Internationally known travel writer Shirley Slater died Friday (Aug. 23) in Los Angeles at Cedar Sinai Hospital where she had been hospitalized since Aug. 16.
“The RV industry has lost a dear friend, an avid RVer and eloquent spokesperson,” said David J. Humphreys, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Shirley and her husband, Harry Basch, formed a prolific writing team that visited 185 countries and traveled by almost every mode of transportation, including supersonic jet, luxury cruise liner, train and even hot-air balloon.
Their assignments took them to some of the most exotic and trendiest destinations in the world, but when it came time to take their own vacations, they hit the road in their own motorhome.
Shirley and Harry were introduced to RVing in 1992 when they were assigned to review the top 200 ski resorts. They became so enthusiastic about their rented RV that they decided to buy one.
Following that serendipitous experience, they started writing frequently about their RV experiences.
They authored countless newspaper and magazine articles on RV travel and several books, including Frommer’s Exploring America by RV and RVing for Dummies, scheduled for release this fall.
They also represented RVIA as touring spokespeople from 1994-99 and as RVIA media resources the past three years.
In memory of Shirley, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and Actors Fund of America.