Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Van..........Long Haul.

I drove the van to Cincinnati from Marshall last Sunday.....Here are the stats...

1 Full tank of gas.....31 gallons
Still on that tank.....395 miles later
Van ran like a champ
Guessing I am getting around 14-15 MPG

That is all.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

been a while... I have been neglecting this blog a bit as I have been working on my new tiny house but here are a few updates from the Vandaminium....

I am getting ready to head to Cincinnati for my tree gig. I have been doing this for the last three years and it has proven to be a great way to make some cash for the winter. The downside is that it is 6 hours away. The van seems to be running strong so I am pretty confident that I will have a good trip. We will be staying in an old kindergarten up there. We had a great house to sleep in last year but that has been rented and this year we will be crashing in an old school. Prolly creepy.

My new headhunting job is going well. I am making a lot of phone calls and although I have not gotten any fantastic resumes in I am sure that if I stick with it I will make some money next year. As it stands I am working 20 hours a week at 10 dollars an hour which is plenty to survive on. The money that I make at trees..I plan on putting into the cabin.

I have not purchased any new van living gear. My Zodi shower crapped out on me. The pump went. It's not a big deal as I wanted to switch to a 12v pump anyway. I will wait on this. I have been living at our outpost which has hot water. I can fill a bucket up and use my fountain pump shower (more on that later).

There are a few items that occasionally live in the van with me....namely a Travelchair camp table and a camp kitchen stand that I got at Wally World...

First off....The table. It is great. It is lightweight, sturdy, easy to assemble and easy to clean. The only downside is that it has a bunch of parts. The leg assembly, the table top and 4 "tent pole" pieces that I am afraid I may lose. They are not shock corded (which would be great) and the bag that holds the table is pretty loose at the top. That being said, I have had this table for almost 7 years, used it hundreds of times and it spent 27 days on the Grand Canyon with no issues. I love this table! It does take up valuable cargo space so it does not live in the van but it's always close for camping/boondocking trips.

The "camp kitchen" is a different story. The link above is for a nicer one from Amazon and anyone thinking of getting one I would suggest anything but the model that I bought at wally world. It works and it's light but it is flimsy and complicated and not that well made. The one from Amazon is much nicer (a friend has it) and I would recommend that one.

That's it for now....back to work on my tiny house....