BY Dawn Wilson, , Estes Park Trail-Gazette—Our national parks offer incredible recreational opportunities, no matter the time of the year you decide to visit. But during the winter months, unique activities can connect you to the wilderness, landscapes, and wonder of our national parks.Continue reading #CAMPING/WINTER: Rocky Mountain National Park Crews Busy Finishing Up Projects Before Winter
By Scott Rivers—It’s time to get on the road across the country in your motorhome. Before making that trip, there’s some work to be done by the driver that always starts with tires.Continue reading #FAQ/USEFULTIPS: How Long Do RV Tires/Tyres Last?
By Charles Joseph—As you travel to your vacation destination with your travel trailer, you find yourself behind what seems like an endless lineup of semi-trucks. 80 miles down the road you finally see your sign of hope “Weigh Station 1 Mile.” As they all start to pull off, that little voice in your mind plants a seed of doubt, “Do RVs have to stop at weigh stations?”Continue reading #FAQ/WEIGHSTATIONS: Do RVs Have to Stop at Weigh Stations?
By Dragos Chitulescu—If you’re dreaming about owning a motorhome one day but can afford one just yet, we’ve got a budget-friendly alternative for you. Sure, it will only be good for display purposes, but it might help you find the patience and determination to go out there and buy a real one soon.Continue reading #VINTAGE/HOTWHEELS: Tiny GMC Motorhome Is a Classic Hot Wheels Casting ; You Can Still Get One
By Ben Branch —Following up an article featuring NASA’s Astronaut Transport Van, the most famous National Aeronautics and Space Administration vehicle on earth, we bring you information and photographs of an Airstream Excella in pristine condition for sale in Lubbock, Texas.Continue reading #FORSALE/AIRSTREAM: 1982 Airstream Excella Motorhome Being Auctioned by Bonham’s
By Marco Kathuria—Part two of a vintage RV owner-conducted tour series featuring Scott Sommers, owner of a fully-restored 1974 GMC Motorhome. It is part of an on-going series of interviews and coach tours focusing on the GMC Motorhome owner community. Other videos in this series can be found on our YouTube channel.Continue reading #VIDEO/WALKAROUND: Scott Sommers Shows Us Around the Interior of His 1974 GMC Motorhome (Part 2 of 3)
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BY Various Sources—After more than a year of pandemic, the desires of the French have gradually changed: travel, teleworking, consumption… Disruptions that Ford wanted to study by carrying out a new study with the YouGov institute.* And the results are surprising.Continue reading #VANLIFE/STUDY: Ford (France) Commissions New Study on Vanlife
BY Kimberlea Weeks—It is time to get those GMCs together—and their owners, too. Even s.o.b.s (some other brands). And other vintage RVs. We have been good, and we have been safe, and now we need to meet and eat. And along the way, we will learn things, catch up with each other, and just have FUN!
Space is limited. Registration closes September 1.Continue reading #RALLY/GMCMOTORHOME: Come and Celebrate GMCMI’s 40th Anniversary in Tennessee!
BY C.C. Weiss—With a modular, multifunctional rear lounge so comfy it puts most full-size camper vans to shame, the Vanderer Urban Camper was easily one of the coolest mini-campers of 2021. A year and a half later, it’s getting even better. The homey tiny lounge-on-wheels is going fully electric atop the Peugeot e-Rifter and Citroën e-Berlingo.Continue reading #ELECTRIC/CAMPER: World’s Latest Electric RV is a Great Multifunctional Mini-Camper
BY Jason Torchinsky—In hindsight, the GMC Motorhome is an incredible, improbable thing. Campers and RVs and Motorhomes or whatever you want to call those drivable houses-on-wheels have always been the domain of smaller, lower-tech specialist companies as opposed to major automakers, which is why so many RVs are built like construction company office trailers bolted to a truck chassis.Continue reading #DESIGN/GMCMOTORHOME: Designer Reimagines A Modern Version Of The Legendary GMC Motorhome
By Marco Kathuria—Part one of a vintage RV exterior and interior tour series in three parts and featuring Scott Sommers, owner of a fully-restored 1974 GMC Motorhome. It is part of an on-going series of interviews and coach tours focusing on the GMC Motorhome owner community. Other videos in this series can be found on our YouTube channel.Continue reading #VIDEO/WALKAROUND: Scott Sommers Shows Us Around the Exterior of His 1974 GMC Motorhome (Part 1 of 3)
BY Marco Kathuria—It was National Go RVing Day this past weekend, automotive and RV industry expert Mike Caudill discussed electric RVs, the shifting demographics of RVers, and how you can use Go RVing’s website to plan your next RV trip.Continue reading VIDEO/RVLIFE: DC TV Station Highlights National Go RVing Day
BY Jim Bounds—In this video, I discuss how to determine if your Olds 455 or 403 engine is bad. I forgot to demonstrate and talk about the importance of performing a compression test in part one. In part two, I dive right in, so follow along!Continue reading #REHAB/RANCH: How to Tell if the Motor in Your GMC Motorhome is Bad? (pt. 2)
BY Angelica Stabile & Marco Kathuria—As the U.S. celebrates the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park here’s a collection of fascinating facts and interesting details, numbers, and quotes to this remarkable national preserve. We’ve also included campground information with links and information to help you book your spot.Continue reading #HISTORY/YELLOWSTONE: 150 Facts On The 150th Anniversary Of America’s First National Park
Entry forms will be available starting August 1, 2022 at the Vintage/Classic Motorhome Show Facebook page or at Eventbrite.com.Continue reading #VINTAGE/RVSHOW: Classic Motorhome Show on Oct. 1 in Columbia, PA
By Mercedes Streeter—One of the great things about the resurgence of camper vans is that a number of fantastic vintage vans are resurfacing. Some of them are known greats like Volkswagen campers, but some are more obscure campers like this van before you today. The Bedford Dormobile is Britain’s answer to the campers of its day and it sure is bizarre.Continue reading #VINTAGE/DORMOBILE: The Bedford CA Dormobile Was Britain’s Curious Answer to the Volkswagen Camper
BY Marco Kathuria—THOR Industries, Inc. announced the release of the company’s North American Motorized Electric RV Study, which explores consumer expectations, key purchase motivators and electric infrastructure development needs.Continue reading #STUDY/ELECTRICRV: THOR Publishes Key Insights About Consumer Expectations for Motorized Electric RVs
By Mercedes Streeter—When the subject of vintage RVs come up a lot of people will think of greats like the GMC Motorhome, an Airstream, or perhaps a classic Winnebago. There’s another gorgeous unit worth considering and remembering: the Travco/Dodge Motor Home.Continue reading #VINTAGE/TRAVCO: This Streamlined RV was Designed by the Man Who Coined the Term “Motorhome”
BY Jim Bounds—In this video, I discuss how to determine if your Olds 455 or 403 engine is bad. I explore issues with oil pressure, timing, and compression, among other things.Continue reading #REHAB/RANCH: How to Tell if the Motor in Your GMC Motorhome is Bad? (pt. 1)
KCRW is your always-on connection to music, news, culture, and each other — on the radio, online, and in-person. We belong to Los Angeles, connecting diverse perspectives and the sounds of Southern California with curious communities around the corner and around the world.Continue reading #SUPPORT/PUBLICRADIO: Donate to KCRW – Curator of the LA Experience
BY Loz Blain—North Carolina company Outrider USA has launched what it claims is the lightest production 4×4 ever. The new Coyote is an all-electric, single-seat off-road vehicle designed to put outdoor adventures back on the menu for people with reduced mobility.Continue reading #PRODUCT/LAUNCH: “World’s Lightest 4×4” Helps Individuals with Mobility Issues Get Back to the Great Outdoors
By Elena Gorgan—One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, especially if the latter man has extensive knowledge in design, is skilled with his hands, and has enough free time to throw himself into an extended project. This is the story of Luke Whitaker and the very rustic city bus conversion he calls home.Continue reading #BUS/CONVERSION: Rustic City Bus Conversion Is Quite an Elegant, Cheap Alternative to Paying Rent
BY RV ASSOCIATION INDUSTRY STAFF—Earlier this week, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) and its members released an energizing video highlighting many outdoor recreation activities, the $689 billion outdoor recreation economy, and the more than 4.3 million jobs it supports while urging Americans to get outside and have fun.Continue reading #RVLIFE/VIDEO: New Video Showing The Many Benefits Of Enjoying the Outdoors
BY RV ASSOCIATION INDUSTRY STAFF—The 2022 North American Camping Report is now available. This industry-leading, annual research initiative details the camping habits and preferences of North America’s campers. This year, the report takes a close look at how camping is leading the recovery of the travel sector.Continue reading #RVLIFE/REPORT: 2022 NA Camping Report Reveals That Camping Accounts For 40% Of Leisure Traveling Trips
BY Marco Kathuria—The Disabled Hiker’s Guide to Western Washington and Oregon is the first book of its kind to consider the diverse needs of disabled people in the outdoors. This groundbreaking guidebook includes 60 outdoor adventures, including drive-up experiences, verified wheelchair accessible trails, and foot trails suitable for disabled hikers.Continue reading #BOOK/RELEASE: The Disabled Hiker’s Guide to Western Washington and Oregon
By Scott Rivers–What size generator for a 30 amp RV is necessary? When it comes to buying a generator for an RV, you have to think about the size of your motorhome, what kind of appliances you have on board, and how much time you plan to spend in the trailer. Some people buy generators that are too small and can’t run everything they need, while others buy too big generators and end up overpaying.Continue reading #NEWBIE/TIPS: How Do I Determine What Generator Load Capacity is Right for my 30 Amp RV?
By Ciprian Florea—Introduced in 1964 and offered well into the 1980s, the Travco motorhome is now one of the most iconic recreational vehicles of the old-school variety. But like most RVs out there, the Travco is not an easy find if you’re looking for a restored, fully functional hauler.Continue reading #FORSALE/TRAVCO: 1969 Dodge Travco Is a Streamlined Motorhome With V8 Power
By Derek Tillotson—We launched Haven Tents in 2019 with a Kickstarter campaign for a lightweight hammock tent for the backcountry. Now we’ve hiked to the front country, introducing the Safari shelter for glamping comfort anywhere from vehicle campsites to the backyard.Continue reading #PRODUCT/LAUNCH: Haven Safari Hammock Tent Adds Glamping Comfort On or Off Ground
BY Jim Bounds—In this video, I step through the items you should tackle first when learning about the condition of your GMC Motorhome during the early days of ownership.Continue reading #REHAB/RANCH: Restoring a GMC Motorhome? Where to Start, Part 3
BY Amanda Adler — When planning a national park visit for your family, you may feel overwhelmed with options and unsure what types of activities your kids will enjoy. While each of the 63 national parks in the U.S. offers experiences to delight visitors of all ages, some parks have more to offer the younger generations than others.Continue reading #CAMPING/NPS: 10 National Parks That are Fun for the Whole Family
BY Jim Bounds—In this video, I explain how the original fuel delivery system in the 1973-1978 GMC Motorhome works and why today’s ethanol fuels play havoc with your original fuel tanks, fuel hoses, and carburetor. I then discuss the advantages of switching to FiTech’s fuel injection alternative.Continue reading #REHAB/RANCH: Why Ditching Your Carburetor and Getting Fuel Injection Makes Sense
BY RV ASSOCIATION INDUSTRY STAFF—As part of Go RVing’s rebrand, consumers across the United States will begin seeing the new Go RVing commercial this week during sports and cable entertainment programs. The commercial highlights RVers’ sense of freedom and adventure whenever they’re on the road and builds on the successful initial launch of the “Go on a Real Vacation” campaign.Continue reading #RVLIFE/MARKETING: New Go RVing Commercials Begin Airing This Week
BY RV Industry Association Staff—As battery technologies improve and gas prices climb, many state legislatures have placed a focus on electric vehicle (EV) related legislation in the 2022 session. Ranging from HOV lane access to new regulations on EV manufacturing facilities, states are preparing themselves for the growing number of EVs and electric RVs (eRVs) on their roads.Continue reading #EVLEGISLATION/UPDATE: Virginia Bill Aims To Bring EV Charging To State And Local Parks
“The Destination RV is the obvious choice for anyone that’s looking to ensure strong cell signal on any cellular-connected device, no matter where ‘home’ is that month“, according to Wilson Electronics’ CEO Bruce Lancaster.Continue reading #SPONSORED/PRODUCT: The Most Powerful RV Cell Signal Booster on the Market
BY AJ DELLINGER—People of color, particularly Black Americans, have long been kept from outdoor spaces. These creators are trying to change that.Continue reading #OUTDOORS/DIVERSITY: Black Creators are Tearing Down Barriers to the Outdoors
BY Jim Bounds—In this video, I talk about the importance of having a plan for how you want to approach your GMC Motorhome restoration. Consider the sort of lifestyle you see yourself having when the restoration is complete and balance that against how much time and money you can realistically invest—then double it!Continue reading #REHAB/RANCH: Restoring a GMC Motorhome? Where to Start, Part 2
BY The National Part Foundation—Great Smoky Mountains National Park is using $31 million in funding from the Great American Outdoor Act (GAOA) to repave the Foothills Parkway West, from Chilhowee Lake to Walland.Continue reading #NPS/GAOA: Great American Outdoors Act Will Fund Rehabilitation Of 17-Miles Of Scenic Roadway
BY Jim Bounds—Many people ask me, “Can you tow in a GMC Motorhome?” or “Are there any alternatives to towing a car, crossover, or Jeep?”. Those are very good questions and something I want to explore today.Continue reading #REHAB/RANCH: What Can You Tow with a GMC Motorhome?
BY C.C. Weiss—Quite different from the average camper van, even among the quirky camping cars of Japan, the Quokka camper from car dealership Mishima Daihatsu is a basic white delivery micro-van outside, a transformable log cabin inside.Continue reading #RVLIFE/MICROCAMPER: Adorable Hijet Micro-Campervan Opens into Warm, Fragrant Log Cabin
BY RV Industry Association Staff—There has long been a shortage of nurses in America; prior to COVID, there was an estimated need to fill 200,000 positions. Responding to this need are travel nurses who live at home, but who contract themselves out to different area hospitals for the typical 13-week assignments.Continue reading #RVLIFE/NURSES: Travel Nurses To The Rescue – In Their RVs
BY Chris Bruce—After all of their six kids were out of the house, this couple converted a bus into a motorhome and hit the road. The interior of this rig has all the amenities you could ever want making this a tiny house of wheels.Continue reading #BUSLIFE/SKOOLIE: Take A Tour Of This Couple’s DIY Bus-Based Motorhome
BY Sergiu Tudose—Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles have unveiled a range of mini-mobile camping units, which include a kitchen area, bed, water supply and sufficient storage space for most avid travelers. The so-called ‘mobile home in a box’ can fit into existing luggage compartments and can be deployed literally in seconds, both the kitchen and the bed. The latter unfolds in a single movement.Continue reading #RVLIFE/CAMPERVAN: Volkswagen’s ‘Mobile Home in a Box’ Is a Modular Camping Solution for Avid Travelers
BY Jim Bounds—In this video, I talk about the one of the biggest issues new owners of GMC Motorhomes face: the electrical system. Unlike modern coaches, these vintage beauties really have two electrical grounds and as such, mis-grounding can be a major cause of electrical weirdness – and failures!Continue reading #REHAB/RANCH: Restoring a GMC Motorhome? Where to Start, Part 1 (Interior Electrical)
BY C.C. Weiss—Van life and pursuit of leisure are shaping up to be major themes at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon. Nissan rolled these themes into a pair of Caravan concepts it has already previewed, and now Mitsubishi shows its own take on the concepts.Continue reading #CAMPERLIFE/CONCEPT: Mitsubishi Shows Off Electric Micro-Camper and Delica Overlander
BY Cristian Curmei—So many new e-bike manufacturers promise the next machine to efficiently take you around town. But, what happens when a company that’s been around since 1892 takes on the e-bike trend?Continue reading #EBIKE/URBAN: Royal Dutch Gazelle & Bosch Team Up To Create the $4K Ultimate Trekking E-Bike
BY Madeline Diamond—So, you want to rent or buy an RV for your next road trip. But if you’ve done any research about recreational vehicles, you’ve probably found that there are a wide variety of options to choose from, and it can be difficult to decipher which one will best fit your needs.Continue reading #NEWBIES/RENTORBUY: How to Choose the Right RV for Your Next Road Trip
BY AboutcampBtoB Staff with additional reporting by Marco Kathuria—The UK’s Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show at the NEC, Birmingham will open from 22nd – 27th February 2022 with over 300 exhibitors and the latest new-for-2022 caravans, campervans and motorhomes from the UK and Europe’s leading manufacturers and dealers, plus the latest tents, trailer tents, folding campers, holiday caravans and lodges.Continue reading #RVSHOW/BIRMINGHAM: The UK’s Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show, Feb. 22nd-27th