Here’s a list of my favorite tools for van life, camping, downsizing and my own products! I hope these tools help you on your outdoor adventures.
Van Build Resources
Looking to build your own campervan? These books and tutorials will help get you started.
- DIY Campervan Conversion Sourcebook
- Far Out Ride's Van Build Diagrams & Guides
- Van Build: A Complete DIY guide
Learn how to build your own van with this detailed van build sourcebook. While the title reflects Sprinter vans, the concepts can be used on any DIY campervan conversion. You'll learn design considerations, how to plumb your van, choosing solar panels, installing water tanks and electrical and wiring systems. A great resource!
This book guides you through every step in your DIY van build, from choosing a van, to designing the layout, to plumbing and electrical systems, to self-building your new dream home — all in as little as 21 days. You'll find 222 pages of details, including charts, lists, photos, and descriptions to help you design and build your own campervan from scratch.
One of our very favorite things is boondocking in our campervan. Here are our favorite resources for finding free campsites, plus a couple cool RV camping memberships!
- Boondocking Guides for Free Campsites!
- 90-Day Free Trial of The Dyrt Pro!
- Plan camping road trips with Trip Planner
- Find free dispersed camping with Map Layers
- Use our app anywhere with Offline Access
- Unlock camping and gear Discounts
- Ultimate Boondocking Guide & Planner
- National Parks Pass
We love these six boondocking guides, where you can learn about where exactly to find free campsites. The writer, Marianna Edwards, is an RVer herself and details GPS coordinates of each site, and whether it has phone signal, water, bathrooms and what size rig it fits. Although boondocking can be quite cost-effective, it does have a bit of a learning curve. Since travelers can't hook up to water or electricity, they have to get a little creative when using appliances or amenities.
Plus, boondocking isn't allowed anywhere, so RVers have to know which spots are safe and which ones could lead to a ticket or fine. These travel guides showcase the best locations and offer tips and tricks on how to make the most of each stop.
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This is my product! I developed the Ultimate Boondocking Guide and Planner ebook as a way to help people who've never boondocked before. You'll find tutorials on how to find free campsites using Motor Vehicle Use Maps and iOverlander, plus gear lists, shopping lists and plenty of fillable sheets for your planning. The Ultimate Boondocking Guide & Planner is a great RV gift for folks who love camping off-the-grid.
What’s a better RV gift idea than giving the RVer in your life a brand new national parks pass! It’s giving them the gift of breathtaking scenery right out their kitchen window! One of the absolute gems of RV living in the United States is the number of protected national parks, monuments, and heritage sites that RVers can enjoy. But for one flat fee, the America The Beautiful National Park Pass will cover entrance fees to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites for a full calendar year.
The pass is valid for one year from the month of purchase and is also honored at sites managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and Army Corps of Engineers. This is one of the best gifts for RV owners to ensure lots of visits to national parks in the year ahead.
Downsizing is a really hard part about going tiny. These resources will help you get rid of clutter so you can start living in van, RV or sailboat!
- Downsizing For a Tiny Life: Go From a House Full of Stuff to a Life Full of Adventure
Downsizing is one of the hardest parts about moving into a tinier home! What do you do with all your stuff? I know the author, Chris DiCroce, personally. He and his wife went from a house to a sailboat, and know all the top secrets to downsizing. Unless an RVer or van lifer currently lives in a cupboard under the stairs, they likely have to adjust to life in an RV. Whether they're traveling for a weekend or full-time, it can be challenging to acclimate to the new environment. This book offers plenty of advice and insight on how to downsize one's lifestyle, meaning that the transition will be much smoother. Plus, it comes in an ebook version, making it available on Audible.