First SprinterConversionVans.com meet-up

Thanks to one of our Facebook Group members Paul Klotz.  We had our first Sprinter Van meet up.  (Halloween 2020).

With the threat of Covid and trying to social distance to be safe, this was a perfect location.  For the most part we kept our distance from each other in an outdoor environment.

The event took place in an “off grid” Ghost Town location in the state of Nevada, USA.   About a 3 hour drive north of Las Vegas.  This Ghost Town is generally located near Death Valley California, just across the state border in Nevada.  Enough of an “out of the way” place, that cell phones were useless trying to text or access the internet.

We enjoyed the Halloween weekend in an appropriate place.  Complete with a beautiful full moon.

At an elevation of around 5000 ft, the time of year we went, and being a desert climate.  That meant pleasant days, but cold nights.  The day time temperatures were pushing 80°F.  The low night dipped to 28°F.  It was cold enough to freeze water left in things like dishpans.

During the day we found ourselves moving our camp chairs to any piece of shade we could find along side one of our vehicles or tents.   Once the sun set we moved those chairs as close to a campfire as possible.

Walt, (one of the few locals) opened up the saloon for us.   Though with the threat of Covid and attempting to social distance the best that we could,  that experience was short lived.  But nice to say hi to Walt since most of us hadn’t seen him in about 4 years.

Some of us biked around the old town.  There are endless things to look at.  Old buildings, old machinery, mine head frames, old vehicles, and parts of old iron scattered everywhere.  Photographers will probably run out of time and memory cards trying to capture this place.

For the more adventurous there is another Ghost Town over the hill, about 6 miles away.  Stateline Ghost Town.   There is only 1 remaining cabin at that location.  Some of the stamping mill foundation and mine shaft head frame remain.  But you better have the vehicle to attempt this adventure.  The road there is rough gravel, and at times disappears under sand in the bottom of several dry wash stream beds.

When the sun set on our four day camp out.  We were reluctant to head back home to the routine of the “now normal” life we all have dealing with Covid.

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TENT & AWNING STAKES Industrial Strength

We love these DIY Tent Stakes so well, we decided to share the info.  We think any half handy person could fabricate these from common materials.  Four of them for about $25.  A simple DIY project.

These stakes are great for EZ-ups.  For sandy area’s.  For conditions that subject you to windy conditions.

Click this link for Info for Fabricating your own Heavy Duty Stakes


Note about the image:  This is a 10×10 Commercial Grade EZ-up style straight leg awning.  With an attached “Standing Room” brand tent.  The tent is fully enclosed.  4 Flap zippered walls and screens, and full floor and overhead top.  No Bugs!

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BUCKSKIN 2019


We attended the annual Arizona Roundup Vintage Trailer Rally this past weekend (December 6,7,8, 2019).   The rally was at Buckskin Mountain SP, near Parker, Arizona.  About a 45 minute drive from the more recognized, or more famous snowbird community of Quartzite, Arizona.

This annual weekend camp out is attended mostly by an established group membership.  Years ago we got an invitation and decided to try it.  We have been going ever since.

A group of us from Las Vegas, not original members, attend as an annual get together.  We also share some friendships with people from California, Arizona, Utah, and more distant places.  A time to catch up, outdoor cook with each other, and share a campfire each night.

The original group is mostly teardrop trailers and vintage trailers, as well as vintage tow vehicles.  Though the group seems to welcome anyone that loves camping.

Some years the campground is sold out for this event a year in advance.  December of 2019 was the first time I saw an abundance of open campsites and an apparent decline of regulars attending.  I personally reserve for the next year while I attend the event.

<center>©Rick Beach -Buckskin Mountain SP, Arizona</center>
©Rick Beach -Buckskin Mountain SP, Arizona

Saturday midday was the communal potluck at the picnic pavilion that overlooks a beautiful section of the Colorado River.   A time to swap stories with anyone that attends.  The food is always good!

This year was relatively cool weather, and some rain.  Not overly cold though.  I must admit one day we had to duck under awnings most of the day to stay dry.

The rain managed to hold off so we had a campfire each night.  During the day most of us did some hiking, photography, sat around and relaxed, or did some Dutch Oven Cooking.

If you are interested in this event find the “Arizona Round-Up” group on Facebook.  They always meet at Buckskin the first Saturday weekend in December.  There are often vintage trailers or tow vehicles for sale.  I leave my wallet at home.  LOL!

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Lets hear about your camping!

Cargo Conversion Trailer (CTC) in camping mode

In our neck of the woods….a.k.a the desert southwest.  Our season for camping anywhere close to home, all but shuts down June through August.  Its just too dang hot not only during the day, but also at night.

Us desert dwellers often hole up for the summer and become armchair campers.  Or we try to find something suitable at an elevation over 8000ft to get out of the heat

We are 180 degrees out of phase with much of the rest of the country who often times embrace camping the summer months.  Most campers find the 3 summer months the prime season.  Kids are out of school, all parks are open….. prime vacation time.

As for us, our first official scheduled event after our summer lull, comes up the middle of September.  An annual camp-out that includes a Nevada State Park Sponsored Dutch Oven Cooking competition.  It attracts about 50 cooks and 250 food samplers.  It fills the campground….and many bellies!

Send us some of your summer photos camping with your DIY project.  Also include a small write up of where, and the details.  We would enjoy sharing your experiences with our readers and subscribers.

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Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada
Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada –  Annual Dutch Oven Cook-off

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REFRIGERATOR Choices to Make

In the article at the link below we focus on choices you might want to consider.  Especially before you buy a major component, cut holes, frame things in, or run wiring.

We had priorities to enable long term “boondocking” or “lot squatting” for extended periods.  Perpetually in fact, without firing up a noisy generator.

We had additional concerns since we camp in desert terrain.  The Southwest section of the USA.  Where air temperatures can exceed 100°F for days on end.  Even continuing throughout the entire night.  It is not uncommon to have the interiors of closed up vehicles exceed 150°F.

We wanted to power ours off Solar and Battery.  We can state we have succeeded, and have been successfully refrigerating and freezing our food  for numerous years.  Off solar and 2 relatively inexpensive marine deep cycle batteries.

Refrigerator thoughts and recommendations

LEFT IMAGE: Air Temperature  surrounding fridge   RIGHT IMAGE: ARB Maintaining 0°F Internal

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BUCKSKIN SP Prep [December 2018 Event]

We are prepping the trailer and tow vehicle to head out soon.  We attend an annual Teardrop & Vintage Trailer Rally.  This rally goes on every December at Buckskin Mountain SP.   Near Parker, Arizona.  Right on the banks of the Colorado River.


The campground usually sells out for this event….normally a year in advance.  There is a ton of eye candy in the form of Vintage Trailers, and Vintage Vehicles.  Mix in some Dutch Oven Cooking, serious “Glampers”, sites and trailers decorated for Christmas, and lots of socializing by like minded people.  You can see why this event is so popular.

Be sure to watch for our follow-up post/article and some of the many photos we will more than likely take [December 2018].

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