My Love/Hate Relationship With National Parks

I remember my first national park. It was Big Bend National Park and I was a junior in college. We drove from Florida to Texas, picking up friends along the way until it was 6 of us in two cars driving the long distance across the longhorn state. We pulled into Big Bend in the dark, our car headlights catching a pack of javelinas scampering across the road.

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6 Things You Can Always Recycle - Even On The Road

We all know that recycling can be really confusing: what can be recycled and how should it be recycled? These common questions cause two unwanted things to happen: people improperly recycle and people stop recycling. Both are equally bad. I've compiled a list to help clarify the correct items to recycle, and right ways to do it.

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The Art Of Solar Parking

Solar panels have to be aimed at the sun to work. I’m serious. They really do. When they are bolted to a vehicle, that doesn’t change...but the location and orientation of the rig certainly does! Combine that with the fact that the sun itself follows a varying path through the sky, depending on time of year and latitude, and you have a lot of variables to consider if your rig relies on solar for power. So where – and how – you park your RV has a big impact on how happy you’ll be with your solar panels’ performance.

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Settling Down: Are The Hardships On The Road Too Hard?

These past few months seem to have been the season of full-timers, who we know from the road settling down. They close the doors to their nomadic lives as they move into their new homes or park their rigs on their newly purchased properties. There are various reasons they've said goodbye to the traveling lifestyle, consistency and friends are two of them.

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Ski Resorts That Allow RV Boondocking

The idea of being able to walk from our rig to the ski lift and not have to spend a shit ton of money on a snowboard trip is really enticing. Here's a list of ski resorts that offer overnight parking to RVers.

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Auriol Trail, Kluane National Park, Yukon

While Auriol Trail isn’t one of the best hikes in the park, it sure felt nice when we completed the 9 mile roundtrip hike in less time than it had taken us to finish some of the other shorter length hikes we’ve done in the area. The hike stayed in the boreal forest for the most part. After being spoiled with treeless views quickly into all of our other hikes, it was strange remain in the trees.

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Boondocking In Haines Junction, Yukon

We headed to Haines Junction with a boondocking site we found on the iOverlander app in mind. Except we were driving too fast and passed the GPS coordinates for it. We pulled into the first pullout we saw to turn around. It was a large pullout next to a creek with a fire ring and "teepee". What caught our attention was the dirt road leading in the woods next to all that.

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RV Rebuild Retrospectives: Slide

When we rebuilt the RV, the slide had to be removed so we could take off the siding. But aside from that, very minimal work was done to it: interior walls and cabinets were painted and the couch reupholstered. Since we didn't do a lot of work on the slide, I'm going to talk about the pros and cons to our slide and slides in general rather than specifically the rebuild aspect of it.

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RV Rebuild: Project Overview - All The Numbers!

We didn’t set out to rebuild a whole damn RV. The original plan was to buy a standard RV trailer, install solar equipment, and maybe hit the inside with some paint to cover up the original décor. But it turned into much, much more than that. It’s a good thing we didn’t know that at the beginning, or we’d never have started…and today we’re glad we did what we did. But yeah, it was a big project. Here’s a big-picture look at what we did, and what it took.

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Pedaling Montana Mountain, Carcross, Yukon

The mountain bike trails at Montana Mountain are all on one face of the mountain (except Mountain Hero), and the singletrack is almost all marked as down-only. Think of it like a ski hill with just one lift: cyclists climb up the gravel road, then choose their singletrack route down.

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RV Weight Part 4: Fixing The Mistake

When we had our suspension replaced, the shop made a mistake. The good news is that we caught it quickly, and the shop stood behind their work and got it fixed at no cost to us. But I believe things only ended well because of our persistence. If you are considering having work done on your own suspension and want to be more familiar with some details, I hope you will read this post.

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