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Lessons Learned

Actual Cost

Here are our Fourth Month (December) travel expenses:

 

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Van Report

Propex HS2000 Heater Installation

We’re about to take a long drive north to chase the snow. We look forward to it, but we’re worried that our Webasto heater might fail again and that prevents us from being super excited about this new chapter. First time our Webasto failed, it was 2 AM, outside temperature was -15F (-26C) and we were pretty much in the middle of nowhere. No fun.

We planned this trip for so long and we want to enjoy it to the fullest. Let’s fix this once for all:

 

 

Webasto Heater

We estimate that the Webasto has accumulate over 250-350h run time since we installed the new burner assembly. We’re happy to report it’s still working fine 🙂

 

Webasto VS Propex Heater

Since carbon buildup is more likely to occur when the Webasto runs on “low”, we plan on using the Webasto for “boost” in the evening and in the morning, then use the Propex at the lowest setting during the day when we’re out there (to prevent the interior from freezing; the lowest setting keeps the van at around 3-5C (37-41F)). That’s the plan anyway; we will try and adjust.

 




 

 

Electrical System

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Welcome to winter solstice! Days are short and the solar panels don’t generate as much power as they used to in summer… but with the help of the alternator, we manage to bring the charge of the battery back to 100% (or close) almost everyday.

 

Driveshaft Coupling Replacement

Transit owners, have you inspected your driveshaft coupling lately? Ours was replaced at 22k miles under warranty because we found 3 cracks on it.

Ford-Transit-Driveshaft-Coupling-Cracks-Recall

In case you’re not aware, there is a recall on 2015-2017 Ford Transit because the flexible driveshaft coupling (a.k.a. guibo) may fail; the recall intent is to replace the guibo every 30k miles (cracks or no cracks; ours was replaced before 30k because we had multiple cracks already). For more infohttps://ford.oemdtc.com/2874/17s15-driveshaft-flexible-coupling-replacement-2015-2017-ford-transit

Meanwhile don’t panic; just check your guibo periodically (it’s in between the front wheels, easy to spot)! If there is no crack, there is no need to replace it (unless you’re over 30k already)

 

Winter Preparation

Before heading north, there are a few things to do that will make our winter living easier:

1- INSTALLING THE SNOW CHAINS

Carrying snow chains is something we got really good at, but it would be wise to get better at putting them on! Indeed, it requires a little bit of practice and doing it under the Arizona winter is much more enjoyable than under the blizzard.

We consider snow chains a safety device rather than a gizmo, so we splurged on a set of high-quality Thule / Konig XG-12 PRO snow chains. With their patented system, they’re simple to install and don’t require to move the vehicle during installation, nice! Here is our “home-made” installation/removal guide along with our thoughts on them:

 

2- GREY WATER MANAGEMENT

We got tired of emptying the 4 gallons grey water tank everyday, so we added a 2 way wye valve to route the water into the Aquatainer OR directly through the floor (we use biodegradable soap), depending on where we’re parked.

All the details (material/pros/cons/notes) are in the “Grey Water Tank” section of our Water System article:

 

3- INTERIOR “EMERGENCY” SHOWER

O.K., the interior shower was tested and works, but we renamed it to “emergency” because it’s so much logistics that we would prefer not to use it. It’s been an interesting experiment, but there are a lot of downsides to it:
– The curtain takes forever to dry and uses a LOT of our space (we will probably have our winter gear drying too at the same time).
– It’s a 2 person job: 1 taking a shower, 1 activating the shower pump, giving the soap and shampoo to the other, etc.
– The pan drain works but we have to make sure the hose doesn’t raise higher than the pan or it will overfill.
– For now, the drain is routed through the side door; it’s fine here in Arizona, but in Canadian winter…

Interior-Shower

 




 

Tales from the Road

Fourth month traveled road:

 

Viva Las Vegas

We had the chance of having dinners with really nice people in Las Vegas and we were pleasantly surprised to find that there it is, in fact, a “normal” city with “normal” people outside the Strip. We also took the opportunity to assist to Cirque du Soleil “Mystère” show and it was really incredible!

 

Of course we visited the Strip:

Las Vegas Strip

 

We left and never came back. True story.

 

Boulder (Arizona)

While most people head to the Hover Dam after Vegas, we headed for Boulder AZ. There are some sweet lines here!

 

Gold Strike Hot Springs (or “Warm” Springs)

Here is the trail to get there: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/nevada/gold-strike-hot-spring-trail

Gold Strike Hot Springs

Warming Up

Gold Strike Hot Springs

What has 8 legs, 78 eyes, schwarzenegger body and more hair than Tom Selleck? Click on the picture and look closely to find out…

 

Flagstaff (Arizona)

Very, very impressed by Flagstaff! Riding the desert for the past few months was awesome, but having our wheels back on “normal” trails (in our own definition) again felt just right.

This video is “Wasabi” trails (Upper & Lower):

 

Worth mentioning “Pickle”, “Ginger” & “Can I”. They RULE. If you need more steep in your life, these trails are the answer.

 

And at last, we felt in love with Dark Sky Brewery. Great beer, great place! (Mountain of Mosaic is the best IPA we had in a looong time)

Flagstaff, we’ll be back…

 

Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)

First of all, the National Park Beer store is AWESOME! We found “La Folie” (New Belgium Brewery) and it was much cheaper than anywhere else we’ve seen it! Our expectation was deliciously fulfilled.

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Secondly, it’s possible to sleep for FREE 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon Village in the Kaibab National Forest. Nice! We were there during the Geminid Meteor Shower and very much enjoyed the show:

Grand Canyon Free Campsite Geminid Meteo Shower

 

Unfortunately we couldn’t make it to the North Rim because there is a big gap in between:

Grand Canyon squirel

Grand Canyon

 

 

Sedona (Arizona)

Beautiful, beautiful Sedona. Here, the green vegetation meets the red rock and it looks spectacular!

Sedona

 

And the riding is not bad too…Sedona Mountain Biking
Sedona Mountain Biking

 

 

We stayed south of Sedona a few days:

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/aZhT42CcH6E2

 

And on BLM Road 525 a few days as well:

Sedona Free Dispersed Campground

Location: https://freecampsites.net/#!4001&query=sitedetails



 

Fourth Month’s Favorite Trails

What defines a “Favorite Trail”? It’s a trail/ride we would plan again on a next trip; in other words, it’s a trail/ride that we think is worth the detour!

 

Antoine’s Top 5

1- Hiline, Sedona (Arizona)

  • Hiline on Trailforks
  • Hiline starts as a mellow but steady climb on a ridge line; you will be rewarded with a magnificent view over Sedona. Enjoy the view and let go the brakes for a fast and flowy decent over slickrocks. Then get ready for three or four steep and technical sections. Note the words in bold in the previous sentence. In doubt, it’s OK to walk through these sections.

2- Hangover, Sedona (Arizona)

  • Hangover on Trailforks
  • If you can ride down the steeps of Hiline, you can probably ride Hangover. Except the exposure here is extreme. No joke. There is no room for error.

3- Upper & Lower Wasabi, Flagstaff (Arizona)


4- Can I, Flagstaff (Arizona)

  • Can I on Trailforks
  • Steep. Did I mention steep? Steep, slow and technical. Can you modulate your brakes? Try to ride it, not to slide it 😉

5- Ginger, Flagstaff (Arizona)

  • Ginger on Trailforks
  • Similar to Can I above, but a little less steep. Anyone comfortable with steep descent skills will like this one!

 

Follow Antoine on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/697494

Antoine Ride Logs on Trailforks: https://www.trailforks.com/profile/atoine/ridelog/

 

 

Isabelle’s Top 5

1- Hiline, Sedona (Arizona)

  • Hiline on Trailforks
  • This trail got it all! It starts going up on a ridge that is just challenging enough, then it goes down on a sweet, fast, long slickrock to finish with a technical descent. Did I mentioned earlier I love technical challenges? This one is just perfect to push my limits! I could do it over and over again! Plus, the view is amazing at all time!

2- Broken Arrow, Sedona (Arizona)

  • Broken Arrow on Trailforks
  • This trail can be ridden in both direction although it is most fun downhill! I think it worth doing the little detour to Submarine rock (on the way up, not to interrupt your descent!) just to look at Pink Jeeps going down the steep jeep trail; kind of impressive!

3- Mescal/Chuck Wagon, Sedona (Arizona)

  • Mescal on Trailforks
  • Chuck Wagon on Trailforks
  • These two trails are just great to start with when arriving to Sedona; they are not super flowy nor particularly technical, but just fun to ride! Being on the slickrock of Mescal provides a nice view of the surrounding and I really enjoyed riding in Chuck Wagon forest (I don’t know if there are any similar forests, but this one seemed unique to me!).
  • Be aware, both trails can be very busy. We met A LOT of hikers all the way.

 

4- Sunset/Schultz Creek, Flagstaff (Arizona)

  • Sunset on Trailforks
  • Schultz Creek on Trailforks
  • Let’s be honest, we’ve been riding in the desert for the past two months, it was just good to ride in a forest again 🙂 We worked hard to get on top, but it was rewarding (and no brainer) to ride down Sunset followed by Schultz Creek.

5- Pyramid, Sedona (Arizona)


 

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Isabelle Ride Logs on Trailforks: https://www.trailforks.com/profile/irichard/ridelog/

 

What’s Next?

The Arizona sun and warmth is nice, but it’s time for us to head north and chase the snow. Here we are a few days later:

25 Short, Grand Teton NP (Custom)

We love winter too.

 

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

 

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6 comments

  1. Comment by Ryan

    Ryan Reply January 24, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Awesome report guys. This probably takes a lot of time, but it’s super valuable! Thanks again

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply January 24, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks for reading and letting us know 🙂

  2. Comment by Colin

    Colin Reply January 24, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Hey nice update y’all, I am 2 months and cabinets deep into solo building my EB transit with almost no DIY experience and living through you guys is totally carrying me through the (seemingly neverending) darkness!

    Your blog as very quickly become my bible, so I can’t thank you enough for the quality and effort you’ve put into this site. I’m more than happy to continue buying all the products I can through your amazon links, and in that vein I’m curious how to best use them for you all as the program seems a bit nebulous to me –

    Is it enough to click a link and check out via that page with a full cart, or is it necessary to click each individual product through your page and add it to my cart that way? Is there like a general “amazon.com/faroutride” link or something along those lines, or do you only get commission on specific products?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply January 24, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      Hey,
      thanks for the kind words and THANKS for using our links 🙂

      Once you click our link and you’re on Amazon, we make a commission on every item you add to your cart in the next 24 hours OR until you close your browser. ANY product, not only the one we posted. After items are added to your cart, it will “remember” it for 90 days; if you don’t proceed to checkout within 90 days we loose the commission. Voilà!

      So you can either click on any of our link or just bookmark this one: Amazon Search

      Thanks for your support 🙂
      And good luck with your conversion!

  3. Comment by nick

    nick Reply January 25, 2018 at 2:10 am

    awesome! Bootleg Canyon is in boulder city, Nevada not Arizona 😉 That place is pretty sick!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply January 25, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Yep! Ginger is one crazy trail for sure… so steep and soooo loose, I walk most of it 🙁
      But other trails were super fun!

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