Van Life Blog

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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Read: the Best Books on Vanlife

top reviewed books on living in a van

1. How to Live in A Car, Van, or RV If there was a “Godfather of Vandwelling”, Bob Wells would be it. As the author of the information-soaked CheapRVLiving.com, Bob takes the reader through all parts of the lifestyle and offers practical tips and insights for both new and seasoned vandwellers alike. This van life…

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WATCH: Dodge and weave!

dodge ram van gets airborne

Shield your eyes! While most of us are trying to preserve and restore every inch of our vans, the guys over at RoadKill… take a different approach. The rollover stability of this late 90’s Dodge Conversion Van is actually pretty incredible (6:05), and don’t tell me you haven’t thought once or twice about taking your…

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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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WATCH: Resurrecting a forgotten VW

Resurrecting forgotten VW

“Dibs!” Lot’s of people struggle to find the right van. But sometimes you just stumble on one. In the middle of the forest.. It would be a hell of a lot of work restoring this to the fancy conversion vans you see on pinterest, but damn would it be an awesome story.

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Passing Time While Living in a Van

Finding ways to pass the time on the road is more important than you might think. Everyone imagines hiking and rock climbing and awesome Instagram videos will be more than enough to pass the time. But when you’re actually out there on the road, and the initial wave of excitement has passed, you’ll find that…

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The 3 Best Budget Campervan Toilets

dometic rv camper toilet

Choosing a Camper Toilet Poop. There. We said it. Don’t tell us you haven’t been thinking about it. Going to the bathroom while living in a camper van is probably the one thing that can make you miss “normal” living quarters. But there are some camper toilet solutions available to make you feel a bit…

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