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. 

Manufactured Homes at Puyallup RV Show

Why are there manufactured homes at the Puyallup RV Show? Let’s look at the history of manufactured homes and RVs and many reasons why they “go together so well” today.

Long before there were manufacturers building motorhomes and fifth wheels, there were manufacturers like Kit, Skyline and Fleetwood building trailers; long ones, short ones and some wider than others.

Road Trip with Children

When it comes to traveling, we’ve all heard the common phrase “half the fun is getting there”. However, the author of that quote must have never been on a long car ride with a fussy or stir-crazy child. That’s why it’s necessary to focus on addressing the issue of how to keep your child(ren) both entertained and content while taking that long drive to the destination of your choice. Getting there can truly be a fun experience for all, but at times it may require a little planning before you hit the road. By offering refreshments, fun and games, you can help your children enjoy both the ride and your destination.

Mackay Mine Hill

Are you in the planning stages of a summer family RV vacation in the Pacific Northwest? Do you like getting off the beaten track, gazing over sweeping vistas, enjoy western history, love to hike and explore? Then consider spending a day or so enjoying the MacKay Hill Mine Tour in southern Idaho. Trip Advisor rates it 4.5 out of 5 stars and the number one attraction in MacKay, Idaho.

Bicycling with RVs

Combine the fact that the Pacific Northwest offers some of the best bicycle trails in the country and that bicycling is among the top activities enjoyed by active RVers, it’s no wonder you see so many RV’s carrying bicycles these days.

However, as we grow older, it becomes more difficult for some to continue bicycling, especially getting to those special places that might be a long ride, involve extended uphill sections or cover rough terrain.

One of the more well-known trails in the State of Washington is the John Wayne / Iron Horse Trail, which at nearly 224 miles long, is one of the longest rail to trail conversions in the United States. Another unique distinction is that 212 miles of the trail are part of Washington State Parks Iron Horse trail making it the longest State Park in Washington. The trail follows the old rail bed of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, also known as the Milwaukee Road. Workers completed the railroad's rugged western portion of the line that connected Chicago with Seattle and Tacoma in 1909.

Boondocking Safety

The Pacific Northwest offers numerous opportunities to boondock (aka disperse camp) on public land for free in your RV. State and Federal land agencies in the Northwest that allow boondocking include; United States Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), state fish and wildlife, Corps of Engineers and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) just to name a few.

Many RVers are interested in trying boondocking, but some are fearful of the unknown and believe the boondocks are not a safe place to camp. Our show director (Dave Helgeson) is an avid boondocker and teaches the Boondocking 101 seminar at the Seattle and Puyallup RV Shows. Below are some of the boondocking safety information he shares in his seminar.

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