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#231, Bruce’s RV update, new retro trailers, Cruise taxis

Not too many days pass without the automobile, truck or RV industry abuzz. But it’s not always about Elon Musk, Tesla and the latest delay of his electric pickup truck.

Sometimes, Bruce and I just have to get caught up in other auto news, and that’s what we do on this episode of The Weekly Driver Podcast.

We cover several topics. Bruce and his wife Alene recently returned their fifth trip in their new fifth-wheel RV, a 29-foot Keystone Cougar, towed by their 2022 Ford F-250 pickup truck. Bruce updates listeners with his tales from the road — hot weather to windy driving conditions.

Happier Camper makes small, retro RV beauties.
Happier Camper makes small, retro RV beauties.

“We’ve got it down; my wife and I,” Bruce says. “We know what to do. But it’s like flying an airplane. You almost need to go through a checklist, hooking up. I make a lot of mistakes, but I haven’t wrecked anything yet.”

While driving about 300 miles North to South from Sacramento in the Central Valley of California in strong tail winds, Bruce and Alene’s RV average a “wonderful 10.1 miles per gallon.” The return trip was meat with massive head winds and the RV averaged 9.2 mpg.

While Bruce and his wife were traveling, I attended the Outdoor Retailer show in Denver as was enamored by RVing of a different kind — Happier Camper.

CruiseTaxi has receive to operate in California.
Cruise, an autonomous electric taxi, has received permission to operate in California.

The Los Angeles-based company makes three small fiberglass trailers, retro style, efficient and as attractive as any classic vehicle — except new. They’re lightweight, modular and have port windows. Bruce and I chat about the little trailers that can.

Bruce and I also discuss the pending arrival of Cruise, the e-taxi service in California. We chat about the new survey by iseecars.com on favorite used car colors. And there are a few other “odds and ends” from the automotive industry.

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