Another sweet school bus conversion -- Ira Woodward's 1954 Crown Coach
There is a soft spot in my heart for bus conversions. Maybe it's the nostalgia for the retro look.  Whatever, every time I see one I smile. Recently I was talking with a friend from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Ira Woodward and his vintage bus conversion came up. We
Writing for new RV blog: 'Pavement Camping'
From time to time, I will be posting on the Pavement Camping blog. This relatively new blog is about the practice that many RVers have of staying over night in the parking lots of stores, casinos and truck stops, referred to as "Pavement Camping." "Often it's simp
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Are printed campground directories on the way out? Looks that way ... however I still use them
It was reported this past week that a high percentage of RVers (a self-selected group who responded to a recent survey on are using printed campground directories much less than they did in the past. Chuck Woodbury, editor of said: "Only ab
Tim Shephard launches his kids' Airstream book series with 'Emma and Scotty's Alien Encounter in Roswell'
Tim Shephard, is announcing his latest project--"Airstream Adventurers" book series geared toward kids. "The series includes places we have visited in our Airstream that any reader can visit," says Tim. Creator and host of popular The Vintage Airstream Podcast, Tim
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RVing: An American Dream, Part 4 -- 'RV shows are like mega malls'
Considered the "mega-malls" of the recreation vehicle world, RV shows are where you can find bumper-to-bumper displays of 2014 gas and diesel motor homes, travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth wheel trailers, folding campers and truck campers. "Multiple dealers gather
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RVing: An American Dream, Part 3 -- 'Growing consumer confidence'
According to Recreation Vehicle Industry Association statistics, 2013 shipments from RV manufacturers to dealers, a key indicator of demand, was 321,127 units, which was more than a 12.4 percent gain over the 2012 total.  Shipments bottomed out in 2009 at 165,700 units
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RVing: An American Dream, Part 2 -- 'Lighter weight, more aerodynamic rigs'
To get to dream vacation destinations--whether to the nearest state park or to Alaska--people are seeking smaller, lightweight recreation vehicles that get more miles to the gallon. The RV industry has responded to consumer demands with new designs and is currently
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RVing: An American Dream, Part 1 -- 'Spending quality time with family'
Escaping in a recreation vehicle for a few days, or three months,  to the magnificent outdoors remains an American dream. In a survey by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, RV users said enjoying outdoor activities, spending quality time with family, and
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Jake Von Slatt's sweet school bus conversion
It seems Jake Von Slatt stumbled onto a fantasy back in 1982 when he was a college sophomore and standing in a long line to buy text books. "The line was not moving at all so I put my books down on the floor and started flipping through the coffee table books on disp
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Free 3-day Presidents Day weekend at all national parks, other federal lands
"America's Best Idea"  ... keeps getting better with *free entrance days for the upcoming 3-day Presidents Day Weekend. During 2014 there are five more opportunities to visit for free  more than 2,000 National Parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, a