Friday, December 24, 2010

I found this picture of my first van, a 1970 Econoline.  I was stationed at Elizabeth City N.C. Coast Guard Aircraft and Overhaul Center.  The year was 1972, I was 22 at the time.  It was a wonderful time in my life when I had freedom to roam.  Note the little square appendage toward the rear bumper. Even back then I had it wired for 110V.  That's a household receptacle in a water tight box.  I had a cord with male connectors on both ends to plug  it in.  Not the safest method, but for what was available at that time for someone with no money, it did work.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Clarence, A Solitary Traveler, Wanders The Country

A Day In The Life Of Clarence And The Old Man.  A short story that will ring clear to most of us who travel with modest means.  Click on the link and read about the hopes and dreams I have for the future.  Retirement gets ever closer, then I too will have the freedom of Clarence.

A Day In The Life Of Clarence And The Old Man
Photo by: Curtis Carper

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Make Your Journey Tax Deductible

Did you know there is a perfectly legal way to make most of the expense of traveling in your van or RV deductible?  Click on the link and learn how. 
Make Your RV Travels Tax Deductible!
Photo by: Sierag

Sunday, October 10, 2010

It Was Our Worst Nightmare And We Were Trapped With No Way Out

 Ignoring our own advice we pulled in forward, knowing full well that if we needed to leave in the middle of the night escape would be impossible.  All we lost was a nights sleep, we were lucky this time.  Click on the link and read how our nights sleep was ruined. 
The Last RV Outing Is A Bust!
Photos by Curtis Carper

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

You Can Avoid Being Stuck For The Deductible When Vandals Strike

 $500 out of your pocket because your insurance has a deductible... I don't think so.  Click on the link and see how I kept that money in my pocket when repairs were made. 
How To Minimize Repair Costs
Photos by: Curtis Carper

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Nostalgic Reproduction Tin Signs Help Make Your Van Something Special

 Adding some personal touches to your van will go a long way in making it more like a home.  Click on the link and get some good ideas how you can dress your van up for not a lot of money. 
Make Your Van Special With Metal Signs
Photo by: Curtis Carper

Saturday, September 18, 2010

How To Protect Your Van or RV From Vandals When It's In Storage

Whether your traveling home  is a van or a traditional RV, if it spends time in storage there are a few things you can do to protect it from vandals.  Click on the link to read some valuable pointers learned the hard way. 
Protecting Your RV From Vandalism
Photo by Curtis Carper

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

If You Don't Feel Safe At The Spot You Choose To Spend The Night, Move On

We've all been there, all settled in for the night when the hair stands up on the back of your neck.  Looking around all seems OK, but something is telling you this might not be the best place to spend the night.  Click on the link and see why you should pay attention to your intuition .  Photo by: Curtis Carper

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

If Free Camping Is What You Want Being Stealthy Isn't Always The Best Plan

How important is it to be in stealth mode? Sometimes you're better off being obvious. Click on the link to see when you should come out from behind the cloaking device. 
Free Camping Across America
Photo by: Curtis Carper

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Add A Shower To Your Van... It's Easy And Really Slick

Yes... It's for real!  I had to do it just to prove it works.  The Stealth Van is now equipped with a real hot water shower that beats the heck out of a bug sprayer with a gallon of luke warm water.  Click on the link and check out all the details and see how I did it. 
Adding A Shower To Your Van
Photos by: Curtis Carper

Friday, August 20, 2010

Long Stays Away From Civilization Means All Kinds Of Extra Equipment

Self sufficiency means you need electricity, water, and a way to stay clean.  Click on the link and see how you can mount everything you need to make it on your own on a small trailer. 
Bug out, Survival, Camping Trailer
Photo by: Burger Baroness on Flickr.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Stealth Van Dweller & Swankie Wheels...

It was my first meeting of a true van dweller.  Charlene has traveled the western half of the country with the rest to be tackled post haste. 

Unfortunately it was pouring rain so our introduction was short and quick.  Read along as this energetic lady follows her quest to Kayak Across America.

Happy trails Charlene, hope the weather improves for you tomorrow.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Original 1880's Town In South Dakota, It Takes You Back In Time

Just like little house on the prairie, it reminded us of a simpler time.  Click on the link and come along on our latest excursion. 
South Dakota's 1880 Town
Photo by Curtis Carper

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Tricks For Picking The Best Place To Sleep

Unless you enjoy late night interuptions, there are a few tricks to picking your parking spot for the night. Click on the link so you don't overlook the obvious. 
How To Choose The Best Place To Sleep
Photo by: Mark Blevis

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Secret To Being A Stealthy Van Dweller

Hiding in plain site might seem like a simple thing.  Click on the link and you'll see there are at least 4 important things that will help you maintain your cover. 
Secrets to Stealthy Van Dwelling
Photo by Curtis Carper

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Perfect Little Grill For Van Dwellers

With space being at a premium when it comes to grilling you don't need to compromise.  A little cast iron Hibachi is the best choice.  Click on the link and see why. 
Cast Iron Hibachi Grill
Photo by Curtis Carper

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Free Camping Other Than The Desert

 Yes, you can stay free here anytime, and there are many spots like this all over the country.  Click on the link and find out more about free camping. 
Finding the best place to camp
Photos by: Curtis Carper

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Davidson Windmill On Hwy 13 In Northwest Wisconsin

Following the South Shore of Lake Superior we stumbled across a great spot to take a break from driving.  Click on the link and read about this historic windmill. 
The Davidson Windmill
Photo by Curtis Carper

Herbster Community Park On The South Shore Of Lake Superior

We came before the season started and were welcomed with open arms. Click on the title and read about our weekend outing.  Ok, we did this trip in our motorhome, but we did it last summer in our van too.  Here's the slide show to prove it.  Either way, it's a great place to visit.  Photo by Curtis Carper

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hard Winter Frost Is Now Soft Unstable Ground

This is what our motorhome looked like a month ago. Picture the snow gone and last weekend we were itching to get started on preparing it for the new season.

After one trip in and out of the storage lot we were lucky. The ground was so soft we were sinking almost 6" and any further movement would have had us stuck for sure.

The guy with the Bounder wasn't so lucky. Trying to back out of his side yard storage spot left him with his rear bumper sitting on the black top. In this picture he used his on board hydraulic leveling system to rescue himself from a real mess. It took him all afternoon, but eventually he was able to lift and fill in his frame deep ruts with wood blocking and he drove the motorhome out without a wrecker.

Sometimes being small like a van is better, especially when your dealing with soft spring ground.


Photos by Curtis Carper

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Views of Duluth Minnesota From The Skyline Parkway


Yes, that's the Stealth Van backed into it's winter parking spot. It wasn't that long ago we took a day ride along the Skyline Parkway above Duluth and snapped a few photos. Click on the link and enjoy the SUMMER view of the head of the lakes. I can hardly wait for the green grass and warm temps to return. Photo by Curtis Carper

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sled Dog Support Vehicle, Sure Beats Sleeping In The Snow



Seen at Walmart in Superior WI at the end of January. Sure it was a sunny day, but this is winter. Surprisingly there was a logical reason for camping in the cold. Compared to sleeping on the trail, this sled dog support vehicle is luxury accommodations for those involved in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Click on the title and read about the Ham Radio operators that work the race. This year was mild weather, I've done it many times in -30 below weather. Photo by Curtis Carper

Monday, January 25, 2010

Have You Considered Remodeling An Older Motorhome?


Yes, I know, this blog is suppose to be about living in a van. Actually it's about showing you as many alternatives and possibilities as possible. You can save a bundle by buying a used RV and remodeling it yourself to suit your needs. This particular one is 10 years old and is due for new curtains. The dinette has already been removed and hardwood flooring installed. This spring more will be done to make it our own. Click on the link to read more about updating older RV's.

How to Upgrade Your RV Flooring and Other items!
 Photo by: Curtis Carper

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Some Van Dwellers Brave The Winter Months


Just a little note to emphasize that not all full time van dwellers go south for the winter. I've spotted this little red, used to be mini-school bus, all over the city throughout this winter.

Parked hidden in plain, site you might say, in numerous empty business lots. One day I could of sworn he was following me as I seemed to stumble upon him everywhere I turned.

That's dedication to the lifestyle as the temps here have spent a lot of time down below the zero mark for much of the past month. I just wish I'd had the chance to chat with him, but that just wasn't the case.

If your thinking of going with a school bus, click on the link and read up on the subject.
Will Your Next RV Be A Schoolie?
 Photo by: Curtis Carper