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.
Are You Ready for a Treehouse Adventure?
The world’s largest treehouse campground will offer more than 130 treehouses—some with spiral slides, escape hatches, LED fireplaces, clawfoot tubs, and rope climbs. The Sanctuary Treehouse Resort is currently under construction near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with a handful of accommodations opening for reservations this year. The resort will be accessible via golf cart only, but this isn’t a fully rustic experience, as the treehouses will be outfitted with bathrooms, kitchens, and king-sized beds.Read more from Travel + Leisure
What Will the Proposed $3.6 Billion National Park Budget Fund?
National parks will receive an extra $500 million more in funding in 2022 if President Biden’s proposed 2023 budget is approved. The National Park Service has several project priorities, including a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Initiative that will help showcase the stories of underrepresented communities and increase park accessibility. They also plan to continue conservation efforts and ramp up initiatives to protect landscapes and wildlife endangered by climate change. The remainder of the funds will go to infrastructure, construction, and operations.Read more from Woodall’s Campground Magazine
Meet the New “MEGA C” Motorhomes From Thor Motor Coach
Thor Motor Coach is adding two new models to its lineup and adding the term “MEGA C” to the RV dictionary. The Pasadena and Inception motorhomes are built on a Freightliner S2RV diesel chassis. The Cummins ISB-XT engine provides top-tier power, which matches the level of luxury found throughout the coach. Inside, these MEGA Cs are outfitted with innovative features, like the SkyBunk (with a rounded overhead window) and Tilt-A-View bed. A touchscreen control panel allows easy access to all of the operating systems. Both models are available in bunkhouse or bath-and-a-half floor plans.Read more from RV Pro
Which Backpack Cooler Is Right for You?
Backpack coolers can be handy while camping and hiking. GearJunkie rounded up the best options on the market this year. Overall, the Icemule Boss is the favorite, thanks to its large capacity, lengthy ice retention, and comfortable weight distribution. The OtterBox Trooper LT 30 Cooler is the runner-up, with the longest ice retention of all the competitors. For a budget-friendly option, consider the Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Rolltop Backpack Cooler.Read more from GearJunkie
Mark Your Calendar Now for National Park Campground Reservations
Some national park campsites are hot commodities, so knowing exactly when the reservation window opens is key. Campsite bookings at Glacier, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks open 6 months in advance. Yosemite is more complicated, with reservations opening for a month at a time 5 months in advance on the 15th day of the month. If the campground is fully booked, you can watch for cancellations or book a site at a nearby private campground. Plus, many national parks have first-come, first-served campsites, so arrive early in the day for the best chance to claim a site.Read more from The Manual
How Would You Use a Toy Hauler Garage?
As RV sales surge, toy haulers have become a larger segment of the market. What accounts for their growing popularity? Consumers are finding many benefits to these versatile rigs, starting with the obvious. People who enjoy action-oriented vacations use toy haulers to take along their UTVs, kayaks, bikes, and other gear. While some RVers utilize the multifunctional space for remote work, exercise, dining, and even a craft room.Read more from Forbes
5 Scenic Byways That Are Most Enjoyable in Spring
Road trip season is upon us, and Scenic America rounded up five of the best scenic byways for spring. The 233-mile Indian River Lagoon Scenic Byway runs along Florida’s Atlantic coast—stop to admire the wildlife and endless views. Spring is a less-crowded time to visit North Carolina’s Outer Banks Byway, which sees a lot of traffic in the summertime. In the Midwest, the West Michigan Pike Byway takes you to the town of Holland (known for its spring tulip blooms), and in Colorado, the Gold Belt Tour Byway winds by some of the state’s most iconic sites. Finally, cooler spring weather provides the perfect background for Arizona’s Sky Islands Scenic Byway.Read more from Scenic America
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