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.
Wheelchair Accessible Beaches Across the U.S.
Beaches aren’t regularly accessible by those with wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, and other mobility assistance. However, some communities have modified their beachfront to ensure easier access with walkways, ramps, and even beach wheelchairs. Travel + Leisure rounded up 10 wheelchair-friendly beaches throughout the U.S., including Siesta Beach in Florida; Washington’s Rialto Beach; and Moonlight State Beach in California. These sandy destinations make it possible for people of all abilities to enjoy the outdoors.Read more from Travel + Leisure
Air Travel Woes Lead to Increased Camping
A new survey by Kampgrounds of America (KOA) found that air travel issues are causing some travelers to opt for more camping trips. More than 40 percent of campers have canceled flights in favor of camping, while two-thirds of leisure travelers have made alternative plans due to air travel stressors. The high prices of flights, hotels, and food are just a few reasons why camping and other modes of travel are becoming increasingly popular for leisure travelers and campers alike.Read more from Woodall’s Campground Magazine
What’s All the Buzz About?
The wait is almost over for U.S. consumers looking to get their hands on Volkwagen’s all-electric van. After years of anticipation, the VW ID. Buzz is finally getting a 2025 launch date in North America. While the original Buzz vans are designed with a two-row layout, the North American model is expected to include third-row seating, adding nearly 10 inches of space. The longer wheelbase will provide more room for a larger battery, with current driving range predictions at nearly 260 miles. While the vehicle’s U.S. specs have yet to be confirmed, consumers can expect to pay an estimated $58,000 for ID. Buzz base models.Read more from MotorTrend
Why Is There a Spike in 2024 RV Rentals?
RVshare, an RV rental company, is already seeing an increase in demand ahead of next year’s total solar eclipse which will take place on April 8, 2024. The company reports that bookings are 20 times higher on this date than any other throughout the year. During the last total solar eclipse in 2017, RVshare had a 150-percent increase in bookings as travelers headed to campgrounds and other open spaces to witness the event. Renters can opt for RV delivery to campgrounds, but they’re encouraged to book a campsite and rental sooner rather than later as spots are filling up quickly.Read more from RV Pro
The Best RVs for Camping in 2023
Are you in the market for a new RV this year? Travel experts at Outside Online picked a few of their favorite rigs on the market. From minimalist designs to off-roading capabilities, these RVs were put to the test and ranked on their construction, pricing, availability, and other features to determine which rigs stand out in 2023. The G12 from Arkto Campers was named the best all-around RV. This overland trailer features an outdoor kitchen, a pop-top design, and sleeping space for up to four campers. A truck camper from Bear Adventures Vehicles also made the list as the best cold-weather rig. The Black Bear 7.0 offers heavy-duty construction, premium insulation, and a sleek interior design.Read more from Outside Online
Extending Park Access to Those With Developmental Disabilities
Long lines, odd sounds, and temperamental weather conditions are just a few things that make parks and public lands uninviting for visitors with autism spectrum disorders. That’s why more parks and recreational areas are undergoing personnel training and adding sensory guides and features to make outdoor experiences more autism-friendly for visitors and their families. Destinations recognized as Certified Autism Centers aim to reduce the many obstacles people on the spectrum face when visiting public lands. While outdoor spaces in the U.S. have a long ways to go, the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) is in talks with the National Parks Service to help increase outdoor accessibility at national parks and other public lands.Read more from National Geographic
Gear Check: Level Your RV Like a Pro
Take the hassle out of leveling your RV with accurate measurements sent straight to your phone. Featuring a three-axis digital accelerometer, the LogicBlue LevelMate Pro tells you how to correctly level your rig. A one-time device setup calibrates your LevelMate to your RV’s exact needs, for easy leveling every trip.
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