The Top 4 12V Spotlights – Corded & Cordless!

handheld spotlights for marine or camping

Sometimes, you just gotta know what’s OUT THERE, and that’s where a 12V spotlight, either corded or rechargable, can come in very useful when you’re out in the dark. Handheld spotlights like these are typically larger than your typical flashlight, and they tend to have more power, more “throw” (the reach of the illumination), and…

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What is a AGM Battery?

All about AGM Batteries You’ve probably read all sorts of advice on how to set up your 12V battery system in your van. Whether you’re setting up a solar-powered battery system, or charging it using your van’s alternator and an isolator– you’ll want a good battery that holds a charge. You’ll also want one that’s…

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Our 2 Week Itinerary through Arizona & Utah

itinerary for utah national parks in a campervan

My wife, Kate, is a travel planner of unparalleled detail and forethought, and the following is her complete day-by-day roadtrip itinerary through northern Arizona and Utah’s national and state parks – covering Sedona, Monument Valley, Arches, Canyonlands, Goblin Valley, Bryce Canyon and Zion. We updated along the way with notes, unplanned adventures, and our favorite…

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How to Pack a Cooler to Keep Cold Longer

how to pack a cooler properly

Learning how to pack a cooler for camping, road trips, and more importantly – vanlife, is a useful skill that will save you time and money. If you’ve chosen to use a cooler like we did (as opposed to a 12V fridge setup), limiting the amount of times you need to stop to buy more…

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Butane vs. Propane Stoves

butane vs propane camping stoves

Fuel Comparison When shopping for a compact camping stove for your campervan (or otherwise), there are more than a few suitable options. Comparing butane vs propane stoves has many nuances, such as fuel consumption rate, the temperatures they’re suited for, weight, and cost. All three can function fine in a campervan setting, but let’s break…

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Our complete camper van packing list

campervan packing list for a roadtrip

The initial packing list for a roadtrip takes some thought, to be sure you’re not leaving out anything. Tomorrow, we leave with Jean-Claude Ram Van on a month-long excursion through Arizona, Utah, and most of California. We’re excited, to say the least, and as we take inventory and gather some last-minute supplies, we thought we’d…

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