Fun at the Puyallup RV Show

The 42nd annual Puyallup RV Show April 28th - May 1st, 2016 at the Washington State Fair Events Center offers something for every member of the family. Following is a sampling of what you can see and do at the show:

What would a RV show be without hundreds of the latest RVs of every size and type?

This year's show features over a dozen well known southern Puget Sound dealers with RVs inside the Showplex building and outside and includes the return of Purple Line exhibiting the unique Opus folding trailer. 

With all these dealers and products there is no better place to compare and save with the Puyallup RV Show being your last before the busy summer camping season. Today's RVs offer you the freedom to go where you want when you want. When you travel by RV you are your own captain. You decide when to depart, which route to travel, what to see, when and where to stay the night. You may decide to stay along a mountain stream far removed from civilization or at a deluxe RV resort featuring swimming pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, golf and other luxuries. Either way, you will be sleeping in your own bed every night, using your own bathroom and have the option of cooking your own healthy meals. Those are just some of the travel benefits. What better way to reconnect with the family than around the campfire after a day of hiking or sightseeing.

Today's RVs lend themselves to all of your family’s favorite pastimes. Modern RVs have features only dreamed of years ago; fireplaces, GPS navigational systems, power slide outs, computer workstations and satellite TV systems allowing you to view the game from your favorite campsite. Whether it is a tent trailer or a motorhome there is a RV that will fit your lifestyle and budget at the show. Not sure you are ready for a new RV? Head over to the Used RV Corral to view a selection of gently loved RVs ten model years old and newer.

As an added bonus to the RVs, this year's show features four landscaped and decorated manufactured homes, one park model and a tiny home. Do you have a favorite weekend get-a-way destination? Looking for something a little larger and more permanent than a traditional RV? Consider a manufactured home. Economic conditions make it difficult for many Americans to afford a weekend retreat or vacation home. However, growing numbers of consumers are discovering that site built homes and condos aren’t the only options when it comes to having a vacation cottage. Manufactured homes offer all the quality and amenities you want at a price you can afford.  . . . whether it is your first home or your last.  They are built in indoor factories allowing for superb quality control, cost savings and timely completion - with no adverse weather conditions.  Manufactured homes are the only housing in America built to a national building code. Interiors of homes can be modest or feature spacious living rooms with vaulted ceilings, full dining rooms, eat-in kitchens with the latest conveniences, elegant bedrooms with walk-in closets, dressing areas and bathrooms with recessed tubs and whirlpools. Many offer log siding and rustic interior options, making for an affordable cabin by the lake where you can enjoy a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Opening day, April 28th is Manufactured Housing Day and you can save $3.00 when you buy your tickets online compliments of our sponsors.  Click here to purchase tickets for Manufactured Housing Day and to learn more about the sponsors.

The show also features a wide selection of vendor booths offering goods and services supporting the vacation home and RV lifestyle. On the financial side of things you will find insurance companies specializing in RV and manufactured home coverage, lenders ready to help you finance the RV of your dreams and investment specialists ready to make sure your retirement funds last as long as you do. There will also be several home improvement companies at the show ready to take on those pesky home repairs you have avoided, allowing you to spend more time on the road this summer camping with the family or enjoying your vacation home.

Fun & Games
Win big at the show! Adults, stop by the kiosks in the ShowPlex and enter to win a 2016 bunkhouse travel trailer valued in excess of $22,000! Entries will only be accepted over the four days of the show, so the odds of winning are great! Be sure to enter. To find the kiosks consult the show directory or just look for the blue blinking beacons in the ShowPlex.

Take a free ride on the People Mover. Those needing to be shuttled between the gate and the manufactured homes or just wanting to enjoy a ride behind an antique tractor are invited to climb aboard the People Mover for a trek to or from the show entrance.

Head on over to the S'more Center, grab a roasting stick, plop a marshmallow on the end and grill it to perfection. Combine it with some fixin's and you will soon be enjoying a favorite of campers everywhere. Free, open to all ages. Parents must accompany and assist their young children. S'more Center opens at noon daily.

While at the S'more Center enjoy the telling of a tall tale told by an exaggerator from the Fireside Story League of Tacoma. Tall tales will be told at 1PM & 4PM daily.

Be one of the first 500 people through the gate Thursday and Friday and receive a voucher redeemable for a free hot scone at the Fisher Scone concession window in the ShowPlex. Yum!

Information Galore!
Before you head to the show, be sure to download the Puyallup RV Show app. The App features maps to the show, a searchable database of manufacturers and brands exhibited, seminar times along with a build your own schedule feature allowing you to maximize your time at the show, places to take notes of your favorite RV or home and where you saw it. To add to the fun and encourage exploration of the show, attendees who download the Show App can participate in a Scavenger Hunt while they browse the show and collect prizes.

There is an extensive variety of seminars at the show. Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor) will be providing remedies twice a day for a whole host of RV ailments, the experts from Torklift will discuss how to equip vehicles to tow / carry about every RV combination conceivable, Dave Helgeson will teach you how to find scenic boondocking campsites across the west along with his secrets for finding free campsites in Washington. Insuring a RV is not the same as insuring your daily commuter vehicle, join Suzanne Taylor as she lists the differences and potential coverage gaps that could leave your RV underinsured and vulnerable. Suzanne will also be hosting a one-day-only seminar concerning properly insuring your manufactured home on Manufactured Home Day. Newbies and seasoned RVers will want to join in on the daily "Ask The Experts Q&A" session where they can pose any RV related question to industry experts. From RV lifestyle to detailed service questions, they are prepared to answer them all.
A complete list of seminar descriptions and a schedule can be viewed here.

Thinking about joining the RV lifestyle, but not quite sure you can operate the systems in a RV? Then sign up for the “RV Walk Through - What You Need To Know”. A RV technician will walk you through a RV at the show, just as if you were taking delivery of your very own.  In the walk-through, you will be shown the operation of the appliance systems, LP gas, electrical systems, fresh water and waste water systems. It’s a great way to get the feel of RVing.  Free to show attendees. Offered every hour Noon to 5PM. Location: Northwest corner of the ShowPlex. Consult the show directory, show app or stop by the information booth.

Many first time buyers to the show may be thinking of purchasing a travel trailer to be towed with the family SUV. If this is you and question your ability to operate an equalizing hitch, stop by the "Travel Trailer Hitching & Unhitching Demonstration" just outside the Northwest entrance to the ShowPlex and view firsthand how they work. Live demonstrations at 1pm and 4pm daily.

At the “Ask the Technician” exhibit you will find a fully accessorized travel trailer and tow vehicle equipped with the latest toys and upgrades. A seasoned RV service professional will be on hand to answer any and all your questions concerning general RV service, jacks, awnings, antennas and other installed accessories. Location: Northwest corner of the ShowPlex. Consult the show directory, show app or stop by the information booth.

With so many things to see and do at this year's show you may not be able to locate them all. No worries, if you can't find what you are looking for download the show app or stop by the Show Information booth located in the southeast corner of the ShowPlex and ask.  

It is unlikely that you can see and do everything offered at the show in one day. Visit one of the participating dealers while you're still at the show and ask for free complimentary tickets to come back another day. 

Finally, by attending The Puyallup RV Show you will also be supporting Washington State Parks. One dollar out of every $10 adult ticket and $9 senior ticket purchased at the box office will be donated to the state parks system with our sponsor WSECU matching the donation.

Enjoy the show!

Dave Helgeson
Author: Dave HelgesonEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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