The fall and winter outdoor sports show season in the Pacific Northwest opens with Washington state’s Tacoma Fall RV Show, set to run Oct. 2-5 at the Tacoma Dome.
Dealers from throughout the region will have more than 500 motorhomes, fifth-wheels, campers, tent trailers and vans on display, representing 50 manufacturers.
This year’s show will have an emphasis on “green” products and more fuel-efficient units, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.
Touted as “the most eco-friendly motorhome in the universe,” the SolTrekker will make its Washington premiere at the show. Introduced in 2006 as the biodiesel-powered bioTrekker, the unit uses sustainable solutions in all areas of RV operation from solar-powered lighting to waste treatment. The SolTrekker uses no petroleum, no diesel generator, no propane stove, water heater or furnace.
MC Electric Vehicles of Seattle will be showing the Miles Automotive electric sedan and the Zenn Motor Co. coupe. The Javlon, from Southern California’s Miles Automotive, will go 120 miles before it needs a charge and will hit a top speed of 80 mph, according to the company’s website.
It costs about $37,000, and its lithium ion battery will last more than 100,000 miles before it needs to be replaced. Designed for short trips, the Zenn car can go 25 mph and has a range of 30 to 50 miles. It recharges by plugging into a standard 110-volt outlet.
“Increasing numbers of RVers are purchasing alternative-energy vehicles for run-about-town vehicles, and they’re pulling them on trailers or in toy haulers,” said MC Electric Vehicles’ Jen Johnson in a news release.
Baydo’s RV Center in Fife will show the new Komfort Lite trailer (21 to 28 feet), which starts at 4,000 pounds and features an aluminum frame, fiberglass exterior and flat screen TV.
South Hill RV Sales of Puyallup will display the first Eclipse Milan (23 to 29 feet) travel trailer. It comes with cherry cabinetry and a flat-screen TV.
Tacoma RV Center will show Keystone’s new 10th Anniversary Edition Montana (29 to 36 feet), which comes standard with a remote control device that operates the slideout, powerjacks and awning.
On the seminar schedule are several Washington RV speakers. Matt Lynch of TL Central in Kent will talk about towing systems and Eric Davis of Eric’s RV Performance of Sequim will share tips on “Improving Your RV Driving Experience.” Jon Brazel of Brazel’s RV Performance of Centralia will discuss “Suspension, Brakes and Steering.” Edo Gebenini of Evergreen Auxiliary Power of Puyallup will present “Care & Use of Inverters in Motorhomes.” Shirley Lewis of Infinity Coach of Sumner will describe the latest in RV design and décor.