The Pacific Northwest is a great place for an active RVer. Within a couple of hours you and your family can be at the beach, high in the Cascade Mountains, or on the arid east side of the Cascades. Exploration and recreation opportunities abound in these three distinct geographical regions and there is no better place to learn about all the things to see and do via an RV than the 2018 Seattle RV Show!

Let’s look at just a few items you will discover at the show highlighting the Pacific Northwest.

Bring Your Toys: This exhibit showcases “toys” that can be transported with your RV allowing you to take full advantage of exploring your camp surroundings. It might be a kayak for charging down a northwest river or paddling a tranquil lake, a snowmobile for exploring the snowy Cascades in winter, or maybe a pedal assisted bike for those that need a little extra help getting up a steep mountain bike trail. The assortment varies, but there is bound to be a toy that will help you enhance a favorite pastime you enjoy while camping. A couple of the more interesting toys that will be part of this year’s Bring Your Toys exhibit include:

UBCO Bikes: These two-wheel bikes are fully electric, require no gasoline, emit no noise and feature two-wheel drive to power you over the roughest terrain the Pacific Northwest has to offer. While perfect for off road adventures, they also offer a street legal version which can be registered and plated for on road use. Weighing in at just under 130 lbs, the bike can be easily loaded in the bed of a tow vehicle or carried via a bumper mounted receiver and rack on the back of the RV.

Ubco Bikes

PIM Bicycles: These pedal assist e-bikes are manufactured right here in the Puget Sound region in where else but Redmond, The Bicycle Capital of the Northwest. There are many opportunities for bicycling in the Pacific Northwest from challenging mountain bike trails to the rails to trails paths like the Burke Gilman trail, but as we grow older our outdoor adventures sometimes become limited by our stamina. Including a PIM e-bike as one of the toys you carry with you during your RV outings assures you will be able to enjoy your favorite trails for years to come.

PIM Bicycles

After you have checked out the Bring Your Toys exhibit, check out the nearby Adventure Ready exhibit and HomeGrown Trailer.

Adventure Ready: Whether you’re preparing for a summer weekend of camping or a week-long overland expedition in the backcountry, be truly ready for adventure with uncompromising equipment. Adventure Ready is the Pacific Northwest’s premier adventure vehicle outfitter. Look no further for the best rooftop tents and awnings, portable fridge/freezers, satellite communications and navigation, campsite stoves and kitchens, camp furniture and more. When you have the right gear and a ready vehicle it’s much easier to have an adventure, even if it’s just for one night. From rooftop tents to storage systems to portable solar power systems, they can help you get out there and explore with the best gear and professional advice born out of true experience.

Adventure Ready

HomeGrown Trailers: Here is another outdoor product that calls the Puget Sound area home. HomeGrown Trailer based in Kirkland, Washington produces sustainable, handcrafted travel trailers. They are unlike any trailer business in the world, fusing a global desire for compact, environmentally conscious and healthy living spaces for all types of people, including those who haven’t traveled in RVs before. Their company is especially passionate about helping people connect to nature and find adventure on the road in a responsible, comfortable and tasteful way.

HomeGrown Trailers

What are toys, adventure equipment and an RV to carry them without some place to go and enjoy them? The 2018 Seattle RV Show has that covered too with several seminars focusing on the Pacific Northwest:

Seattle RV Show Seminars - Destinations

The Interior Cascades of Route 97 North Central Washington & The Thompson Okanagan 

The prospect of vast riches has always lured dreamers, explorers and fellow travelers along this route once known as the Cariboo Trail. North to Alaska. Route 97 covers much of the same stunning geography, some 3,690 km (2,293 mi) from Wenatchee, Washington. Travel Route 97’s full expanse through North Central Washington and British Columbia’s Okanagan, Thompson and Cariboo regions to Dawson Creek. Route 97 is North America’s longest continuous north-south highway. It extends from Weed, CA, where it branches off of Interstate 5, crossing the Canadian/American Border and stretching all the way up to Watson Lake, YT. That’s 1,067 km (663 mi) in the USA and 2,081 km (1,293 mi) in Canada for a total of 3,148 km (1,956 mi).  Your Route 97 road trip offers you breathtakingly diverse cultures, wildlife, natural wonders and memorable stops along the way. This corridor is an adventure all on its own as you travel the Interior Cascades in and around Route 97. It’s a 705 km (438 mi) long corridor from the junction of I-90 and US 97 at Ellensburg, WA to Cache Creek, BC where Highway 97C reconnects with Highway 97 North. The Interior Cascades of Route 97 includes North Central Washington and Thompson Okanagan regions on both sides of the 49th parallel. Feast your eyes on miles of rivers, huge lakes, a pocket desert and Mount Robson, the highest Peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Exploring Prosser, Washington

Take the Road Less Traveled This Seminar will take you through the vineyards and wineries of the Yakima Valley which is where Washington Wines got their start. Discover the Walter Clore and Culinary Center where you can learn the history of Walter Clore "The Father of Washington Wine". We will explore and show you some of the wonderful events this small agricultural town has to offer.

Exploring Your Washington State Parks

Have you visited a state park lately? Discover the many recent improvements that will enhance your visit, including upgraded electrical hookups, cool new playgrounds for the kids, better boat launches and more! With nearly one hundred parks offering overnight camping there is one that is certain to meet your sense of adventure. Get ready to rediscover your love of the outdoors at a Washington State Park this year!

PARADISE FOUND! - Explore Spectacular North Idaho and Eastern Washington

Looking for a change of pace and scenery on your next RV outing?  Let presenter Gary Chantry show you the scenic beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities available in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.  Born and raised just north of Spokane, Gary will take you on a virtual tour from the Selkirk Mountains at the Canadian border, along the pristine waters of the Pend Oreille River, to the 4-season, recreational paradise in and around the lakes at Sandpoint and Coeur d'Alene.  With over 52 years of living in and enjoying this breathtaking scenery, wildlife and healthy recreation, he promises to provide you with the goods:  Information, Answers and the Pros and Cons of RV travel or life on the 'dry' side of Washington State!    

Just as it was during the Alaskan Gold Rush, Seattle is still the jumping off point for adventures to the Great White North. Here are two seminars to help you plan an RV trip of a lifetime:

RVing To Alaska

This seminar features practical information on trip planning, preparation, routes, communications and the exciting highlights you will experience along the way.

Explore Alaska on the State Ferries

Relive the route that many of the stampeders took to the gold rush by booking a trip on the Alaska Marine Highway. During this seminar you will learn how to optimize your driving vacation to Alaska using the state ferries.

For a complete listing of seminar and times, click here.

Come and see all the Pacific Northwest has to offer an adventurous RVer by visiting the 2018 Seattle RV Show February 8th – 11th at CenturyLink Field Event Center.


Dave Helgeson
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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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