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Editor Note: This article is intended for those that have some experience towing a travel trailer with a weight distributing equalizing hitch. If you are new to the RV lifestyle and need a tutorial as to what one is and why you might need one, I encourage you to click here to familiarize yourself.

If you have been to the Seattle or Puyallup RV Shows, you have seen the R6 equalizing hitch at the Ask the Technician Exhibit. The Eaz Lift Recurve R6 weight distribution hitch by Camco features the “L” style bar that Eaz Lift has been known for.

Editor Note: Emily Helgeson is our newest guest blogger who has just started a family with her husband and is adapting her RV Lifestyle for this special time in their lives.

My husband and I live in Eastern Washington outside of town. We’ve been married for 8 years and love to go on what I call adventures. This may be anything from hiking, a bike ride, paddle boating or snow shoeing. Though we’ve had many great adventures so far, we recently experienced our greatest adventure yet - parenthood. This spring we welcomed our little baby boy in to the world and we couldn’t love him more.

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.

Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday August 21, 2017 a total eclipse of the sun occurred from coast to coast across the United States forming a 70 mile corridor of darkness across 14 states. The eclipse began as a partial eclipse at 9:06 AM (PDT) on the Oregon coast and ended as a partial eclipse at the South Carolina coast at 4:06 PM EDT.

I was fortunate to be able to camp with my RV in Oregon in the path of totality which was definitely something I will never forget.

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?