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.
Ram Goes All-in on Electric With Its 2025 REV Pickup
Ram recently debuted its 2025 Ram 1500 REV, the manufacturer’s first battery-electric, light-duty pickup truck. This electrified rig can boast a 500-mile driving range with its larger battery pack option or 350 miles with its standard configuration. And with 800-volt DC fast charging capabilities, drivers can add up to 110 miles of range in nearly 10 minutes. It also features versatile, bi-directional battery power solutions that allow it to charge other battery-electric vehicles, add power back to its own system, or even provide power to a residential home after an outage. Available in five trim options, the 1500 REV has a towing capacity up to 14,000 pounds, a payload capacity up to 2,700 pounds, and is equipped with several advanced technologies and a sleek, contemporary design.Read more from Woodall’s Campground Magazine
Olympic National Park Now Requires Reservations at This Popular Campground
If you’re planning to camp at Olympic National Park this summer, you may need to book your trip ahead of time. The park is moving to a new reservation system for its popular Staircase Campground. From July 5 through August 31, visitors will need to reserve a campsite online or by calling 877-444-6777. The reservation system aims to help manage the camping crowds during the park’s busiest time of year. During this time, campers can reserve sites for up to 7 nights. For those camping outside of this reservation window, the campground will return to a first-come, first-served system.Read more from USA Today
Need Help Hitching Your Trailer?
Want to hitch your RV to your truck with the push of a button? Now you can with Ford’s Pro Trailer Hitch Assist system. The new AI-based technology backs your truck up so the hitch ball is at an ideal location under your trailer’s coupling. While the truck owner still needs to confirm the heights of the hitch and coupler, this innovation can help save drivers the time and hassle of performing this unfavorable task. The new feature is part of the manufacturer’s Power-Up software and will receive over-the-air updates as the technology continues to advance. Pro Trailer Hitch Assist is currently available on new F-series trucks, including the all-electric Ford Lightning.Read more from GearJunkie
What National Park Is Ranked the Best in the U.S.?
Using data from the National Park Service’s Park Visitor Survey Report Cards, a new study from CasinoBonusCA ranks West Virginia’s New River Gorge as the best national park based on guest reviews. All 424 U.S. NPS sites are ranked in the survey—rating factors include features like park services and facilities and recreation offerings. With a score of nearly 88 percent, New River Gorge takes the top spot, while Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Acadia National Park, and Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve round out the top five. A total of 57 parks received a “very good” score ranging from 56 to 87 percent.Read more from WBOY
Get Ready to Go Glamping at Alabama State Parks
The Alabama State Parks system partnered with Timberline Glamping to add glamping sites to six of its state parks. Wind Creek State Park will be the first park to offer upscale glamping accommodations, beginning April 21. Chewacla, Lake Guntersville, Cheaha, DeSoto, and Monte Sano state parks will also add glamping sites later this year. The park system hopes the new lodging offerings will help more families get outside to experience the amazing parks within Alabama’s system. Timberline Glamping already manages glamping sites at some state parks in Florida and George. Visitors can make glamping reservations online through the park system and Timberline Glamping.Read more from WSFA
How to Avoid the Most Dangerous Animals at National Parks
From alligators and crocodiles lurking in Florida’s Everglades National Park to the grizzlies of Katmai and Yellowstone national parks, Outside Online rounded up nine of the most dangerous animals living in national parks throughout the U.S. While encounters with these deadly creatures can be rare, knowing how to protect yourself plays a role in keeping these animals safe, too. Hiking in groups, storing food away from your campsite, and keeping your distance from wildlife when possible, are just a few things park visitors can do to avoid an unfavorable situation. Pack bear spray when in bear-populated parks, and wear long pants and thick hiking boots when visiting areas known for rattlesnakes and other venomous creatures. Though total avoidance of wild animals isn’t always preventable, preparation and awareness are key to diffusing these sometimes life-threatening situations.Read more from Outside Online
Gear Check: Bring Movie Night to the Campground
This solar-powered projector makes it possible to watch your favorite movies and shows outside. Designed with a built-in, rechargeable battery, you can use the Nebula Solar projector at the campground, in your backyard, or even at a tailgate—all without running wires and cords to a power source. On a single charge, the projector provides up to 3 hours of power. Its clear, powerful sound also makes it an ideal Bluetooth speaker for your entertaining needs.
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