Three excellent RV magazines not found on newsstands
RV magazines are slim pickins' on most news racks. On larger ones you'll typically find Trailer Life and Motorhome, both quality publications, but that's about it.
There are many free magazines published around the country -- some slick productions, other tabloids. Some are top quality, and, alas, a few are best suited to lining bird cages.
Here are three RV magazines you won't find on newsstands, but each is well worth reading. All are published by RV clubs with specialized memberships.
Family Motor Coaching This is one of the best RV magazines in America. Each thick monthly issue is packed with travel and technical articles plus reviews of mostly large motor coaches. There's also a lot of information about club activities and gatherings. Only owners of motorhomes are eligible to join the Family Motor Coaching (FMCA) so towable RV owners will need to borrow a copy of this magazine to read it. Although FMCA is trying to cater more to owners of modest-sized motorhomes, owners of big rigs will probably enjoy the magazine the most because of its coverage slanted toward larger RVs. The magazine is free with a membership to FMCA. To learn more or to join click here.
Escapees Wow! This magazines just keeps getting bigger and better! It's published six times a year and is packed with wonderful articles about all aspects of RVing. The Escapees is one of the largest RV clubs in the USA, with most members either full-timers or extended RVers who travel months at a time. Because members are on the road so much and are dealing with all sorts of living and camping situations including stretching their travel dollars, there is plenty of coverage of boondocking topics -- camping for free or inexpensively while relying on onboard systems for day-to-day living. The magazine is available only to members of Escapees. Visit the club's website to learn more or to join.
RVing Women This is the least polished of this trio of magazines, but it's a goodie nevertheless. It's published six times a year by RVing Women, which is a national organization of women who travel by RV, most of whom travel alone or with a companion other than a spouse. Unlike the other two magazines here, there are few ads in this one. There's a lot of coverage of group activities including local, regional and national rallies. Club chapters report about their activities and outings, both past and future. Columnists discuss topics of interest to women RVers. The magazine is free with a membership to RVing Women. Any woman who is traveling solo with an RV or plans to should join this group.
Other magazines In a future article we'll talk about other magazines not typically found on newsstands including the Good Sam Club's fine publication Highways, and Pop Up Times, the only magazine published specifically for owners of pop up trailers.
Do know of a good RV magazine that isn't readily available on newsstands? Please let us know about it, and if possible send a current or recent issue along. Send to Editor, RVtravel.com, 170 West Dayton St., Suite 103, Edmonds WA 98020.