Crowds at the Knoxville RV Show were a little light on Friday, probably due to predicted weather. Still we had good turnouts for our 2:00 and 4:00 seminars, with our Working/Volunteering On The Road seminar having the largest attendance. Our Friday night seminar at 6:00 is always our lowest turnout of the weekend no matter what topic we cover.
But we stayed and answered questions as we always do, and by the time we headed back to our little cabin, all the vendors and administrative staff for the show had already gone. The roads were still fine, but overnight snow was expected.
Day One went well. :)
So, we woke up to this looking out the front door.
There was a good four inches of snow on our little Nissan truck.
This view is looking from the front porch out over the gas firepit on the side of the cabin.
I walked out to the street for more photos of the cabin and the neighborhood. It was beautiful.
We were certainly glad our rental truck has 4WD as there is a pretty steep little hill we have to navigate.
Back inside, the gas fireplace was going and Linda was making breakfast. The cabin owner, Sheila, had left us a half dozen fresh eggs from her chickens and they were wonderful.
Eventually, we got ready, and I cleared the powdery snow from the windows and hood of the truck. We had picked up an ice scraper the other night just in case, and it came in handy.
We put the truck in 4WD and gently made our way down the hill with no problems. It's maybe a five-minute drive to the Sevierville Convention Center.
As expected, there weren't many cars in the parking lot. The local news was encouraging everyone to stay home this morning. But later in the day the crowds picked up and there were far more people at the show that we expected.
Saturday is our big day with four seminars, and we were trying out a new one today: Financial Benefits of RV Ownership. In it, we discuss the possible tax deductions available for RV owners, using the RV in a business, and the potential of renting your RV during those times when you aren't using it. It's a fairly short seminar, and folks seemed to appreciate the information, but compared to the other seminars we do, it just felt like a little thin from my standpoint.
Still, we had another great day, but after four seminars and being "on" from 11:00 a.m. to about 7:00 p.m., I was worn out. Before we left, we went to visit our friends Butch & Karen with RVs For Less. They have a very nice display at the show, and we got caught up on what's happening with them.
Temperatures were dropping and it was 12 degrees when I fetched the truck from the parking lot. The snow that had melted earlier when the sun came out was now ice in a lot of places. Fortunately, the streets where the cabin is located had been plowed, and we didn't have any trouble getting back up the hill.
I plopped down on the couch and zoned out while Linda threw ingredients in a big pot and made her Taco Soup for dinner. It was delicious and it will last us a couple more nights.
We've met a lot of great people, and many have come to all or most of our seminars. One couple drove down from Indianapolis primarily for the presentations. And there were two couples from Virginia.
Oh, and I completely forgot to mention that our friends Cori & Greg are doing seminar presentations at the Wisconsin RV Super Show in Milwaukee this weekend. Last year, we did Milwaukee and they did Knoxville, so the promoter had us switch this year. If you are up in that area, go check them out - they do a great job.
Well, that's about it for now. We do a couple of seminars on Sunday, and then we'll be hanging out here until Thursday when we fly to Chicago for the next show. It's actually supposed to be warmer in Chicago than here by the time we get there. :)