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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

21 Year old trades Apartment in Seattle for Life on the Road in Sprinter Van

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Matt shows off his Sprinter van and he talks about his lifestyle living in the van full time.


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Trevor's Amazing Custom Built Motorhome

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Check out the video of Trevor's custom built Motorhome, he talks about his life on the road and the touching story behind this build and his adventurous lifestyle.

I am sure you'll agree this is an amazing build and you'll wish it was you driving around Australia in this.

To say i am jealous is an understatement lol.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

How To Empty a Caravan/Motorhome Toilet Cassette

Below is a very handy video about everybody's favorite job, cleaning the toilet cassette.

If you are a seasoned traveller then you would have done this hundreds of times, but for the newbies out there, this video could come in very handy.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Celebrity Motorhomes Will Smith's Trailer

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Here it is folks, Will Smith's movie trailer, you could own something like this for $2.5 million American dollars, which roughly equates to $3,264,986.52 Australian 😲

Lets face it this is better than most people houses lol

Monday, March 13, 2017

Easy Solar set up for Going Off the Grid in your Caravan or Motorhome

Here's a quick video of a couple who live off the grid.

They talk about using a portable solar panel to keep their batteries topped up, instead of using the generator.

I like this set up especially for a Caravan or Motorhome, it's great to have panels on the roof, but I love the fact you can plug these into your Anderson plug, and have the ability to move them around as the sun moves is a big plus.

They have become cheaper and cheaper and more efficient, and can be bought from just about any Camping or RV store.

Have you got any tips or advice for solar panels? Please leave your comments below...

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It finally happened! We started out solar journey. This isn't how we saw it happening, but we're very glad it did. Already we're feeling the benefits of offsetting out generator use. Not just the fuel and cost savings, but the convenience too. 

Solar has been on our radar for some time and we recently ran into Go Power at an RV convention. We discussed with them our situation, concerns and frustrations with solar. During the conversation portable solar came up as an option for getting started today on a budget and with the intent to only offset our generator use. This approach had escaped us because we were looking so far forward. We were trying to size the "now-and-later" solar setup, but it's just hard to do, especially on a budget. 

In the end we made the leap, picked up a portable array and are very happy that our generator use had declined to nill. Sure it's summer so there's lots of sun available. Perhaps by winter we'll have a better feel for solar, our power needs and be more capable of sizing a system to fit our future needs. 

We wanted to share this story with you because we were overcomplicating solar and it was a huge relief to discover that it doesn't have to be. Starting small can make sense especially if you're boondocking, looking for an array to power your campsite or are heading off grid. Had we known this was an option, or at least not overlooked it, when we arrived it would have been in our toolbox for certain. 

If you need portable solar or just plain simple solar, give these portable arrays a look or even a try and see if they'll meet your power needs for today. It's a great way to get started!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Top Five Useful Knots for camping, survival, hiking, caravanning and more

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This Video has some very useful knots you can use whilst out on the road, whether you're out caravanning, motor homing or camping, I am sure you'll find a handy knot in the video below.

If you're a seasoned camper, I would love to hear your opinion, or if you have anything to add below.

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Everyone wants to know the best knots for outdoor activities, dont you? In this video you will get the best knots for use outdoors!

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Craig Caudill is the Founder and Chief Instructor of Nature Reliance School ( He specializes in teaching survival and preparedness which includes, go-bags, land navigation, and tracking for private and public groups and government agencies. Craig is a frequent survival and preparedness contributor to TV outlets, blog sites, magazines and is a popular online outdoor educator on Carbon TV (, and YouTube via the Nature Reliance and Dan’s Depot channels. He also has a worldwide network of students and followers who are part of Nature Reliance School Online ( suite of courses covering all facets of self-reliance.

Craig is also a well respected martial arts/combatives instructor with over 20 years experience in armed and unarmed tactics and has advanced rank in both Judo and Aikido. Forever a student, Craig is always at work improving his mindset, skills and tactics for all he endeavors. His goal is to always help others develop their mindset and critical thinking skills so they can think on their own and for themselves.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How to build a Caravan in Australia Avida Review

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It almost goes without saying, but Avida Caravans are a top quality, well built Australian made caravan.

I was lucky enough to have a look over the range at Camperagent RV Centre and i gotta say i was both impressed with the van and the display at the Parafield Gardens dealership (side note they also have Avida Motorhomes).

Whilst on the pricier side of the market, after a quick walk through the van you can see why they are priced the way they are.
They use high quality sandwich panels on the walls and roof which are also hail and dent resistant. The construction is so strong that you can literally put an Avida caravan on an Avida caravan (see image below) not that anyone would do that, would they?

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As you would expect in a van in this price range they only use top of the range appliances with features like the IBIS Air Command Air conditioner, Microwave, Dometic 190 Litre 2 door Automatic Energy Selection Fridge, stereo system, well you get my drift...

Overall I was very impressed by these Caravans, and I would highly recommended a look next time you get chance, if you are in the market for a top of the range caravan, it's hard to look past the Avida range. 

What do you guys think of these vans? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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Overview From Avidas Website:

Avida has a large range of new caravans for sale in Australia - visit an authorised Avida Caravan Dealer and inspect the range today.

Strength, using the most innovative and technologically advanced manufacturing processes in Australia, Avida has created the strongest and most durable caravan that's suited to the tough Australian conditions. A complete sandwich panel construction with the thickest floors and overall the most insulated Caravan on the market. If you think that's tough go to the website to watch the Avida caravan stack test in action.

Style is immediately apparent with its smooth aerodynamic looks, ultra large dual pane tinted windows to let in the natural light, contemporary style interiors and complimented by LED mood lighting throughout each Avida caravan.

Support after the sale, importantly, peace of mind for discerning customers who appreciate the best supported caravan warranty available, a three year nationwide factory backed warranty and a five year structural guarantee, two years free roadside assistance, a free first service*, the comfort of a very large accredited service network and the fact that Avida has been building all types of RV's for over 50 years makes Avida truly understand what is expected by customers.

Choice aplenty - there's configuration choices such as queen or single beds, lounges or dinnettes. Three exterior fibreglass colours, 13 exterior decal colour selections, 13 interior fabric collections, bench-top colours and finishes, the list goes on. There's plenty to choose from depending on the range and layout of your caravan – The choice is yours...
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See how Avida builds the strongest caravans on Australian roads. 
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Camper Trailer, which style of trips does this one suit? Review

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Some handy tips from Ronny Dahl on this awesome looking camper trailer.

Sit back and enjoy!!!

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Camper Trailer, which style of trips does this one suit? In this video I give you my thoughts and experience with a larger type of Camper Trailer.
We spent 7 nights in the PUMA FF Camper Trailer on a family trip to Shark Bay. Predator Campers kindly let us test their Camper in return for some feedback about the trailer.
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

How To Build a Portable Power Pack for $25

Here's a neat little project for you DIY'ers out there.

These little power packs will always come in handy for those short camping, caravan and motorhome trips.

Here are the parts he used (keep in mind this is USD not AUD):

Marine battery box - $9.00
12v accessory socket - $5.00
ATO fuse holder - $3.00
Two battery terminals - $7.00 (not needed if you have marine batt.)
Two ring terminals and a butt splice - $cheap

Combo wire stripper/crimper - $4.00

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Build a simple portable power pack
Only $25 if you have a spare/free car battery.

Use a Group 24 marine deep cycle battery for best results of course.
EverStart Marine 24DC - $58 (as of 07/01/2011)
Battery terminals not needed if you use a marine deep cycle.
They normally have small lugs with wingnuts included.

Marine battery box - $9.00
12v accessory socket - $5.00
ATO fuse holder - $3.00
Two battery terminals - $7.00 (not needed if you have marine batt.)
Two ring terminals and a butt splice - $cheap

Combo wire stripper/crimper - $4.00

Check out my other videos to see this pack power a large woodgas cook stove.

Monday, November 7, 2016

How to convert a Van into an Off the Grid Camper in 17 Days

I found this video last night and my usual peruse around the internets.

This gentleman who goes by the name Nate, converts an old Ford Transit into an off the grid campervan, which i think he did a great job of, for a reasonable price too.

It's a great watch and goes for just over 32 minutes.


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In this video I tried to make a video that I would have loved to be able to see when I was starting to create my van.. I really hope it is useful or inspiring.

Questions welcome - I will try and answer them in good time. Otherwise, I will collect them and do a video response for them all for my next video (just subscribe and you will get a notification for the when it goes live).

I will also publish a video saying why I made decisions and how I do things while on the road - also van tour and other stuff about vans! Subscribe to pick it up! :)

Good luck with your projects!

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Australian Geographic Adventures

raw rv winding road adventures Here's a great little series from Australia National Geographic called Adventures. 

It's a great little series that contains a little bit about traveling in your Caravan or Motorhome, tips and tricks, it also has bits about camping and shows you great places to travel too.

This makes great viewing whether you're at home or on the road.

This is the full playlist set to random, so sit back, press play, and enjoy!!!

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

25 Camping Hacks That Are Truly Genius

Ya gotta love camping hacks, you don't have to be in a tent either, because these hacks are also applicable to Motorhome and Caravan users too. 

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For many people, especially those from big cities, camping is one of the greatest ways of enjoying the great outdoors. Just you, your friends and nature, far from all the crowds, daily stress and working duties. But as relaxing as it sounds, camping can easily turns into a natural nightmare. DON”T LET IT TURN INTO A NIGHTMARE! Instead, check out these 25 camping hacks that are truly genius.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Importance of Weight Distribution While Towing

This Article and video shows the importance of distributing your weight in your caravan as evenly as possible.

If you have too light of a ball weight it'll have you all over the road.

Too heavy and the front of the vehicle will lift creating traction where you don't want it, not to mention the legalities and the fact your caravan will tow like a pig (not that i have ever towed a pig for that matter).

Understanding Ball Weights

Towball weight is the weight that is placed onto the towing vehicle’s towball. Understanding the weights of your caravan and the towing capacities of your vehicle are very important and worth getting a great understanding of their affects whilst towing.

Tare Mass: This is the mass of your trailer with no payload, keep in mind if you're buying a second-hand caravan that the non-standard accessories are more than likely not included in the tare weight, thus adding to the payload. Your caravans tare weight should be stated on the VIN plate (example of a VIN plate below). If it's not, you might want to consider taking it to a weighbridge and get a certificate from them.

GTM (Gross Trailer Mass): This is the maximum allowable mass that can be supported over the trailer’s axle/s. This should also be indicated on your caravans VIN plate.

ATM (Aggregate Trailer Mass): This is the tare mass of your trailer plus its maximum payload, so if you subtract your caravans Tare from it's ATM that will give you the payload allowable. Once again, keep in mind if you're buying second hand that non standard accessories could have been added.
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Towing vehicle payload: please keep in mind that the towball weight counts towards your towing vehicle’s payload. This payload includes everything you add to your car like, passengers, added accessories, water/fuel etc.

How to measure your ball weight:

You can roughly calculate your towball mass by subtracting your GTM from the ATM. Your VIN plate should have this information though.

There are of course, a wide range of caravan scales on the market from manual to digital scales that I would recommend having on hand, I know some caravaners that check before every trip to stay within the law and to ensure safety whilst towing.

Towball weight is essential to safe towing. You should never exceed the weight listed on the tongue of your towbar. If the towball mass is too heavy it will lift the front end of the vehicle and reduce its ability to safely brake and steer. If the towball mass is too light, the caravan will be all over the road (see video below).

How to distribute the payload for better ball weight:

Consider removing everything from the caravan to redistribute the weight better. Putting your heavier items as central to the axles as possible, move the medium weighted items to the front (A-frame end), whilst keeping lighter items towards the back of the van.

Weight distribution hitch could be the answer: A weight distribution hitch can shift the towball mass to the vehicle’s centre of gravity.
Popular units are made by Hayman Reese.
Tow Ball weight is just as important as the weight over the caravans axle. Knowing what it is and how to deal with it will ensure you’re pulling your load safely.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Birth of Four-wheel Drive 4x4 Documentary

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Sit back and watch this 45 minute documentary on 4 wheel driving, a good watch!!!

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Four-wheel drive, 4×4 ("four by four"), 4WD, and AWD is a form of drivetrain most commonly capable of providing power to all wheel ends of a two-axled vehicle simultaneously. It may be full-time or on-demand, and may be linked via a transfer case to provide multiple gear ranges.

A four-wheeled vehicle with power supplied to both axles may be described as "all-wheel drive". However, not all "four-wheel drive" vehicles are "all-wheel drive", as vehicles with more than two axles may also be described as "four-wheel drive" regardless of how many axles, so long as two axles (of two wheel ends apiece) are powered.

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