Editor's Note: Dave has a wealth of RVing knowledge. We'd like to share more of that with you on the topics you are most interested in. Please let us know in the comments below what you would like to see in future blog posts.

youtubeNew Years is a time to reflect back upon the year that has passed and a time to anticipate what the coming year holds. Now that February has arrived and we are a month into the New Year, I have been thinking about the thousands upon thousands that have read my blog entries over the years.

I really have no idea who my readers are. Are you young, old, male, female, longtime RVers, just entering the lifestyle, live in the northwest, live in the east, belong to an RV club, maybe you live abroad, pet owner, fulltime RVer, or some may just be looking for interesting places to travel?  I suspect there is a mix of everyone I have just listed. I have been camping and enjoying the RV lifestyle my entire life. I can remember the days before RVs had gray tanks, you didn’t need a battery to operate your furnace or refrigerator and most travel trailers were pulled by cars.


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On the RV industry side of the equation, I have held every position in an RV dealership (including ownership) other than bookkeeping (my wife handled that end of things), so I understand how the industry (sales and service) works, its strengths and weaknesses. In addition, I have served as the President of the local chapter of the RVDA (Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association), on the MHRV Show Association board of directors and currently as their Show Director. In recent years I have been presenting RV lifestyle seminars at shows and RV conventions.


Dave sharing his RV knowledge at an RV convention

In the years I have been blogging, millions of new RVs have been purchased, some by those already enjoying the RV lifestyle and others just joining in the fun. While I don’t have statistics to confirm it, I am certain there have been at least a million first-time RV owners join the RV lifestyle since the onset of the COVID pandemic. That said, I would love to help my readers (whoever you are - young, old, seasoned or new to the RV lifestyle) reach your New Years RV resolutions by addressing blog topics you are looking to tackle in the months to come. Maybe it is: camping more often, being a better dry camper, tow vehicles, finding out of the way places to explore, keeping certain parts of your RV maintained, activities, conserving water, diagnosing appliance issues, safety, what type of RV is best for me, etc.


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Please use the comment box at the bottom of the page to give me a rough idea of who you are, what type of RV you have, and what you would love to learn more about in future blog posts. Or you can drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. While it is unlikely I can respond to everyone’s request, I will do my best to write entries that address the subjects I am qualified in and of interest to many.  Hope to hear from you soon and may the balance of 2021 hold many memorable trips in your RV right here in the Pacific Northwest or wherever you call home.


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Dave Helgeson
Author: Dave HelgesonEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dave Helgeson is the MHRV Show Director. He and his wife love to travel across the west in their RV. Dave writes about all things RVing but loves to share destinations and boondocking advice.

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