75 Years of Trailer Life: End-of-the-Millennium RVing

In a Big Three showdown, Trailer Life put similarly equipped 1993 pickups to the test towing trailers on Southern California’s desert highways and mountain passes, and called Dodge the clear leader “for brute power.”

September 28, 2016

  From soaring stocks to quintuple slideouts, the 1990s struck it rich   Trailer Life celebrated its golden anniversary in 1991 at the dawn of a decade when stocks boomed, dot-coms bubbled, and the RV industry got its groove back. Ever-roomier recreational vehicles met the needs of baby boomers,... Read more »

RVing in the Reagan Era


by Valerie Law
August 31, 2016

  On the road again with downsized cars and unleaded gas In 1981, the year Trailer Life turned 40, Ronald Reagan entered the White House hoping to boost the nation’s confidence after nearly a decade of  “stagflation.” The 40th president promptly ended price controls on domestic oil, which... Read more »

75 Years of Trailer Life: Running on Empty


by Valerie Law
July 24, 2016

  Despite fuel shortages, Trailer Life kept on truckin’ in the 1970s Interest in RVs soared in the early 1970s, with plentiful gasoline at every service station and a powerful engine in every sedan and station wagon. With fifth-wheels rolling off the production line for the first time, and travel... Read more »

The Evolution of RVing


by Kristopher Bunker
June 30, 2016

  As Trailer Life celebrates its diamond anniversary, we take a look at how the recreational vehicle industry has changed with the times   The year is 1941. President Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated for his third term. The United States officially joins the second World War. And a brand-new... Read more »

Readers, Cast Your Votes


June 1, 2016

  Tell us what you think in Trailer Life’s fifth-annual RV poll RVers tend to be a friendly bunch, eager to share their knowledge with fellow enthusiasts. To tap into that vast body of knowledge and share it on a grand scale, each year Trailer Life conducts an online poll of readers’ favorite... Read more »

75 Years of Trailer Life: Spirit of ‘76

Red shag carpeting and denim-patchwork upholstery bedeck Betsy Ross’ rig in a 1976 ad from Wickes’ Recreational Vehicles.

by Valerie Law
May 27, 2016

  Revisiting Trailer Life’s star-spangled bicentennial issue The nation was in the midst of celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence when Trailer Life Publisher Art Rouse opened his July 1976 column with the words “Happy birthday, America!” Beyond its red, white... Read more »

75 Years of Trailer Life: Feelin’ Groovy


by Valerie Law
May 2, 2016

  In the late 1960s, Trailer Life was outta sight After turning 25 in 1966, Trailer Life rolled into its second quarter-century with steadily increasing pages that peaked at 200 in the March 1968 issue. The thriving RV industry, and the explosive growth of motorhome ownership in particular, inspired... Read more »

The Art of the Deal


by Valerie Law
March 29, 2016

    1959 to 1968: From humble periodical to publishing empire Trailer camping was on a roll in 1959, and no one understood that better than Arthur J. “Art” Rouse, whose publishing vision and business savvy made this magazine what it is today. That was the year Rouse took the wheel at... Read more »

Happy Days


by Valerie Law
February 29, 2016

  America boomed in the 1950s, and so did Trailer Life For the first eight of its 75 years, this magazine went by the name Western Trailer Life. During that period of wartime austerity and postwar boom, the publication extended its reach from a small regional monthly covering the Southern California... Read more »

Sentimental Journey


by Valerie Law
February 1, 2016

      In the fall of 1948, Trailer Life rolled with the times In the post–World War II years, movies and the media often portrayed returning GIs with their girlfriends or young wives, and Trailer Life was no exception. The November 1948 cover of Western Trailer Life (“Western”... Read more »

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