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Goal Zero vs Kodiak vs DIY Camper Van Solar

WHAT IS A SOLAR GENERATOR? A solar generator is the marketing term for an all-in-one solar component package that can be charged via solar panels.  There are several different models on the market, but they are all fairly similar in function. They all, typically,...

Basic Parts of a DIY Camper Solar Setup

This post outlines all of the main parts and components of a DIY Camper Solar setup.

How Much Does Van Life Cost?

The price of Van Life varies DRAMATICALLY from person to person, but this blog post shows OUR actual average cost per month from the last 12 months.

Books to Read for Travel Inspiration

Looking for a new read to spark some travel inspiration? Check these out:

Body Glove Dynamo Ribcage Water Shoe Review

We tested the Body Glove Ribcage water shoes. We travel light. When space is a premium means multi-purpose, high-performing gear is a priority.

GoPro HERO 7 vs HERO 6 Stabilization Comparison

The GoPro HERO 7 is labled as the Gimbal Killer. Is it? Here is our side by side comparison so you can see for yourself.

Apps to Save you Money while Traveling

Traveling can be expensive. These apps can help you find savings around every corner so you can travel longer and spend your money on things that ACTUALLY matter.

How to Design and Install Solar on a Camper Van

Learn EVERYTHING you need to know about designing and installing a solar setup on your camper van, RV, or truck camper.

Is Nomadic Life for You?

Living a Nomadic Lifestyle isn't all sprinkles and unicorns. Can you give make these sacrifices for a life of “Freedom”?

Ideas About How to Make Money on the Road

Not having a job tie us to physical locations gives us the flexibility to work from anywhere. Here are some of our best ideas for making money while traveling:

Goodbye Adventure in a Backpack – Hello EXPLORIST.life

Looking for Adventure in a Backpack? You're in the right spot. We've just got a new name that doesn't make people think we sell backpacks.

The Hardest Part of Building a DIY Camper Van

Insulation? Solar? Heating? Maybe not. THIS is what we think is the hardest part of building a DIY Camper Van Conversion.

Choosing a Solar Battery Bank for a DIY Camper Van Conversion

Lithium vs AGM. As technology gets better, the prices get higher. Is the added cost worth it? Here's our thoughts:

How-To Change The Oil in a 2007 Sprinter Van

Changing the oil in a Sprinter is a straightforward process. Save some $$$ and do it yourself. Here's how:

What's included in a Sprinter Service A and Service B

Sprinter Service A? Sprinter Service B? What is included in those? This blog post will outline what's what so you can take it in to the dealer or do it yourself.

Hiking Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons in Escalante Utah

One of our favorite adventures of all time. This one is quite out of the way, but the effort is rewarded with the COOLEST hike in one of the more remote areas of the country.

How to Replace the Shocks on a Sprinter Camper Van

Rock and roll. Good on the radio. Not so good for camper van handling. Here's how to replace the shocks on a Sprinter Camper Van:

Things to do at Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park is a geologic playground just outside Las Vegas. It's a dog friendly state park with some awesome hiking trails. Here are our recommendations:

Plasti Dip Review after One Year on the Road

Plasti Dip is essentially a spray on vinyl wrap. Here's how it's held up after a year of abuse on the road:

The Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina

North Carolina is home to many outdoor gear companies. We spent a weekend in Asheville to tell their story of “Extraordinary Gear made Here”. (This is one of our favorites)

How to Get Mail While Traveling Full Time

Getting mail while traveling isn't as simple as a post office visit. Here are the hoops we have to jump through to get mail and packages while on the road:

Winter Van Life at Mammoth Mountain

Season 1, Episode 8 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Mammoth Mountain to ski prime spring conditions and find campsites with hot springs just steps from our door.

Installing a 4g Cell Signal Booster on our DIY Camper Van Conversion

Since we work from the road, having a strong cell signal is vital. Here's how we get faste enough 4g to upload videos, have skype calls, and all the other business logistics:

Winter Van Life in Squaw Valley

Season 1, Episode 7 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us back into the US where we visited skied at Squaw Valley and Hiked at Lake Tahoe.

2WD vs 4×4 Camper Van – Which is Necessary?

Nobody is questioning if 4×4 is more capable than 2WD… but is the added cost absolutely necessary to have an adventure camper van? We say no, and here's why:

Winter Van Life at Revelstoke, British Columbia

Season 1, Episode 6 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Revelstoke BC to ski the 5,000ft vertical this INCREDIBLE mountain has to offer.

Dometic Origo 3000 Camper Van Alcohol Stove Review

The Dometic Origo 3000 Alcohol stove is an alcohol fueled stove that doesn't have pressurized containers which makes is a good option for cooking in a camper van.

Winter Van Life in Lake Louise, Alberta

Season 1, Episode 5 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Lake Louise where we skied beautiful terrain and walked across frozen Lake Louise to frozen waterfalls.

How to Get Insurance on a DIY Camper Van

Getting insurance for a camper van is a pain and it varies from state to state, but here are some tips to get your DIY camper van conversion insured Properly

Winter Van Life in Banff, Alberta

Season 1, Episode 4 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Banff to ski at Sunshine Village and Soak up the sights in this beautiful town.

Winter Van Life in Bozeman, Montana

Season 1, Episode 3 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Bozeman where we batted van breakdowns, getting stuck, and awesome skiing at Bridger Bowl

How to Read and Clear the Check Engine Light on a Sprinter

Check engine lights are part of #Vanlife. Here is how to read and clear a check engine light on a Sprinter.

Winter Van Life in Sun Valley, Idaho

Season 1, Episode 8 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to

Espar D2 Diesel Heater Review

As temps plummeted to sub-zero temps with wind forcing it's way into every seam, we were ultimately impressed with it's performance.

7 Can’t Miss Winter Activities in Jackson Hole

There's more to Jackson Hole Wyoming in the winter than just skiing. Here are a few extra ideas if you decide to take a ‘day off'.

Backcountry Skiing near Park City, Utah

We met up with some of our friends (who just happen to be Backcountry ski guides) for an awesome day of walking uphill and skiing back down. (1st time backcountry skiing!)

How to Prepare a Camper Van for Winter Living

Our camper van wasn't 100% ready for winter time living when we ‘finished' it, so we had some adjustments to make. Here's what we changed:

Winter Vanlife in Park City, Utah

If you need a day off from skiing in Park City, here are a few suggestions for fun things to do in Park City in the winter:

Espar D2 Diesel Heater Installation

The Espar D2 heater is the diesel powered heater we use to heat our van in frigid winter conditions. Here's how to install one:

Best Things About Living in a Van

Living in a van provides extreme flexibility. Here is our list of the things we like best about living in a van.

Surf Trip to the Baja California

This is the story abou the time we took a guided trip down into the Baja California into mexico in search of tacos, surfing, adventure, and tacos.

Why You Should Visit Sequoia National Park in the Fall

Cooler temperatures and fewer crowds. These two reasons and more are why you should visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in the Fall.

Beginner Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree

It's easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of climbing available in Joshua Tree. Here are some of our ‘Beginner Friendly' areas:

Why we “Sold it All” to Live in a Van

Everbody has their own reasons for moving into a van. Here's ours:

Top 7 Things to Do when Driving Hwy 1; The Pacific Coast HWY

Sure, hwy 1 has beautiful views… but it's still a LONG road that needs to be broken up. Here are some things to do to get out and stretch your legs.

GoPro Hero6 Black Review: Initial Impressions

The Gopro 6 introduced the highest frame rates available in the Gopro Line. Here are our initial thoughts:

Top 10 Van Life Must Haves

We aren't talking about “Lights” or “Insulation”. These are the items that turned our DIY Camper Van into a Home.

Van Life Safety – 6 Tips for Protecting Yourself and Your Stuff

Safety & Living on the Road. Do these go hand in hand? Maybe not, but here are some considerations to stay safe while living in a van in the middle of nowhere.

The 6 Ways We Make Money While Traveling Full-Time

There are literally hundreds (thousands?) of ways to make money while traveling. Here are our 6 income streams we have for life on the road:

12 Money Saving Tips to Help you Travel Longer for Cheaper

For life on the road, you don't have to earn as much if you can spend less. Here are our money saving tips for traveling longer and more often.

PCT Days – Pacific Crest Trail Celebration

PCT Days is an awesome event every summer that's a celebration of one of the premiere long hikes in the US. The Pacific Crest Trail.

Cave Hikes at Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Craters of the Moon is an out-of-the-way National Monument that has one of the most interesting landscapes in the world. Here are some caves to explore on a day trip:

CamelBak Pursuit Series Review

A summer camp for adults led by pro adventure guides and athletes where you can learn that new activity you've been wanting to try and hone skills on your favorites.

Top 10 Things to do in Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa is a great city with something always going on. Here are 10 ideas for adventure in and around Ottawa.

Free Dispersed Camping near Lake Ontario in the Winona State Forest, New York

This free camp site is a great stop if you are headed north through New York before entering Canada. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Van Tour of Our Complete DIY Campervan Conversion

Our custom DIY camper van features 800+ watts of solar, a composting toilet, full size bed, custom cabinets, fully insulated and much more. Read more about the nitty gritty details here:

Free Dispersed Camping in Cherokee National Forest near Asheville, North Carolina

This free campsite features an awesome swimming hole with natural rock waterslide within walking distance. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Free Dispersed Camping Near Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

This free dispersed camp site near Taos features a snow fed creek and close proximity to the town of Taos and the ski resort. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Installing Full-Body Plasti Dip on our DIY Camper Van Conversion

Plasti-dip is essentially a spray on vinyl wrap but is 10x cheaper. It's was a big job, but here's how we did it:

Free Dispersed Camping Near the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

This free camp site is great spot near the Great Sand Dunes National Park at the foot of the 14,344 ft tall Blanca Peak. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Building DIY Camper Van Cabinets

Building the cabinets & storage in our Camper Van was a huge challenge, especially since it was our first time. Although, not necessarily a in-depth tutorial, here is how we built them:

How to Build a Ceiling in a DIY Camper Van Conversion

The Ceiling in our van is made from an old fence, sealed, and attached to furring strips. Here's how we made and installed it:

How to Install Walls in a DIY Camper Van Conversion

The walls in our van is made from dry erase board so we ALWAYS have something to keep notes on. Here's how we installed it:

How to Install Insulation a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We insulated our van for both hot and cold weather with rigid foam and expanding foam insulation. Here's how we did it and why we chose what we did:

How to Install a Maxxair Roof Vent Fan in a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We have two Maxxair vent fans on our roof which can exchange all the air inside the van once every 20 seconds to keep us cool. Here's how we installed them:

How to Soundproof DIY Camper Van Conversion

Without soundproofing material, our van was like a tin can driving down the road. After… it was like a much quieter tin can. Here's how we installed it:

How to Remove the Door Panels in a Mercedes Sprinter

If you need to access the inner workings of your sprinter door for speaker installation or insulation, you'll have to remove the door panel. Here's how to do it:

How to Remove the Headliner in a Mercedes Sprinter

There is a huge open space behind the sprinter headliner that needs to have sound deadening applied and insulation attached. Here's how to remove the headliner:

How to Remove the Seats in a Mercedes Sprinter

You'll need to remove the seats in your sprinter to install swivel seats or acess the nice hidden ‘storage' area for, perhaps, a heater install. Here's how to remove them:

How to Prep the Floor for a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We took the stock floor of our van since it used to be a plumbing truck (that floor = gross). Here's how to remove it:

5 Reasons We Traded Our RV to Build a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We sold our 40 foot class-A motorhome to build a MUCH smaller camper van. Here are a few reasons we downsized:

Eco Hostel in San Juan del Sur Nicaragua – Casa Oro

Walls made from trash and food scraps used to grow more food. This hostel in Nicaragua aims to be a totally closed loop of sustainable business practices:

Mango Rosa Nicaragua Adventure & Surf Resort Review

Finding an ‘Adventure Resort' that can keep up with us is a tall task, but on our visit, we were met with more hiking, surfing, volcano viewing, and cultural submursion than we could ask for.

6 Things To Do in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan Del Sur in southern Nicaragua is one of our favorite places we've EVER been. Here's a few things to do there that makes this place an explorers dream:

Hotel Camino Real – Best Hotel near the Airport in Managua, Nicaragua

Flying to Nicaragua is typically an all day ordeal. This hotel is directly across the street from the hotel and makes for a great first and last night pit stop before exploring the rest of the country:

An Adventure in Traveling Nicaragua

Nicaragua is filled with adventure. This trip with some friends was one of the best weeks of our lives. This video is the story:

5 Things to Do during 24 Hours in Seattle

Seattle is home to some iconic landmarks. Here are 5 things to do on a short stop-over in Seattle:

Free Boondocking Campsite near Lillooet, British Columbia

Lillooet is just north of the pass from Whistler. It's a rugged canyon with a beautiful lake and frigid stream and a free, established campground:

Free Dispersed Campsite near Seward, Alaska

Seward Alaska is home of Exit Glacier. Here is a free campsite in the area. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Exit Glacier Trail Hiking near Seward, Alaska

Need to see the results of climate change for yourself? Exit Glacier is a great demonstration with year markers noting where the glacier was in past years:

Free Dispersed Campsite near Peterson Lake, Alaska

This free camp site on the Kenai Peninsula is right next to a beautiful lake that's perfect for paddling. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Where to Stay and Things to do near Homer, Alaska

You want to see bald eagles up close? Anchor Point near Homer Alaska is your spot. Here's where to stay (and some other things to do once you get tired of taking pictures of eagles from 10′ away)

6 Things to Do in Whittier Alaska

To get to Whittier Alaska You've got to drive down a one-way road – through a tunnel – straddling the train tracks – because you're sharing the road with a train:

Free Dispersed Campsite near Portage Glacier in Alaska

The road leading to Portage Lake in Alaska has all kinds of free camping. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Kayaking in Portage Lake to Portage Glacier in Alaska

We kayaked across an ice cold lake to a glacier, back across the lake and down a river, then rode our bikes back to the lake. Oh, the things that can be done with 24hrs of daylight in Alaska:

Hiking to the Winner Creek Trail Hand Tram in Girdwood, Alaska

A hiking trail that features a hand powered tram suspended across a raging Alaskan river. This is one of our favorite hikes:

Free Dispersed Campsite near Denali National Park

Nabbing a camp site inside of Denali National Park is tricky. Here's where we stayed for free on forest land just outside of the park. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

2 Day Itinerary With RV Camping in Denali National Park

Denali national park is rugged and HUGE. Two days doesn't do it justice but here are a few things to do to get the most bang for your time on a quick trip into Denali National park:

Free Dispersed Campsites and Cheap Campgrounds near Fairbanks, Alaska

There is plenty of free and inexpensive camping near fairbanks. Here is our list of the places we saw or stayed at. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

RV and Van Life with Dogs – Things to Consider

Van Life with dogs can be a great experience, but it can also be a traumatizing experience for all parties involved. Here are a few considerations:

Kayaking Lake Mcdonald & Mcdonald Creek in Glacier National Park, Montana

One of our FAVORITE Adventures: Kayaking in Glacier National Park in the crystal clear Mcdonald Lake, down Mcdonald creek to the Flathead river then bike shuttling back to the lake:

Free Campsite Near Yellowstone National Park

This free campsite is a free county camp ground featuring a lake and more bird species than we could count. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Hiking to Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful was crowded and featured a boardwalk and a fence making it seem more like a man-made water fountain than a natural geyser. Here is a better alternative:

Things to See in Yellowstone National Park in One Day

We only had one day to spend in Yellowstone National Park. Here are some of the hot spots (geo-thermal joke) to see when time is valuable:

7-10 Day Southern Utah National Park Road Trip Itinerary

This road trip Itenerary through southern Utah includes 5 National Parks, free camp sites, supply refill points, and adventure ideas. This one one of our favorites:

Free Dispersed Campsite near Zion National Park in Utah

There is plenty of BLM land for free camping near Zion National Park. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Hiking Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park: Things to Know

Angles Landing in Zion National Park is the most popular hike in the park. Dealing with an over-crowded trail was scarier than the 1,000+ foot sheer drop on each side:

Free Dispersed Campsite near Bryce Canyon National Park

There is free camping in National Forest land right outside of the Bryce Canyon National park gates. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Hiking Fairyland Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park

This is a necessary hike if you are going to Bryce Canyon. It's a longer, more challenging hike which means it's less crowded, but it accesses some of the best scenery in the park:

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Basic Parts of a DIY Camper Solar Setup

This post outlines all of the main parts and components of a DIY Camper Solar setup.

How Much Does Van Life Cost?

The price of Van Life varies DRAMATICALLY from person to person, but this blog post shows OUR actual average cost per month from the last 12 months.

Books to Read for Travel Inspiration

Looking for a new read to spark some travel inspiration? Check these out:

Body Glove Dynamo Ribcage Water Shoe Review

We tested the Body Glove Ribcage water shoes. We travel light. When space is a premium means multi-purpose, high-performing gear is a priority.

GoPro HERO 7 vs HERO 6 Stabilization Comparison

The GoPro HERO 7 is labled as the Gimbal Killer. Is it? Here is our side by side comparison so you can see for yourself.

Apps to Save you Money while Traveling

Traveling can be expensive. These apps can help you find savings around every corner so you can travel longer and spend your money on things that ACTUALLY matter.

How to Design and Install Solar on a Camper Van

Learn EVERYTHING you need to know about designing and installing a solar setup on your camper van, RV, or truck camper.

Is Nomadic Life for You?

Living a Nomadic Lifestyle isn't all sprinkles and unicorns. Can you give make these sacrifices for a life of “Freedom”?

Ideas About How to Make Money on the Road

Not having a job tie us to physical locations gives us the flexibility to work from anywhere. Here are some of our best ideas for making money while traveling:

Goodbye Adventure in a Backpack – Hello EXPLORIST.life

Looking for Adventure in a Backpack? You're in the right spot. We've just got a new name that doesn't make people think we sell backpacks.

The Hardest Part of Building a DIY Camper Van

Insulation? Solar? Heating? Maybe not. THIS is what we think is the hardest part of building a DIY Camper Van Conversion.

Choosing a Solar Battery Bank for a DIY Camper Van Conversion

Lithium vs AGM. As technology gets better, the prices get higher. Is the added cost worth it? Here's our thoughts:

How-To Change The Oil in a 2007 Sprinter Van

Changing the oil in a Sprinter is a straightforward process. Save some $$$ and do it yourself. Here's how:

What's included in a Sprinter Service A and Service B

Sprinter Service A? Sprinter Service B? What is included in those? This blog post will outline what's what so you can take it in to the dealer or do it yourself.

Hiking Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons in Escalante Utah

One of our favorite adventures of all time. This one is quite out of the way, but the effort is rewarded with the COOLEST hike in one of the more remote areas of the country.

How to Replace the Shocks on a Sprinter Camper Van

Rock and roll. Good on the radio. Not so good for camper van handling. Here's how to replace the shocks on a Sprinter Camper Van:

Things to do at Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park is a geologic playground just outside Las Vegas. It's a dog friendly state park with some awesome hiking trails. Here are our recommendations:

Plasti Dip Review after One Year on the Road

Plasti Dip is essentially a spray on vinyl wrap. Here's how it's held up after a year of abuse on the road:

The Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina

North Carolina is home to many outdoor gear companies. We spent a weekend in Asheville to tell their story of “Extraordinary Gear made Here”. (This is one of our favorites)

How to Get Mail While Traveling Full Time

Getting mail while traveling isn't as simple as a post office visit. Here are the hoops we have to jump through to get mail and packages while on the road:

Winter Van Life at Mammoth Mountain

Season 1, Episode 8 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Mammoth Mountain to ski prime spring conditions and find campsites with hot springs just steps from our door.

Installing a 4g Cell Signal Booster on our DIY Camper Van Conversion

Since we work from the road, having a strong cell signal is vital. Here's how we get faste enough 4g to upload videos, have skype calls, and all the other business logistics:

Winter Van Life in Squaw Valley

Season 1, Episode 7 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us back into the US where we visited skied at Squaw Valley and Hiked at Lake Tahoe.

2WD vs 4×4 Camper Van – Which is Necessary?

Nobody is questioning if 4×4 is more capable than 2WD… but is the added cost absolutely necessary to have an adventure camper van? We say no, and here's why:

Winter Van Life at Revelstoke, British Columbia

Season 1, Episode 6 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Revelstoke BC to ski the 5,000ft vertical this INCREDIBLE mountain has to offer.

Dometic Origo 3000 Camper Van Alcohol Stove Review

The Dometic Origo 3000 Alcohol stove is an alcohol fueled stove that doesn't have pressurized containers which makes is a good option for cooking in a camper van.

Winter Van Life in Lake Louise, Alberta

Season 1, Episode 5 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Lake Louise where we skied beautiful terrain and walked across frozen Lake Louise to frozen waterfalls.

How to Get Insurance on a DIY Camper Van

Getting insurance for a camper van is a pain and it varies from state to state, but here are some tips to get your DIY camper van conversion insured Properly

Winter Van Life in Banff, Alberta

Season 1, Episode 4 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Banff to ski at Sunshine Village and Soak up the sights in this beautiful town.

Winter Van Life in Bozeman, Montana

Season 1, Episode 3 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Bozeman where we batted van breakdowns, getting stuck, and awesome skiing at Bridger Bowl

How to Read and Clear the Check Engine Light on a Sprinter

Check engine lights are part of #Vanlife. Here is how to read and clear a check engine light on a Sprinter.

Winter Van Life in Sun Valley, Idaho

Season 1, Episode 8 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to

Espar D2 Diesel Heater Review

As temps plummeted to sub-zero temps with wind forcing it's way into every seam, we were ultimately impressed with it's performance.

7 Can’t Miss Winter Activities in Jackson Hole

There's more to Jackson Hole Wyoming in the winter than just skiing. Here are a few extra ideas if you decide to take a ‘day off'.

Backcountry Skiing near Park City, Utah

We met up with some of our friends (who just happen to be Backcountry ski guides) for an awesome day of walking uphill and skiing back down. (1st time backcountry skiing!)

How to Prepare a Camper Van for Winter Living

Our camper van wasn't 100% ready for winter time living when we ‘finished' it, so we had some adjustments to make. Here's what we changed:

Winter Vanlife in Park City, Utah

If you need a day off from skiing in Park City, here are a few suggestions for fun things to do in Park City in the winter:

Espar D2 Diesel Heater Installation

The Espar D2 heater is the diesel powered heater we use to heat our van in frigid winter conditions. Here's how to install one:

Best Things About Living in a Van

Living in a van provides extreme flexibility. Here is our list of the things we like best about living in a van.

Surf Trip to the Baja California

This is the story abou the time we took a guided trip down into the Baja California into mexico in search of tacos, surfing, adventure, and tacos.

Why You Should Visit Sequoia National Park in the Fall

Cooler temperatures and fewer crowds. These two reasons and more are why you should visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in the Fall.

Beginner Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree

It's easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of climbing available in Joshua Tree. Here are some of our ‘Beginner Friendly' areas:

Why we “Sold it All” to Live in a Van

Everbody has their own reasons for moving into a van. Here's ours:

Top 7 Things to Do when Driving Hwy 1; The Pacific Coast HWY

Sure, hwy 1 has beautiful views… but it's still a LONG road that needs to be broken up. Here are some things to do to get out and stretch your legs.

GoPro Hero6 Black Review: Initial Impressions

The Gopro 6 introduced the highest frame rates available in the Gopro Line. Here are our initial thoughts:

Top 10 Van Life Must Haves

We aren't talking about “Lights” or “Insulation”. These are the items that turned our DIY Camper Van into a Home.

Van Life Safety – 6 Tips for Protecting Yourself and Your Stuff

Safety & Living on the Road. Do these go hand in hand? Maybe not, but here are some considerations to stay safe while living in a van in the middle of nowhere.

The 6 Ways We Make Money While Traveling Full-Time

There are literally hundreds (thousands?) of ways to make money while traveling. Here are our 6 income streams we have for life on the road:

12 Money Saving Tips to Help you Travel Longer for Cheaper

For life on the road, you don't have to earn as much if you can spend less. Here are our money saving tips for traveling longer and more often.

PCT Days – Pacific Crest Trail Celebration

PCT Days is an awesome event every summer that's a celebration of one of the premiere long hikes in the US. The Pacific Crest Trail.

Cave Hikes at Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Craters of the Moon is an out-of-the-way National Monument that has one of the most interesting landscapes in the world. Here are some caves to explore on a day trip:

CamelBak Pursuit Series Review

A summer camp for adults led by pro adventure guides and athletes where you can learn that new activity you've been wanting to try and hone skills on your favorites.

Top 10 Things to do in Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa is a great city with something always going on. Here are 10 ideas for adventure in and around Ottawa.

Free Dispersed Camping near Lake Ontario in the Winona State Forest, New York

This free camp site is a great stop if you are headed north through New York before entering Canada. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Van Tour of Our Complete DIY Campervan Conversion

Our custom DIY camper van features 800+ watts of solar, a composting toilet, full size bed, custom cabinets, fully insulated and much more. Read more about the nitty gritty details here:

Free Dispersed Camping in Cherokee National Forest near Asheville, North Carolina

This free campsite features an awesome swimming hole with natural rock waterslide within walking distance. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Free Dispersed Camping Near Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

This free dispersed camp site near Taos features a snow fed creek and close proximity to the town of Taos and the ski resort. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Installing Full-Body Plasti Dip on our DIY Camper Van Conversion

Plasti-dip is essentially a spray on vinyl wrap but is 10x cheaper. It's was a big job, but here's how we did it:

Free Dispersed Camping Near the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

This free camp site is great spot near the Great Sand Dunes National Park at the foot of the 14,344 ft tall Blanca Peak. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Building DIY Camper Van Cabinets

Building the cabinets & storage in our Camper Van was a huge challenge, especially since it was our first time. Although, not necessarily a in-depth tutorial, here is how we built them:

How to Build a Ceiling in a DIY Camper Van Conversion

The Ceiling in our van is made from an old fence, sealed, and attached to furring strips. Here's how we made and installed it:

How to Install Walls in a DIY Camper Van Conversion

The walls in our van is made from dry erase board so we ALWAYS have something to keep notes on. Here's how we installed it:

How to Install Insulation a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We insulated our van for both hot and cold weather with rigid foam and expanding foam insulation. Here's how we did it and why we chose what we did:

How to Install a Maxxair Roof Vent Fan in a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We have two Maxxair vent fans on our roof which can exchange all the air inside the van once every 20 seconds to keep us cool. Here's how we installed them:

How to Soundproof DIY Camper Van Conversion

Without soundproofing material, our van was like a tin can driving down the road. After… it was like a much quieter tin can. Here's how we installed it:

How to Remove the Door Panels in a Mercedes Sprinter

If you need to access the inner workings of your sprinter door for speaker installation or insulation, you'll have to remove the door panel. Here's how to do it:

How to Remove the Headliner in a Mercedes Sprinter

There is a huge open space behind the sprinter headliner that needs to have sound deadening applied and insulation attached. Here's how to remove the headliner:

How to Remove the Seats in a Mercedes Sprinter

You'll need to remove the seats in your sprinter to install swivel seats or acess the nice hidden ‘storage' area for, perhaps, a heater install. Here's how to remove them:

How to Prep the Floor for a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We took the stock floor of our van since it used to be a plumbing truck (that floor = gross). Here's how to remove it:

5 Reasons We Traded Our RV to Build a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We sold our 40 foot class-A motorhome to build a MUCH smaller camper van. Here are a few reasons we downsized:

Eco Hostel in San Juan del Sur Nicaragua – Casa Oro

Walls made from trash and food scraps used to grow more food. This hostel in Nicaragua aims to be a totally closed loop of sustainable business practices:

Mango Rosa Nicaragua Adventure & Surf Resort Review

Finding an ‘Adventure Resort' that can keep up with us is a tall task, but on our visit, we were met with more hiking, surfing, volcano viewing, and cultural submursion than we could ask for.

6 Things To Do in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan Del Sur in southern Nicaragua is one of our favorite places we've EVER been. Here's a few things to do there that makes this place an explorers dream:

Hotel Camino Real – Best Hotel near the Airport in Managua, Nicaragua

Flying to Nicaragua is typically an all day ordeal. This hotel is directly across the street from the hotel and makes for a great first and last night pit stop before exploring the rest of the country:

An Adventure in Traveling Nicaragua

Nicaragua is filled with adventure. This trip with some friends was one of the best weeks of our lives. This video is the story:

5 Things to Do during 24 Hours in Seattle

Seattle is home to some iconic landmarks. Here are 5 things to do on a short stop-over in Seattle:

Free Boondocking Campsite near Lillooet, British Columbia

Lillooet is just north of the pass from Whistler. It's a rugged canyon with a beautiful lake and frigid stream and a free, established campground:

Free Dispersed Campsite near Seward, Alaska

Seward Alaska is home of Exit Glacier. Here is a free campsite in the area. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Exit Glacier Trail Hiking near Seward, Alaska

Need to see the results of climate change for yourself? Exit Glacier is a great demonstration with year markers noting where the glacier was in past years:

Free Dispersed Campsite near Peterson Lake, Alaska

This free camp site on the Kenai Peninsula is right next to a beautiful lake that's perfect for paddling. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Where to Stay and Things to do near Homer, Alaska

You want to see bald eagles up close? Anchor Point near Homer Alaska is your spot. Here's where to stay (and some other things to do once you get tired of taking pictures of eagles from 10′ away)

6 Things to Do in Whittier Alaska

To get to Whittier Alaska You've got to drive down a one-way road – through a tunnel – straddling the train tracks – because you're sharing the road with a train:

Free Dispersed Campsite near Portage Glacier in Alaska

The road leading to Portage Lake in Alaska has all kinds of free camping. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Kayaking in Portage Lake to Portage Glacier in Alaska

We kayaked across an ice cold lake to a glacier, back across the lake and down a river, then rode our bikes back to the lake. Oh, the things that can be done with 24hrs of daylight in Alaska:

Hiking to the Winner Creek Trail Hand Tram in Girdwood, Alaska

A hiking trail that features a hand powered tram suspended across a raging Alaskan river. This is one of our favorite hikes:

Free Dispersed Campsite near Denali National Park

Nabbing a camp site inside of Denali National Park is tricky. Here's where we stayed for free on forest land just outside of the park. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

2 Day Itinerary With RV Camping in Denali National Park

Denali national park is rugged and HUGE. Two days doesn't do it justice but here are a few things to do to get the most bang for your time on a quick trip into Denali National park:

Free Dispersed Campsites and Cheap Campgrounds near Fairbanks, Alaska

There is plenty of free and inexpensive camping near fairbanks. Here is our list of the places we saw or stayed at. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

RV and Van Life with Dogs – Things to Consider

Van Life with dogs can be a great experience, but it can also be a traumatizing experience for all parties involved. Here are a few considerations:

Kayaking Lake Mcdonald & Mcdonald Creek in Glacier National Park, Montana

One of our FAVORITE Adventures: Kayaking in Glacier National Park in the crystal clear Mcdonald Lake, down Mcdonald creek to the Flathead river then bike shuttling back to the lake:

Free Campsite Near Yellowstone National Park

This free campsite is a free county camp ground featuring a lake and more bird species than we could count. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Hiking to Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful was crowded and featured a boardwalk and a fence making it seem more like a man-made water fountain than a natural geyser. Here is a better alternative:

Things to See in Yellowstone National Park in One Day

We only had one day to spend in Yellowstone National Park. Here are some of the hot spots (geo-thermal joke) to see when time is valuable:

7-10 Day Southern Utah National Park Road Trip Itinerary

This road trip Itenerary through southern Utah includes 5 National Parks, free camp sites, supply refill points, and adventure ideas. This one one of our favorites:

Free Dispersed Campsite near Zion National Park in Utah

There is plenty of BLM land for free camping near Zion National Park. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Hiking Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park: Things to Know

Angles Landing in Zion National Park is the most popular hike in the park. Dealing with an over-crowded trail was scarier than the 1,000+ foot sheer drop on each side:

Free Dispersed Campsite near Bryce Canyon National Park

There is free camping in National Forest land right outside of the Bryce Canyon National park gates. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Hiking Fairyland Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park

This is a necessary hike if you are going to Bryce Canyon. It's a longer, more challenging hike which means it's less crowded, but it accesses some of the best scenery in the park:

Free Dispersed Campsite in Escalante Utah

Escalante Utah is one of the most ruggedly beautiful locations in the US. There is unlimited potential for adventure. Free camping is easy to find in the area, but here is a good spot. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Hiking Cottonwood Narrows near Cannonville Utah

Cottonwood Narrows is a good hike for someone who wants to see slot canyons but may be a bit claustrophobic as these sandstone canyons are a bit wider.

Hiking the Peek a Boo and Spooky Gulch Slot Canyons near Escalante Utah

Hiking Peekaboo and Spooky Slot canyons is one of our favorite hikes ever. Deep in Southern Utah, this loop hike is a must-do:

Free Dispersed Campsite near Capitol Reef National Park

Just outside of Capitol Reef National Park is this great free campsite on BLM land next to a river. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Hiking the Grand Wash Trail in Capitol Reef National Park

Grand Wash is a good hike for someone who wants to see slot canyons but may be a bit claustrophobic as these sandstone canyons are a bit wider.

Beginner Rock Climbing in Moab Utah

There is so much rock climbing in Moab that it can be pretty overwhelming. Here is a beginner friendly area for rock climbing in Moab:

Where to See Dinosaur Fossils in Moab Utah

*Peddle, peddle, peddle* …”Hey, are those Dinosaur Fossils”? That's a normal thing in Moab Utah:

Best Beginner Mountain Biking in Moab

There is so much mountain biking in Moab that it can be pretty overwhelming. Here is a beginner friendly trail away from the crowds on the more popular trails.

Hiking to Corona Arch in Moab Utah

Corona Arch. All of the arch, less of a crowd. This arch is not inside Arches National Park so you won't need a parks pass either:

Free Dispersed Campsite in Moab Utah

Moab is home to plentiful free camping. Here is an awesome spot. Remember to bring a trash bag and clean up after yourself AND others:

Things to See in 1 Day in Washington, DC

Washington DC is a deceptively big place where we ended up walking nearly 20 miles to see everything we wanted to see. Here were our favorite things we saw:

How to DIY Mount Snow Ski Bindings on Snow Skis at Home

Stubborn and like to do thing yourself you should probably leave up to a professional? Yeah, me too… Here's how to mount bindings onto snow skis at home:

Snowmobiling in Grand Lake Colorado

There's plenty of snow in Grand Lake colorado, but no ski resorts. This makes it a PRIME destination to rent snomobiles for a good day of going off into deep snow, getting terribly stuck, and getting help from a half dozen icelandic guys (PLOT TWIST!!)

Backpacking Eagle Rock Loop in the Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas

This was our very first overnight backpacking trip. It's an awesome 27ish mile loop trail through the Ouachita Mountains:

Dickinson P12000 Propane Heater Installation and Review

In our RV we installed this propane heater that vents to the outside, which decreases moisture while efficiently using fuel to keep costs low and temperatures up:

How to Score Big at an REI Garage Sale

An REI Garage Sale is where REI re-sales all of their gear that has been lightly used for STEEP discounts. It's a great event to score deals, but there's some stuff to know before you go so you don't waste your time & effort:

Camping at Cathedral Lake near Aspen, Colorado

Cathedral Lake is a lake above treeline outside of Aspen Colorado that features a beautiful lake in a meadow of wildflowers below towering spires:

6 Steps to Find Amazing (and Free) Camp Sites

Here is how WE find all of our free campsites. Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a fish to find free campsites and… well, you know how to old saying goes:

ADVENTURE

Hiking Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons in Escalante Utah

One of our favorite adventures of all time. This one is quite out of the way, but the effort is rewarded with the COOLEST hike in one of the more remote areas of the country.

Things to do at Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park is a geologic playground just outside Las Vegas. It's a dog friendly state park with some awesome hiking trails. Here are our recommendations:

Winter Van Life at Mammoth Mountain

Season 1, Episode 8 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Mammoth Mountain to ski prime spring conditions and find campsites with hot springs just steps from our door.

Winter Van Life in Squaw Valley

Season 1, Episode 7 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us back into the US where we visited skied at Squaw Valley and Hiked at Lake Tahoe.

Winter Van Life at Revelstoke, British Columbia

Season 1, Episode 6 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Revelstoke BC to ski the 5,000ft vertical this INCREDIBLE mountain has to offer.

Winter Van Life in Lake Louise, Alberta

Season 1, Episode 5 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Lake Louise where we skied beautiful terrain and walked across frozen Lake Louise to frozen waterfalls.

Winter Van Life in Banff, Alberta

Season 1, Episode 4 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Banff to ski at Sunshine Village and Soak up the sights in this beautiful town.

Winter Van Life in Bozeman, Montana

Season 1, Episode 3 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Bozeman where we batted van breakdowns, getting stuck, and awesome skiing at Bridger Bowl

Winter Van Life in Sun Valley, Idaho

Season 1, Episode 8 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to

7 Can’t Miss Winter Activities in Jackson Hole

There's more to Jackson Hole Wyoming in the winter than just skiing. Here are a few extra ideas if you decide to take a ‘day off'.

Backcountry Skiing near Park City, Utah

We met up with some of our friends (who just happen to be Backcountry ski guides) for an awesome day of walking uphill and skiing back down. (1st time backcountry skiing!)

Winter Vanlife in Park City, Utah

If you need a day off from skiing in Park City, here are a few suggestions for fun things to do in Park City in the winter:

Surf Trip to the Baja California

This is the story abou the time we took a guided trip down into the Baja California into mexico in search of tacos, surfing, adventure, and tacos.

Why You Should Visit Sequoia National Park in the Fall

Cooler temperatures and fewer crowds. These two reasons and more are why you should visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in the Fall.

Beginner Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree

It's easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of climbing available in Joshua Tree. Here are some of our ‘Beginner Friendly' areas:

Top 7 Things to Do when Driving Hwy 1; The Pacific Coast HWY

Sure, hwy 1 has beautiful views… but it's still a LONG road that needs to be broken up. Here are some things to do to get out and stretch your legs.

PCT Days – Pacific Crest Trail Celebration

PCT Days is an awesome event every summer that's a celebration of one of the premiere long hikes in the US. The Pacific Crest Trail.

Cave Hikes at Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Craters of the Moon is an out-of-the-way National Monument that has one of the most interesting landscapes in the world. Here are some caves to explore on a day trip:

CamelBak Pursuit Series Review

A summer camp for adults led by pro adventure guides and athletes where you can learn that new activity you've been wanting to try and hone skills on your favorites.

Top 10 Things to do in Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa is a great city with something always going on. Here are 10 ideas for adventure in and around Ottawa.

Eco Hostel in San Juan del Sur Nicaragua – Casa Oro

Walls made from trash and food scraps used to grow more food. This hostel in Nicaragua aims to be a totally closed loop of sustainable business practices:

Mango Rosa Nicaragua Adventure & Surf Resort Review

Finding an ‘Adventure Resort' that can keep up with us is a tall task, but on our visit, we were met with more hiking, surfing, volcano viewing, and cultural submursion than we could ask for.

6 Things To Do in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan Del Sur in southern Nicaragua is one of our favorite places we've EVER been. Here's a few things to do there that makes this place an explorers dream:

Hotel Camino Real – Best Hotel near the Airport in Managua, Nicaragua

Flying to Nicaragua is typically an all day ordeal. This hotel is directly across the street from the hotel and makes for a great first and last night pit stop before exploring the rest of the country:

An Adventure in Traveling Nicaragua

Nicaragua is filled with adventure. This trip with some friends was one of the best weeks of our lives. This video is the story:

5 Things to Do during 24 Hours in Seattle

Seattle is home to some iconic landmarks. Here are 5 things to do on a short stop-over in Seattle:

Exit Glacier Trail Hiking near Seward, Alaska

Need to see the results of climate change for yourself? Exit Glacier is a great demonstration with year markers noting where the glacier was in past years:

Where to Stay and Things to do near Homer, Alaska

You want to see bald eagles up close? Anchor Point near Homer Alaska is your spot. Here's where to stay (and some other things to do once you get tired of taking pictures of eagles from 10′ away)

6 Things to Do in Whittier Alaska

To get to Whittier Alaska You've got to drive down a one-way road – through a tunnel – straddling the train tracks – because you're sharing the road with a train:

Kayaking in Portage Lake to Portage Glacier in Alaska

We kayaked across an ice cold lake to a glacier, back across the lake and down a river, then rode our bikes back to the lake. Oh, the things that can be done with 24hrs of daylight in Alaska:

Hiking to the Winner Creek Trail Hand Tram in Girdwood, Alaska

A hiking trail that features a hand powered tram suspended across a raging Alaskan river. This is one of our favorite hikes:

2 Day Itinerary With RV Camping in Denali National Park

Denali national park is rugged and HUGE. Two days doesn't do it justice but here are a few things to do to get the most bang for your time on a quick trip into Denali National park:

Kayaking Lake Mcdonald & Mcdonald Creek in Glacier National Park, Montana

One of our FAVORITE Adventures: Kayaking in Glacier National Park in the crystal clear Mcdonald Lake, down Mcdonald creek to the Flathead river then bike shuttling back to the lake:

Hiking to Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful was crowded and featured a boardwalk and a fence making it seem more like a man-made water fountain than a natural geyser. Here is a better alternative:

Things to See in Yellowstone National Park in One Day

We only had one day to spend in Yellowstone National Park. Here are some of the hot spots (geo-thermal joke) to see when time is valuable:

7-10 Day Southern Utah National Park Road Trip Itinerary

This road trip Itenerary through southern Utah includes 5 National Parks, free camp sites, supply refill points, and adventure ideas. This one one of our favorites:

Hiking Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park: Things to Know

Angles Landing in Zion National Park is the most popular hike in the park. Dealing with an over-crowded trail was scarier than the 1,000+ foot sheer drop on each side:

Hiking Fairyland Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park

This is a necessary hike if you are going to Bryce Canyon. It's a longer, more challenging hike which means it's less crowded, but it accesses some of the best scenery in the park:

Hiking Cottonwood Narrows near Cannonville Utah

Cottonwood Narrows is a good hike for someone who wants to see slot canyons but may be a bit claustrophobic as these sandstone canyons are a bit wider.

Hiking the Peek a Boo and Spooky Gulch Slot Canyons near Escalante Utah

Hiking Peekaboo and Spooky Slot canyons is one of our favorite hikes ever. Deep in Southern Utah, this loop hike is a must-do:

Hiking the Grand Wash Trail in Capitol Reef National Park

Grand Wash is a good hike for someone who wants to see slot canyons but may be a bit claustrophobic as these sandstone canyons are a bit wider.

Beginner Rock Climbing in Moab Utah

There is so much rock climbing in Moab that it can be pretty overwhelming. Here is a beginner friendly area for rock climbing in Moab:

Where to See Dinosaur Fossils in Moab Utah

*Peddle, peddle, peddle* …”Hey, are those Dinosaur Fossils”? That's a normal thing in Moab Utah:

Best Beginner Mountain Biking in Moab

There is so much mountain biking in Moab that it can be pretty overwhelming. Here is a beginner friendly trail away from the crowds on the more popular trails.

Hiking to Corona Arch in Moab Utah

Corona Arch. All of the arch, less of a crowd. This arch is not inside Arches National Park so you won't need a parks pass either:

Things to See in 1 Day in Washington, DC

Washington DC is a deceptively big place where we ended up walking nearly 20 miles to see everything we wanted to see. Here were our favorite things we saw:

Snowmobiling in Grand Lake Colorado

There's plenty of snow in Grand Lake colorado, but no ski resorts. This makes it a PRIME destination to rent snomobiles for a good day of going off into deep snow, getting terribly stuck, and getting help from a half dozen icelandic guys (PLOT TWIST!!)

Backpacking Eagle Rock Loop in the Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas

This was our very first overnight backpacking trip. It's an awesome 27ish mile loop trail through the Ouachita Mountains:

Camping at Cathedral Lake near Aspen, Colorado

Cathedral Lake is a lake above treeline outside of Aspen Colorado that features a beautiful lake in a meadow of wildflowers below towering spires:

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Hiking Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons in Escalante Utah

One of our favorite adventures of all time. This one is quite out of the way, but the effort is rewarded with the COOLEST hike in one of the more remote areas of the country.

Things to do at Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park is a geologic playground just outside Las Vegas. It's a dog friendly state park with some awesome hiking trails. Here are our recommendations:

Winter Van Life at Mammoth Mountain

Season 1, Episode 8 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Mammoth Mountain to ski prime spring conditions and find campsites with hot springs just steps from our door.

Winter Van Life in Squaw Valley

Season 1, Episode 7 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us back into the US where we visited skied at Squaw Valley and Hiked at Lake Tahoe.

Winter Van Life at Revelstoke, British Columbia

Season 1, Episode 6 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Revelstoke BC to ski the 5,000ft vertical this INCREDIBLE mountain has to offer.

Winter Van Life in Lake Louise, Alberta

Season 1, Episode 5 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Lake Louise where we skied beautiful terrain and walked across frozen Lake Louise to frozen waterfalls.

Winter Van Life in Banff, Alberta

Season 1, Episode 4 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Banff to ski at Sunshine Village and Soak up the sights in this beautiful town.

Winter Van Life in Bozeman, Montana

Season 1, Episode 3 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to Bozeman where we batted van breakdowns, getting stuck, and awesome skiing at Bridger Bowl

Winter Van Life in Sun Valley, Idaho

Season 1, Episode 8 of Winter #Vanlife is MORE than Skiing Powder took us to

7 Can’t Miss Winter Activities in Jackson Hole

There's more to Jackson Hole Wyoming in the winter than just skiing. Here are a few extra ideas if you decide to take a ‘day off'.

Backcountry Skiing near Park City, Utah

We met up with some of our friends (who just happen to be Backcountry ski guides) for an awesome day of walking uphill and skiing back down. (1st time backcountry skiing!)

Winter Vanlife in Park City, Utah

If you need a day off from skiing in Park City, here are a few suggestions for fun things to do in Park City in the winter:

Surf Trip to the Baja California

This is the story abou the time we took a guided trip down into the Baja California into mexico in search of tacos, surfing, adventure, and tacos.

Why You Should Visit Sequoia National Park in the Fall

Cooler temperatures and fewer crowds. These two reasons and more are why you should visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in the Fall.

Beginner Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree

It's easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of climbing available in Joshua Tree. Here are some of our ‘Beginner Friendly' areas:

Top 7 Things to Do when Driving Hwy 1; The Pacific Coast HWY

Sure, hwy 1 has beautiful views… but it's still a LONG road that needs to be broken up. Here are some things to do to get out and stretch your legs.

PCT Days – Pacific Crest Trail Celebration

PCT Days is an awesome event every summer that's a celebration of one of the premiere long hikes in the US. The Pacific Crest Trail.

Cave Hikes at Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho

Craters of the Moon is an out-of-the-way National Monument that has one of the most interesting landscapes in the world. Here are some caves to explore on a day trip:

CamelBak Pursuit Series Review

A summer camp for adults led by pro adventure guides and athletes where you can learn that new activity you've been wanting to try and hone skills on your favorites.

Top 10 Things to do in Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa is a great city with something always going on. Here are 10 ideas for adventure in and around Ottawa.

Eco Hostel in San Juan del Sur Nicaragua – Casa Oro

Walls made from trash and food scraps used to grow more food. This hostel in Nicaragua aims to be a totally closed loop of sustainable business practices:

Mango Rosa Nicaragua Adventure & Surf Resort Review

Finding an ‘Adventure Resort' that can keep up with us is a tall task, but on our visit, we were met with more hiking, surfing, volcano viewing, and cultural submursion than we could ask for.

6 Things To Do in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan Del Sur in southern Nicaragua is one of our favorite places we've EVER been. Here's a few things to do there that makes this place an explorers dream:

Hotel Camino Real – Best Hotel near the Airport in Managua, Nicaragua

Flying to Nicaragua is typically an all day ordeal. This hotel is directly across the street from the hotel and makes for a great first and last night pit stop before exploring the rest of the country:

An Adventure in Traveling Nicaragua

Nicaragua is filled with adventure. This trip with some friends was one of the best weeks of our lives. This video is the story:

5 Things to Do during 24 Hours in Seattle

Seattle is home to some iconic landmarks. Here are 5 things to do on a short stop-over in Seattle:

Exit Glacier Trail Hiking near Seward, Alaska

Need to see the results of climate change for yourself? Exit Glacier is a great demonstration with year markers noting where the glacier was in past years:

Where to Stay and Things to do near Homer, Alaska

You want to see bald eagles up close? Anchor Point near Homer Alaska is your spot. Here's where to stay (and some other things to do once you get tired of taking pictures of eagles from 10′ away)

6 Things to Do in Whittier Alaska

To get to Whittier Alaska You've got to drive down a one-way road – through a tunnel – straddling the train tracks – because you're sharing the road with a train:

Kayaking in Portage Lake to Portage Glacier in Alaska

We kayaked across an ice cold lake to a glacier, back across the lake and down a river, then rode our bikes back to the lake. Oh, the things that can be done with 24hrs of daylight in Alaska:

Hiking to the Winner Creek Trail Hand Tram in Girdwood, Alaska

A hiking trail that features a hand powered tram suspended across a raging Alaskan river. This is one of our favorite hikes:

2 Day Itinerary With RV Camping in Denali National Park

Denali national park is rugged and HUGE. Two days doesn't do it justice but here are a few things to do to get the most bang for your time on a quick trip into Denali National park:

Kayaking Lake Mcdonald & Mcdonald Creek in Glacier National Park, Montana

One of our FAVORITE Adventures: Kayaking in Glacier National Park in the crystal clear Mcdonald Lake, down Mcdonald creek to the Flathead river then bike shuttling back to the lake:

Hiking to Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful was crowded and featured a boardwalk and a fence making it seem more like a man-made water fountain than a natural geyser. Here is a better alternative:

Things to See in Yellowstone National Park in One Day

We only had one day to spend in Yellowstone National Park. Here are some of the hot spots (geo-thermal joke) to see when time is valuable:

7-10 Day Southern Utah National Park Road Trip Itinerary

This road trip Itenerary through southern Utah includes 5 National Parks, free camp sites, supply refill points, and adventure ideas. This one one of our favorites:

Hiking Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park: Things to Know

Angles Landing in Zion National Park is the most popular hike in the park. Dealing with an over-crowded trail was scarier than the 1,000+ foot sheer drop on each side:

Hiking Fairyland Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park

This is a necessary hike if you are going to Bryce Canyon. It's a longer, more challenging hike which means it's less crowded, but it accesses some of the best scenery in the park:

Hiking Cottonwood Narrows near Cannonville Utah

Cottonwood Narrows is a good hike for someone who wants to see slot canyons but may be a bit claustrophobic as these sandstone canyons are a bit wider.

Hiking the Peek a Boo and Spooky Gulch Slot Canyons near Escalante Utah

Hiking Peekaboo and Spooky Slot canyons is one of our favorite hikes ever. Deep in Southern Utah, this loop hike is a must-do:

Hiking the Grand Wash Trail in Capitol Reef National Park

Grand Wash is a good hike for someone who wants to see slot canyons but may be a bit claustrophobic as these sandstone canyons are a bit wider.

Beginner Rock Climbing in Moab Utah

There is so much rock climbing in Moab that it can be pretty overwhelming. Here is a beginner friendly area for rock climbing in Moab:

Where to See Dinosaur Fossils in Moab Utah

*Peddle, peddle, peddle* …”Hey, are those Dinosaur Fossils”? That's a normal thing in Moab Utah:

Best Beginner Mountain Biking in Moab

There is so much mountain biking in Moab that it can be pretty overwhelming. Here is a beginner friendly trail away from the crowds on the more popular trails.

Hiking to Corona Arch in Moab Utah

Corona Arch. All of the arch, less of a crowd. This arch is not inside Arches National Park so you won't need a parks pass either:

Things to See in 1 Day in Washington, DC

Washington DC is a deceptively big place where we ended up walking nearly 20 miles to see everything we wanted to see. Here were our favorite things we saw:

Snowmobiling in Grand Lake Colorado

There's plenty of snow in Grand Lake colorado, but no ski resorts. This makes it a PRIME destination to rent snomobiles for a good day of going off into deep snow, getting terribly stuck, and getting help from a half dozen icelandic guys (PLOT TWIST!!)

Backpacking Eagle Rock Loop in the Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas

This was our very first overnight backpacking trip. It's an awesome 27ish mile loop trail through the Ouachita Mountains:

Camping at Cathedral Lake near Aspen, Colorado

Cathedral Lake is a lake above treeline outside of Aspen Colorado that features a beautiful lake in a meadow of wildflowers below towering spires:

DIY CAMPER VAN BUILD

Van Tour of Our Complete DIY Campervan Conversion

Our custom DIY camper van features 800+ watts of solar, a composting toilet, full size bed, custom cabinets, fully insulated and much more. Read more about the nitty gritty details here:

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Basic Parts of a DIY Camper Solar Setup

This post outlines all of the main parts and components of a DIY Camper Solar setup.

How to Design and Install Solar on a Camper Van

Learn EVERYTHING you need to know about designing and installing a solar setup on your camper van, RV, or truck camper.

Choosing a Solar Battery Bank for a DIY Camper Van Conversion

Lithium vs AGM. As technology gets better, the prices get higher. Is the added cost worth it? Here's our thoughts:

How-To Change The Oil in a 2007 Sprinter Van

Changing the oil in a Sprinter is a straightforward process. Save some $$$ and do it yourself. Here's how:

What's included in a Sprinter Service A and Service B

Sprinter Service A? Sprinter Service B? What is included in those? This blog post will outline what's what so you can take it in to the dealer or do it yourself.

How to Replace the Shocks on a Sprinter Camper Van

Rock and roll. Good on the radio. Not so good for camper van handling. Here's how to replace the shocks on a Sprinter Camper Van:

Installing a 4g Cell Signal Booster on our DIY Camper Van Conversion

Since we work from the road, having a strong cell signal is vital. Here's how we get faste enough 4g to upload videos, have skype calls, and all the other business logistics:

How to Read and Clear the Check Engine Light on a Sprinter

Check engine lights are part of #Vanlife. Here is how to read and clear a check engine light on a Sprinter.

Espar D2 Diesel Heater Installation

The Espar D2 heater is the diesel powered heater we use to heat our van in frigid winter conditions. Here's how to install one:

Van Tour of Our Complete DIY Campervan Conversion

Our custom DIY camper van features 800+ watts of solar, a composting toilet, full size bed, custom cabinets, fully insulated and much more. Read more about the nitty gritty details here:

Installing Full-Body Plasti Dip on our DIY Camper Van Conversion

Plasti-dip is essentially a spray on vinyl wrap but is 10x cheaper. It's was a big job, but here's how we did it:

Building DIY Camper Van Cabinets

Building the cabinets & storage in our Camper Van was a huge challenge, especially since it was our first time. Although, not necessarily a in-depth tutorial, here is how we built them:

How to Build a Ceiling in a DIY Camper Van Conversion

The Ceiling in our van is made from an old fence, sealed, and attached to furring strips. Here's how we made and installed it:

How to Install Walls in a DIY Camper Van Conversion

The walls in our van is made from dry erase board so we ALWAYS have something to keep notes on. Here's how we installed it:

How to Install Insulation a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We insulated our van for both hot and cold weather with rigid foam and expanding foam insulation. Here's how we did it and why we chose what we did:

How to Install a Maxxair Roof Vent Fan in a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We have two Maxxair vent fans on our roof which can exchange all the air inside the van once every 20 seconds to keep us cool. Here's how we installed them:

How to Soundproof DIY Camper Van Conversion

Without soundproofing material, our van was like a tin can driving down the road. After… it was like a much quieter tin can. Here's how we installed it:

How to Remove the Door Panels in a Mercedes Sprinter

If you need to access the inner workings of your sprinter door for speaker installation or insulation, you'll have to remove the door panel. Here's how to do it:

How to Remove the Headliner in a Mercedes Sprinter

There is a huge open space behind the sprinter headliner that needs to have sound deadening applied and insulation attached. Here's how to remove the headliner:

How to Remove the Seats in a Mercedes Sprinter

You'll need to remove the seats in your sprinter to install swivel seats or acess the nice hidden ‘storage' area for, perhaps, a heater install. Here's how to remove them:

How to Prep the Floor for a DIY Camper Van Conversion

We took the stock floor of our van since it used to be a plumbing truck (that floor = gross). Here's how to remove it:

GEAR REVIEWS

Books to Read for Travel Inspiration

Looking for a new read to spark some travel inspiration? Check these out:

Body Glove Dynamo Ribcage Water Shoe Review

We tested the Body Glove Ribcage water shoes. We travel light. When space is a premium means multi-purpose, high-performing gear is a priority.

GoPro HERO 7 vs HERO 6 Stabilization Comparison

The GoPro HERO 7 is labled as the Gimbal Killer. Is it? Here is our side by side comparison so you can see for yourself.

Plasti Dip Review after One Year on the Road

Plasti Dip is essentially a spray on vinyl wrap. Here's how it's held up after a year of abuse on the road:

The Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina

North Carolina is home to many outdoor gear companies. We spent a weekend in Asheville to tell their story of “Extraordinary Gear made Here”. (This is one of our favorites)

Dometic Origo 3000 Camper Van Alcohol Stove Review

The Dometic Origo 3000 Alcohol stove is an alcohol fueled stove that doesn't have pressurized containers which makes is a good option for cooking in a camper van.

Espar D2 Diesel Heater Review

As temps plummeted to sub-zero temps with wind forcing it's way into every seam, we were ultimately impressed with it's performance.

GoPro Hero6 Black Review: Initial Impressions

The Gopro 6 introduced the highest frame rates available in the Gopro Line. Here are our initial thoughts:

How to DIY Mount Snow Ski Bindings on Snow Skis at Home

Stubborn and like to do thing yourself you should probably leave up to a professional? Yeah, me too… Here's how to mount bindings onto snow skis at home:

Dickinson P12000 Propane Heater Installation and Review

In our RV we installed this propane heater that vents to the outside, which decreases moisture while efficiently using fuel to keep costs low and temperatures up:

How to Score Big at an REI Garage Sale

An REI Garage Sale is where REI re-sales all of their gear that has been lightly used for STEEP discounts. It's a great event to score deals, but there's some stuff to know before you go so you don't waste your time & effort:

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Books to Read for Travel Inspiration

Looking for a new read to spark some travel inspiration? Check these out:

Body Glove Dynamo Ribcage Water Shoe Review

We tested the Body Glove Ribcage water shoes. We travel light. When space is a premium means multi-purpose, high-performing gear is a priority.

GoPro HERO 7 vs HERO 6 Stabilization Comparison

The GoPro HERO 7 is labled as the Gimbal Killer. Is it? Here is our side by side comparison so you can see for yourself.

Plasti Dip Review after One Year on the Road

Plasti Dip is essentially a spray on vinyl wrap. Here's how it's held up after a year of abuse on the road:

The Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina

North Carolina is home to many outdoor gear companies. We spent a weekend in Asheville to tell their story of “Extraordinary Gear made Here”. (This is one of our favorites)

Dometic Origo 3000 Camper Van Alcohol Stove Review

The Dometic Origo 3000 Alcohol stove is an alcohol fueled stove that doesn't have pressurized containers which makes is a good option for cooking in a camper van.

Espar D2 Diesel Heater Review

As temps plummeted to sub-zero temps with wind forcing it's way into every seam, we were ultimately impressed with it's performance.

GoPro Hero6 Black Review: Initial Impressions

The Gopro 6 introduced the highest frame rates available in the Gopro Line. Here are our initial thoughts:

How to DIY Mount Snow Ski Bindings on Snow Skis at Home

Stubborn and like to do thing yourself you should probably leave up to a professional? Yeah, me too… Here's how to mount bindings onto snow skis at home:

Dickinson P12000 Propane Heater Installation and Review

In our RV we installed this propane heater that vents to the outside, which decreases moisture while efficiently using fuel to keep costs low and temperatures up:

How to Score Big at an REI Garage Sale

An REI Garage Sale is where REI re-sales all of their gear that has been lightly used for STEEP discounts. It's a great event to score deals, but there's some stuff to know before you go so you don't waste your time & effort:

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