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Keiva Column No Longer a Fixture in Highways

Joe and Vicki Kieva

Joe and Vicki Kieva

After 15 years, Joe and Vicki Kieva’s popular column “RV Insight” will no longer appear in Highways, the monthly magazine of the Good Sam Club. The final column will appear in May, the RV News Service has reported.

“We got our pink slip,” said Joe Kieva.

Highways editor John Sullaway would not comment, but said an announcement in a future issue of the magazine would explain.

The Kievas began writing the column in February 1996. “Vicki and I were teaching classes about RVing at 11 Southern California community colleges back then,” said Joe. “Sue Bray of the Good Sam Club heard us speak and asked us if we wanted to write for the magazine. After three requests, we said yes.”

The Kievas spent the next 15 years writing their column and speaking at RV rallies, where they were often the headliners. When the RV economy hit hard times a few years ago, invitations to speak became few and far between.

In each column, the Kievas would separately answer a question from an RVer in a “he says, she says” style, most often about the RV lifestyle rather than technical issues.

Now, with no speaking engagements and plenty of time on their hands, the Kievas are preparing to hit the road for four months in their 36-foot Country Coach motorhome. “We’ll just bum around the country practicing what we preached through the years,” said Joe. “We’ll stop at places we didn’t have time to stop at before.”

The Kievas will continue to write a weekly column “RV Notebook,” which is part of the RVtravel.com blog network.

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#1 Comment By Bob Taylor On March 10, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

I did not always agree with everything they wrote but I did agree with the way they always spoke positive of the RV Lifestyle. I don’t have any idea why they got the “pink slip” but I hope it was not to add a couple more pages of advertising. Pretty soon Highways will be like the old Camping World magazine which had about 2 column pages of articles and the rest advertisements or CW bragging on itself.