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. 

RVers that call Western Washington home just went through a long hot spell. Temperatures were well into the 90’s, with a high pressure system to the north which pushed forest fire smoke from British Columbia into the region making it sticky and uncomfortable.

If you were lucky, you had booked a campsite at the beach months in advance and were enjoying a cool campout along the coast or you are able to keep your RV parked at home where you have adequate electrical service to run the air conditioner.

Next time a heat wave arrives and the options above don’t work for you, try heading into the Cascade Mountains where it is likely to be 10-15 degrees cooler than the metro Puget Sound Region. We are blessed to have three major highways (Hwy 2, I-90 and Hwy 410) that climb high into the mountains from the metro areas allowing you to get into the high country without beating your RV up via miles of rough forest service roads.

As a not-for-profit organization that produces the Seattle and Puyallup RV Shows, the MHRV Association also strives to help support the RV lifestyle and outdoor recreation. Part of that effort includes occasional donations to other organizations that need financial support to enable more outdoor programs and services.

Washington State Parks

If you’ve been to any of the RV shows, you may know that $1 of every gate ticket (matched by our Presenting Sponsor, WSECU) is set aside to donate to Washington State Parks. This year’s total from the shows was $23,554. A check for that amount was presented to the Parks this past June. So how is that money spent?

On one of your next RVing adventures, discover a secret place known as Glass Beach near the town of Port Townsend on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

If your RV travels have never delivered you to the Port Townsend area, plan to spend a couple of days absorbing the charm when you go. The town is a magnet for tourists as it offers much to see and do, including unique Victorian structures constructed during the 1850's boon.

August is prime tourist season in the Northwest; the weather is great, campgrounds are booked and state and national parks are packed with visitors. Where’s a Puget Sound RVer to go on a spur of the moment RV outing to enjoy the summer weather?

Think outside the box by visiting lesser known or fringe areas of popular parks and lesser known/ less accessible RV parks, campgrounds and other campsites.

One great example is Mount Rainier National Park’s Spray Park via the lesser known northwest park entrance through the old coal mining town of Wilkeson.

Most RVers utilize a GPS unit in their travels. They tell you where you are in the world and direct you to where you want to go. They are an indispensable tool to those with a permanent case of white line fever. Well, what if your GPS could take you to a hidden container full of treasure?

It's true! It's called geocaching and it is a great recreational addition to your RV travels. Now, before you get too excited and quit your job to become a full-time RVing treasure hunter, be aware that the treasure chests you seek will be Tupperware containers and old ammo boxes, and the treasure inside will range from happy meal toys to small collectibles. You won't get financially rich but you will be richly rewarded with secret out-of-the-way places that you never knew existed. Isn't that why most of us RV in the first place - to discover what lies beyond the next corner?