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Derrick & Paula started living in a van 2 weeks before they got married and then travelled across Canada in the camper van for their 2-month honeymoon. They loved the Van Life so much that they decided to keep living in the van when they got back; taking it one month at a time. To-date they've lived in the van for 19 months and spent not 1 but 2 full Canadian winters living in their van. Their Dodge Pleasure Way camper is a tiny house, but it has almost all of the conveniences of a conventional home: a large bed, a flush toilet, a sink, a propane furnace and propane fridge, 2 solar panels, rotating captains chairs, and more. They came up with solutions to living in the van during winter, the most interesting of which was to fill their RV system with burst-proof antifreeze so that they could still flush the toilet during the winter. For water, they fill 4-liter jugs at work and bring them home each night. For heat, they use their propane furnace as well as a battery powered heating blanket in the bed. By living in a van, the couple was able to reduce their expenses, especially by eliminating the cost of rent. This allowed them to aggressively pay down their debt and get themselves into a financial situation that is allowing them to consider purchasing a home in the future. Derrick & Paula have made an incredible series of vlogs about their van life adventure and you can find these videos on their YouTube Channel, Back to Reality, at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVQCQJyZQcIioTDQ4SACvZQ Thanks for watching! Mat & Danielle ------------------------------------------------------------- STAY IN TOUCH! ------------------------------------------------------------ Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca Facebook: /exploringalternativesblog Instagram: @exploringalternatives Music & Song Credits: All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat Dubé of Exploring Alternatives.
To see more light weight camping gear CLICK HERE http://youtu.be/AwTbPDZVGdM Camping comfortably on snow is something that requires a bit of planning and experience. Your first few snow camping trips may be your last if things turn bad. A snow shovel is usually necessary. We look forward to sharing with you more tips that we know are important. The tent that we pitch is a Mont Epoch, the Epoch has extra strength poles to withstand heavy snow falls. Mont is the brand name. Staying warm at a winter campsite can be a constant battle, when you awake in the morning everything can be frozen rock solid. The worst thing is waking up and your water supply is frozen, this can leave you dehydrated as you can't immediately have a drink. It's best to sleep with your water containers inside your sleeping bag. Buy Lightning Ascent Snow Shoes (Mens) http://amzn.to/1Vi7DRh Buy Lightning Ascent Snow Shoes (Womens) http://amzn.to/1MpjSYT MSR Snow shoes and accessories http://amzn.to/1MpjPMR Andrew Bishop's blog http://trailsandtracks.blogspot.com.au/ Andrew Bishop's channel https://www.youtube.com/user/andrewbishop0 CAPTIONS TRANSCRIPT The first step┬áto pitching our snow tent is creating a nice hard level surface. We do this by compressing the snow with our snow shoes Snow pegs or tent pegs are often useless, so I gather some small tree branches nearby. With the tent's main frame standing and pegged down we are now ready to put the outer layer on top. What I'm doing here is making a snow anchor. Wide enough for my stick. And I don't even tie a knot, all I do is wrap that around then just bury it. The reason I don't tie a knot is because it can be extremely difficult to undo the knot once everything freezes, and that's what's gonna happen tonight, The temperature will drop to minus 7 So even this small stick should be enough to make a snow anchor. Just inside here in the vestibule section I'm digging out a small hole. Could use this hole for cooking,also makes it easier to get out of the tent in the morning and put your shoes on,Just got the back door of the tent open now, I'm gonna pass the stuff inside to Christina, she's inside now. In the meantime digging a hole for my backpack. So when the camera was off just then I dug the hole a bit deeper and a bit wider. I took a lot of stuff out of my backpack, if required that will give us a bit more storage space having that hole. Snow shoes sticking out of the ground. There's Christina getting the hut ready, our little house. With our front doorstep made of snow. Sweeety you cold. Yes cold, very cold. Lets venture over here to the mountain suburb of Andrew Bishop. Your digging your front doorstep out? It's a lot neater than my doordstep! Somewhere to sit and put my shoes on. Its' now about an hour later, I have my dinner cooking here, that peice of foil is so I can place my pots on the ground without them getting icy cold. So theres our snow pit that we made.
This simple, but cozy bush cabin was constructed in my spare time, and was completed in 8 months. My youth group, and several people from my church were a huge help. I wouldn't have been able to complete it in time without them. I am aware that 8 months isn't necessarily a fast building time, but keep in mind: this cabin is somewhat isolated, no machinery was used, all the logs and materials had to be carried on our shoulders, I often worked alone and in at least 3 feet of snow, I built this in my spare time when I wasn't working 50+ hours at my jobs, or spending time with my family. And any construction project takes longer when it's out in the bush. Some people have noticed that I have a gas can in the corner of the cabin next to the stove. Obviously it is dangerous to keep a gas can near a running stove. The only reason why the gas can is there, is because I temporarily put it there for filming. The stove was off, and as soon as I was done filming, I returned the gas can back to where it belonged; outside. Of course there are things that I can, and could have done, to make sure this cabin lasts 100+ years: 1- The logs could have been debarked before I used them. 2- In the future I can jack the cabin up and put it on footings so that the logs will be kept off the ground. 3- In the future I can put a metal roof on, to replace the tarp. So why didn't I just do the above 3 things right away? I was under a strict time & budget constraint. I only had $500 and I had exactly 8 months to complete the cabin (it's a long story). Although I had a lot of people who helped on various occasions, I worked alone most of the time, often in temperatures of -30, with only a chainsaw, an axe, and my arms. Although I had to take a couple of shortcuts (because of my constraints), I do not regret any decision I made in the cabin's construction. If I chose to build the cabin exactly the way I wanted it to be built, I wouldn't have been able to build it at all. In the future, I plan to build a bigger log home. And when I do, I will be sure to take the time to build the cabin exactly the way it needs to be built. The cabin cost only $500 to build. Most the the money went into the lumber that I put into the roof. As for the items that were donated, all of them were scrap to begin with. That means the donated items were worth $0, and they only took on value when I was able to make use of them. - The stove was donated because I had a friend who had it sitting in his scrap pile and he knew I could probably use it. - A farmer friend I knew told me that he had a bunch of thrown-out windows in a garbage pile in his back field. He said that if I could dig them out of the snow, I could have them. - The door was a coffee table that another friend made, but he was going to throw it out because the varnish didn't go on properly. So I took it off his hands. My point is, that even though the above items were donated, they were salvaged items that were going to be thrown out anyway. This is another reason why I was able to keep my costs down. Because I was able to take other people's garbage, and make them into something useful. I was given permission to build this cabin on a privately owned bush lot. Cabin details: - I have no previous experience in construction, only a passion to learn and build. - The cabin is 10'x10'. While the roof section is 11'x16' - It has 52 logs, approximately 25 inches in circumference at the base. I left them with the bark on. - It only cost me $15 worth of gas, and $30 worth of oil to build the entire cabin with my chainsaw. - The floor is set on 9 patio stones, with 2"x4"s for support, and 2.25" thick rough-cut Poplar floor boards on top. - I made square notches in the logs, which I found to be a sturdy way to fit the logs together. - We didn't use any machinery (except for a chainsaw). Just good ol' fashioned man power. - I used a heavy-duty tarp to cover the roof. - To fill the gaps between the logs I used brown-coloured insulation. Not the best way to fill the gaps, but it's certainly cheap, quick, and efficient. - Since the cabin is small, I didn't place it on any footings. The logs are sitting directly on the level ground. I'll see in the years to come, how well the cabin holds up. But it's already lasted through a whole winter and spring without any problems.
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After a year on the road in our van, we came back home and decided to spend the winter in an RV.
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