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.
Plan an RV Trip to the Southeast’s National Parks
Chart a road trip to visit one—or all—of the national parks located in the southeastern U.S. West Virginia is home to the country’s newest national park, New River Gorge, which is a paradise for outdoor adventurers. Shenandoah is famous for its delightful drives through the Blue Ridge Mountains; the roads and campgrounds are RV-friendly. Don’t miss Congaree for unique paddling opportunities. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most well-known park in the region, offering boundless scenery and recreation. Learn more about these parks and RV campground options on Togo RV.READ THE STORY
How to Set Up Your RV Campsite
Whether you’re camping for the first time or you’re a seasoned pro, a campground setup checklist makes the process easy to manage. Togo RV shares everything you need to know to set up camp, including helpful gear recommendations. Learn what to look for when surveying your campsite, how to unhitch and stabilize your trailer, and how to properly handle hookups without making a mess.READ THE STORY
Crude Oil Prices Drop from Summer Highs
After reaching record highs over the summer, crude oil prices are declining. Softer demand is a result of a decrease in vacation travel and increased concern of a global COVID-19 resurgence. As a result, Ohio and Washington, D.C., saw the biggest price drops in gas prices, while the lowest gas prices can be found in Mississippi and Texas. The national average for prices at the pump sits at $3.16; nearly $1 higher than 2020 and 56 cents higher than 2019. Demand is expected to continue to decline, meaning U.S. drivers will continue to find lower gas prices into the fall months.
Source: AAA Newsroom Crude Oil Price Drops $5/bbl to Lowest Price Since May
Illegal Campfires Are a Persistent Problem
The dangers of wildfires are well-documented, burning more than 4.5 million acres in the U.S. so far in 2021. Despite this, more than one in three campers reported seeing campfires in areas with fire bans, according to a recent survey conducted by The Dyrt. It’s unclear whether campers who build illegal fires are aware of bans. Agencies are working to increase messaging: Watch for roadside electronic signs alerting about current fire conditions, and if you spot an illegal fire while camping, contact the nearest ranger station.
Source: PR Newswire More Than 1 in 3 Campers Report Seeing Illegal Campfires Despite Burn Bans
Extend Your EV Range By Towing an Electric Trailer
Towing with an EV vehicle reduces the distance you can travel per charge due to the added weight of the trailer. But what if the trailer can help charge your vehicle? Engineers and manufacturers are working on this concept. Dethleffs, a German travel trailer company, recently tested the E.Home Caravan prototype, which uses built-in battery modules. In the U.S., Airstream and Lordstown Motors (in partnership with Camping World) are just two of the companies looking to develop electric trailers.
Source: Green Car Report Towing With an EV: Are Electric Trailers the Future?
Photo courtesy of Dethleffs
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