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So, the question was asked on FB what the attendees of the show thoughts were this year.

 

Without using names or knowing if these individuals actually attending the show. I assume they did...

 

1) confusion

2) No flow, tight

3) Poor treatment from hotel staff, no room for any breathing room, in general just a poor location and service over all

4) The flow outside wasn't great. I liked it I found everything I was looking for. Plus I got to spend 4 days in the warm weather

5) Just when I thought they couldn’t make it any worse than it’s been for the last decade.. Seriously, had a lot of stuff I would’ve bought but wasn’t about to buy and make that long ass hike to the Hilton’s parking .. I think the show was totally unfair to the vendors as well they literally had no room and were packed like sardines...

6) I left with a pocket full of cash because I couldn't buy half the items I wanted too. Because I couldn't fit them in an uber Several vendors told me they were even charged by pound for items they brought in to sell. I will stick with the small orange beach show

7) The best Venue was when it was on the South side of I4 next to Charlie's Steak house for many years. Corondo was good after the 2nd year. If you missed the original venue those were some of the best Times. The one year they had half of the show in Tampa which was nuts, but it was the perfect venue Room for days.

😎To far to carry purchases. Why even have shuttled parking when the parking costs $22?? Not that the $22 breaks the bank for me but I went on Thursday to check out the demos in the evening. I wasnt about to pay $22 to park for an hour or two and then come back in the morning and pay again just for the convenience of having a shuttle.
And Dynamic should probably just start selling Cheeseburgers. I bought two Cheeseburgers and two bottles of water at the “Dynamic Cafe” and it cost $30. If it was a good burger maybe. But nope.
I wonder if the Motor club reps ate there???

9) I have always enjoyed and looked forward to going to the Florida Tow Show until this year I even said something to one of the promoters about the parking and long walks and all he had to say was that $22.00 was the cheapest parking in the USA for a tow show , well I beg to differ and I'm sure I want be back next year and I bet some of the vendor's will be elsewhere as well I really hope the Orange Beach show builds up fast as I can see this show going down in the future if not some changes made . Vendor's need to be able to sell product as well as show it and attendee's want to buy product without having to carry it a mile

10) the orange beach show is like what this Florida one used to be years ago when it was in Kissimmee. Much better value. Especially if you have a family and have to buy lunch for 8. 8 burgers and 8 waters $120 at the Florida show.

11) Parking sucked trucks were all on top of each other. Thursday night parked at other Hilton and walked because shuttle bus didn’t seem to be around. Paid $24 to get out of the parking lot.
Friday and Saturday both parking lots full had to park at Disne
y Springs and walk long walk on a hot day. Arrived at show already hot. After walking around the show had to walk back in the heat. Not fun. The trucks were so close to each other couldn’t get a good look at the trucks. Only thing I bought a was truck didn’t feel like carrying shit all the way back to Disney springs. This is the only thing I bought. Show totally sucked probably won’t attend next year if it’s at the same place. The show has been the same year after year but this show was the worse.

12) It was awesome being able to see trucks out side but think we get more out of Baltimore show.

But no Baltimore this year.

13) I don't know I couldn't get into place they told me they were full when allowing anybody else they didn't tell me they were having Disney with a shuttle they just told me I couldn't come in.

14) Well I won a hi-viz jacket? Other than that.. lol what hasn't been said?
Outside the show could have been slimmed down, seemed like the dealers brought their entire inventories

15) As far as indoor vendors there was a ton of unused space in the pavilion tent. They could have spread them out for sure

16) Didn’t think to much of it. The trucks were stacked on top of each other. I asked a vendor to look at and operate a truck. He couldn’t allow anyone to operate the equipment because of how close the units were parked. We parked at one of the hotels and the sign said $22 but when we returned it was $30 however the sign said $22. We questioned the valet he stated that Disney owned the property and that they had called and raised the price for the weekend.
We purchased some items for our trucks and the hotel Fed X rapped us on shipping. Overall not a good experience.

17) Not a bad show by no means. I felt the hotel staff was rude, dynamic needs to stick to selling wreckers and not hamburgers, I have never spent so much money on a outdoor venue grilled hamburger or hot dogs. $21 for a beer and 2 hot dogs.
Either there
was a lot more trucks brought to the show from dealers or the parking lot was so cramped. Couldn't hardly open doors on the trucks......
Also with the inside, wasn't sure if more people came to the show but inside was cramped like sardines. Never bumped so many shoulders or elbows with people before in my life, and I go to a lot of concerts.

18) Everything that’s been said are kind of my same points. I didn’t buy as much as I usually do, just because it was hard to find parking. Had to walk and my feet were tired already. I didn’t want my arms to be too. Lol. I love shows and getting to talk with everyone. I had a great time at some of the venues by TRAA, PWOF and SSTA. Other location was easier to get in and out to me.

19) It sucks the place is no good it's spread out too much and it's too expensive

20) As a vendor it was cramped and didn’t like how they put same types of vendors all next to each other Outside was packed like sardines. Couldn’t get good looks at all those great trucks

21) Vegas is always one of best.. if not the best one... see you there on May 8th

22) I only live 2 hours south of the show. I’ve been attending for over 20 years. Hands down my favorite has been Coronado springs. Huge resort for everyone in the industry to stay at. Plenty of room great times. Ever since these bafoons have decided to move it to the Hilton, I knew it was going to be the worst spot ever had to host a show. The lack of parking, the increased prices. I would also like to see demos not just from Miller who is the main power holder here, but NRC, and Jerr-dan. At the last minute I decided not to go. I saw enough pics, and there was nothing new for me to see. Hopefully when this contract runs out they move to a more suited location. I still will take this over the Baltimore show,which I still think is one of the worst I’ve been to. Most likely just because of the city.

23) Ive been the last 4 yrs to do nothing more then meet up with a few friends. We have a blast great restaurants, fun times and its a weekend away from Fl

24) I really want to check out this Vegas show. Something more on the west coast.

25) I have never been to Vegas but it feels to me as it would be more of the same. I did go to that Orange Beach show in Alabama. That one was enjoyable. There was parking available. Affordable food close by. Lots of things to do. A marina with boat rentals, cruises, and fishing charters right on the property. Everything around there is within the average towman’s price and class in my opinion. Coming from a towman that has been coming to Tow shows since 2001, I highly recommend the Alabama show. It’s a smaller show but I enjoyed it a whole lot more than any other show since the Florida show was in Kissimmee back in the early 2000’s. Especially if you are bringing multiple family and crew members along.

26) Idk but miller had a lot of space. Way more than normal

27) Worse hotel ever stayed at. Staff was very rude, very noisy to many trucks and vendors in small areas outside was too far away from the inside. All the vendors were great but was told by several vendors not happy some will not be back. Everything at the hotel was very expensive. We checked out a day early was paid up through Monday but checked out on Sunday was told would have to pay a early check out fee of $100 I told them no was not going to pay it they told me they were going to call and have me escorted off asked to see manager she said they were going to make an exception to the rule Lol as long as it is there will never be back.

28) This was our first time to attend this particular show. We felt the resort was nice overall. The staff at the Shades Resturant was beyond terrible. Escalator stayed broken or than it was working. The vendors were tight.

29) I have come down to the show since 91. This was the first time I did not go the second day. The trucks were jammed together, stacked 2 high. The inside venue was ok but spread out. Did not get to see many of the people I was looking for. The walk from Disney Springs sucked. Basically I made the comment to my wife that I might not go back to that show until it changes. I did hear a lot of complaints while walking around.

30) The changes this year at the Florida tow show we're horrible to consumers, vendors, etc. On a good note, I got a lot of exercise walking and I came home with a lot more money that I intended to spend. Until they make changes, I will just stay home and work.

31) I in joyed it was nice just need to get the parking in place so don’t have to pay 23 dollars a night . But all and all it was a good show.

32) this is the problem. Nothing in that area should be even remotely close considered for a tow show. Either go back to the larger resorts like Coronado,or rent out part of the convention center where there is room for outdoor and indoor activities, plus easy access to hotels,and demos. Personally I would like it in the same resort as I like to walk around at night and look and shit I can’t afford lol

33) Get it away from these congested areas. Get back to a place where there is adequate parking within walking distance. Affordable food for a family. Who can afford $15 for a burger and a bottle of water x 5?? A crew of 8? I know it’s almost $10 a piece for a decent lunch for the crew. $80 for a decent lunch for 8 people is fine with me. Even the $120 if it’s a filling meal. But $120 for 8 burgers and 8 bottles of water??? Nothing else??? Get the heck outta here!!!

34) well here’s your problem with Disney. It’s not catering to Florida residents anymore, so now just picture, if it can’t take care of it’s own residents, how is it gonna treat outside tourists. I feel horrible for families trying to come on vacation,and financially plan for food, drinks, parks, etc. When your from down here you learn to go eat off the premises for cheaper deals, and affordable family outings. The problem is they know people will pay for it, because they know it’s easier then trying to leave, and come back. It’s all a scam,and Miller should know better. They all are in each other’s pockets, and if you don’t think that’s the case meaning to anyone who doubts it. Go back to when it used to be at twin towers, and had such a family fun feel. I for one don’t like being felt like cattle shoved in between tow truck fences, but no ones gonna listen to the people who make sense. I had my truck filled up ready to roll Saturday. It’s only a two hour drive for me. Read comments, and chose the boat instead.

35) Honestly the hotel was confusing as hell like u were on the 1st floor whether u were on the 3rd or 1st floor cause they both led to solid ground outside little too spaced out where the vendors were it was cramped it seemed

 

to be continued:

 

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