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    Keeping your vehicle cool

    For my van I made shades for all the windows out of REFLECTIX Insulation. WOW what a difference. Then I had a roof vent put in and it really helps. If I am away from the vehicle I also use these vents in the windows made out of eavestrough covers with screen glued on the back. If I am at...
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    White Turtle III - Ford Transit - The build and adventure!

    Dealing with mosquitoes, I finally found something that works!! Read about it on my blog
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    White Turtle III - Ford Transit - The build and adventure!

    Read more on my exploring in Waterton Park, Canada Visit blog here
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    White Turtle III - Ford Transit - The build and adventure!

    This is the reason that I have a van!! It allows me to live in and shoot from the van. Makes exploring so much more fun!!! Waterton Trip
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    Sleeping in my Xterra in bear country. Where should I keep my food?

    That is funny, okay not really. But for a photographer that tries and finds Vultures I am probably the best defense from that happening to me. This morning I was woken at 6 am by a strange noise on the roof of my metal van roof. A scurrying noise and tapping. Could not figure out what it was...
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    Sleeping in my Xterra in bear country. Where should I keep my food?

    First don't overthink this. Bears are not waiting for you so they can attack you and take your food. I live and work in bear country and have done so for most of my life. I see lots of bears (saw 4 last weekend walk past me as I had my breakfast outside, they were not interested in Shreddies)...
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    White Turtle III - Ford Transit - The build and adventure!

    Well I decided that I wanted to add a seat swivel, another thing off my list! Seat swivel & battery relocation
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    White Turtle III - Ford Transit - The build and adventure!

    If I was taller (and healthier) I would have put a bed along the left wall that would make up into a sofa during the day. My issue is that making up a bed and taking it down is a issue for me. The washroom is great to have for emergencies. I had pulled the info on the axles, from what I...
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    White Turtle III - Ford Transit - The build and adventure!

    Those look so cool and the extra width would be nice. If I ever started to spend a lot of time in my van I think I would upgrade. Or if I happen to start getting taller but at my age I am more likely to shrink :p
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    White Turtle III - Ford Transit - The build and adventure!

    1 Year update https://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/1-year-update-white-turtle-iii/
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    White Turtle III - Ford Transit - The build and adventure!

    Another trip to Waterton on the blog https://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/waterton-may-11-2019/
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    White Turtle III - Ford Transit - The build and adventure!

    The cold has been keeping me from doing some updates to the White Turtle III but did get a couple small things done. https://www.firstchoicephoto.ca/van-updates/
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    How deep can 4x4 vans get you? Beginner questions...

    There have been a few times that I wish my van was a 4x4. BUT considering the extra costs I will just drive smarter. That may mean stopping before getting in too deep, going with another vehicle or staying home when the weather really sucks but so be it.
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    Importing an Australian made off-road trailer

    I have been wondering about registering trailers here in Alberta. When you have a trailer you buy a plate for it. That plate is good for life. Many trailers have no serial numbers on the frames any more (fallen off, painted over or built over) or numbers from other trailers are put on them to...
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    Thinking about dropping the hi-lift

    We use to call a Hi-lift a third hand. There are a lot of uses for one and can save you in many situations but if you don't know what it can do and have not used one enough then leave it at home. They have become more decoration then useful of late. I have not had one or used one for 30 plus...
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    2WD in Snow - Need advice

    A couple things... For off road people I am surprised that it took so long to mention a shovel. That is the first thing. Everything else is fine but without a shovel you are looking at pushing / pulling a lot of snow or getting high centered and the wheels will do you no good no matter what...
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    Lightweight, 4 season, wet bath 1/2 ton camper clarification & questions.

    Well you do have some wants / needs that may conflict with each other. Four season and light do not usually go together. Colder it is designed for and the more insulation and extras that are needed, that adds weight. BUT you may be able to reach a compromise. CAMPER What I did was to find an...
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    White Turtle III - Ford Transit - The build and adventure!

    Mud flaps Got them installed finally. Write-up on the blog
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