Northwest RVing 

The Northwest RVing Blog site is hosted by MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. Each year, MHRV presents three 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. 

Many RVers are concerned about theft of their RV when they are away from it. First of all, know that crimes against RVs and their owners are extremely low and the chance of your RV ever being stolen is close to zero.

While my wife and I regularly boondock leaving our RV unattended out in the middle of nowhere, our biggest concern relating to theft of our travel trailer is when we drop it along a stretch of lonely highway while we enjoy a side trip in our tow vehicle to a ghost town or other out of the way place in the middle of nowhere. Who knows what criminal element might drive by, see our RV sitting on the side of the road and circle around to take a closer look. Discovering it to be temporarily abandoned, it would only take a minute for a bad guy with a truck to latch onto our travel trailer and head down the road to points unknown.

If you have been following this blog through the years or attended one of my boondocking seminars, you know I recommend using the PublicLands.org website and/or app to determine the boundaries on federal land on which to boondock. Lately there have been a bunch of new apps coming out promising to be a boon to boondockers, (sorry I couldn’t resist the pun) supposedly listing thousands of places to boondock on public land. While I have been underwhelmed by their listings (one app only shows two designated dispersed camping areas in Montana, a state which is nearly 30% federal land), I have been impressed by their overlay maps showing federal land boundaries. 

O.K., now is the season to really get out there and enjoy our National Parks!  The crowds have diminished as have the number of cars clogging the roads, parking lots and pull outs.  The only drawbacks are that services begin to shut down, as the parks begin their changeover to the winter season.

But don’t despair, there are abundant locations that cater to the fall season RVer!  It just takes a bit of research in the parks your itinerary will take you through.  Often the northern National Parks will start closing their services and campgrounds by the third week of September, with final services closed by mid-October.

When planning a camping trip with a little one, it seems like the list of “essentials” can get much longer than when I was just packing for my husband and I. From special blankets and toys to bulky baby gear and diapers, there’s no doubt about it - kids come with a lot of stuff. And when our son started eating solid foods, then came along a list of feeding essentials. Now that our little man is two years old, we have a pretty good system in place for making meal and snack times as easy as possible. And it all started out with a homemade “baby feeding kit”.

The RV community offers comradery in many ways. Friends are made along the way and there are a multitude of resources to make travels easier.  MHRV (Manufactured Homes and Recreational Vehicles) Association strives to include as many helpful seminars, exhibitors and attractions at the shows that we do (Seattle RV Show, Puyallup RV Show, Enumclaw RV Show).  As a not-for-profit organization, it is also a goal to help with philanthropic needs that relate to the industry.  In 2019, here are some of the organizations/needs that the association has assisted.

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