The Dashboard: The Latest in RV Tech, Gear and Intel From the Road.
The Pebble Flow All-Electric Towable
Sleek, smart and oh-so-sexy, the Pebble Flow is a 100-percent electric travel trailer that looks like something out of Blade Runner. With 1,000 watts of solar and a 45 kilowatt-hour battery pack, the towable can stay powered off-grid for seven days. It even has its own electric power-train, which aids in towing and lets it move under its own power via an app. Starting price is $109,000. Preorders available now. pebblelife.com
InTech’s Rugged New Toy Hauler
The Flyer Forge is a double-axle model rugged enough for off-road adventures. Lightweight and versatile, the trailer features a galley kitchen, a tip-out sleeping area, an onboard bathroom with shower, and a garage large enough to hold most UTVs. And with a dry weight of less than 4,300 pounds, you don’t need a massive truck to tow it around. Starting at $37,240. intech.com
The Houston RV Show, Houston, TX
They say everything’s bigger in Texas. With hundreds of new models and tens of thousands of attendees ogling them, the state’s largest RV expo proves it. houstonrvshow.com
Truck Camper Adventure Quartzsite Rally, Quartzsite, AZ
Some 450 vehicles are expected, making this the largest-ever truck-camper rally. BLM boondocking, workshops and vendors, plus a chili cookoff, a cowboy balladeer and campfires into the wee hours. truckcamperadventure.com
Family Motor Coach Association International Convention & RV Expo, Tucson, AZ
Tens of thousands descend on this biannual congress for seminars, bands, lawn-game tourneys, ice-cream socials and so, so many vendors. fmca.com
Spring is … out there, somewhere. Recreationalists nationwide will soon engage in glamorous seasonal rituals: stocking up on Un-Duz-It, rubber gloves and microfiber cloth; trying to enlist kids and significant others in tasks. With so many new RV owners—catch that RVIA stat below—it bears saying: the most critical move is to throughly clean water and sanitation systems. Of late, none other than the CDC has identified RV water systems as a potential source of bacteria-borne disease. Flush that system and grab the bleach!
The average age of a new RV buyer in 2023, down from 53 just two years earlier, per new data collected by the RV Industry Association.
New Gear Watch: Instant Hot Shower, Just Add Water and Propane
Quite the multitasker (wanna wash the dog? de-mud-ify your gear? catch a shower at the campsite?), the BougeRV Portable Propane Water Heater could make a lot of overlanders’ and vanlifers’ must-have lists. The battery-powered device connects to a small LP canister and a freshwater source for instant hot water whenever and wherever you need it. $319.99. bougeRV.com
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