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.
How Will California’s Gas Vehicle Ban Affect RVs?
Will motorhome sales be allowed in California after gas-powered vehicle sales are banned in 2035? Yes, according to the RV Industry Association, which clarified some of the new regulations. The ban will first affect cars and light-duty trucks. This includes vehicles weighing 8,500 pounds or less, which could impact Class B motorhomes. Future regulations are expected to include vehicles weighing more than 8,500 pounds through 14,000 pounds, which would expand the sales ban to some Class C motorhomes. However, these rules aren’t official and won’t affect RV sales until 2045. Used RV sales aren’t impacted.Read more from RVIA
T-Mobile and SpaceX Join Forces
T-Mobile and Elon Musk’s SpaceX announced a joint venture that will allow T-Mobile cell phones to receive signals from SpaceX’s array of Starlink satellites, sending reception to locations where connectivity was previously unattainable. More than 500,000 square acres of the U.S. are not currently covered by major providers. Dubbed “Coverage Above and Beyond,” this deal aims to change that, sending signals into national parks, mountainous landscapes, and more. The service will initially start with text messaging before expanding to voice and data coverage.Read more from T-Mobile
Take a Look at This New Sasquatch Trailer
If you want to go off-roading without giving up comforts and conveniences, the Highland pull-behind camper may be for you. Designed to have “more features than a Swiss Army knife,” the Highland is the newest overlanding series from Sasquatch Expedition Campers. It’s available in two models, with either a 48-inch or 60-inch by 75-inch mattress inside. A panel door opens to reveal an outdoor kitchen, and the premium coil suspension allows you to take on rugged terrain. The manufacturer aims to provide an impressive amount of storage and comfort in this small package.Read more from Sasquatch Expedition Campers
Stay Safe From Wildfire Smoke
Wildfires cause concern for more than the people and lands directly in their paths, as smoke pollution reduces air quality across a broader region. Wildfire smoke contains particulates, which increase the chance of respiratory and cardiovascular problems and deaths. This not only affects humans—it also affects wildlife and agriculture. Plan ahead by checking smoke maps and air-quality information. Use an N95 mask when conditions are bad, and watch for camping cancellations, as some campgrounds shut down due to wildfire dangers.Read more from REI
Truly Experience the Grand Canyon With These Hikes
Some travelers go out of their way to see the Grand Canyon—only visiting scenic overlooks. To get the full Grand Canyon experience, you should hit some trails. For a path without a lot of elevation gain, check out the Widforss Trail, which takes you away from the crowds. For a longer adventure with an overnight stay, head to the bottom of the canyon by hiking Yaki Point to Phantom Ranch. This 12.7-mile trail crosses a suspension bridge with views of the Colorado River. For the ultimate experience, there’s the Rim-to-Rim Trail if you’re ready to tackle nearly 16,000 feet in elevation gain.Read more from Outside Online
Check Out the Garage on This Small Class C
Go off the beaten path and take your toys with you in the Coachmen Cross Trail 20XG Xtream package. Built on an all-wheel drive Ford Transit chassis, the 20XG has all-terrain tires and a 3.5-liter V6 engine. What makes this model unique is the large storage garage, accessible from a side door, which has room for bikes, kayaks, and more. The rear interior double bed lifts to add height for storage, similar to what you’d expect to find in a toy hauler. Other features include a fully functional kitchen, dinette, and split bathroom.Read more from autoevolution
New Guidebook Improves Accessibility for Disabled Hikers
After facing unexpected challenges while hiking, Syren Nagakyrie was inspired to pave a path for others by publishing a guidebook for disabled hikers. Meant for those with physical disabilities, health conditions, or other accessibility concerns, The Disabled Hiker’s Guide to Western Washington and Oregon provides details other guidebooks don’t, as does the online resource, Disabled Hikers, that Nagakyrie founded. With hopes to make hiking more accessible in the region, the guide describes the parking, restrooms, and roadways at each trailhead, as well as descriptions of what hikers will encounter along 46 different trails.Read more from USA Today