This website, founded in 1999, grew out of Out West, 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 “on-the-road” quarterly newspaper, earned him the eventual distinction of being one of America’s first “bloggers.”
Out West was unique in its time and attracted substantial media attention. The unique 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 most of the year exploring North America in his 32-foot motorhome with his companion Gail. 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 awarded the Distinguished Achievement in RV Journalism award for 2013 by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.
A small staff of RV enthusiasts keeps this website and newsletter running, working as a team to produce our weekly newsletter. More than 60,000 readers start their Saturday mornings with each new edition. 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 our funding.
Writers and bloggers from across the USA and Canada post new articles daily. Now, in May, 2017 as we write this, we are continuing to import (and updating) more than 15 years of content from our old website. When we are finished, RVtravel.com will include approximately 5,000 articles on every conceivable subject related to RVs and the RV lifestyle. And yet we will keep more articles coming, some inspired by suggestions from our readers, many of whom have become friends through the years.
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Assistant editor: Diane McGovern. Contributing editor: Russ De Maris. Contributing writers: Bob Difley, Richard Miller, Richard Mallery, Janet Groene, Roger Marble, Greg Illes, Julianne Crane and Chris Guld.