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.
Everything You Need to Know About National Park Reservations
Continuing to ride a high tide of visitors, the National Park Service (NPS) will again utilize reservation systems for some of its most popular national parks and attractions. While Yosemite has dropped its timed-entry system for summer 2023, reservations are required for entry during the last 3 weekends of February, when Horsetail Falls lights up with a fire-like glow. Rocky Mountain and Arches will require timed reservations again in 2023. Other parks are requiring permits for specific roadways and trails, and Great Smoky Mountains is instituting its first-ever parking permit. Be sure to check NPS park websites for details before planning your park visit in 2023.Read more from Outside Online
Bigger Navigation Screens for Bigger Adventures
Garmin debuted two RV-specific navigation units with new, larger screen options. Comparable to the size of an iPad, the RV 1095 offers a 10-inch screen and the low profile of a tablet, while the smaller RV 895 has an 8-inch screen. In addition to navigation tailored to your rig size and weight, the Garmin models provide aerial views of campgrounds. A split-screen feature allows users to keep the map open while using other navigation tools. Pricing starts at $699.Read more from autoevolution
Check Out This Adorable Electric Micro Campervan
The new Mercedes-Benz concept EQT Marco Polo micro campervan gives travelers an electric vehicle and vanlife experience. The roof doubles as a pop-up tent and comes equipped with windows and a solar panel. Inside, the small footprint manages to pack in convertible seating and sleeping spaces with a functional kitchenette featuring a sink, induction cooktop, and fridge. While the vehicle is currently in the concept phase, production is expected to start in 2023. A basic EQT without the camper conversion will start around $52,000.Read more from Business Insider
Will Texas Become the Next Theme Park Mecca?
Universal Studios is branching out to new territory—literally and figuratively. With a park planned for Frisco, Texas, Universal moves away from familiar ground in California and Florida. The concept is also groundbreaking, with an entire park designed for families with young children. Rides, character meet and greets, themed lands, and other attractions will be aimed more toward tots than teens. The 97-acre park will have room for future expansion and will take advantage of the Lone Star State’s growth in popularity as a travel destination.Read more from USA Today
More Reasons to Visit Yosemite in 2023
While Yosemite National Park certainly hasn’t been hurting for visitors, a number of additions and upgrades across the Yosemite Mariposa County region are expected to enhance the visitor experience in 2023 and beyond. A $10-million Yosemite Valley Welcome Center will offer upgraded visitor services, and Glacier Point Road will finally reopen this year, treating travelers to dazzling views once again. Additional parking and other updates will make Bridalveil Fall more accessible. Outside the park, Wildhaven Yosemite will open a second glamping location, and Hotel Bluey will offer unique accommodations in renovated historic sites.Read more from Yosemite Mariposa County
This RV Can Be Stored in Your Garage
Aliner declared the new Evolution 12’ as the “supreme tow and go camper for first timers.” Weighing less than 2,000 pounds, this rig is towable by a wide range of vehicles, including EVs and SUVs, and its length and height makes it storable in most garages. Inside, the 85-square feet of living space is designed to accommodate two travelers, with hard-sided dormers adding to the head room. A bike rack makes it easier to take along your toys, and setup takes mere minutes. This model joins the Evolution 15’, which debuted last year.Read more from RV-Pro
Florida RV SuperShow Hits Second Highest Attendance Record
While attendance at the Florida RV SuperShow didn’t knock the 2022 show from its record-setting spot, organizers are pleased that 79,000 visitors came to the 2023 show—making it the second-highest attendance in the show’s history. This year’s show attracted 5,000 fewer people, but exhibitors say many came to buy, with high sales reported across the field. Attendees had the opportunity to tour 1,300 RVs, enjoy entertainment, and explore accessories and supplies. The 2024 show is set to take place from January 16 to 21.Read more from Woodall’s Campground Magazine