Season One Finale in Las Vegas | Camper Van Life S1:E67


This week, we drive the camper van to Las Vegas, Nevada. Enjoy van life at Thousand Trails campground discovers some cool gadgets and gear at SHOT Show and I have some coffee out of a pod. [Kait] Good morning. Good morning. I am awfully chipper for being 7:30 in the morning and not having had coffee yet. I have been waking up early to get the book done but today is extra special. Going to SHOT Show. [Kait] Go check out all the cool gear they have. I’m excited. So while SHOT Show does have a lot of firearms products. There are quite a few outdoor and camping related type things. A lot of dogs. I know Kait is extremely excited about seeing all the pups there and I may have to restrain her at times. So we’re staying in Thousand Trails because the last time we were in Vegas with the van or actually the first time we were in
Vegas with the van We tried staying at a Walmart and apparently between the very first time we camped in Vegas and that time they changed the ordinances on us. And we got kicked out of Walmart. That was our first time ever being kicked out of one. Since then, whenever we come to Las Vegas area we will either stay out at Red Rock or here at the Thousand Trails in East Las Vegas. This is working out well for us because we can drive over to the Sands Expo Center just park at the LINQ lot and it’s $10 for 24 hours. [Kait] It’s actually $12 now. Oh, it’s up to $12. Okay. $12 for 24 hours. So we’re in site 63. I just want to make sure no one takes our
site because we’re going to be gone all day. One of the difficulties about being in a
single vehicle like a van is that there’s no real way to reserve a spot. So we always make sure when we’re leaving the campground we’ll stop by the office and say “hey, just to let you know we’re coming back tonight please don’t give our site away.” So this is the shirt my sister got me
for Christmas and I feel like it’s going to be quite popular today at SHOT Show. [Kait] I think it’s the perfect shirt to wear to SHOT Show. Got my badge. Got my business cards. Of course the van life hat. [Kait] I’m very excited about our van life patches. [Kait] I remember seeing all the patch walls. [Kait] I can’t wait to do some patch swapping. Yeah, this show and Overland Expos are big for patches. So I’m ready. Let’s go and get inside. Tight squeeze. Alright. You ready to do this? [Kait] I’m ready! Got my coffee. Ready to hit the show floor. These are pretty cool. This is the inReach mini and the inReach explorer. They can sync up with your phone. It kind of takes over the GPS on your phone. So while you’re hiking you have two-way communication capable so you can send text messages via satellite. But you can also set it up to track you while you’re going through the wilderness. In case there’s a problem. People will know where your location last was. And if you do get into trouble you can text hopefully and say “hey, I need to get out, come get me.” Kait would love me to carry one of these. [Kait] Yes! Plus it’s van sized. [Kait] Yes. Alright, let’s keep walking. [Kait] Okay. I found a new pair of slippers for myself. [Kait] Baby, that’s not van friendly. Just walk around with a pair of fish slippers. [Kait] That’s amazing. [Kait] Talk about totally unnecessary. I see some coffee. [Kait] Not just any coffee. Black Rifle Coffee. So they have pods now. [Kait] I think this might be the first time we
capture you having a Keurig coffee. Don’t tell anybody. [Kait] How is it? It’s actually pretty good. This has to be any one of the best k-cups that I’ve had. Cheers! [Kait] Wow! Go Black Rifle Coffee. Cheers! [Kait] That’s quite the endorsement. I can’t believe we just met Hickok45 and his son John. [Kait] That was pretty cool. Fellow YouTubers. Love their channel. And man those two are tall. [Kait] Where to? I don’t know. Let’s just browse around and see what we find. [Milan] Cheers man! This is our good friend Milan. [Milan] Hi guys! Big fan as well. So we’re walking around in a show and stumble across these. This is a ballistic vest for a canine. There’s a company non-profit called Vested Interests in K9s and they provide these to departments free of charge for their canines. It also comes in a spike version. Kind of stab protection for the canine. It is an awesome program if you have a chance look them up online. Help out canines around the country for different departments. You want to check out Pelican? [Kait] Sure. Then we can go check out MaxPedition. These are really nice but I don’t know where we would put it in the van. [Kait] Under the dinette. So one of the things I always travel
with is my little Pelican flashlight. Just blinded Kait, but I see they actually have a half-size version. [Kait] That’s van friendly. This is more van friendly, but this fits in my pocket just fine. Although I may have to trade down to this one. [Kait] I will downsize. I think I’m going to. [Kait] See if I can get a smaller one. I mean, it’s just as bright. [Kait] Thanks for blinding me again. You’re welcome. Look what I found. Cuppa Joe, for Joe. This is awesome and I love the imaging. I just found my coolest piece of swag. [Kait] What’s that? Cheat stick. It’s a six inch ruler and it has all sorts of common knots on here. Lightweight. Just clip it on my backpack and if I ever need to remember a knot, it’s right there. You want to clip it for me? [Kait] Sure. Here. We have to trade. [Kait] Where do you want it? One of my zippers. [Kait] One of your zippers. Pick a zipper any zipper. [Kait] Alright. You’ve been clipped. This is definitely not van friendly. Can I take a turn? Oh my word. I couldn’t even get this through the van door. Good Lord. You have all family back there. I just ran into Erick and his pup Falco. Falco is a Dutch Shepherd you said? [Erick] Correct. He’s a Dutch Shepherd. [Kait] Hi! Hi Falco! So one of the questions people always
ask is “how do you protect yourself on the road?” and I think having a dog like Falco is probably the best option versus anything else out there. Right 100%. Dogs of this nature can be completely social and they’re not going to destroy anything in how we select them and train them. But the best thing is they’re able to see, hear and understand things that maybe when you’re tucked away or you’re confined within your van or whatever you’re doing out and about exploring the road. Well, you have piece of mind because these dogs are specifically trained to protect their family, identify threats, give you a heads-up. They will actually protect you. And so we’ve had many instances of carjacking, kidnap attempts or a lot of stuff but the dogs actually prevented them. To where as, even if you were to travel somewhere and firearm laws or this industry and politics get get narrowed down and kind of choke the different avenues we use to protect ourselves. None of those bylaws as of right now, they affect a family protection dog So you’re able to take them anywhere. We certify them as service dogs. So you can take them when your eating, on the road, on the plane or whatever you’re doing. They don’t have to go through quarantine. Some states, some countries have to do that. But when they’re your service dog, as your family protection dog then you get through a lot of those
loopholes while staying safe on the road. I love Falco. He’s awesome! Thank you. Trading my van life for this one. [Joe] That’s hilarious. That’s a good trade right there. Excellent trade. We used to have one of these in the motorhome. It worked really well. [Kait] It was a good way to keep the humidity at bay. Yes. However, I think for van life this stuff would actually work better. So when we travel and that, we can just take these packages toss them in different places around the van. Suck out all the humidity so we don’t have to worry about mold when we come back from our trip. [Kait] Well I like this too because it’s not just for storage. [Kait] We can leave it around the van even when we’re living in it. Great point. Well I think for that something like this would be better. Because they were telling me, each one of these canisters will dry in about two hours. and then we can put one in the front and one in the back. Alright. [Kait] Moving on? Moving on. [Kait] Let’s see what else there is. See now this is a tiny four-wheel drive I could get down with. Well, I think we’ve seen just about everything there is at the show. So I want to thank all y’all for watching. If you enjoyed this please give it a thumbs up. Subscribe if you haven’t already. And head over to our website weretherussos.com for more cool content. Alright, well it’s time for us to get out of here. [Kait] Welcome to Range Day. I’m very excited. Looks quite busy. Because it just opened at 8:30 and the parking lots almost full. I’m glad we got here when we did. [Kait] Let’s see what shenanigans we can get into. Impact. Impact. That one was dead center. That was awesome.

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