How to Choose the Best 12V Cooler for your Van (if you must)

thermoelectric coolers for the car

As the most popular recreational activity in the United States, it’s no surprise that many RV owners spend days on end in their vehicles, and therefore, need a place to keep their food. Most RVs are equipped with 3-way refrigerators, which can run off of 12V, 240V, or even propane gas. These 12V fridges are…

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What’s the Best 12V Battery Available?

Choosing a Deep Cycle 12V Battery Designed to provide long term, consistent current, a deep cycle 12V battery is composed of thicker plates that are solid, not sponge, for deeper, repetitive discharging down to 20% of their maximum charge. Typically, these batteries will have two to three times the reserve capacity of a normal car…

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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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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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