Happy New Year!

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Stuart Bourdon, Editor-In-Chief
December 12, 2012

This is the first issue of the New Year and we are looking forward to delivering ever-increasing exciting, informative and fulfilling stories to you, the readers and fans of Trailer Life. For example, see Tim Walton’s well-researched treatise on pin boxes for fifth-wheel trailers. Walton explores different... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Swamp Angels

Marsh Sunrise — Photo: Brenda Lafleur

Alan Rider
December 7, 2012

A little over 70 years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy.” Less than an hour after that historic speech, the U.S. Congress declared war on Japan, a move that marked America’s entry into World War II. While there are... Read more »

The Scenic Route: On The Spot


Alan Rider
November 30, 2012

When it comes to peace-of-mind on the road, you might think you’re covered with your emergency road service card and your cell phone. But what about all those places along The Scenic Route —and, don’t kid yourself, there are many—where cell phone signals are unusable or even nonexistent? Enter... Read more »

Midwestern Magic: A Tale of Two Towns

Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Bill Graves
November 27, 2012

Had Abe Lincoln and Mark Twain ever gotten together, over lunch maybe, they would have had much to talk about. Both had stories to tell of their days on the Mississippi River — Lincoln poling a flatboat, Mark Twain as a pilot on riverboats — however, their experiences were separated in time by nearly... Read more »

The Scenic Route: More Florida Finds

Hiking in Tate's Hell State Forest

Alan Rider
November 23, 2012

When those first snowflakes start to fall it’s time for those of us fond of traveling The Scenic Route to think about heading south for the winter. While we told you about Florida’s Black Bear Scenic Byway in the November issue of Trailer Life, it’s far from the only road-less-traveled... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Our Re-Tired Truck


Alan Rider
November 16, 2012

While that headline may have you thinking we’re putting our faithful 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup out to pasture, let me explain.  When I said we were re-tiring our truck, I meant it quite literally. Now as anybody who’s ever gone off in search of a new set of tires knows all too well, there... Read more »

The Gift: Giving Back for the Holidays

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Stuart Bourdon, Editor-In-Chief
November 15, 2012

The holiday season is close at hand and many of you are bustling about trying to find that perfect gift for a friend or family member. We can help with that sometime hapless hunt. But what if this year we also think of those less fortunate than ourselves; those who may not be lucky enough to get out... Read more »

The Scenic Route: A Place For Our Stuff

DCU Bed Cap

Alan Rider
October 19, 2012

One of the things I love about the late, great comedian George Carlin is the way he made many of the fundamental truths of life so downright hilarious. Like the classic bit he did for the first Comic Relief HBO special in 1986 on how we all need a place for our stuff (Google it, unless you’re easily... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Mystery On The Natchez Trace

Meriwether Lewis Monument

Alan Rider
October 12, 2012

When it comes to the payoff awaiting those who take The Scenic Route, no one would understand the benefits of exploring the off-the-beaten-track world better than those original American road-trippers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.  While everyone knows the story of the two men and their Corps... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Keepin’ It Scenic

dont move firewood

Alan Rider
October 5, 2012

As we traveled the country on our Scenic Route adventures this summer we frequently saw entire hillsides covered with dead trees. Which got me to thinking about what could cause such widespread devastation. Turns out that, in many cases, it’s a little bug called the pine mountain beetle and it’s... Read more »

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