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Seminars scheduled to be presented at the 2019 Puyallup RV Show. Show attendees requiring seminars in alternative format are asked to contact the Show Office one hour prior to the seminar.


Campground Safety  presented by Gary Bunzer

Campsite safety is paramount! Trouble-free RVing for all people, pets and property, while using any recreational vehicle requires the RVer to know, understand and practice the proper procedures for pre-trip preparations, checking in, setting up, using, disconnecting and exiting any campground or campsite. The RV Doctor, Gary Bunzer, teaches this important session regarding all the safety aspects of RV use.

RV Doctor's 10 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 Facets of Life. Learn how to cope with and even take advantage of these non-negotiable realities. If you want to get the most out of your recreational investment, this seminar if for you.

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. This 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!

RV Rooftop Air Conditioning Maintenance  presented by Gary Bunzer

If subjected to repeated neglect, the common roof top air conditioner, with at least one found on just about every RV, can be a costly mistake, not to mention nuisance interruptions to a planned RV excursion! Learn how to perform easy maintenance checks to keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape, plus save money by doing it yourself before you actually need that cool air!

Solar Debunked - Do I Need It?  presented 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.

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 an 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, work camping, maintenance and that all important subject – budget.

Proper 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.

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.

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.

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.

Manufactured Home Q&A presented by Industry Experts

Economic conditions make it difficult for most Americans to afford a weekend retreat or vacation home. However, growing numbers of consumers are discovering that site built homes and condos aren’t the only options when it comes to having a vacation cottage. Manufactured homes offer all the quality and amenities you want at a price you can afford.  . . . whether it is your first home or your last.  They are built in indoor factories allowing for superb quality control, cost savings and timely completion - with no adverse weather conditions.  Manufactured homes are the only housing in America built to a national building code. Come to this seminar and get all of your questions about manufactured homes answered!

RV Q&A  presented by Industry Experts

Have your technical, lifestyle and do-it-yourself questions answered by a panel of industry experts during this interactive presentation. This is your chance to get all of your RVing questions answered! Panel is scheduled to include:

  • Nationally recognized RV technical expert, author and speaker, Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor”
  • Full time RVer, author, speaker, retired State Trooper and seasonal National Park Ranger, Bryan Appleby
  • RV owner, current service manager for a local RV dealer and past regional sales manager for Monaco, Chris Nelson
  • Lifetime RV Enthusiast, speaker, author and former RV dealer, Dave Helgeson

Boondocking 101
presented by Dave Helgeson

Are you a free spirit looking for the total freedom a RV offers? Then be sure to attend this entertaining seminar where you will learn how to break free of schedules, reservations, leash laws, campground fees, noisy neighbors and other modern inconveniences? In this seminar you will learn how to find your own secret hideaways in advance via the internet and how to safely and comfortably stay there without hookups. Regardless of where you travel in the eleven western states, there are thousands of boondocking sites awaiting you.

Hosting in WA 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!

How to Get Started Workcamping  presented by Amazon

Getting started work camping can seem daunting. Armed with a little information though, the stress can be removed from the equation which will help you make appropriate decisions. This seminar is designed to answer your questions about job availability, variety, how do I get a job, what do they pay and qualifications. In addition, we cover “in demand skill sets”, choice of RV, workcamper resumes, what belongings to take and the question, “Can I really make a living doing this?”. Come join us for the seminar and see if the work camping lifestyle is for you.

RVing to Alaska  presented by Adventure Caravans

Practical information: planning, vehicle preparation, routes and road conditions. Experience your adventure of a lifetime to the Great Land. Your chance to win a $500 certificate!

RVing to Atlantic Canada  presented by Adventure Caravans

Practical information: planning, vehicle preparation, routes and road conditions. Highlights of Newfoundland and Labrador. Combine history with spectacular scenery. Your chance to win a $500 certificate!

Understanding Guided RV Tours  presented by Adventure Caravans

Low-stress vacations with enhanced travel experiences! Enjoy freedom, independence with group travel. Finding the fight fit, preparation, features and expectations! Your chance to win a $500 certificate!

All seminars are included in the price of admission, no additional charge.

News & Updates

"This is by far the best RV Show we have been to in the PNW. Great RV vendors, great used RVs, seminars are very informative. Sales Reps very courteous and professional, amazing selection of RVs. We will be recommending this show to all our camping/traveling family."  ~ Jamie & Dan P., Orting, WA


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