Van Camping Kings Canyon National Park | Camper Van Life S1:E8

Van Camping Kings Canyon National Park | Camper Van Life S1:E8

This week, we head into the Sierra Nevadas for some fresh mountain air and to admire the giant Sequoias. So I finally figured out the trick to washing these front windows. You have to step up onto the front wheel and kind of use that as a little step ladder since we don’t carry one. Alright, ready to get back on the road? [Kait] Back on the road! Let’s do this.
[Kait] To the Sierra Nevadas I got my…healthy snack. Ahh…what’s up doc? Number one rule before heading into the mountains, stop and stock up on food. See, when you live in a van, you can still shop at Costco. I’ve got guides on campgrounds, free and fee. Dispersed Camping guides and hiking trails. The best part about the National Forest is all of their trails are dog friendly unlike the National Parks. [Joe] So where are we going to stay? I don’t know. I think we should go over to King’s Canyon National Park and check out the campgrounds there. They’re first come first serve and if those are full we’ve got other options. That’s why I like to get a dispersed camping guide at the National Forest office just so we have back up. It is summer, it’s a pretty popular area. Let’s go find a camping spot! [Joe] You excited to be in the forest buddy? He will be once we get to higher elevation. It’s a little warm down here. Last time we were here there was a controlled fire that they had going. I’m excited to see more of the Sequoia National Forest. Last time we kind of got chased off a little early. There is actually an active fire going on on this side of the road. The trail of the 100 Giants is right over here. The park ranger told us it’s fine to go up on the trail, they’re managing the fire. It’s actually a lightning strike that started it. They’re letting the fire go and just managing it to help germinate the forest. Looks like we got back just at the right time. You hear about wildfires and the wind starts to kick up when the fire comes through and you can hear the wind just ripping through there. That was a little scary. [Kait] It was a bit sketchy. Good morning, welcome to King’s Canyon Sequoia National Forest. [Kait] Welcome to King’s Canyon National Park. Gotta get the, uh, smog out of my lungs. [Joe] All set. Love that fresh mountain air. This is my happy place. I love campgrounds without reservations. If we really love the place, we can keep adding on nights until we hit the limit. If it wasn’t closing tomorrow, we’d probably spend a few more nights. This place is incredible. [Joe] Don’t eat the fire starter! I love this stuff. [Joe] It does make life easy. [Joe] Nice fire you got going there. Thank you, I love fires. It’s warm, smells great. All we need is for Joe to take out his Didgeridoo so we can have some campfire music. Then I can do my campfire dance. [Kait] Beautiful morning. I think I could live here full time. General Grant is even more impressive in person. Wow, this tree is gigantic! Can you imagine what the view is like from the top? It’s nice and cool in here. I can here the mosquitos so I think it’s time to put the lantern out and hopefully clear the area of any mosquitos or any other biting insects. Especially because you’re allergic. [Kait] There’s no blood. It didn’t get me but this hasn’t kicked in yet. Those are some big suckers. [Kait] Well you just turned it on. [Kait] You going to put it between our camping chairs? [Joe] Figure this is a good spot. [Kait] This is when I know Leo is happy. Cause he’s brown? [Kait] No because he’s passed out. It’s the wolf in him. He feels at home in the forest. [Kait] I love our view. [Joe] It’s pretty incredible. I love this lantern. Within 10 seconds, all of the bugs have disappeared. [Joe] We were getting assaulted by the mosquitos. Why didn’t we get it sooner. [Joe] Well I told you! I could have avoided all the bug bites in the Everglades. Mosquito lantern is the way to go. We’re going to Yosemite!!! [Joe] I have a question though, is it different than what’s going on right here? It is. [Joe] Cause I’ve never been so I’m not sure what to expect. It’s going to be beautiful. I can’t wait to show you Yosemite. Kait got me up because we’re going to Yosemite. She’s really excited. [Kait] You left out the best part of the story which is last night, you were able to get a two night reservation that someone canceled on in a great site at Upper Pines. Which is impossible to get into this time of year. [Kait] You’re going to need that coffee if you’re going to hike Mist Trail all the way to the top. [Kait] What do you think about driving on this 180 through the mountains? [Joe] It’s actually pretty nice. The van handles really well. I remember when we took the Class A up into the Georgia mountains, that was rough. This is actually pretty enjoyable as long as everything in the back is secure. I keep seeing all of these trucks come up the other way and I thought of a funny little anecdote. My first word was actually “truck”. Pronounced, “Fruck”. And I would be walking down the road with my parents and be like “Fruck, fruck!!!” [Kait] They probably thought you were saying an expletive. Yeah, maybe. My dad used to put me on my shoulders and we lived near a freeway. So he’d walk me to the freeway overpass and point out all the trucks to me. So naturally, that was my first word. Next time, we make our way to Yosemite, pick up our first hitchhikers and get soaked by a waterfall. I hope you enjoyed this week’s video. Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to the channel if you haven’t already. For those of you new to the Camper Van Series, you can click on the playlist right here and watch videos from the beginning. Thank you so much for watching, see you next Wednesday.

96 thoughts on “Van Camping Kings Canyon National Park | Camper Van Life S1:E8

  1. Watch Episode 9:
    Mosquito Lantern:
    Kings Canyon NP:

  2. Keep the videos coming. They're informative, positive, and professional. My husband and I love watching them. We appreciate the hard work that you put into them. Thank You and God Bless.

  3. Kings Canyon National Park – When I first starting going in the 1980s I always found a spot to camp because everybody went to Yosemite.

  4. Thought of one of my fave old MIB lines as you donned your kick-ass sunglasses to drive away Cap'n hero.. ;]]]]

  5. Poor Kait won't be able to gather all the great magazines and brochures she was able to in the larger RV… way too heavy ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, yeah, I forgot about you having to go to plan-B last time because of the controlled burn smoldering. Smoke follows beauty. Okay guys, fruck-on! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Glacier National Park is beautiful! We were there super briefly last summer in June and there was plenty of snow! But, SO beautiful! -katrina

  7. Retiring in August… and starting my full time RVing .. when traveling to forest areas that have bears, do you keep food in your RV or in Bear proof lockers?.. random question ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I'm no stranger to "The Tire Stand" when it comes to cleaning my van's windshield. I was tickled to discover that you do the same thing. I'm going to look into that mosquito lantern that you linked/mentioned in the video!

  9. Thank you guys for the tip (Mosquito lantern link) ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love your videos !
    Post more, much more !

  10. another great blog guys …… but are we going to see more rv reviews??? its the way you review rvS that made me love your blogs !!!

  11. The recesses on either side of the bottom of the Promaster grill are designed to put your foot in to reach the windshield. We have a Winnebago Travato and use them all the time.

  12. Lol, "fruck"! My 2 year old grandson can't pronounce the "s" in horse. So you can imagine the reaction of the three young women sitting under the horse picture, at a local restaurant, when my grandson seemingly pointed at them and said, "HORE, Daddy! HORE!" Ha ha ha! Kids, gotta love 'em!

  13. That campsite was absolutely beautiful…my Grandson Leo, looked so chill & peaceful lol!
    Yayyyy Yosemite, I was hoping you guys would be able to hang there! When we chatted briefly about it on #Patreon, I was hoping you guys would be able to get a reservation! This video was very enchanting, but Yosemite is magical! #LoveWednesdaysVideoOnThursdayMorning

  14. By far I think the best thing about your (and other's) videos is seeing all the cool places we will be going to. We are planning our first 3 week cross country trip we will start after my Chemo week next week. We dont know exactly where we are going yet, but we will. And we will remember your number one rule…

  15. I love it! You're holding the mosquito repellent and a mosquito lands on you! You two, as actors and editors have wonderful senses of humor!

  16. Hi Guys, you certainly have 1st hand experience about dogs in National Parks, but this website says otherwise, can you clarify?

  17. Hi guys! This summer we are heading west and traveling California, Oregon and Washington. We are bringing our dog this year. Do you have any advice with dogs in the National Parks. I saw that you commented the Forest are more dog friendly. Can't wait to see what you do in Yosemite.

  18. My daughter's first word was also Fruck. After my mother-in-law heard her mispronounce that word, we taught her to say pickup instead.

  19. I'm enjoying following along on your journey with the new van. There are so many times I wish we were smaller so we could fit into those gorgeous parks. Have you thought about listing the camera/voice gear your using? I'd be interested. Keep up the awesome videos – [email protected]

  20. Just wanted to say I love your channel! And I don't normally comment, we stream and there's no way to do that. But I had to log on and say thank you so much for the mosquito lantern info. After watching your video, we went to Home Depot and bought one. Omg! Do they ever work, and we do live in Florida! So once again thanks so much for the info!

  21. Thank you guys, i want you to know how much i enjoy your videos, i have been thinking that i want to move in to a van once my son goes off to college (he is soon to start his 11th grade in high school and Im thinking in buying a class B van and after watching dozens of videos your van is my favorite by far, How much did you guys paid for it? Please give me a few tips ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜†

  22. Awesome video! I love y'all!
    Y'all are easy to listen to. I really like your van! Blessings! Safe travels!

  23. enjoying your travels. did you sell your home when you packed up or will you return back to your house. thanks!

  24. Just wanted to tell you my sons 1st word was also "fruck" lol, he turned 18 on the 23rd of june. Love the videos.

  25. we ordered the mosquito thingady, we'll let you know what we think, thanks for the tip. what type of fire starter do you use?

  26. Just found your channel and love it. How difficult would it be to set up an link? We buy stuff of the Cdn site (sometimes the US site if they'll ship to Canada). Would love to be able to support you, even a little bit, via Thanks and keep your interesting and informative vids comjng….Doug

  27. The two of you are so filled with JOY…you're truly living the life!!!ย  Yosemite is a glorious place to visit and, this time of year, the weather is perfect; there may even still be a little bit of snow on the trails!ย  (but dogs are not allowed on the trails, from what I understand)

  28. I am really enjoying your videos and seeing all of the wonderful places. Thanks for sharing. I love your dog!!! So adorable!!

  29. u need to add some specs to always be in every video description on the make and year of your rv. i searched all over for this including ur website and about pages, its only in 1 video that i could find, come help peeps out in case we are interested in this type of rv

  30. It was I interesting to hear about the dog friendly National forest. When you say the National park trails are not dog friendly, do you mean that dogs are not allowed, or just not allowed off leash?

  31. ๐Ÿ‘Terrific video. I love being out in nature. Leo is so cute. That wild fire was scary. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ ๐Ÿ”ฅSince there was a wild fire, I'm wondering did it smell like smoke & burnt trees? ๐Ÿค”

  32. I have been binge-watching your channel videos all day since I stumbled across them in a search about van camping. I do a lot of business travel and since I run my own business, saving money is important to me. For my trip tomorrow, I rented an SUV large enough to use a single blow-up mattress I have packed and am going to try that for the first time. My search led me to discover what you are doing and how you are doing it. I am amazed, intrigued, and envious! Thank you for sharing your journey with such high quality videos and good editing (my hobby too).

    Before seeing your videos I was considering a Lance RV trailer to pull behind my Durango. Rethinking that now. I have to look into the Hymer van. Seems to have everything, but a bathroom/shower, or does it and I missed it?

    So many questions: I see you have the toilet cassette, but is there a private room inside for using it?

    Are the trips to the gym your only shower opportunity?

    I'd love to see how and where you manage your solar (how to engage it to store energy — or is it always absorbing sunlight) and learn about how much energy you harvest in a day vs use? Have you ever run out of power yet?

    Did you sell your home to do this? I am not sure I'd want to go that far — but maybe rent it out for 6 months to a year at a time, but still have "home" to go back to. Curious how you did it.

    Does your satellite connection also enable internet connection so you have it everywhere or do you go to places like Starbucks to get connected.

    I am so energized by what you're doing, and all the learning I am absorbing like where to find legal/safe/accepted places to park for the night. Congrats on going for it. You have a new enthusiastic subscriber. — Dave B in Utah

  33. Beautiful campsite and love the trees, are you both allergic to mosquitos and what was the lantern again? Thanks

  34. My old stomping grounds. I used to work at Grant Grove. In fact we were there last month, renewing wedding vows at Hume Lake( just below Grant Grove p) on Fathers Day. 40 years๐Ÿ˜Š. Enjoying your travels.

  35. Wonderful trips cant wait to get going for us too.. Happy Trails… Our son when he was little called ralf for giraffe

  36. Thank you for telling us about all the top 10 things that are a MUST have…..Iโ€™m almost finish w RN license and will be a travel Nurse and Iโ€™m preparing and I REALLY THANK YOU ALL from (Houston,TX) Iโ€™m almost ready for this adventure THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! Plus now this repellent AWESOME!!! Keep sending I Love The Russoโ€™s!!!!!!!!

  37. I live in Grant Grove. When he tells you to stock up on food do it..We have a store up here but it's expensive and it doesn't stock good food..So glad you enjoyed your trip..

  38. What kind of lantern is that? I am super attractive to mosquitoes lol so I could use one. Nice video! I love that area too.

  39. I love,love, LOVE your videos!!!! I just came back from my first Yosemite trip a month ago, (we stayed in Upper Pines too!) and it was truly amazing. We are planning a Sequoia/Kings Canyon trip and this video really helps. Canโ€™t wait to see your next adventures!!

  40. Thanks for sharing your video.. I visited King Canyon. stopped several places… Drove a lot of hills. Stay connected.

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