RV News: New Rooftop Tents From Roofnest, Harvest Host Gets an Upgrade, and More

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Welcome to another edition of our Friday roundup of the latest happenings in the RV and camping space. Each week, we recap the biggest stories from the past seven days with a brief summary and a link to find out more. Here are a few things you might have missed:

  • Roofnest Debuts New Rooftop Tents: This week, Roofnest introduced the Falcon 3 EVO and Falcon 3 EVO XL rooftop tents, calling them “the sturdiest, warmest, roomiest, and most aerodynamic and versatile” models the company has ever created. In a press release announcing the new products, Roofnest indicated that the two new tents combine the best features of the all-aluminum Falcon 2 and Falcon Pro with the weather-proof and rugged construction of the Condor 2. The Falcon 3 EVO is priced at $3,495, while the Falcon 3 EVO XL runs $3,795. For more information, visit the Roofnest website. 
  • Harvest Hosts Updates Website with New Tools: Harvest Hosts—the service that provides access to campsites at wineries, museums, ranches, and other unique locations—updated its website this week, adding additional tools for members. Upgrades include providing all users with insights into weather, terrain, and cell coverage, which previously was only available to “All Access” members. HH also opened its directory of dump stations to all members as well and updated its map interface to provide a wider view of the region being searched. Other enhancements include being able to add photos to reviews, a revamped layout for reading destination summaries, and more. Everything is live on the website now, so head on over to check it out.
boondocking campsite

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  • The Dyrt Says First-Come, First-Served Campgrounds are Getting More Full: Another week, another headline-grabbing stat from The Dyrt’s 2024 Camping Report. This week, the online campsite discovery and booking service revealed that campgrounds that are designated as “first-come, first-served” are becoming increasingly full. Data from 2023 shows that campers are twice as likely to find those locations fully occupied than they did in 2020. The survey shows that 23.4% of respondents arrived at a first-come, first-served site only to find it full. Three years earlier, just 11.1% had the same experience. Read more here.
  • WhereSafe Launches GPS Tracker for E-Bikes, ATVs, RVs, and Other Vehicles: Let’s face it, our favorite toys—like RVs, ATVs, motorcycles, and other vehicles—are expensive. That often makes them targets of thieves and other nefarious types. To help combat those challenges, a company called WhereSafe has launched a new GPS device called the One Tracker. The gadget wirelessly attaches to anything you’d like to track and sends locational data to a smartphone via an app. This allows users to track down valuable items should they go missing. Pricing starts at $79.95 for the device itself, with an annual subscription required.
  • Winegard and Bauer Partner on Keyless RV Entry: Winegard’s Halo system turns any RV into a smart home, allowing owners to monitor a variety of onboard systems from their smartphones. Those gadgets include security cameras and sensors, controlling lights, GPS tracking, Starlink satellite internet monitoring, and more. Now, you can add keyless entry to the list thanks to a new partnership with Bauer Bluetooth enabled smart locks. This week, the two companies announced a partnership that allows Halo users to control their Bauer locks from the Winegard app, giving them the ability to unlock their doors remotely and without a key. Learn more about RV Halo here.
2024 total eclipse

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  • It’s Finally Time for the Eclipse!: In case you’ve been living under a rock, there is a total eclipse set to happen across parts of North America on Monday, April 8. The best place to experience it is in the path of totality, which is the section of the planet where the sun will be completely blocked by the moon for a brief time. Unfortunately, most campgrounds, RV parks, hotels, and lodges that fall along that route have been mostly booked solid for months. Still, the next total eclipse isn’t set to happen until 2044, so if you can find a way to get out and witness the celestial event first hand, it will be worth the effort. To learn more about the eclipse visit this fantastic site created by NASA. It provides everything you need to know in preparation for this rare occurrence.

That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend, and see you next Friday for another rundown of the latest from the RV industry.

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