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.
Is It Glamping or Is It Camping?
The Huttopia chain of vacation resorts defies definition, offering more comfortable accommodations than traditional camping, without going overboard on the glamping amenities—or the price. The goal is to connect visitors to nature while providing a more comfortable, yet simple camping experience. Huttopia offers both tent sites (to bring your own) and canvas-sided cabins, complete with kitchens, bathrooms, and large porches. With 47 locations in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, Huttopia is looking to add 10 to 15 locations in the U.S.Read more from Inside Hook
A New Way to Celebrate the Start of Camping Season
While you may personally celebrate the start of each camping season, now you can band with others who share your joy by attending HESTIVAL, an all-inclusive, 3-day festival in Colorado. HEST, an outdoor sleeping gear company, created the event as a way to build community around the great outdoors. Attendees can partake in camping, live music, hiking and biking day trips, stargazing, and gear demos from April 29 through May 1, 2022. Find tickets and event info here.Read more from HEST
Jeep’s First All-Electric SUV to Debut in 2023
Jeep announced plans to introduce its first all-electric SUV in 2023, with few details. CEO Carlos Tavares says this new model will be the first of many, with others coming in 2024 and 2025. Teaser images show the fully electric SUV will fit between the Compass and Cherokee and will utilize a “skateboard-style architecture” instead of an existing chassis, with battery packs and motors below the floor. All-wheel drive capabilities are expected to be available. Jeep currently offers a plug-in hybrid Wrangler 4xe and will start offering the plug-in hybrid Grand Cherokee later this year.Read more from GearJunkie
Is Your Portable Generator on This Danger List?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to continue investigations and may issue new safety rules for portable generators. Deaths remain around 80 per year, despite voluntary guidelines put in place for manufacturers. While some instituted safety changes, others have not. A recent briefing package outlines which companies follow the guidance. New research shows nearly 100 percent of deaths are preventable if manufacturers follow the hazard-mitigation requirements. Until then, more awareness of carbon monoxide dangers can help prevent campground casualties.Read more from RVTravel
Ready for Off-Road, On-Grid Camping?
Offroad RV Resort brings a unique camping concept to Swingarm City, Utah, near Capitol Reef National Park and Goblin Valley State Park. The campground is designed for those who want the space, serenity, and natural views offered by dispersed camping in a location that also offers utility hookups. Located within a designated “Dark Sky” community, the resort’s natural landscape is the main attraction, with plenty of stargazing and adventure trails that are driveable right from the resort. Sites are big-rig friendly and offer 50-amp power, reverse osmosis filtered water, and full sewer hookups.Read more from Woodall’s Campground Magazine
Hikers to See Rate Increase for Grand Canyon Camping
Expect to pay more if you plan to go backcountry camping at the Grand Canyon. The National Park Service increased fees from $8 to $12 per person, per night, in addition to the $10 backcountry permit fee. The charge will also increase for stock animals carrying campers and supplies, including mules. This rate increase helps fund permit and background information offices. Apply early for the best chance to receive one of the coveted permits, as two-thirds of requests cannot be filled.Read more from Travel + Leisure
Let the Electricity Flow With This Portable Power Station
The new EcoFlow DELTA Max can fully provide the electricity needs of the average RV for up to 7 hours or offer emergency home usage for up to 2 days. The DELTA Max’s base capacity of 2016Wh can be optimized to 6048Wh with the addition of two smart extra batteries. It quickly recharges in less than 2 hours when plugged into a power outlet—or, add optional solar panels to keep the juices flowing.Buy it on Amazon
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