Top 10 RV Camping Articles of 2017

Time glides with undiscover’d haste

The future but a length behind the past.

—John Dryden

Looking back on 2017. January: Enjoying the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Old Town Bay St. Louis. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Looking back on 2017. January: Enjoying the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Old Town Bay St. Louis. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Hello, RVing friends! The year is turning over, and another 12 months of RVing, photography, hiking, and birding has flashed by.

The End is almost here!

This is article # 3,603 since my first post on August 18, 2010. Okay, the end isn’t near, but the end of the year is almost here, and it’s time to think about wrap-ups as 2017 draws to a close.

The end of the year is the traditional time for doing a summary and some reflection.

Looking back there were certain events and articles that kindled reader interest and comments.

Looking back on 2017. February: With Mardi Gras rapidly approaching, we posed the question of where we could get the best king cake in the Baton Rouge area and the answer was overwhelmingly “Ambrosia Bakery”. © Rex Vogel, all rights

Looking back on 2017. February: With Mardi Gras rapidly approaching, we posed the question of where we could get the best king cake in the Baton Rouge area and the answer was overwhelmingly “Ambrosia Bakery”. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Thank you for reading, providing feedback, and returning frequently to read my latest articles. Thank you for your continuing support!

Vogel Talks RVing would like to wish its readers a safe and happy New Years. As we reflect on the past year, here’s a look back at some of the most popular articles from Vogel Talks RVing.

After 190,933 page views in 2017, here are the top 10 most read and most popular Vogel Talks RVing articles of the year, listed in the order of their readership numbers.

And the most popular article of 2017 is…

BeauEr 3X: French Expanding Trailer

French company Beauer wants you to get more outdoor living space without having to tow a huge, bulky trailer. Its ingenious 3X teardrop trailer rolls down the highway as a tiny droplet behind your car, but at camp it stretches out to 3 times its width with a push-button electrical telescoping action that extends like an accordion.

Number Page Views: 5,970

Originally Posted: April 15, 2012

Looking back on 2017. March: Benson (Arizona) has a wealth of history just waiting to be rediscovered. © Rex Vogel, all rights

Looking back on 2017. March: Benson (Arizona) has a wealth of history just waiting to be rediscovered. © Rex Vogel, all rights

2.  Vistabule Teardrop Trailer: One Year Later

Vistabule is a portmanteau word combining vista—drawn from the signature gaping window that affords its occupants ample views—and vestibule, suggestive of the cozy confines of the 5-foot-by-10-foot trailers.

Number Page Views: 5,484

Originally Posted: August 16, 2014

3.  Vistabule Introduces ‘Cab Forward’ Teardrop Trailer

Streamlined and weighing just 1,220 pounds, Vistabule can be towed behind nearly any small car. The Vistabule is different from other teardrop trailers. It’s signature oversized windows and “cab-forward design” set it apart by offering panoramic views that no other teardrop trailer offers.

Number Page Views: 4,911

Originally Posted: January 3, 2013

Looking back on 2017. April: Spring has sprung and we're in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. © Rex Vogel, all rights

Looking back on 2017. April: Spring has sprung and we’re in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. © Rex Vogel, all rights

4.  Vogel Talks RVing– Home page

The roads beckon, dreams come true, work on my friends, this pair is through. Living his dream, Rex Vogel is a Snowbird with a passion for RVing, photography, hiking, and birding.

Number Page Views: 4,220

5.  Old is New Again: New Retro RV Manufacturer

A recent trend in the RV manufacturing industry is the development of an increasing number of retro-style trailers entering the RV marketplace.

Number Page Views: 3,766

Originally Posted: March 14, 2011

6.  LIFESTYLE Luxury RV Introduces Side Hauler Fifth Wheel

Looking back on 2017. October: Columbia River from our motor coach at Columbia Riverfront RV Park north of Vancouver, Washington. © Rex Vogel, all rights

Looking back on 2017. October: Columbia River from our motor coach at Columbia Riverfront RV Park north of Vancouver, Washington. © Rex Vogel, all rights

The new Alfa Gold 3905 Side Hauler comes in three distinct loading configurations including a motorcycle garage option, storage room option, and kids room option that houses the little ones in their own space complete with full-sized, retractable bunk beds, storage—even a flat screen TV.

Number Page Views: 3,055

Originally Posted: September 26, 2014

NOTE: LIFESTYLE Luxury RV ceased operation during 2016

Looking back on 2017. November: Exploring Bakersfield and the Bakersfield Sound at Buck Owens Crystal Palace. © Rex Vogel, all rights

Looking back on 2017. November: Exploring Bakersfield and the Bakersfield Sound at Buck Owens Crystal Palace. © Rex Vogel, all rights

7.  Lil’ Snoozy Goes Camping

Customers love the Lil Snoozy, a fiber glass travel trailer, because Lil’ is only 17 feet, 3 inches in length; 7 feet, 11 inches in width; and 7 feet, 5 inches high.

Number Page Views: 2,725

Originally Posted: June 23, 2012

8.  The Next Generation of RVs

Weighing at some 3,700 pounds, the polymer RV is said to be about 1,000 pounds lighter than traditional vehicles of similar size, so the InnoVator slide out is bigger (88 inches long and 48 inches wide) and the ceilings are higher. Unlike the aluminum, steel, and wood typically used in RV construction, Parma Shield is a material that doesn’t appear to wear out.

Number Page Views: 2,525

Originally Posted: October 14, 2017

Looking back on 2017. December and we're basking in the sun and warm temperatures of the Coachella Valley: Day trip to Anza- Borrego Desert State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights

Looking back on 2017. December and we’re basking in the sun and warm temperatures of the Coachella Valley: Day trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights

9.  Small Campers with a Big Future

The campers measure 4-feet-by-8-feet and weigh about 600 pounds. They come primarily with a thin band of blue or red on a white background. Some units have a camouflage pattern, which appeals to hunters. Prices start at $2,395.

Number Page Views: 2,379

Originally Posted: January 11, 2014

10.  Heartland Introduces Gateway Luxury Fifth Wheel With Side Patio

Based on one of its most popular floor plans, Heartland RV is seeing strong consumer response for its newly introduced Gateway 3750PT luxury fifth-wheel, sporting four slide rooms, two true queen-size beds, and a 60-square-foot side patio.

Number Page Views: 2,129

Originally Posted: April 7, 2015

Looking back on 2017. December and we're basking in the sun and warm temperatures of the Coachella Valley: Day trip to Julian for apple pies. Yes, their apple pies are that good! © Rex Vogel, all rights

Looking back on 2017. December and we’re basking in the sun and warm temperatures of the Coachella Valley: Day trip to Julian for apple pies. Yes, their apple pies are that good! © Rex Vogel, all rights

A Happy New Year to all my readers. Best wishes for 2018. Find what brings you joy and go there.

May the months ahead be filled with great RVing experiences!

Remember, the journey, and not the destination, is the joy of RVing. Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in an RV.

Happy Trails. Life is an adventure. Enjoy your journey.

Worth Pondering…

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

The flying cloud, the frosty light,

The year is dying in the night.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow,

The year is going, let him go.

—Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

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