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Bathroom Options for a Minivan Camper

When traveling in a minivan camper, one of your biggest challenges is where to go when you don’t have a convenient place to go. Not where to go as far as a destination, but where to go to the bathroom. Sometimes public restrooms simply aren’t available or convenient. There are few options when it comes to indoor plumbing in a minivan camper. Cassette Toilets Resembling traditional toilets, albeit smaller and more compact, cassette toilets are popular with larger vehicles such as RV's, full-size vans, and sprinter type conversion vans. Well-made cassette toilets tend to be odor free although they may have some lingering odor when the toilet is in use. The biggest downside to a cassette toilet is probably the cost and whether the size is compatible with your layout. When they need to be emptied, the easiest way is to carry them to a porta potty and dump the…

Cycling

Searching For the Perfect Mountain Bike Grip

  Handlebar grips serve two main functions: comfort and control. Both functions are closely related to each other. A well-designed handlebar grip provides sufficient friction to prevent your hand from slipping.  The surface should also allow for easy changes in…

Three Foot Passing Laws and Mutual Respect

Recently a Facebook group member posted an angry response to how bike clothing manufacturer, VOmax Apparel responded to a comment on one of their Facebook ads. This particular group is a private group for former cycling industry members.  The member…

Tom Ritchey Road Logic Review

  Tom Ritchey is best known for building mountain bikes and mountain bike components. He was at the birth of mountain biking way back in the 70's. Tom however also has a lengthy history in road bikes. After all, Tom…

Backpacking

Klean Kanteen Review

I've had my Klean Kanteen Wide 40 oz. single wall water bottle since 2008. It's not sexy, it's not expensive, and it's not the item that most gear heads would ever brag about. But it is reliable, durable, and trustworthy.…

Camping on South Manitou Island

South Manitou island is located in Lake Michigan about seven miles from Leland, Michigan and is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It was once inhabited and home to farming and logging and was an essential re-fueling stop…

Kayaking

Beaver Island Water Trail

  Beaver Island is an amazing sea kayak destination. With the addition of the new Beaver Island Water Trail, it just gets better! It’s rather special to me since it is where I had my first sea kayak lessons. Being…

Upcoming 2020 Michigan Kayak Symposiums

Symposiums are a great way to learn kayaking skills. Taught by experienced paddlers, typically, ACA or BCU certified coaches; one can learn an incredible amount of useful information in a fun, safe, hands-on environment. 31st Annual WMCKA Symposium Montague, MI…

travel

Honda Odyssey Camper Van Conversion

Minivan Camper Conversion For some time now I’ve been wanting to travel out west. For this I wanted a vehicle that would allow me to sleep inside, carry a variety of outdoor equipment, camera gear, and get decent gas mileage.…
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