Keith Powell

Keith Powell

Keith Powell is the publisher and sales director of RV West magazine which is part of the Koocanusa Publications group. He has written a regular sales and marketing column, called Ad Talk, for the company’s Kootenay Business magazine for over 30 years. He is a board member of Kootenay Rockies Tourism.  He tracks RV industry trends and developments throughout western Canada and beyond.

All Articles by Keith Powell

A vintage Little Chief mini-motorhome.
Vintage RV

Vintage RV—1970’s Little Chief Mini-Motorhome by Penticton’s Trav-L-Mate Industries

The Little Chief Mini-motorhomes were manufactured by a company called Trav-L-Mate Industries in Penticton, British Columbia, back in the late 1970's and 1980's. 

May 2017 by
Mid-70's Coachmen Class A motorhome.
Vintage RV

Vintage RV: 1970’s Coachmen Class A motorhome

The first Coachmen RV products were manufactured in 1964 in a 5,000 square foot plant in downtown Middlebury, Indiana. 

April 2017 by
A 1977 Triple E motorhome.
Vintage RV

Vintage RV: 1977 Triple E Motorhome—“5 Star Hotel” on Wheels

This week we are featuring a classic 1977 Triple E Motorhome – or a “5 star hotel” on wheels.

April 2017 by
Picture of the Dodge Swinger motorhome.
Vintage RV

‘I Spy’d” a Vintage Motorhome—a Dodge Swinger motorhome

When the largest automotive company in the world, General Motors, decided to create a recreational vehicle division it must have spurred rival auto maker Dodge to jump into the RV industry as well.

October 2016 by
Picture of vintage GMC motorhome, silver and blue.
Vintage RV

Welcome to “I Spy’d a Vintage Motorhome” – A GMC motorhome

The GMC motorhome was the only complete motorhome built by a major automobile/truck manufacturer. 

September 2016 by
Outside of the McNally Robinson bookstore in Winnipeg, MB.
RVwest Insider

Road trip highlights: A quick stop at one of Canada’s finest independent bookstores

A visit to the McNally Robinson bookstore in Winnipeg, MB is well worth the time. 

September 2016 by
Picture of large historic brick building.
RVwest Insider

Road Trip Highlights: A quick stop in Maple Creek

The town of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan makes an interesting pit stop for history lovers with its wealth of historic buildings. 

September 2016 by
A summer street scene of Revelstoke, B.C.
Kootenay Rockies

Around every corner in the Kootenay Rockies

The Kootenay Rockies circle tour offers an amazing diversity of playtime year-round

May 2016 by
Jim Hammil (left), new president and CEO of the new Erwin Hymer Group of North America, and Martin Brandt, CEO and chairman of the Erwin Hymer Group.
RV News

CEO sees ground-breaking opportunity in North American RV market

New vision, new investment, new name for Roadtrek

March 2016 by
Four-wheeling in Chokecherry Canyon, Farmington, NM.
RVwest Insider

Top 20 things to see and do in Farmington, NM

Farmington, NM’s outdoor activities, year-round mild climate and unique charm make it the ideal destination for all active families, adventure seekers and those looking to just get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

December 2015 by
Picture of RV travelling down desert road.
RVwest Insider

Scottsdale, Arizona is “loonie” for Canadian visitors

Hotels, resorts, restaurants, golf courses, RV parks and attractions in Scottsdale, Arizona are showing their love for Canadian visitors by offering discounts throughout 2016 to help offset the weaker Canadian dollar.

 

December 2015 by
Camper tucked among leafy trees.
RVwest Insider

BC Parks draw all-time record number of visitors

British Columbia’s world-renowned provincial park system continues to attract global attention, with visitors from outside B.C. making up more than one-quarter of a record number of camping reservations in 2015.

November 2015 by
Picture of RV parked by mountainside.
RVwest Insider

BC Investment Management Corp buys up Whistler’s Riverside RV Resort

Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc., an operating division of BC Investment Management Corp., which usually invests for B.C. public-sector pensions, bought the Riverside RV Resort, a 181-pad RV resort and campground in Whistler.

November 2015 by
Picture of woman holding golf trophy.
RVwest Insider

Snowbird golf news: ANA LPGA Tournament one of the top sporting events in Greater Palm Springs

Greater Palm Springs has always had a love affair with sports, and avid fans are drawn to the desert year-round for exciting sporting events. 

November 2015 by
A young bear cub plays with a flagstick on the fairway.
RVwest Insider

Top ten great photos of bears on the golf course

With our close proximity to forests and mountains, it's not uncommon to encounter wildlife—take a peek at this top ten list of curious and playful bears hitting the fairway. 

November 2015 by
SilverRock Resort – La Quinta – Silver tees 7,578
RVwest Insider

Snowbird golf list: top 10 longest yardage golf courses of Palm Springs and area

Here is a list that might inspire an avid Canadian snowbird golfer to add one of these longest yardage layouts to their bucket list.

November 2015 by
A picture looking down the main street of Revelstoke with the Rocky Mountains in the background.
RVwest Insider

B.C. invests $1.82 million to support tourism in seven Kootenay communities

The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) helps to enhance and improve the tourism sector in local B.C. communities.

August 2015 by
Alberta Prairie Railway includes a real-to-life train robbery and on-board entertainment
Market Trend Line

Get on board the RVwest Rally in Alberta

The RV Rally will be held on September 11 to 14, 2015.

March 2015 by
An old steam train stopped at the station Alberta Prairie Railway.
RV News

Get on board the RVwest Rally in Alberta

 The RV Rally will be held on September 11 to 14, 2015.

March 2015 by
Fairmont RV Rally, RVwest
RV News

Tenth annual rally brings total to $14,000 for STARS

RVwest gathered RVers at Fairmont Hot Springs for its annual fundraising (and fun!) RV Rally.

December 2014 by