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. 

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.

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)

Do you enjoy camping in rustic forest service campsites without hookups? Maybe you like your campsites even more primitive and secluded and opt for dispersed camping, also known by RVers as boondocking. If you are camping without hookups either in a campground or in the boondocks then you are “dry camping”. Dry camping is typically defined as camping without hooking up the RV to a water spigot, electrical service or a sewer system.

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.

If you have attended any of my boondocking seminars at either the Seattle RV Show or Puyallup RV Show you know I am passionate about camping in the sticks. No reservations are needed, I enjoy the solitude, the price is right, it's quiet, no neighbors, etc.

However, contrary to popular belief, you will also find my wife and I occasionally staying in private RV parks. When we do stay in a RV park, you will never find us rolling in at 8PM in the evening, ignoring the hook ups and hitting the road at 6AM the next morning. This is something the thrifty Norwegian in me would never permit.