Southwest Texas Trip

The WanderVan parked along North Beach at Padre Island National Seashore

We were headed to southwest Texas to help with a marriage conference in Carrizo Springs. While we were in that area, we decided to visit a couple of NPS locations – Padre Island National Seashore and Palo Alto Historic Battlefield. Padre Island National Seashore is located on the Gulf Coast just southeast of Corpus Christi, …

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Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns Van Trip

McKittrick Canyon in Guadalupe Mountains NP

Monday: We left after lunch and drove the WanderVan about 7 hours to Slaton, Texas. This leg was about 350 miles to a free camping area in the city park. The RV slots were near the tennis court and the city pool. Tuesday: We drove about 280 miles today through Carlsbad, New Mexico on our …

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Big Bend National Park Trip in our RV Camper Van

Overlooking the Rio Grande in Big Bend NP

We headed out in January for a week long trip to visit Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas along the Rio Grande River. We made a few stops along the way, including Granbury, San Angelo, Del Rio, and Marathon, TX. The camper van did great, and the diesel parking heater got a good workout …

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Electrical System in our DIY RV Camper Van

Electrical diagram schematic for the camper van power system

The electrical system in our van required the most planning and thought of any aspect of the camper van project. The electrical system is unique to each van, since everyone uses their van differently and has different goals and preferences. We had some previous RV experience, so that was helpful as we planned our van …

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Plumbing System in our DIY RV Camper Van

Camper van RV plumbing and water system design

We spent quite a bit of time designing our Promaster camper van layout, and considerations for plumbing, including water and waste tanks were very important. Our floorplan ended up with a full size raised bed platform across the rear of the van. On the driver side, we designed the RV van to have a wet …

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South Carolina & Georgia Trip in our RV Camper Van

WanderVan fall color

Thursday, October 22, 2020 and Friday, October 23, 2020 – Days 1 & 2 Our first two days were driving days, to get us from Ada, OK, to Knoxville, TN. We left Ada at 9:40 am, had lunch at tiny Iwani Park in Fort Smith, and took smaller roads like US-64 instead of staying on …

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Tour of Wisconsin in our DIY RV Camper Van

Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River

4000 miles, 25 days, 7 states… Monday, August 31, 2020:  Day 1 Wisconsin Trip We began our trip in Bartlesville, having spent the night in the WanderVan in Shawn’s parents’ driveway.  After breakfast and a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood, we showered in their house and visited for a few minutes before hitting the …

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Rooftop Air Conditioner Install on a DIY RV Promaster Camper Van

Many people build out an RV van on the Promaster platform without installing any air conditioning. Others build and try to put in a household AC unit. We prefer the robustness of an RV air conditioner, designed for that environment, and installed on the roof to save precious inside space. We chose the Coleman Mach …

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