Wednesday, December 30, 2009

How To Use Your Computer As A HD-TV


Just plug this little device into a USB port and your computer becomes a Digital High Definition Television. Click on the link and find out if this will work for you.
Watch HD-TV on Your Computer
 Photo by: FHKE

Friday, December 25, 2009

Heating Your Van Dwelling For The Winter


If you waited this long to think about staying warm in your Van Dwelling you better do some shopping real quick. Click on the link to find what kind of heaters work best when your trying to stay warm and cozy this winter.
Propane and Catalytic Heaters
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Where My Love Of Vans Began


My first van was a 1970 Ford Econoline similar to this but it was white. That was back 38 years ago and it was the fond memories of the adventures of my youth that led me to return to my roots so to speak and get another van.

Click on the link and you can read how it all started.

How Van Dwelling Gets In Your Blood
 Photo by: Mister Falcon

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Installing a Van Ladder Rack Adds Versatility To Your Van Dwelling


It was a bargain I couldn't pass up and they were easy to install. So tell me why did I bother to install a set of van ladder racks on my stealth van dwelling? Click on the link and read the wisdom behind this latest addition.
Adding A Ladder Rack, The How and Why
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

It's Time To Migrate Again


Winter's coming, time to fly south. Head to Quartzsite and visit Naked Paul's Oasis Bookstore, just one of the interesting characters you'll find hanging out in the desert. Click on the link to read more about the Van Dweller's and RVer's winter Mecca. Photo by: Velaia (Paris Peking )

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bring a Boat With You, Enjoy the Water Too.


Boating and camping, they go hand in hand. There are a number of options for you to consider when choosing the right boat to add to your rig. Click on the link and see what's out there.
Boating and RVing
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Why Do We Wander?


Always wondering what's over that next rise? Itchy feet got you feeling like it's time to go again? Is it something in our genes? Here's a look at what's behind the need to travel, something pretty common amongst the Van Dweller nomadic tribe.
Why We Wander?
 Photo by: Pfly

Monday, September 7, 2009

Van Dwelling with More then a Van.



Traveling with more then just your van, is this true Van Dwelling? Form your own opinion but first click on the link and see one view point.
Towing A Travel Trailer
 Photos by: Curtis Carper

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Cheap Digs When the Money's Short


No, not the trailer. I mean the homemade slide in topper on the pickup.

There was a time (right after a divorce) that I didn't have a place to live. Staying in a motel was costing me $500 a month back in the 80's. After a couple months this became a financial burden.

I had a cheap homemade topper on my pickup and at the end of February 1988 I moved into something that looked much like this one I have on my current truck.

This was winter in Northern Minnesota. The topper was insulated with 1" pink styrofoam panels. No windows, but I had a small portable electric heater for warmth. It was sitting on concrete blocks along the side of a friendly driveway with an extension cord running to the house. By slipping the owner a few bucks a month I was snug as a bug in a rug.

It amounted to a sleeping room as I was able to shower at work. Sometimes you've just got to do what you've got to do to get by. Click on the link and see how you to can build your own cheap quarters and survive when the cards all fall the wrong way.
Building A Slide-In Topper
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

Friday, August 28, 2009

Making a Mattress Cover


The finishing touches to the bed are done. I made a cozy mattress cover to dress up the bed/sofa. Click on the link to see how I did it.
Make Your Own Mattress Cover
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Simple Water System to Stay Clean


Water to wash your face and brush your teeth. Even a sponge bath is possible with this simple setup. Click on the link to see how it's done.
Make A Sink From A Bowl
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

The Best Mattress is one you Built Yourself










Finally a bed that will let me stretch out as far as I like. Click on the link to see how I made the new mattresses.
Make Your Own Mattress
 Photos by: Curtis Carper

Friday, July 17, 2009

Installing a 110v AC Inverter is Easy

More Power, we always need More Power. Hooking up an inverter was pretty simple. Click on the link to see how I did this quick project.
Installing a 110vac Inverter
 Photos by: Curtis Carper

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Building a New More Comfortable Bed

The short bed just didn't work out. The new arrangement will be two single beds, one down each side. Using 12"x48" pre-cut shelf panels with a laminate surface a simple but strong box is built that is 24"x6'. With extra room available to hang your feet over the edge stretching out shouldn't be a problem. Click on the link and see a slide show of my progress in this modification.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Our Shake Down Voyage to Ashland WI


Looking for a friendly quaint destination with cool temperatures during the middle of summer? Come to Lake Superior. Click on the link and plan your next trip.
Visiting Ashland WI
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

The Bed was a Bust


Phase One takes a step backwards. The bed situation needs a little tweeking. Click on the link to see what went wrong.
Reviewing A Short Bed
Photo by: Curtis Carper

Sunday, July 5, 2009

July 4th We Traveled the South Shore of Lake Superior


Looking out over Lake Superior from the South Shore in Wisconsin you can just barely see the Minnesota shore line across the lake. Click on the link and check out the slide show of our trip from Duluth to Bayfield and on to Ashland Wisconsin stopping at all the small communities along the way.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Adding Extra Batteries


2 Batteries, 3 Batteries, How do you hook them up so the van battery doesn't get drained. Click on the link and read the electrifying information.
Adding Extra Batteries To Your Van
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

What to do with Those Commercial Shelves


They looked to darn handy to send to the scrap yard. Click on the link and see what became of the shelves I took out of my van.
Finding A Use For The Shelves
 Picture by: Curtis Carper

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Phase One is Complete

The first level of building is done. I have a livable Stealth Van Dwelling. With a Bedroom, and a bucket toilet we can travel. Confident that if we are pulled over the quality of workmanship will be enough to keep the authorities more interested in seeing our van then interfearing with our journey. Click on the link and inspect our progress through a slide show illustrating the project from start to finish.
Build A Van, Start To Finsh
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

Installing a Roof Vent, Mandatory if You Want to Sleep


Cutting that first big hole in your rig is always hard. Installing the Roof Vent that will keep you comfortable through the night is a must. Once you drill that first hole the rest is easy. Click on the link to see how it's done.
Installing A Roof Vent
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Paint and Flooring, Now We're Styling
















Finally the interior is coming together. Nothing makes your van feel homey like flooring and paint. Click on the link and see how this big step toward the finished product took place.
Installing Flooring
 Photos by: Curtis Carper

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hwy 61 Revisited


Following Bob Dylan's footsteps we take our first day trip with the van. It was a bright sunny Memorial Day weekend and we headed north out of Duluth MN. Following the north shore of Lake Superior it was a beautiful day for a drive. Click on the link and come along for the ride. Enjoy the slide show of our first excursion with our van.

Day Trip Up The North Shore

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Simple Solutions for Middle of the Night Potti Calls


We can do it expensive and complicated or we can do it simple, cheap and handy. Click on the link and see some solutions to those late night "Gotta Go" issues. Photo by: Curtis Carper

Friday, May 15, 2009

Trim Will Make it All Look Good

To get that professional look trim will cover up all the rough edges. Click on the link to get some helpful hints on how to.
Trimming Out Your Van
 Photo by Curtis Carper

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Attaching the Walls to the Ceiling


Curved walls, curved ceiling, how do you match them together. Click on the link below and see one way to Git-R-Done. Photo by: Curtis CarperAttaching the Walls to the CeilingAttaching the Walls to the ceiling

Monday, April 27, 2009

One Person, One Serving. Cooking for One Can Be Easy


Looking for just the right cooking utensils? Click on the link and see one item just the right size for one person.
Cookware For Single Servings
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sub-Floor and Bed Platform are Next


Before the Hardwood Laminate can go down you need a good insulated sub-floor. Click on the link and see how I took care of that part of the project.
Installing The Sub Floor
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

Friday, April 24, 2009

Installing Paneling in Your Van


After the insulation comes the paneling. Click on the link and see how I did it.
Installing Wall Paneling 
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

Repainting a Rusty Bumper


The front bumper looks nasty. Rust and pitting has ruined the finish. Click on the link and see how I'm addressing that issue.
Restoring A Rusty Bumper
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

First the Foundation, Insulating to Keep Comfortable


Before you can put up the paneling you need to insulate. You have some different options here, click on the link and see how I did my van.
Insulating Your Van
Photo by Curtis Carper

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Preparing Your Van for Construction


Before you can build you've got to "Tear Down" to quote a popular truck customization TV show. Click on the link to see what's involved in removing all the commercial components of your vans former life.
Removing Shelving From Your Van
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Worn Out Key, My Van Won't Start, What's a Person to Do?


Locked Out, or worse yet the key won't turn in the ignition. Click on the link to find the least expensive cure to ignition key problems. Photo by: bangart

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hitch Mounted Storage and Other Things


Hitch mounted storage boxes, one wheel trailers, Bicycle Racks and more. Click on the link and get some ideas how you can make your Van Dwelling more versatile. Photo by: Valor

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Building Your Van Dwelling: Purchasing the Van


Here it is, my new (to me) Van Dwelling. It will take some time before this project gets into full swing as I'm hampered by the fact that it's still WINTER up here in Minnesota. No matter as I will be posting articles documenting the whole process.

This first installment is about the purchase of the base vehicle. Click on the link and read how I chose this particular Van for my Stealth Van Dweller Project. Photo by: Curtis Carper

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pressure Cookers: Perfect for the Van Dwelling Cook


Limited space means multi-use is important. A pressure cooker can be used as a standard pot, but better yet it can create some terrific meals in short order. Click on the link and find out another cooking option for the Van Dwelling Life. Photo by: Oboe panda

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Solar Ovens: No Fuel Required, Only Sunlight


Cooking without any fuel, not even twigs. No flame, fire danger, no smoke or mess. Click on the link to learn how you can Go Green with your cooking tasks. Photo by: davidsilver

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Simple Way to Cook Outdoors Without Propane or Charcoal


The Rocket Stove, do your cooking with just a small handful of sticks for fuel. Click on the link and find out how to build one out of simple and easy to find materials.
Build Your Own Rocket Stove
 Photo by: palesa flower

Friday, February 20, 2009

Generators Running on Propane, Cleaner, Safer, Easier


Getting rid of sloppy gas cans and extending the life of your generator, only two reasons to switch to propane. Click on the link and find out how to do it and where to get it done.
Convert Your Generator To Propane
 Photo by: radven

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Slabs, a Place to Stay as Long as You Want For Free


No rent, no hurry, no problem. Don't we wish, well if your able to get to California there's a spot in the desert with an open invitation to all who come to stay as long as they like. Click on the link to find out more, then pack your van and come join the fun.
Slab City...It's Free!
 Photo by: Caveman 92223

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sportsmobile, the Perfect Van Dweller Rig

Sportsmobile, just about the perfect Van Dwelling rig. Roof down and you blend in anywhere, roof up and you can stand up and move around. Click on the link and get the full scoop about these great rigs.
Sportsmobiles, Neat RV's!
 Photo by: Christopher Bailey

Friday, January 30, 2009

Spoiled Food, How to Avoid it


Keeping food within a safe eating temperature range is critical, you can't afford a trip to the Hospital because you ate contaminated food. Click on the link and learn how to keep your food stores safe.
Food Storage Tips
 Photo by: Sea of Legs

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

All it Takes is a Little Ventilation


There's nothing worse then being stuck in a closed up van with no fresh air. Leaving windows down may not always be an option. Click on the link and find a solution to your stale air woes.
Keeping Cool In Your Van
Photo by : mofute

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Making Your Bed and Lying In It


Your in this for the long term, cramped sleeping quarters just aren't going to cut it. Click on the link and check out making a comfortable bed in your van. Photo by: dakotaduff

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Adding Electricity


A little 110vac can make life a whole lot better when your parked next to a current bush. Click on the link and find out how to add a little luxury to your van at a minimal price.
Adding 110vac to Your Van
 Photo by: Darren Hester