Grand Rapids RV Show 2017

We went to the Grand Rapids RV show in (surprise) Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our goal was to see a Newmar Ventana 3412, similar to the one we ordered. Back in November we looked at 5 or 6 different Newmar coaches, but until today, we never actually saw the 3412 model. Preferring not to wait some indeterminate time for one to appear at a show or dealer lot, we went ahead and ordered one. It’s not as risky as it sounds given the number of images and video walk-throughs available. Still, it was nice to finally sit in “our” coach. It was all we hoped it would be.

Our family attended two seminars given by Cori and Greg Young of The Restless Youngs. The Youngs have been full-timing for about 3 years and shared a variety of tips on full-time RV’ing, locating campgrounds, trip planning and “What to expect” when you’re on the road. Jean and I were pleasantly surprised at how much we learned. Other than seeing our coach floor-model in person, it was the highlight of the show. Definitely take the opportunity should you have the chance to attend these seminars.


Cori and Greg Young

And in an amazing display of self-restraint, I managed not to buy any gadgets for our once and future motorhome. I did see two gadgets (Jean’s term, not mine) worth mentioning.

Telesteps 10ES OSHA Compliant 10 ft Reach Professional Wide Step Telescoping A-frame Ladder


Coffeeboxx, Single-cup Brewing System


And of course, no trip to Grand Rapids is complete without a visit to Founders Brewing Company. Good eats, great beer.

Rachel, Peter, Jean and Mike as Founders

Written on January 15, 2017