75 Years of Trailer Life: Feelin’ Groovy

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

RV Time Capsule

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December 23, 2015

  A yearlong tribute to Trailer Life’s 75 years in print   Imagine a time before mobile phones, GPS navigation and satellite TV, or TV at all, for that matter. In July 1941, when the first issue of this magazine — originally named Western Trailer Life — appeared on newsstands and in... Read more »

Fun with Fiberglass

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by Kristopher Bunker
December 21, 2015

  Lightweight molded-fiberglass RVs are designed for long-term durability and improved mpg — and they look cool, too RVs are constructed in a number of different ways, but many follow the same basic blueprint: Start with a steel or aluminum frame, build up the walls with wood and/or aluminum,... Read more »

RVing in Mexico

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by Paul Beddows
November 25, 2015

  Despite border-crossing hassles and bad press, our neighbor to the south is friendlier and more accessible to RVers than you may think. Here’s what to know before you go For the past eight years, I have spent every winter towing my 25-foot travel trailer throughout Mexico, both on my own and... Read more »

Braving the Yukon

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by Doug Sack
October 27, 2015

  Spending the winter in an R-pod trailer gave this retired sportswriter a new perspective on cold weather As a reasonably rational and recently retired sportswriter who blew out 68 candles on his last birthday, I would never have planned a winter camping trip to Canada’s Yukon territory and... Read more »

Great American Haunts

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by Kathy Berardi
September 30, 2015

  Five spine-tingling destinations to visit this Halloween season   Fall is the season to get out on the open road for a quick weekend getaway or a relaxed longer trip to enjoy the changing leaf colors, autumn festivals and, if you pick your stops right, some hair-raising experiences. Just... Read more »

Autumn in the Grand Tetons

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by Al Swanson
August 31, 2015

  Northwestern Wyoming’s impressive “mountains of the imagination” paint a grand backdrop for the meandering Snake River and fall’s dazzling kaleidoscope of deciduous trees   “What beautiful mountains these are,” I exclaimed to my wife, as we drove down U.S. Highway 191 in Wyoming... Read more »

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