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 »

RV Time Capsule

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

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 »

Good as Gold … and Silver and Bronze

December 1, 2015

  Presenting your favorites in Trailer Life’s fourth-annual readers’ poll Spanning recreational vehicles, tow vehicles and everything that goes with them, Trailer Life’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards honor the places and products that work best for RVers. The 2015 poll results can help... Read more »

RVing in Mexico

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 »

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