Northwest RVing 

The Northwest RVing Blog site is hosted by MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. Each year, MHRV presents two important trade shows in the greater Seattle area to promote and display the RV Lifestyle. We are all about RVing and hope you will enjoy the many articles posted here about RVing in general and about our upcoming shows. 

Bicycling with RVs

Combine the fact that the Pacific Northwest offers some of the best bicycle trails in the country and that bicycling is among the top activities enjoyed by active RVers, it’s no wonder you see so many RV’s carrying bicycles these days.

However, as we grow older, it becomes more difficult for some to continue bicycling, especially getting to those special places that might be a long ride, involve extended uphill sections or cover rough terrain.

One of the more well-known trails in the State of Washington is the John Wayne / Iron Horse Trail, which at nearly 224 miles long, is one of the longest rail to trail conversions in the United States. Another unique distinction is that 212 miles of the trail are part of Washington State Parks Iron Horse trail making it the longest State Park in Washington. The trail follows the old rail bed of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, also known as the Milwaukee Road. Workers completed the railroad's rugged western portion of the line that connected Chicago with Seattle and Tacoma in 1909.

Mackay Mine Hill

Are you in the planning stages of a summer family RV vacation in the Pacific Northwest? Do you like getting off the beaten track, gazing over sweeping vistas, enjoy western history, love to hike and explore? Then consider spending a day or so enjoying the MacKay Hill Mine Tour in southern Idaho. Trip Advisor rates it 4.5 out of 5 stars and the number one attraction in MacKay, Idaho.

Spring RVing

Oh…the smell of fresh cut grass, the sounds of children at play and of course the anticipation of your next RV trip takes the stage. I’m sure you will want your RV in great shape for your first adventure of the season and here are some tips to help you Spring into action!

Boondocking Safety

The Pacific Northwest offers numerous opportunities to boondock (aka disperse camp) on public land for free in your RV. State and Federal land agencies in the Northwest that allow boondocking include; United States Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), state fish and wildlife, Corps of Engineers and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) just to name a few.

Many RVers are interested in trying boondocking, but some are fearful of the unknown and believe the boondocks are not a safe place to camp. Our show director (Dave Helgeson) is an avid boondocker and teaches the Boondocking 101 seminar at the Seattle and Puyallup RV Shows. Below are some of the boondocking safety information he shares in his seminar.

When I was growing up, vacations consisted of long road trips in the family van. Though I will always cherish those memories, after days of eating food out of a box or whatever we could get from a drive-through window, the meals on these vacations left much to be desired. I love that traveling with an RV means no more eating out for every meal or settling for peanut butter sandwiches day after day. However, I won’t deny that packing food and meal planning can be time consuming and quite stressful as you prepare for your trip.