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.
SpaceX Starlink Debuts Premium Satellite Internet Service
SpaceX is now offering an upgraded Starlink Premium service, which comes at five times the cost of the original service. Aimed at business users, Starlink Premium allows speeds of 150 to 500 megabits per second with no data caps at the cost of $500 per month (with an upfront cost of $2,500 for equipment). While this system is designed to be used from anywhere, unlike the original Starlink, it can’t be used in motion, so its benefit for the RVing market is still unclear. RVers on the go will want to watch for updates.Read more from CNBC
Ooni Pizza Oven Taste-Test Showdown
Ooni offers several models of pizza ovens that can cook using charcoal, coal, and gas, but which oven and method is right for you? If you want the easiest way to cook a pie, the Karu pizza oven has a gas option that heats up in 15 minutes. If it’s flavor you’re after, use the Fyra model with Ooni’s proprietary oak wood pellets that give it a smoky taste. For the best all-round experience, try the Karu’s wood fire method, which produces an even cooking temperature and perfectly-done pies.Read more from Outside Online
Top 10 Small-But-Stylish Campervans
You can combine luxury and adventure with the right campervan. Robb’s Report rounded up 10 of the best vans, featuring plush interiors, innovative amenities, and solid construction. For off-road rugability, the new Jayco Terrain and the Storyteller Overland Beast Mode 4×4 take you off the grid in style. If you want a luxe interior, check out the Airstream Interstate 24X or the Winnebago Boldt, or customize your own design with the Glampervan Promaster MUV that starts at $80,000.Read more from Robb Report
U.S. Traffic Fatalities Surged 12 Percent in 2021
Though U.S. drivers drove fewer miles in 2020, the year marked a sharp increase in road deaths, a trend that continued in the first 9 months of 2021, which saw a 12-percent spike over 2020. The 31,720 fatalities were the most in any 9-month period since 2006, reaching a crisis level. Though deaths fell in 10 states, 38 others saw increases. As funds from the 2021 Infrastructure Act and federal grants flow to states, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg expects safer roadways and better traffic surveillance will help reduce the fatalities.Read more from USA Today
Put These Scenic Byways on Your Winter Travel List
While scenic byways are already notable for their natural beauty, winter adds another layer of magic to the landscapes. Drive through snow-covered pine forests along Colorado’s Grand Mesa Scenic Byway or watch for wildlife along Wyoming’s Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway. While the surrounding views are stunning along Minnesota’s Sunrise Coast Scenic Byway, don’t miss a chance to see the Northern Lights.Read more from Scenic America
New National Campground Office Coming to NPS
Though campgrounds are a large part of the national park experience, the National Park Service doesn’t have a dedicated office—until now. The new National Campground Office will manage the 1,440 campgrounds and strive to improve the visitor experience. A software tool will help the office prioritize campground modernization and expansion, which are expected to come on the heels of recent revenue increases.Read more from RVIA
Find Sunshine on Florida’s Luxury RV Resort Trail
Yacht Haven created the ultimate map of Florida’s luxury RV resorts traversing the Sunshine State from the Emerald Coast to Key West. Along four major interstates, you’ll find luxurious resorts in lush settings, providing access to some of Florida’s hottest destinations. The over-the-top amenities include private beaches, waterfront views, championship golf courses, and more. Before you book, check out the restrictions, as some parks are limited to certain rigs and ages.Read more from Yacht Haven
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