MotorHome, Trailer Life magazines to cease publishing

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By Chuck Woodbury
It’s no surprise that America’s two largest RV magazines, Trailer Life and MotorHome, are set to publish their final issues in December. The magazines have been thin versions of what they once were and it’s been obvious to me and my industry friends that their days were numbered, like countless other consumer magazines made obsolete by the Internet.

Good Sam Club CEO Marcus Lemonis will launch a new title, RV Magazine, to replace them. I can’t envision it being much more than a marketing tool for Camping World, packed with ads from RV manufacturers and Camping World. Content will likely be aimed at promoting RVs and services sold by Camping World or Gander RV and products in their stores.

TrailerLife.com will continue, focusing on specific products and services for the towable enthusiasts. MotorHome.com will “convert into a full motorhome marketplace showcasing products and services needed to enhance and protect the investment for the motorized RV consumer,” according to a news release. Lemonis has debuted RV.com, which he says will “cater to all RV and outdoor enthusiasts – from beginners to experts – tent campers to motorhome owners and everyone in between.”

I expect RV.com and RV Magazine will cover pretty much the same topics already adequately covered in a thousand websites, blogs, forums, and on social media. Its first issue is set for January.

The only remaining general interest RV magazines of any size are those from the Escapees RV Club and the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). The Escapees Magazine is excellent, while Family RVing from financially challenged FMCA is uninspired, losing money and struggling to attract advertising – not good omens for its future.

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John J
7 days ago

I can’t agree more with what Chuck Woodbury laid out as the reasoning for the elimination of both magazines and turn them into monthly publicity pieces for the Marcus Lemonis empire.

In addition, reading the comments below describe what a waste of time and paper it is to get the replacement, “RV Magazine”.

Robert Heubusch
17 days ago

We have been receiving Trailer life for over 40 years and have always found useful information for the care and use of our various units. Can’t say the same for the new RV magazine. We miss the opinion page, the Tech Hands On, 10-Minute Tech, etc. This seems to be more fluff and less usable information for the new campers as well as us ole fogeys.
Not happy with the new magazine and will not be renewing our subscription. Rest in peace “Trailer Life” sad to see you go.

Paul Picard
7 days ago

Amen, I agree with everything you have said. My wife says she is checking the mail and throwing them in the garbage until my sub runs out. That way I wont get ticked off when i see it

Paul Picard
7 days ago
Reply to  Paul Picard

also robert irving sucks at rv cooking. Lemon chicken and quinoa was this months recipe. lol

Don Wright
24 days ago

I have subscribed to Trailer Life for several years and always looked forward to getting the next issue. I can’t say the same about the two issues from RV magazine, it’s just a fluffy magazine . Trailer Life had valid issues about RVing , and useful information. I still have a couple years on the subscription, and that will be a waste if the magazine continues as is.

Wayne L
27 days ago

I have been a subscriber to Trailer Life for around 5 years and always enjoyed the articles. When I received the first RV magazine I was not impressed. I enjoyed the articles that were always in Trailer Life. I received my second RV magazine and still not impressed. I will definitely not renew my subscription when it becomes due. Very disappointing.

Rodney L
1 month ago

After getting my first new issue of RV magazine it took all of one look through the mag to see there was nothing good about it. It seems more like a cookbook than a periodical that we all looked forward to receiving each month to gain knowledge about RV’ing. Promptly called and cancelled my subscription and thought they would ask why but didn’t. Even after my cancellation I received the February issue as well and it made me realize I had made a good decision to cancel. You could probably subscribe to Better Home and Gardens and get more RV knowledge than the new RV magazine. Let’s see what the future holds for Marcus to screw up next!

Steve R
1 month ago

After the first issue I told my wife I would give it (Rv Magazine) a chance. Just got through the 2nd issue and still let down. Been a subscriber to TL for over 20 years ,not sad to let it run out in a couple of months.

Michael Hepburn
1 month ago

What a disappointment the new RV Magazine is ! I showed it to my wife and she said ” This Magazine is written by women for women” I’ll give it one more month before I decide whether to bail or not.

W.T. Nutt
1 month ago

My sentiments, exactly! I gave it a second month and I am just going to let my subscription run out this Spring. I really miss the old Motorhome and Trailer Life magazines, which I have taken for 14 years. But, no more.

Fred Croscut
1 month ago

New RV magazine what a let down.

John
1 month ago

I’m curious as to how those who subscribed through the TL iOS app are supposed to “receive the rest of their subscription”?

Bill Hofmann
2 months ago

Well, I guess you don’t know how much you like something until they replace it. The first issue of RV Magazine was a total let down. I compare it to what happened to JC Penney’s. New management decided they’d go “upscale” and that drove the store into bankruptcy. So now we have a magazine that is almost totally devoid of anything technical. But, it looks nice with it’s glossy pages and tips on what bottle of wine to go with. What a let down. I can only hope that the next issue is an improvement. I gave a gift subscription to a new RVer in hopes it would help her learn things about RVing with new trailer. Now I feel like I need to apologize to her for giving her a subscription.

Robert Heubusch
17 days ago
Reply to  Bill Hofmann

Agree with you completely.

patrick nannola
2 months ago

New Mag. What happened to tech. articles? Seems like more social engineering. Let’s talk about trailers, that’s why we subscribe!!! Always read old mag. cover to cover, not sure about this one. I will give it a chance if not will cancel

Hudson Blough
3 months ago

I have been subscribing to both MotorHome and Trailer Life since the 1990’s and have realy enjoyed both magazines albiet I agree that lately they have become very thin. I’m willing to give the new magazine a shot but I haven’t seen any feedback on how your subsciption to the new magazine will be extended if you have subscriptions to both magazines like I do. All the feedback I’ve seen say that you will get the same number of magazines as your current subscription but will they add all the months left for both magazine subscriptions?

Pricerad
5 months ago

Do I get my subscription $$ back?

Logan Zoot
5 months ago
Reply to  Pricerad

Your last issue of Trailer Life/MotorHome will be December 2020. Starting January 2021, you’ll automatically start receiving RV Magazine. The first issue of RV Magazine will arrive in mail boxes around 1/2/21.

You’ll receive the same number of issues you would have with the previous publication. You can either find your last issue date on the address label on your current magazine or call our magazine customer care center at 800-825-6861.

I’m excited to share some additional info on RV Magazine with you. 

Inside Every Issue:   
Trip inspiration for prime destinations
Camp-friendly recipes from celebrity Chef Robert Irvine
Clever RV hacks, tech and maintenance tips made easy
Simple and affordable DIY ideas
Expert advice, reviews and trending products

In addition, the brand-new RV.com website will launch in tandem. We hope you enjoy RV Magazine and RV.com as much as we do! Safe Travels!

Janet Miller
5 months ago

I would add that another magazine which remains in the industry is is published by RVingWomen (rvingwomen.org) and distributed either digitally or in hard copy to RVing Women Members and friends (vendors, service providers, campgrounds, etc.) This periodical offers a wide array of topics, including technology tips, places to travel, reports from travelers during the pandemic, and other RV and networking ideas for its members.

Winnebago Bob
5 months ago

I have taken Trailer Life for about 20 years and since buying a motorhome (class C) started taking Motorhome also. Trailer Life used to be a go to, when we brought our first used RV. Motorhome started out good and both have now become very thin and doesn’t take very long to leaf though. The Highways magazine is a joke, compared to what it is now.
Well, Marcus, you say if I’m not happy, your no happy. Well, I’m fed up, do something other than what you are doing.

PHaworth
5 months ago

I just called to cancel my subscription (I’m paid til 2024) and was told it was a rumor and not true. They will be continuing to publish both Trailer Life and MotorHome magazine.  ???

Logan Zoot
5 months ago
Reply to  PHaworth

Unfortunately it looks like you didn’t receive the correct information.
RV Magazine will replace our legacy publications, Trailer Life & MotorHome. It’s been a fantastic ride and we’re excited to begin the next chapter of the RV lifestyle with RV Magazine & our brand-new RV.com website. As a loyal subscriber, beginning January 2021, you will receive RV Magazine in place of Trailer Life/MotorHome for the length of your remaining subscription. You can either find your last issue date on the address label on your current magazine or call our magazine customer care center at 800-825-6861.

I’m excited to share some additional info on RV Magazine with you. 
Inside Every Issue:   
Trip inspiration for prime destinations
Camp-friendly recipes from celebrity Chef Robert Irvine
Clever RV hacks, tech and maintenance tips made easy
Simple and affordable DIY ideas
Expert advice, reviews and trending products

We hope you enjoy RV Magazine & RV.com as much as we do!

LBaggs
5 months ago

I have been receiving TL renewal notices since May 2020. My subscription does not expire until October 2020. Luckily, I have not submitted anything to them to renew and will let the subscription expire on it’s own.
We DID do one thing right about ten years ago, shortly after becoming a TT owner. Good Sam offered a “Lifetime” membership for “discounts???” at CW and also for GS RV park reservations. I think it cost about $200 and was worth it to us not to have to deal with renewing annually, and also saves us money on site rental fees. Even though I cannot tolerate Mr. Lemonis’ lack of regard to the RV community, and VERY disappointing business operations, I will use this discount until it is no longer valid. (From the way things are going CW wise, I don’t expect it to be very far off in the future) I can order through Amazon for my product needs and have not stepped foot in a CW store in a very long time and do not EVER intend to do so.

Skip
5 months ago

Marcus Lemonis has taken the Good Sam Club from an organization dedicated to helping others to nothing but a marketing arm for Camping World. I had wondered what happened to Motorhome magazine since the recent issues have been so thin and content free. It is funny, that just yesterday I was contemplating not renewing my subscription since they had just sent out a renewal notice. I’m glad that I didn’t jump on it and renew right away to take advantage of the lower rate!

Les
5 months ago

Just called to request a refund of unused portion of my subscription. I was on hold longer than it took to do the cancellation. The representative was very nice with no hassle..

Rick
5 months ago

I just got a renewal form in the mail from Trailer Life. I then called Customer Service and they had no knowledge of pending end to the magazine.

Logan Zoot
5 months ago
Reply to  Rick

Unfortunately it looks like you didn’t receive the correct information. RV Magazine will replace our legacy publications, Trailer Life & MotorHome. It’s been a fantastic ride and we’re excited to begin the next chapter of the RV lifestyle with RV Magazine & our brand-new RV.com website. As a loyal subscriber, beginning January 2021, you will receive RV Magazine in place of Trailer Life/MotorHome for the length of your remaining subscription. You can either find your last issue date on the address label on your current magazine or call our magazine customer care center at 800-825-6861.

I’m excited to share some additional info on RV Magazine with you. 
Inside Every Issue:
Trip inspiration for prime destinations
Camp-friendly recipes from celebrity Chef Robert Irvine
Clever RV hacks, tech and maintenance tips made easy
Simple and affordable DIY ideas
Expert advice, reviews and trending products
We hope you enjoy RV Magazine & RV.com as much as we do!