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Seminars Return to the Puyallup RV Show

 

After a hiatus of several years, seminars will be returning to the 2014 Puyallup RV Show May 1st – 4th at the Washington State Fair and Events Center.

Everyone’s favorite and nationally acclaimed speaker Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor” will be headlining the seminars at the Puyallup 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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Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor”

Technically Choosing Your Next RV presented by Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor”

You are considering purchasing either your first RV or perhaps a brand new RV. You’ve perused and studied many articles and websites on how to “choose” the coach of your dreams. You finally narrowed the field of possibilities down to your own version of the Final Four; 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 highlight important differences between two or more seemingly similar coaches. Learn what to look for in this informative seminar.

 

10 Important RV Facts of Life presented by Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor”

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 with and even take advantage of these non-negotiable RV realities. If you want to get the most out of your recreational investment, this seminar is for you.

 

Optimizing the 12-volt Battery Systems presented by Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor”                


Without question, the majority of today’s technical problems associated with RVs involve one of the 12-volt battery systems.  Rarely, if ever, does any RV, new or used, leave the dealer’s lot or its home base with all battery systems operating at optimum performance. In order to optimize the DC battery system, some configurations are better than others. In this seminar, Gary explains why and how to determine if your battery bank is balanced and being charged correctly and completely.
The Spring Shakedown (aka De-Winterizing) presented by Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor”

After each period of non-use, regardless if the motorhome was winterized, simply sat in the backyard, or was kept in a secure garage, every coach must be thoroughly prepped before being put back into service. Though procedures and processes may differ slightly, every owner must at some point, go through the ritual of what is termed, the Spring Shakedown. Gary explains how to accomplish this task without letting something “fall through the cracks.”
 

Once you have learned which RV fits your needs and Gary has safely taught you how to operate the house portion of your RV (or soon to be RV), what about driving it down the road? Not to worry, as Lorrin Walsh of RV Drive Smart Publications will be presenting a daily seminar and conducting two Live RV Driving Workshops.

 

Drive Your RV Like a Pro presented by Lorrin Walsh

This informative seminar will guide you through the do’s and don’ts of safely maneuvering your house on wheels down the road regardless if it is a motorized or towable RV. Even if you have years of experience you are likely to learn a thing or two from Lorrin as he shares secrets learned in his 30+ plus years of driving big rigs.

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Lorrin Walsh

Live RV Driving Workshops:

- Motorhome Maneuvers: In this 45 minute workshop industry expert Lorrin Walsh will demonstrate the tips and tricks professional drivers use to safely negotiate today’s motorhomes

- Fifth Wheel Backing & Turning: Towing and backing a fifth wheel is considerably different than a conventional travel trailer. Join Lorrin Walsh of RV Drive Smart as he demonstrates the ins and outs of maneuvering a fifth wheel.  After attending this workshop you will be able back up a fifth wheel with confidence.

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Proper Dinghy Towing presented by Matt Lynch of Torklift

Are you a motorhome owner looking to pull a second vehicle? Are you bewildered by the various methods available to you? Then attend the Proper Dinghy Towing seminar where you will learn what equipment you will need to safely tow your dinghy.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Boondocking & Backroads – Planning the ultimate RV adventure                                       Presented by Dave Helgeson

Tired of crowded campgrounds, overrated and expensive attractions, schedules and reservations? Then throw away the AAA guidebook , break free of the typical tourist traps and experience the full freedom and adventure the RV lifestyle offers by attending the Boondocking & Backroads seminar. In this seminar you will learn how to find unique geological formations, historic ruins, forgotten sites and other places of adventure along the backroads of the west. In addition you will learn how to find free places camp (boondock) near the areas you will be exploring.

 

Now that you know how to plan the ultimate RV adventure, put it to use by planning a trip up north. There are plenty of places to explore and boondock on your way to Alaska and points beyond.

 

Rambling By RV Through Alaska and Yukon Territory by Nyla Walsh

The land of the midnight sun, it’s the definitive RV journey and on most RVers bucket list. Quit dreaming about it and join author Nyla Walsh as she shares her experiences RVing in Alaska and the adjacent Northern Territories of Canada. You will come away from this seminar with the confidence and knowledge to aim your RV north up the Alaska Highway this summer.

 

Surveys indicate that the vast majority of RV owners carry a firearm on their travels. If this is you or you plan on becoming a gun owner do you know the laws? Are you carrying it legally? What about in other states? How does the Castle Law apply to those traveling via a motorhome? Northwest Safety First will be presenting two seminars daily to help answer these and other important elements of owning a firearm.

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Concealed Carry Permits for RV Travelers presented by Northwest Safety First

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.

 

Home Invasion & Burglary Safety presented by Northwest Safety First

You are on a peaceful road trip and the criminals are invading your unoccupied home.  Often, the burglar will have plenty of time to scoop up what he needs and be long gone before a watchful neighbor notices.  Learn how to make your home unattractive to potential invaders.  Learn how to keep your RV safe while on the road or parked for the night.

 

Choosing a Firearm for RV Travel presented by Northwest Safety First

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.


Couples Tactics and Defensive Handguns presented by Northwest Safety First

Do you have a Traveling Companion? Team Tactics for couples faced with responding to threats while on the road and in the park. Create a conditioned response and increase personal safety and security while on the road. Strength in numbers.  Two of you are more secure than one of you.

 

RV’s, Guns, Law Enforcement & Litigation….. presented by Northwest Safety First

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.

 

For the schedule of seminars at the show, click here.

 

 

 

Learn RV Driving Skills at the Puyallup RV Show

New at this year’s Puyallup RV Show will be a RV Driving Workshop along with driving seminars taught by professional RV driver Lorrin Walsh of Drive Smart Publications.

Lorrin and his wife Nyla have owned motorhomes for over 35 years and trailers before that. Lorrin’s employment history includes GrayLine of Seattle as a Driver Guide and as a driving instructor teaching people to drive motor coaches up to 60’ long.  Lorrin put his experience as a driving instructor and his 30 plus years of motorhomes in a book, “Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro”.  He has also written a book on towing fifth wheel trailers, “Tow Your Fifth Wheel Trailer Like a Pro”.  Both books have been produced as DVDs by RV Education 101. You can watch a short RV Education 101 video on driving a motorhome here.

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Everyone Can Drive a RV

Following are some driving and towing basics useful for any RVer.

Whether you drive a motorized RV or pull a towable RV, you should always:

  • Before leaving your driveway, sit in the driver’s seat and adjust all mirrors for optimal viewing down the sides and behind your RV.
  • Allow for your RVs size when making a turn. The front and rear wheels will track paths much farther apart than those of a standard passenger vehicle.
  • Allow more time to stop, change lanes and accelerate onto a busy highway because large RVs take more time to accelerate and slow down than small ones.
  • Whether you’re driving a motorhome or a tow vehicle, make sure you and every passenger wear a seat belt. According to the National Safety Belt Coalition, this is the single most effective thing you can do to prevent serious injury and death in a traffic accident.
  • If you’re an experienced car driver, you already have the skills necessary to drive a motorized RV. The automatic transmission, power brakes and steering you’re accustomed to are standard features on most RVs.
  • It’s also advisable to have someone stand outside the vehicle to make sure the driver avoids any obstacles not seen in the mirrors. If another person is not available, the driver should inspect the area behind the vehicle prior to backing up. Doing so can prevent surprises and accidents.

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    The RV Driving Workshop Will Include Live Demonstrations

Drivers towing a folding camping trailer or travel trailer also should:

  • Match the proper tow vehicle to your RV by checking the maximum weight it is rated to  tow.
  • Use the proper type of  trailer hitch and make sure it is correctly secured.
  • Before each trip, make sure that the trailer’s brakes, turn signals and taillights are functioning in conjunction with the towing vehicle.
  • Back up with care. By placing your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel, the trailer will move in the direction you turn your hand. (For example, to move the back end of trailer to the right, move your hand to the right.) Once the trailer is moving in the proper direction, avoid any sharp movements of the steering wheel.

For advance RV driving tips be sure to attend the 2014 Puyallup RV Show May 1st – 4th at the Washington State Fair & Events Center as Lorrin shares his extensive driving knowledge of big rigs.

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Turning and Backing Will Be Taught by Lorrin

 

2014 Puyallup RV Show – Preview

The 2014 edition of The Puyallup RV Show is May 1st – 4th at the Washington State Fair & Events Center. The RV industry is growing by leaps and bounds as more and more people discover RVs provide the perfect getaway for active families and those looking for adventure. By attending The Puyallup RV show, you get the opportunity to walk through vast array of vehicles, compare different layouts and shop various dealers. It’s one stop shopping that makes looking at the numerous styles, brands, models and prices easy.

The 2014 Puyallup Show is expanding not only in size, but in scope as well! Let’s take a look at what you can expect at this year’s event.

 More Dealers: Over 16 RV dealers (four more than last year) are expected to exhibit at this year’s show providing more variety of RVs of every size and shape. The motorhome market has been rapidly expanding over the past year with production up nearly 40% since 2013, assuring the best selection of motorized RVs since the recession.

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Hundreds of RVs Await Your Inspection

Expanded display areas: More RV dealers, equals more RVs which means the show is the biggest in many years with more new RVs to compare.

Your best deal is at the show: More dealers equates to more competition between them making you the winner when it comes to negotiating the best deal on a new RV.

Fulfills every need: The show again offers everything to meet every leisure need from a tent trailer to a vacation home suitable for your lakefront. Not only will there be hundreds of RVs to browse, but vacation homes too for those looking for something to place on their lake property.

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Perfect For Your Lake Front Property!

MORE TO SEE & DO: Not only are there more RVs to investigate, but three new activities will debut at this year’s show.

Seminars: This year’s Puyallup RV Show will have two seminar rooms with a full slate of speakers. Currently scheduled are technical seminars by nationally renowned Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor), RVing in Alaska, proper dinghy towing, home schooling on the road, RV financing, travel trailer hitches, boondocking & backroads, choosing a firearm for RV travel, fifth wheel hitches and concealed carry permits for RV travelers with more topics in the works. Stay tuned to this blog and the show website for additional details.

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The “RV Doctor”

RV Driving School: Author and pro RV driver Lorrin Walsh will be presenting a RV driving school where “students” can get a taste of the ins and outs of maneuvering a RV. Tips will be supplied for owners of motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels.

Vintage: Retro is all the rage these days and you can expect to see some classic RVs at this year’s show. Vintage RV clubs from across the northwest have been invited to display at the show. Currently the oldest RV to be shown is a 1947 Westwood Coronado. If you have a vintage RV and would like to join in on the fun, send an email to: showdirector@mhrvshows.com or check out our Facebook page. Speaking of vintage, be sure to check out the antique tractors pulling the people mover throughout the show.

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1947 Westwood Scheduled to be at The Puyallup RV Show

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.

Don’t miss out on The Puyallup RV Show, May 1st – 4th, it is the last big show of the season and your chance to experience everything the RV lifestyle has to offer.

 

Weight Distribution Hitches

Towable RVs (those not self propelled by their own engine) make up the largest percentage of the RV market. Within the towable segment, travel trailers provide the bulk of sales. Therefore about a third (or more) of you reading this are likely to own a travel trailer or considering the purchase of one. If you are in the group considering a purchase, there is a term you have probably encountered once or twice. That term is weight distribution hitch (aka equalizing hitch).

In this blog entry we will attempt to answer the most common questions regarding weight distribution hitches. 

A weight distribution hitch creates a stable ride for your tow vehicle and travel trailer. Using a weight distribution system helps to ensure a smooth, level ride while also allowing you to tow the maximum capacity allowed by your hitch. The blog entry will answer some of the most basic questions about trailer hitches, including:

Weight Carrying (Non Weight Distributing)

When you’re towing a trailer with a bumper hitch or utility shank in a vehicle mounted receiver, all of your trailer’s tongue weight is transferred to the rear axle of your tow vehicle. As a result, the back end of the vehicle may sag while the front end raises. If this happens, your vehicle’s rear axle will bear the weight of not only the trailer, but much of your tow vehicle’s weight as well. Less weight on the front axle of your vehicle can cause diminished performance in terms of steering, traction and stopping power. It can also increase trailer sway. Also, your view of the road may be limited due to the awkward angle.

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Weight Distributing

Weight distributing hitches use spring bars that help alleviate the problems that often occur with standard weight carrying hitch systems. Adding spring bars to your towing setup applies leverage to either side of your system (think of the handles on a wheel barrow), which transfers the load that is pushing down on the rear of your vehicle to all of the axles on both your tow vehicle and your trailer. This even distribution of weight results in a smooth, level ride, as well as the ability to tow at the maximum capacity of your hitch.
When Is Weight Distribution Needed?

You would likely benefit from a weight distribution hitch if:

  • Your trailer weight ( GTW – Gross Trailer Weight) is more than 50 percent of your vehicle’s weight (GVWR – Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)
  • The rear of your tow vehicle sags when the trailer is hooked up
  • You experience trailer sway
  • Your tow vehicle headlights point upward
  • You find it difficult to steer and/or stop your rig
  • You want to tow to the highest capacity allowed by your vehicle’s trailer hitch receiver

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How Do I Know Which Weight Distribution Hitch Is Right For Me?

There are many different types of weight distribution hitches on the market, each with different features. But before you can choose which of those features you’d like to have, you must determine which size system will work best for your towing setup. As with any towing component, capacity is key.

A weight distribution receiver will have two weight ratings – the (GTW) gross trailer weight and the tongue weight. In choosing the correct hitch, you must first determine the following:

  • Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) refers to the weight of the fully loaded trailer in its actual towing condition.
    • GTW is measured by placing the fully loaded trailer on a vehicle scale.
    • Rating of weight-distribution system must match or exceed your GTW.
  • Tongue Weight (TW) refers to the tongue weight of your trailer and the weight of the cargo that sits behind the rear axle of your vehicle.
    • Trailer TW is measured using a tongue weight scale.  If you don’t happen to have a tongue weight scale, you can use a bathroom scale following these guidelines.
    • Typically tongue weight is about 10 to 15 percent of GTW

The TW rating is the most important factor in determining which size weight-distribution system you should use. If the bars of the system you choose are rated too high for your setup, they will create a rigid ride, which can result in a bouncing trailer and frame damage in some instances. On the other hand, if the bars are not rated high enough, the system will be unable to properly distribute the weight, rendering it virtually useless.

Hopefully this short tutorial on weight distribution hitches will provide you with the information you need to choose the right hitch to safely enjoy your current or future travel trailer.

A short informational video can be viewed here.

 

 

Why You Should Attend A RV Show

In the market for a new RV or just want to see what the RVing lifestyle has to offer? Then make a RV show your first destination. By attending a RV show, you get the opportunity to view the various types of RVs, compare different layouts and shop various manufacturers and dealers. It’s one stop shopping that makes looking at the numerous styles, brands, models and prices easy.

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Hundreds of RVs on Display!

All the major Puget Sound RV dealers are exhibiting at the 2014 Seattle RV Show. Visiting them at the show saves the time and gas money you would spend driving from Mt. Vernon to Silverdale and points in between if you were to visit each dealers sales center. At a RV show you can also view the hundreds of RVs at your leisure without being tied to a salesperson as you would at a dealership. However, when you have a question, a salesperson or knowledgeable factory representative is never far away.

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Exhibit Booths Feature Campgrounds and the Latest Gadgets!

If you’re not sure if you want a towable (non-motorized) or motorized RV, a RV show is the perfect venue to help with the decision by being able to compare both types without leaving the show. Who knows, maybe you’ll determine that a travel trailer or a fold-down provides everything you’re looking for in your RV experience, while your camping friends discover a motorhome is the best fit. For those who are thinking of joining the RVing lifestyle, a RV show allows you to see what makes other camping enthusiasts so passionate about RVing. Many RV shows, like The Seattle RV Show, present education seminars that are beneficial to both the novice and experienced RVers alike. The Seattle RV Show offers seminars ranging from where to go with a RV, to general maintenance tips and information, to becoming a host in a state park. There’s something for everyone no matter if you are new to RVing or a veteran camper.

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Today’s RVs are Just Like Home!

Many enjoy attending a RV show just to see the latest and greatest in RVing and camping accessories. The Seattle RV Show is the first show of the year making it the ideal place to see the most current RVs and trends the industry has to offer. If you are interested in the most innovative gadgets or want to research campgrounds for your next RV adventure, RV shows provide the most current information all in one place. At The Seattle RV Show gadget lovers will want to stop by the Ask The Tech exhibit where they will find a RV equipped with the latest accessories, plus informative presentations by industry suppliers. RV Shows also offer  the opportunity to discover the many benefits of RVing from the freedom and flexibility of creating your own schedule to traveling with all the comforts of home including the kitchen sink! Plus, it is a great chance to visit with other camping enthusiasts who share your interests.

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A Great Way to Spend the Day!

Even if you are not currently enjoying the RV lifestyle, attending a show can be worth the price of admission. You might discover a hidden passion or just enjoy a leisurely day dreaming about the perfect getaway. Either way, you’ll be amazed at the available features, technology and the affordability that RVs provide. The next time a RV show is in your area, check it out. You never know what you may discover.  Your next opportunity in the Puget Sound area is The Seattle RV Show February 6th – 9th, 2014 at CenturyLink Field Event Center, home of the Seattle Seahawks!

Visit http://www.TheSeattleRVshow.com for more information.

Technical Seminars at 2014 Seattle RV Show

Do it yourselfers, gadget lovers and anybody looking to upgrade their RV won’t want to miss this year’s Ask The Tech exhibit at The 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. There is also a great assortment of daily seminars that will take place at the exhibit. Following is a description of the seminars and the presentation times.

 

Hybrid Gas-Electric Furnace   presented at 2:00 PM Thursday, February 6th

This workshop by RV Comfort Heating Systems will discuss what’s involved in upgrading your RV’s heating system to a Hybrid Gas/Electric system. Including gas vs. electric operating costs, gas vs. electric heat output, minimum space requirements, 30 vs. 50 amp compatibility and safety.

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Maximizing TV Reception in Your RV presented at 11:00 AM Sunday, February 9th  and 5:00 PM Saturday, February 8th

Like to watch your favorite TV shows while on the road, but tired of poor to non-existent reception? This seminar will provide the answers for all your UHF/VHF and satellite TV antenna woes. Join Winegard’s John Howlan in this informative presentation about all the options available to improve your TV viewing enjoyment in your RV.

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Top-down Cleaning presented at 6:00 PM Saturday, February 8th and 2:00 PM Sunday, February 9th

There’s a great sense of pride when your RV looks sharp, there’s a bigger benefit to maintaining it. Join Thetford’s Ed Marquardt as he shares how to keep your rig looking sharp including how to get rid of those black streaks before they cause permanent staining.

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Easy Satellite TV in Today’s World presented at 4:00 PM Saturday, February 8th and  Noon  Sunday, February 9th

Join Chris Polley representing King Controls as he discusses the newest technology in satellite and over the air antenna products for the digital age. Never be without your favorite TV programs again!

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 Never Run Out of Hot Water Again!    presented at 1:00 PM Friday, February 7th

Tired of short “sailor showers” or running out of hot water while doing the dishes? The Girard Tankless Water Heater uses patent pending technology designed to provide endless hot water on demand unlike storage tank water heaters found in most RVs which require time to recover after running out of hot water.

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Mobile Solar Systems and Solutions presented at Noon Friday, February 7th and 1:00 PM Saturday, February 8th

Today’s modern technologies all require one thing, Power! Attend this seminar hosted by Go Power!  which will cover a complete line of products, including solar chargers, inverters, controllers and power accessories designed to deliver electricity where grid-power is inaccessible or unavailable.

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Blue Ox Towing Systems presented at 1:30 PM Friday, February 7th & Saturday, February 8th

Whether you tow or haul, Blue Ox has a product to make the job easier. Blue Ox is known internationally for its quality towing products, from tow bars and baseplates to steering control systems, supplementary brakes, carriers, weight distributing and gooseneck hitches as well as everything in between. With a product and accessory line as diverse as their customer base, Blue Ox has everything to meet your recreational or commercial needs.

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Is There a Difference in LED Lights?  presented at 4:30 PM Saturday, February 8th and 12:30 PM Sunday, February 9th

Join Chris Polley of Tom Manning & Associates as he explains how to tell quality LED bulbs from others and what makes Starlights engineered bulbs different. If you dry camp on a regular basis, be sure to attend this seminar and learn how LED lights are a great way to conserve your batteries.

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Battery Systems 101    presented at 2:00 PM Friday, February 7th and 3:00 PM Saturday, February 8th

Batteries are the lifeblood of your RV and can be the difference between a great RV outing and a lousy one. Learn about the proper care and maintenance for your batteries and understand that you have options!

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Adding Levelers to Your RV is as Easy as 1, 2, 3  presented at  3:00 PM Friday, February 7th and     Noon Saturday, February 8th and 1:00 PM Sunday, February 9th

Tired of  blocks, stooping under the RV and kneeling down to manually crank stabilizing jacks up and down in an attempt to level your rig? Then join Andy Rehring of HWH as he explains how easy adding a leveling system to your RV can be and how easy your RV will be to level once installed.

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Towing Systems — Everything to Make Your Towing Experience Safe and Pleasurable  presented at 4:00 PM  Friday, February 7th and 12:30 PM Saturday, February 8th  and 1:30 PM Sunday, February 9th

Join Andy Rehring of Roadmaster as he discusses tow bars, tow bar brackets, supplemental braking systems for your dinghy and anti-sway bars for your tow vehicle.  Having the right equipment is the key to a safe and pleasurable trip with your RV.

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 How to Maintain Your Refrigerator   presented at 2:00 PM  Saturday, February 8th

Do you really know how to properly operate your RV refrigerator or do you just turn it on, fill it with food and go? Join industry veteran Bruce Insley as he shares his knowledge for optimizing food storage, maintaining temperature control and general maintenance for longer life of your RV refrigerator

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You will find the Ask The Tech exhibit in Space “U” between the West Hall & North Hall. Consult your show directory.

Download the Seattle RV Show app to your mobile device and find your ideal RV, seminars (including Ask The Tech), daily contests and where to go for special offers if you show your app.  You won’t miss anything with the app.

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Bigger & Better for 2014!

The Seattle RV Show, the biggest and best in the Northwest, is now bigger and better.

Following are two examples of why the 2014 Seattle RV Show is bigger and better.

Bigger – The 2014 show is expanding into the East Hall of CenturyLink Field Event Center formerly occupied by the Golf and Travel Show. The East Hall combined with the West Hall, North Hall and North Field plaza will allow in the neighborhood of 400 RVs to be exhibited at this year’s show.  That’s nearly 100 more RVs than last year. In addition to more RVs, the expansion will also allow more RV dealers and manufacturers to exhibit, which equates to more selection and better prices as more dealers compete. You will also see the largest selection of motorhomes at the show since 2008 prior to the recession.

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More RVs of All Size & Shape Await You

Better - The Seattle RV Show mobile app will debut at this year’s show. The app will allow you to do all of the following:

- Maps: Not only will the app steer you from your home to the show, but it will also help you navigate the aisles of the show in your quest for the perfect RV.

- Search an extensive database of RVs by RV type,  manufacture and brand name. The app will then inform you which dealer(s) carry the RVs you would like to see. Then using the show layout you can find where that dealer is located within the show. Along with what product the dealer has, the app will also provide you with a description of the dealership, services they offer and a link to their website allowing you to search their product lines in depth.

- The app also allows you to view booth exhibitors, find their location within the show and links to their websites.

- Sponsors: Both our presenting sponsor WSECU and free parking sponsor Rex Goliath are on the app. With a little navigation on the app you can learn more about the products and services they offer and gain access to their websites. Be sure to stop by their displays at the show to say thank you for their support and pick up a free item or two.

- Seminars: Perusing the selection of seminar offerings is easy with the app. By scrolling the seminar page you can view the seminar titles, the time and length of the seminar and where it is being held. By clicking on the listing you can read a short description of the seminar. If it is to your liking, click on the “ribbon” emblem on the bottom left corner of your mobile device and you will have the option to have a reminder sent to you prior to the seminar. With the app, you will never miss your favorite seminar speaker.

- Daily Contests: Using this function you can locate drawings, giveaways and other opportunities to score free items. Potential items you could win via the daily drawings are anything from free toilet chemical to $10,000 in free windows for your home.

- Show Your App Specials: These are exclusive offers only available to those with The Seattle RV Show app downloaded on their phone. Current advantages of having the app on your phone range from better odds of winning at the “Putt to Win” contest to winning an iPAD!

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App Download for Android

 

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The app is just one of many items making the 2014 Seattle RV Show be the best it can be.

Be sure to attend The Seattle RV Show February 6th – 9th, 2014 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center.  It’s bigger and better than ever.

 

 

 

2014 Seattle RV Show Seminar Lineup

At the 2014 Seattle RV Show you will find a full slate of seminars. Presented below is the list of speakers currently scheduled to appear and the topics they will speak on.

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:

Technically Choosing Your Next RV presented by Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor”

You are considering purchasing either your first RV or perhaps a brand new RV. You’ve perused and studied many articles and websites on how to “choose” the coach of your dreams. You finally narrowed the field of possibilities down to your own version of the Final Four; 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 highlight important differences between two or more seemingly similar coaches. Learn what to look for in this informative seminar.

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10 Important RV Facts of Life presented by Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor”

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 with and even take advantage of these non-negotiable RV realities. If you want to get the most out of your recreational investment, this seminar is for you.

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Understanding the 120-volt AC Electrical Systems presented by Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor”
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. Learn a simple inexpensive test that guarantees no damage to your RV’s electrical system will ever occur.
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Winterizing Your RV presented by Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor”
Though many families enjoy the RVing lifestyle as full-timers, there are others who appreciate these benefits on a more limited basis. For those who utilize their RVs part-time, there comes a time when the RV must be stored for some period of non-use. If you happen to live in the colder sections of the country, it will also be necessary to protect your RV from the cold by “winterizing” it. In any climate, however, certain precautions must be taken prior to any lengthy down time. Learn all the tricks in this seminar.

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If you prefer to leave the technical aspects of RVing to the mechanic at your local RV dealership, there are plenty of other seminars worth attending.

Home Schooling on the Road  presented by Washington Homeschooling Organization

Fulltime RVing with your children or planning a RVing sabbatical? Let homeschoolers Janice Hedin and Celiane Limes explain the legal requirements of homeschooling children and share some of their personal experiences of homeschooling on the road.

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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 and becoming a host can be in this informative seminar.

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Winter Camping With Washington State Parks

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? 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 in advance via the internet and how to safely and comfortably stay there without hookups.

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Proper Dinghy Towing presented by 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.

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Touring Prosser presented by Wine Country RV Park

Prosser and the surrounding area abounds with interesting history and wonderful Washington State wineries to explore. Whether you want to take a walking tour of historic homes and downtown buildings in town or drive around on a self guided tour of the areas wineries, Prosser has  what you want.

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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 51 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.

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Home Invasion & Burglary Safety 

You are on a peaceful road trip and the criminals are invading your unoccupied home.  Often, the burglar will have plenty of time to scoop up what he needs and be long gone before a watchful neighbor notices.  Learn how to make your home unattractive to potential invaders.  Learn how to keep your RV safe while on the road or parked for the night.

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Choosing a Firearm for RV Travel

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.

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Couples Tactics and Defensive Handguns

Do you have a Traveling Companion? Team Tactics for couples faced with responding to threats while on the road and in the park. Create a conditioned response and increase personal safety and security while on the road. Strength in numbers.  Two of you are more secure than one of you.

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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.

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In addition to the above seminars the Ask The Tech exhibit will feature hourly technical seminars presented by suppliers such as Dometic, Atwood, Torklift, Thetford, Zamp Solar and others.

Click here for a complete listing of seminars, locations and presentation times.

 

Trends for 2014

I recently returned from the annual RV industry trade show in Louisville, Kentucky. This yearly event features the newest RVs from virtually every manufacturer in the industry. Along with nearly a thousand RVs are hundreds of supplier booths showing their latest offerings.

Following are a few of the new items that were on display and what you might expect to see at the 2014 RV shows?

Outdoor kitchens continue to appear on more and more models especially among travel trailers and fifth wheels. Most outdoor kitchens feature a sink, 120 volt refrigerator and stove top or grill. Some even feature a flat screen TV, for the ultimate tailgating RV. While RV manufacturers build more and more RVs with outdoor kitchens, the suppliers are working hard to provide flooring options to go along with them. One solution is an interlocking floor system that creates up to an 8′ x 12′ deck with the option of “sidewalk” sections to travel past slideouts. Surface options range from an assortment of colored laminates to real teak. The floor system stores in an approximately 8′ x 2′ x 10″ molded plastic container that can be mounted anywhere on the RV. Another solution is a retractable patio mat that retracts on a roller into a metal storage box mounted beneath the RV. The roller can be powered manually or via a 12 volt motor.

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Another emerging trend witnessed at the show are porches that are a floor level with the living space in the RV. Some have evolved from toy hauler designs using the ramp as the porch. However in place of the “garage” space for the toys, you will find a master suite complete with king sized bed, spacious wardrobes and French doors accessing the covered porch. Another innovative approach is a porch that folds down from the side of a curbside slideout. Sliding glass doors provide access to the deck from the slideout while an awning provides a roof when needed. While traveling, the closed deck provides protection to the sliding glass doors from flying rocks.

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One of the more unique RVs at the show was a prototype displayed by Jayco. This unit is designed after the caravans of Europe. The unit is streamline, stylish, lightweight and contains many features not found in a typical RV found in the United States. One of the more unique features found in this unit is radiant heat. Heated water is pumped around the entire perimeter of the RV with small radiators tucked in strategic locations providing even heat throughout the unit. Heated water is also pumped through the towel bar in the bathroom providing a warm bath towel.

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Another product you are likely to see at the 2014 shows is the Camplite ultra lightweight all aluminum travel trailer. The manufacturers websites states, “This revolutionary ultra-lightweight all aluminum camper can be towed by a number of full size sedans, nearly every minivan, and even the Jeep Wrangler! Constructed of *ONLY aluminum and composites, the CAMPLITE is 98% RECYCLABLE! While other trailers made of steel and wood are cutting back on their structure in order to save weight – most still tip the scales between 3,500 and 4,500 lbs.”

If you are looking for a small toy hauler travel trailer watch for the debut of the Lance toy hauler in 2014. The manufacture shares the following information via their website, “The new Lance 2212 toy hauler features include an all-new proprietary “Z”-framed chassis, radius frameless windows, rear awning and front molded aerodynamic nose cap. A disappearing galley gives you more room to stow your toys. ” The unit features capacities of 106 gallons fresh water and 40 gallons of fuel to power your toys.

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New Lance Toy Hauler

There you have a taste of the new and exciting items you might expect at the 2014 RV shows. I hope to see you there.

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2014 Seattle RV Show Preview

The 2014 Seattle RV Show opens in just a couple of months. What can you expect at the 51st annual show? Plenty!

For starters, the show has again expanded to better serve you. Not only will the show fill the West Hall and North Hall as it did at the 2013 show, but it will also fill the East Hall. Given current demand the show might still spill out beyond the three exhibit halls!

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Your Dream RV Awaits You!

The show will once again feature all of your favorite Puget Sound RV dealers. Two dealers that haven’t exhibited at the Seattle RV Show before are Clear Creek RV Center and newcomer Open Road RV. The class A motorhome market continues to grow in leaps and bounds and the 2014 Seattle RV Show is likely to feature the largest selection of class A motorhomes in years!

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Gary Bunzer – The RV Doctor

You can count on another full spectrum of seminars again at the 2014 Show. Currently booked for the event are: four different RV maintenance seminars from Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor”, Hosting in State Parks by Washington State Parks, Boondocking 101 with Dave Helgeson, Finding Gold on the Road presented by Washington Prospectors, Proper Dinghy Towing presented by Tork Lift, Winter Camping Fun presented by Washington State Parks Winter Recreation, several informative firearm seminars including complying with laws in all 50 states and self defense. Other seminars we are working on are: Tour on the Wine Country, Home Schooling on the Road and Trippin’ in the Tri-Cities.

For the younger crowd, the 2014 Seattle RV Show will feature a smart phone App. The App will feature 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.

Returning for the 2014 Show will be the “Ask The Tech” 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.

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 and are free with show admission.

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Those taking advantage of  the free parking with your online ticket purchase will enjoy expanded shuttle service from the Safeco parking garage to the show compliments of Rex Goliath Wines.

As always, the Seattle RV Show is family friendly offering Free Childcare on the weekend for children 10 and under.

If you are a destination camper, be sure to check out the Kit Cottage display in the East Hall. The Cottage is a small rustic manufactured home perfect for your vacation property.

Those buying tickets at the box office will be glad to know that one dollar of your ticket purchase will go directly to supporting Washington State Parks with our presenting sponsor WSECU matching your donation dollar for dollar.

I hope you have enjoyed your preview of the 2104 Seattle RV Show, be sure to mark your calendar for February 6th – 9th and I will see you at CenturyLink Field & Event Center!

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