There are so many things to look at when considering boats and campers. The joy of having it all in one place is exciting until you get there! We made the adventure to the Houston Outdoor Show to check it all out. Just imagine wall to wall boats with 1 motor to 3 motors filling a ginormous space (700,000+ sq feet) riddled with booths and people. Oh my the people. Add in a momma thats not feeling great and a daddy thats been working for 8 days straight. Sounds fun right - Oh don't forget two littles in tow and one starting a cold (read that as snotting everywhere and by no means look at her funny). Sounds like a dream right.
I am glad T can read, He enlightened S on the word "No", even if it said 'No Fees'. He understood it as you can't get on the boat - that saved us from 20 or 30 trips up the ladders. We walked and wondered for 4 hours and still didn't see all of it. We skipped the Ski boats all together. The pontoon boats ranged from 20K to 200k. Seriously, what do you do with a $200,000 pontoon boat with 3 motors? Just doesn't make sense on the lakes around us. To each their own.
My husband says I'm frugal, his nice way of saying I'm cheap. I fell in love with a Carolina Skiff brand boat. It was a brand new model with just enough bells and whistles to pull a $40k+ price tag. It had all the needs and wants I didn't even know I had until that moment. Bathroom, plenty of seating, center console, rod holders for everyone, deep enough to keep the kids safe, live well and more. It is a beauty. Ahh to dream.
Then to the campers. They had some decked out to a point I find ridiculous. You name you got it. Fireplace? Sure how about. 2 Spa tub? You got it. Front porch? How about a wrap around!
Back to the frugalness - I want a camper thats light, easy to pull, has a stove, oven optional, a bunk bed, bathroom and 2 full size beds that do not require putting the table down every day. I found it! Less then $20K brand spanking new! I just think my vision and this camper didn't mix. I did find a 2017 Forest River Rockwood Roo that did fit the bill that was closer too $25K. It doesn't have the bunk beds but has adequate space for everyone. It is an expandable, meaning it has beds that extend outside of the walls that are enclosed with canvas. Saves floor space and you still can feel like you're roughing it only with AC or Heat.
For now I'll keep it on my wishing and dreaming list and keep doing our thing in the pontoon boat and a roomy tent. I have updated my dream board with a few finds from this adventure. Highlight for the kids - The boat with a house in it and a bounce house because climbing of 3000 freaking boats was not enough entertainment!
If you are in the market or just want to check it all out check out the calendar here to see if there is a show coming near you! There truly is a market for any budget.