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.
Check Out This “Scappalachian” Glamping Getaway
Chances are, you’ve never heard the term “Scappalachian,” and that’s okay. The designers of Asheville’s new Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabins are happy to fill you in. Merging Scandinavian and Appalachian design, the resort’s 16 A-frame glamping cabins will offer comfortable accommodations along the French Broad River, just a mile from Asheville’s vibrant River Arts District. Visitors can explore the region’s natural side, with a number of recommended experiences on tap. Plus, the onsite canteen features local brews and grab-and-go meals. Bookings start September 1.Read more from Travel + Leisure
Have You Ever Seen a Clear Cooler?
As more concert and sports venues require attendees to use transparent bags, ICEMULE Coolers developed the world’s first transparent, air-insulated cooler, the ICEMULE Clear. Patented technology allows the cooler to be insulated with air instead of foam, guaranteeing to provide 5 to 7 hours of cooling when used properly. The 9-liter size retails for $80, and a 15-liter option runs for $100.Read more from Outdoor Sportswire
2023 TAXA Outdoors Mantis Woos Remote Workers
For 2023, TAXA Outdoors is bringing new innovations to the Mantis travel trailer, starting with a flexible workspace. The interior features a removable workstation that transforms from a standing desk to a table or to a countertop extension—providing remote workers the flexibility they need. Updates also include a removable restroom that easily stores under the bunks when not in use. TAXA redesigned the kitchen to feature mid-century design and more flexible storage and work spaces. With the Mantis habitat, TAXA aims to make it easy for travelers to enjoy both interior and outdoor spaces.Read more from TAXA Outdoors
President Biden Reinstates Federal Interagency Council of Outdoor Recreation
As part of the America the Beautiful Initiative, President Biden signed legislation reinstating the Federal Interagency Council of Outdoor Recreation (FICOR). Originally initiated under President Obama, the agency was suspended under the Trump administration. FICOR will help various agencies work together in the development and protection of public lands and the promotion of outdoor recreation. The administration hopes to advance public health and spur economic revenue. Outdoor recreation brings in nearly $375 billion annually, representing 1.8 percent of the country’s GDP.Read more from Outdoor Business Journal
Rivian Teases an Electric Adventure Van Concept
The race is on to build the world’s first commercial electric RV, and Rivian is taking its plans a step further with the Rivian Adventure Van overlander. While details are sparse, speculators predict Rivian could use the off-road ready R1T pickup or R1S SUV as the vehicle’s base. The van is expected to feature Rivian’s 180-kilowatt-hour Max battery pack. The company has already tiptoed into the camping market, with the Camp Kitchen upgrade available for the R1T, which earned high marks from users for its innovative design. All eyes are on Rivian to see what new details emerge ahead of the expected 2025 model release.Read more from MotorTrend
The 10 Most Beautiful Urban Attractions in the U.S.
Using data from more than 450,000 crowd-sourced reviews on TripAdvisor, a luxury travel company determined the most beautiful attractions in the largest cities in the U.S. and around the world. Top sites in the U.S. included beloved city parks, like New York City’s Central Park, San Diego’s Balboa Park, and Chicago’s Millennium Park. Engineering feats and architecture also earned rave reviews in locations like Las Vegas’s Fountains of Bellagio, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Los Angeles’ Getty Center, and San Antonio’s RiverWalk. Check out the full list on USA Today.Read more from USA Today
Airstream Takes Things Off-Road With an REI Collaboration
Airstream and REI teamed up to create a Basecamp 16X travel trailer ready for sustainable, off-grid adventures. The REI Co-op Special Edition Basecamp has been released as a limited run, with a starting price less than $56,000. Special upgrades include a 3-inch lift, recycled materials for interior fabrics, all-terrain tires, and a protective wrap for the panoramic window. REI Co-op members can enter to win this rig from August 8 to September 5. If you aren’t a current member, you can join for a $30 annual fee.Read more from RVPro
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