Van Life Blog

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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Review: Pocket Cocktails from BarCountry

The subject of drinking alcohol in a camper van is actually pretty interesting, and discussed on other online forums and blogs a fair amount – with a little bit of confusion on what’s legal. If your van is your dwelling, (and you’re not driving while impaired!) it should be ok, right? Or is it an…

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Your Guide to the Best 12 Volt Portable Air Conditioners

portable air conditioner for your car

More and more people are looking for portable air conditioning units for cars, RVs and small homes – especially given the recent summer heatwaves. Unfortunately, if you don’t shop carefully (or fully understand how small air conditioners work), you could wind up with a piece of junk. Whether you’re living out of a vehicle or…

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Puck Locks for a Van: Do I Need Them, and Which Ones?

puck lock for a van

Many van owners – whether contractors, delivery drivers, or someone living in a converted camper van – worry about security when they’re away from their vehicle. Because of this constant worry, many consider investing in a puck lock. After all, if a locksmith can get into most vehicles in a minute or so, couldn’t a…

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Spotlight: InstaPrivy Camping Toilet

As we all know, “doing your business” when living in a van is one of the larger personal concerns that people wonder about when just starting out. We have written about budget camping toilets in the past, but just came across these InstaPrivy commodes and thought we should spread the word. We’ve squatted in the…

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7 Safe & Durable Dual-Battery Boxes

double battery box

The purpose of a battery box is prevent the battery from moving, contain any possible leakage (as rare as that may be), and to prevent any foreign objects from coming in contact with the positive terminal. If you have a significant house battery setup and are running two batteries (in series or parallel), you may…

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The Top 3 Campervan Awnings for your Van or Truck

campervan awnings review

Whether you have a campervan, pickup truck with a roof rack, or a decked-out 4×4, awnings can expand the footprint of your little mobile adventure mobile by double, offering a cool and shady place to relax outdoors. Not only do campervan awnings protect against the elements and provide a nice shady spot in any stopping…

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Review: The Top 12v 100AH Deep Cycle Battery Options

100-amp-hour-deep-cycle

First, why choose a 100ah battery? We’ve written before on why a deep cycle battery is the way to go, but what makes a 100ah deep cycle battery a better choice than a 35ah, or 155ah battery? Clearly, the higher amp hours means the larger the energy storage of the battery itself, but it also…

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The 4 Best 12 Volt RV TVs of 2018

RV tvs

Just because you’re living life on the road, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a little comfort time to kick back and watch your favorite shows on TV. Having a 12 Volt TV for your RV or camper makes it possible to enjoy the same relaxing entertainment no matter where you are. In addition, having…

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The Top 5 Portable Electric Coolers (And What To Beware Of!)

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. If you’re a casual camper, road tripper, or trucker, chances are you’re looking at a 12v cooler for your car. Is a…

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