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. 

Battery Blues

Traveling with all of today's modern conveniences: digital cameras, cordless tools, laptops, tablets, etc. equates to the need to charge them on a regular basis. If you frequently dry camp for long periods, do you find yourself constantly battling to keep things charged? While some of the items mentioned above can be operated with a 12- volt adapter / charger via a 12-volt outlet in your RV, others cannot.

One solution to this problem is an inexpensive, low wattage inverter (400 watt or so). An inverter coverts 12 volts DC power, which is the primary operating voltage of your RV, tow vehicle and/or dinghy, into 120 volts AC power which is what

Teanaway Campground

Looking for a place to go camping for a summer weekend, but don’t want to drive too far from the Seattle area? Then check out the campgrounds in the recently created Teanaway Community Forest. In September of 2013, The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) announced the purchase of 50,272 acres from American Forest Holdings in the headwaters of the Yakima Basin watershed which have been designated as the Teanaway Community Forest. The acquisition is the largest single land transaction in Washington State in 45 years. The purchase included two existing campgrounds. These combined with one established DNR campground in the area equates to three great campgrounds to enjoy in the Teanaway Community Forest with each offering its own unique outdoor experience. All three campgrounds have sites capable of accommodating RVs and are pet friendly, so long as your pet is leashed and waste is disposed of properly. Let’s take a look at the three campgrounds in the Teanaway Community Forest:

RV vacations are more environmentally friendly than fly/drive/hotel vacations, according to a study comparing total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions or carbon footprints. PKF Consulting, an internationally recognized consulting firm with expertise in travel and tourism, found that families of four taking RV vacations generate less CO2 than families traveling on a plane, renting a car and staying in a hotel. With nearly one billion tourists crisscrossing the globe every year, it’s more important than ever for travelers to minimize their individual impact on the earth’s natural and cultural treasures. Taking a green approach to travel is important to protect the places you love to visit, not just for yourself but for those who come after you and for the people who live there long after you’ve gone home. (Source: GoRVing.com)

Keep Mosquitos at Bay

Summer means one thing - time to head out camping with the family, enjoying hiking, biking, barbequing and making memories around the campfire. However, nothing can take the fun out of your camping trip quicker than the buzz and bite of mosquitoes in your campsite.

While no preventive measures can guarantee a bite free experience, there are things you can do to keep your encounters with these pesky blood suckers to a minimum.

Summer is a great time to get out in the RV for some fun in the sun. Here in the Pacific Northwest we are once again experiencing record heat however, don't let heat keep you from enjoying your RV. Following are a number of things you can do to keep your RV cool and your summer camping trips more pleasurable.