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.
Don’t Book Your Next Campsite Site Unseen
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in the outdoors was surging, a trend that rapidly accelerated in 2020. Now, campers are finding limited options for both established and dispersed camping, as more people pack into parks and public lands. Some express frustration with disrespectful practices, like not following “Leave No Trace” principles, and a lack of campground availability. Solutions can include development of more campsites on public lands, new private parks, and growth of peer-to-peer rentals.Read more from Woodall’s Campground Magazine
This Teardrop Trailer Recharges Your Batteries—Literally
To alleviate some of the concerns about the driving range of electric vehicles, companies are looking for innovative ways to recharge. The Boulder, a teardrop trailer from Colorado Teardrop Campers, is an option, offering a comfortable living space atop a base of battery packs. Inside, you’ll find a queen-sized bed and bunks for a four-person sleeping capacity. Open the back hatch to access a rear galley kitchen. While you relax, the trailer recharges your electric tow vehicle with the 75-kWh battery packs.Read more from MotorTrend
The U.S. Is Running Out of Campsites
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in the outdoors was surging, a trend that rapidly accelerated in 2020. Now, campers are finding limited options for both established and dispersed camping, as more people pack into parks and public lands. Some express frustration with disrespectful practices, like not following “Leave No Trace” principles, and a lack of campground availability. Solutions can include development of more campsites on public lands, new private parks, and growth of peer-to-peer rentals.Read more from Outside Online
No Water Hookups? That’s No Problem in This Feature-Packed Rig
At 23 feet, the Rockwood Mini Lite 2205S is small for a travel trailer—but don’t let the small size fool you. Off-grid adventures can be limited by the size of your water tanks, but thanks to the 52-gallon fresh water tank, you won’t have that problem with the 2205S. Inside, this couple’s camper features a queen-sized bed flanked by nightstands and windows. Relax in the theater seats, which are located across from an electric fireplace and large swivel TV. Throughout the trailer, generous storage, thoughtful accessories, and solid construction make this rig stand out.Read more from Forest River
These Tourist Traps Live Up to the Hype
Tourist traps are often crowded, costly, and over-commercialized. But, that doesn’t mean you should avoid them altogether. Some locations and attractions truly live up to the hype. There’s nothing like feeling the rush of mist off Niagara Falls, standing in the glow of neon signs on the Vegas Strip, or watching Old Faithful erupt into a towering geyser. Though places like Disney World and the Statue of Liberty attract millions of visitors each year, you can have a pleasant visit of your own with some planning and patience.Read more from USA Today
Free RV a Dream Come True for a 13-Year-Old
Like many 13-year-old boys, Brennan Reny enjoys camping with his parents and four siblings. Unlike other teens, however, Brennan was born prematurely and faces health struggles including cerebral palsy and a heart condition. The Make-a-Wish Foundation and Fresno’s RV Country dealership teamed up to provide his family with a 20-foot Prime Time Avenger travel trailer. Brennan’s mother said the RV will help keep Brennan comfortable and enable the family to go where he is happiest, outdoors by water.Read more from the Merced Sun-Star
Camp Margaritaville Comes to the Smokies
Pigeon Forge’s Camp Margaritaville RV Resort and Lodge may have mountain views instead of tropical scenery, but the park is imbued with the relaxed vibe of Jimmy Buffett’s anthem. From generously sized, well-appointed campsites to upscale amenities, Camp Margaritaville promises the full resort experience just minutes from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Campers can enjoy a tropical-themed pool complex, a dog park, and a large camp store. A lodge, restaurant, and bar will open in late fall to complete the offerings.Read more from Camp Margaritaville
Featured RV Gear: Keep an Eye on Your Campsite
Keep an eye on your campsite or property with the Moultrie Mobile XV-6000 Cellular Trail Camera. The 0.9-second trigger speed ensures speedy 16MP shots as soon as motion is detected. Daytime photos are full color, and nighttime photos are brightly illuminated. Cellular connectivity enables the camera to send images directly to your computer or phone.
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