Van Camping with Leo the Siberian Husky | Camper Van Life S1:E26
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Van Camping with Leo the Siberian Husky | Camper Van Life S1:E26

What do you want to do for the winter? Leo! Good boy! He’s ready to go. We
picked him up from my mom’s house and we are ready to head out of Southern
California we had a great time at Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood
and the Pomona RV show but now it’s time to get going and I think we’re headed to
Arizona originally we were planning to go to Utah but it’s a little cold up
there and we love Sedona in that area so I think we’ll head that direction
you ready to go I’m ready all right let’s do this
Leo’s ready yeah are you ready yeah you are on the road again on the road again just
can’t wait to get back on that road again
you ready Bub? he’s always ready you bet your healthy
snack I do my roasted sweet potato we’ve been on the road for an hour and a
half two hours two hours well we stopped for gas and now we’re stops a joke you
made coffee yes I have a little bit of my demitasse coffee left that I’ve been
saving for the drive so that’s getting made this afternoon it’s a long drive
out to the…I think it’s 500 miles out to Sedona. 510 from my mom’s house I’m going a
little light on the coffee because I’m trying to stretch it out to two cups
figure if I don’t put as much water in she’ll be just fine I feel like once a
month we have to drive to California so you can get your coffee
hey I’ll try back up the organ I love to coffee there you’re telling me leo we’re not making dinner since we started feeding Leo the same
food we have aside from the fact that we might add chicken and things into his
food anytime we start making something on the stove like boiling water or Kate
brings out the instant pot Leo gets excited because he thinks he’s getting
fed love the turning radius and our clean windshield thank you for cleaning
the windshield you’re welcome and I took care of the solar panels under the birds
had quite the party up there we just passed the exit for Joshua Tree National
Park and we were actually thinking about spending a couple nights there but
it’s almost 6 o’clock and it’s still 87 degrees now so little too toasty for us
that’s why we’re gonna continue going up into Arizona and it’s a lot cooler in
Sedona right now so that’s what we’re headed but earlier in the year while we
were waiting to take delivery of the himer
we took our Jeep out we still had it and did some tent camping and Josh
check out the footage we got there Cheers we’re gonna get a fire started
soon it’s supposed to be in what the 40’s tonight low 40 low 40s
I like that you’re rocking the sandals of course can’t go camping without
sandals I hiked the Smoky Mountains with my sandals it was impressive people were
shocked we’re in the backcountry of Joshua Tree National Park we’re
currently on an 18 mile geology tour having fun I’m having a blast
I love taking the Jeep off-road what do you make it I am making a like a
pseudo chili fire is doing well good morning buddy
how was your first night of camping I’m sore are you sore what are you making now I’m just frying
up some ham and I’m gonna heat up some tortillas got the cast iron over the fire heating
it up I’ve actually never had a successful meal cooked over a camp fire
I think that’s gonna change tonight inquiring minds want to know yes how
many miles this one cup of coffee last year
that depends on traffic since I had this little tumbler the coffee will stay hot
for a couple hours usually I can milk a cup for about an hour
so I would say about a hundred miles or so if I really kind of push it I’m getting hungry how are you doing I saw a billboard back there for
Chipotle and I think it’s coming up so I’m going to get off and go you do like your triple we do I love to
I didn’t even see the billboard I’m hungry my English right on the corner fix the mattress
room Oh you didn’t want to park right up front
yeah I like having a little separation all
right okay there’s a smaller place the cockroach oh can I do two scoops in
the ground just scoops up the ground yeah scoop of each of the beam your
choice of meat today I’m gonna go veggie and but can I get some though yeah she
scoops to the mile one medium on there and I also get a
medium on each side can I get out perfect kinky Leo is very excited it’s all stuck to
the top there we go I know I’ve said we don’t need dairy
it’s really Kate who doesn’t eat dairy I’ll eat it every now and again
especially at Chipotle Cheers it is time to get back on the
road and the great thing about having a campervan we have no problems driving at
night driving a Class A at night was a little sketchy because if you drove down
streets with low-hanging branches or things you might never see them and lose
an air-conditioning unit this thing it’s fine and we can drive all night so let’s
get back on the road and head towards the done’ sounds good see how far we get
all right come on okay you know what I do want for my drive it’s very dark yes
it’s nighttime what do you want drive I’m gonna grab some Ricola I’m addicted
to Ricola nobody knows that but you know now are we ready yes you’re well-fed and you’ve got your
driving snack I do and I’m caffeinated from earlier do we have enough gas to
make it to Arizona you said 130 miles it’s about 140 miles
to quartzite and the gas is significantly cheaper over there I think
we should be fine sign there oh here we go you miss having someone pump your gas I
do it’s kind of nice but I like getting out and standing for a few minutes
gas is 2:38 here it was 375 on the other side of the
California Arizona border think tonight we’re gonna try and push to make it just
outside of Phoenix stay at a truck stop and then in the morning make our way to
Sedona who knows we might end up this is true we do wake up from time to time
we’re like yeah let’s just go in this direction because yesterday we were
talking about going to Utah and then today we said why don’t we go to Sedona
instead ready to get back on the road let’s do it
all right let’s go my favorite nighttime snack recall I’m spot it’s 10 p.m. I’m pretty tired and we
decided that the rest area is going to be a better place for us to spend the
night than a truck stop probably a lot quieter and it was a few
miles closer so I don’t have to be on the road anymore I’m ready to hit the
sack and go to bed Leo’s already passed out and it’s cooled
down quite a bit so I think we’ll sleep all the night and get up early and make
our way to Sedona morning I slept really well last night
you very well it was glad we picked this over the
truck stop last night usually truck stops people are coming and going
this was really Pleasant good morning leo did you sleep well yo he always sings
well but it’s so funny after his bath it’s
like non-stop here he’s so white he needs a great brushing and I brushed him
yesterday so I was thinking we could go to
Flagstaff instead of Sedona sounds good to me we like it up there it looks like
the weather is a little bit warmer the next few days so maybe we can head up
there and then head down to Sedona once it gets cold Leah loves like that does
all right to the van pree coffee coffee pre coffee coffee
so what I do is in the morning I take some water and with my coffee cup from
yesterday there’s still a little bit of coffee at the bottom pour the water in
there swish it around I rinse it and they get a little caffeine jolt before I
make my coffee it’s your coffee water that’s when you
know you truly have a problem I’m the coffee drinker Kate is the tea drinker
babe here is your Jasmine green tea thank you
I’m also the barista you are except I didn’t make enough water for both I did
took care of you first really excited to head back to Flagstaff the last time we
were there was on our way to Los Angeles last year when my mom was having her
cancer surgery mm-hmm and the very first time we went there was when we first got
on the road in the Class A yeah and you got me right in the face with that
snowball that was pretty awesome to Flagstaff looking at the weather and Flagstaff I
just made me think about what do you want to do for the winter I’m open I’ll get this game Arizona for
a couple let me wall and he really have you
morning like stop hex for days it should be good or these are so at night today in the high of 67
33 Wednesday Thursday is a high of low 17
and at low high 30 and we can survive that would we get it
where we get into trouble is overnight if it drops below freezing
tank and all the lines back there are extra
they could freeze on us so we don’t want to have that happen
so I would say let’s spend the next few days and flags now
we come South you know but I think there are enough
there’s enough BLM land and that if we want to spend it extend an amount of
time right now that’ll be
there’s nobody dog friendly never been yeah it’s a pleasure way
so like that every mommy
great grocery stories great beer plenty of free camping and freedoms and playful
we’re good I love just fastest flagstaff city limits and
it is 65 degree now it’s gorgeous here and our fuel gauge just
yeah we’re almost on the empty line we’re almost there founded in 1882 elevation 7,000 I feel like our mpg is
going to be really bad on that tank yeah most of that drive today was
we’ve done 262 miles almost and we did 280 yesterday without even yep yeah I think we were still in a just
below a quarter tank we had to eat this thing does not like mountainous
terrain whatsoever while here’s to helping we make it to
the gas station coming up the hill on the 17 we got just
under 12 miles per pretty bad not as bad as Tahoe no Tahoe is what nine nine and gas is cheaper out here much cheaper
it’s even cheaper in Phoenix it was only I think to 24 gallon yeah all right off
to find some dispersed camping mm-hmm you got to tell me where we’re going
first oh yes Leo we’re in Flagstaff we’re back buddy it’s excited yeah how’s the road not too bad
and is handling it well there are some people camped back in
there we go down that way No Oh up to you looks like there’s a
spot right here 5:06 yeah that looks pretty rented out
though there’s a tech camper over there vintage trailer over there I think this spot looks pretty good okay
let’s check it out I leave it up to you I like the fact
that we get more Sun out here but I’d prefer to be further away from the road
okay do you want me to guide your do you want to go around right uh why don’t you
get out there just make sure I don’t clip any of these branches I love this spot that’s a good spot what
do you think Leo do you love it he likes it
Leo loves the weather the weather it’s so chilly I’m gonna have to grab my
jacket it’s supposed to be pretty cold tonight
you better put some pants on to yourself shorts on thank you it’s very secluded homely Park it
that it is all right dinnertime dinnertime I think I’m gonna have a
glass of wine okay we’re set up wait wait hold on hold on we’re set up now
this is what I love about being in a Class B versus a Class A the Class A
would take us about a half hour to set up put the slides out the carpets down
get our things out flip a chair and we’re ready to go
we don’t even bother putting blocks down anymore no it doesn’t really bother us
as long as so what I did here is there is a downward slope and what I’ve
noticed with this van is it’s it’s a little lower in the front so what I do
is downward slope in front of the van park it this way so we’re not as off
level and if we’re off level side to side I try to get it so that the
driver’s side is a bit higher because our heads are on this side and it’s nice
to be either level or just higher on the drivers side because we sleep better
that way it’s a little weird though if the
drivers side is low and we’re laying backwards we never do that no and we’ve
actually switched we will move our pillows to the other side of the bed so
we have our heads elevated ilio doesn’t care no II don’t know sleep
any direction won’t you buy even upside down well we made it to Flagstaff we
found our dispersed camping spot thank you everyone so much for watching we
will see you next week if you guys enjoyed this video please
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check out our campervan series from the beginning bye


  • We're the Russos

    Watch Episode 27:
    Camping in Flagstaff:
    Van Life FAQ ->

  • Sue Hebden

    I love watching your videos from UK – but do you ever wish for a bigger bedroom, and take a break in a hotel sometimes?

  • LisaMarli

    My daughter claims she gets a second dog every time she brushes her out. Leo seems to be the same.
    We come to Arizona in the summer from San Jose, so we always take I40 to Flagstaff and avoid the Phoenix heat. I think I know every cheap gas station on I40 in Arizona now. 😆

  • Biafra Bueze

    Nice Videos…you guys are so good,i am hoping to travel someday with my wife as you guys are doing.Thogh ,it will be here in Europe where i live,watching you guys makes me feel good and wanna do it today today

  • N Foss

    I was going to say ick on the coffee water until you made the comment on your "coffee" problem.  LOL  I have the same addiction.

  • GnatMan Allin

    I think this is my favorite video to date.As always,Thank You for all the hard work you guys put into your channel,and web pages to educate,and entertain us.LOVE YOU GUYS! C-Ya!,,,,,Peace!

  • Rocki5pr

    Does Leo always wear a collar/tags while you are traveling, just in case? I noticed in some shots he's wearing one, in others he's not.

  • Mike Tomas

    Alright Coffee Man.. Since your around the Sedona area, I'm going to recommend to you that you stop by "Late For The Train" in Flagstaff Az. and ask for a bag of "Black and Tan". Not normally a bag they sell, but is my personal favorite blend of beans for a great cup of coffee. The best part is. They Ship their beans anywhere via their website.

  • Lydia Pagano

    I got my hard copy of your book in the mail yesterday!!! Of course I already had the digital copy, but there is just something nerdy in me that gets excited to have my hands on the physical book!!! I hope we can get together while you are in AZ and I can get it signed. Should I bring my own ink stamper for Leo's paws? baaahhhhaaaaaa!!!! Glad you are enjoying our AZ weather. We "escape" from Phoenix to Cottonwood/Clarkdale/Cornville/Sedona every chance we get!!

  • David from Texas

    I love your rig and watching your videos, I do have one question, why did you tent camp instead of sleeping in the RV? Just a choice to do it?

  • Kaila

    I enjoyed this video very much! Joe, I read your book shortly after it came out and it has made my goal/dream of traveling that much more accessible to me. I've already started the very beginning stages of saving, but hopefully in 2 years or sooner I will be on the road 🙂 I love watching yalls videos and thoroughly enjoy the way you and Kait treat each other, it's something special!

  • S H

    Looks like fun! You all should check out the lava tubes while you are in Flag – it is free, but Leo will have to wait in the van. There is a lot of shade, and the road is pretty good. Going up in the ski lift for a great view is nice too, not sure of the cost right now. I have only gone in the summer, but it should be still running now too. Also, I don't know when your birthday months are, but Out of Africa is free for your entire birthday month. It is way to hot in June (that's mine), but would be great this time of year. Be sure to check out the Airport Vortex while in Sedona for 360 views and an awesome sunset. Have a great time, and welcome to AZ. :o)

  • Dieselfunk

    Best thing about this channel (beyond Leo and the Class B), you guys seem to really enjoy riding with each other. Wonderful:-)

  • Paulette H

    Qi was so happy to hear you two love AZ! We've been in Yuma for Years, bought a toy hauler this passed summer. We'd planned to get out of the heat, but life got in the way……now we will plan trips around the state and save Montana for next summer !

  • John Erbert

    Hi Guys love the videos. Whats your thoughts on having A/C in your unit. I'm purchasing a teardrop trailer and was on the fence on weather I should get Air Conditioning Thanks 🙂

  • Em And the Gang

    Kait was cracking me up with her "What are you making now?" questions during your Joshua Tree flashback. And I've never heard Joe say anything mean, so I totally cracked up again with his comment before the Chipotle stop. And nobody but 16k people know Joe's addicted to Ricola… I love those, too.

  • BeeNMB

    I just met one of Leo's cousins while walking on the beach in S.C. A miniature husky. Looked exactly like Leo only roughly 1/2 the size. Totally chilled like Leo. Thanks for the videos. All that goes in to them much appreciated.

  • Sharon Marks

    I love your channel. I'm a relatively new Travato owner, and I've never camped on BLM land. Can you explain the process? Are permits required? Is there a check-in process? I know it's probably all dry camping. Thanks.

  • Robert Orion

    If you are still in Flagstaff, Revolution Bike, great coffee. It is a coffee bar, in a bike shop. With a micro brew next door. What could be better?

  • k K

    Love the journey….we're heading to Sedona in a week or so in our Sportsmobile 4×4 …….did 10K miles last year but going to tone it down a bit this year…we have found that hospital parking lots are wonderful for overnight….if we feel there could be problem we look up a Dr that is at the hospital for any knock on the window over night…actually hasn't happened yet (knocking on wood)…anyway…Love our Instant Pot as well…Maybe see you on the journey…until…

  • Jake Weisenberg

    Hey guys, loved the video.. Great job ordering at chipotle, that person
    Was dishing out the goodness!! Best wishes , Colorado Jake

  • Inside Diane's Life

    I have heard from some nomads that they avoid rest stops to spend the night.  Do you worry or have you had any trouble?  I like staying at rest stops as we head off on vacation.  (not a nomad yet)  Though the ones we have done is usually in an area we are familiar with.

  • Manny G

    Hi guys, I enjoy watching your videos but I have a comment. I understand that the “camper van” life has its advantages and that it works for you. In your videos you often make comments which seem to suggest that other options, like “travel trailer” option, are not worth the trouble. I’m here to say that I’ve been doing the “travel trailer” lifestyle and it’s great. I may not be able to park it or set up camp as quickly as you guys do but it is part of the allure. There are a lot of options out there, as you well know, and that’s what makes it fun, having choices. Enjoy your next destination, safe travels.

  • 242rox

    Great video…as usual! I just wish you would have come up to Utah…northern Utah! Like I said before, you always have a place to stay when you are in our neck of the woods. Still cracking up about the snowball hitting Kait… but Joe, you know what they say about payback! Again, great meeting you in Pomona and I look forward to seeing you down the road my friends! Safe travels and give Leo a squeeze from us. Randy

  • Dennis

    We enjoy your videos. It would be nice if you posted the general location (or GPS) of where you are when you are disperse camping. We always like to find new locations. We van camp too.

  • joyofnails

    Awesome! You passed right by me on the 303 North Freeway! Enjoy Flag!
    QUESTION: How much maintenance do you have on the Class B? …Oil changes ..etc?

  • Anna Froebe

    Have you guys ever had a trip to Eastern Canada (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland). Gotta visit. Shout out from Haliburton, Ontario.

  • Jackie5992

    Thank you for showing us daily life on the road. Could watch it again, again and again!! It doesn't matter what it is….it's just easy, peaceful, fun, for all of us who live vicariously through your lives. I will be out there next year….Am hoping I run into you both at some point. The Southwest, Flagstaff & Williams, are some of my very favorite places…..thank you!

  • Jackie5992

    Shhhh!! Not a word——my trips into the wilderness: Umpqua forests in Oregon; New Mexico—–that state can't be beat—–high mountains—Around Chama (the Sangre de Cristo mountain range)

  • arturo nino

    Love watching your videos, just bought your book off amazon! I saw you guys packing them if you guys ship them can I have mine autographed:-D! Also any tips on people that would do van life solo Oppose to doing it with someone else? You guys need a show on TLC!!!! 🙂

  • Sue Dickson

    Very nice campsite at Flagstaff. What if you want to leave camp for a short time (grocery, visit town)? Do you give up your campsite for good? Or is there a way to mark it so you can come back?  I saw at Joshua you had a small tent – and wondered if you leave that at camper sites to "mark" your camp when you drive off for short time?

  • Aggie Schmidt

    Have you ever wished you had bicycles with you? I am thinking I would like to have a carrier with a couple of bikes, but do you ever have a need or desire for them?

  • Glenn Scott

    We have been researching the Dodge drivetrain along with Mercedes and have seen poor reviews on transmission problems and electrical issues. what have been your experiences so far? How many miles do you have on your vehicle?

  • Bob Shaw

    Gas here in Florida on the west coast @ Shell gas mart Regular unleaded is $2.22 a gallon down from $2.69 a gallon. before the hurricanes.

  • Dr. Michael Mott

    You guys are so funny! With Leo! Great to see you enjoy yourselves and show us the beautiful sites. My TAB camper is ready to rumble!!!

  • Gennavive Lockham

    Just to remind you u both are loved by so many people. Leo too.. He is amazing.

    Thank you for sharing life with us all. I'm from England and would not see all of your wonderfully beautiful country if not for you. Plus as mentioned you three are so special… Feel as though I actually know you… Wait each video with excitement. THANK U THANK U AND TTTHHHAAANNNKKK UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU💝💞💖💕💟

  • Kevin Tumlinson

    Is that the Yeti Highball? I have one of those, and it's fantastic. Also, I wore flip-flops the whole time I was hiking around Orlando, and according to my Apple Watch I put in about 60 miles in those things.

  • knit1purl1

    Beautiful scenery. Even the rest stop area was so pretty. Leo and I both like the cooler weather! Joe it looked like you used both pour over and coffee press (which I'm not familiar with) makers. I'm moving to a pour over because I want to use better, ethically sourced coffee and get away from the (gasp!) instant. I need to get a coffee grinder. Thank you for another wonderful video.

  • Kergorn1

    is leo limping a bit? I used to give my older akita mangosteen juice every day, it was like he was a young dog again, he lived till he was 14, miss him so bad

  • LovingAtlanta

    👍💡I don’t like it when the guac sticks to the top of the lid so I tell them to put lettuce on top of the guac. 😁

  • Renaissance Nomad

    Whoah Joe and Kate! Thanks for the tip! We're on a road trip right now driving across country and I just tried Chipotle for the first time thanks to you. And wow they give you a LOT OF FOOD for $6.50! What's more is I just looked it up and they are fully organic and non-GMO. That's usually what turns me off to restaurants is all the chemicals and toxic compounds they use but we were exhausted and I thought of your "hack". You should remind people that the "hack" is to get a veggie bowl and do not get any meat substitute, like the tofu. I made that mistake at first but they forgave us and threw in the guacamole on the side anyway. Wow so you guys are the first channel with information we can use. I might also add that an added hack would be to keep the hot ingredients separate from the cold, meaning get all the cold ingredients as sides. That way you can refrigerate the leftovers and reheat the hot ingredients. By the way, do you know what the maximum amount of tortillas they allow you are?

  • Ray Distiso

    Hey as a truck driver if you guys want a good rv wash stop at any blue beacon nation wide also 9f you get an rv customer loyalty card and fuel at pilot flying j locations nation wide you can earn free showers as well just fyi

  • Lone Star Travelers

    Enjoyed watching but wish me and hubby was on the road again… Maybe Ohhh maybe I hope… Love the camping spot yawl chose. We did dispersed camping too last summer. what fun we had… Happy Trails!!!

  • Marie Baskin

    I'm hungry. Chipotle, Quartzsite, Ehrenberg and Flagstaff on my mind. Seriously considering it. Enjoyed traveling with you guys very very much. Made my day. 🙂

  • Anita Whittico

    Hello! To The Russos!! I have been traveling with you guy's on FB I Love it! And I Love Leo!! He's Awesome! Kate I'm waiting on your Recipe Book! Lol! Be Blessed!

  • Sharon Randoll

    We feed our dogs most of the things we eat also after all the dogfood recalls . They do get a lot of chicken , rice , burger if we are eating something that they might not like . Leo is so beautiful and such a good dog !

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