More Utah Boondocking & Hiking Cedar Breaks

In today’s video, we test out a swamp cooler from Steve’s Dad in the 80+ degree heat. We also move spots from outside Zion National Park down to Saint George Utah. Once there we make our own spot in the desert before heading up to Cedar Breaks National Monument for an epic hike. It’s like a mini Bryce Canyon up there. So pretty! Steve also snaps some fall color shots for all of you!

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Virgin Utah Boondocking
Saint George Boondocking
Cedar Breaks National Monument

 

How To Plan The Best Driving Route For Your RV

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Plan The Best Driving Route For Your RV or Airstream. The first step in planning your route is figuring out your starting point and ending point. We try to limit our travel days to about 3 hours and plan accordingly. Meanwhile, remember that when driving an RV you tend not to go the speed limit on some roads, therefore make sure to expand your time estimate based on this.

The second step is using a GPS or map to figure out your route. We use Google Maps to start. Once we see the route it plans we check AllStays to ensure that the route looks good in terms of road restrictions, low bridges, and road grades. We will also google the route if it looks particularly curvy or we have any questions. In general truck routes are okay.

Once we have the route planned we use AllStays and the RestStops app to find our planned stops along that route. We aim for 1 stop every 1-2 hours depending on how we are feeling. Not all Rest stops have truck parking so make sure to check ahead. If we need to find diesel on our route we will use AllStays to find gas stations with RV lanes or at least truck parking and an RV dump (this implies they are big rig friendly). If we don’t have the Airstream attached we use GasBuddy to find the best prices.

A last note, remember to plan WHEN you are going too. Avoiding rush hour in cities when you are able makes for a much nicer driving day.

This week’s links:
Google Maps
AllStays
Rest Stops App
Gas Buddy

 

Tuesday Talk – Maneuvering in Tight Spots with an Airstream or RV

This week we are answering a request by a viewer to talk about tips and tricks for maneuvering into a tight spot with our Airstream. Our number 1 tip is to practice. The very first thing we did when we picked up our Airstream was to find an empty parking lot on the way home and practice backing into spots. This was good for Steve to learn which way to turn the wheel in order to achieve certain results. It was also good for Courtney to understand how much time she needs to give Steve to have the turn completed correctly. Even with this practice we still made plenty of mistakes once we hit the road.

Remember to get out and look at the spot you are pulling into. Check for trees, rocks, where to power outlets are etc. Figure out a plan of attack and discuss it with your partner. If you have a spotter like Steve has Courtney make sure to communicate hand signals etc so that you understand each other. Walk talkies can also help. The number one thing to remember when working together in tight spots is that neither person is trying to make the other look like a fool. Sometimes it gets very frustrating and embarrassing but you are both doing your best and stick with it. This has saved us from many a fight over frustration.

On Tuesday’s we’d like to answer questions sent to us from viewer’s like you and share some of the details of our Airstream life. If you have a question for us please let us know in the comments below or at our website astreaminlife.com

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Heading South for the Winter & 3 Camp Spots in 3 Days

In today’s video, we leave the Pony Express in Salt Lake City after a lovely anniversary meal out and start really heading south for the winter. We overnight at the Fillmore KOA before arriving at a boondocking spot in Virgin Utah outside of Zion National Park. We’re happy to be back in the desert which we both love and look forward to some more explorations in this area over the next week.

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Eva Salt Lake City
Pony Express Campground
Fillmore KOA
Virgin Utah Boondocking

 

Campground Culture Shock After Boondocking Plus Courtney’s San Diego Trip

In today’s video, Steve shows you around the Pony Express Campground in Salt Lake City. He talks about the amenities and the culture shock involved in going from boondocking in the wilderness to an RV Resort next to a highway. Then Courtney gets home from her girls’ weekend in San Diego and shares some of her adventures too!

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Pony Express Campground

 

How We Vlog & the Editing Process

In today’s video, Steve is on his own while Courtney is away so he sits down to chat about video and his editing process. He mentions his setup and his editing software which is Adobe Premiere. He shows a brief example of how he uses Premiere to edit a vlog and he talks tips on shooting better video. Did you like this? Would you like more in-depth videos about vlogging, photo editing, video editing, etc? Let us know in the comments below!

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Pony Express Campground
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Sony a6300 Camera (affiliate)
Adobe Premiere

 

How To Work Full Time In An RV While Traveling

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Work Full Time In An RV While Traveling. We will not be discussing how to find a mobile full-time job in this video, instead, we’ll talk about what you can do to make having a mobile job work from a traveling RV/Airstream.

The first major consideration is Internet since most mobile jobs will be internet dependent. We did a lot of research and decided to purchase a grandfathered Unlimited Verizon Plan from eBay. While this cost us money up front we now pay $70 for unlimited data. Once you have a way of getting internet while on the road the next step is camping where you have a signal. We use Campendium to find the best camping spots (both campgrounds and boondocking) with good Verizon signal so that we can stay connected. However, sometimes you can’t get the best signal. That is why we recommend a cell booster so that 1-2 bars 3G can be boosted up to 1-2 bars 4G. While it can’t make a signal from nothing it can certainly help make an unusable signal usable.

Once your internet requirements are out of the way the next things to think about are a comfortable workspace and a schedule. Steve worked full-time from the Airstream dinette for months but it was very comfortable or conducive to a good workday. So we tore it out and put in a nice desk with plenty of room for his laptops and monitor. We also got him a comfortable work chair. All this has made his workday better. A schedule is also a big issue with working from home, especially when traveling. We recommend trying to set up a schedule that works for you and your lifestyle (if it’s not already set by your company) and sticking to it as best you can.

This week’s links:
Our Unlimited Data Plan
Campendium
Our Cell Booster
Our Desk Install

 

Tuesday Talk – Dealing with Campground Restrictions

This week we are discussing campground restrictions and whether we’ve ever had problems with them. We like to boondock as much as possible but sometimes we need to stay at commercial campgrounds. One thing to keep in mind with any campground is to look into their restrictions and rules. Some campgrounds have rules about the max age a rig can be, or a minimum age of someone in your party (55+ campgrounds) or how many dogs you can bring in, or even breed restrictions. We have luckily never had an issue with any campground we’ve stayed in but it’s important you understand the rules before booking a reservation! Have you ever had issues with a campground and specific restrictions?

On Tuesday’s we’d like to answer questions sent to us from viewer’s like you and share some of the details of our Airstream life. If you have a question for us please let us know in the comments below or at our website astreaminlife.com

 

Close to Nature in Idaho, Delicious Mangos & Arriving in Utah

In today’s video, we finish up our time at Jefferson County Lake in Idaho. A bald eagle comes by to hang out on our last day which had us out with our binoculars for quite a while. We then cook up one last summer tropical hoorah with our Mango Cauliflower dinner before hitting the road down to Salt Lake City.

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Jefferson County Lake
Pony Express Campground