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75 Years of Trailer Life


Trailers and Tinsel

  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…

75 Years of Trailer Life: End-of-the-Millennium RVing

  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,…

75 Years of Trailer Life: RVing in the Reagan Era

  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…

75 Years of Trailer Life: Running on Empty

  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…

75 Years of Trailer Life: The Evolution of RVing

  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.…

75 Years of Trailer Life: Spirit of ‘76

  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…

75 Years of Trailer Life: Feelin’ Groovy

  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…

The Art of the Deal

    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,…

Happy Days

  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…

Sentimental Journey

      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…