Pilgrim International showed a trailer made entirely of composite materials—no plywood needed. Winnebago reentered the Class B market with a gas-saving 2009 van camper. And Newmar exhibited the ultimate tailgating motorhome with a 52-inch exterior TV, two bathrooms and two kitchens.
Archives for January 2008
Go RVing to Expand Reach
The Go RVing Coalition will begin its new series of television ads during the Super Bowl pre-game show on February 3 and also run ads during the telecasts of the Daytona 500 and the Summer Olympics.
Whether hunkering down at home for the winter, or heading to warmer climates in an RV, one can be a “locavore.” What is a “locavore” you ask? It describes a person who eats locally produced food, according to the New Oxford American Dictionary. It is being a member of the Slow Food Movement.
In last month’s column we discussed the physics bearing on trucks and truck campers. We talked about the various types of camper tie downs, that essential piece of equipment that safely serves as an anchor point for holding your truck camper firmly in place on the truck bed.
(Fishing columnist Bob Ellsberg lives in Astoria, Oregon, which was among the Pacific Northwest cities hit hard by a winter storm in early December.)
Where were you when the Storm of the Century hit? I was right here on my computer, just finishing up my column for RV Life. I was doing a review of a book my editor had sent me, How to Fish, by Chris Yates, (you’ll get that missive next month!). The computer kept flickering as gusts of wind slammed into the windows of my Astoria home. I was saving nearly every sentence, anticipating a loss of power, but I had no idea what was waiting for me!
There’s a good book waiting to be read this year, and you don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy Tommy’s Honor. This is the story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, golf’s founding father and son. This true story, written by journalist Kevin Cook, explores the excitement and drama of the birth of modern golf, while focusing on two prominent figures in the history of the game.
Despite a few minor life hiccups, it has been an interesting year.
It is truly amazing how easily one can be found. Out of the blue on New Year’s Day of 2007, a physician that I used to see in my first life found my phone number on the Internet and called me from Indiana to ask questions about RVing. He and his wife are considering the lifestyle.
(As RV Life begins its 25th year, Publisher and Editorial Director Ron (Diesel) Knudson describes how the magazine has evolved.)
RV Life magazine was conceived in the most unlikely of places, the west wall of Fisherman’s Terminal in old Ballard, Washington, where the fishermen sold their fresh catch right off their fishing boats. I was the ad salesman for the Fisherman’s News, a bi-monthly tabloid newspaper covering the commercial fishing industry on the West Coast.
When we first saw them, they were but tiny whitecaps on the water. The sea churned all around, like a giant washing machine on the wash cycle, and then suddenly they were all focused directly on the boat. “DOLPHINS” someone yelled, and we all clamored toward the bow to see the spectacle. The long-beaked common dolphins knew we were approaching and that was obviously what they wanted, nothing more than an appreciative audience for their antics. So for the next hour we did our best to ooh and aah, like folks at a Fourth of July fireworks show. Only this was a whole lot better. It was a natural show sans pollution, a performance where the dolphins, 800 to 1000 strong, leaped six to ten feet into the air, slapped their tails on the water, rode the bow waves, and generally made a very welcome ruckus.
Imagine a ski area seven miles wide. Imagine a place so huge, so expansive, that you can ski there for three days and never ski all the runs. Imagine a place with views of the Gore Range, the Sawatch Range and the Ten-Mile Range, as well as 14,000-foot peaks such as Mount Holy Cross and Mount Massive. Now, quit imagining and start making plans to ski Vail.