks. So, we're one step closer to becoming land cruisers – when we're not on the water.
After leaving the RV show, we spent several days in Allentown (as planned), and discovered the financial paperwork had slowed to a trickle, allowing us to enjoy the time together with Dave's mom and sister a little more. By Sunday, we were making our way south again to Hampton.
Before leaving to head north, Orion's refrigeration had stopped working. It needed a new compressor, which was on order and still delayed. So, we asked each other why go back to the boat. The repair couldn't be done until the compressor arrived. So, we decided to keep driving south and west toward Winston-Salem to visit with Cathy's mom. It didn't hurt that it took us by way of another RV dealer, of course.
Seven foot tides. That was the early forecast when it was possible that Joaquin would track directly up the Bay. And it wasn't arriving until late Sunday / early Monday. Before then, we were going to have rain and lots of it. That, combined with gale force northeast wind would create coastal flooding by Friday afternoon that would start to rival hurricane Irene from 2011. Orion was likely to be fine. We just needed to strip the canvas and get our stuff off. But we couldn't stay on board unless we wanted to wade to shore. With that much water, the docks would be underwater for most of the day. Then there was Orion Jr which was sitting in Steve's backyard in Poquoson. With the forecasted tide levels, Jr's spot would likely be under water. That meant we had to find another place for her.
But it's not looking good for getting Orion out on the bay.