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. 

The kids are back in school which equates to less pressure on RV parks and campgrounds as family vacations come to an end. Not only are the campgrounds less crowded, but many begin offering off-season discounts, especially to senior RVers. Let’s take a look at some of the options here in the Northwest.

Editor’s Note: A recent poll taken on NorthwestRVing.com indicates a good percentage of readers would like more tips and maintenance ideas. We appreciate your feedback and will include more tips and maintenance ideas starting with this and future entries.

Pages have been written about the cleaning and maintaining of your black tank (sewer) along with controlling odor, but the proper method to operate your gray tank is hardly ever mentioned. Following are some tips that will likely keep the area around your campsite smelling better (especially with the hot weather we have been experiencing in the Northwest) while making your tank dumping process more efficient.

Little Girl Eating

Summertime can often be filled with invitations for barbeques, parties and other gatherings with family and friends. While our schedule used to just revolve around work schedules, these days with our one-year old son we also have to take in to account his afternoon nap and early bedtime. Previously we swore we would never be those parents who revolve their lives around their children’s schedules - we would flex some and they would flex some. Yet when reality hit that our son would not sleep in the car or in anything other than a bed, we soon found ourselves declining many invitations to social events as they imposed on his sleep needs.

Editor's Note - This is the 4th and final article in the series "Exploring the RV Lifestyle" with two newbies touring the Olympic Peninsula. To read the other articles about this trip, see "Getting Ready", "Ocean Shores" and "Rain Forest".

We headed into Fort Worden for our last stop on the adventure a little later than we planned. It didn’t leave time to go into Port Townsend and look around, always something there to see and do. We had reserved our two-day space back in February for our May stay, so glad we did!  Many people were hoping to get into the park but there were no multi-days available and very few one-night stays. Plan early! We proceeded directly to the park and found our pre-assigned RV space. However, we soon realized that even though we had booked ahead, all must report to the office and check-in first.

Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho

August can be a hot month for RVing in the Pacific Northwest. Typically you have two choices to stay cool, head to the ocean beaches or high into the mountains. If the ocean is too far, Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains offer plenty of mile high (or higher) camping options for an RVer looking for warm days and cool nights. Those that make the journey enjoy views of the scenic Sawtooth Range, rushing rivers, sparkling lakes, towering forests and epic amounts of open space for camping.

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