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SEATTLE — The Seattle RV Show is returning to CenturyLink Field Event Center for it’s 56th year Feb. 7-10. The theme for the 2019 Show is “Whenever, Wherever, Together,” and it sums up the freedom and flexibility that the RV lifestyle has to offer.
This year’s event will cover 225,000 square feet and is the largest indoor RV event held each year in the state of Washington, the release noted.
For the first time, it‘s being sponsored by BECU and is produced by the non-profit MHRV Show Association. One dollar from every non-discounted box office admission will be donated to Washington State Parks.
The 56th Seattle RV Show, which got its start in the old Seattle Coliseum in 1963, will include more than 20 local dealers, displaying hundreds of 2019 RV models from pop-up trailers to luxury motorhomes.
More than two dozen free educational seminars will be held throughout the show.
“There is nowhere else in our area where you can take in so much about RVing in one place,” said Dave Helgeson, MHRV Show Director. “RVing gets in your blood. People discover that they love the freedom it brings to experience and explore our great country and continent.
“Whether you’re a seasoned RV veteran or a first-time attendee, the Seattle RV Show is the place to learn more about this extraordinary lifestyle plus get some truly great buys on new units,” he added.
Online ticket buyers will receive a free, one-day parking pass for the Mariner’s Field Parking Garage (7-foot clearance). Those interested in returning another day are invited to stop by the information center to register for complimentary return tickets.
Attendees are also invited to enter to win a pair of Motorized Foldable MYLO Scooters.
This year’s attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods to support Northwest Harvest. Donations will be matched pound for pound by The Seattle RV Show.
Once again, the show will include a beer and wine rest stop for those in need of a break. These beverages may be taken around the venue.
A Treasure Quest for children 12 and under will have them navigating throughout the show using a treasure map to find camping goodies. Free childcare for kids 10 and younger will be available over the weekend.
“Show attendees will be able to check out any or all of the newest RV models at their own pace and compare right on the spot. Something that’s not possible by driving from dealer to dealer,” said Helgeson.
Manufacturer representatives will be onsite to provide valuable information and advice. At the “Ask the Experts” exhibit, a fully accessorized RV equipped with the latest toys and upgrades will be on display. A seasoned RV service professional will be on hand to answer questions concerning general RV service — jacks, awnings, antennas and other installed accessories.
Special financing options will be also be offered by presenting sponsor BECU.
The annual event is popular with beginning RVers as well as veterans.
“The RV industry has exploded over the past 5 years with a record number of sales and we’ve seen a record number of people attending the shows,” said Helgeson. “Beginners can to do a lot of research in one place and will typically get a great price if they decide to buy.
“Most RVers will buy five or more RVs in their lifetime, so the show is an excellent opportunity for those who already have an RV to scrutinize all of the latest models,” he added. “Many people attend each year just to see what’s new, doing their research and taking advantage of the competitive sales atmosphere to make a great buy.”
There will be a “Hands On RV 101” class for beginners considering RV ownership, a “what you need to know” hands-on walk through of an RV. A certified RV technician will demonstrate the operation of all systems including appliances, LP gas, electrical, fresh and waste water.
The demonstration is designed to eliminate the concerns that first-time buyers might have and give them a true feel of what RV ownership is like. The exhibit is free and will be offered every hour from noon to 5 p.m.
People looking to upgrade their RV and RVing experience can check out the “Upgrade My RV” exhibit upstairs on the event center concourse. There people will find RV accessories designed to make their RV experience more enjoyable, from deluxe RV furniture to advanced fifth-wheel towing systems, said Helgeson.
General admission is $13 for adults and $11 for seniors 62 and older. Children 17 and younger will be admitted free, if accompanied by an adult. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
More information is available at SeattleRVshow.com.