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.
How to Fail as a National Park Visitor
It seems like visiting national parks is something you can’t possibly fail at, but some people find surprising ways to be terrible visitors. Not only can poor behavior be bad for the park, it can also be dangerous for park guests. For example, taunting bison can end in a hospital stay, if not worse. While visiting parks, you must respect the landscapes, the wildlife, and other visitors. Avoid licking the toads (no matter what you’ve heard), don’t take free souvenirs, and pay attention while driving—despite the beautiful scenery beyond your windshield. Content may appear behind a paywall.Read more from Washington Post
All Jayco Trailers Now Go Through Pre-Delivery Inspection
Consumers sometimes complain about the quality of brand-new RVs, after encountering missing screws, faulty appliances, and more. Jayco is looking to change this perception by adding a pre-delivery inspection to all new units. The move affects several brands under the Jayco umbrella, including Entegra Coach, Starcraft RV, and Highland Ridge RV, as well as Jayco towables and motorhomes. A new 70,000-square-foot facility was built in Middlebury, Indiana, to accommodate the process, which involves numerous audits and quality checks. The goal is to improve buyer and dealer satisfaction, as well as reduce wait times for warranty repairs.Read more from RV Dealer News
Even Motorcycles Can Tow This Teardrop
The Rift trailer by Carbon Lite Campers is so lightweight that practically any vehicle can tow it, including motorcycles. Weighing less than 500 pounds, with a hitch weight of 61 pounds, this teardrop is ultra-portable thanks to its carbon fiber construction, but that doesn’t mean it lacks impressive features. The interior has room for an inflatable queen-sized bed—plus, Yakima sport racks, a Nash Sub Z cooler, and a Goal Zero Yeti power station, all come standard on the Rift. Larger, more equipped versions of this trailer are also available.Read more from RV Magazine
Gear Up for Your Holiday Road Trips
Traveling for the holidays? Packing the right gear can help you have a more comfortable and enjoyable road trip. USA Today rounded up a list of roadtripping essentials, to help keep kids occupied, devices charged, and passengers relaxed. From weighted blankets and neck pillows to Mad Libs books and instant cameras, check out the full list before you hit the road this season.Read more from USA Today
Enter Campspot’s 12 Days of Campmas
From December 1 to 16, Campspot is hosting the “12 Days of Campmas,” and you can enter to win once a day. A daily drawing features the best camping gear from top outdoor brands, and one grand prize winner, drawn from all entries, will receive $2,500 in travel credits. Earn extra entries for reading the Campspot Outdoor Almanac, checking out the Camp Guide, or visiting the Campspot website. Past prizes include an Onfuro outdoor lantern and speakers, a Solo Stove, the Camping Cuddle Buddy, and more.Read more from Campspot
Which State Parks Are the Most Beautiful?
Travel Lens set out to determine the most beautiful state park in the U.S. The travel website analyzed reviews from Yelp and Tripadvisor to see which state parks had the most mentions of the word “beautiful.” Coming in third was Virginia’s Grayson Highlands, while Vermont’s Smugglers’ Notch took the second spot. Top honors went to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, with 89 percent of its reviewers remarking on the beauty of the old-growth forests, waterfalls, and waterways.Read more from Travel Lens
Diesel Shortage Disruptions on the Horizon
Is the U.S. on the brink of a diesel shortage? Some experts say signs point to yes. According to the Energy Information Administration, supplies of jet fuel, diesel, and heating oil were at their lowest since 2008, with enough supplies to last for approximately 26 days. Others say diesel, specifically, is at its lowest point of availability since 1951. Sanctions on Russia, increased demands across several continents, and limited capacities at U.S. oil refineries are just a few of the problems. While the U.S. isn’t expected to run out of diesel, due to imports, high prices are expected.Read more from RVBusiness
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