- Feb 12, 2006
I've been catching up on my magazine reading. The January 2018 issue of Motorhome was it's 50th birthday issue. Many of you long-time RVers will remember that Art Rouse had a vision of a magazine catering to a new and growing industry called motorhomes. The first issue was MotorHome Life and that's the title to which we originally subscribed. Eventually it became just plain MotorHome in 1982. It was an annual publication until 1983 when it became monthly. The first issue in January 1968 had 88 motorhome models listed in a buyers-guide format. I laughed when I saw the articles that issue contained because things haven't changed all that much in the intervening 50 years - motorhome testing, working while traveling in a motorhome, full-time motorhome living, and motorhome trips out of the U.S. Best of all was a funny ad with a product meant to help motorhomers dump their holding tanks. The guy in the ad had on a gas mask and other protective attire. Yes, in retrospect, Art Rouse really was "on to" something big!