Free Camping near Grand Teton & Yellowstone

Today we’re going to talk about free camping. The free campsite I am bringing everyone today is located in Buffalo, WY. This is on a very popular route for many folks when traveling to visit either Yellowstone National Park or Grand Teton National Park. If you are headed that way, you should also check out our free campsite guide near Grand Teton National Park. It is just off the highway, Hwy 16, about 15 miles south of Buffalo. Crazy Woman Canyon is the name of this place. Most of the campsites are separated by trees, so there is plenty of seclusion. As you head down the canyon, you will see campsites on both sides of the road. Many sites on the left side of the road and backed by creeks and streams. Continue reading

Dometic Fridge Review – 23 Liter

Howdy gang! We hope everyone have been enjoying their summer. Today we are bringing you a Dometic fridge review. We have been using this Dometic fridge the past 2 years while on the road in our van. This will be a new section on our site aptly named “Stuff we use”.

We are going to be talking about the portable Dometic 23 Liter Fridge/Freezer combo. While this unit is a tad pricey, it sure beats out continually buying ice for that Yeti cooler you’ve been using. All you need is a 12v hookup (cigarette lighter port). Most vehicles have these standard, while others will chose to incorporate them into their solar system. Because of the 12v hookup, this fridge is practical for truckers, travelers, and van lifers alike.

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New Summer, New Adventure

Well well… It’s been quite some time since we’ve posted any sort of update on this website, huh? It’s finally a new summer. I gotta be honest with everyone. Sometime around midway through the road trip last summer I gave up with updating this blog and just continued living life. We have so many awesome photos from places that we went after South Dakota. Let me breakdown the full trip; California > Nevada > Utah > Colorado > Wyoming > South Dakota > Wyoming > Montana > Idaho > Washington > Oregon > California. Basically I didn’t blog on the second half of the trip. I’ll eventually get around to putting pictures up and writing about some of the cool things we did in Washington and Oregon before getting back to California. As least were not in this boat and still building the van out… In the mean time, lets do a trip breakdown.

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Installing a Fantastic Fan in our Van

After we had the flooring and walls up, it was high time we installed our new Fantastic Fan. They have many different models but after researching we decided to go with the medium model that has 3 different speed settings and the manual vent open and close. The more expensive ones that come with automatic rain sensors, reverse, 10 speeds, etc. just seemed like a little much for our application. Here is how we installed our fantastic fan vent into our 1985 Ford 4×4 van. A classic write up with lots of pictures is always good and relatively easy to follow along.

For this application, there was already a standard 14′ x 14′ hole cut that was housing an old manual vent that the previous owner installed in the van. From my research that is the scariest and/or toughest part, basically because you are cutting a hole in the roof of your rig. If you are installing the fan in an RV, there is a good chance that you already have the hole cut and are just replacing your old vent for the new Fantastic fan. This write-up is perfect for you.

To start, I needed to get onto the roof and start scraping away at the old sealant from the current vent. With a paint scraper, screwdriver (for scraping), and my drill with the proper bit, I was able to easily remove the old screws fairly easily. After the screws were out I was able to remove the old vent without much problem with a bit of Bailey’s help down below.

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The hole in the roof after the old vent was removed

In the photo above you can see what the hole looks like with no vent in it. Getting the vent out was pretty painless. Now the real work starts…. I’d say I spent a good hour scrubbing and scraping at all of the old sealant and caulk on the roof. Honestly this was the hardest part of the whole installation, LOL. In addition to the paint scraper and my screw driver, a bottle of mineral spirits and a rag is great in this situation. The mineral spirits really helped to bring all that old crap up without jacking up the paint. Goo gone also works just the same.

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