Van Life Geek Links


Below are some websites & apps that I recommend

Vanagon Forum at
A great resource for VW Vanagon owners

If you own a Westy, this site has tons of good stuff!
GoWesty on Amazon

Rocky Mountain Westy/Van Cafe
A great resource for Westy owners right here in my neck of the woods. I have their ladder, swing-away tire carrier, and would love to have their bumpers... someday! I'd also love to have one of their Subaru conversions, while I'm dreaming.

Bus Depot
Many hard to find items for VW buses and Vanagons

T3 Technique
Lots of good and unique parts for the VW T3 (Vanagon) crowd.

Campervan Culture
Tons of Westy gear, parts, clothing and more located in the UK. They have also created some of the best Westy travel videos. I wish the shipping across the pond to the USA was less expensive because they have some very cool and exclusive stuff I'd love to have.

My Amazon (and others) Links Page
Here are the products I use and personally recommend

Van Life Geek YouTube Channel
See all my videos on YouTube

USDA Forest Service - Rocky Mountain Region
Colorado Dispersed Camping Information Map

Rocky Mountain National Park Campgrounds
If you want to camp inside the park, here's your link to learn more. I like Moraine Park Campground the best. Try to get a site closest to the valley for some cool views of a classic moraine and herds of elk that are often there.

Expedition Portal
An excellent resource for overlanding information and gear suggestions.

Overland Bound
Another excellent resource for overlanding information, with trip reports and suggestions, product reviews, and a bunch more. I'm a member and have the cool medallion just behind my driver's door.

Cheap RV Living
A wealth of information for van dwellers by Bob Wells, a long time van-lifer and organizer of the annual RTR (Rubber Tramp Rendezvous), a huge gathering of folks who live in the vans, RVs, trailers, etc. I've never attended but plan to the next chance I get.

Camp Westfalia
This site is all about Westfalias and has all sorts of great information. If you own a Westy, definitely check out this site. I love their logo, too!

I use this site quite a bit. Their "free camping" section is pretty extensive and easy to poke around and find lots of dispersed camping sites with reviews, cell service strength, some excellent 360 degree video drive throughs of areas, etc. My link is to the listings of free sites, but they also have a full listing of paid campgrounds, National Parks, and more. Seems like a real good community backing this site.

Free Campsites
A fantastic resource for finding free places to camp worldwide.

Boondockers Welcome
Need a place to park for a day or two? This site has many listings from people who let you stay at their house, farm, property, etc. for free. Membership required. Pretty cool concept. Kind of like "couch surfing" for RVs and campers.

Van Alert
A resource for Vanagon owners which will alert users about stolen vans, free places to camp, other members who will let you camp in their driveway, mechanic listings, and more. Both a website and a very handy app.

Trails Offroad
This is for the 4X4 crowd and has a huge listing of trails, dispersed camping sites in more remote locations, and more. This site has helped me find some really remote campsites.

Find your next destination! This is a nonprofit project and is almost all volunteer run. iOverlander is a mapping project started by overlanders Sam Christiansen of Song of the Road and Jessica Mans of Life Remotely. It began with the simple desire to combine many of the current overlander accommodation listings on the web.

The number one camping app for iPhone, iPads and iPods. From resorts to hike-in spots. Amenities, maps, truck stops, rest areas, Wal-mart and casino parking, RV dealers, sporting goods stores and much more. Two modes: one uses GPS and maps that you can filter. One is an offline manual lookup mode for when you don’t have service. Unfortunately, the app is for iPhone users only and there are no Android versions. This is a real shame, especially since I'm an Android guy and I'm sure there are many other Android users that could benefit from this app. Fortunately, they have a website with most of the functionality.