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.
The Ultimate New England Rail Trail
Final touches are being made to New England’s longest rail trail, the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, which will ultimately run 93 miles across Vermont, connecting 18 towns. The rail trail conversion utilizes former railroad lines, creating relatively flat cross-country trails for hiking and biking. Whether visitors do short segments or the entire trail, they’ll be able to experience charming small towns and beautiful landscapes year round. In addition to bikes, horseback riding and dog sledding are also allowed. During the winter months, the trail will be open for fat tire biking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling, as well.Read more from Travel + Leisure
Glacier National Park Drops Lottery System for Backcountry Camping
Glacier National Park is moving away from a difficult lottery process for wilderness camping permits to a new reservation system using the Recreation.gov platform. The lengthy lottery system often resulted in frustrations for campers and park staff alike. Backcountry camping reservations will open this year on March 15 at 8 a.m. In addition to using the website, campers may also contact the Recreation.gov call center. Officials expect high demand and recommend that campers create Recreation.gov accounts ahead of the opening day and prepare alternative itineraries in case preferred options aren’t available. Thirty percent of the campsites will be set aside for walk-up permits.Read more from KPAX
Should You Fear the Single-Axle Travel Trailer?
Despite some concerns about single-axle travel trailers, these small towables remain a popular option. In the past, buyers might be wary of issues with stability, blowouts, and cargo capacity; however, today’s updated designs have put single-axle trailers more on par with their longer, dual-axle peers. While the lower price tag usually attracts first-time buyers and budget shoppers, single-axle trailers from makers like Airstream and Taxa Outdoors are also finding a market with boondockers, especially as manufacturers and owners add more off-grid features. The nimbleness of smaller trailers makes it easier to tote them to scenic spots.Read more from RV-Pro
Traveling Homes for Traveling Nurses
While traveling nurses get to enjoy visiting new towns throughout the year, living without a home can be inconvenient and less comfortable, which is why some traveling nurses embrace the RV lifestyle. As one camper states, “You get to bring your home with you everywhere you go.” Not only do they take their RV from job to job, it can also provide transport for vacations between contracts. Unfortunately, the popularity of RVing across the U.S. can come at a cost, as competition for campgrounds increases, especially in snowbird territory.Read more from KGUN
This Pop-Top Truck Camper Weighs 360 Pounds
Tune Outdoor recently unveiled the manufacturer’s entry into the truck camper market, debuting the Tune M1. Featuring a pop-up top, the Tune M1 is designed to be durable, lightweight, and roomy. When the top is popped up, this truck camper offers more than 6 feet of headroom, a cab-over bed, and an exceptionally comfortable amount of living space. More than 400 feet of universal T-track provides easy customization for interior and exterior storage. The easy-to-install Tune M1 can be used on most pickup chassis, and pricing starts at $12,999.Read more from Tune Outdoor
When Did Airstream Debut Its First Class B Van?
While Airstream might be known for its iconic silver trailers, the company also has a long history in the motorhome industry, celebrating 50 years of producing Class B vans in 2023. After a loss in sales due to an oil crisis, Airstream set out to use its aluminum construction to create a more utilitarian product, debuting the A/van in 1973. By the 1980s, people were beginning to travel for vacations again, leading Airstream to build the B-190 motorhome. Since then, Airstream has continued to be a major player in the Class B market, producing a variety of models for the RV industry.Read more from Airstream
Gear Check: Explore More With a Foldable Electric Bike
Leave your towed vehicle at home during your next camping adventure. The Heybike Mars folding e-bike makes transportation easy with its 66-pound weight and foldable design. Offering a 330-pound load capacity, a 500-watt motor, and a 48-volt, 12.5-amp hour removable battery, the Mars bike can reach speeds of 20 miles per hour and run for nearly 50 miles on a single charge. Fat tires make the Mars capable of traversing most terrains. When it’s time to transport the bike, simply fold it up for easy, compact storage.
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