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.
Who Gives National Parks a 1-Star Rating?
Are you offended by mountains, sand, or fewer crowds while visiting a national park? Apparently, some national park visitors are so disappointed by their visits that they opt to leave one-star reviews on social media. Artist Amber Share was looking for illustration inspiration when the idea to paint national park images paired with bad reviews came to her. Follow her Subpar Parks Instagram account to find these ironic images.Read more from Outside Online
Acadia National Park Fights Illegal Camping
Illegal camping at Acadia National Park in Maine has significantly increased, rising 25 percent between 2019 and 2021. This year’s numbers are tracking in a similar pattern. The park has seen an increase in both secret campsites and car camping. While some incidents appear to be short-term sleeping arrangements, others include those who are attempting to live on the public lands. Illegal camping can be accompanied by trash dumping and prohibited fire rings, causing destruction to protected landscapes. Authorities are seeking solutions. (Content may appear behind a paywall.)Read more from Bangor Daily News
Solo Stove Fires Up Version 2.0 of the Smokeless Fire Pit
Solo Stove released version 2.0 of its smokeless fire pit, bringing the first product updates since the 2016 launch. Upgraded fire pits feature a patented removable ash pan and fire grate—which will make it easier to remove ashes—a response to customer requests. The Ranger 2.0, Bonfire 2.0, and Yukon 2.0 are available now on Solo Stove’s website and coming soon to retailers.Read more from Outdoor Sportswire
No Reservations or Money Required at These Campsites
Dreaming of camping amid mountain peaks, stunning lakes, or forest canopies? Not only can you find beautiful campsites in all 50 states, you can also find them for free, with no reservations required. Locations overseen by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service often offer primitive campsites or allow dispersed camping on federal lands. Check out these affordable backdrops for your outdoor adventures.Read more from Outside Online
Take Your Garden on the Go
If you think RVing is the end of gardening, think again. Mobile gardening is possible, as long as you keep a few tips in mind. Potted plants and hydroponics are a great choice for RVers. Putting rocks at the base provides stability while your rig is in motion. You should add adequate drain holes, sterile potting soil, and use large base pans. Keep in mind that some states and countries require you to declare plants at borders and may ban you from bringing certain ones in.Read more from Escape Trailer
You Won’t Believe This Hummer H1 Transformation
What do you get when you take your average Hummer H1 and add a massive aluminum frame and shell, plus 16 inches of ground clearance? If you put van conversion company, Wolf Rigs on the job, you’ll end up with a handcrafted overlanding vehicle like no other. The Wolf Rigs Patton has a rugged exterior that opens to reveal a surprisingly warm interior. Inside, you’ll find a queen-sized bed, bathroom, kitchen, storage compartments for vehicle accessories, and a tri-level living space that allows travelers to live comfortably while off the grid.Read more from motor1.com
Is the New YETI Roadie 48 Worth the Price Tag?
Is a cooler ever worth a $450 investment? If it’s the YETI Roadie 48, the answer is a solid yes for “Gear Guy” Joe Jackson. Jackson has tested many coolers, and he gives the Roadie 48 a thumbs up for its durability and portability, thanks to the telescoping handles, adequate tires, and taller, thinner design. Jackson’s testing showed the cooler kept refrigerator-level temperatures for more than 4 days. All in all, the Roadie 48 looks to be a solid choice, especially for those camping off the grid.Read more from Outside Business Journal