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.
War in Ukraine Spikes Gas Prices
As the U.S. average for gasoline breaks four dollars a gallon, many in the nation are wondering how high prices will go. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to a significant spike, with prices rising 13 percent due to the international instability. This comes alongside a natural seasonal increase in demand. The world crude oil market has seen prices rise from 74 dollars a barrel in December of 2021 to more than 118 dollars a barrel in recent days. If the U.S. opts to stop receiving imports of crude oil and petroleum from Russia, the market could be squeezed even further, with prices potentially topping six dollars a gallon. Releasing more oil from international strategic reserves could calm the pressures.Read more from CNET
A Roundup of the Best Backpacking Foods
The perfect backpacking food has sufficient calories and nutrition while being super easy to prepare. For years, taste and quality were pushed to the side. However, as the market has grown, so has interest in developing these nutrient-dense, packable items, which has brought new artisan food makers onboard. Backpacker rounded up a list of the best dehydrated meals for breakfast and dinner, as well as the heartiest energy bars and drinks. Check it out for some backpacking culinary inspiration.Read more from Backpacker
Over 1 Million Electric Vehicles Have Been Sold in California
Some Californians are less concerned about rising gas prices due to the electric vehicles parked in their garages and driveways. The state topped 1 million in cumulative sales last year, with more than 250,000 EVs sold in 2021 alone. With a growing list of models available, generous grants and rebates, and an extensive network of chargers, sales are expected to continue to grow. Nationwide, almost 2.4 million EVs have been sold, showing California’s dominance of the market.Read more from InsideEVs
The Ultimate National Park Packing Guide
If your upcoming travels will take you to a national park, check out USA Today’s packing guide to find gear recommendations for hiking, camping, cooking, and more. For long drives, keep your tech gear charged with an Anker PowerDrive III Duo charger and your hands on the wheel with the iOttie Easy One Touch car-mounted phone holder. Eliminate the need to stop for refreshments with the YETI Tundra 35 Cooler.Read more from USA Today
New Beachfront Resort Opens on the Texas Coast
The Bolivar Beach Club & RV Resort brings a luxurious camping experience to Crystal Beach. RVers will find more than 200 big rig friendly concrete sites offering full hookups, with some featuring extras like waterfront views and private dog pens. Amenities include 27 miles of beach access and a massive pool, featuring a swim-up bar and poolside cabanas. Family games, live entertainment, golf cart rentals, and more will be available. The resort is currently holding a soft opening, as finishing touches are completed.Read more from Woodall’s Campground Magazine
REI Revives Lifetime Membership With New Perks
Free shipping, discount shop services, and a rewards program are just a few of the perks that come with REI’s re-launched lifetime membership program. For a one-time fee of $30, members will receive exclusive discounts and early access to select items. Membership is now required to purchase from Re/Supply, where used gear is sold online and in select stores.Read more from Outdoor Sportswire
Want an Easy Way to Wash Clothes in Your RV?
The Scrubba Portable Wash Bag offers a simple way to wash clothes in the comfort of your RV or tent. The bag’s exterior is waterproof to ensure you don’t make a mess, and the interior is lined with a flexible scrubbing board. Designed to be more powerful and more hygienic than sink washing, the Scrubba gives you a better washing experience and is easy to tote along, weighing in at a mere 5 ounces.Buy it on Amazon
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