Buying a Vanagon: Part I

It’s exciting to dream about living a nomadic life and to romanticize about your new Vanagon home. We’ve been there. Living in a Vanagon comes with an entire set of challenges. Chief among those is the ever present risk of breaking down. Constantly towing and fixing your rig can not only put a dent in ...

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Buying a Vanagon: Part II

Falkor, our 2wd Vanagon, started out as a seven-passenger, non-camper, tin-top model that we purchased for $5k. After a few months living in the van as a tin-top we decided to put a high-top on him and it changed the game forever. Our advice to anyone looking to live in a Vanagon is to buy the cheapest, non-rusty tin-top model they can find and add a high top....

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Buying a Vanagon: Part III

In our previous two posts we discussed some basics about the VW Vanagon, buying one and what to consider when outfitting for liveability. In this post, we want to go over what sorts of minimal and not-so-minimal upgrades you can do to your van. We are going to rate these upgrades on a scale of ...

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Teva Boots

A few years back, Jorge relented from his life long hatred of all things boots and bought me a pair of Teva De La Vina boots for Christmas. We’ll call them his gateway boots. Since then, I’ve been wearing these things pretty much non stop any time the temperature drops below 85°F. They’re made from waterproof ...

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Ripley Vanagon Syncro

The Big Bend of Texas

We have been to the Big Bend of Texas four times. Once during June in 2013, again in November of the same year, again the following November, and then in late 2016. Going in June was kind of a mistake. We knew it would be hot but what we didn’t know is that it would be ...

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Khordz Mugs

We first came across Khordz mugs when our van friends Hawk and Kenz of @vanofmydreams started helping out with the production of the mugs and were selling them from their van. They posted about it a few times on instagram which peaked my interest, but it wasn’t until the next time we met up with Hawk ...

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First Time in Yosemite

We drove through a tunnel, yellow light coloring the hewn rock that made up the walls. At the end, an overexposed scene to which my eyes had yet to adjust. It’s an image I have seen a hundred times before in photos and videos, each time wondering how this could possibly be so striking a ...

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VW Vanagon High Top

Volkswagen Vanagon for Sale: Sold

In 2015 we attended two Overland events: The Overland Expo in Flagstaff, Arizona and the Northwest Overland Rally in Washington State. There we met other overlanders, some who had been on the road for over a decade living a life filled with adventure, experiences, and new friendships. After seeing multiple presentations by these people, seeing ...

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