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. 

RV Life After Bedtime with Little Ones

Anyone who has had children knows the struggle that can come with putting your baby to bed. Once they finally doze off to sleep you will do anything to avoid waking them up. Whispering, tiptoeing, or holding your breath sound familiar? That’s definitely been the case with our son. Bedtime can be a challenge no matter where you are. Putting your baby to bed in an RV may seem no different than putting them to bed at home except for one key thing: there’s no door! While RVs offer great spaces that function as extra sleeping quarters, to call these actual bedrooms would require a physical door closing off the space. With curtains that often provide privacy for these areas, doors are not a necessity in RVs. But when it comes to your baby’s sleeping area, the challenge lies in the fact that there is no door to cancel out noise or darken the space. So once your baby is put down for a nap or early bed time, how do you continue to enjoy yourself or use your RV without waking your precious little one?

Solar Energy

You probably already know this because everyone is talking about it. RV solar panels are devices that convert sunlight into electricity for running equipment in your RV. They usually are mounted to the roof of your coach to capture the sunlight and send a charge to your batteries. This a great way to save energy and maximize your battery life, but is it right for you?

Hiawatha Trail

You’ve undoubtedly seen the Idaho Travel “18 Summers” advertisements on TV depicting families having fun together. Families having fun together is what RVing is all about. Some of the video clips feature families riding their bicycles through abandoned railroad tunnels and over high trestles. Those scenes are of families enjoying the Hiawatha Trail which is considered the Crown Jewel of rail to trail conversions in the country. Let’s face it, what child doesn’t like exploring a dark underground place or soaring like a bird high above the ground? If mom and dad can join in the adventure, all the better! 

"Fill the Toyhauler"

Two new partnerships were formed at this year's Puyallup RV Show; a new presenting sponsorship with TwinStar Credit Union and a charitable partnership with Emergency Food Network (EFN). A special promotion to "Fill the Toyhauler" was introduced asking people to bring non-perishable food items and place them in the toyhauler just inside the gate. Food items would go to EFN while the Puyallup RV Show (MHRV Show Association) along with TwinStar Credit Union would match these donations pound for pound. The promotion helped support EFN's May Hunger Awareness Month in Pierce County.

RVing with Cats

Taking a vacation to any destination requires thorough planning. With your mind focused on scheduling time off from work, booking amenities and packing, adding “find pet care” to the list can be overwhelming for even the most organized of vacation planners. Fortunately, when traveling with your RV you don’t have arrange pet care - just bring them with you. As one who grew up in a family whose definition of camping only included a tent, I was shocked when my husband shared with me that his family would bring their family dog and cat with them as they vacationed with their travel trailer. It made me realize, if an RV is simply a house on wheels, why can’t the house pets come along? Our little family of three has already carried on that tradition and convenience by bringing along our family cat. Kiss goodbye your days of searching for kennels or pet sitters! With just a few modifications and a little organization, you too can keep your RV both pet and family friendly on your next vacation.