S’More Good Stuff: EarthCruiser’s EV-Compatible Truck Camper Concept and Other RV News

Feb 9, 2023 | News & Events

S’More Good Stuff: EarthCruiser’s EV-Compatible Truck Camper Concept and Other RV News

By Togo RV

The Terranova overlanding truck by EarthCruiser. | Photo courtesy EarthCrusier

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.


DESTINATIONS
DESTINATIONS

3 Scenic Byways Where You Can Learn More About Black History

Celebrate Black History Month with a trip along one of three scenic byways. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway showcases Tubman’s life story and sites where she hid enslaved people traveling north to find freedom. Civil War history comes to life along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground, which starts at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate and passes by battlefield sites en route to Antietam National Battlefield. Or, follow the path of a pivotal 1965 Civil Rights Movement march with a drive on the Selma to Montgomery March Byway.

Read more from Scenic America
NEWS
NEWS

Harvest Hosts Launches Campground Perks Program

Harvest Hosts, a membership program that gives RVers access to unique camping locations, like wineries and family farms, is bringing that same concept to campgrounds. The new CampersCard membership program will offer RVers special discounts and other perks at campgrounds that join the platform. Parks can then offer discounted reservations, free firewood, late check-outs, or upgraded sites as part of the program. CampersCard is expected to launch this spring, and Harvest Hosts is currently seeking campgrounds to participate and soliciting recommendations from campers.

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RIGS
RIGS

Meet the Bubbly Barefoot Camper From nuCamp

A new retro-styled teardrop is finally making its way to the U.S. after a strong run in the United Kingdom. The sea glass-colored, bubble-shaped nuCamp Barefoot camper will certainly turn heads thanks to its colorful, curvy fiberglass exterior. Inside, the 16-foot trailer has a convertible dinette, wet bath, and kitchenette. The interior feels bright and airy, with white walls, light butcher block counters, and wraparound windows. Baby moon wheels and vintage graphics add a nostalgic touch.

Read more from RV-Pro
Light blue teardrop trailer parked on the beach with water and palm trees in the background
Photo courtesy nuCamp
DESTINATIONS
DESTINATIONS

Massachusetts Jellystone Park Adding Big Amenities

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort: Cranberry Acres, in Carver, Massachusetts, is getting a big upgrade for 2023, with a new waterpark and 83 luxury cabins. Opening July 1, the 21,000-square-foot Water Zone will feature two slides, a splash pad, an activity pool, poolside cabanas, and more. The 60-acre campground’s new deluxe cabins can sleep up to eight and include full kitchens. Improvements are also being made to refresh the camp store, activities calendar, and food offerings.

Read more from Boston.com
NEWS
NEWS

Luxury RV Resorts Grow in Popularity for Travelers and Homeowners Alike

With record numbers of RVs sold in recent years, booming remote work opportunities, and a housing crunch, luxury RV resorts are becoming a popular choice for travelers. Some are priced out of the housing market for both first homes and vacation homes, while others are embracing the opportunity to work from anywhere, with younger workers joining the snowbird migration in increasing numbers. Luxury RV resorts are filling a niche, offering elevated experiences at a fraction of the cost of other types of travel and housing.

Read more from RVBusiness
RIGS
RIGS

The Next Frontier of Truck Campers

As more electric pickups hit the market, EarthCruiser is developing a new slide-in truck camper designed for overlanding in EVs. Traditional truck toppers are boxy, heavy, and utilize a variety of power sources, making them less-than-optimal for EV pickups. EarthCruiser is working to redesign the GZL truck camper to be more lightweight and aerodynamic, with onboard systems that are compatible with EV power. The truck topper is expected to feature a pop-up roof, solar panels, and energy efficient systems. EarthCruiser is currently looking to collaborate with other manufacturers to bring the GZL to production.

Read more from GearJunkie
GZL truck camper concept by EarthCruiser
GZL slide-in truck camper concept for electric pickups. | Photo courtesy EarthCruiser
LIFESTYLE
LIFESTYLE

How to Acquire These Popular Hiking Permits

Did you know reservations are required for some of the most popular hikes in the U.S.? Don’t expect to be able to hike Yosemite’s Half Dome cable section, the entirety of Zion’s Virgin River Narrows, and other top spots without doing your homework. For some trails, a limited number of permits are offered during daily and seasonal lotteries, while others are easy to obtain and merely require registration. In some cases, you may be able to hike—but not camp along the trail—without a permit. Outside Online rounded up the details you need in order to hit these top trails.

Read more from Outside Online
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