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Saturday, October 13, 2007

RVs flea markets and wireless internet what more could you want

RVs flea markets and wireless internet what more could you want

Big Top Flea Market, Tampa Bay, Fla.

Why not hop in your Airstream and make a family vacation of this one? Big Top conveniently has an RV Happy Traveler Campground right across the street. They also claim to have everything from "apples to antiques, toys to tubas, and pets to perfume." And with 1,200 booths spread out over 36 acres, we're holding them to it. Can 1.5 million visitors per year really be wrong? Plus, those who don't dig old and dusty stuff will be appeased with some of their modern offerings -- including cell phone accessories and AVON products. You'll never have to go to the mall again.

Welcome to the Big TopVoted Best Flea Market in Tampa Bay!
Step right up for the biggest flea market adventure under one roof! BIG VARIETY, BIG BARGAINS,it's the BIG TOP FLEA MARKET!

With more than 1200 Booths over 36 acres, you can't see everything in just one visit. Maybe that's why we had 1.5 million visitors last year. There are acres of free parking for everyone, and for shoppers who come by RV, Happy Traveller Campground is right across the street.
Apples to Antiques, Toys to Tubas, Pets to Perfume, chances are if you don't see it at the Big Top, it hasn't been invented yet!

Open Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 4:30 Forget retail! Save from 25% to 50% when you shop under the Big Top. Half the fun of shopping is discovering a great bargain and that's exactly what you'll find every weekend, at Florida's cleanest, most modern flea market. More than 1200 booths offer a virtually endless assortment of incredible values.

Creative clothing for all ages, footwear, costume jewelry and precious gem settings; tools, framed artwork, antiques and collectibles; unique furnishings, pets large and small, electronics, CDs and tapes; sporting goods, T-shirts, cool sunglasses & more... visit the Shopping page and Search By Category to see the variety.

And you'll never leave the Big Top hungry! Choose from a wide variety of menu items for a hearty breakfast, lunch or snack, and if you want to take something home, there's farmer fresh produce.

Happy Traveler RV Park

Happy Traveler RV Park is located in Thonotosassa, Florida just blocks from interstate 75 at Exit 265.We are the closest RV Park to Busch Gardens, and at just 4.5 miles away you will be there in no time.

For your convenience we have a gate attendant on duty after regular office hours to assist you with check in, and most of your other needs while staying at our park.
All of our sites have Full Hookups. Both Sunny and Shady sites are available. We have a limited number of Pull Thru sites, (please call for pull thru availability). We also have some Cabins and Travel Trailers available for rent. Our extended stay visitors can have Cable TV and Telephone service activated on any site. Some of our overnight sites are cable ready.

Our three laundry facilities are located in various areas of the park for your convenience.
Our large Recreation Center is available for your indoor activities. Watch TV bring your own games or just relax. A Modem Connection is available so that you can hook up your lap top computer to the Internet.

If you have a Laptop Computer with a wireless card, we have Wi-Fi available in the park. For current rates please give us a call.

For your outdoor enjoyment we have a Heated Pool, Shuffle Board Courts, Horse Shoe Pits, and Ping Pong Tables.

During the months of October thru March we have planned activities. A short list of those activities are listed on this site under the "entertainment" category.
Just across the street from Happy Traveler is the Big Top Flea Market, the largest flea market in Hillsborough county. Next door to Happy Traveler you can sign up for Canoe Trips on the Hillsborough River.

Propane Gas is available for purchase at current rates during regular business hours.
For those of you that will just be passing by and not staying with us, if you are looking for a place to empty your tanks, we offer a dump station for a reasonable price

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

RV Camping Success

Camping out and getting close to nature can be a means ofreconnecting and restoring sanity to our otherwise hecticlifestyles. Everyone needs a break at some point and what betterway to clear out our heads than to get away from it all. At onetime, camping meant hiking deep into the woods and pitching atent. However, our idea of camping has been slightly modifiedsince the introduction and more frequent use of recreationalvehicles, also known as RVs.

RV camping affords us many of the comforts and amenities of ourhome lives while allowing us the freedom to roam as far as theroads and our wallets will take us.

The following are some suggestions to help you get the most bangfor your RV camping buck.
Before you head out on your camping trip, be sure not to overloadyour RV. The extra weight can accelerate wear and tear on yourvehicle. Another problem arises if you are involved in anaccident. In this situation you can count on your RV beingweighed in. If your RV is found to be overweight, you mayautomatically void any insurance claims, leaving yourself fullyliable for any damages. Avoid this situation at all costs.

Record your RV's exact exterior height, including the airconditioner. Be sure to keep this information in your cabin soyou never experience the embarrassment incurred while travelingunder an overpass of miscalculated height.

Before you set out standard safety checks should be performed todetermine that everything is in working order. This may preventyou from being stranded should problems arise later on.
Be sure to check your LP gas, smoke and carbon monoxide detectorsas well. These devices can save your life.

Another important point to remember is to create an emergency kitand place it in a storage compartment on the outside of your RV. This kit should contain first aid supplies, a notepad and pencil,a flashlight and a disposable camera for taking pictures in caseof an accident. Also remember to put together a list of names(doctors, lawyers, insurance, personal contact, etc) as well asany kind of medication you might be on. Hopefully you will notneed to use this kit.
In order to make your RV camping trip a happy one, you shouldcall ahead and make reservations at your favorite camping spot oryour next stop. Describe the exact location or proximity inwhich you wish to park your RV. If you would rather be close tothe bathroom or pool, or if you want fewer trees due to the sizeof your RV. Whatever you want, be sure to ask when you make yourreservation.

You can also check for reservations at the National RecreationService, which gives you access to 1,700 different locationsmanaged by the USDA Forest Service and US Army Corps of Engineersand many state parks. Finding your ideal spot should not be aproblem as long as you plan in advance.

RV camping can be one of the most enjoyable recreationalactivities that you will ever experience. The important thing torecognize is possible problems and pitfalls before they everarise. Loaded with this knowledge, you can make your next RVcamping trip a success.

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