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 Much Should You Be Paying for RV Insurance?
Nobody wants to go through all of the work of gathering RV insurance quotes, but how else do you know what options are out there and whether or not you’re paying a fair price? Market Watch did the math for you and found that towable RVs generally run around $500 per year and motorhomes range from $300 to $1,300 per year for insurance rates, with a lot of factors affecting your actual price (including your driving history, credit score, and aspects of your RV). If you’re looking to reduce your costs, look for discounts for bundling your insurance, take an RV safety course, or consider shopping around.Read more from MarketWatch
The Ultimate International Balloon Fiesta RV Trip Guide
This year marks the 50th-anniversary of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The festival is expected to have its biggest year to-date, and Harvest Hosts is making it easier to attend the event thanks to its RV trip guide. With hundreds of thousands of people in attendance, the festival can require extra preparation for RVers and attendees—the Harvest Hosts website has tips you’ll need, from activity times to clothing recommendations. If you’re attending, look for the Harvest Hosts booths on Main Street or the VIP West RV lot at the festival for a chance to win prizes.Read more from Harvest Hosts
You Can Finally Get Your Hands on This Coveted Tent
Durston Gear’s hiking tents have reached the pinnacle of popularity—reaching cult status—while suffering from unfortunate manufacturing woes. Designed in British Columbia, the Durston Gear tents are renowned for their ultralight weight, with the X-Mid 1P weighing in at 1.75 pounds. With limited availability, those who bought the coveted tents sang their praises across social media, amplifying the brand’s supply issues. Recently, the brand reopened for sales, with deliveries expected to start again in November. The new X-Mid Pro is on the horizon, with a more spacious interior and a weight of nearly 1 pound.Read more from Outside Online
No, You Shouldn’t Take Leaves With You
While it’s tempting to collect fall leaves for projects and keepsakes, it’s actually better to leave them behind as they provide important nutrients to the soil. The Leave No Trace organization has other recommendations for your fall adventures. Make sure to keep your eyes on the trail and always respect wildlife, which may be especially active in fall. You should also be prepared for changing weather conditions, which frequently happen this time of year.Read more from Leave No Trace
Congress Approves a New National Historic Site
Bipartisan legislation from Congress dedicating the Blackwell School National Historic Site is heading to President Biden’s desk for final approval. This National Park Service (NPS) location preserves an important piece of Latino history in Marfa, Texas. The Blackwell School was used to educate generations of Mexican American students, as they were segregated from white classmates in several “Mexican schools.” The historic schoolhouse reflects a dark time in the past, while celebrating the improvements in equality. This is the first NPS site to share modern Latino history.Read more from National Parks Conservation Association
Kelly Clarkson Marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month With an RV Giveaway
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and singer and talk show host Kelly Clarkson marked the occasion by surprising the founders of a not-for-profit organization with a free RV. Fight Through Flights provides memorable travel experiences to Black women fighting breast cancer. Bish’s RV teamed up with Clarkson to give Fight Through Flights founders Esther and Alicia Tambe a free motorhome outfitted with gear. This will enable the organization to offer free road trips to more women on the road to breast cancer recovery.Watch more from The Kelly Clarkson Show
The 10 Best Fall Foliage Travel Destinations
USA Today compiled reader votes for the top fall foliage destinations in the U.S. Pennsylvania has two locations in the top 10, including the Poconos Mountains and the Laurel Highlands. For travelers in the South, head to Arkansas’s Ozark Mountains or Tennessee’s Gatlinburg region. Of course, New England is included, with New Hampshire’s White Mountains and the charming town of Stowe, Vermont. The West isn’t overlooked, thanks to Aspen, Colorado, and Taos, New Mexico. The Midwest also has some gems, including Door County, Wisconsin, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which was voted the top spot for this year.Read more from USA Today