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. 

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.

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.

Hundreds of RVs at Show

The 2016 Puyallup RV Show, April 28th - May 1st at the Washington State Fair Events Center, is the last big multi-dealer RV show before camping season.

Regardless of whether you are in the market for a new RV or just want to see what the RVing lifestyle has to offer, attending a big RV show, the Puyallup RV Show, should be on your "must do" list prior to the arrival of summer.

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.

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.

Buck Creek

Spring has sprung and RVers across the Northwest are itching to get out of town for their first camping trip of the season. However, many rustic state and federal campgrounds (think forest service) typically don't open until sometime in May or June. What is an RVer to do? One solution is to head out into the national forest and boondock. In the boondocks, there is no camping season or locked gates to keep you and your RV away from a camp space.

One popular place to camp "pre-season" is Buck Creek Recreation Area just off Hwy 410 less than 50 miles from Puyallup, Washington.