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2015 Puyallup Show – Something For Everyone!

The 41st annual Puyallup RV Show April 30th – May 3rd, 2015 at the Washington State Fair & Events Center has something of interest for every member of the family.

In anticipation of the Seattle Mariners having a great season, everything baseball is the theme of this year’s show. We invite you to load up the kids, don your Mariners gear and head on down to the show for some ballpark fun.

Following is a sampling of what you can see and do at the show:

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The show offers everything from a tent trailer to a vacation home suitable for your lakefront property.

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RVs in the ShowPlex

What would a RV show be without hundreds of the latest RVs of every size and type? This year’s show features over a dozen well known local dealers as well as a couple of new faces. Purple Line will be exhibiting the Opus folding trailer and Freespirit Recreation will be showing the “go anywhere” Journey XL. With all these dealers and products there is no better place to compare and save.

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More RVs Outside

Today’s RVs offer you the freedom to go where you want when you want. When you travel by RV you are your own captain. You decide when to depart, which route to travel, what to see, when and where to stay the night. You may decide to stay along a mountain stream far removed from civilization or at a deluxe RV resort featuring swimming pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, golf and other luxuries. Either way, you will be sleeping in your own bed every night. Those are just some of the travel benefits. What better way to reconnect with the family than around the campfire after a day of hiking or sightseeing. Today’s RVs lend themselves to all of your family’s favorite pastimes. Modern RVs have features only dreamed of ten years ago; fireplaces, GPS navigational systems, power slide outs, computer workstations and satellite TV systems allowing you to view the game from your favorite campsite . Whether it is a tent trailer or a motorhome there is a RV that will fit your lifestyle and budget at the show. Not sure you are ready for a new RV? Head over to the Field of Dreams Used RV Corral to view a selection of gently loved RVs.

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Manufactured Homes Great for Vacation Housing

Manufactured homes are an added bonus to the show. Do you have a favorite weekend get-a-way destination? Looking for something a little larger and more permanent than a traditional RV? Consider a manufactured home. Economic conditions make it difficult for many Americans to afford a weekend retreat or vacation home. However, growing numbers of consumers are discovering that site built homes and condos aren’t the only options when it comes to having a vacation cottage. Manufactured homes offer all the quality and amenities you want at a price you can afford. . . . whether it is your first home or your last. They are built in indoor factories allowing for superb quality control, cost savings and timely completion – with no adverse weather conditions. Manufactured homes are the only housing in America built to a national building code. Interiors of homes can be modest or feature spacious living rooms with vaulted ceilings, full dining rooms, eat-in kitchens with the latest conveniences, elegant bedrooms with walk-in closets, dressing areas and bathrooms with recessed tubs and whirlpools. Many offer log siding and rustic interior options, making for an affordable cabin by the lake where you can watch the Mariners winning season from the comfort of your favorite recliner. Opening day, April 30th is Manufactured Housing Day and you can save $3.00 when you buy your tickets online compliments of our sponsors.

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Vendor Booths

The show also features a wide selection of vendor booths offering goods and services supporting the RV lifestyle. On the financial side of things you will find insurance companies specializing in RV coverage, lenders ready to help you finance the RV of your dreams and investment specialists ready to make sure your retirement funds last as long as your RV travels do. Of course to really enjoy the RV lifestyle you need to visit the show vendors offering the latest RV accessories along with those offering great places to camp. There will also be several home improvement companies at the show ready to take on those pesky home repairs you have avoided, allowing you to spend more time on the road this summer camping with the family.

 

Fun & Games

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Win big at the show! Adults, stop by the kiosks in the ShowPlex and enter to win a Grand ($1,000 cash) AND a trip for four to the Oregon Jamboree Music Festival including camping passes for your RV and a friends RV along with other valuable prizes.

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Kids be sure to grab a Field Map and Sport Sack when you enter the show, then search the bases for the six hidden treasure chests containing fun baseball prizes. Each chest contains a different prize, so be sure to find all six and score big! Open to children 12 and under.

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Clowns will be strolling the fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday making sure everyone is having a good time. Watch out though, those sporting a frown or other negative expression may quickly find a balloon animal on their head and a smile on their face.

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Take a trip on the free show shuttle. Those needing a lift or just wanting to enjoy a ride behind an antique tractor are invited to climb aboard the People Mover for a trek to or from the show entrance.

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Head on over to the S’more Center, grab a roasting stick, plop a marshmallow on the end and grill it to perfection. Combine it with some fixin’s and you will soon be enjoying a favorite of campers everywhere. Free, open to all ages. Parents, must accompany and assist their young children.

 

Information Galore!

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Before you head to the show, be sure to download the Puyallup RV Show app. The App features maps to the show, a searchable database of manufacturers and brands exhibited, seminar times along with a build your own schedule feature allowing you to maximize your time at the show, places to take notes of your favorite RV and where you saw it, a social networking page allowing you to share your experience with family and friends, plus much more.

There is an extensive variety of seminars at the show. Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor) will be providing remedies twice a day for a whole host of RV ailments, Matt Lynch will discuss how to equip vehicles to tow / carry about every RV combination conceivable, Dave Helgeson will teach you how to find scenic boondocking campsites across the west along with his secrets for finding free campsites in Washington. If you dry camp often, don’t miss the 12 Volt Solutions seminar where you will learn about the latest in lithium batteries, solar power and LED lighting. If you want to learn the ins and outs of financing a RV, sit in on the Finance With Confidence seminar presented by WSECU Saturday and Sunday. A complete list of seminar descriptions and a schedule can be viewed here.

With so many things to see and do at this year’s show you may not be able to locate them all. No worries, if you can’t find what you are looking for stop by the Show Information booth located in the southeast corner of the ShowPlex and ask.

Finally, by attending The Puyallup RV Show you will also be supporting Washington State Parks. One dollar out of every $10 adult ticket and $9 senior ticket purchased at the box office will be donated to the state parks system with our sponsor WSECU matching the donation.

Enjoy the show!

Spring Prep Tips

 

Spring is here and that means one thing; time to go camping. Below are a few things you should check before heading out for the first camping trip of the spring.

Exterior:
Inspect your roof and caulking around the windows, vents, air conditioners, doors and corner mouldings to make sure there are no cracks or missing caulk. Small cracks and holes can cause water to infiltrate your RV.

Tires:
Check your tires for cracks in the sidewalls or cracks between the treads. Any cracks should be a sign of potential tire failure and warrant a trip to your local tire store. If no cracks are found, check your tire pressure as it has likely fallen a couple pounds over the winter. If they are low, inflate them to the recommended pressure.

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Batteries:
Batteries should be cleaned, tested and charged at the beginning of each season. If you remove the battery leads during cleaning be sure to mark the polarity of the leads to assure they are reattached to the correct battery post. Typically, for the start battery on motorhomes, the red lead is positive and the black lead in negative. For the house battery, the black lead is positive and the white lead is negative.

Liquid Propane Gas (L.P.G):
Follow the following steps before checking your L.P.G.

  1. Make sure all L.P.G. appliances are turned off.
  2. There is no ignition source nearby (smoking, open flames, sparks, etc).
  3. The L.P.G. leak detector inside the RV is turned ON.

Open the valves on your propane tanks. Smell / listen for any leaks (propane is scented to smell like rotten eggs). Next, check the valves and regulators for leaks by using a soapy water mixture (dish soap in a spray bottle works well). If you see bubbles forming, you have a propane leak. Seek out a professional to inspect and repair it for you.


Fresh Water:
Test your fresh water plumbing system before departing on your first spring trip to discover any problems that may have developed over the winter. Start by filling your fresh water tank. If you winterized your unit make sure the water heater bypass valve is returned to the “normal” position. Turn on your water pump and open a hot and a cold water faucet allowing air to escape until the water flows steady. Inspect all faucets and pipes for leaks. Inspect the water heater pressure relief valve and drain plug (found on the outside of the RV) for leaks. If your RV was winterized, make sure to run enough water through each faucet to be sure all RV antifreeze is removed. Now shut all the faucets and with the water pump sill on, sit and listen for the pump to cycle on and off. If it does, there is a very likely a leak in the plumbing system and further investigation is needed.

Note: If you are concerned about bacteria having formed in your plumbing system over the winter you can sanitize the system using the method found here.

Test Appliances:
After you have tested the L.P.G. and fresh water systems and made any needed repairs it is time to test your appliances. Turn on the propane tank and light a burner on your stove (it might take awhile for the air in the line to be replaced with propane). Once you have a steady flame burning on the stove feel free to fire off the refrigerator, water heater and furnace.

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Waste Tank Valves:
Assuming you dumped and rinsed your holding tanks at the end of last season, the next step is to check the valve operation on your holding tanks. Carefully work the handle in and out to make sure it is opening and closing properly. If either value is hard to open, apply some silicone spray to the shaft then work the valve open a closed a few times allowing the lubricant to work.

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Detectors:                                                                                                                                             Check the batteries in your smoke and monoxide detectors to make sure they are operating correctly. Spring is also a good time to change the batteries in these devices.                             


Now that you have prepped your RV, get out there and enjoy everything spring camping has to offer.

 

RV Doctor Returns To 2015 Puyallup RV Show

Gary Bunzer the “RV Doctor” will be returning to the 2015 Puyallup RV Show as the featured seminar presenter.

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Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor”

While not a real certified medical doctor ( M.D.), Gary has definitely earned the title to be called the RV Doctor. For 40 plus years, Gary has immersed himself in understanding and healing all types of RV disorders. Over the years he’s cured a wide variety of RV ailments, from dripping roofs to constipated holding tanks and in the process he has gathered a wealth of knowledge about keeping RVs healthy and running smoothly. Gary writes technical articles, troubleshooting tips, installation guides and owner’s manuals for RV owners, suppliers and manufacturers. Additionally, he writes and edits textbooks and curriculum materials for RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association) and RVDA (Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association). Broadcast quality training DVDs are also a focus of Gary’s educational efforts for RVers and professional RV service technicians. His short, informative RV owner webcasts can be found on You Tube and other RV websites.

He created and facilitated a comprehensive, community college Distance Learning RV Technician Training Program where graduates gained the insights and skills at troubleshooting and repairing all RVs as well as preparation for industry certification. In May of 2010, Gary was awarded the 2009 National Education Service Award by RVIA for his many contributions to RV technical education. You can follow Gary’s latest posts at: http://www.rvdoctor.com/

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Gary will be presenting some of his most popular seminars at the 2015 Puyallup Show, which are as follows:

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!

Technically Choosing Your Next RV
You’ve perused and studied many articles and websites on how to “choose” the RV of your dreams. You’ve attended seminars, interviewed friends and family, and reconciled every possible scenario to finally narrow the field of possibilities down to those RVs you would consider for purchase. Now what? Toss those names into a hat and hope for the best? Why not compare your short list from a more technical standpoint? It just may be the difference between two or more seemingly similar coaches. All RVs are not created “technically” equal! Learn how to tell the difference in this informative seminar.

The RV Doctor’s Top 10 RV Facts of Life
Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, has seen it all over the last 45 years in the RV business. Over time, the Doc has collected a few RV Facts of Life. Learn how to cope and even take advantage of these non-negotiable realities. If you want to get the most out of your recreational investment, this seminar is for you.

120-Volt AC Electrical System Safety
Under no circumstances should you ever feel a tingle or shock when touching your RV! This seminar provides an understanding of how the AC system works and knowledge of what to do and how to look for AC electrical anomalies. What test devices should you carry with you as you travel? Learn all about it in this seminar. This presentation also suggests safeguards to help reduce the potential of an electrical emergency. Learn a simple inexpensive trick that guarantees no damage to your RVs electrical system will ever occur.

Don’t miss Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor” at the 2015 Puyallup RV Show April 30th – May 3rd at the Washington State Fair & Events Center. He will speak at noon and 4PM Thursday through Saturday, noon and 3PM Sunday. A complete seminar list and schedule will be posted on the show website in early April.

 

Pioneer Park

Will your spring or summer RV travels take you north to the Canadian border? If so, be sure to take a break and visit Pioneer Park in Ferndale, Washington. It’s just off I-5 and fun for young and old.

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The 25-acre park on the banks of the Nooksack River was created from land purchased in 1901 from Mary and R. Clinton Smith by the Old Settlers Association. The slab cedar houses have all been relocated from their original sites in Whatcom County. Many of these structures would have been demolished for new development if they had not been moved to the park.

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The first cabin arrived in 1930. As other log buildings were donated, the park became a pioneer village, which now consists of 12 buildings dating from the late 1800s. The park was deeded to the City of Ferndale in 1972. A church, one of the oldest buildings in the park, is a popular location for small weddings. Each cabin serves as a mini-museum, packed with late 19th century and early 20th century artifacts from around Whatcom County.

Those of you traveling with children will be glad to know the park has a playground where the kids can unwind after a day of RV travel.

If you are fortunate enough to be passing through the area during the last full weekend in July, be sure to attend the Old Settlers Picnic at the park. One of the oldest running special events in the state, the festivities are held Thursday through Sunday and include parades, dances, a carnival, concessions and free entertainment. In December, the park is transformed into a winter wonderland for an Old Fashioned Christmas. The aromas of fresh baked bread and cedar boughs fill the air along with the sounds of traditional Christmas carols. This event will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit.

Whether you visit for just a lunch break or the day, Pioneer Park is a place you don’t want to miss.

If You Go:
The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge to visit the park. Guided tours are available for a fee May through September. A large meeting room with adjoining kitchen and restrooms are available to RV groups and food may be purchased with prior arrangement. Gifts are available at the general store. Call 360-384-6461 for general information or for group tour and fee schedule.

From I-5 take the Ferndale 262 exit and travel west. Turn left on 1st Avenue (the first street after crossing the bridge over the Nooksack River) and go to the end of the street where you will see the park. Be sure to park in the lot marked Pioneer Park and not the Senior Center next door, which has no room for RVs to turn around. Street parking is also available. Those navigating by GPS will find the entrance to Pioneer Park at N48 50.618 W122 35.502

 

Free Camping Courtesy of The Discover Pass

Most people associate the Discover Pass with Washington State Parks, but gaining access to state parks is only a snippet of what the Discover Pass can provide to an active RVer. The Discover Pass also provides access to nearly 1 million acres of land managed by the WDFW (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife) AND 2.2 million acres of land managed by DNR (Department of Natural Resources). Both agencies offer access to hundreds of opportunities to recreate and camp on state land via the Discover Pass. Overnight camping is no cost, but you must display your pass to enter and camp on state land.

Let’s take a look:

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The mission of WDFW is to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. WDFW manages recreation land for visitors to enjoy a variety of activities, including fishing, boating, hunting, wildlife viewing, hiking, camping and many others. The WDFW manages 33 other wildlife areas along with 700 water access sites across the state.

Wildlife areas: Wildlife Areas provide habitat for fish and wildlife as well as land for outdoor recreation. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people visit these areas to camp, hike, fish and enjoy other outdoor activities compatible with fish and wildlife stewardship. These activities, in turn, support local economies and contribute to Washington’s wildlife-related recreation industry. Click here to find a listing of the 33 wildlife areas and the ones that allow camping.

Water Access Sites: WDFW maintains Water Access Sites throughout Washington state offering boaters and bank fisherman access to lakes and waterways. This link will allow you to search for any water access points under WDFW jurisdiction. You can search by site name, body of water or county. By clicking on one of the sites listed from your search you will be provided with the following information: location (complete with coordinates and driving instructions), facilities (restrooms, boat ramps, docks, ADA access, etc), contact info, and most importantly if camping is permitted. Quite often there is even a picture of the access site.

This Link will provide you with a matrix of all access sites and facilities in the Columbia Basin operated by the WDFW. The matrix conveniently displays the name of the facility site, location and available facilities including; boat launch, toilet and if you can camp or not. Fortunately the majority of the sites permit camping!

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WDFW Camping

 

Washington DNR

DNR seeks to provide outdoor recreation opportunities to the public throughout Washington state. The agency provides trails and campgrounds in a primitive, natural setting. Most recreation on these lands takes place in the 2.2 million acres of forests that DNR manages as state trust lands. DNR manages 1,100 miles of trails, 143 recreation sites, and a wide variety of landscapes across the state.

DNR offers hundreds of campgrounds across the state with access to miles of designated trails. Depending on where you go you will find trails for hiking, motorcycles, mountain biking, ATV riding, boating, horseback riding and four wheel drive enthusiasts allowing you to camp and enjoy your favorite form of recreation from one convenient location.

Most DNR campgrounds offer a camping experience similar to national forest campgrounds offering a designated space with a picnic table and fire ring. Some DNR campgrounds are even equipped with a group shelter, potable water and accessorized to support designated trail users. (i.e. corrals for horse users, loading ramps for ATV users). As with most national forest service campgrounds, pack it in – pack it out applies regarding your trash.

Click here for a State-wide Recreation Map showing all of the DNR lands and the allowed activities, including camping.

Click here for a complete listing of DNR Managed lands which allows you to search by region and see which campgrounds are currently open or closed. The link will also allow you to view a detailed map of the region showing the recreational opportunities that await you. To see an example click here for a detailed map of Southwest Washington DNR managed lands.

Make the most of your Discover Pass by camping at no cost in Washington DNR or WDFW areas and enjoying the recreational opportunities they provide.

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DNR Campsite

 

Fun For The Whole Family!

There are many new activities offered at the 2015 Great Seattle RV Show that offer fun for the whole family. These combined with your returning favorites offer something of interest for every member of the family.

Let’s take a look:

Treasure hunt: Arrgh matey there is treasure to be found at the 2015 Seattle RV Show. Children 12 and under brave enough to seek pirate treasure can obtain a treasure map and booty bag at any show entrance. Follow the map to reveal the locations of the six treasure chests hidden throughout the show. Snatch yourself a piece of pirate booty out of the chest and stash it in your booty bag. To avoid the Pirate Curse, be sure to take only one piece of treasure from each chest! Be sure to find all six chests as each contains a unique piece of pirate plunder. Enjoy, but beware of pirates lurking in the shadows guarding their treasure!

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Digi Photo: Fun and silliness awaits your entire family at the Digi Photo Booth daily noon – 4PM in the East Hall. Not your typical clunky old-school mall style photo booth, it’s a fresh-rendition of the fun photo booths you knew and loved as a child allowing you to instantly share RV show fun through Facebook and other social networks.

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Game Truck: Teens looking to take a break from Mom and Dad will want to spend some time gaming with the newest video games at the Games 2 U Game Truck. This fun attraction will be available for all to enjoy on Saturday and Sunday only.

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Journey to the Klondike: Relive the 1890’s Gold Rush at the Go Klondike exhibit at the north end of the Concourse (2nd level). Many interesting exhibits await your exploration in this fun and interactive space. Kids can dress up as sourdough prospectors, a Can Can dancer or maybe as bad guy Soapy Smith and have their photo taken too. Relive the hardship of the sourdoughs as they trudged over the mountain passes with 2,000 pounds of supplies at the Chilkoot Pass display. Of course a trip to the Klondike wouldn’t be complete without a dog sled experience. Next catch yourself a case of gold fever at the gold panning trough. Once you catch the fever, you will want to plan your trip to the Klondike to find your own gold. Planning is easy at the Routes to the Klondike exhibit. After reviewing the modern routes to the Klondike, stop by the MV Lotus display and contemplate what it would have been like sailing there in a ship from 1909! To round out your journey to the Klondike check out the Klondike Gold Rush National Park (both the Skagway unit and Seattle unit) along with Parks Canada displays.

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Win Big!

Multiple opportunities to win await you at the show.

For starters, be sure to stop by the kiosks on the Concourse (2nd level) and enter to win the following three prizes:

– Free RV Fuel For A Year

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– A three night resort stay in Las Vegas, Mazatlan, Palm Springs or Sun River

– The opportunity to take your RV to the Oregon Jamboree featuring Keith Urban complete with campsite and a sweet spot pass that will put you at the center of the action.

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Somebody that attends the RV show is going to win, so why not you?

Go Klondike is offering a dream trip to the Yukon complete with airline Tickets for two, 3 Nights 4 days at a Yukon fly-in wilderness resort and 2 tickets on the Yukon & White Pass Railroad!

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Finally, download the Show App on your mobile device and check out the valuable discounts and prizes offered via “Show Me Your App”

 

Go Hawks! Celebrate another great season by the Seattle Seahawks by taking a selfie in front of Superbowl roman numerals proudly displayed in the North Hall.

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Relax: We invite you to sit down and take a break at a number of areas.

Beer and Wine Service & Seating is available at the north end of the East Hall. Tables and seating are open to the whole family and mom and dad are welcome to enjoy a beer or wine while they contemplate the perfect RV for the family.

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Three seminar areas offering hundreds of seats allow you to take a load off your feet while your brain soaks in valuable and entertaining information. You are welcome to nod off for a few winks too! A complete listing of the seminars can be found here.

West Hall Concessions: Tables and chairs can also be found just north of the West Hall Concessions next to the Information Center.

 

We hope you enjoy a fun filled day at the 2015 Seattle RV Show!

Ask The Technician 2015

Do it yourselfers, gadget lovers and anybody looking to upgrade their RV won’t want to miss this year’s “Ask The Technician” exhibit at the 2015 Seattle RV Show. At the exhibit you will find a fully accessorized travel trailer and tow vehicle equipped with the latest toys and upgrades. A seasoned RV service professional will be on hand to answer any and all your questions concerning general RV service, jacks, awnings, antennas and other installed accessories. Daily information talks from factory suppliers too! Let’s take a look at some of the featured products at this year’s “Ask The Technician” exhibit:

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Key-less Entry Lock and Keypad

There’s nothing more frustrating than being locked out of your RV. When you finally arrive at your campground and want to hike or kayak, you don’t want the worry of keeping expensive keys safe and dry. At the same time, it’s important that your RV is completely secure while you’re out adventuring. An RV lock with keypad offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to open and close your RV with a numerical code, remote key fob, or traditional key.

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Voyager 7″ LCD Observation Monitor

The leading-edge features of this monitor ensures users will be on the cusp of an ever-changing technological market. With the quad-view capabilities, drivers will have the advantage of monitoring several different views of the vehicle’s surroundings simultaneously. The unit also has DC triggers which activate specific cameras when a 12V trigger, such as the reverse gear, is initiated. The units capacitive touch panel allows the operator to zoom to full screen from a 4-camera view just by touching any one of the four pictures. The unit’s non-volatile memory saves the user’s picture and volume adjustment settings. Other high-end features of this monitor include an energy efficient white LED illumination with backlit controls, integrated audio speaker, and day/night brightness modes.

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Exterior Entertainment Center

Are you looking for an outdoor entertainment center for your RV? MOR/ryde, the leaders in RV suspension products, has developed a line of flat screen TV mounts for RV applications. MOR/ryde recognized that RV’s require their own specially designed TV mounts that took into account the space and mounting area available in the RV. Their TV mount line includes many brackets with swivel, tilt, and extension options for a wide range of TV sizes. The “Ask The Technician” exhibit will feature MOR/Rydes fully assembled, slim profile exterior entertainment center complete with exterior door and frame to keep your system clean and dry regardless of the terrain or weather you encounter on your RV Travels.

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Bilstein Motorhome Shocks

Motorhomes are a great form of travel and recreation. But are they a joy to drive? Wallowing, top heavy, boat like, all phrases that have been used to describe the ride and handling of a motorhome. But not with Bilstein. Instead words like precise, confident, controlled and safe are what is said about a Bilstein equipped coach. With Bilstein, you won’t find a generic “heavy duty” shock with ultra stiff valving and terrible ride characteristics, but rather a shock designed for your specific motorhome application providing you with a safe and compliant ride. Bilstein RV Shocks come with Bilstein’s Comfitrac® Working Piston. The Comfitrac® piston instantly reacts to sudden, high frequency road harshness, like dropping a wheel into a pothole, to deliver superior comfort and stability.

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SMI Brake System for Towed Vehicles

No more boxes! That is the cry of SMI customers. Their Stay-IN-Play DUO answers the cry. Duo’s small operating unit is installed under the hood so you never know it is there. No messy components scattered in the towed vehicle to complicate things; just a small operating module to control the towed vehicle brakes with no physical connection to the motorhome. DUO combines the power of air pressure and the gentleness of vacuum to give you the fastest most powerful self contained supplemental brake ever. Duo uses the power and speed of air pressure to activate your towed vehicle brake pedal while creating vacuum for the power brake system. These two features combine to create the only progressive and proportionate vacuum assisted system with total control. Duo requires BOTH deceleration AND coach brake lights to apply the towed vehicle brakes. By combining two separate signals the need for complicated electronics is eliminated, which provides you a more reliable long lasting system. In addition, DUO is the pioneer in user friendly operation; “Just Turn it on…and Tow.” This simple technology was first introduced in 2003. Tried and true, DUO does not have to be taken in and out for normal operation of the towed vehicle. Unhook the car and drive off, that’s all. No box, no wires, in fact, no physical connection to the motorhome at all.

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Power Awning

This awning offers convenience of a power awning, with the affordability of a manual awning. The Dometic 9100 Power Awning brings the convenience of a motor-driven RV awning to the masses. With the simple press of the wall-mounted switch, the durable 9100 opens and retracts with ease. Featuring stylish and rugged vinyl fabric, the Dometic 9100 is the perfect RV power awning, offering you extra living space and an additional “room” for your enjoyment.

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Roadmaster Tow Bar

The Sterling All-Terrain tow bar was designed, tested and manufactured to the highest standards. The tow bar weighs just 35 pounds, yet pulls up to three tons. A unique eggshell design distributes pressure throughout the tow bar, making the Sterling All-Terrain the world’s strongest aluminum tow bar with steel and stainless steel at every critical point to further ensure superior strength and structural integrity. It is easy to connect, and its stainless steel inner arms telescope, center and automatically lock as you pull away. Once you’ve reached your destination, a unique storage lock secures the unit in its stored position.

The Sterling All-Terrain comes complete with safety cables and power cord. Both are routed through a center channel for added safety, convenience and a clean, uncluttered appearance. Beyond its many performance features, the Sterling All-Terrain is aesthetically pleasing — its powder-coated finish and sleek design complement your coach and your car.

 

Roadmaster Tow Bars Easy To Mount For Do It Yourselfers

Tow bar mounting brackets are installed on your vehicle’s frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar. Roadmaster manufactures more than a thousand vehicle-specific tow bar mounting brackets, in a variety of styles. I’m not a mechanic — can I put the bracket on myself? Roadmaster tow bar mounting brackets are designed for the easiest installation possible; however, mechanical skills are required. Many ‘shade tree mechanics’ can install their own brackets in a few hours.

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LED  Lights From Starlights

Starlights, Inc’s mission is to provide the highest quality LED & 12 volt lighting products at the best price. Starlights, Inc. was formed in 2005 for one primary purpose- to increase the comfort and safety of fellow RVers through their 12 volt motion lighting products. Since then, they have expanded into multiple lighting products, as well as the LED lighting industry. Starlights, Inc. is also very serious about quality control. Each of their products are extensively tested before sent to the marketplace and all of their products offer at least a 1 year warranty.

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Xantrex Automatic Generator Start

Xantrex’ Automatic Generator Start (AGS) is a display panel and a control module system that provides automatic activation for your generator. It can be configured so that any combination of low battery voltage or air conditioner activation starts the auxiliary generator. After running for two hours, the system will automatically stop the generator. The AGS has a user-friendly interface that displays important system information for setting and monitoring generator start and stop-times. Light Emitting Diode (LEDs) display status, Quiet Time and the time zone settings, allowing you to set desired start and stop times. The systems works with most popular generator brands.

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 Zamp Solar Battery App  

An innovative FIRST of its kind technology in deep cycle battery management systems. Designed to be used on deep cycle battery(s) used in RVs and marine uses. Easy to install on any deep cycle battery or battery bank to provide real time battery information for proper battery management and monitoring. Using a simple app designed for Apple or Android smartphones communicating wirelessly via Bluetooth providing critical battery data.

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Slow-Rise Roller Shades

Irvine Shade & Door’s innovative and smooth-operating Slow-RiseTM Roller Shade has taken the RV industry by storm. These shades have revolutionized the industry and are available in a variety of beautiful colors and configurations. Their low-RiseTM Day/Nite Roller Shades offer state-of-the-industry performance, featuring hydraulic speed reduction for smooth operation and automatic stopping points. 5% Day Solar Screen allows you to see out, but others can’t see in. Accessible color-coded knobs allow adjustment of speed and upper-limit stopping points.

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Dirt Devil Vacuum System With Retractable Hose

Take cleaning convenience to the next level in your RV with the Vroom Retract Vac (RV) – a retractable hose system powered by the Dirt Devil® CV1500 central vacuum system. Vroom RV is the first RV vacuum accessory to eliminate hose storage!  A 35′ hose is stored conveniently in the flexible tubing system. There when you need it, hidden when you don’t! Access strong vacuum power whenever you need it with Vroom RV.  It saves valuable space and makes cleaning your RV from front to back a breeze. Messes happen fast and Vroom cleans them quickly. What It Replaces: Vroom RV eliminates visible wall mounted vacs, VacPans, space-hogging portable vacs, brooms, dustmops, hand-held vacs and more. How it Works: Vroom RV is powered by your Dirt Devil® CV 1500 central vacuum. Pull Out. Vacuum. Retract. Vroom RV is quick and easy to use, takes up very little space and is always there when you need it. When you’re finished cleaning, it stays out of sight.

Daily Presentations

Distributors from many well known industry names will be presenting daily seminars at the “Ask The Technician” Exhibit. A list of presenters and the times they are scheduled to appear is shown below. Topics will be posted on the show website once they are known.

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When we say “Explore More” at the 2015 Seattle RV Show, we really mean it. Size does matter when it comes to RV shows. The show occupies all three exhibit halls and the concourse level of the CenturyLink Field Event Center. The combined square footage of the show is more than double that of the January 2015 Tacoma Dome RV Show.

More RVs: Double the square footage means there are double the number of display RVs to explore. There is even a vacation home for those looking for something bigger than a typical RV to place on their vacation lot.

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More RV Dealers: More show space means more RV dealers in attendance, a wider selection of RV brands on display and most importantly, better deals for you as there are more dealers competing for your business.

More Booth Exhibitors: The 2015 Seattle RV Show features over 50 booth exhibitors with products and services to improve your leisure time. Check out a previous blog entry on the booth exhibitors here.

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In addition to the show being physically the largest in the state, it also offers more in the way of:

More Seminars: Along with more RV dealers and booth exhibitors, the 2015 Seattle RV Show contains three seminar areas. Twenty different seminars are offered at this years show ranging from technical to lifestyle and are included with admission. Click here for a complete listing of seminars at the show.

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More Learning Opportunities: Returning for the 2015 Show will be the “Ask The Technician exhibit where you can learn more about the technical side of RVing from winterizing to water heaters. A fully equipped RV will be on display serving as your classroom. For those looking for an in depth learning experience you will want to attend the hourly workshops presented by appliance manufacturers and suppliers.

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If you are a total RV novice, sign up for the “RV Walk Through, Everything You Need to Know” where you will be walked through the operational systems of a RV. After spending a hour with our well seasoned RV professional you will feel confident in your ability to operate your own home on the road. Walk throughs occur hourly from noon to 5pm and are free with show admission.

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More Fun: Children 10 and under are welcome to take a play break in the childcare center located on the south end of the concourse. The childcare center offers fun activities including: games, toys, coloring and movies. The childcare center is open 11-6 Saturday and 11-4 Sunday. Those 18 and over will want to visit the touch screens located on the concourse where they can enter to win a variety of fun prizes. Seahawk fans be sure and have your picture taken in front of the roman numerals from Superbowl XLVIII which are on display in the North Hall.

More Informational Sources: Mobile device users will want to download the show app which contains a wealth of information. The app includes all the information you need, including: how to reach the show, the show layout, an extensive listing of the manufacturers and brands along with the dealers that carry them, a list of booth exhibitors and their location, exclusive offers available only to those showing their apps, a complete listing of the seminars with times and descriptions, contests and much more. All this in the palm of your hand! Download the app from the app store or scan the QR code below.

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If you still can’t find the information you are looking for via the app, please feel free to stop by the Information Center located just north of the main floor concessions in the West Hall.

As you can see there is much to be explored at the 2015 Seattle RV Show February 5th – 8th at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Seattle RV Show Seminars

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:

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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“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.

 

 

 

More Than Just RVs

At the Seattle RV Show you will find over 400 RVs displayed by over a dozen Puget Sound RV dealers. However, did you also know that there will be over 50 booth exhibitors in attendance with the latest and greatest products and services for your home and RV? Following is a sample of what awaits you at the 2015 Seattle RV Show.

There will be exhibitors representing campgrounds and RV parks from Palm Springs, California to Alberta, Canada and places in between making the Seattle Show a great place to plan your next RV adventure regardless if it will be close to home or far away with our neighbors to the north. Washington State Parks will be at the show to share information on the hundred plus parks in the park system along with winter camping activities and hosting opportunities.

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Will summer 2015 be the year of your dream RV vacation to the golden Klondike and beyond? If so, be sure to stop by the Friends of the Klondike Corridor as they invite you to explore the many adventures on the routes to and from the Klondike. They can help you plan your trip regardless whether you plan to fly up and rent a RV, drive the Alaska Highway with your RV or travel via the Alaska Marine Highway (aka Alaska Ferry System).

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RVers are always looking to save a buck during their travels and Pilot Flying J will be at the show to help. Stop by their booth and learn how you can save up to six cents per gallon of fuel at the pump, receive discounted dump fees and save on propane fill ups too. They also offer free overnight RV parking at many of their locations.

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Lake City Powersports will be displaying a nice selection of motorized equipment to make your life on the road more enjoyable. Maybe you are in the market for a dual sport motorcycle that will allow you to explore backroads far from camp or serve as a second vehicle and grocery getter allowing you to leave your motorhome parked at camp? Or maybe you just need a scooter for cruising the campground or beach? They can help. If you are like most RVers you pack a generator when camping off the grid. Lake City Powersports carries the full line of quiet, lightweight Honda generators to power your camping requirements and they stand ready to help you find the right generator to meet your needs.

If you tow your RV or tow a vehicle with your motorhome, Torklift will be displaying a full line up of equipment at the show designed to safely handle your towing needs with easy hookup. If they don’t have what you need they will design it and fabricate it to your specifications.

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Of course what would a RV show be without gadgets and gizmos? Evergreen RV will have a completely stocked parts and accessories store at the show. They will have necessities such as toilet chemical to the latest luxuries for your RV all available to cash and carry from the show. At the “Ask The Technician” exhibit you will find the latest parts and accessories recently introduced from the RV industry show in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Everyone dreams of RVing worry free and there is no better way to do so than to have your finances in order. Several businesses will be exhibiting at the show with investment and retirement strategies designed to provide the financial peace of mind while you enjoy your life on the road in your RV.

It is probably no secret to you that a majority of RV owners also own a home. Don’t let needed home improvement projects keep you from enjoying your RV. At the show you will find a number of home improvement companies ready to tackle those pesky projects for you, allowing more RVing time for you and the family.

You will find a complete listing of the businesses exhibiting at the 2015 Seattle RV Show here.

 

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