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:
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.
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.
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.
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.