Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Valley RV SuperCenter Newsletter #1








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By Tony Weeldreyer
General Manager
Valley RV Supercenter

Welcome to the first edition of our new newsletter, published in conjunction with NorthwestRVer.com. Once a month we'll bring you news and information about RVing in our beautiful Northwest. We'll tell you about great places to visit, and we'll pass along tips about using your RV and maintaining it.

As you probably know, Valley RV Supercenter is the Northwest's #1 Jayco dealer. So we'll keep you up-to-date on all the company's products. We'll show you video walk-thrus and introduce you to new models. We'll provide tips about caring for your Jayco as well as point out any accessories that are of particular interest.

We always have a large selection of pre-owned RVs from other companies as well as Jayco. You'll find these RVs on our website. We'll keep you posted on new arrivals through this monthly newsletter.

SHOWTIME!
The largest indoor RV show in the West gets underway this Thursday, Feb. 5 and runs through Sunday the 8th in downtown Seattle at the CenturyLink Field Event Center. This is a great opportunity to see a lot of RVs in one place and get a great deal on the one you conclude is best for you.

If you plan to attend, be sure to use the coupon code below for two admissions for the price of one admission coupon below which also includes free parking at the Safeco Field Parking Garage ($13 value). You'll also receive a complimentary cup of chowder at FX McRory's! The 2015 show features an impressive lineup of seminars, plus free babysitting on the weekend for the kids.

I hope to see you at the show!


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Feb. 13-14
Mt. Angel Wurstfest

Mt. Angel, Washington
Celebrate German sausage at this 7th annual event. Area sausage makers will offer up their best bratwurst, currywurst, frickadelwurst and other wursts garnished with sauerkraut, grilled onions and Monastery Mustards. Enjoy world famous Warsteiner beers from Germany and local favorite Seven Brides Brewing. On Friday, celebrate a raucous Fasching (German Mardi Gras) with prizes for the best costume. Learn more.

Feb. 27, 28 to March 1
Chocolate on the Beach Festival

Pacific Beach, Washington

Here’s a fun, family festival for chocolate lovers! There are chocolate vendors, artists and crafters. Attend a cooking class or enter your favorite recipe in the recipe contest. How about entering an eating contest? Attendees will find chocolate that is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, organic, fair trade, raw and even healthy treats for your favorite furry friends. Yum! Read more.


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Watch out when camping beneath trees

A few things to think about when choosing a campsite near or beneath trees: First, do not camp close enough to branches that they may sway in a sudden wind: that can annoy you, or worse, scratch your RV's paint. Second, check the area around the tree before selecting a site for anything that may be dropping from a tree — berries, leaves. . .even bird droppings from a favorite roosting place. And if a big storm is brewing, it may be best to stay away from trees that could come crashing down.

Meal planning tip
Prepare more complicated meals when you have full hookups. It's easy to clean up afterwards because you have plenty of water and no worry about filling up holding tanks. Consider making a double portion and freeze half for a future meal. When boondocking, keep recipes simple; use paper plates which you can burn later to start your campfire.

Keep bugs and dirt out of your water hose
When done with your fresh water hose, coil it up and screw the ends together tightly to keep out bugs and dirt while it is stored. Flush it thoroughly before use.

Look inside your dual tires
Take an occasional peek between your dual tires to make sure nothing has wedged in there. If it seems like something has been there a while, it might be best to have a tire shop inspect for damage.

Know where you are
Always know the name and location of your campground including your site number (and gps coordinates if possible). If it's a public campground with no street address, then know which highway it's along and the direction of the closest city. In an emergency you may have to call for help. If you don't know where you are, you could have a serious problem.

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Washington State Parks
wall calendar now available!

The Washington State Parks 2015 wall calendar is now available for purchase! The calendar features brilliant color photos that represent some of the park system’s premier and unique features. Visit the Park Store web page to order.

We're hiring at Valley RV Supercenter
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Jay Flight SLX Trailer

Looking for a lightweight trailer? Perfectly sized for on-the-go fun, the Jay Flight SLX packs everything you need in a lightweight RV design. Starting with its 8 feet 8 inches height, select SLX models fit into most residential garages, and built at 7 feet wide, this minivan-friendly, crossover-capable design is easy to see around when being pulled. Learn more at Jayco.com. Or at Valley RV Supercenter.

Jay Flight for 2015 now even offers Murphy Bed floorplans.
Whether you are looking for a bunk room for the kids, a rear kitchen layout, or an outside kitchen, you're sure to find the 2015 Jay Flight that is just right for you and your family at the right price. Read more.

The 2015 Jay Flight SLX offers a variety of versatile floorplans at a family-friendly price, including the all-new eight-foot-wide models. Whether you're looking for bunks or a queen bed, Jay Flight SLX has the perfect fit for you. And with a full featured kitchen and bathroom, the SLX delivers all of the essentials. Read more.

Welcome Canadian Customers!
Buy from Valley RV Supercenter and you will save $$$!

Being a Jayco dealer in the Pacific Northwest, Valley RV Supercenter is positioned to offer an opportunity for our friends across the border to save money on their RV purchase. How? Click here to find out.

Jayco adding to its plant to meet demand!
What do you do when you produce a great RV and you run out of room to make it? You add more manufacturing space! That’s what Jayco is doing — building a new plant on its sprawling Middlebury, Ind., campus. The new facility will be dedicated to the manufacture of Jayco’s high-end Entegra Coach Class A’s, including the Aspire, Anthem and flagship Cornerstone brands, according to Jayco Motorhome Group President Tadd Jenkins. Read more.

'Ask the Technician' at the Seattle RV Show
Do it yourselfers, gadget lovers and anybody looking to upgrade their RV won’t want to miss this year’s “Ask the Technician” exhibit at the 2015 Seattle RV Show. At the exhibit you will find a fully accessorized travel trailer and tow vehicle equipped with the latest toys and upgrades. Chris Nelson of Valley RV Supercenter will be on hand to answer your questions concerning general RV service, jacks, awnings, antennas and other installed accessories. Click here to learn about the products to be featured at this exhibit.

Lost the owners manual to your Jayco RV?
It happens: we misplace the owners manual for our RVs. Well, good news! If you have a Jayco motorhome or towable, then your rig's owners manual is a couple of mouse clicks away. The first click is here.

Become a host in a Washington State Park!
How about spending a month or longer at a beautiful Washington State Park, rent free? If that sounds good, consider becoming a camp host. 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. Hosts are needed year-round in most Washington state parks.

As a host, you will greet the public and help set the tone for a pleasant stay. Hosts assist park staff and perform a variety of tasks depending on the park and the type of host assignment. They receive free camping and hookups in exchange for performing these duties. A typical host assignment is 30 days. This may be extended up to 90 days at the park manager's discretion. Hosts must provide their own RV and camping equipment. Hosts should enjoy working with the public, have the desire to accept new challenges, and possess the willingness to learn about Washington state parks. Learn more.

Prefer to be a camphost in Oregon? Click here for information.





Washington News

Washington State Parks announces free admission days for 2015.
•Entrepreneur's idea for tram to Hurricane Ridge would face huge federal, state hurdles.
•The quietest place in America is one square inch in Olympic National Park.
This Washington State Park is a gem!
Washington State Park leaders optimistic about 2015 funding boost.

Oregon News
•Best Oregon State Parks for winter camping.
•Oregon’s White River Falls shows frosty formations when temperatures dip in winter.
•Crater Lake, Oregon’s blue beauty, faces unclear future.

British Columbia News
Camping fees at most BC provincial parks will cost $2 more beginning March 15. Some will rise $5.

Other News
Make plans for 2015 National Park free admission days.
Make reservations now for best Northwest summer camping spots.






Cape Disappointment State Park
Looking for a great "staycation" — a nearby spot to camp and enjoy yourself? Cape Disappointment State Park on the Long Beach Peninsula has 137 standard campsites, 60 full hookup sites, and 18 sites with water and electricity only. The park offers two miles of ocean beach, two lighthouses, an interpretive center and hiking trails. The park store offers gifts, ice, wood, fishing gear and other camper essentials. Take a video tour!

County Line Park, Cathlamet, Wash.
The management of County Line Park near Cathlamet has changed from Cowlitz County to Wahkiakum Port District #2 and Wahkiakum County Parks & Recreation Department. The agencies spent $100,000 on renovations and it shows. The campground has 18 paved RV sites with electric and water for $20 and three tent sites for $10. The park is six miles east of Cathlamet on SR 4, on the north shore of the Columbia River. Amenities include restrooms with flush toilets and showers, a fish cleaning station and a seasonal fish smokehouse. For info call 360-795-8605


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Fun for kids and fun for
Mom and Dad at Seattle RV Show!

There's a lot going on at this week's Seattle RV Show besides a whole buncha RVs to check out! For kids, there's a treasure hunt with hidden booty! Children 12 and under can obtain a treasure map and a booty bag at any show entrance then follow the map to six hidden treasure chests throughout the show. Who knows what treasure awaits?

. . . and for Mom and Dad, there’s beer and wine available at the north end of the East Hall. Tables and seating are open to the whole family, not just the “old folks.”

Sell your RV on consignment
At Valley RV Supercenter we are always looking for quality vehicles. Let us help you sell yours! Just click here then fill out the requested information. One of our buyers will contact you as soon as possible. For questions or assistance, please contact our consignment department at 888-260-4509.






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Monday, January 5, 2015

Mount Rainier National Park -- This month's National Park Getaway

By Ingrid Nixon, Chief of Interpretation, Mount Rainier National Park

Photo: NPS.gov
Looking for snow? Then Mount Rainier in Washington state is a great place to be. The park, on average, receives about 641 inches of snow each year; it lingers in the high country long after spring flowers are blooming in the low lands. That means there's usually plenty of snow for snowshoeing, skiing, camping, sliding, and more.

While snow closes most roads in the park to vehicles, the road from the Nisqually entrance to Longmire is open year-round. The stretch of road from Longmire to Paradise opens daily if weather allows. You can check the road status on Twitter: MountRainierNPS.

You'll find rangers to answer your questions at the Longmire Information Center seven days a week and up at Paradise in the Jackson Visitor Center on weekends and holidays. When open, the Jackson Visitor Center offers displays to learn about the park, large windows to enjoy mountain views, a snack bar and gift shop.

Photo: NPS.gov
Never been on snowshoes? Then join a park ranger or volunteer for a free, guided snowshoe hike offered several times a day on weekends at Paradise. Rangers will even lend you the snowshoes. Or you can rent snowshoes from the park concessioner or a business outside the park and head out on your own snowy stroll.

Once enough snow has fallen to protect delicate vegetation in the meadows, the park grooms a snow play area just north of the upper Paradise parking lot for weekend sliding and sledding. This often stays active into March.

Before ranging too far afield, talk to a ranger about known avalanche paths and risks, such as tree wells and snow bridges over streams. Once you know what areas to avoid and what danger signs to look for, you can head off for some backcountry fun.

You won't find ski lifts in the park, so backcountry skiers and snowboarders spend a lot of time climbing hills to earn that sweet, memorable ride down.

Winter campers can get guidance and a free camping permit from rangers at Longmire or Paradise. If you're not in the mood to rough it, consider booking dinner and a night at the National Park Inn, located at Longmire and open year-round.

Keep in mind that mountain weather changes rapidly; a gorgeous day can quickly turn rotten. Check the weather, road, and avalanche conditions before you come, and consider rescheduling your trip for another time if things look bad. All vehicles are required to carry tire chains in winter, and drivers need to know how to put them on. (Some businesses outside the park rent tire chains.) Be sure to bring warm clothes, waterproof outer wear, and adequate foot gear so you can be comfortable no matter the weather. Get a preview of your winter visit via the park's webcams.

For more information on Mount Rainier National Park, click here. For the current edition of "Tahoma News," the Mount Rainier National Park newsletter, click here.