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.
Public Lands Protected Again After Fierce Fight
Land protections have been restored for more than 2 million acres of land in Utah. On October 8, President Biden announced that Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument will be restored to their original sizes (plus an additional 11,200 acres for Bears Ears). Former President Trump reduced the size of the monuments, cutting the protected areas by as much as 85 percent. These remote parks offer scenery and recreation while protecting cultural resources and wildlife habitats.Read more from Campendium
These Creepy Campgrounds Promise a Spooky Stay
Skip the campfire ghost stories for a first-hand spooky experience with Outside Online’s roundup of haunted campgrounds. From glowing orbs to floating figures, haunted forests, and unusual sounds, these creepy campsites make for the perfect Halloween camping destinations.Read more from Outside Online
World’s First Solar-Powered Camper Hits the Road
While most innovative RVs on the horizon are capturing the possibilities of electric power, a team of Dutch university students looked to the sun instead, designing a fully self-sustaining solar-powered camper. The unique, elongated teardrop shape provides room for a bank of solar panels, which generate enough electricity to power the vehicle for up to 400 miles a day. Named Stella Vita, the rig is currently being tested with a 2,000-mile road trip from the Netherlands to southern Spain.Read more from Robb Report
No, You Can’t Buy This Awesome VW Campervan in the U.S.
What could be more iconic than embracing #vanlife in a Volkswagen campervan? If you don’t want to take your chances on a restored unit, Volkswagen produces a modern update, the California. The only problem? VW only sells this model overseas, and the manufacturer has no plans to change that any time soon, despite a surge in demand for small homes on wheels in the U.S. Research shows the price tag for the California might scare off too many U.S. buyers to make the rig profitable. It’s a shame because this modern-day hippie bus is definitely Instagram ready.Read more from The Drive
The Iconic Caravan That Started It All
In 1951, Airstream founder Wally Byam had a big idea: take a caravan of travel trailers from Texas to Nicaragua. Airstream owners were invited to join in, with 63 travelers answering the call to adventure. The international journey took 4 months to complete, with only 14 trailers making it to the finish line. Though Byam initially pledged to never again organize such an adventure, he was back at it a year later, starting a tradition that continued in many locations, from Canada to Europe and Africa.Read more from Airstream
Black History Highlighted Along Route 66
Colorful street signs, a massive mural, and museum exhibits bring the Black experience along Route 66 to life in Springfield, Illinois. The Route History museum shares the difficult and triumphant stories of Black people who called Springfield home before and during the heyday of the Mother Road, from a runaway slave who helped others escape on the Underground Railroad to an entrepreneur who made shoes for Abraham Lincoln. This road trip pit stop allows you to learn something new while stretching your legs.Read more from USA Today
Featured RV Gear: Illuminate Your Campsite With a Collapsible Lantern
Reviewers have called the Vont camping lantern “ridiculously bright,” thanks to the 30 LEDs packed inside. The durable 3-by-5-inch canister won’t take up much space in your RV. Pop the lantern open to reveal 140 Lumens of light. Hang it up using the attached handles for 360 degrees of illumination, all backed by a lifetime warranty.
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