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Seminars at the 2018 RV Show
Show attendees requiring seminars in alternative format are asked to contact the Show Office one hour prior to the seminar.

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.

Top Ten Tips Every RVer Should Know - Presented by Gary Bunzer

The degree to which we enjoy the RVing lifestyle is proportional to the amount of trouble-free traveling we encounter. When Gary’s ten tips are correctly employed at their specific intervals, operational problems within the RV systems will be minimized and oftentimes, eliminated entirely. Learn the secrets at this seminar.

RV Basics - Presented by Gary Bunzer

Where to start? With the basics of 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!

Propane System Safety - Presented by Gary Bunzer

This seminar provides an understanding of how the propane system works and knowledge of what to do if a problem occurs as well as what safety checks you should have regularly performed. Detailed steps for maintaining all of the gas-burning appliances are also explained.

Understanding Guided RV Tours - Presented by Adventure Caravans

Low-stress vacations!  Enjoy freedom and independence with group travel.  Enhance your travel experience finding the right fit, preparation, features, and expectations!  Enter to win a $500 trip certificate!

RVing to Alaska - Presented by Adventure Caravans

The trip of a lifetime!  Get practical information on trip planning, preparation, routes, communications, and the exciting highlights. Enter to win a $500 trip certificate!

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.

Exploring Your Washington State Parks - Presented By Washington State Parks  

Have you visited a state park lately? Discover the many improvements we’ve made that will enhance your visit, including upgraded electrical hookups, cool new playgrounds for the kids, better boat launches and more! Get ready to rediscover your love of the outdoors at a Washington state park this year!

Freightliner Chassis' Fireside Chat - Presented by Joe Snyder                                          

Offered at RV owner rallies and events across the country, Fireside Chat is an abbreviated version of Camp Freightliner – FCCCs (Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation) wildly popular two-day seminar-reserved exclusively for FCCC owners. It is packed with valuable information about your product, what Freightliner does to make your ownership experience easy and enjoyable, and maintenance tips and tricks for new and veteran RVers.

Although brief, Fireside Chat covers everything from joining the FCCC family to the parts of your chassis - broken down into seven sections to make the class easy to follow and convenient, in addition to being interesting and informative.

Learn more about the benefit of driving a motorhome built on an FCCC chassis by attending this informative seminar.

The Interior Cascades of Route 97 North Central Washington & The Thompson Okanagan -
Presented by Howard Grieve/Thompson Okanagan Tourism

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 1067 km (663 mi) in the USA and 2081 km (1293 mi) in Canada for a total of 3148 km (1956 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.

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.

Full Time RVing - Beginning and Continuing your Journey - Presented By Bryan Appleby

Many dream, for a very long time, of leaving family, friends, their home and routines behind to purchase a RV and hit the road to explore the USA.  How to choose the best RV for the needs you will have to fulfill your Dreams, as well as What are the Essentials in being successful, Personal Safety on the road, where should you stay, Mail/Packages, Workamping, Maintenance, and that all important subject - Budget.

Who is Bryan Appleby? 
From the very beginning when Bryan planned and left on a solo bicycle trip around the western half of his native state of Kansas at the age of 13, he has been traveling somewhere, often in remote locations. The outdoors has been an emphasis on this father & grandfather, taking him to his occupations as a State Trooper and a National Park Ranger.  Now, as a retired State Trooper and again working as a seasonal National Park Ranger, Bryan has been exploring America by full-timing in a RV, currently in his 9th year on the road.

Solar Debunked - Do I Need It? Batteries, Inverters & Charging
Explained By Bryan Appleby

Solar can be a life changing experience or just an expensive novelty like a blender on the kitchen counter.  What is solar, do I need it and/or are there alternatives to consider? All these will be discussed as well as how one develops a plan for solar and how to better use their battery bank.  Understanding all of this is important as well as maintaining your equipment and safely charging your battery bank.

Explore Alaska on the State Ferries - Presented By Alaska Marine Highway System

Learn how to optimize your driving vacation to Alaska using the state ferries.

Exploring Prosser, Washington - Take the Road Less Traveled
Presented By Wine Country RV Park

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 and end up at Wine Country RV Park which is one of the few top rated Good Sam Parks in Washington.

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!

RV Insurance 101 - 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.

Investment Stategies for Retirement - Presented by Tyler Atkinson

If you're like many Americans, you've been setting aside money for your retirement. Now that you're nearing retirement age or already in retirement, it may soon be time to start drawing money from your qualified retirement plans. Withdrawing money from a retirement plan is called "taking a distribution", and there are a variety of ways to do it.

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