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Official Show Guide




■ 10 buildings full of RVs ■ Incredible show pricing ■ Financing on site ■ Factory reps from across the nation ■ Buy an RV, get 30 Seconds in the Allstate Insurance Cash Machine ■ Spokesman-Review’s Great Gas Giveaway...$100 Gas Card every two hours ■ Win a Sunny Destination ation Vacation contest (Details Inside)

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The Inland NW RV Show and Sale keeps getting

BIGGER AND BIGGER!!!! It has the BIGGEST dealers and the best brands, all in one location!! ow in its 29th year, the RV Show and Sale has grown into one of the largest annual events at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. It now Älls all 10 of the buildings, and hundreds more RVs also can be found outside. It is considered one of the largest and most popular shows in the Western U.S. HERE’S SOME INTERESTING HIGHLIGHTS OVER THE YEARS: ■ 1991 The original promoter decides to call it quits after only a few thousand people attend. ■ 1992 Steve Cody and Jim Cotter meet with the RV dealers and decide to revive the RV Show. Media sponsors are brought in and attendance doubles… along with the size of the RV Show. ■ 1996 Steve Cody created the Ärst waiting list for dealers and other exhibitors. This year also saw the construction of a tunnel between buildings, which helped the 7,000 guests enjoy the show during a huge snowstorm. Dealers reported strong sales. Jim Cotter also becomes a partner this year. ■ 1999 Show expands to Ag buildings A and B. ■ 2000 The World’s Largest RV visited, a four-story rig with a hot tub, putting green, sun deck, three full bedrooms with king-sized beds, 1.5 bathrooms and a built-in barbecue. ■ 2001 Show expands to Bay 4.


■ 2003 RV fans received free early-bird entry so they can Änish their browsing in time for Super Bowl kick-oɈ. The Spokesman-Review RV columnist Julianne Crain was the featured speaker. ■ 2006 Show expands into Ag building C. This was the Ärst year of the Cash Machine, which has become a Äxture. ■ 2008 Show expands to Ag building D. ■ 2012 More than 11,000 people attend to check out six dealers and 40 vendors. ■ 2013 The show celebrated its 25th anniversary with record crowds and record sales. The SpokesmanReview became the show’s title sponsor and produced a 32-page Show Guide. ■ 2014 More than 13,000 people attend the show. ■ 2015 Show expands to Multi Purpose A building, connecting tents and creating more outside space. ■ 2016 Dealers expanded outside to give customers more ‘on site’ options.

The Inland NW RV Show program is a product of The Spokesman-Review Kathleen Coleman, Director of Sales and Marketing Sarah Little, Sales Lead Joe Butler, Editor Harold M. Stein Jr., Graphic Design Contributing Writers/Photographers: Don Adair, Jean Arthur, Allison Hall, Nicole Skinner, S. Michal Bennett and Shallan Knowles

RV Show Q & A


he current RV Show Journey began In 1992, when Steve Cody, a former radio broadcasting group co-owner, took the show’s reins and set out to make it bigger and better. “I’d never put on a show like this in my life, but I figured I could do it,” said Cody, who worked for 30 years with Citadel Broadcasting. His promotional experience gave him some advantages in that he already was friends to many of the local RV dealers as well as many radio, television and newspaper associates. Jim Cotter, at the Fairgrounds, was an invaluable asset and became the Show’s co-promoter in 1996. Today, 29 years later, that feat seems easy compared to what the show has turned into – hundreds of RVs and more than 13,000 visitors. It’s considered one of the BIG three annual events at the fairgrounds and one of the major RV Shows in the Western United States. Each year, in rain, sun or blizzards, people come to check out and buy RVs. (Don’t worry about the rain or snow, most of show is inside). Exhibitors also like being part of the show – Cody said he has maintained a long waiting list for vendors and RV dealers for every show since 1996. Some visitors love coming and daydreaming about someday taking a trip in an RV, others are ready to make that dream happen, then and there, by talking to the different dealers. For this year’s 29th annual show, Cody said there’s plenty of excitement ahead. ■ Six huge dealers and 40 vendors. ■ A gas giveaway sponsored by The Spokesman-Review where visitors can win $100 gas cards every two hours. ■ Drawings for trips to Hawaii, New Orleans, Las Vegas, an Alaska Cruise, Key West or San Francisco – thanks for support, Key 101. ■ Enter the Allstate Insurance Cash Machine, where you can stand inside the booth and catch as much flying currency as you can in 30 seconds There’s truly fun for everyone.

Welcome to the 29th Annual Inland Northwest RV Show and Sale sponsored by The Spokesman-Review. This year’s show is the largest ever! There are 10 buildings to explore…. all packed with RVs and accessories. Make sure you make it through the tunnel to see the entire show. In addition, you will find hundreds of RVs outside. The INW RV Show and Sale happens just h t’t’ new iin once a year. It is the time when RV dealers show offf what’s their industry. You will see new innovations and new technology. Plus, with all the dealers side by side, you’ll get the opportunity to compare units, features and prices. Best of all, all the dealers have special RV Show pricing you won’t see any other time of year!!! It’s a great time to buy! Here at the RV Show, we always like to say “Investing in an RV is really investing in your family.” With an RV you can go anywhere with your family, stay anywhere with your family and make incredible memories that will last a lifetime. Plus gas prices are at record lows, yet another reason that RV ownership is a smart investment for you and your family. From tent trailers to big diesel pushers, the RV Show has something for everyone. Don’t forget to register for The Spokesman-Review’s GIGANTIC GAS GIVEAWAY! They’ll be giving away a $100 gas card every two hours during the show. You could win a trip to Hawaii, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Alaska Cruise, Key West or San Francisco from Key 101. Plus, buy an RV and you’ll get 30 seconds in the Allstate Insurance Cash Machine. Thank you for attending. We hope you enjoy the INW RV Show and find that perfect RV! May all your travels be safe and your destinations divine. Steve Cody and Jim Cotter Show Promoters

Q. What are the advantages of buying at the INW RV Show and Sale? This show has six gigantic dealers in it, displaying hundreds of models, brands and styles. Not only is there a huge selection, but with all the dealers here, you can directly compare all the options and prices.. Go ahead and have dealers fight for your business: You will never get a better price on an RV! Q. Who attends? We draw people from all over the Northwest including Montana, western Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Canada. We see some of the same faces, and new people. Some tell us that they wait all year for this show because of the great deals. Vendors also come from all over – some think of it as the ‘13th month’ because January can be slow. This has become one of the major RV shows in the Western U.S. We love seeing everyone. For some customers, it may take two years to actually decide to buy so they may look around one year and come back next year. Sometimes current owners want to see what’s new or what they can add to theirs. It gets crazy – we can sell $7 million in RVs and accessories in four days.

Q. Who buys RVs these days? Everyone! When we started doing this, customers were mostly retired, 65-plus, or maybe hunters. Now, the majority of buyers are young families. The hope is that owners get into their first RV at around age 30, and keep on moving up all their lives. Many people are trading in their old RV for a bigger, better newer model. Appraisers are on hand to help determine trade-in values. We still see many retirees, some who sell their houses and want to move around the country in their big diesel pushers. Q. Any advice for people considering a purchase? Visit all the dealers. Don’t be afraid to tell them what you want and what your RV needs are to make sure they can best help you. Walk around – it takes about 2.5 hours to see everything. It’s great to compare prices. For instance, for the same price of a tent trailer, you can get a regular trailer. You can haul a little car with some models. Take a look at everything you can have with your RV. You really find so many different styles in every price range, from $5,000 to $300,000. Q. Can I get financing at the RV Show? Yes! Find your perfect RV then get one of the BEST interest rates in history on your RV.

Q. Will factory reps help answer questions and give better prices? Yes! They can answer any question you have and YES they are bringing one-time show pricing. Q. What about gas mileage? If the average owner drives their RV 2,000 miles a year, at 15 miles a gallon, that will work out to be about 130 gallons of gas. At $2.30/ gallon, a year’s vacation cost you about $299!… WOW! With your RV, you’ll have all the comforts and can go anywhere you want at your own pace. RVs can be considered an investment in your family. Q. Can you rent an RV and try before you buy? Yes, we have vendors and dealers at the show that rent RVs. Once you try RVing, you will be hooked for life….and want to BUY one!. Q. Why does this show continue to do so well? The top reason is the great RV Show prices and selection: dealers are really dealing. Plus we have so many places you can take an RV in the Inland Northwest. Your RV adventures can start 20 miles down the road.

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Simplicity he advent of the Class C motorhome put a new spin on the RV experience. Van-based motorhomes have been around forever, but the new Class C rigs introduce a whole new Tworld comfort, safety and high-tech. Roadtrek builds its Simplicity Class C on a heavy-duty Ram 3500 extended-van chassis and powers it with a frugal 3.6-liter V-6 gas engine. Just 21 feet long and 7 feet wide, Simplicity is as comfortable in city traffic as it is in the campground. At 9’ 5 in height (including roof A/C), it slips easily into most parking garages Simplicity seats five and sleeps three — two in a rear power sofa that converts into a queen-size bed. The galley includes a two-burner cooktop, a microwave, a 5.0 cubic-foot refrigerator, a pull-out pantry and a pot drawer. Simplicity’s efficient floor plan includes a permanent bathroom, with shower, sink and toilet. When stationary, the driver and front-passenger seats swivel to become part of the living space.

Montana 3810MS Luxury Fifth Wheel

he Keystone RV Company began building Montana Luxury Fifth Wheels in 1999, … Tprice.” “with the sole purpose of providing a high-quality luxury fifth wheel at an affordable Montana finished 2001 as the country’s best-selling fifth-wheel brand, a title it has held for 16 years in a row. At the Inland Northwest RV show, RNR RVs Liberty Lake store will feature the Montana 3810MS, a 40’ 9” fifth wheel with three slide-outs, each featuring 6’ 6” headroom. Cabinets are finished in an elegant glazed zinfandel cherry and the 60x80” walkaround queen bed includes a massive under-bed storage area. Kitchen highlights include an 18 cubic-foot, four-door refrigerator and wall-mounted freestanding dinette. The bathroom includes a seamless 48x30” shower, with skylight and dedicated A/C.

Fleetwood Bounder Class A gas motorhome

more than 30 years, Fleetwood RVs, one of the industry’s best-loved Fornames, has been building Bounder Class A motorhomes.

RnR RVs/Liberty Lake invites you to explore the Bounder 33c, a gaspowered, 34’ 3” motorhome with two sliders. Packed with the features that make Bounder a family favorite, the 33c includes all the comforts of home in a compact, easy-to-drive package. This open, roomy plan features a space-saving Hide-a-Loft dropdown queen bed, Blu-Ray home theater audio and baseball-stitched diamondpattern residential seating. You’ll find solid-surface countertops and backsplashes in the galley and living area. An electric gas fireplace cozies up the living area, while oversized windows in the galley and living room bring the daylight. Deluxe roller-bearing full-extension drawer guides and transit-ship locks keep the galley shipshape.

Springdale Western Edition 189FL

oasting “numerous features you can’t find on other brands as well as more standard options and amenities than any other brand in this class,” Keystone RV B offers the Springdale Western Edition family of travel trailers and fifth wheels. On display at a Rn’R RV Liberty Lake’s booth, the 189FL Eco-Lite Travel Trailer (23’ 7”) features continuous I-beam construction, a walkable crowned roof (with 12-year warranty), residential batten insulation and a Hurricane Strap reinforced structure. Inside, Springdale’s clever Do-More dinette table can be configured to serve as extra countertop space, a card, coffee or picnic table or an ottoman. At bedtime, it converts into a two-adult sleeping area. The plan maximizes sleeping space with a double bed, a bunk bed and a convertible sofa sleeper. All Springdale trailers are prewired for solar power and include aluminum triple entry steps, LED lighting and power awnings with LED lights. Bathrooms include porcelain foot-flush toilet, with black-tank flush.





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Affordable ways to spruce up your RV By NICOLE SKINNER Marketing Correspondent our recreational vehicle or camper is like a home away from home, but it’s no secret that most are more functional than stylish. The good news is that it’s not hard to make them cozy and inviting by adding personal creative décor touches. Just ask Coeur d’Alene resident Mig Whitt, better known as the Happy Camper Girl, who is happy to share favorite tips to help your RV or camper look shipshape in no time. Whether you want to go full on glamping or just making a style statement, it’s easy to do. Pick a Theme One of the easiest ways to add your own touch and style would be to look at your passions. Do you love the beach? Are you a farm girl? Do you love the color aqua or red? What makes your heart sing? “I happen to love all things Hawaiian, hence the name of my trailer “Island Girl.” Whitt went shopping in stores and dug in her storage unit for accessories and decorations.


There are many simple and inexpensive ways to make your RV look unique. “My favorite was an old tin with include checking out swap plans. Don’t forget to hit up thrift a pirate girl and a treasure chest. I meets or junkyards. stores, yard sales, discount home also have a mermaid in a martini improvement stores for great deals. “Think of dual purposes,” says … it all works,” Whitt says. Come this summer, you’ll have the Whitt, “I once turned an old coolest RV or camper in the park. Get Thrifty bank teller’s stamp holder into Keep up with Mig the Happy Camper Girl on Facebook The best tips for buying good my new martini and wine glass at Happy Camper Girl or her blog at happycampergirls. camper decor are to hit thrift holder, upside down of course.” She shares adventures, camping ideas, and and more. She will be setting out on the journey of stores for one-of-a-kind items Check for Hacks a lifetime in April 2017 and hiking the Pacific Crest or homemade items. Nobody Trail. She expects this trip to take about five months. One of the things Whitt learned will have them except you. the hard way is to “use automobile More Great Quick & paint the first time around, it lasts “You can make your own longer and has a high gloss. Spray chair cover or spray paint Easy Decorating Ideas paint fades fast in the sun.” She those propane tanks, add a ■ Use bright colors recommends cleaning everything mural or hit a dollar store.” first before putting it in your Try Bartering ■ Update the wallpaper camper. “There’s nothing worse When decorating ■ Try maps for wall art than mold smells or a musty smell. on a budget, ask Clean, fresh and bright is key.” friends if they have ■ Add family photos decor items that will Be True to Yourself ■ Swap out the curtains match your trailer. Above all, Whitt says, “Don’t be too matchy-match like a friend’s ■ Flameless candles for ambience “I like to use trailer. Do what you love. Use the old vintage linens ■ Use coordinating throw colors you like.” Create a space that for my curtains or pillows and rugs showcases what are passionate about. dish cloths. I use “Your trailer is going to be your pretty dishes found ■ Peel and stick backsplashes “happy place” forever,” says Whitt. at a thrift store.” ■ Paint cabinets With RV season just around Other budget■ Coordinate your outside the corner, now’s the perfect time friendly ideas to start making your decorating for cool stuff space with your inside decor

Fuel Savers

When it comes to miles per gallon, size isn’t all that matters. Compact, aerodynamic and lighter-weight motorized models are more fuel-efficient than ever. Towable RVs account for more than two-thirds of RV sales, and innovative designs coupled with lightweight, durable building materials mean there are many that can be towed by family minivans and small to mid-sized SUVs.

Check out how savvy RVers save on fuel: ■ Camp closer to home. With more than 16,000 campgrounds nationwide, RVers can enjoy the outdoor experience whether they travel five miles or 500 miles. ■ Stay longer in one place. Many RV parks are vacation destinations in their own right, offering pools, playgrounds, Some other facts to keep in mind: hiking trails, entertainment centers, organized activities, convenience stores and so much more. ■ Fuel is typically only the fourth largest expense on a road trip, behind lodging, food, vehicle payment and maintenance. ■ Pack lighter by not topping off fresh water tanks until at the campground and by purchasing firewood and other camping materials ■ Airfares and hotel rates also rise when fuel costs increase and fuel on-site to keep the RV lightweight while traveling. Be sure holding surcharges are added. You can avoid those costs in an RV. tanks are dumped before heading out to further lighten the load. ■ Fuel prices would need to more than triple from ■ Tune up the engine of your motorhome or tow vehicle, inflate tires their current level to make RVing more expensive for properly and conduct regular maintenance to maximize fuel efficiency. a family of four than other forms of travel.

A tale of a teeny, tiny trailer CDA couple loves the little things By S. Michal Bennett Marketing Correspondent


ike Normand had two items on his bucket list when he retired in 2015: find a Bernese mountain dog and a vintage camper. In less than a year, he and his wife Kim had acquired both. Although the Normands live in Coeur d’Alene, right in the heart of a wealth of travel, outdoor and recreational destinations, they haven’t spent a lot of time exploring. As an English teacher and cross-country/track coach in Rathdrum, Idaho, Mike was “always on a yellow school bus headed somewhere. I was gone every single Saturday, especially in the fall.” They have tent camped over the years, and sometimes stayed at Idaho state park cabins. But the hard ground and constant work travel just got tiresome. It was time to change it up. The Normands have been junking and antiquing since before they were married, so they both knew they wanted an old camper. They are also

people who live simply and are satisfied with the essential comforts, so they sought out a small one with basic necessities – pretty much something to get them off the ground. “Our friends got a brandnew trailer,” said Kim. “It is gorgeous and has all the bells and whistles. But they don’t even use their bathrooms, because they don’t want to clean them! We want to be a little different.” For Mike, he doesn’t “like pulling a trailer, and I still like the idea of camping. You know, not taking everything with you.” So, for about three years, he rummaged locally and online for just the right camper, and in fall 2015, he found it on an online classified site: a pristine 10-foot, 1963 camper in Bend, Ore. Mike and Kim quickly called the owners, a 70-something couple, and the deal came together in a hurry. “We looked for a long time to find one that wasn’t water damaged inside,” says Mike. “That’s the first thing that I ever bought sight-unseen.” A few days later, on Mike’s

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Mike and Kim Normand found the ‘just right’ vintage camper for them to enjoy after retirement. 60th birthday, the Normands returned from Bend with their little treasure in tow. Every time they stopped, it attracted attention. Some even asked if they were willing to sell it. “It’s like riding an old cruiser bike,” says Kim. “You just instantly have a smile on your face.” The good thing about vintage trailers, particularly those in good condition, is

that they typically retain or increase in value. They also have distinctive character and feel more homey, like a favorite sweater. It might be frayed in a few places, and there’s a coffee stain on the sleeve, but every time you put it on, it just feels right and cozy. For the Normands, this is probably one of the best things about “Lola,” their nickname for their “teeny tiny” camper,

who his pretty perfect just the way she is. They added a porta potty, a small fan and a “little teeny toaster”, because everything within Lola is teeny tiny - except the Bernese mountain dog, Stella. But, according to Kim, the trailer is “understated, it’s not flashy, which is why I like it. It seems pretty perfect for us.” The Normands have only taken Lola out camping a couple times since her maiden voyage from Bend, but they have also found her useful as transportation and an art show display piece for their shabby chic business. They also don’t intend to “upgrade” to a newer RV, ever. During the winter, Lola will sit comfortably in their yard, like a quaint lawn ornament that gets decorated at Christmas. During warmer months, the Normands have fairly modest travel plans. “We aren’t world travelers,” says Kim. “There are enough beautiful things to see around here.” Next on their bucket list, with Lola and Stella are travels to the Oregon coast and perhaps a junking trip to New England.

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2017 Coachmen 2017 Thor 2017 Thor Apex 250 RLS 25 foot Synergy SD24 25’7” Miramar 34.1 Class A

Show price $27,885 mart design and innovative S construction pave the

way for Coachmen’s Apex ultra-lite travel trailers. Lightweight and built to exacting standards, Apex trailers are designed to be towed by today’s half-ton trucks, SUVs and minivans. With nine floor plans weighing less than 5,000 pounds, thoughtfully designed interiors and highquality eco-friendly construction, Apex trailers are a perfect fit for first-time owners and for veterans who want to lighten the load. At the RV Show, RVs Northwest will feature the 250 RLS, a 25foot premium ultra-lite with a single slideout. Show-priced at $27,885, the 250 RLS includes a queen bed and enclosed head, a large-screen TV, stereo and striking Ambrosia Ash cabinetry. Its stone-cast, doublebowl sink is stainresistant and heatresistant up to 500 degrees. The electrical system includes an AC generator. A 55-amp power center regulates the juice that runs the microwave and

Show price $108,888


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homes sold in the U.S. each year, making it the country’s No. 1 maker of self-contained RVs.

A Euro-skylight brightens the living area, with its handsome and durable leatherette Thor’s broad and diverse portfolio furniture. includes the Miramar Meal prep is a family of Class A gas breeze in a galley RVs. Miramar, says that’s outfitted with Thor, “strikes that a high-output twoperfect combination of burner propane stove, luxury, functionality and convection oven/ style.” microwave and upgraded solid-surface Look for the Miramar 34.1 ($128,888) countertop. at RV Northwest’s Electrical and water display. The 34services include a foot gas-powered backup battery, AC motorhome boasts generator, AC-tofeatures usually found propane water heater on more expensive and DC-to-AC inverter. rigs — features like A black-tank flush an all-natural madesystem means never in-America Denver having to empty a mattress for the queen portable toilet and a bed and a power whole-coach water dropdown overhead filter system ensures bunk with Cotton Cloud an always-fresh water mattress. supply. Two slide-outs produce Outside, a maina spacious and open entrance awning greets floor plan with 1-1/2 guests and an electric bathrooms and a fully awning provides equipped galley. The shelter. sofa and dinette fold out into beds, boosting Roomy Rotocast sleeping capacity. storage compartments with side-hinged doors. Galley highlights Such features as the include a tile electric leveling system backsplash, a highand electric storageoutput propane stove, tank dump valves oven/microwave and bring unparalleled an 11-cf residential convenience to the refrigerator with icemotorhome experience. maker.

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In the living area, elegant leatherette furniture, Amish-made cabinetry and a largescreen TV promise the good life. A dashbased workstation includes 110-volt and 12-volt outlets An electric sidewall awning and mainentrance awning provide shelter from sun and rain. There are automatic entrance steps, electric storagetank dump valves and a trailer-hitch receiver. Built on Ford’s durable F-53 chassis and powered by a 6.80-liter V-10 that makes 320 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, the Miramar has plenty of power to tow. There’s full-basement passthrough storage; exterior storage is sheltered behind locking aluminum doors. The heated basement protects vital underfloor plumbing. Miramar’s electrical system includes an AC generator, backup battery and AC/ propane water heater. An 1800-watt DC-toAC inverter provides plenty of power for life on the road, including the wireless Bluetooth bedroom radio system and exterior speakers.


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Top 10 RV Essentials By S. Michal Bennett Marketing Correspondent


ou may think that your RV is equipped with everything you need for a weekend up the river, but there is always Size 12-35 ft that moment when you Cost $8,000 to $95,000 realize you forgot something important. You can’t Sleeps Up to 10 predict every eventuality, but here are 10 essentials that are likely to come in handy in unexpected jam. ■ Alternate Power Sources: Solar-charged or propane lamps, a mini solar device charger, and even extra batteries can become essential in a pinch. ■ Micro Blender: From margaritas to soups to sauces, owable RVs must be mounted on or towed by a motorized vehicle to be this gadget will find a way moved from place to place. Some towables are small and light enough to make everyone happy. RV ownership does require a lot of maintenance but to be towed by the family car, while others require an SUV or pickup truck. ■ Cast Iron Cookware: Always verify your vehicle’s towing capability and allow for the added weight of is worth it in terms of more family time outdoors. Durable, versatile and personal belongings loaded on board. is a man’s best friend. There are some easily transferrable from ■ Smaller models can be towed by mid-size vehicles, including the family pretty sweet gadgets out there to assist stove to oven to fire pit, these pots car, minivan, SUV or pickup truck equipped with a hitch. It is important in leading, locating, and protecting. and pans will be your best culinary to match the loaded weight of the RV to the towing capacity of the tow friends. Be sure to cure them well ■ Firewood: Propane and gasoline vehicle. Consult your dealer or owner’s manual for details and have the tow before and in between use. eventually run out, occasionally before hitch professionally installed. we get to the gas station. And who ■ Bicycles: Whether you’re pedaling ■ Lightweight composite models are designed specifically for towing behind doesn’t relish sitting around a good fire. up the road for a snack from the many six-cylinder family vehicles. corner store or going for help after ■ Walkie Talkies: Stay in touch ■ At the campground, easily detach from the tow vehicle to use the vehicle an unforeseen breakdown, you will on the trails, know where your for errands and sightseeing. be grateful for a couple of humankids are and share jokes among ■ Travel Trailers boast all the conveniences of home, including kitchen, powered wheels. Don’t forget a pump multiple vehicles. These convenient dining, bathroom, entertainment and storage. and tire patch kit, just in case. communicators help create great ■ Slideouts in some models move the RV wall outward up to three feet at the memories and could save your life. ■ Folding Step Stool: How many touch of a button, to create larger living areas once the travel trailer is set times did you wish you had one of ■ A Jar of Peanut Butter: up in a campsite. these instead of trying to stand on a Protein, sugar, fat and carbs – sagging folding chair or move a heavy nut butter has it all. Great on a picnic table? spoon, finger or slice of bread. ■ Tankless Air Compressor: Perfect Each person and family have their for tires, big and small, as well as inner own unique needs and wants, and more tubes for a perfect float on the river. to add to the list or some to remove. Find what works for you, keep your ■ GPS: Yes, Tarzan knows where Tarzan goes, but sometimes technology packing concise and remember to have fun. It is a recreational vehicle, after all.

Towable RVs


Fifth Wheel

Size 21-40 ft Cost $18,000 to $160,000 Sleeps Up to 6

RV owners encouraged to consider resale value Appraisals available at RV Show By Joe Butler Marketing writer


f your RV keeps on rolling along, perfect. Keep up the maintenance and continue enjoying good times on the open road. But if you’re thinking about trading up to something new or at least newer to you, then it’s time to look closer at what you have and what you can do to get top dollar for your trade-in or appraisal. Jerry Miller, who offers appraisals for R n’ R RVs, said there are a lot of things owners can fix in advance, along with a lot of easy mistakes that can reduce the value in big ways. He and other area appraisers from other *In several states, additional non-commercial driver’s licensing may be required for fifth-wheel travel trailers area RV dealers will be that exceed certain weight thresholds. Check with your local department of motor vehicles for specifics. at the Inland Northwest RV Show and Sale offering suggestions on how to get a good tradein if you want to sell, and what buyers should look for when looking for a RV, especially something older. “The biggest thing is if something breaks, fix it, and be sure to winterize,” he said. “But that’s really where it ends for a lot of owners. Some people have been driving the same RVs Size 19-30 ft for 20-30 years.” Miller suggests that Cost $10,000 to $30,000 owners should start by Sleeps Up to 8 investing in roof sealant, whether or not they plan to trade in or simply cross between a hard-sided Travel Trailer and a Folding Camping prevent leaks or water Trailer, the Expandable Travel Trailer ends pull out to offer more damage. Some new sleeping room. Expandable units are lighter than the Conventional Travel models sometimes come Trailer and often more affordable. right from the factory with small roof gaps. ■ Smaller models can be towed by mid-size vehicles: either the family “You may not be able car, minivan, SUV or pickup truck. Check with your dealer for your to see this right away, vehicle’s tow limits. but it might take some ■ Lightweight versions have been designed specifically for towing climbing and looking behind many six-cylinder family vehicles. It is important to match the at the roof,” he said. “You also may need to loaded weight of the RV to the towing capacity of the tow vehicle. look at this annually.” Always check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for towing weight If a leak is detected restrictions and have your tow package professionally installed. early, it can be fixed ■ At the campground, easily detach from the tow vehicle to use the and the area dried in vehicle for errands and sightseeing. a couple of weeks, but ■ A generous amount of living space makes kitchen, dining, bathroom if the problem goes on and sleeping areas standard, with additional amenities available for months or years, depending upon size. it could lead to mold,

ifth-Wheel Travel Trailers can have the same amenities as the Conventional Travel Trailer, but are constructed with a raised forward section that provides a spacious bi-level floor plan. These models are designed to be towed by a pickup truck equipped with a device known as a fifth-wheel hitch. ■ Equipped with all the conveniences of home, including sleeping, showering, dining, cooking, entertainment and storage, many manufacturers also offer luxury models that are very spacious and elegantly furnished. ■ There can be as many as four slideouts in some models, which move the RV wall outward up to three feet at the touch of a button to create larger living areas. ■ Fifth-wheels often have a large picture window at the rear for panoramic views. ■ At the campground, easily detach from the tow vehicle, freeing the vehicle for errands and sightseeing. ■ Lightweight models have been designed specifically to allow the use of smaller trucks with less towing capacity. ■ It is important to match the loaded weight of the RV to the towing capacity of the tow vehicle. Consult your dealer or owner’s manual for details and have the tow hitch professionally installed.


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RV owners should consider possible trade-in value and work hard to keep their vehicle regularly maintained and in decent condition. soft floors or soft roofs. All of these could hurt trade or resale value. A small amount of potential customers, maybe 5 out of every 100 bring their RVs in for an actual inspection/on-site appraisal. But in most cases Miller and others conduct initial appraisals sight unseen. To make the process as accurate as possible for the owner and the appraisers, he recommends people fill out a 40-question condition report. The form covers basic vehicle info like year, make and model, miles, fuel type, and any special equipment or after-market additions. But then things can start varying like crazy. Depending on condition, the same model and features can have a high value or a low value – RVs aren’t like cars where there are standard levels of appreciation or depreciation. “Look for dents, dings, or scratches, look at the upholstery, look at the floors, look for any leaks,” he said. “Look at the cabinets, drapes, furniture, linoleum, and the curtains – the strings can break.” People who travel with their pets may not get as high of a trade-in since dander or allergens sometimes can’t be eliminated. The same is true for smokers – the

smell and stains will also not help the value. He suggests people repair or replace their windshields before seeking a trade-in or appraisal especially if there are dings. “Many dealers may reduce the value of the whole RV as much as $2,000 since they’ll have to replace this,” he said. “Go ahead and call your insurance – an occasional windshield claim won’t do anything to your deductible.” He said old tires may also decrease the value. “Even if the tread is in good shape and running strong for you, the DOT tells us that we have to replace them if they’re over 10 years old,” Miller said. Another common condition that owners can keep an eye on is the exterior labeling, which can easily become weather-beaten or sun-damaged. “We see a lot of stripes and graphics that start peeling, and these can be expensive to replace,” he said. “Our advice is to keep things covered when you can.” Overall, he and other appraisers invite current or future RV owners to discuss the process or what they should search for in a possible buy. You can visit with them at the RV Show or stop by the various dealerships.

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Lance 1172 Truck Camper

When Lance set out to designed its new flagship truck camper, it aimed for a no-compromise solution. Its goals are realized in the 2017 Lance 1172, a lightweight camper with a spacious interior, a long features list and an unexpected twist. The 11’11” plan includes the expected sidewall slide-out dinette; the surprise is a second rear-wall slide-out that houses a sofa incliner and transforms the 1172 interior into a truly livable space. With its convertible dinette bed, the 1172 sleeps up to six. The cabover sleeping area features a deluxe queen pillow-top Innerspring mattress. Two flip-up counter extensions boost workspace in the galley. Two 7-gallon propane tanks fuel the 6 cubic-foot refrigerator and the stainless steel range and oven. The stainless range hood houses lighting and a fan. The bathroom includes a dual-pane skylight, powered roof vent, a storage cabinet and blackwater flush. Holding tanks include a 42-gallon fresh tank and 35-gallon grey and black tanks. Air warmed by the forced-air 20,000 BTU furnace flows evenly, via ducts, throughout the interior, including the cabover sleeping area and the bathroom, keeping all corners cozy. The 1172 is wired for a satellite dish, roof A/C, a solar panel, and a wall-mounted thermostat.

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Size 19-34 ft Cost $10,300 to $170,000 Sleeps Up to 8 he Sport Utility RV, or SURV, is for the active family who wants to take T motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs or other motorized toys on the road. Available as a motorhome or towable unit, the rear end of the SURV drops down, forming a ramp for access into a “garage” area where motorized toys can be safely stored; the living quarters are separated by a wall. ■ All the conveniences of home, including kitchen, dining, bathroom, entertainment and storage. ■ Slideouts in some models, which move the RV wall outward up to three feet at the touch of a button to create larger living areas.

Truck Camper

Size 8-20 ft Cost $6,300 to $55,000 Sleeps Up to 6 he Truck Camper is a portable unit designed to be loaded onto, or T affixed to, the bed or chassis of a pickup truck. The slide-in units are easily loaded and unloaded from the bed of the truck, freeing the truck’s bumper to tow boats, ATVs and other trailers ■ Pickup truck owners find Truck Campers to be an easy, economical option for camping getaways. ■ The compact size makes them easy for travel on rough or windy roads. ■ Outdoor sportsmen find them handy for fully equipped base camps in remote locations. ■ The detachable camping unit allows the pickup truck to be used separately at the destination. ■ Small space still offers a range of floor plans that maximize living area. Many models also have slideouts, which move the RV wall outward up to three feet at the touch of a button to create larger living areas. ■ Amenities include toilets, showers, kitchen facilities and storage.


You can put up your feet and really relax in Lance’s latest rolling retreat, the 2375 Travel Trailer. A single slideout gives this 23’-6” plan a roomy and open feel that’s enhanced by skylights in the galley/dinette area and bathroom. But the piece d’resistance is the 2375’s roomy and light-filled rear lounge, which comes complete with a pair of comfy swivel rockers (or you could pick the optional J sofa, which opens to add an additional sleeping space). A pair of tinted panoramic dual-pane windows let the outside in, while ducted 25,000-BTU forced-air heating and available air conditioning guarantee you’ll relax comfortably whatever the weather. Highlighting the master suite, a queen-size walk-around bed features an innerspring mattress and pillow-top. Complete with a USB charging port, LED mood or reading lights and Lance’s exclusive “SkyView” window, the bedroom is that perfect place to unwind when the day is done. The 2375’s full-featured galley includes a stainless steel 3-burner range, stainless range hood and backsplash and six cubic-foot refrigerator. Efficient and mood-setting LED lighting extends throughout the 2375 — and to the outside, where it illuminates the patio, the docking area and exterior storage compartments. Twelve-volt and USB charging ports keep the devices up and running.

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Size 8-24 ft Cost $6,300 to $22,000 Sleeps Up to 8

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Awning Party Lights

Most modern RVs are festooned inside and out with bright and lso known as pop-ups and tent trailers, Folding Camping Trailers efficient LED lights. But occasionally are great for outdoor lovers who enjoy sleeping in a tent without sleeping on the ground. The Folding Camping Trailer stows away for easy, something more festive is called for. This RecPro awning lighting lightweight towing. With canvas sides that extend to reveal queen-sized beds, it’s easy to have a fresh-air experience with all the comforts of an RV. kit turns every evening into an ■ Folding Camping Trailers appeal to budget-conscious consumers occasion. It’s waterproof and mounts looking for a roomy towable RV. permanently so it can stay put ■ The lighter weight allows for towing behind many typical family even when the awning is closed.


vehicles, including some small cars. It is important to match the loaded weight of the RV to the towing capacity of the tow vehicle. Always check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for towing weight restrictions and have your tow package professionally installed.. ■ Lightweight and easy to maneuver when closed, Folding Camping Trailers are a snap to unhitch from the tow vehicle, freeing the vehicle for errands and sightseeing ■ Ample living space means kitchen, dining and sleeping areas are standard, with additional amenities available depending on size. ■ Some Folding Camping Trailer models have slideouts that provide additional living space at the campground

Black Diamond Icon Headlamp Every year, it seems, headlamp manufacturers pack more light into smaller packages. Black Diamond’s new Icon produces up to 500 lumens of white LED illumination. Too much? Then use the programmable brightness memory function to tone it down. Settings include full-strength, dimming, strobe, and RGB night-vision modes. The Icon is sealed to protect it against dust and is waterproof to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.

Class A Motor Home Cobb Premier Grill

Size 21-40 ft Cost $60,000 to $500,000 Sleeps Up to 8 onventional motor homes are constructed entirely on a specially C designed motor vehicle chassis. Home-like amenities abound, like kitchens, bathrooms, living areas with entertainment centers and centrally controlled heating and air conditioning. Spacious and well-equipped, even the smaller, basic models are roomy and home-like. The larger, more luxurious models have many of the bells and whistles of a custom home. Designed with extensive storage capacity and often include basement storage areas. At a touch of a button, slideouts in some models move the RV wall outward up to three feet to create larger living areas. Many motorhome models include multiple slideouts. Many owners choose to tow a small vehicle for short side trips once the motorhome is parked. *Any experienced driver can take the wheel. In several states, additional non-commercial driver’s licensing may be required for motor homes that utilize air brakes or exceed certain weight thresholds. Check with your local department of motor vehicles for specifics.

The Cobb grill was designed in Africa to be used by rural dwellers with no access to electricity. It allowed for safe cooking with minimal risk of fires. The original fuel source was dry corn cobs, which are abundant in rural Africa, hence its name. The Cobb grill is economical. You can roast, bake, smoke, grill or fry a meal for as many as eight diners using just six to 12 briquettes. Perfect for those off-grid situations, when electricity is unavailable and gas is impractical. Built to last of stainless steel and aluminum. The coals are contained and the base stays cool while cooking and no smokey flare-ups means less carcinogenic fat residue on food.

Mixing Bowls Learning to cook in a small space is among the first challenges faced by every new RVer. The right equipment can help. This compact nesting kitchen set from Vesper’s Kitchen includes mixing bowls, measuring cups, a colander, a measuring bowl and measuring cups. Each item is lightweight and unbreakable, and features include easy-grip handles and non-slip bases.

Class B Motor Home Marshmallow Sticks

Size 16-22 ft Cost $60,000 to $130,000 Sleeps Up to 4

Roasting marshmallows with the grandkids may be the best reason ever for joining the RV crowd. And, when you’re making s’mores, why not do it right? These stainless steel marshmallow sticks from Marshmallow Symphony collapse to 10 inches for easy storage and extend to a full 34 inches to keep little hands far from the fire. The set includes six rotating forks, with natural wood handles and six vibrant color rings.

Safety Vest A little preparation goes a long way toward defusing a dangerous situation. And few dangers are more real to RVers than roadside mishaps after dark. No regular traveler should be without a lightweight, fluorescent safety vest. Covered front and back with reflective strips, a good vest makes the wearer visible no matter the weather or light.

ommonly called van campers, these are built using automotive C manufactured van or panel-truck shells. Van campers drive more like the family car, but offer the comforts and conveniences of home on the road. Nimble and easy to drive, this type is are easy to park and maneuver, even in downtown settings. Home-like conveniences are standard, including bathroom, sleeping, dining and kitchen facilities as well as storage. Full stand-up room is achieved by raising the roof and sometimes by the use of dropped floors, for extra interior headroom.

Class C Motor Home

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Garmin RV 760LMT GPS

Size 21-35 ft Cost $43,000 to $200,000 Sleeps Up to 8 ype C Motor homes are built on an automotive van frame with a T wider body section attached to the original cab section. Many are easily recognizable by the over-the-cab area that is often an optional sleeping area. Amenities are similar to those in conventional motor homes. ■ Ample living space includes sleeping, kitchen, dining and bathroom facilities, as well as entertainment systems and storage. ■ Slideouts in some models move the RV wall outward up to three feet at the touch of a button to create larger living areas. ■ Owners can tow a small vehicle for short side trips once the motorhome is parked. ■ The ability to easily move from the driving area or belted passenger seats to the living space when stopped along the way is the main reason owners say they chose a motorhome over a towable model.

With Garmin’s RV-specific GPS unit you’ll never worry about getting lost or, worse, finding yourself on a restricted roadway with little chance of return. Enter your RV’s specifications — height, weight, length — and the included BaseCamp software will steer you clear of hazards, including low overpasses, narrow roads and non-negotiable switchbacks. The system includes voice-activated navigation and a directory of RV parks and services and can be synced with a smartphone to provide current weather conditions.

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North Trail Travel Trailers

North Trail Ultra-Lite Travel Trailer measures 24’ 3”, the largest checks in at 37’ 9”. TheAllsmallest told, 26 North Trail coaches are designed to satisfy buyers’ diverse need. Each one of

them includes a laminated crowned roof system, laminated flooring, block foam-brick insulation and aluminum construction. Enclosed and heated underbellies protect vulnerable plumbing. Other standard gear includes dual 20-pound propane tanks, quad stabilizer jacks and heavy-duty leaf spring suspensions. The quality continues inside, where radius countertops, raised-panel overhead cabinets and ducted A/C offer homey appeal. Kitchens include pullout spray faucets, steel ball-bearing full-extension drawer guides, covered acrylic sinks and handsome, durable Beauflor flooring. Black-tank flush systems, power awnings and electric slide-outs offer ease of use. Diamondplate rock guards, slam-latch baggage doors and nitrogen-filled radial tires head a long list of high-function standard gear.

FR3 by Forest River

The FR3 crossover motorhome from Forest River combines the livability, affordability and features of a Class C motorhome with the space, convenience and styling of a Class A rig. Based on a Ford truck chassis and powered by a 390-horsepower Ford V-10, the FR3 features the flush-floor layout of a Class A coach. Driver and passenger seats swivel to become part of the entertainment area, while the light-filled rear bedroom features a king-sized residential bed. Deep sliderooms and radius ceilings lend the FR3 an open, spacious feel, while upgraded LED lighting produce warm and consistent illumination. Kitchens include a deep, double-bowl stainless sinks, microwave, three-burner cooktops and large ovens. Bathrooms feature wardrobes, foot-flush toilets (with blacktank flush), stainless steel sinks and fixtures and brushed-nickel glass shower frames.

Leprechaun Class C motorhomes

Leprechaun Class C motorhomes from Coachmen impress with style, quality construction and their long lists of safety and convenience features. Hardwood cabinet doors and drawer fronts, large, one-piece countertops and available convection microwaves highlight spacious galleys. Bathrooms feature porcelain foot-flush toilets, double-bowl sinks and shower skylights. A 4.0 KW gas generator from ONAN provides a ready source of 30 AMP power when shoreline power isn’t available. A solar-panel plug-in connection is built into the integrated entry step. Even Cool A/C directs air throughout the coach via ducts, with corners radiused for efficiency, that are mounted in the crowned, vacuum-bonded roof. One-touch power awnings feature adjustable arms for ease of use and shelter slide-outs from . falling debris. Leprechaun motorhomes are available with a choice of powertrains and chassis from Ford or Chevrolet. They feature 2-inch aluminum-cage construction with color-infused high-gloss fiberglass sidewalls.

Flagstaff V-Lite Travel Trailers, The Flagstaff family of Super V Travel Trailers, Super Lite Travel Trailers and Super Lite Fifth Wheels offer buyers a range of lightweight alternatives — without sacrificing features, comfort or quality. Aluminum-frame construction, self-damping Dexter Torflex axles and enclosed underbellies reveal the attention to detail that’s a Flagstaff tradition. Spacious and light-filled interiors feature large windows, 80-inch vaulted ceilings, LED lighting and directional vented air conditioning. Upscale features like flush-mounted sinks and cutting boards, glass-covered stove tops and 22-inch ovens provide the value that Flagstaff owners expect. Glued-and-screwed cabinetry — available in Maple and Driftwood — features solid-wood doors and door fronts. Fresh for 2017, a brand-new eye-catching exterior package includes bonded frameless windows, polished alloy rims and the standard High Gloss White or available High Gloss Oyster, both with mocha accents and graphics package.




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xploring. Adventure. Freedom. These are a few words that describe what many of us think of when owning an RV. Like your home, an RV can be considered an investment – sometimes a very expensive investment. Unlike a vehicle purchase, buying an RV can be more complicated as it is considered a recreational purchase. RV financing helps ensure that the lifestyle you want out of your RV is more than attainable. Before you visit a lender or a dealer that offers financing opportunities, consider some items: ■ Credit Score. You will need good credit to quality for financing. Check your credit score before you seek out a lender for financing, and if needed, improve that score before you finance. The best rates will be given to those with a least a 640 credit score or higher. Depending on the exact score, a buyer may qualify for special programs or have no minimum down payment. ■ Outlying Cost. In addition to your monthly payment, RV owners need to consider added costs such as insurance, monthly and yearly maintenance, fuel costs, cost of camping and the cost of maintaining the vehicle that tows a trailer RV. ■ Financing. Review the current interest rates, loan terms and down payment needed at several lending agents. Most banks will offer flexible terms that range from 48 months to 20 years, and loan amounts from $3,000 all the way up to over a million. ■ Down payments. While many auto dealers are proud of putting together ‘no money down’ deals, in the RV world, down payments of 10 percent or more are usually required to qualify for a loan.

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Now that all the legwork is finished, the type of RV to buy and loan prequalification is complete, it’s time to go shopping. Take your time do your research and visit several dealers. Compare prices and financing. All of these steps will ensure you make the right choice and that all of your adventures in your new RV are happy ones!

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Airstream offers its After that, “We have new Basecamp travel who knows? trailer. no regrets,” Perhaps Jeanie said Weighing 2,585 it will be recently. “The pounds, with battery off to the only thing and topped-off sugar-beet that would propane, the 16-foot harvest in get us off the Basecamp can be the Dakotas, road now towed easily behind where there’s would be a most mid-size SUVs. Its good money grandchild.” compact size allow it to be made. to venture into places With no others can’t go — and to Until offspring on squeeze into the tightest the first the horizon, camp sites. grandchild the Froelichs arrives, the intend to Meanwhile, every inch Froelichs of its compact floorpan continue their say this will is designed for maximum wandering be their utility. Crammed with ways. We lifestyle; storage solutions, its caught up “We love oversized 26 x 46 rear with them by hatch opens wide to the trailer phone in early accept bikes, surfboards still; the December at and kayaks into a 10-foot stretch of usable interior space. Lance has a barbecue been great,” joint in Unpack the gear, and as many as five can gather around the Jeanie said. convertible table. Two can sleep comfortably on fold-out benches. Saginaw, “We love Texas, where Need more room? Two attachable tents (optional) provide up the size. We they’re 120 square feet of additional sheltered outdoor space. Jeanie and Jay Froelich have found various ways to see these working at The galley includes a microwave and three-gallon refrigerator. an Amazon make money while enjoying a full-time RV lifestyle. huge trailers Plumbing includes an exterior shower, a 22-gallon fresh-water and still fulfillment tank and a 29-gallon combo gray/black-water tank. think we made the center. “When you’re out An efficient Truma Combi Eco Plus heating system warms the right choice; you just “We’ll be here until there and the sun water and the air. A two-speed QuietStream air conditioning don’t need everything Dec. 20,” Jeanie said. goes down and the system is available. you think you need.” “On the 20th, we’ll stars come out, it feels Living in a 20-foot be flying home for like you could reach travel trailer can be couple of months out and grab them.” challenging, she said; to see friends and The downsides? “You both have to family, then we’ll be Campers and bears be patient to live like off to our next job.” and the sometimes this with each other.” Seasonal work has awkward relationship But they’ve learned become the fallback between the two. they could live happily position for many “Throughout with less; “You just full-time RVers. the summer, there don’t need everything With employers like were more days that you think you Amazon providing we saw bears than need,” Jeanie said. free camping, the days we didn’t see nomads can bank “There are only a bears,” Jay said. their savings to couple of things we’ve “It was our finance future really missed,” she responsibility to talk wanderings. continued; “a bathtub to the campers about and shower with real The “next job” bears,” Jeanie said, water pressure and is another seasonal “about what to do if a recliner chair.” gig, this one at a they saw a bear and large amusement They miss watching how to keep bears out park in Iowa. their favorite teams of the campground.” on TV. “It’s been two “I’ll be working Twice, Jeanie was years since we saw a in the rides section threatened at close Gonzaga basketball and Jeanie will be range by aggressive game, and we miss working in food bears, but only Jay our Seahawks. concessions,” Jay said. suffered a bite — We miss Hudson’s Before landing from a camper’s dog, Hamburgers — and at Amazon, the despite campground we miss our family.” Froelichs spent five leash laws. months managing “Babysitting was a campground the hard part,” He high in California’s said. “We were always Sierra Nevada having to tell people mountain range. ‘no bonfires,’ or ‘you The 133 campsites can’t park your car at the East Fork in the road.’ Telling Campground are a them they had to keep mix of RV and tent their dogs on leash.” 311 S Park St., Chewelah, WA sites. 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Kootenay Rockies travel can be a scenic and easy journey for WA RV owners By S. Michal Bennett Marketing Correspondent


elson, B.C., gets a lot of attention when it comes to enticing and exceptional vacation spots in the Inland Northwest. And for good reason. The quirky town continually has something diverting happening in its streets, businesses and parks. Then, if you take your trailer, camper or RV on a short trek up the road, you will discover even more magical places nestled in and among the villages that pepper the western shores of Kootenay Lake. Here’s a brief guide to your next RV trip to breathtaking British Columbia, right in our backyard. The Basics The best time to RV in the Nelson area is the end of March through the first of October. However, not all campgrounds are open this early or this late. Most websites will list their availability. You can also check weather conditions on the Nelson and Kootenay Lake Tourism website (www. Access during the travel season typically isn’t a problem for any size RV, even at the north end of the lake. There is a wide variety of campground sizes, locations and level of rustic adventure to choose from along the entire length of Highway 31. Kootenay is one of the longest and deepest lakes in North America, and before Highway 31 existed, the only way you could reach the villages and farms beyond Nelson was by ferry. Today, two ferries still operate during warmer months and can accommodate most RVs on the longest free ferry ride in the world. Almost all the campgrounds (excluding a couple in Nelson) are situated right on the water. Photo courtesy Kootenay Tourism So, even if you don’t take Davis Creek Provincial Park in the Kootenay Rockies is a popular destination for RVers. the ferry, you are pretty much guaranteed incredible views and close proximity to What to Do Outdoor pursuits are both nature and town, no matter where you end up. plentiful. You can kayak, motorboat, raft and Rates are highly ocated in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, the ‘Powder Highway’ reasonable at all paddleboard on the water, refers to the area that boasts the highest concentration of alpine resort, campgrounds, ranging on or hike, spelunk, zipline backcountry, cat, heli and nordic skiing/riding in the WORLD! average from $15 to $30 and mountain bike among Locally known as the ‘Kootenays’ this ski/snowboard mecca is made up of 3.1 U.S. per night. Most camps the Kootenay Rockies or million acres and 70-plus ski operators along the route: 8 alpine ski resorts, 23 have very strict cancellation Selkirks. Shops in Nelson, backcountry lodges, 14 cat-ski operators, 18 and refund policies. Be heli-ski operators and 14 Nordic clubs/centers. Balfour and Kaslo, offer aware that lodging taxes Though there are plenty of quality lodging spots in communities rentals, lessons and tours are fairly high in BC, and in the region, some powderhounds prefer to live out of their rigs. throughout the season. your bank may charge you Here are some suggestions for places to stay and dine. Ask the friendly locals currency conversion fees. Fernie for their favorite spots! Campgrounds Stay: No on-mountain RV parking; Fernie RV Park (nightly rate; some services) There also is no shortage From Nelson to Eat/Drink: Griz Bar, Fernie Hotel & Pub, Kodiak Lounge of year round entertainment in the Raging Elk Hostel, The Royal Argenta, there are a plenty of campgrounds and recreation in the Kimberley to choose from. It’s just a Kootenay area. A few Stay: No on-mountain RV parking matter of deciding what annual highlights are the Eat/Drink: The Stemwinder, Our Place, Pedal & Tap, The Shed activities and amenities Nelson weekly downtown Nelson (Whitewater) you want to access. Farmers Market, Kaslo’s Stay: Whitewater Parking area (nightly rate; limited services) For example, Granite May Days and Jazz Festival, Eat/Drink: WH20 Fresh Tracks Cafe (next to the Glory Chair), Pointe Golf Course, the Tiny Lights Festival Cantina Del Centro, Mike’s Place Pub, Thor’s Pizzeria, located in the heart of (Ymir), Shambhala, Rossland (Red Mtn) Nelson, has 10 RV sites Deconstructing Dinner Stay: Red Mountain Parking area (nightly rate; no services; short stays only) and includes a 25 percent Film Festival and the Grand Eat/Drink: Rafter’s Lounge, Clansey’s Café, The Flying guest discount to one of Food and Wine Festival. Steamshovel, The Garage, Rossland Beer Company BC’s most spectacular Revelstoke Final Note mountain golf courses. Stay: One night only at Revelstoke Mtn Resort Parking area (no cost; no The wealth of tips Woodbury Resort and services), then Canada West RV Park: nightly rate; some services) and recommendations Marina, on the other Eat/Drink: The McKenzie Outpost, Big Eddy Pub, Taco Club hand, sits directly on about traveling to Nelson Golden (Kicking Horse) the water in Woodbury and Kootenay can be Stay: Kicking Horse Parking Area (no costs; no services) or downtown at and rubs shoulders with overwhelming. Start the Golden Municipal Campground (nightly rate; some services) Ainsworth Hot Springs, your planning at the Eat/Drink: Golden Taps, The Riverhouse, The Rockwater Grill & Bar, The Wolf’s Den Cody Caves Provincial comprehensive Nelson Invermere (Panorama) Park and Kokanee and Kootenay Lake Stay: No on-mountain RV Parking; Radium Valley Vacation RV Resort (nightly rate; Mountain Zip Line. Tourism website (www. some services) The town of Kaslo sits Eat/Drink: T-Bar & Grill, Thunderbird Pizza, Arrowhead Brewery, The Blue Dog Café, about in the middle of It is incredibly easy to The Pynelogs Café, Station Pub the lake on Highway 31. navigate, and they provide RV rentals are available in Calgary. Or start your road trip from Kelowna, B.C., Even if you don’t stay at the most data and valuable Kalispell, Mont., or Spokane. Shuttle services are available to most ski resorts from one of its two stunning advice on everything you these airports. Once in the region there is the option of the Kootenay Rideshare to beachfront camps, it is a connect you to each mountain community! need to know for your great place to eat, shop, (If you travel there this year, don’t forget to tag your images on Facebook and vacation. 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RVing full-time is easier than many think By Don Adair Marketing Correspondent


o one knows the exact number of Americans who have ditched the security of home and hearth for life on the road. Their numbers are almost certainly growing, though, and it’s not just retirees who have made the break. “We’ve seen people of a wide range of ages,” said Jeanie Froelich, a longtime North Idahoan, who now calls the road home. Just over two years ago, she and her husband Jay quit their jobs, sold their home and lit out. Today, their permanent place of residence is a 20-foot Lance travel trailer with a single slide-out. Though most of their road-bound compatriots are old enough to have retired, the 50-something Froelichs have met other travelers their age and even younger. Most full-timers are couples, they say, though they’ve met solo travelers of both genders. So, what kind of person decides to ditch it all and take up a nomadic lifestyle? Those who do are inclined to write about it in the ‘Just Do It’ language of a Nike ad. Emily Fagan, who with her husband Mark, runs a website called roadslesstraveled,us, writes that full-timers share “ … a curiosity about what lies beyond the horizon, and they are willing to accept a few bumps in the road to find out.” “What it takes to Live the Dream,” she writes, “is a passion to break the bonds that hold you and to chase down your dream for all you’re worth.” But what about all those things that stand in the way? Would-be nomads fret about money, about health care, about their ability to manage the daily rigors of the machinery. Lots of folks worry about the act of driving an RV, of backing a tow vehicle with a trailer or fifth-wheel attached, or maneuvering a 35-foot vehicle through gas stations and parking lots. Get over it, say those who have taken the leap of faith; you won’t know how to do it until you do it. Besides, says everyone who ever took up the lifestyle, the RV community is one big, supportive family. No matter what challenge you may confront, someone else has already figured it out — and will be happy to help. “The one thing that is so amazing about people in RV parks and people you meet along the road is all you have to do is ask… they are so helpful and so nice.” Medical Being of retirement age, most full-timers enjoy Medicare benefits and plan an annual trip home to handle their medical needs.

Like many travelers who are too young for Medicare, the Froelichs carry catastrophic coverage but pay out-of-pocket for routine care. Mexico has long been known for capable and inexpensive dental care and cosmetic surgery. Many full-timers head for the border for dentistry and eye care — and to stock up on medications. “We go to Mexico ever six months to get Jay’s medications,” Jeanie said. “Medications are so much cheaper there.” In many cases, a prescription is not required. More information about medical care in Mexico can be found at www. Income After spending their first several months on the road, the Froelichs had exhausted their small nest-egg and began looking for “workamping” opportunities. A typical workamping job provides RVers with a minimum-wage ($7-12) income and an RV space, in exchange for 15-20 hours per week of work, usually for a preset term of employment. Jay and Jeanie have now worked as campground managers at a remote park in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains and as seasonal workers at an Amazon facility in Texas. In a few weeks, they’re off to Iowa for a stint in the Adventureland Amusement Park, where “They’re hoping to hire 300 full-timers this spring,” Jeanie said. Many workampers depend on the income and the savings the experience provides. However, the Froelichs have many fulltimers who work not because they have to, but because they enjoy the camaraderie. Many RVers use to find jobs, while an organization called the Escapees RV Club ( provides members job tips, along with other services and information. Word-of-mouth has become the Froelichs’ go-to source of workamping information, though. “Your

friends out on the road can tell you where to go and where not to go for work,” Jeanie said. Communications/ Finances Escapees is just one of several companies that provides mailforwarding services to RVers, though most full-timers have family or friends collect their mail and forward it. The advent of the internet allows full-timers to conduct much of their personal business online, including banking and bill-paying. Similarly, cell-phone coverage has become nearly universal and most private campgrounds include WiFi. To get reception in out-of-the-way locations, many RVers invest in cell-phone range extenders. Many RVers employ satellite dishes to get TV reception, but the Froelichs opt not to. “When we’re in a metropolitan area, we can get 10 or 15 channels off the air, which is fine for us,” Jeanie said. Devoted fans of Gonzaga’s Bulldogs and the Seattle Seahawks, the Froelichs head for a sports bar when it’s game-time. Thus, they get their sports fix — and make new friends — in a single experience.

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articipating RV dealers bring in different inventories each year to get visitors exited about what’s new. But one ingredient has stayed constant: the Allstate Insurance Cash Machine. This has actually become a favorite part of the event, whether someone is cheering on a contestant or frantically trying to grab money as it flies around the enclosed space. Longtime show visitors know there’s only one way to get your 30 seconds of RV Show fame – buy a RV during the show weekend. Then you can don your safety goggles and trying to catch as much cash as you can in the time limit – and

bring it all home! Show owner Steve Cody said the Allstate Insurance Cash Machine has become one of the favorite features of the show, and he makes sure it’s always stocked with different denominations of bills. Some people, who just paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for their own big rig, make sure they get their Allstate Cash Machine experience. Since so many RVs are sold during the RV Show, there will likely be many opportunities for visitors to watch the fun and see how much cash people can emerge with. Cody will also make announcements inviting people to that area before this happens.

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least your eye on one. What’s the next vehicle on your list? How about a motorcycle? Be sure to mark your calendar for March 10-12 for the 14th annual Inland Northwest Motorcycle Show, a favorite event at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. The show presented by Toyota is designed for anyone who appreciates this special type of transportation, including those shopping or simply browsing. The show will include representation from several area dealers offering great deals on motorcycles and accessories. There will also be dozens of vendors offering all sorts of equipment and apparel designed to help you look cool and stay safe while riding. Finally, there will be representatives from bike-friendly travel destinations throughout

suggestions for future road trips. There will also other fun elements, such as the Budweiser Biker Bar; a shoe/boot shine area, and the return of Toyota’s Great Gas Giveaway, where gas cards are raffled off hourly. The fan-favorite Indoor Poker Run also returns, where players can win cash for the best or the worst hands. Bike owners can show their stuff by entering the KKZX Bike-Off Competition, where trophies and prizes are awarded to the top motorcycles in each class. Show hours are 3-8 pm. March 10, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 11 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12. Tickets are good for all weekend and are $10 for adults, $5 kids 6-12 and free for 5 and under. (Cash only.) For more info visit

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Be aware of local laws before firing up of a state highway. in every state, and it’s By Allison Hall ccording to smart to learn these ■ Marijuana should Marketing Correspondent the Recreation rules ahead of time be treated the same as s of the Vehicle Industry alcohol and it should November 2016 to avoid any tricky Association, shipments legal situations. never be opened, election, there of RVs grew 13 percent consumed or even There are also are now eight states from January 2016 to handled while the some common that have legalized August 2016. Total RV is in motion. rules that even the the recreational units in this period ‘legal’ states share. ■ Consuming use of marijuana: ■ You must be marijuana then driving were 290,852, and Washington, Oregon, the RVIA expected 21 to buy and have may land you a DUI California, Nevada, this number to pass marijuana in your arrest or conviction. Alaska, Colorado, 400,000 by the end possession in every For example, Maine, Massachusetts. of 2016. This would state. In addition, Washington and It’s also legal in you must not have Colorado share a legal be an increase from Washington, D.C. more than the legal limit of 5 Nanograms/ the 374,246 units Plus, more states amount allowed mL of blood. in 2015. The totals were added to the in your possession ■ In most states list where medical smoking pot is marijuana is permitted for that state. recreational or medical ■ All marijuana and permitted in private, in some cases with marijuana products. marijuana products but illegal in public valid paperwork, and ■ National Parks purchased in a state – that includes the today, more than half or any National Park must be consumed sight and smell of it. the U.S. have some Service-affi liated in that state. Taking level of permission ■ ‘In between’ areas are considered some into another for marijuana users. states may have even federal land, and state, even one where stricter laws. For While this growing marijuana is legal, can instance, Idaho, which follow strict federal social acceptance can use or possession be considered a federal is now surrounded be seen as excellent rules. This includes felony, especially if by legal states, has news for residents of not only national low tolerance for any these states, it also can you’re stopped on parks, but national an interstate instead create a forests, national patchwork monuments, of and some unknowns public-private for travelers, ski slopes. especially Possession, RV owners consumption, who enjoy or distribution interstate or marijuana travel. within these If you areas is illegal, do like to even in potpartake of friendly states. cannabis ■ Remember products that even if your or shop at home address local legal is in a legal retailers, be state, you’ll aware that still be under there are the jurisdiction different of whatever possession Though marijuana is legal in some states, travelers can face penalties state you are standards recreating in. for taking it from one state to another.



were the highest since 1977, and the seventh year of increased shipments. In 2011, there were 252,300 annual shipments. The RVIA also reported that the RV industry had a $50 billion impact in 2015. It provides more than 150,000 jobs and $7.9 billion in wages. Recent travel economic data shows

that a family of four can save between 27 and 62 percent on travel costs on an RV vs. a hotel and airfare. For two people, estimated savings are 11-48 percent. The average age of RV owners continues to drop – the 34-54 age range is the largest segment. However, Baby Boomers are also increasing their ownership.


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RVing with Rover: Pets can enhance travel By Jean Arthur Marketing Correspondent


ifi loves to travel and watch the world go by, and she’s not alone. According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, 61 percent of RV owners traveled with pets this in 2016. Of those pet owners, 90 percent traveled with dogs and 14 percent traveled with cats. Many campgrounds now accommodate pets with fenced off-leash areas, pet trails and pet litter pick-up bags. Travelers should contact campgrounds ahead of time to reserve pet-friendly campsites. “One of the big reasons people RV is because they have pets that they don’t want to leave at home,” says Mike Gast, Vice President of Communications at Kampgrounds of America Inc., better known as KOA. “We pride ourselves with being a petfriendly facility.” All 490 North America KOAs, including 34 in Canada, offer pet parks, “off leash facilities because pets are a big deal, and the pet parks are a popular amenity to have,” adds Gast. While RVing continues to grow in popularity, not all pets enjoy the experience. That’s why it’s important to making an RV pet-friendly including creating comfortable spaces for the animals where they feel safe, using familiar pet bedding and toys, food and water bowls, and timely breaks and exercise. ■ Keep them contained. The Humane Society of the United States suggests that pets should not be free when the RV when in motion. Instead, cats and dogs can be restrained inside pet carriers, which secured by a seat belt or other anchor. The carrier shouldn’t be placed in the front seat due to possible injury if an airbag deploys, Pet seat belts allow dogs to be in a backseat, but still restrained in case of sudden stopping. The Humane Society advises against allowing critters to smell the fresh air through open windows while the vehicle is moving— they might leap out or become injured if an unestops. ■ Keep all IDs handy. Pets should have ID tags with current owner and vehicle info. An implanted ID chip or tattoo from the veterinarian also might help reunite pets and owners if an animal goes wanders away or becomes frightened in a storm. ■ Keep them cool. Owners shouldn’t leave a pet alone in an RV any time of year. The Humane Society said that when it’s 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature in your vehicle can heat up to 116 degrees within an hour. On an 85-degree day, even with the windows slightly open,

Make sure your pets enjoy the journey. Plenty of products make pet travel easier temperatures can parrots, especially reach 102 degrees in during snowbird RV manufacturers recognize that a growing number of pet owners 10 minutes.” Extreme season, which hits after are traveling with dogs, cats or other companion animals, so many heat causes pest to Thanksgiving, folks models now feature pet-friendly amenities. suffer irreversible organ heading to Florida, When searching for one that meets your needs and your pet damage or death. South Texas, etc., and needs, start with something with vinyl flooring instead of carpet. they settle in for 2-3 ■ Curtail the roaming. months. Of course Easy-clean furnishings like washable fabrics and vacuum-easy Pets may encounter there are a few boa wildlife or even pets spaces are also recommended. constrictors traveling of fellow campers, One brand known in pet owner circles is ACE, made by Thor with a few people who neither of whom may Motor Coach. like their snakes.” want to play nice. Furniture and cockpit seats are made using scratch-resistant Some campers use Gast notes that some tethers or portable KOAs are equipped to substances. The easy clean, non-carpet flooring is perfect for pets. electric fencing to keep host livestock, often Outside is a leash tie called the “Pet Link” on the camp pets nearby. But a horses en “We’d love to have side, under the passenger window. There’s even a hungry mountain lion, route to pullout “Kibble Station” drawer with two large bowls your dog stay with bear, coyote or other events. built into the drawer for water and food. KOA because pets carnivore may not be “A South deterred by fencing or Dakota don’t stay up all night Other manufacturers have integrated midsize dog proximity to humans. KOA partying!” – KOA sign kennel into an end tables next to the couch. Some has a full ■ Leashes may be manufacturers such as Winnebago have outside stable required. shower features with a hose attachment for washing pooches. In many private and for horses! They even have a rodeo fi ve Some RV rental companies invite pets to join the travel. Cruise public campgrounds or times a season.” in municipalities with America has pet-friendly rental policies for companion animals, existing leash laws. Non-camping pet and its 122 camp locations also welcome pets. owners also prefer pet ■ Pet paperwork. El Monte RV Motorhome Vacations allows pets in RVs. amenities as well. Some campgrounds Other potentially useful items for traveling pets and owners and all international “We’ve become include: border crossings require home base for people valid veterinarian going to dog shows. I ■ ID tags, which should have the owner’s name and cell number, health certificate was in Ohio at resort RV make and license plate number. Pet Smart locations are and proof of rabies at Shelby/Mansfield one of several national pet retailers with simple self-engraving vaccination—not KOA resort, and they machines for pet tags, which cost around $8 apiece. just a rabies collar had a hosted Great tag. Up-to-date shot Dane show on the ■ Pet seat belt collar harnesses and tethers from Kurgo cost $30 records also become campground,” he said. for the Tru-Fit Dog Car Harness. These harnesses are broad, necessary when RVers “You see temporary padded and comfortable plus compatible with any vehicle seat decide to recreate for wire kennels popping belt system. It’s machine washable and has been crash tested. a day sans the pet, up with five Great Ruffware’s Load Up seatbelt harness, $80, is good for short and use doggy day Danes each. That’s the care kennels, the dog only way they travel, walks and safe RV travel. Kurgo also sells seat covers that sitters will need proof not by flying, not range from $60 to $100, and are washable, waterproof and of inoculations. Pet in a car, but an RV integrate with the Kurgo harnesses. owners should inspect that’s big enough.” ■ Portable pet fences range from $40 to $90. Direcsource Ltd. the kennel property, Pet owners must offers an 8-panel, 31-inch square each, that can be arranged look at online reviews respect the rules for and ask about measures four-legged and twoin a dog corral. Other brands offer taller or smaller fencing taken to protect pets legged guests. Gast said and some can be equipped with a sun or weather cover. against parasites, ticks, some campgrounds will ■ For animals that need help getting into vehicles, Portable fleas and distemper. ask RVers to leave if Pet Steps cost $25, and work well for cars or trucks that are ■ Plan ahead. dogs’ barking disturbs towing camper trailers. Planning in advance other campers. helps both pup and Be sure to check ■ A PetLite LED collar light, $5, can be attached to a collar for person. For example, campground pet evening walks. many national parks policies. Pet policies ■ Portable pet beds, $15-$100, should be of washable fabric do not allow pets often note that good and flexible enough for folding and storage. beyond the paved behavior is a must. roads and established ■ For muddy mutts, Kurgo sells a Mud Dog Travel Shower, $10, “Dogs of any breed campgrounds. For that are hostile or a food-grade silicone showerhead that screws on to most example, Glacier aggressive will be plastic pop bottles to create quick, convenient cleanups. A National Park no longer asked to leave the 1-liter bottle full of water allows about a minute of shower time. allows pets in lakes campground, along and streams considered with owners. Dogs ■ A traveling water bottle and dog bowl for $15 is a handy “backcountry.” water source for Fido, with an 8 oz plastic cup attachment for must be kept on leashes Dogs and cats are no longer than 6 feet lapping the H2O. Both are dishwasher safe and PVC/BPA popular, but some when outside their free. RVers bring along owners’ vehicles or ■ “Rescue Pet” signs to display in RV windows cost around $6, other critters. rental units. Do not and state “in case of emergency, please rescue pet.” KOA’s Gast says leave a tethered dog some prefer actual unattended. Remember ■ For humans who need to keep tabs on Fido, the Furbo Dog avian travelers, manners. Constant Camera is an HD Wifi camera with 2-way audio and treat making ‘snowbird’ barking bothers other tosses via an iOS/Android app. It runs $250 and has night something literal. campers. If your pet vision. A bark alert delivers push notifications to smartphones, is too vocal, you may “We get a lot of and the two-way speaker allows owners to talk directly to pets. be asked to leave.”

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