When the Puyallup RV Show started in 1973, it became known as the first nonfair event hosted at the Washington State Fair and Event Center.
“We bought gas-forced heating for the buildings, so they could be used,” said Dave Helgeson, the show director with the Manufactured Homes Recreational Vehicles Association.
Today, 40 years later, the event draws 8,000 RV and manufactured-home enthusiasts through the gates.
“The Puyallup show is terrific because it’s such a great venue,” Helgeson said. “We’re able to present everything from tent and travel trailers to fifth wheels and toy haulers to rolling mansion motor homes and vacation homes that you can put on a lake.”
Helgeson said attendees will discover something that will “enhance their leisure dream experience.”
The 2014 Puyallup RV Show starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. About 15 vendors will feature more than 250 product lines, occupying the event center’s Showplex and Centennial buildings and spaces outside.
“We have brought in a whole line of speakers,” Helgeson said.
Gary Bunzer, “The RV Doctor,” is among those speakers.
The Washington State Employees Credit Union, the presenting sponsor, will have people available to explain the process of financing an RV during Saturday and Sunday seminars.
“We have a RV driving workshop with a professional driver coming in to teach that,” Helgeson said. “We have vintage RVs from the early 1970s and some from the 1940s, and classic Winnebagoes from the 1960s and 1970s.”
Aside from RVs, Helgeson said those who are looking for a manufactured home requiring less maintenance will have plenty to look at.
Similar to the Seattle RV Show in February, Helgeson said $1 from every nondiscounted adult and senior ticket sold at the box office will be donated to Washington State Parks. The employees credit union will match that with a dollar-for-dollar donation.
if you go
Opening day of the Puyallup RV Show is Thursday and it will run through Sunday at the Washington State Fair and Event Center. Show hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults; $9 for seniors; and $7 for students ages 13-18. Tickets bought at thepuyalluprvshow.com are $2 off. Tickets purchased online on opening day receive an additional $1 off. Parking is free.
Andrew Fickes: 253-552-7001 andrew.fickes @puyallupherald.com