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.
Camping Continues to Be Seen as a Safe Option for Leisure Travelers
“One-fourth of North American campers indicate their first camping experience occurred since the start of the pandemic,” according to a recent survey conducted as part of the COVID-19 Fall 2020 Update to the North American Camping Report. In May, Kampgrounds of America (KOA) first conducted a survey of camping attitudes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and a cautiously optimistic picture emerged. Recently, the organization followed up to see if the predictions held true and found that even more people than expected saw camping as the safest way to travel (increasing from 46 percent in May to 56 percent in September). And the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down much: 42 percent of campers plan to take trips in the remaining months of 2020 despite cooler weather.
Source: Woodall’s Campground Management KOA Report Update: Camping Activity Beat Outlook
Jayco Jay Feather Micro Series Offers Big Adventures in a Compact Space
Jayco’s new 2021 Jay Feather Micro series features five nimble trailers, ready for rugged adventures. These shorter, lightweight units can go off the grid and off the road, thanks to the higher ground clearance and sturdier tires. Not only do these models come prepped for solar power, but buyers can order an optional inverter and roof-mounted solar panels. Other upgrades include storage racks for hauling outdoor toys, such as bikes and kayaks. Floor plans range from the teardrop-inspired 12SRK to the family-friendly 171BH and 199MBS, which include bunk beds. Each weighs between 1,500 and 4,500 pounds, making them towable by SUVs or smaller pickup trucks.
Source: Jayco 2021 Jay Feather Micro
Photo courtesy of Jayco.
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Outdoor-Inspired Documentaries to Watch This Fall
Outside highlights three new outdoor-themed documentaries for your viewing pleasure. Purple Mountain follows snowboarder Jenny Jordan, who feels her life and livelihood are threatened by climate change, as she discusses the issue with those who disagree. Rising Phoenix puts the struggles and successes of Paralympic Games athletes on full display for a rousing ride. Stone Local includes vignettes about rock climbing devotees, as they fight to protect their community and their favorite rocks. So, cozy up in your RV living room and watch one of these inspiring documentaries this fall.
Source: Outside 3 New Documentaries to Stream this Fall
Fall Foliage Beckons at These Scenic Camping Destinations
While New England’s fall foliage may be the most renowned, you don’t have to travel to the East Coast for beautiful fall landscapes. ReserveAmerica has created a list of the best camping destinations for leaf-peeping in each region of the U.S. In the Pacific Northwest, Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge are filled with foliage and waterfalls. Or, head to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado to find golden aspens, the most iconic fall sight in the West. In the Midwest, the Sawtooth Mountains host a scenic backdrop for the red-leafed maples found along Lake Superior’s North Shore. And for an ever-changing show put on by hundreds of species of trees, head to the South’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park or the Northeast’s Catskill Mountains.
Source: ReserveAmerica 5 Best Camping Destinations for Fall Foliage
Amp Up Your Campfire Cooking with These Retro Pie Irons
Rome’s Famous Pie Irons make it easy to prepare delectable dinners and desserts over the campfire. Since 1964, Rome has produced various versions of the classic pie iron. Cast iron cooking compartments and long wooden handles allow you to step back from the campfire while your ingredients cook. This Double Pie Iron is perfect for quickly feeding the family. What can go inside? Practically anything. Butter bread and place lunch meats and cheeses inside for toasty sandwiches. Or line the compartments with pie dough and stuff with sweet fillings for a delicious dessert.
Source: Rome Industries Rome’s Famous Pie Irons
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