SEMINARS

Seminars at the 2019 RV Show

Seminar Schedule

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

RV/Electricity Seminars - Presented by Mike Sokol

Campground Pedestals: Testing, Hookup and Maintenance

How much power is available from 20, 30 and 50 amp campground pedestals, demonstration of how to measure a pedestal to be sure it's safe to plug into, dog-bone adapters for various RV shore power plugs and pedestals, maintaining your shore power connections properly.

Surge Protectors and Hot-Skin/Voltage

Overview of why surge protectors are needed in campgrounds, description of surge protector types (EMS, Basic, Portable, Installed), demonstration of over- and under-voltage conditions, open ground and hot-skin/voltage detection.

Portable RV Generators

Overview of generator types including inverter-non-inverter, gasoline/propane, noise level considerations for boondocking with a generator, generator grounding and bonding principles, soft-starter circuits on air conditioners to reduce generator size, 120/240-volt generator hookups to 30 and 50 amp RV shore power.

RVing Basics Seminars - Presented by Steve Froese

RV Park Etiquette

RV Park Etiquette is just as it sounds - how to behave and NOT behave during your stay in an RV park or campground. This seminar will discuss how your actions might positively or negatively impact others camped around you.

Choosing An RV 

Choosing an RV is a discussion about the different types of RVs and hopes to answer attendees’ questions about what type of RV might be the right first one for them. Many new RVers struggle with the question of what sort of RV to purchase and this seminar is designed to help answer those questions.

Going Off Grid     

Going off Grid is a simple discussion about dry camping. RVers wanting to try this lifestyle need to know many things that they may not currently be aware of. Things like the importance of solar power and conserving energy, including the use of LED lights, etc.

RV Maintenance

RV Maintenance is a discussion about maintenance items that most RV owners are capable of performing themselves. This will include what maintenance to perform and when to do it including simple troubleshooting and repair.

Hosting in Washington 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!

Dry Camping Tips and Tricks - Presented by Dave Helgeson

In this seminar you will learn tips and tricks on how to safely and comfortably dry camp or boondock along your route without the worry of finding campsites with utilities or other amenities every night.

Boondocking - What, Why and How to Find a Campsite - 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.

Legal Travel Trailer Towing - Presented by Torklift

Trunnions, L bars, receivers, sway controls...determining what you need to safely tow a travel trailer can be overwhelming! Attend the Proper Travel Trailer Towing seminar and learn travel trailer “hitch lingo” and the optimal way to tow your travel trailer.

Legal 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.

Legally 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.

Stay Legal - 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.

Legal Dinghy Towing - Presented by Torklift

Are you a motorhome owner looking to pull a second vehicle? Are you bewildered by the various methods available to you? Then attend the Proper Dinghy towing seminar where you will learn what equipment you will need to safely tow your dinghy.

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.