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.
“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.
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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Article Last Updated: June 22, 2022.
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A sports, travel and business journalist for more than 45 years, James has written the new car review column The Weekly Driver since 2004.
In addition to this site, James writes a Sunday automotive column for The San Jose Mercury and East Bay Times in Walnut Creek, Calif., and a monthly auto review column for Gulfshore Business, a magazine in Southwest Florida.
An author and contributor to many newspapers, magazines and online publications, James has co-hosted The Weekly Driver Podcast since 2017.