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.
Increased Fees for Out-of-State Campers at Oregon State Parks
In order to close a budget shortfall and to encourage campers to stay closer to home, the Oregon State Parks system has initiated a temporary surcharge for out-of-state campground reservations. The change went into effect on August 10 and will only include new reservations made after that date. Existing reservations are not affected. The surcharge adds up to 30 percent to the reservation fee. For example, RV sites with full hookups will increase from $33 to $42 a night for non-residents. The park system currently plans to keep the surcharge in place through 2020 and will be discussing whether to extend it into 2021 in hopes of closing a $22 million budget shortfall.
Source: Oregon State Parks Temporary Out-of-State Camper Surcharge
Traveling Gourmets Won’t Want to Miss the Kitchen in This Fifth Wheel
Those who love to cook will feel right at home in the CrossRoads Volante VL325RL. This fifth wheel trailer features a large central kitchen, complete with two refrigerators, an expansive island, a dual-tub sink, and generous storage cabinets and countertops. Nearby, friends and family can relax on two couches, a booth dinette, or on the freestanding barstools. Upstairs, a king size bed is waiting at the end of a busy day. A massive storage wardrobe includes space for a washer/dryer combo. Rich wood tones give the VL325RL a cozy touch. This 36-foot-five-inch trailer weighs in at almost 12,000 pounds.
Source: CrossRoads RV Volante VL325RL
Photo courtesy of CrossRoads RV
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10 Cool Campgrounds in Colorado
From primitive campgrounds to over-the-top RV resorts, Colorado’s campgrounds are as varied as the state’s landscapes. Gear Junkie rounded up a list of 10 of the most popular campgrounds in Colorful Colorado. While electric and water hookups are not guaranteed, epic scenery is. Rocky Mountain National Park beckons with the Moraine Park campground, which is surrounded by iconic peaks. To stay up close to the picture-perfect Maroon Bells, check out the Silver Bell Campground. For boating, biking, and more scenery, head to one of Colorado’s state parks, with Cheyenne Mountain and Chatfield being superb picks. While the scenery might resemble Utah, the Saddlehorn Campground lets you experience a unique red-rock landscape in Colorado. If glamping is more your thing, River Run Resort may be tempting. Or, look out on the dunes at Piñon Flats in Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Source: Gear Junkie 10 Popular Campgrounds to Explore in Colorful Colorado
Hang Out (Literally) at the Campground with This Hammock
Now that “hammocking” is unofficially a verb, it’s time to upgrade your gear. The Eagle Nest Outfitters (ENO) DoubleNest is one of the hammocks that inspired this trend. With a weight capacity of 400 pounds, the DoubleNest is roomy enough to share, while being a fine size for the solo swinger. ENO DoubleNests are notable for their comfort and their durability. The lightweight nylon seems thin, but it will rock you with ease for years to come. Pick from a rainbow of 30 color combinations to personalize your Nest. Additional accessories are available, including hammock straps, mosquito nets, and rain tarps.
Source: Dick’s Sporting Goods ENO DoubleNest Hammock
Photo courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods
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8 of the Best Brews for Camping
As the dog days of summer linger on, there is nothing quite like enjoying a bubbly brew at the campground to cool off at the end of a sizzling day. Craft Beer & Brewing compiled a list of eight great beers that perfectly pair with camping. Fans of hoppy brews will want to check out the Fremont Summer Ale, Bell’s Two Hearted, or Founders All Day IPA. For a refreshing zest, head to the Alaskan Freeride APA, Surly Hell, or Anderson Valley’s The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose. If sweetness is calling your name, Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea is a winning choice. Finally, you can add some punch to your campfire meals with a blast of Westbrook White Thai, a Belgian wheat with an Asian twist.
Source: Craft Beer & Brewing 8 Beers That are Absolutely Perfect to Take Camping