Seminars Presented at the 2017 RV Show
Show attendees requiring seminars in alternative format are asked to contact the Show Office one hour prior to the seminar.
Photovoltaics (Solar Energy) and RVs - Presented by Gary Bunzer
The words "solar energy" and "RVs" have been mentioned sporadically in the same sentence since the 1970s, however, not many owners or coachbuilders gave it much credence. Has technology finally legitimatized the viability of adding solar power to an RV? Yes! Learn the benefits af adding an effective solar charging system in this seminar. The important components, the issues and the solutions will be addressed in this session.
The RV Doctor's Top Ten RV Facts of Life - Presented by Gary Bunzer
Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, has seen it all over the last 45 years in the RV business. Over time, the Doc has collected a few RV Facts of Life. Learn how to cope and even take advantage of these non-negotiable realities. If you want to get the most out of your recreational investment, this seminar is for you.
RV Basics - Presented by Gary Bunzer
Where to start? With the basics or course! But with a recreational vehicle, the "basics" can be multi-faceted. The logical place to start is with an overview of the major systems aboard every RV as well as those specific to towable and motorized RVs. The session will include those systems and more, including tips and references for obtaining a deeper understanding. This seminar is perfect for the brand new RVer or those simply pondering getting into the RVing lifestyle. Note: there will not be a test!
Technically Choosing Your Next RV - Presented by Gary Bunzer
You've perused and studied many articles and websites on how to "choose" the RV of your dreams. You've attended seminars, interviewed friends and family and reconciled every possible scenario to finally narrow the field of possibilities down to those RVs you would consider for purchase. Now what? Toss those names into a hat and hope for the best? Why not compare your short list from a more technical standpoint? It just may be the difference between two or more seemingly similar coaches. All RVs are not created "technically" equal! Learn how to tell the difference in this informative seminar.
An Introduction to RV Solar - Presented by Brian Pursel, RVWithTito.com
Are you considering adding solar to your RV but just don't know where to start? Years ago, Brian designed and installed a solar charging system for his RV and has expanded his family's camping options beyond just full-hookup RV parks. Join Brian for a frank discussion on the benefits and misconceptions related to RV solar. Also get an overview of the basic solar system components and valuable tips for choosing the right solar equipment for your RV type, style of camping and budget.
Batteries, Converter/Chargers and Inverters - What You Need To Know -
Presented by Brian Pursel, RVWithTito.com
A healthy and efficient battery bank is essential for a successful boondocking or wild camping experience. Unfortunately, many new RV owners overlook the health of their batteries or falsely believe that they have more battery capacity than they actually do. Learn how to read the capacity ratings of your batteries and calculate how much capacity you need. Gain an understanding of the primary components of your RV's battery charging system along with the suggested upgrades and maintenance tips to help you get the most out of your RV batteries.
Hosting in State Parks - Presented by Washington State Parks
The Host Program offers enthusiastic and interested volunteers the chance to stay and have fun in beautiful and diverse park settings while gaining experience in park operations and visitor services. Find out how rewarding becoming a host can be in this informative seminar.
Winter Fun With Washington State Parks -
Presented by Washington State Parks
There is no need to put your RV away for the winter. Let Washington State Parks show you all the ways to enjoy your RV during the colder months. Many RVers are unaware that Washington State Parks administers sno-parks across the state where active RVers can snowshoe, dog sled, snowmobile, cross country ski and enjoy other winter sports all from the comfort of their RV. Many sno-parks allow you to camp overnight as well as making for a low cost family fun outing. If snow sports are not your thing head to the ocean beach parks for some razor clamming, storm watching, beach combing and other fun activities. Ice fishing is another winter activity that can be enjoyed via parks in Eastern Washington. Those 62 and older can learn how to camp for free during the cooler months at State Parks with an off season senior citizen pass.
Route 97, I'm Curious - A True Three Nation Vacation - Presented by Thompson Okanagan Tourism
Discover Route 97 and the Interior Cascades. There is an abundance to see and do just on the other side of the border in the Thompson Okanagan area of beautiful British Columbia, Canada. In this seminar you will learn about scenic driving loops, stops and attractions, along with best places to camp on the route. Attend the seminar to enter to win a $50 gas card!
Boondocking 101 - Presented by Dave Helgeson
Are you a free spirit looking for the total freedom that a RV offers, that likes to go “where they want, when they want”? Then be sure to attend this entertaining seminar where you will learn how to break free of schedules, reservations, leash laws, campground fees and other modern inconveniences? In this seminar you will learn how to find your own secret hideaways on public land before leaving home via the internet and how to safely and comfortably stay there without hookups.
Proper Dinghy Towing - Presented by Torklift
Tow bars, tow dollies, four wheels down, auxiliary braking, etc. there is so much to learn about pulling a vehicle (dinghy) behind a motorhome. Learn how proper selection of a dinghy and towing equipment will enable you to safely and conveniently enjoy the benefits of towing a dinghy in this informative seminar.
Proper Travel Trailer Towing - Presented by Torklift
Trunnions, L bars, receivers, sway controls...determining what you need to safely tow a travel trailer can be over whelming! Attend the Proper Travel Trailer Towing seminar and learn travel trailer “hitch lingo” and the optimal way to tow your travel trailer.
Proper Fifth Wheel Towing - Presented by Torklift
In the past when it came to fifth wheel hitches you didn’t have a lot of options. Today there are countless manufactures and types of fifth wheel hitches for short bed, long bed and flat bed trucks that adjust in corners, can be easily removed or nearly hidden in the bed of the truck. The Proper Fifth Wheel Towing seminar will explain your choices allowing you to make the right choice to safely pull a fifth wheel with your truck.
Equipping Your Truck to Carry a Camper - Presented by Torklift
If your choice of RV is a truck camper how will you safely carry it on your truck? Mounting and suspension will be topics of discussion at the Equipping Your Truck to Carry a Camper seminar. The correct equipment can make owning a truck camper a safe and enjoyable experience for the whole family.
Towing Capacity - Matching Truck & Trailer - Presented by Torklift
Engine displacement, gear ratios, four-wheel drive, two-wheel drive, 1/2 ton, 1 ton, long bed, short bed, transmission coolers and other terms may or may not mean much to you, but they make a big difference regarding how much a tow vehicle can pull and carry. If you are looking to tow a RV with your existing vehicle or have your eye on a shiny new towable RV and want to know what kind of vehicle you will need to properly tow it, sit in on this highly informative seminar and learn how to properly match truck and trailer.
PARADISE FOUND! – Explore Spectacular North Idaho and Eastern Washington - Presented by Gary Chantry
Looking for a change of pace and scenery on your next RV outing? Let 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!
Insurance 101 - What You Need To Know - Presented by Suzanne Taylor
Did you know there is a significant difference between regular vehicle insurance and RV insurance? Most RVers don't! Insuring an RV with a typical auto policy could leave significant gaps in your coverage. Attend this seminar and learn what you need to know about fully insuring your RV while protecting yourself from potential liability.
Concealed Carry Permits for RV Travelers - Presented by Old School Gun School
Learn how to obtain the proper firearm permits for RV travel in different states with different laws. Transporting firearms across state lines in an RV may be a felony in many states. Understand the firearm laws that affect interstate travelers. Be safe! Be legal! …..There’s more to it than just reciprocity.
Choosing a Firearm for RV Travel: Myths & Facts - Presented by Old School Gun School
Shotgun? Rifle? Handgun? We all carry a fire extinguisher in case of fire. We all carry a first aid kit in case of injury. Explore the advantages of traveling with a firearm. For most violent threats while on the road, you will be your own First Responder. With proper training and equipment, a firearm may increase your safety & security while on the road.
RV’s, Guns, Law Enforcement & Litigation… - Presented by Old School Gun School
When is your RV a motor vehicle? When is it your home? Guns in the vehicle laws. Guns in the RV laws. Open carry & concealed carry laws. What to say & do before a shot is fired. What NOT to say & do AFTER a shot is fired. Traveling with guns & children. Safe transport and storage.