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.
Should You Book Your 2021 Camping Spots Now?
In 2021, RV travelers may find their favorite campgrounds booking up farther in advance than usual, making it more important to make reservations as soon as possible. Togo RV recently conducted a survey to identify trends in RV travel planning. Seventy-four percent of respondents plan to use their RVs more in 2021, and the same number said they have already encountered issues with availability. Campground owners are seeing increased interest and bookings—so much so that some are working to increase the number of sites. The best advice is to book even earlier than usual this year. If you aren’t able to book your top choice, be flexible with dates and try visiting a less-popular destination.
Protect Your RV from Freezing Temperatures with Skirting
As temperatures fall below freezing outside, your RV water and sewer systems are exposed to cold elements, which can cause damage. Skirting offers protection to your rig’s underbelly—but not all RV owners need to go through this extra maintenance step. Togo RV’s guide to RV skirting helps you decide if you need skirting, what product to use, and whether to install it yourself or go to a professional.
Campgrounds and State Parks Face More Closures and Travel Restrictions
Similar to the spring months earlier this year, travel to campgrounds and recreational areas is up in the air. While travel restrictions and closures vary state-by-state, the CDC recommends that people stay home over the upcoming holidays. If you do choose to travel, check your destination’s local restrictions and closures. For example, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources now requires out-of-state travelers to test negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours or quarantine for 14 days before visiting a state park or forest. Campgrounds at many state and national parks in California—including Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and others—are closing due to local stay-at-home orders. And similar to Pennsylvania, Pitkin County in Colorado, which is home to popular ski areas like Aspen and Snowmass, are requiring overnight visitors to have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arriving or quarantine for two weeks. As campgrounds and recreational areas adapt to these closures, remain patient and flexible with your vacation plans.
Source: NBC News Map: Coronavirus travel restrictions by state
This Travel Trailer Has Tons of Counter Space, Complete with a Breakfast Bar
Breakfast bars are not common in travel trailers, especially not in ones that are under 30 feet long. The kitchen in the CrossRoads RV Zinger Lite ZR259FL model has a breakfast bar—complete with cushioned stools—instead of a traditional dinette, giving it unparalleled counter space in a trailer of this size. There’s also a 60-inch jackknife sofa that runs the length of the bar. Both seating areas face an entertainment center on the front wall of the trailer, creating an open living space that’s functional and cozy. To the rear, a pass-through bathroom leads to a private bedroom, featuring a queen bed and three windows, which let in a lot of light and a cross breeze.
Source: CrossRoads RV Zinger Lite ZR259FL
Photo courtesy of CrossRoads RV.
Disclaimer: Togo RV is part of a joint venture, partially owned by Thor Industries, Inc., of which CrossRoads RV is a subsidiary.
Beat the Lift Lines at These Ski Areas Where You Can Camp Next to the Mountain
Skip the costly lodge for your ski trip this winter and stay in your RV. Not only is it a safe alternative during the pandemic, but you can find affordable—sometimes even free—places to park at your favorite ski and snowboarding hills. Along with a bargain price, you’ll get beautiful views and easy access to outdoor recreation. Some locations even have hookups and amenities like bathhouses and WiFi. Outside Online compiled a list of eight ski areas in the U.S. that offer camping for $50 per night or less, including Crystal Mountain and Stevens Pass in Washington, Montana’s Whitefish Mountain Resort, Gunstock Mountain Resort in New Hampshire, and more.
Source: Outside Online 8 Ski Areas Where You Can Camp in the Parking Lot