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Old 05-14-2015, 01:26 PM   #1
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This, along with AZ Highways, has been my favorite mag for years. If you read it you know that there's never anything about our fiberglass trailers. I recently emailed them asking them to do something on our favorite trailers and they replied that no manufacturer was willing to let them have a trailer to test. back to them I suggested an informational article because most people just didn't know about them. An hour or so ago I received a reply telling me that the story had been assigned and that it would appear in due time. Good news in my opinion. Thought you all would like to know that.
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:36 PM   #2
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My Take, from years of dealing with publishers when working for Kodak/Polychrome.


The FGRV builders not only can't really afford to prep and deliver a rig to Trailer Life for their evaluation (are they still in Calabasas, CA) the builders also aren't interested in taking out the advertising load associated with getting "Unbiased" evaluations.


In the business of special interest and trade magazines it "Pay to Play". In almost every issue, when you see an article about something/someone, you will also see advertising for the same company.
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Ask GoodSam to do it. It appears to me that they do allot of business ess with Trailer Life.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:56 PM   #4
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At least 35 years ago Trailer Life started Good Sam Club to give the non-Airstreamers something to stick on their trailers. it was mostly a few camping discounts at the time. We used it when we full timed in 1977-78.


I am sure that Trailer Life and Good Sam are still one and the same.
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Ask GoodSam to do it. It appears to me that they do allot of business ess with Trailer Life.
Good Sam and Trailer Life are one in the same.
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This, along with AZ Highways, has been my favorite mag for years. If you read it you know that there's never anything about our fiberglass trailers. I recently emailed them asking them to do something on our favorite trailers and they replied that no manufacturer was willing to let them have a trailer to test. back to them I suggested an informational article because most people just didn't know about them. An hour or so ago I received a reply telling me that the story had been assigned and that it would appear in due time. Good news in my opinion. Thought you all would like to know that.
Hi: rgrugg... I realize that these pages are just ads and not road tests but our rig has been a feature of several Trailer Life issues since last Nov. May 2015 pg. 18 is the latest one. There was an article in RVWest including some info about fiberglass trailers, but we know how small a segment of RVing fiberglass represents. It would cost a small volume mfg'er too much to build a trailer for a road test. Here's the original picture that was used in the ads.
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The thing is, GoodSam is missing an opportunity to market to the Fiberglass RV crowd by not doing a feature on our campers.
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Old 05-14-2015, 07:11 PM   #8
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I don't think that anyone out there sees the FGRV enthusiasts as a "Crowd". We are a niche market that keeps our products far to long to make any trailer maker happy. Add to that, although I don't have real figures, at least from comments on this site,k we are in the age cadre that is of little interest to the sales market.


If the FGRV manufacturers started advertising, then the pubs might show some interest. Until then we are the Ghosts/Stealth's of the RV marketplace.
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To para-quote Groucho Marx, "I wouldn't buy any trailer mag. that would have me."
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The Escape is mentioned in the cover story.
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The article tells us that Airstreams are put together with "Pop- Rivets".
Hmmmmm......
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This, along with AZ Highways, has been my favorite mag for years. If you read it you know that there's never anything about our fiberglass trailers. I recently emailed them asking them to do something on our favorite trailers and they replied that no manufacturer was willing to let them have a trailer to test. back to them I suggested an informational article because most people just didn't know about them. An hour or so ago I received a reply telling me that the story had been assigned and that it would appear in due time. Good news in my opinion. Thought you all would like to know that.
Hope you have more luck. I submitted an idea for an article on the bluebonnet rally, one of the largest gatherings of fiberglass trailers in the nation, including photographs. I gave them an outline. They responded that the idea had been sent to the reporting department and they would contact me about details. Never heard from them.
I'm just wondering... How many fibermglassers subscribe???
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...from comments on this site, we are in the age cadre that is of little interest to the sales market...
You calling us old?
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I got a subscription to Trailer Life Mag from my brother-in-law for Christmas. I wasn't really excited about it until I actually started reading the thing. There are some pretty good articles in there. I soon realized that our genre of trailers is definitely under represented between their covers and proposed to Oliver that they offer up an example to see if they had any interest in doing a story. I was surprised to learn that they are in the process of doing just that.
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