CLEVELAND - John and Nancy Szabo drifted over from Brecksville to the west side's IX-Center after a week of frigid weather to set their sights on a cozy way to camp during their newly-earned retirement for 2014.
The 38th anniversary of the world's largest indoor RV show had over 600 RVs on hand, but the Szabos both had firm ideas on an upgrade to write a check for after decades of working their way up the RV-amenities chain.
"We're here to look at the class As primarily. We've had the pop-up trailers, we've been tent camping, we've had the class C motor home, and we're just looking now that we've retired for something that's going to be bigger. Just get out there and enjoy the outdoors, and get around to all of the United States," said Nancy Szabo.
Nancy's husband was very particular about letting sure-tongued RV salesmen be aware that the outside of his soon-to-be acquired RV was as important as the inside luxury.
"I definitely want an outside kitchen," said John Szabo. "I don't see ourselves sitting in the camper, in the motorhome, watching TV constantly. We want to be sitting outside grilling, enjoying ourselves outside sitting around, whether reading, talking, by the campfire, whatever."
Buying a motor home turned out to be just as enjoyable for first-time RV seeker Lucky Alator as it did RV veterans, the Szabos. Alator was just as sure what he wanted: Class A all the way.
"I'm in the barber business," said Alator.
Since starting his business in the late nineteen eighties, Alator has acquired enough top-shelf clients in the professional sports and entertainment world seeking privacy during their hair cuts that he is setting his sites on going to them personally, whether in town or while they're on the road.
Alator found his future rolling home at Avalon RV Center's display row.
"This is the one, the Canyon. It's beautiful, It's sexy," said Alator.
With the ability to drive itself without being towed and a rear garage storage for a motorcycle or golf cart, Alator envisioned his personally designed hair salon operating right out of the back.
"This would be perfect because I can take the back shelf out, still have enough headroom. Place the mirrors over there, and then it has the perfect set up over here for the sink. So, I'll put a shampoo bowl over here, have the TV, watch the sports game, or watch yourself practice or whatever you want to go over and...it's perfect," exclaimed Alator.
Perfect is it's in your budget. Prices ranged from around $10,000 to well over six figures.
The RV Supershow is open to the public at the IX-Center starting Jan. 8, 9, and 10 from noon to 9 p.m., then has extended hours Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information go to: www.ohiorvshow.com.