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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... Read more »

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