This week, we pack up the camper van and make our way to Nevada. We meet up with one of our YouTube subscribers to chat about camper van life and spend the rest of our time exploring Red Rock Canyon. Packing up the camper van has proven to be quick and easy. Depending on many items we have to put away and secure, we can be on the road in a few minutes. [Joe] I figured out a way to strap this in. My REI belt. [Kait] What are you going to strap it to? [Joe] The pillar for the seat rest. [Kait] That’s perfect. [Joe] And you can still get water. [Kait] We should add some water to it. Although we spent a few days driveway surfing with Kait’s parents we were able to get packed up and back on the road in no time. This is what the back looks like with all of our stuff packed up. Underneath the bed we keep the Instant Pot, our camera bag and different odds and ends. We are actually leaving the bed in its down position. We just throw a few clothes back here. Kait’s got her backpack. The shades we put over the windows. And our laundry bag that everyone has been asking about. This stuff stays on the counter, it doesn’t move. As you saw before, I strapped in the Berkey. Before we got on the road, Kait’s parents offered to let us fill up our camper van’s 30 gallon fresh water tank. Since we plan on off-grid camping in the desert, we were happy to accept. When it was time to leave, Leo decided to pull a “speed bump”. But of course he had no problems getting in with Kait. That’s because she always has a piece of watermelon as a treat. Well, off to Vegas. Viva Las Vegas. Viva Viva Las Vegas [Joe] Why are you going so slow? It’s a 40 MPH zone. [Kait] You’re absolutely right. I’m digging this slow travel thing. [Joe] I’m not digging it. The drive to Sin City took over four hours. We passed a huge solar farm in the middle of the desert that was impossible to miss. Kait and I absolutely love the accessibility of
camper van life. We were able to drive our home to a park, setup the lawn chairs and meet one of our YouTube subscribers who reached out about getting together in Las Vegas. Now that we’re nimble and agile, there hasn’t been a road we couldn’t drive down or a place we couldn’t park. First full night of boondocking is done. We are in Vegas at a casino. Drove from Los Angeles here last night and by the time we got here we were wiped out. Kait says I should be more excited, but I’ve only had one sip of coffee so far this morning. Red Rock Canyon. Let’s go! I need coffee. Come on, let’s go. Actually, I’m excited for my coffee. She’s still filming me. The nice thing about a Class B van, everything is always within arms reach, including my coffee. Ah that’s good. I had to wake Joe up and get his lazy butt out of bed this morning so we can get going and see the sights. [Joe] Speaking of lazy, can you hand me my glasses? [Joe] Thank you. [Joe] Coffee. This may be a bit too much information for some of you guys, we’ve decided that the cassette is really only for number one. We’re going to take number two anywhere else we can find a bathroom. This morning, I’m having my coffee waiting for inspiration so I can go into the casino and take care of business. Right buddy? We made it! Red Rock Canyon! This is what I imagined when getting a Class B. Something we could not have done in the Class A. Little overlook, we can pull in, beautiful views. And I’ve still got my coffee. Right bud?You’re always yawning. Just perpetually tired aren’t you? And that is how you dump. Red Rock Canyon is a peaceful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas strip. We drove the camper van on the 13 mile scenic drive to take in its beauty. After the scenic tour, we decided to roll the dice at Red Rock Campground where there are no hookups and the only amenities are pit toilets and drinking water. Do you think we’re going to find a spot at the campground? As popular as this place seems to be just driving around the park, I think the campground is going to be full. We broke our cardinal rule, which was never show up to a place on the weekend. I’m optimistic. I think we might find something. Let’s see what happens. I think mid-day on a Saturday, no way. [Kait] It’s looking pretty open to me. [Joe] You’re right. Lots of empty spots. For $15 a night, we found a spot that provided shade from the desert sun and a smooth concrete pad for Leo to lay on. After getting setup, Kait tried to put up our hammock by securing it to the gazebo, but it didn’t quite work out the way she had hoped. [Joe] Quite the hammock action you have going there. [Joe] At least if you fall, you don’t have far to go. [Kait] How far? [Joe] Inches. [Kait] At least it won’t hurt. [Joe] You’re almost touching the ground now. [Joe] Leo, what do you think about this? [Kait] Hey bud! [Joe] I would say this is a hammock fail. This off-grid camping isn’t what I was really thinking of. Here we at least have pit toilets, there’s a little gazebo, we have shade and all of that. I think we need to get out into the desert, dig holes. Stuff like that. That to me is really off-grid. So we’re semi-off-grid here, that’s really off-grid. A lot of people have said that the camper van is going to be too small for us. I disagree. It’s a little tight in there, but this is our backyard. It’s really about living not in the camper van, but out of the camper van. So we can put our chairs out, sit outside, enjoy nature and really use that. I mean, this is gorgeous. I don’t mind having backyards like this all the time. Cheers! Next time, we’re off to the Mojave National Preserve in search of off-grid camping so we can really put our solar system to the test. How many days will we last in the barren desert before we pack up for greener pastures?