Trailers and Tinsel

A Monaco motorhome delivers the goods in 1979; Santa puts the finishing touches on a toy trailer and tow vehicle in 1984; and as the 20th century nears its end, the December 1998 issue recommends cutting-edge “Gifts to Go” that include the “amazing” PalmPilot personal digital assistant and an Olympus camera that stores a dozen high-resolution photos on its data card.

by Valerie Law
December 1, 2016
Filed under Feature Story, Uncategorized


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 tl-75th-anniversary-logo-reflectionmastheads, these covers are reflections of their times, starting with the post-World War II 1945 edition. In that issue, Editor Harry Hammond Beall wrote that it was “the first Yuletide in four long years that we could really observe with a feeling of ease.” Beall went on to extend the magazine’s best wishes to loyal readers, advertisers and the “trailer coach” industry,  a sentiment we echo today. Happy holidays from Trailer Life, and here’s to another 75 memorable years on the road to adventure.



St. Nick skis into an RV park in 1945, long before the term “RV” was coined; wreaths spruce up travel trailer windows in the boom years of 1950 and 1952



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