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Forum: On The Road... 04-20-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 10,899
Posted By jornvango
Thanks Overlander & Sea. We had lived in...

Thanks Overlander & Sea.

We had lived in Texas for over 10 years before we drove into Mexico and Central America. Of course we heard the bad news. Heck, even the Dodge mechanic (from Mexican...
Forum: Travel Beyond US/Canada 11-16-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,159
Posted By jornvango
Thank you for the interest! Correct,...

Thank you for the interest!

Correct, there is a free Kindle reader available for the Nook.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.kindle&hl=en

That being said, I...
Forum: Travel Beyond US/Canada 11-15-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,159
Posted By jornvango
No. The first 7 months of our road trip was done...

No. The first 7 months of our road trip was done in an Airstream Sovereign, but we switched to a truck camper for the five months in Central America. You don't want to be towing an Airstream down...
Forum: Travel Beyond US/Canada 11-14-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,159
Posted By jornvango
150-day road trip into Mexico and Central America

Hi all,

We've compiled our experiences, recommendations and best travel photos from our recent 150-day road trip into Mexico and Central America (all the way south to Panama), in an ebook. ...
Forum: On The Road... 10-28-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 851
Posted By jornvango
Thanks! If only Airstream would make a truck...

Thanks! If only Airstream would make a truck camper ...
We used to be Airstream owners (21' Sovereign) but sold it this past January to make place for a truck camper (more flexible to take...
Forum: On The Road... 10-28-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 851
Posted By jornvango
Thumbs up Truck Camper calendar - will you vote for us?

Voting is now open for the 2015 Truck Camper Magazine calendar. We have entered two of our favorite camper pictures, both taken on our road trip through Central America earlier this year.

Will you...
Forum: On The Road... 09-16-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 775
Posted By jornvango
Truck Camper Magazine article about our trip!

In case some of you are curious about our trips, we're happy to report that Truck Camper Magazine has written an article about our travels in Central America:

Leaving Behind the Daily Grind...
Forum: On The Road... 05-16-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,557
Posted By jornvango
We're on our way back up to the US and are...

We're on our way back up to the US and are currently in Guatemala and hopefully heading into Mexico (Chiapas) tomorrow, Saturday 5/17. We're thinking of staying in Mexico for 4-5 weeks before...
Forum: On The Road... 04-22-2014, 09:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,557
Posted By jornvango
We made it to Panama! We are currently...

We made it to Panama!


We are currently staying in the perfect (cool) mountain climate in Boquete. On our way to Panama City in a few days, and then return to the US by following a different...
Forum: On The Road... 04-06-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,557
Posted By jornvango
Thanks We are heading to Granada today at...

Thanks

We are heading to Granada today at Lake Nicaragua
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 04-03-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,997
Posted By jornvango
We're traveling in central america. Our...

We're traveling in central america. Our converter died in Mexico and have no solar so we rely on the car to charge our battery whilst driving.
We have a generator and smart battery charger to use...
Forum: On The Road... 04-03-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,557
Posted By jornvango
Update: we left El Salvador today and are staying...

Update: we left El Salvador today and are staying the night along the PanAmerican in Honduras. Hopefully Nicaragua tomorrow to stay for a few weeks.
Blog update coming soon.
Forum: On The Road... 03-12-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,557
Posted By jornvango
We entered Guatemala yesterday and are in El...

We entered Guatemala yesterday and are in El Remate for a few days. Beautiful down here!
We visited Tikal this morning.
Forum: On The Road... 03-07-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,557
Posted By jornvango
We drove into Belize yesterday and are currently...

We drove into Belize yesterday and are currently staying at Backpacker's Paradise, in Sarteneja.

Border crossing went smooth other than a bribe attempt by the immigration officer! Crazy....
Forum: On The Road... 03-04-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,557
Posted By jornvango
Update: we spent the past couple of weeks...

Update: we spent the past couple of weeks exploring the Yucatan and are now at Yax-Ha in Chetumal. Hopefully looking to cross the border into Belize in a few days; we're waiting on the import permit...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 02-22-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,104
Posted By jornvango
Seems like the converter and microwave are fried....

Seems like the converter and microwave are fried. These will have to be looked at when we get back to the US: not many RV parts or mexhanics here in Mexico.

In the meantime, on the rest of our...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 02-18-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,104
Posted By jornvango
Thanks. The campground owner speaks...

Thanks.

The campground owner speaks english and has contacted a local electrician to look at the microwave. Hopefully an update later.

I'm worried that the converter is damaged but it sounds...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 02-18-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,104
Posted By jornvango
Electrical problem (camping in Mexico)

We have an electrical problem and I know almost nothing about electricity, so here it goes with my description of what's happening.

We're staying at Freedom Shores in Isla Aguada, Mexico. ...
Forum: On The Road... 02-09-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,557
Posted By jornvango
It's been a while since I posted an update. ...

It's been a while since I posted an update.

After spending the first weeks of our trip in the Mexican altiplano, we headed east towards the coast.
These past few days, we've been staying at lake...
Forum: On The Road... 01-20-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,557
Posted By jornvango
Thanks, yes, the livin lite 8.6 camper. So far...

Thanks, yes, the livin lite 8.6 camper. So far so good! The campground where we're currently staying in San Miguel de Allende is in the old town and only allows travel trailers up to 16 ft, so it...
Forum: On The Road... 01-19-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,557
Posted By jornvango
Hope you get to travel! We left Matehuala...

Hope you get to travel!

We left Matehuala this morning and ended up (rather unexpectedly) in the mountain town of San Miguel de Allende. Very nice: 15th century colonial town with cobblestone...
Forum: On The Road... 01-18-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,193
Posted By jornvango
We've left the US yesterday morning and crossed...

We've left the US yesterday morning and crossed into Mexico at Nuevo Laredo.

We're now in Matehuala. Updates on our blog at https://www.vango.be (https://www.vango.be)
Forum: On The Road... 01-18-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,557
Posted By jornvango
Well, not really :) My wife has been studying...

Well, not really :)
My wife has been studying by using some ipad apps, but I've been attempting to make myself understood based on my knowledge of French (which I learned while growing up in...
Forum: On The Road... 01-18-2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,557
Posted By jornvango
First trip update: we crossed the border at...

First trip update: we crossed the border at Laredo, TX on Thursday morning. We drove to and slept in Saltillo.
Today Friday we're spending the night in Matehuala; along highway 57 on the way south...
Forum: On The Road... 01-15-2014, 11:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,557
Posted By jornvango
Road trip through Central America (start January 16, 2014)

We're leaving on our road trip through Central America on January 16 (tomorrow, as I'm typing this on the 15th :lol:)

We won't be doing the trip with our Airstream (we sold it 2 weeks ago!) but...
Forum: On The Road... 01-08-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 14,208
Posted By jornvango
Ours happened up in Alaska this past summer. ...

Ours happened up in Alaska this past summer.
We were driving in the Kenai peninsula (Alaska), returning from Homer and heading up north towards Anchorage with our Jeep Commander towing a 21 ft....
Forum: On The Road... 01-08-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,193
Posted By jornvango
We sold our Airstream

In preparation for our road trip down into Central America, we have sold our beloved '95 Airstream Sovereign 21 ft. :(

We purchased it in October 2012. I did some digging today and found out...
Forum: On The Road... 01-07-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 23,390
Posted By jornvango
We're almost ready for our trip into Central...

We're almost ready for our trip into Central America. The Dodge truck and Livin Lite truck camper are ready. On a sad note: we sold our Airstream today!

We're updating our blog on...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-22-2013, 10:18 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,437
Posted By jornvango
Thanks for the detailed explanation! Further...

Thanks for the detailed explanation!

Further research shows that many (most?) countries in Central America have ULSD available; especially in or near the bigger cities. We have a range of about...
Forum: 1992 - 1996 Sovereign 12-22-2013, 10:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,142
Posted By jornvango
Spoke to the dealer yesterday who has our 21...

Spoke to the dealer yesterday who has our 21 Sovereign for sale in consignment. Told him he priced it too high and we need him to sell it soon ... so he lowered the price (even though there is still...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-22-2013, 09:07 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,437
Posted By jornvango
That would be nice, a truck camper with an AS...

That would be nice, a truck camper with an AS behind it :bb:
The AS is for sale sadly enough since we didn't want to damage it by taking this trip (in consignment at RV Land in Kyle, Texas).

...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-21-2013, 05:02 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,437
Posted By jornvango
Some pictures of the truck with the new aluminum...

Some pictures of the truck with the new aluminum truck camper on top.

We're getting close to our departure date hopefully.

We'll keep a blog of our trip at www.vango.be


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Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-18-2013, 05:39 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,437
Posted By jornvango
Here it is. We're very satisfied with it so far:...

Here it is. We're very satisfied with it so far: truly a powerful machine. Yesterday we drove 85 mph on the toll road next to Austin (yes, 85 is the speed limit!), the engine barely had to make an...
Forum: On The Road... 12-14-2013, 08:44 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 23,390
Posted By jornvango
We'll definitely update our blog at www.vango.be

We'll definitely update our blog at www.vango.be
Forum: 1992 - 1996 Sovereign 12-12-2013, 11:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,142
Posted By jornvango
Yes, that's the one. A bit overpriced but...

Yes, that's the one. A bit overpriced but everything's negotiable in life :)
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-12-2013, 09:41 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 74,449
Posted By jornvango
Very true: the Ford looks and finish-out combined...

Very true: the Ford looks and finish-out combined with the reliability of a Cummins.

We had that exact dilemma when we bought ours (which was yesterday by the way ;)): we had to choose between...
Forum: 1992 - 1996 Sovereign 12-12-2013, 08:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,986
Posted By jornvango
You're probably not looking any longer :) 21...

You're probably not looking any longer :)

21 ft. Sovereign for sale at RV Land in central Texas:

https://www.rvlandtx.com/

I don't think they added it to the website yet.
Forum: 1992 - 1996 Sovereign 12-12-2013, 08:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,142
Posted By jornvango
21 ft. Sovereign for sale at RV Land in central...

21 ft. Sovereign for sale at RV Land in central Texas:

https://www.rvlandtx.com/

I don't think they added it to the website yet.
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-11-2013, 09:28 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,437
Posted By jornvango
We went to test drive the Dodge this afternoon...

We went to test drive the Dodge this afternoon and took it to a mechanic to have a used car inspection done. Everything looks good mechanically.
I told the mechanic about our choice (the Ford or the...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-11-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,437
Posted By jornvango
Yeah, that's my major concern with the 6.0l, not...

Yeah, that's my major concern with the 6.0l, not many good reviews out there.
I can't find bad reviews (big recurring issues) about the Dodge Cummins.

I had the Ford checked by a mechanic and...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-11-2013, 02:05 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,437
Posted By jornvango
Is this what you're referring to: the need to use...

Is this what you're referring to: the need to use the 'correct' coolant?

https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas/non-html/DeiselTips/DLSCOOLANTINFOSS.pdf
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-11-2013, 01:25 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,437
Posted By jornvango
We're trying to decide between the following 2...

We're trying to decide between the following 2 trucks:

1) 2006 Ford F-350 4x4 dually long bed with the 6.0l turbo diesel and 192K miles. Dealer is asking $15,900. The infamous engine issues...
Forum: Airstream Classifieds 12-10-2013, 03:10 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 759
Posted By jornvango
1995 Airstream Sovereign 21 - Texas

Title: 1995 Airstream Sovereign 21 - Texas
We just listed our 1995 Airstream Sovereign for Sale on Airstream Classifieds.

Year: 1995 Make: Airstream Model: Sovereign Length:...
Forum: On The Road... 12-05-2013, 12:15 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 23,390
Posted By jornvango
You're welcome! I can assure you the pleasure was...

You're welcome! I can assure you the pleasure was all mine :)

We bought a truck camper today. Now we're shopping for a truck and then ... hopefully a road trip through Central America! That trip...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-05-2013, 12:11 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,437
Posted By jornvango
We bought the camper today. It's a used...

We bought the camper today. It's a used Starcraft truck camper and has a dry weight of 2,200 lbs, so a one ton truck is recommended.
In the spirit of not buying a flashy truck, we're looking at the...
Forum: Windows & Screens 12-05-2013, 12:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,536
Posted By jornvango
It's not an opening window: per the dealer,...

It's not an opening window: per the dealer, there's about 100 rivets involved.

Anyway, the window quotes that I got from the dealer in Seattle and San Jose (both over $800 for just the window not...
Forum: Windows & Screens 12-03-2013, 10:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,536
Posted By jornvango
Now that we're back in Texas, after our long...

Now that we're back in Texas, after our long trip, it's time to get the window replaced.
I'm waiting on a quote from the dealer here but also talking to a store that cuts plexiglass to size (they...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-03-2013, 10:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,437
Posted By jornvango
This is exactly our dilemma. We don't want to...

This is exactly our dilemma. We don't want to buy "too nice" since it'll stand out down there, plus there is a big chance of dings/dents/scratches, especially while driving around small towns or...
Forum: On The Road... 12-02-2013, 11:22 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 23,390
Posted By jornvango
We have arrived in San Antonio, TX: the end of...

We have arrived in San Antonio, TX: the end of our trip.

It's been an amazing experience. 21832 km (13,646 miles) of driving through Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona,...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-02-2013, 11:12 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,437
Posted By jornvango
Unfortunately the Tundra seems to have too low of...

Unfortunately the Tundra seems to have too low of a payload capacity for the truck camper that we're looking at. Supposedly payload capacity is 1310 lbs but truck camper has dry weight of 2200 lbs...
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