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.
Some Campsites are Getting Trashed
Fans of dispersed camping have long enjoyed the opportunity to “get away from it all” by finding free parking spots on federal lands and setting up camp in scenic landscapes far from the roving crowds. But, what happens when the roving crowds find your favorite spot and leave a mess behind? As the COVID-19 pandemic has drawn more people into RVing and pushed more away from traditional campgrounds, national forest and Bureau of Land Management lands are seeing an influx of RVers taking advantage of the free camping opportunities. Unfortunately, less direct oversight has left some feeling free to do whatever they want, which includes vandalism and leaving behind trash. Experienced dispersed campers worry bad behaviors by a few could lead to a ban on the practice for everyone.
Source: Hatch The End of Dispersed Camping?
A Luxury Fifth Wheel’s Dreamy Main Bedroom
With floor space at a premium, RV bedrooms often feature tight quarters, dedicating more room for large gathering spaces elsewhere in the rig. The Heartland Landmark 365 Oshkosh is one fifth wheel that offers both. The spacious bedroom features a walk-in closet and a king-sized bed, complete with its own built-in tilt mechanism, allowing for easier reading and TV viewing. The bedroom’s window-side reclining chair offers a quiet place to relax. The main living area is roomy enough for friends and family, with two couches and freestanding tables and chairs. A generous kitchen island and optional dishwasher make cooking a breeze. This well-appointed interior exudes luxury.
Source: Heartland Landmark 365 Oshkosh
Photo courtesy of Heartland.
Disclaimer: Togo RV is part of a joint venture, partially owned by Thor Industries, Inc., of which Heartland Recreational Vehicles is a subsidiary.
This Kitchen Gadget Earns Its Space in Your Pantry
RVers often follow the advice to take everything you need and nothing you don’t when going camping. With pantry space at a premium, deciding which kitchen gadgets you actually need can be a tough choice for some. The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 multi cooker does the job of multiple kitchen gadgets, making it well worth the space and the price. Cook quick meals with the pressure cooker, or let dinner simmer through the day using the slow cooker setting. A handy free app offers recipe suggestions that take advantage of all of the features.
Source: Amazon Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1
Photo courtesy of Amazon.
When and Where to Find this Year’s Best Fall Foliage
A fall camping trip brings the chance to enjoy toasty campfires on cool nights and scenic landscapes full of eye-popping colors. But each region’s peak foliage varies and only lasts for a short window. The interactive 2020 Fall Foliage Prediction Map lets users slide through dates between September and November to discover when colors are at their peak on a color-coded map of the United States. While it doesn’t promise to be 100 percent accurate due to ever-changing weather conditions, this tool can help you decide the best time frame to set out for a scenic drive or camping trip.
Source: Smoky Mountains 2020 Fall Foliage Map
Boondocking Is So Hot Right Now
One way to achieve supreme social distancing is through boondocking. This RVing trend takes campers away from parks full of amenities to public campgrounds, federal lands, and other secluded spots for off-grid adventures—without utility hookups. Finding the ideal camping spot is one thing; reaching it and comfortably camping is another. RV manufacturers are taking note, offering a variety of new models from Polydrop’s hybrid tent trailer (starting at $14,000) to EarthRoamer’s luxury expedition vehicle (costing more than $1.7 million). Features like higher ground clearances, larger holding tanks, and solar electricity prep make it easier to camp wherever the road takes you—or, where the road ends.
Source: CNN Business The Latest Trend in RVing: Getting Way Off the Grid
Photo courtesy of Polydrop.