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RV History: RVing today in China

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By Al Hesselbart RVing in China is more than 50 years behind the U.S. This article is based on my two trips to China to...

RV History: Sheldon Coleman, building a gear empire

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By Al Hesselbart In 1925, a young engineer graduated from Cornell University, joined his father’s company, and began a long career inventing and producing a wide...

RV History: The early RV visionaries

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By Al Hesselbart The men who created the concept of the RV industry and the lifestyle that accompanied it were amazing visionaries. Many of the pioneers...

RV History: Tent campers

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By Al Hesselbart Throughout the history of the recreational vehicle, the most popular style of camper, by volume of models sold, has always been the folding...

RV History: From slide-in to type C

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By Al Hesselbart In the late 1950s, slide-in pickup truck campers (identified initially as portable camp coaches) grew in popularity as an alternative to trailers or motorhomes...

RV History: Fifth wheels and the Aerocar

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By Al Hesselbart When world champion motorcycle racer and aviation pioneer competitor of the Wright brothers, Glenn Curtiss, conceived an early camping trailer in 1917, he...

RV History: The evolution of campgrounds

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By Al Hesselbart In the earliest days of recreational travel, there were very few campgrounds with amenities for travelers with “campers.” At first,  tenters were the...

RV History: Motorized RVs

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By Al Hesselbart From the earliest days of “motor camping,” (that is camping with motorized vehicles either to drive or to pull a trailer) driven RVs...

RV History: The evolution of the trailer hitch

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By Al Hesselbart   The history of devices to connect a load to a towing device goes back many centuries. From a wooden yoke by which cattle...

The world’s longest RV? We think so!

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We'll take a wild guess and say this is the longest RV ever made. If you know differently, please tell us, and send a...

RV History: Aviation pioneers and the early RVs

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By Al Hesselbart Aviation pioneers and other aviation related leaders have played a very large part in the growth of the RV industry from the...

GMC motorhomes: Oldie but goodie still looks good

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Most motorhomes built more than four decades ago are badly showing their age — if you can even find one outside a junkyard. Not...
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