S’More Good Stuff: Storm Damage Closes Several California Parks and Other RV News

Jan 19, 2023 | News & Events

S’More Good Stuff: Storm Damage Closes Several California Parks and Other RV News

By Togo RV

Big Basin Redwood State Park in California.

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.


DESTINATIONS
DESTINATIONS

Book Your Stay at Zion’s New Glamping Resort

Camp amid the stunning red rock landscapes of Zion National Park at AutoCamp Zion, a new glamping resort. Take your pick from well-equipped Airstreams, glamping tents, and cabins, all outfitted with luxurious amenities—both inside and out. The national park is at your fingertips since this resort is located inside the park’s gates. After a day exploring epic trails and views, head back for a gourmet meal at the on-site restaurant or stock up on supplies for your next day at the resort’s market. AutoCamp Zion officially opens May 1, and reservations are already open.

Read more from Travel + Leisure
NEWS
NEWS

California State Parks Close After Wild Weather

Since early January, California has been hit by repeated storms, bringing drenching rains and damage across the state. In response, the California Department of Parks and Natural Resources has closed or partially closed more than 80 parks due to flooding, fallen trees, landslides, facility damage, and power outages. A pier was destroyed at Seacliff State Beach, there’s significant tree damage in Redwood National and State Parks, and beaches and parking lots are covered in debris at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Conditions are rapidly changing, and the department is working to reopen parks as quickly as possible.

Read more from SFGate
RIGS
RIGS

Vanlifers Have Spoken, and Ford Is Listening

Ford’s off-road-ready Transit Trail campervan comes equipped with features requested by the vanlife market. The Transit Trail comes standard with a higher ground clearance; wider, Goodyear all-terrain tires; all-wheel drive; a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine; and front swivel seats. Customizations are available from the manufacturer with options to upgrade the power sources, add rear roof vents for air supply, raise the roof height, and more. Vanlifers can start with the base model, add the desired upgrades, and then finish the interior by hand—or use Ford’s network of Transit Trail modifiers. Those interested can place an order now for spring shipments.

Read more from Ford Recreational
Campervan parked in the woods with the back door open and a man and woman getting things out of the inside
Photo courtesy Ford Recreational.
LIFESTYLE
LIFESTYLE

Don’t Let Your RV Sit Empty All Winter

Instead of letting your rig sit empty in your driveway or at a storage facility, there are several unique ways you can put it to use, even when you aren’t traveling. Extend your home’s living space by using your RV as guest quarters or a home office. Parents can use Class Bs as upgraded commuter vehicles or a mobile classroom. For outdoor activities, like skiing and cycling, use your rig as a basecamp, even if you aren’t camping in it. Or, consider renting it out during the months or weeks you aren’t traveling.

Read more from Winnebago
GEAR
GEAR

A Roof Rack That Makes Loading Your Gear Easy

While your vehicle’s roof can be useful for storing large items like bikes and kayaks, people have long struggled to load and unload gear on elevated racks. The new Dropracks roof rack system solves this problem with a hand-crank mechanism that flips the roof platform down, beside the vehicle for easy loading and unloading. Already available in Norway, Dropracks are coming to North America this year, with several model offerings to accommodate a variety of vehicles and storage purposes.

Read more from GearJunkie
RIGS
RIGS

This Pricey Rig Comes With Room for Your Ferrari

In the competition for the most expensive RV of 2022, a motorhome with a built-in garage (for a Ferrari) came in on top, with a $5 million price tag. Inside, no expense was spared, from the dishwasher and wine cooler to the custom sound system and cocktail bar. German manufacturer Vokner didn’t end the extravagance there, as a roof deck provides an expansive space for stargazing and a roof-mounted solar system. Built on a Volvo bus chassis, this powerful rig has a 503-horsepower engine.

Read more from New Atlas
Large motorhome with storage bay underneath for a Ferrari.
Photo courtesy Caravan Salon Düsseldorf 2022.
NEWS
NEWS

Top RVing Concerns for 2023

RVers may be looking to 2023 with optimism for future travels, and yet, some common concerns are lingering. Economic woes are at the forefront, with inflation increasing travel costs. High fuel prices may also affect future trips, pushing RVers to stay closer to home. Outside of travel costs, RVers are worried about long lines for service and repairs due to supply chain issues. As travelers look to book campgrounds, they’re concerned about the corporate takeover of privately-owned operations, as well as overcrowding at boondocking locations, especially those near popular national parks. Despite these issues, RVers don’t plan to halt their adventures.

Read more from RV Lifestyle
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