RV Solar Seminars

Attendees at the Seattle and Puyallup RV Shows over the past couple of years have been telling us what seminar topics they would like featured at future shows - We have heard you loud and clear! Following are a few of the new seminars at the upcoming 2017 Seattle RV Show.

Without a doubt, solar power has been the most requested topic and this year we are proud to debut two solar seminars. First off, technical expert Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor” will debut his all new solar power seminar entitled Photovoltaics and RVs.

In this seminar, Gary will cover the technical side of solar power including: how solar works, how to optimize the system, components of a solar system, consideration when it comes to position and tilting panels, charge controllers, wire sizing and battery considerations.

The next solar seminar entitled, An Introduction to RV Solar, will be presented by the very entertaining Brian Pursel aka RVWithTito.com. In this seminar Brian will provide you with answers to frequently asked questions about solar power. He will cover benefits and misconceptions related to RV solar, plus an overview of the basic solar system components and valuable tips for choosing the right solar equipment for your RV type. If you are a do-it-yourselfer like Brian, you will gain firsthand experience on the do’s and dont’s of installing a solar system.

Those attending Brian’s solar seminar will want to retain their seats for Brian’s next seminar entitled Batteries, Converter/Chargers and Inverters - What You Need To Know. If you invest in solar you will need a healthy battery bank to efficiently capture and store your newly acquired source of energy. In this seminar you will learn how to determine the health of your batteries, learn the real amount of reserve capacity you have (less than you think) along with how to calculate how much capacity you really need. Regardless whether you are adding solar to your RV or not, you will leave this seminar with a better understanding of the primary components of your RVs battery charging system along with suggested upgrades and maintenance tips to help you get the most out of your batteries.

If you are just considering entering the RV lifestyle, the seminars listed above probably sound a bit intimidating, but fear not, as we have a new seminar for you too. At our request Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor” has created a seminar entitled RV Basics for those that have recently purchased their first RV or are thinking about it. This seminar covers all of the basic systems specific to motorized (think motorhome) and towable (trailers, 5th wheels, truck campers, etc) RVs. This seminar will cover the different types or RVs available along with an overview of the major operating systems including:  plumbing systems (fresh and waste), propane gas (furnace, water heater, refrigerator), electrical systems (12 volt DC and 120 volt shore power). Gary will also share some tips and references for gaining a deeper understanding of the systems. Gary assures us, there will not be a test at the end of the seminar.

Those looking to buy their first or fifth RV are also encouraged to sit in on Gary’s seminar entitled Technically Choosing Your Next RV where you will learn Gary’s technical secrets for narrowing down the list of which RV is right for you.

RV newbies should also consider signing up for the free “RV Orientation” exhibit where you will spend an hour in and around an RV with an experienced RV technician as he teaches you the “ins and outs” of operating the systems on an RV. Upon leaving the RV Orientation walk through you will be confident enough to hit the road and spend your first night in an RV! You will find the RV Orientation exhibit in space D1 of the 2017 Seattle RV Show. To avoid overcrowding, you must sign up for a time slot as only ten people per hour are allowed. This attraction is free with your paid admission.

Click here for a complete list of seminars, times and locations. Enjoy the 2017 Seattle RV Show, coming to CenturyLink Field Event Center on February 9-12.

Dave Helgeson
Author: Dave Helgeson
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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