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. 

This past week my husband, Brad and I had the pleasure of taking our son, Nolan to visit his Great Grandma. Despite living less than 2 hours away, we hadn’t been for a visit in almost a year. If you’ve read my articles before, you may know that my son does not sleep in the car. So of course, to make this trip enjoyable for all of us, we brought along our travel trailer and turned this visit into a mini-vacation. This way, we could take a break in the day to let our son go down for nap before he had the chance to get upset during the ride.

Items to Carry in RV

In the last installment, we looked at what to do if your RV breaks down. In this installment we will look at suggested items to carry with you so when the unexpected occurs, you will have a better chance of resolving the problem and getting back on the road with minimum inconvenience.

Fort Flagler

Camping at Fort Flagler was an annual tradition for my husband growing up. Along with his parents and sister, they would load up their travel trailer and enjoy time on the beach searching for crabs and clams. Now that we have our own little family and an RV, we’ve decided to make this a tradition with our son, Nolan, as well. Living in Eastern Washington we are about a 3 hour drive away from the ocean, so we love to plan one or two trips a year that give us a chance to spend some time on the water. At the beginning of the year, we made our reservations and looked forward to this getaway for many months. (Don’t underestimate the need to plan ahead. Last year as soon as we purchased our RV in May, we looked to see if there were any available RV sites left, but Fort Flagler was booked up 100%!)

Keeping Your RV Going

While today’s RVs are reliable, you must remember; they are built by imperfect people in an imperfect world, out of imperfect materials and needed repairs are always a possibility while traveling the highways and byways of the Pacific Northwest.

Repairs can take many forms, from flat tires or engine problems to failure of appliances in the house portion of the RV. Some will stop you dead in your tracks while others might reduce the livability of your RV until repairs can be made.

Following are some tips to make the need for repairs less likely and to provide a safer and less stressful situation when they do occur:

Dogs Make RVing More Enjoyable

RVing is fun for the whole family including the four-legged canine variety, but before you hit the road for the first time with a dog, you should consider the following.

Before Your First Trip

- Get your dog acclimated to the inside of your RV by performing a daily activity like mealtime (for you and your dog) before your first trip. If you plan on leaving your dog alone at some campsites, practice leaving your dog alone in the RV for a short period of time before your first trip to see how they react. Do they bark, become anxious, etc? If so, plan accordingly while they adjust to their new surroundings.

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