At the 2015 Seattle RV Show you will again find a full slate of seminars. Regardless whether you are just thinking about joining the RV lifestyle or have been RVing for years, you are certain to come away with useful information from this year’s offering of technical and lifestyle seminars.
Following is the list of speakers currently scheduled to appear and a brief description of the topics they will cover.
First off, everyone’s favorite Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor” will be returning to the Seattle RV Show sharing his technical knowledge of today’s sophisticated RVs. He will present the following four seminars at the show:
Understanding Battery Balance
RV batteries are not cheap! Are you getting the most out of your battery bank? In this seminar, Gary details the varying methods of connecting multiple 12-volt batteries and 6-volt batteries into larger battery banks. In order to optimize the DC battery system, some configurations are better than others. Gary explains why and how to determine if your battery bank is, indeed, in “balance.”
The Top 10 Maintenance Tips Every RVer Should Know
The degree to which we enjoy the RVing lifestyle is proportional to the amount of trouble-free traveling we encounter. When Gary’s ten tips are correctly employed at their specific intervals, operational problems within the RV systems will be minimized and oftentimes, eliminated entirely. Learn the secrets at this seminar!
Propane System Safety
This course provides an understanding of how the propane system works and knowledge of what to do if a problem occurs as well as safety checks you should do. CO Safety – This course covers the dangers of carbon monoxide, as well as potential problem areas and how you can protect against CO poisoning.
Odor-Free RVing (Eliminating Sewer Odors Inside the RV Forever)
As distasteful as some might proclaim waste management to be, waste plumbing systems on RVs are a necessity. And like any of the other major systems on the coach, a certain amount of attention at varying intervals, will keep the troubles to a minimum. Learn the importance of venting, the correct evacuation procedures as well as what new products will help reduce the unpleasantness and totally eliminate sewer odors inside the RV.
If you prefer to leave the technical aspects of RVing to the mechanic at your local RV dealership or your significant other, there are plenty of other seminars worth attending.
Go Klondike Presented by Friends of the Klondike
Come explore the many adventures on the routes to the Klondike. From Seattle to the Yukon to Alaska, the way is rich in history and mystery. Drive the Alaska Highway, fly up and rent an RV, travel the Alaska Marine Ferry, cruise! Their seminar will cover the many routes to the Klondike as well as the role of the National Parks in preserving the story. Friends of the Klondike invite you to “Come with us and Go Klondike”.
Finding Gold on the Road Presented by Washington Prospectors Mining Association
Everyone loves to camp along a babbling brook. It is even more enjoyable when that brook provides a fun activity and a little gold! Yes, you can still find gold and it is easier than you think. Not only will this seminar teach you how and where to find gold during your RV travels, but free places to camp too! Don’t miss this fun and informative seminar.
Hosting in State Parks Presented by Washington State Parks
The Host Program offers enthusiastic and interested volunteers the chance to stay and have fun in beautiful and diverse park settings while gaining experience in park operations and visitor services. Find out how rewarding becoming a host can be in this informative seminar.
Retire On Your Terms Presented by Ron Nolz
Are you looking to retire and “hit the road”? Attend this seminar and learn about: Maximizing your social security check. Making your nest egg last as long as you will be retired. Tax strategies to reduce taxes in retirement. Wills, trusts, estate taxes, and long term care insurance. How to protect your nest egg against market fluxuations and losses and much, much more. Everyone that attends the seminar will receive Jim Black’s bestselling book, “Happily Ever After”.
Finance with Confidence – RV Loans 101 Presented by WSECU
Are you considering purchasing a new RV. How do you plan to pay for it? Will you pay cash, take out a second mortgage on your home or obtain conventional financing? Did you know interest on a RV loan can often be a tax deduction? The Finance with Confidence – RV Loans 101 seminar will provide the information you need to make a knowledgeable decision.
Winter Camping With Washington State Parks Presented by Washington State Parks
There is no need to put your RV away for the winter. Let Washington State Parks spice up the cold months with a variety of snow activities sponsored by their Winter Recreation Program. The Olympic, Cascade, Blue and Selkirk mountains provide great opportunities for all types of outdoor winter fun that can be enjoyed with a RV.
Boondocking 101 Presented by Dave Helgeson
Are you a free spirit looking for the total freedom that a RV offers, that likes to go “where they want, when they want”? Then be sure to attend this entertaining seminar where you will learn how to break free of schedules, reservations, leash laws, campground fees and other modern inconveniences? In this seminar you will learn how to find your own secret hideaways on public land before leaving home via the internet and how to safely and comfortably stay there without hookups.
Proper Dinghy Towing Presented by Matt Lynch of Torklift
Tow bars, tow dollies, four wheels down, auxiliary braking, etc. there is so much to learn about pulling a vehicle (dinghy) behind a motorhome. Learn how proper selection of a dinghy and towing equipment will enable you to safely and conveniently enjoy the benefits of towing a dinghy in this informative seminar.
Proper Travel Trailer Towing Presented by Matt Lynch of Torklift
Trunnions, L bars, receivers, sway controls, ….. determining what you need to safely tow a travel trailer can be over whelming! Attend the Proper Travel Trailer Towing seminar and learn travel trailer “hitch lingo” and the optimal way to tow your travel trailer.
Proper Fifth Wheel Towing Presented by Matt Lynch of Torklift
In the past when it came to fifth wheel hitches you didn’t have a lot of options. Today there are countless manufactures and types of fifth wheel hitches for short bed, long bed and flat bed trucks that adjust in corners, can be easily removed or nearly hidden in the bed of the truck. The Proper Fifth Wheel Towing seminar will explain your choices allowing you to make the right choice to safely pull a fifth wheel with your truck.
Equipping Your Truck to Carry a Camper Presented by Matt Lynch of Torklift
If your choice of RV is a truck camper how will you safely carry it on your truck? Mounting and suspension will be topics of discussion at the Equipping Your Truck to Carry a Camper seminar. The correct equipment can make owning a truck camper a safe and enjoyable experience for the whole family.
Understanding the Various Types of Camping Memberships Presented by George Goddard
To teach RV’ers the various membership types that exist, from the discount card through to the yearly or lifetime memberships. How these memberships, when used properly by adding on reciprocals, elevate the camping experience.
PARADISE FOUND! – Explore Spectacular North Idaho and Eastern Washington Presented by Gary Chantry
Looking for a change of pace and scenery on your next RV outing? Let Gary Chantry show you the scenic beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities available in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Born and raised just north of Spokane, Gary will take you on a virtual tour from the Selkirk Mountains at the Canadian border, along the pristine waters of the Pend Oreille River, to the 4-season, recreational paradise in and around the lakes at Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene. With over 52 years of living in and enjoying this breathtaking scenery, wildlife and healthy recreation, he promises to provide you with the goods: Information, Answers and the Pros and Cons of RV travel or life on the ‘dry’ side of Washington State!
“Snow Birds” make easy targets for criminals. We are often trusting and friendly, and have a stash of travel cash. Is there a gun in your RV? The vast majority of RV’ers travel with a gun.
If this is YOUR choice; Be certain you are doing so safely. Be certain you are doing so legally.
J.B. Herren from Northwest Safety First presents a series of 60-minute informational workshops for RV’ers
Concealed Carry Permits for RV Travelers
How to obtain the proper firearm permits for RV travel in different states, with different laws. Transporting firearms across state lines in an RV may be a felony in many states. Understand the firearm laws that affect interstate travelers. Be safe! Be legal! …..There’s more to it than just reciprocity.
Choosing a Firearm for RV Travel – Myths & Facts
Shotgun? Rifle? Handgun? We all carry a fire extinguisher in case of fire. We all carry a first aid kit in case of injury. Explore the advantages of traveling with a firearm. For most violent threats while on the road, you will be your own First Responder. With proper training and equipment, a firearm may increase your safety & security while on the road.
RV’s, Guns, Law Enforcement & Litigation…..
When is your RV a motor vehicle? When is it your home?
Guns in the vehicle laws. Guns in the RV laws. Open carry & concealed carry laws. What to say & do before a shot is fired. What NOT to say & do AFTER a shot is fired. Traveling with guns & children. Safe transport and storage.
In addition to the above seminars the Ask The Techican exhibit will feature hourly technical seminars presented by suppliers such as Dometic, Atwood, Torklift, Thetford, Zamp Solar and other industry leaders.
To find a complete listing of seminar and presentation dates and times visit the Seattle RV Show website and click on the seminar tab located in the left hand margin.