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Sprinter 4×4 Camper Van Build: Day 3.

While Dan and I are busy with the van build, the girls are creating daily checklists for themselves to make sure all their schooling gets completed. Language arts, math, ancient history, art and exercise. Those are their current five subjects. So when we mentioned to the girls that we needed to run to Home Depot in the morning, they quickly put their shoes on and mentioned something about getting to check exercise off their lists. Once we go to the store, the exercise comment made much more sense to me. Sorry contractor dudes in the store, running on polished concrete floors was their PE class today.

Sprinter camper van build : day 3

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Selling Our Ford F-250 and Four Wheel Camper

Ford F-250 & Four Wheel Camper

Ok so our Casita went up for sale 2 days ago and now it’s the truck camper’s turn. We spent today clearing out our belongings and gave her a deep clean. Huh, now that it’s empty and clean, we might just keep her! I wish… If we could keep her and still buy our overseas rig we totally would. But we can’t justify letting her sit here while we are gone for a year or two. Here she is in all her glory.

Asking Price: $49,000.00

Sold as package. Will not separate. (Decals on truck doors can be removed)

Our Casita trailer is also for sale

Ford F-250 & Four Wheel Camper

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Making A Movie About Our Life On The Road.

The last couple of days we’ve been staying on the coast of Southern California. Specifically in Newport Beach, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano. We left the deserts of Arizona back to the coast because we are involved in a little video production project with a company we’ve been working with this past year. They are very supportive of our life on the road and we are grateful for their support. When they told us about shooting a short little video of our family and our lives, we were happy to oblige.

Let’s rewind a few weeks back to our week in American Girl Mine BLM land outside of Yuma Arizona. We ran into Jeff and Deb Spencer, AKA Rolling Recess. They were the folks who originally suggested us to be a part of this project. The timing of us leaving Arizona and coming back to LA for a few days worked perfectly so we made the commitment to come back out here.

We have spent a fair amount of time at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California. As all California campgrounds, it is pricey and crowded. But it is right on the beach and near some of our old friends from college whom we get to visit while we are back on the west coast. We found out quickly though that it is not the ideal place to make a little short film. The weekend crowds make a lot of noise and having a crew there with a bunch of equipment does draw a fair bit of attention.

We managed to get some good footage of us hanging out at the beach but called it a day and decided to reconvene the next day at a new, hopefully quieter location. We have been told that a nearby regional part a little inland from San Juan Capistrano was a bit of a local secret. Of course most people prefer the beach when they are this far west so we thought it could be a good bet for us as a shooting location. Going to a park just for day use is actually one of our regular full time activities. Usually when we are moving quickly across a state we like to find nice parks that we can spend the day at for next to nothing and put some miles under us after dinner. Our day there pretty much simulated one of those days.

Caspers Wilderness Park is an 8,000-acre regional park minutes away from a densely populated southern California neighborhood. You wouldn’t know it being there on a Monday afternoon. We had pretty much the whole place to ourselves. We set up shop at a day-use gravel parking lot, rode bikes, cooked hot dogs and shared our lives on the road with the camera.

We had a couple of long days but it was a great experience over all. We want to thank Jeff and Marty especially for spending their days with us. They worked a couple of long days getting this project to work out the way it did. We won’t see the final product for a few months but we feel great about the time we spent together.

Here is my little vlog from those couple of days and hopefully gives you a little behind the scenes look of how this all went down.

Dan

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Why You Need ND Filters For Your Drone

Do you ever wonder why your videos aren’t quite as ‘cinematic’ as the videos you see in the movies? Well, there are a lot of reasons for that. I can’t teach you all of the tricks. Mostly it’s because I don’t know them all. However I will try to teach you at least one here today. It has to do with ‘Neutral Density’ filters.

Neutral density filters are essentially sunglasses for your camera. It is important because photography and videography has everything to do with how much light enters the iris of the lens. Most cameras with manual controls will let you change 3 settings that control how much light is absorbed on the sensor of your lens. Or if you are a cool hipster, you only have 2 settings along with the speed rating of that vintage film stock you found at Goodwill.

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Faria County Park, California.

We were actually here at Faria County Park a couple months ago with both our truck camper and the Casita, which is our current set-up. The reason that I point that out is because it’s the first place that we camped that actually didn’t allow for us to have “two camping units in one camp spot”. We knew that our set-up could cause an issue at campgrounds with a million rules but we did not expect it from our teeny home town county campground. Rules smules.

Even though we didn’t pop up the truck camper, it was still illegal for us to be parked in one spot. Our option according to our warning ticket was to get rid of one camping unit or pay for two sites. There was no way we were going to pay for two sites nor get rid of one. Lucky for us, there was free parking on the frontage road between certain hours so by setting alarms and moving our truck around, we somehow avoided getting a ticket. It was a pain in the butt but worth it.

Blog Faria State Beach California

 

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