July 2019

InReach Communications


First and foremost the InReach is an amazing device. I have no regrets purchasing one or paying for the basic monthly plan. Here is an example of a friend contacting me in need of assistance with his. No cell service available. I will list some key points and expand on why I think they are [...]

InReach Communications2019-07-08T08:21:43-07:00

November 2018

Our Favorite Flashlights – Fenix Lights


Essential lighting for the trail and campsite Just in time for the holidays! We have gone through many flashlights through the decades. The good news is they keep getting better. Our favorite brand is Fenix Lights. The flashlights are built for a lifetime of use. We own 6 different models from them. (Someone really likes [...]

Our Favorite Flashlights – Fenix Lights2018-11-21T12:46:19-07:00

May 2018

Quick Take – Dometic CFX-75DZW Fridge


We decided to upgrade to a much larger fridge and just purchased a Dometic CFX-75DZW. We have owned an ARB 37 and Indel B 51 previously. This is a true dual zone fridge. Either side can be a freezer or fridge or a side can be turned off when not needed. For such a large [...]

Quick Take – Dometic CFX-75DZW Fridge2019-09-02T10:13:12-07:00

April 2018

Our VRV Flyer Modifications April 2018 Update


Here's an update with photos showing all the things we have done to our VRV Flyer trailer. If by chance you haven't read our intro article about the VRV Flyer here it is. With the accumulation of a lot of different camping gear over the last 5 years I am always trying to re-use things [...]

Our VRV Flyer Modifications April 2018 Update2019-08-30T09:24:04-07:00

March 2018

Intro to our new upcoming series of articles


Gear reviews, stuff we have used, stuff we have liked, and stuff we didn't like. That pretty much sums up the theme for these future articles. We have been camping since childhood and "overlanding" for 5 years with our FJ Cruiser along with an assortment of gear and different trailers. Friends of Chris say he [...]

Intro to our new upcoming series of articles2018-03-18T07:17:31-07:00

Quick Take Review – Costway Tabletop Water Heater


We were looking for a portable water heater that could be used with our trailer or with vehicle only camping. The simple design and price point of the Costway heater motivated us to give it a try. So here are our first thoughts. We will update this article after some trail use. Made by [...]

Quick Take Review – Costway Tabletop Water Heater2020-03-28T14:11:42-07:00

October 2017

Our VRV Flyer Teardrop – Introduction


For several reasons we decided to sell our Turtleback Expedition trailer and try something new. Turtleback makes great trailers. The kitchen and water setup in the Expedition are as close to perfection as you can get. We decided we wanted to try living indoors for a change. I tend to do a lot of winter [...]

Our VRV Flyer Teardrop – Introduction2018-04-27T07:26:35-07:00

June 2017

MVUM Map Layer Now Available in Gaia GPS Premium


Great news the MVUM map layer is now available to all premium subscribers. It is available in the cloud application and the iOS and Android apps. MVUM maps are the "law of the land" when it comes to legal access to the national forests which have them. In our screenshots, we are using a section [...]

MVUM Map Layer Now Available in Gaia GPS Premium2018-02-16T09:49:42-07:00

May 2017

A New Version of GAIA GPS has been released!


A completely new version of Gaia GPS written from the ground up has been released for iOS. Additional map layers have been added for all pro users including the cloud site and Android. The biggest addition is the National Geographic map layers. We will be rolling out more articles on the new version once we [...]

A New Version of GAIA GPS has been released!2018-02-16T09:50:22-07:00

January 2017

2017 Winter Fridge Shootout


Dog not included - Pictured the Dometic CFX-65DZ, ARB 50, SnoMaster USA 60D, Indel B 51, and the ArkPak 715 we used to power and test each fridge with. Winter 2017 Fridge Shootout: By Christopher Kracht There are a number of new refrigerators on the market so we wanted to take the opportunity [...]

2017 Winter Fridge Shootout2018-08-12T21:52:47-07:00