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RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Today's posting is about a new grip for my hiking stick. I discovered "My Grip" by FastCap. It is a moldable synthetic that you heat up in boiling water for a couple of minutes, then wrap it around any handle like my walking stick or my hammer or ax. Then you grip it and squeeze your hand grip into it and it cools in that shape. It really gives me a more comfortable grip on my hiking stick while using it. I added one to my small hand ax too. https://i.imgur.com/STFaXY1l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/lckjbdLl.jpg They come in many colors, but I ordered brown so as not to clash with my hiking sticks. https://i.imgur.com/3XheaFBl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/1lu93YJl.jpg
Black95 08/23/22 01:08pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Last spring I purchased a new awning for my van from NAPA for $99. I have had it mounted on my van's roof rack since but have not had a chance to use it. This weekend we used it for the first time and am totally pleased and happy with it. It was easy for my wife and I to put up as all the parts are attached and simply fold out and connect together. After its storage bag was unzipped we rolled it out, lowered the two legs, folded out the side supports and connected their pins into the holes it the top of the legs and adjusted it tight. There were four Velcro straps on each side to attach the awning to the side supports. The only extra parts were the two ropes and stakes to ground it. It gave us more shade than our old awning. https://i.imgur.com/gUowktIl.jpg
Black95 08/08/22 07:29pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

I have mentioned how I make camp coffee in previous posts, so now I will give you a little more detail on how I do it. I have an old Aluminum percolator coffee pot that I discarded the inside parts. I use it to heat up water to boiling with my camp cooking hook. It gets very black over the open flame so I transport it inside a travel bag. https://i.imgur.com/B5k4WQpl.jpg To brew the coffee, I use an old fashioned drip-o-later like my aunt used in the 1960's. They can still be found at nearly new stores and rummage sales in various sizes. It operates on about the same principle as a modern coffee maker. You pour the hot water in the top and it drips through a metal basket attached to its bottom where the coffee grounds are. I add a paper coffee filter that my aunt did not use back in the day. The brewed coffee drips into the bottom part of the drip-o-later. When the coffee is all brewed, I pour it into a thermos and our two insulated coffee mugs for drinking later. https://i.imgur.com/q1OZsahl.jpg Another view of the apparatus. https://i.imgur.com/fbV623Kl.jpg I store my coffee grounds in an old clear ice cream container with my coffee filters held around the outside with a rubber band. This all fits neatly in the top container of the drip-o-later for traveling as seen in the second picture. https://i.imgur.com/YkK1fSpl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/igTnx3Tl.jpg I carry the drip-o-later in my old Navy ditty bag and the fire blackened pot in the blue bag for travel. These both fit in one of my wife's 6x12x12 inch under bed boxes. https://i.imgur.com/0Jxme8Gl.jpg Now you know the secret to my camp coffee that my wife loves. Yes, I know it is a little time consuming, but when I am camping I have lots of time to putter with it while my wife makes breakfast. We love to waste time around the campfire, relaxing, reading, and enjoying nature.
Black95 07/28/22 09:38am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Previously I posted about the new electric scooter we got to travel around the campground with. Here is how I carry it strapped to my ladder with bungee cords, the heavy duty rubber truck tarp kind. I cover it with a heavy duty trash bag to protect it from road dirt and rain. https://i.imgur.com/Ux8aYMFl.jpg Here is what it looks like without the trash bag covering it. https://i.imgur.com/Hofr2asl.jpg
Black95 07/25/22 08:46pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Where is EVERYONE??

OP here, new pictures of my cargo carrier and homemade swingout bracket setup. I like the way your tray folds out of the way so you can open your rear doors. My tray doesn't fold out of the way so I went with a low shallow box that was low enough so I could open my doors over the top of it. Your methods allows for larger boxes so you can carry more stuff than I can. Nice going!
Black95 07/17/22 08:02pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

ON THE GO Mike :D have fun and be safe out there. My wife and I really enjoy watching the autocross. There were some really talented drivers participating. Here is one of the fastest: https://i.imgur.com/Lqok63Hl.jpg We enjoy touring the Black hills every year during the rally. I am sure you recognize this guy! https://i.imgur.com/xfLgEYyl.jpg It was a typical hot week in July in South Dakota. We toured the Badlands National Park west of Rapid City, SD. With temps in the high 90's even the magpies were feeling the heat panting with their mouths open. https://i.imgur.com/d3I4z3hl.jpg
Black95 07/17/22 07:58pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

The Black Hills Corvette Classic rally actually started today in Beresford, SD at Jerry’s Chevrolet dealership with registration and a noon lunch. Then everyone meets at the fairgrounds in Sioux Falls, SD for a car show and other activities like the Quick 60. Thursday morning they all meet (about 200-300 Corvettes) to leave as a caravan on I-90 (with 80 mph speed limits) to head for the main part of the rally in Spearfish, SD. I will join them along I-90 at the Plankinton, SD exit. It goes on for the next couple of days with touring of the Black Hills, autocross and drag strip activities, a poker run, seminars, and another big car show on Spearfish Main St on Friday night. Some go on tours to Mt. Rushmore, Devil’s Tower, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park and Wildlife Loop, the Needles Hiway, and Iron Mountain Road with its three one lane tunnels that you can see Mt. Rushmore through them and its wooden pigtail bridges and lots of curves which Corvette drivers like. Some even spend time in Deadwood, SD, our big gambling town. A big catered supper and entertainment show with several diamond drawings end it on Saturday night. This is the longest running Corvette event in the nation, going on 51 years, even longer than the well known Corvettes at Carlisle, PA. When I get back Sunday it will be time to get the camper van ready to go again.
Black95 07/13/22 06:35pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

I noticed the other day that Walmart has a collapsible version of corn hole similar to the one I purchased on Amazon. They also have one with LED lights so you can play it in the dark.
Black95 07/13/22 07:42am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

……….Do you have any camping plans for the summer? we won't go camping until mid Sept. and then we can go anytime in the Fall into late Spring. I keep my camper van in a heated storage shed so I can keep it packed and ready to go camping at a moments notice any time of year. It gets down to -10 or -20 sometimes in winter, hence the heated storage shed. It occasionally get up to 60 degrees F in the Black Hills Custer State Park, so we can run out to the Hills for a couple of days during the winter. During the summer I carry my window air conditioner so we can camp during the hot days too. We are planning on a quick day trip to one of our state parks as a come down day after hosting my youngest son’s family for a week. Old Grand Dad has to keep two teenage grand daughters busy with Story Book Land, the water park, go carts, disc golf, mini-golf and, new this year, my collapsible corn hole game. Next week I have to clean and wax my C6 Corvette for our trip to Spearfish, SD for the Black Hills Corvette Classic Rally. We join the caravan of about 400 Corvettes on I-90 at Plankinton, SD for the rest of the run to Spearfish. With a speed limit of 80 mph it is fun to open it up. After we get back from that we will get back to short camping trips around the state. Busy summer and it seems to go by so fast.
Black95 07/06/22 07:56am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

We are always looking for games to play while camping. I have admired all of the different cornhole game boards that I have seen while camping but knew that I could not carry something that big around in my van camper. My wife came across this one from GoSports that is a collapsible version. It disassembles into the space of the small carrying bag that I can find room for in my van's back storage area. https://i.imgur.com/K1x4KK7l.jpg We tried it out in our yard when my youngest son and his family from KY visited us in June. My grand daughters loved it and even got my youngest 4 year old grand daughter to play when they moved the "boards" closer together. I will be carrying this in my van on all future trips because my wife likes to play too. https://i.imgur.com/cUDb4pbl.jpg
Black95 07/05/22 07:56pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

It is time for another update, although this is not a modification to our van camper. Recently we purchased an electric scooter. It has proven to be very handy around the campground. We can zip to the comfort station quickly with it. We are looking forward to finding other uses for it. For a couple in our 70's we balance quite well on it and it appears these old dogs can learn new tricks. We do keep it in its ECO mode which keeps us down to 10 mph or slower which is fast enough for us. Last fall I tried my grand daughters' hoverboards and did not do well on them but the scooter has a handle and is so much easier to balance on. https://i.imgur.com/Ahldxlll.jpg The handle folds down easily so we carry it strapped to our rear mounted ladder. I forgot to get pictures of it in transport mode this last trip, so will post a picture of it the next time we go camping. https://i.imgur.com/YOUimOml.jpg
Black95 06/05/22 08:05pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Planning on heading out again for our 2nd camping trip of the year. We are going to a local campground at Richmond Lake Recreation Area. Another equipment testing camp night. We love to hike when we camp and, being a woodworker, l like to make my own things if possible. One of the things i have made for myself and most members of our family is a walking or hiking stick. I make mine out of walnut most of the time, although I have made them out of oak and bamboo. I usually put a 1/4" threaded stud on top to act as a camera monopod, then I put a threaded adapter into a wood ball to top it off. On the bottom I usually add a pointed end with a rubber removable cover on it. I get these from websites that cater to walking stick DIY'ers. When we visit different national parks I am always on the lookout for medallions to add to my stick. A few times when I could not find any, the place may have a penny press machine that turns your penny into a souvenir that I can drill small holes in and attach to my walking stick. My wife likes to keep her stick lighter so she chooses not to adorn hers. Over the many years I have been collecting hiking medallions I have filled up two hiking sticks and am now working on my third, which will probably be my last as I am in my late 70's.. I also add a hand strap on the top of each stick sort of like they use on ski poles. We give our hiking sticks a workout on every camping trip. https://i.imgur.com/WNktZdYl.jpg
Black95 05/12/22 03:00pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Where is EVERYONE??

I like your high top. I,originally, kept with the low top because that is the only kind that would fit in my heated garage. But now that we have moved to the big city and I have found a heated storage garage for my camper van and Corvette, I finally have the overhead space to store it. I may have to look into converting mine to a high top too. It would be really nice to be able to stand up in it. Not sure how my roof rack, water storage tube, and NAPA awning would fit on a high top though. Keep posting pictures because I love to see what others have done, especially to GM vans.
Black95 05/08/22 08:59pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

This is my first camping trip since about 9 months ago in August of 2021. Went camping over Mothers Day at Oahe Campground #1 is our favorite site #42. It was a beautiful weekend. We have not been camping since last August because we decided to downsize from our four bedroom house with 2 1/2 baths, a sauna, and a four car heated garage to a smaller house in the big city of Aberdeen, SD which is a 2 bedroom with 2 baths and a single car garage. It involved a lot of rummage sales and online selling to get rid of much that we had accumulated in 40 years in the same place. We decided to retire to a larger city and downsize a lot of our possessions to save the kids some headache when we get too old to care for it all. We do love it living in a larger city instead of the smaller town of about 350 that we had lived in almost all of our lives. It helped that a found a heated storage shed for my camper van, Corvette, and wood shop tools. About the only upgrade I have made to my DIY camper van was an improvement to the overhead water storage system. I used 6" PVC tubing for the tank and had it connected to an air compressor quick disconnect line to the water valve located on the side of my van. I changed it to a garden hose quick disconnect which allows a lot more water to flow through the tubing. I did have to add a shut off valve to it as the garden hose quick connect does not shut off the flow when disconnected like the air compressor disconnect did. Everything works better now. The water tap is connected to one of those magnetic tool trays for easy access. I did not get a chance to open my new awning from NAPA as the weather was a little too breezy. Maybe next trip I will post a picture of it in use. https://i.imgur.com/7FWRGcbl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/a0vRZhdl.jpg
Black95 05/08/22 06:33pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

I have not done any camping since back in August. Not that the weather wasn't nice, it has been great for this time of year. Today, in northern South Dakota we had temps in the 60's which is really great for this time of year. What has taken me away from camping was selling our big house in the small town of Roscoe and moving to our smaller house near the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. It was my wife's winter house when she worked for the University and now that we have been retired we decided it was time to downsize and rid ourselves of 40 years of accumulated "stuff." We went from a four bedroom house with a four car garage down to a two bedroom home with a one car garage. That meant that a lot of the "stuff" had to go. Good turnout at our rummage sales and good response from local online rummage sales helped a lot. Naturally I had to get a storage space big enough to put the Corvette and the camper conversion van in for the winter. We are really enjoying our retirement in a larger town and, especially, with the University so close we can attend a lot of free music recitals. But today with such nice weather I decided it was time to upgrade the conversion van camper with an Maxi-Trac 8 foot awning from NAPA. Installation was a breeze. I just drilled four holes in my roof rack mount and bolted it up. Now I am going to plan a camping trip in the near future and try it out. I am sure it will work slicker than our old 9x9 Gander Mountain one. We will keep it and maybe use it as a free standing one for a picnic table. I will update this post with a picture of the awning extended in use on our next camping adventure. https://i.imgur.com/4vzznrwl.jpg
Black95 12/01/21 06:12pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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