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.
RVing to Remain Hot in 2022
A survey from the RV Industry Association (RVIA) found that 72 millions Americans are planning to take an RV trip in 2022, up from 61 million in 2021. An increased interest in outdoor activities is partially driving the surge, as well as the flexibility of remote working and schooling. Half of current RVers see themselves traveling more in 2022, with only 5 percent planning to travel less. The survey also found 12 percent of respondents planned to RV for the first time.Read more from RVIA
Top National Parks to Visit During the Winter
From dog sledding to ice castles, these 11 U.S. and Canadian national parks offer spellbinding experiences during the frozen winter months. You can snowshoe through Bryce Canyon under the full moon, trek across frozen lakes in Voyageurs National Park, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Colorado Rockies, and so much more. If thrills are your thing, try climbing a frozen waterfall in Acadia or snowmobiling through the Tetons. Not to be missed: Canada’s Banff National Park hosts the annual Ice Magic International Ice Carving Competition in January.Read more from Roadtrippers
New Off-Road, Off-Grid Rig Coming From Lance Campers
Ready to get off the grid? Lance Campers debuted the innovative Enduro travel trailer prototype at the 2021 Speciality Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) show. The 18-foot, 2,000-pound Enduro trailer looks like a sharpened teardrop, with a galley kitchen, queen-sized bed, and drop-down bunks. Add the optional rooftop tent to sleep six. Features include a cell phone signal booster, all-terrain tires, an air and water heating system, a solar power system, a water purification system, and a high ground clearance, thanks to the suspension.Read more from RV Magazine
BIPOC-Owned Outdoor Brands to Support This Holiday Season
Businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) not only conquer stereotypes about who enjoys the outdoors, they also provide great gear. If your holiday list includes any outdoor adventurers, check out ActionHub’s roundup of BIPOC-owned businesses. You’ll find items across the price spectrum, from athletic wear and stylish t-shirts to custom-made bikes and inflatable boats.Read more from ActionHub
Campground Fees Rising at Michigan State Parks
Due to an increased demand for services, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is raising fees for state park and forest campgrounds and lodging. Travelers can expect to pay between $2 to $8 more per night for campsites and $10 more per night for cabin rentals. State parks have seen a 30 percent increase in visitors since 2019, which led to an increase in operating costs.Read more from WILX
Washington State to Welcome Japanese-Style Camping Resort
A new form of camping is coming to Washington, as Japanese outdoor gear retailer Snow Peak seeks to expand its brand in the U.S. with a Japanese-style camping resort. Long Beach Campﬁeld will provide a close-to-nature experience, with the rehabilitation of onsite wetlands and open-field camping. Stylish tiny house cabins will also be available. Alongside the fully outfitted onsite store, Snow Peak will have camping gear available for rent. While tent camping is the main focus, van-hookup sites are in the works. Expect other amenities like a Japanese-inspired onsen with sauna and heated soaking tub.Read more from Chinook Observer
Featured RV Gear: Light Up Your RV Steps
RV exterior lights are sometimes too bright, but turning them off can leave you navigating your steps in the dark. Enter the MORryde Motion Activated Step Light, which easily attaches to MORryde’s StepAbove RV entry steps. It features three settings: on, off, or motion activated. Once activated, you have 20 seconds of brightness to enter or leave your RV. A daylight sensor prevents daytime activation to save battery life. Pull the LED light strip off the magnetic bracket to use as a flashlight.
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