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.
Tired of Billboards Blocking Your View?
Scenic America compiled data comparing which states have the most and least billboards per mile. If you’re annoyed by these roadside advertisements, head to Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, and Vermont, where billboards are banned entirely. Other states for open views include Colorado, Idaho, North Dakota, and Washington—while Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas, have the most billboards per mile.Read more from Scenic America
Enjoy Movie Night at the Campground With This Projector
Family movie nights are a campground tradition, and the XGIMI Halo+ portable projector elevates your viewing experience. Featuring 900 lumens of light, this projector adds a stunning level of brightness to 4K video projection. The Halo+ has two 5-watt speakers, auto keystone correction, and Android TV service. Several inputs, as well as WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, make it easy to display from a variety of devices. Combine it with a portable screen for a 75-inch display.Read more from Android Central
A Tiny Teardrop Almost Too Good to Be True
Weighing in at a mere 300 pounds, with sleeping space for up to four, the Earth Traveler T300 almost seems too good to be true. After years of tent camping, designers Laura Esteves and Angel Irlanda wanted something more durable their family of four could camp in, but needed to be towable by a Fiat 500. This led them to create an expandable, ultra-lightweight, resin teardrop that’s reinforced with a surprising material—bird feathers. The handcrafted T300 is highly customizable and comes with a variety of add-on options.Watch on Outside Online
Hipcamp Sees a 1,500-Percent Increase in RV Bookings
The camping app, Hipcamp, supports the well-documented surge in campsite reservations at private and public parks, seeing a 1,500-percent increase in RV bookings in recent years. In addition to public parks, Hipcamp also connects travelers to campsites on private lands. Hosts use the platform to describe its site’s unique offerings, detailing the amenities, local area, and accessibility—some sites tent camping—only while others allow RVs. RV sites saw the biggest surge, but overall bookings on the platform were up 500 percent.Read more from Woodall’s Campground Magazine
A New Look at Dangerous National Parks
A report from the outdoor website, Outforia, claimed to list the most dangerous national parks in the U.S., but the outdoor magazine, Backpacker, decided to analyze the data differently. The original analysis by Outforia didn’t account for the number of visitors to each national park, leading to conflicting results. Under the new analysis by Backpacker, Denali is the most dangerous park, primarily due to deaths caused by the dangerous weather conditions. Weather is also the biggest threat for visitors at Big Bend, where heat causes the most deaths. Drownings, car accidents, and falls are the primary dangers in other parks on the list.Read more from Backpacker
11 Hot Spots to Receive Support from Leave No Trace
The Leave No Trace in Every Park initiative announced its 2022 Hot Spots list. Eleven locations will receive support for rehabilitation efforts to help recover from years of overuse. While these beloved areas are popular with visitors, increased use leads to created impacts like terrain erosion, habitat destruction, wildlife disruptions, and other damage. As part of the designation, locations receive support from Leave No Trace to provide educational resources and recommendations that will help rehab the natural landscapes.Read more from Leave No Trace
The Groovy 1973 GMC MotorHome Remains a Classic
While not everything from the 1970s has withstood the test of time, the 1973 GMC MotorHome remains a classic. Carscoops took a throwback tour of this iconic RV, which was a standout from the moment it was produced. Other motorhomes from this era repurposed existing truck chassis for the construction, but GMC built its RV from the ground up. Though the automotive manufacturer only produced the MotorHome for 5 years, it retained a cult following, thanks to its retro exterior and interior.Read more from Carscoops
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