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In case you’re late to the show:

 

Hello!

Do you like COLD? SNOW? Then keep reading we got plenty of that this month 🙂

 

 

Lessons Learned

We’ll keep it short this month, so check our Fifth Month Article for our winter’s lessons learned (4×4, keep the van warm, dry our ski gear). Also check our Van Report below; we have a few things to say about the van.

 

 

New Kids On The Blog

Here are the articles that were added to the website in February 2018. Thanks for reading!

 

 

Van Report

Webasto Heater

Since we last replaced the burner insert because of carbon buildup, we ran the Webasto for over 700 hours and we’re happy to report that it’s still running fine! 🙂 We’re very tempted to say that the issue is fixed, but we will still wait just in case… (context: How To Install a New Burner Following Carbon Buildup)

We had some REALLY cold weather since we arrived in Canada in February; we had to deal with temperatures around -5F (-20C) for over two weeks and we’re happy to report that we didn’t freeze to death! The Webasto worked really hard to keep us comfortable in the van 🙂

Webasto-Exhaust-Condensation-Drain-Hole

Arctic cold = Webasto working hard = lot’s of water forming in the exhaust! The water you see here is the result of less than 48 hours parked at the same spot. Drain hole is no joke!

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If you’re confused by what you see, you are either from: Liberia, Myanmar or USA.

 

Leaking Roof

We read a few reports of leaking roof on the Transit (source: FordTransitUSAForum), but we thought bad things only happen to others… yeah right! So here’s the situation: there are a bunch of threaded holes on top of the Transit roof. These threaded holes are used to install roof rack and such. If you climb on your Transit roof, you won’t find any of these threaded holes because they come with rubber plug and Ford simply painted over them. So let’s say you want to use the threaded hole, you would have to remove the paint and the rubber plug. We didn’t use any of these threaded hole so we left the paint untouched. Unfortunately, it seems that the paint cracks over time and as a result the roof leaks:

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Oh-oh.

 

Here are the threaded hole locations:

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We noticed dripping water coming out of the wall over the sliding door; because our ceiling is insulated and finished, we could not locate the exact location of the leak. But we assumed it came from one of the threaded hole, so we climbed on the roof and we found that the paint was slightly cracked around the plugs (see previous picture). No big deal, we had some Silicone II in our toolbox and sealed the deal:

Ford Transit Cracked Paint

Before.

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After. So you think you could do better at 10F (-12C) with frozen hands, huh? 😛 (note: we heated the metal with a heat gun to follow the 40F temperature application of the silicone)

 

Don’t Panic!

It’s a quick and easy fix. If you’re at the early stage of your conversion, you should probably seal the paint as a preventive measure. You could, for example, use the Dicor self-leveling sealant leftover from the roof fan installation (faroutride.com/fan-installation).

Note: if you’re thinking of sealing from inside the van, be aware that some of them are located under a frame and are not accessible… (source: FordTransitUSAForum).

 

Food for thought

Because we insulated our van using Thinsulate (faroutride.com/thinsulate-installation/), water found its way down; we were alerted of the leak immediately and we could fix the issue at the source. If we had use foam board or spray foam (or whatever), water would probably have been trapped and accumulate somewhere (remember some of the threaded holes are hidden within frames) and rust over time or drain all at once when driving and make a huge mess. Also, as opposed to denim or fiberglass insulation, Thinsulate is hydrophobic and don’t retain moisture; it will dry soon enough. We think that’s another good reason right there to choose Thinsulate (amzn.to/2Fju0Ui) for insulation…

 

 

 

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Tales from the Road

Sixth month map:

 

 

Our last month ended in a week-long storm cycle in Crystal and Alpental ski resorts:

Powder Day

 

Rain showed up on the pass, but we think we pretty much figured out the Pacific North West normal weather pattern:

PNW-weather

Our understanding of the Pacific North West weather.

 

Vantage, Washington

Fortunately we got an invitation from @tiny.world_big.van to go rock climbing on the sunny side at the Frenchman Coulee in Vantage (Point #2 of the “Sixth month map”). Sweeeeet!

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Sun and warmth is nice, be we missed winter already. Since the Cascade range was still under the rain, we decided to drive back to the interior. We made a few friends in Whitefish (Point #4) at the beginning of our trip (first month), so we knew we would be treated well there 🙂

 

Whitefish, Montana

Our friends @paddlefishsports offered us a place to park (and a place to relax, eat, chill, recover… thanks!) and @mikechilcoatphoto (make sure to check his awesome portfolio here: www.mikechilcoat.com/) showed us the goods in Whitefish Resort:

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Back to the metric system, yay! 

 

Fernie, British Columbia

Fernie (point #9) is a sweeeeet scenic little town with great skiing, but it was sooo cold we didn’t feel like taking pictures outside… so here is a picture of inside:

Winter Vanlife Cooking

Au menu: Soup, Butter Chicken & Dates Muffins!

 

Lussier Hot Springs, British Columbia

Waking up 1 minute walking distance from a undeveloped natural hot spring is a pretty good incentive to get out of bed early! There are 3 pools ranging from 104F to 98F (guesstimate) and the road was icy but well maintained. Google Map will bring your there: goo.gl/maps/2fLFBGaW8DU2

Lussier Hot Springs

Lussier Hot Springs

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Lussier Hot Springs

 

Somewhere along the Trans Canadian highway…

 

Kicking Horse Ski Resort, British Columbia

Kicking Horse (point #12) has great steep skiing, especially if you can make it out-of-bounds (with the proper avalanche equipment and training). The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and it’s not crowded compared to the resorts south of the border 🙂

 

Here are some couloirs accessible from the top of the lift if you don’t mind walking out-of-bounds a bit (we did the one in red):

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Rogers Pass, British Columbia

Mother nature treated us like V.I.P. guests with deep snow, awesome terrain and breathtaking views. This place is huge and wild. For us, its beauty is unmatched and so is the reward… Having our home parked at this location feels unreal and sharing our time with full-timer @barrywinston was a pleasure!

Grizzly Peak

 

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In our dreams… Photo: @barrywinston

 

Dropping into untouched pillow line in “Puff Daddy”

 

Deep and delicious snow in “McGill Chute”. Photo: @barrywinston

 

Isabelle is getting some too! Photo: @barrywinston

 

Barry making its way into “Puff Daddy’s ” cliffs…

 

Antoine into the last section of the McGill Chute:

 

Barry:

 

Isabelle:

 

 

 

Snow makes us happy! Photo: @barrywinston

 

 



 

What’s Next?

We’re fully immersed in winter and we’re loving it! Here is a tentative plan for the upcoming month:

But plans are made to be changed…

 

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

 

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Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine 🙂 In 2017 we sold our house (and everything in it), quit our engineering careers and moved into our self built campervan. We’ve been on the road since then and every day is an opportunity for a new adventure; we’re chasing our dreams and hopefully it inspires others to do the same!

 

 

8 comments

  1. Comment by Duane

    Duane Reply March 22, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Good to know your 2 wheeler is making it through BC. Especially this season, which has been epic – even on the drier side of the rocks in KCountry and Banff. I’ve got a Transit van on order, and have been going through your build journal in detail. It’s great! If you’re ever in the Canmore area, and need some guidance on backcountry skiing, or mountain biking, I owe you guys! Next, I’m going to try and make sense of the electrical system.

    Only wish is more Canadian connections on your site to some of the goods, as we are a long way from the US border.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply March 24, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      Hi!
      Glad the build journal is helping 🙂

      We made MANY, MANY trips to the USA during our build… it’s frustrating to see that there are far less product options in Canada and how much more it cost…

  2. Comment by LFP

    LFP Reply March 14, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Wonderful! I’m amazed, however, that are able to get to those places with 2-wheel drive. Do you have your chains on continuously? From experience, I know that taking chains off and on is a huge hassle…

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply March 14, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      We never had to use our chains. With proper tires (it makes a HUGE difference), loaded van & Limited Slip Differential, we found the van is as capable as a car. !

  3. Comment by Ryan

    Ryan Reply March 9, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    A guide to your stealth camping techniques and experiences would be great! Thanks again!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply March 9, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      Noted! We will work on it 🙂

  4. Comment by Chris

    Chris Reply March 5, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Excellent stoke!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply March 7, 2018 at 10:32 pm

      🙂

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