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.
These National Forests Are Leaf-Peeping Paradises
It’s not too late to plan a fall foliage tour, and these national forests promise the best views without the crowds. Head to Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont to find covered bridges, trails, and waterfalls. Climb to the top of New England’s highest peak at Mount Washington in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, or visit the land of 10,000 lakes in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest. If you’re headed west, Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest and Idaho’s Sawtooth National Forest are top picks.Read more from Outside Online
Go From Land to Sea With This Unbelievable Rig
The Caracat 860 blends the best of two worlds. Schneider Caravaning, a German manufacturer, created a “caravan catamaran,” which operates as a pull-behind trailer on land and a houseboat on the water, thanks to the electric or gasoline-powered motor. The luxurious interior has a kitchen, bathroom, convertible sofa, and pop-up rooftop sleeper, providing room to sleep up to six people. Leather upholstery and teak wood add to the grandeur of this rig, which costs nearly $130,000.Read more from Motor1
Airstream Ensures Your Dog Has Great Digs
Dedicated beds are always a hot feature in an RV, but have you ever seen a dedicated dog bed? Airstream is offering the Under Dinette Dog Bed, created in collaboration with Buddy Rest pet-bed manufacturer. Simply unfold the cushions—which wrap conveniently around the dinette legs—to create an out-of-the-way resting place for your pet. The portable bed can even be used outdoors and offers an easy-to-wash removable cover.Read more from Airstream
Unexpectedly Entertaining National Park Social Media Accounts
You might not expect national park social media accounts to be entertaining, and yet, there are some that let the humor fly. Start with the National Park Service’s Instagram account, which serves up sarcasm and sometimes raunchy humor. Zion National Park entertains followers with plenty of eye candy and on-point humor. Want to see what the bears in Alaska are up to? Don’t miss Katmai National Park’s Twitter feed, which occasionally live streams from the park. Even Smokey the Bear gets in on the Twitter action with retro ads and more.Read more from Outside Online
Apple Adds New Outdoor-Geared Features
Apple’s iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8, SE, and Ultra debuted this month—with new features aimed at outdoor junkies. Emergency SOS now allows users to send a help alert using satellite connectivity even when out of cell phone signal and WiFi range. The feature also works on the Apple Watch, as long as an iPhone 14 is nearby. The iPhone’s upgraded camera now includes action mode to increase stability, and the Apple Watch has customizable “action” features. Both items offer increased protection from damage and breakage.Read more from GearJunkie
New Tennessee State Park Under Development
Already known for its natural beauty, Tennessee is adding one more state park to its list. The state approved the creation of Savage Gulf State Park, which features old-growth forests, waterfalls, and scenic vistas. Currently, part of the land is managed under South Cumberland State Park, but growing interest and a unique landscape prompted Tennessee State Parks to create a new destination. More than $30 million is designated for infrastructure and facilities development, including an RV campground and visitor center.Read more from Woodall’s Campground Magazine
GE Appliances Creates New RV-Friendly Items
In hopes of appealing to the outdoor market, GE Appliances debuted a new line of ranges and coolers. The GE RV Ready 12-volt LP ranges are designed as drop-in and freestanding units, for both production and post-production installation. GE is promising to deliver even cooking temperatures and performance—addressing a longstanding complaint within the RV industry. The new lineup of GE Profile electric coolers come in 50- and 75-liter sizes and are powered by a 12-volt DC connection or standard outlet. Both products will be showcased at the RV Hall of Fame Supplier Show this week.Read more from RV News
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