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.
These 8 RV Floor Plans Are Great for Families
While you can enjoy camping with your family in nearly any type of RV, having a family-friendly layout makes the experience more comfortable for everyone. Most RV manufacturers make floor plans with some version of a bunkhouse, ranging from entry-level travel trailers to luxury motorhomes. While bunks provide sleeping space for everyone, you should also consider your daytime living needs, especially if they include working or schooling while traveling. If you’re in the market for a bunkhouse, check out this rig roundup from Togo RV, which shares a range of models ready for your next family RV trip.READ THE STORY
Best RV Campgrounds Near Amusement Parks
Campgrounds located at or near amusement parks offer many perks: You can enjoy extended park hours, avoid crowded parking lots, and catch a fireworks show by the campfire. Disney World’s Fort Wilderness is a well-known example, but you can find places to park your rig near many of the best amusement parks in the U.S. Togo RV rounded up 12 campgrounds where you can stay and play, such as Lighthouse Point located near Ohio’s Cedar Point and the Pigeon Forge Jellystone Park near Tennessee’s Dollywood.READ THE STORY
You Can Buy Tom Hanks’ Airstream
In 1993, Tom Hanks bought an Airstream that traveled with him to movie sets for 24 years. And now, the 1992 Model 34 Limited Excella can be yours. On August 13, the trailer will be up for bidding at the Bonham Quails Lodge Auction in Carmel, California. Not only does the interior feature a custom design and furniture picked by Hanks, it also includes movie memorabilia from the star’s career, including an autographed Apollo 13 mug and a FedEx sticker to reference Cast Away. Hanks even added his signature to the cabinetry for an extra special touch.
Source: motor1 Tom Hanks Selling His Custom Airstream With 24 Years of Movie History
Photo courtesy of Bonhams
New Mobile Hotspot Plans from Verizon Increase Connectivity
Whether you’re working, schooling, or connecting for entertainment, accessing WiFi on the road is a perennial challenge for RVers. Verizon’s four new mobile hotspot plans now provide more options for a connection. Plans range from 15GB to 150GB of premium high-speed data, before rolling over to lower speeds. Top-tier plans provide access to 4K UHD streaming on 5G Ultra-Wideband, and all plans include 720p HD streaming on 5G/4G LTE3. Expect to pay between $20 and $110 per month, with a discount for Verizon customers with smartphones on eligible Unlimited plans.
Source: Woodall’s Campground Magazine Verizon Expands Hotspot Plans: Work, Chill Anywhere
Protecting Versus Promoting National Parks
National park visitation numbers continue to rebound from the record lows of 2020, but the surge in tourists is causing some to ask: Are more visitors better for national parks? More guests bring in more money, which helps fund the National Park Service, a federal agency that struggles with financial support from Congress. However, more visitors (and money) come at a cost, inhibiting the natural experience and bringing potential harm to the landscapes. The answer may be in finding the right balance between economic input and conservation.
Source: Carlsbad Current-Argus National Parks Shouldn’t Be Disneyland: Balancing Conservation With Economic Input
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