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.
Celebrating Black Culture All Year Round at These Destinations
While many cities have museums, historic sites, and cultural centers, living history can be found in Black-owned restaurants, stores, and accommodations. Here are just some ideas: Stay at the Six Acres Bed and Breakfast, once a site along the Underground Railroad, in Cincinnati, Ohio; join in the festivities at the Oakland Black Cowboy Parade & Heritage Festival in California; take a BLK RVA tour to sample premier culinary offerings at Black-owned restaurants in Richmond, Virginia; or tour the murals celebrating Jacksonville, Florida’s African-American heritage.Read more from The Points Guy
Texas-Sized Adventures Are Coming to This Hill Country Resort
Camp Fimfo Texas Hill Country resort already promises Texas-sized adventures, but the adrenaline is about to be bumped up a notch with two new recreational activities. The resort recently opened The Cliff Carver, Texas’s first alpine coaster, which zooms down a 1-mile track at speeds of 25 miles per hour. And this spring, campers will be able to take a zipline adventure 16 stories above the Guadalupe River, offering unbelievable views of Texas Hill Country. The new attractions join existing amenities, like an on-site waterpark, river tubing, mini golf, and more.Read more from Camp Fimfo
Hit the Road With the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter
The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter may become the campervan base of the future. Currently, the Mercedes-Benz diesel Sprinter is the workhorse of the Class B industry, serving as a base for models across many manufacturers. As Mercedes-Benz plans to go all-electric by 2030, the company unveiled the electric model of its popular Sprinter chassis. The rear-wheel drive model is expected to hit production later this year in the U.S., with a 113-kilowatt hour battery pack and an expected driving range between 200 and 300 miles. Plans haven’t been announced for an all-wheel drive unit, nor has pricing been revealed.Read more from Gear Patrol
What’s the Fastest-Growing Category of the RV Market?
Is the campervan taking over the RV market? While Class B vans make up a small percentage of RV sales, this category saw the fastest growth in recent years, going from 2,100 sales in 2012 to more than 17,000 sales a decade later. From 2021 to 2022, the segment saw a 23 percent increase in year-to-year sales. The allure of the campervan is due in part to its navigability. These rigs are easy to drive and can travel where other RVs can’t go thanks to its small size. All eyes look to 2023 to see if the campervan trend continues.Read more from RVBusiness
Dealership Inventories Coming to Google Search
Automotive and RV dealership sales listings could soon appear directly in Google searches, making it easier for customers to browse vehicles from the comforts of home. Though still in beta mode, the feature will enable buyers to search for vehicles and RVs and find local listings, which will appear directly in Google search as part of a dealership’s business profile.Read more from RV-Pro
A New Luxury Resort for Arizona Snowbirds
Snowbirds, as well as visitors to the annual Quartzsite RV extravaganza, will have a new luxury RV resort option in Southwestern Arizona. Located along the Colorado River, The River Sands RV Resort features riverfront beach access, more than 250 campsites, and other accommodations. Amenities include a clubhouse, a fitness center, pickleball courts, a dog park, and more. On-site activities include pet parties, arts and crafts, movie nights, and food truck visits. The local region boasts a number of wildlife refuges and off-road ATV areas. Joshua Tree National Park is also nearby, making for an easy day trip from the park.Read more from Woodall’s Campground Magazine
Gear Check: Portable Power for Your Off-Grid Adventures
Keep your smartphones, tablets, coolers, tools, and other gear charged up with BioLite’s portable BaseCharge 600 power station. Equipped with a 622 watt-hour lithium-ion battery, multiple outlets, and wireless charging capabilities, this power bank makes it easy to recharge and run your devices without using your rig’s energy. You can even add the optional solar panel kit to create a self-reliant solar generator.