Trailer Life’s Fifth-Annual Readers’ Poll

December 1, 2016

  Survey of all things RV reveals readers’ field-tested favorites When it comes to RVing, Trailer Life readers are the experts. You came up with your favorite products and places after years of trial and error. That’s why we turned to you when we wanted to know who offers the best of the best.... Read more »

Trailers and Tinsel

by Valerie Law
December 1, 2016

  Wrapping up our 75th anniversary with season’s greetings As 2016 draws to a close, we’re topping off our yearlong tribute to Trailer Life’s 75th anniversary with a look at December covers through the decades. With holiday themes and retro mastheads, these covers are reflections of their... Read more »

Leading Lights

by John L. Stein
November 29, 2016

  As travel trailers evolve to match a wide range of tow vehicles, RV makers are rolling out slimmed-down and trimmed-up models — from feathery fold-downs and lithe hybrids to longer but still lean floorplans   When the new millennium roared in, bigger was most definitely better. The full-size... Read more »

Leading the Weigh

Combining manufacturer-assigned ratings in a single resource, Trailer Life published its first annual tow guide in 1984, helping readers match new tow vehicles and trailers.

by Valerie Law
October 28, 2016

  Trailer Life has helped readers know their tow limits since 1984 From World War II to the Great Recession, a lot has happened in Trailer Life’s 75-year history, but few events made a more lasting impression on the state of RVing than the energy crises of the 1970s. While the government’s... Read more »

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 »

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