This website, founded in 1999, grew out of Out West: The Newspaper That Roams, a folksy travel newspaper editor Chuck Woodbury published in the ’90s from his motorhome as he explored the American West. His daily musings, which he published in the quarterly “on-the-road” tabloid newspaper, earned him the eventual distinction of being labeled one of America’s first “bloggers.”
Out West was unique in its time and attracted substantial media attention. The newspaper and Woodbury were profiled on ABC World News Tonight, CNN, NBC’s Today Show, NPR and in hundreds of newspapers and periodicals including the Washington Post, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and People Magazine. For six years, his “on-the-road” articles appeared in major newspapers throughout the USA and the World via the New York Times Syndicate.
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Woodbury founded what was to become RVtravel.com with a $30 investment, not sure exactly what the website would become. But he sensed, with his experience in traditional publishing, that the World Wide Web would be big some day and he wanted to be a part of it. The subject he knew best: RVing! He was off and running!
These days, Woodbury is based near Seattle, but spends much of the year exploring North America in his 32-foot motorhome with his partner, Gail Meyring. He is the host of the Better Business Bureau DVD “Buying a Recreational Vehicle,” the definitive guide to purchasing an RV the right way (available in many public libraries). He was honored in 2013 as the Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the RV Industry Association. He recently published the third edition of his book, “The ABCs of RVing.”
A talented staff of RV enthusiasts and RVing experts keep this website and newsletter running. More than 85,000 readers start their Saturday and Sunday mornings with each new edition of the RV Travel Newsletter. Many of our subscribers value the website and newsletter so highly that they pledge one time or ongoing voluntary subscriptions, which are a major source of its funding.
Our writers post new articles daily. Now, in 2020, we are continuing to import (and update) more than 19 years of content from our old website. When we are catch up, RVtravel.com will include nearly 10,000 articles on every conceivable subject related to RVs and the RV lifestyle (we have about 9,200 currently). And yet we will keep more original articles coming, some inspired by suggestions from our readers, many of whom have become friends through the years.
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury
Editor: Emily Woodbury
Managing editor: Diane McGovern
Senior editors: Russ and Tiña De Maris
Social media and special projects director: Jessica Sarvis
Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring
IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen
Senior writers: Nanci Dixon, Tony Barthel
Contributors: Mike Sokol, Roger Marble, Dave Helgeson, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Machelle James, James Raia, J.M. Montigel, Clint Norrell, Randall Brink and Andrew Robinson.
Moderators: Gary Gilmore, Linda Brady
Dogs of RVtravel.com: Astor, Archie, Buddy
Honorary Correspondents: Loyal readers who regularly email us leads about news stories and other information and resources that aid our own news-gathering efforts.
• Mike Sherman • George Bliss • Tom and Lois Speirs • Steve Barnes • Tom Hart
Forever in our memories, Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, who was taken from us by COVID-19 in April 2020.