In this weekly roundup, Togo RV shares the top stories and features that are impacting and shaping the RV community. We cover everything from news and travel updates to gear and gadgets, and all the good stuff in between.
Surprising Stats About RVing on Public Lands
Outdoorsy analyzed the data from 130,000 RV camping reservations made through Recreation.gov in 2020 and found some interesting trends. While the pandemic certainly led to an increase in RVing, the rise in public campground reservations actually began several years prior. Texas is the most popular state for RV camping reservations on public lands, accounting for nearly 20 percent, with Waco Lake having the most nights booked. California, Arizona, North Carolina, and Colorado also topped the list, and in 2020, RVers spent more than 378,000 nights at campsites reserved through Recreation.gov.Read more from Outdoorsy
What Do Gen Z and Millennial RVers Want in a Rig?
New generations of RVers are joining the lifestyle, and they have different desires from the retirees and families that have driven RV manufacturing design decisions for decades. Younger customers (between the ages of 18 to 34) make up 22 percent of the market, and 84 percent of them plan to buy a new rig within 5 years. How are legacy manufacturers responding? They’re designing smaller, sturdier rigs that can go off the road and off the grid. The campervan market is currently small but is prime for growth as Gen Z and millennial campers hit the road.Read more from Insider
Ditch Those Little Green Propane Canisters
If your RV doesn’t have a propane quick-connect hookup, you’re familiar with the pesky problem of toting along small propane canisters. HitchFire’s new propane system lets you leave those behind by connecting to your onboard tanks. Plus, you can still switch back to your portable tanks any time, without reinstallation. Compatible with regulated propane sources only, this kit is designed to work with any of HitchFire’s grills, and has an MSRP of $179.99.Read more from Outdoor Sportswire
Chase Adventure and Find Tranquility in This Class B
Start with a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, fill it with modern luxuries, top it off with adventure gear, and you’ll have the Thor Motorcoach Tranquility 19P. This campervan is designed for smooth driving but can also handle rugged journeys thanks to the four-wheel drive and all-terrain tires. If you’re heading off the grid, you’ll be prepared with a 190-watt solar panel and 400-aH lithium battery. On the inside of this 20-foot van you’ll find a wet bath, kitchen, fold-out bed, and swivel chairs.Read more from Thor Motorcoach
25 Accessible Trails to Add to Your Travels
Outside Online rounded up 25 of the best accessible trails in the U.S. These trails offer unrivaled views paired with stable surfaces, accessible parking, and gentle grades and slopes. Whether you have a physical disability or plan to push a family member in a stroller or wheelchair, these trails should be on your list. You can admire Old Faithful from Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin Trail, view the Grand Canyon from the South Rim Trail, or watch for alligators from the Shark Valley Tram Road Loop in Everglades National Park. Check out the full list for more travel inspiration.Read more from Outside Online
Get Off the Grid With These Electric Generators
It can be confusing to figure out which electric generator is right for you. Start by considering your power needs, which are affected by the size of your rig and your usage. Next, take a look at your electrical power plug to see if it’s a 15-, 30-, or 50-amp plug. Then decide which type of fuel—gasoline, diesel, or propane—you prefer to use and how much noise—keeping the campers around you in mind—you can tolerate. Consider what size and weight of generator will fit best in your rig. Don’t overlook the power inverter, this part is necessary to get adequate high-quality power for laptops, phones, and more.Read more from RV Magazine
Don’t Overlook These National Park Hidden Gems
Many national parks are experiencing overcrowding, but this retired park ranger rounded up five park alternatives where you can find stunning scenery without the crowds. From the fascinating geothermal features of Lassen Volcanic National Park to the unusual landscapes of Devils Postpile National Monument, there’s plenty that will wow at these lesser-visited parks. Check out the full list for more hidden gems.Read more from TravelAwaits
Featured RV Gear: Don’t Get Lost When You Lose Signal
Travelers are accustomed to relying on apps and GPS for directions, but what happens when you lose your cell phone signal? A paper atlas can help you stay the course without panic. The Rand McNally 2022 Road Atlas & National Park Guide not only has detailed maps of every U.S. state and Canadian province, it also features 132 pages of national park highlights and maps.
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