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.
RV Industry Association Offers More Clarity to Consumers
The RV Industry Association hopes to simplify the RV buying process by standardizing elements of labeling. Starting January 1, 2021, all manufacturers must clearly label newly-produced RVs with the length measurement, similar to the way cargo carrying capacity is marked. This change also standardizes the measurement process, which will result in less confusion for consumers. Similarly, RVIA is asking manufacturers to do model year changeovers and design updates within a standard time period to provide more clarity for consumers. While it is not a requirement, this recommendation encourages voluntary alignment across manufacturers, making RV model years more closely resemble those of the automobile industry. Participating manufacturers will make model year changes between July 1 and August 31, starting in 2021.
Sources: RV Industry Association RVIA Board of Directors Approves Requirements and RVIA Board of Directors Approves Recommended Best Practices
Fire Up a New Grill for the Fourth
RVers looking for a new grill often want something small enough to be easily portable but large enough to feed a family. The Weber Q 1200 meets the mark. This durable cast iron grill comes in a fun variety of colors. Flip out the attached tables for an easy-to-access workspace. Underneath the lid, you’ll find porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates placed over a 8,500-BTU stainless steel burner. The family chef will appreciate the built-in thermometer and removable catch trays. Weber has a reputation for quality and durability, which means the Weber Q will likely be with you for many miles down the road.
Source: Weber Weber Q 1200 Gas Grill
What Kind of RV Can You Rent for $7,900 a Day?
Most rental RV units can be contracted for $100-$200 per night; however, there are some rigs that rent for $3,500-$7,900 per night. What can you get when you enter the rental market with a seemingly limitless budget? Possibly an RV that would cost millions to purchase, such as a Prevost Marathon luxury motorcoach. Leather interiors, multiple televisions, and marble flooring take these high-end coaches over the top. Jer Goss, CEO of Goss RV, said, “It’s kind of a world that most people are not familiar with, unless you just happen to pass one on the road on vacation. But, these things are well over $2 million in value.” As with all RV rentals, the luxury market is hopping this summer, as travelers seek self-contained ways to hit the road.
Source: Yahoo! Finance $30,000 a Week RV Rentals Seeing “Unbelievable” Demand
Glamping is Camping—and Other New Rules
Glamping is camping? Bring your phone to the campground? Roughing it is out? This may not sound like the traditional take on camping. That’s because it is not. Outside has come up with 18 new rules of camping, and some might be more controversial than others. Aside from broadening camping to go well beyond the rustic experience your grandparents might have enjoyed, Outside also reminds us that campfires and DEET are essential—while expensive gear is not. According to Outside, you should consider buying a sporkula, taking a solo trip, or spending a night sleeping outside. Whatever you do, make sure your social media realistically represents the joys and challenges of camping.
Source: Outside The 18 New Rules of Camping
Staying Safe During Your Fourth of July Travels
In addition to enjoying family picnics, fireworks, and festive decor, millions of Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with a road trip. Whether you are traveling to spend time with family or just taking advantage of the extra time off of work, make sure your holiday travels are as safe as they can be. The Better Business Bureau has specific recommendations for traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic. First, make sure to check the travel restrictions for any locations you’ll be visiting. Next, call ahead to see what campground amenities and local attractions will be open. Also, consider getting travel insurance, especially if you are planning to fly. Finally, if you are renting an RV, deep clean all of the surfaces and familiarize yourself with the mechanics of the rig before hitting the road.
Source: The Eagle Travel Tips to Have a Safer Fourth of July Vacation