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Many of us got vans to take us to pretty places, where we could then take pictures of the van. I thought it might be fun to share some pictures of your van in the wild. I'm afraid my initial contribution will be of my former Transit, but hopefully I can add some Promaster pictures in the next few months. One caveat for everyone, please remember that individual users retain the copyrights to their pictures! Don't grab pictures off of here, whether they are marked or not, for use elsewhere!

Only one rule to post - PICTURES MUST INCLUDE YOUR VAN!!!

Lake Louise Campground in Banff/Jasper National Park.
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Bonneville Salt Flats, UT (when they were flooded in January).
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Artists Drive, Death Valley National Park
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Beginning of the Alaska Highway, Dawson Creek, BC
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Camped on the Homer Spit, Homer, AK
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Looks like I can't upload any more photos today so I will save a batch for tomorrow!
 

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‎⁨Chimayo⁩, ⁨New Mexico⁩, ⁨near Los Alamos, had the whole camping area to ourselves May 3rd.
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I've been in the SW in both July and Sept.
Sept was really nice.
Trying to determine if May/June would be better or keep sticking with Sept to plan trips.
 

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On my first camping trip (10 days) in the van after getting it insulated and paneled (last Oct) this is one of the places I stopped to scatter some of my late brother-in-law's ashes. I'm parked here along US 128 at the TN/NC state line on a section of twisty road called the "Tail of the Dragon". He was an avid motorcyclist and rode down there on his Yamaha FJR1100 from a small town on Lake Erie a few years ago to do this run (and a few others in the area), came by the house for a visit, then went back to do it again before riding back to Ohio. Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap – Motorcycle and sport car tourism serving Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, Cherohala Skyway, Moonshiner28, Devils Triangle, Diamondback, Blue Ridge Parkway, and more.

Not much of a shot (sign vandalized) but it has a lot of meaning for me. He was only 60 but after a lifetime of smoking (although not in the last 5-6 years of his life) had serious COPD - one of his lungs collapsed on a road trip with his 2nd wife and even with a life flight they were unable to save him.

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Love the Oregon coast. Last time there I was pulling a travel trailer from Astoria to Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock and on south. May have hit Gold Beach before cutting in to Medford and Ashland on a circuitous route to Crater Lake. Would love to go back there some day.
 

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Fontainebleau SP on Lake Pontchartrain between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. For the last six days, every meal except breakfast has included seafood. My fridge is full of shrimp and crawfish. No bugs yet. Life is good.

This park is one of many examples of why boondocking capability is so valuable. The big boys are parked cheek to jowl around their electric/water posts. I have a huge grassy site without another vehicle in sight.

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The big boys are parked cheek to jowl around their electric/water posts
I'm not knocking it, because, to each their own. But whenever I've gone camping and passed the RV section, it always looks like a small city, with everyone on top of each other, noise, mess, etc.
I just never understood how that could be enjoyable or "getting away" from it all.
 

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I agree. I don’t go camping to stay surrounded by huge, noisy ostentatious "motor homes" ?. I prefer unserviced tent sites wherever I go.
 

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I'm a dummy. I hadn't hit some total upload cap, one image was just too big. Anyway, here are some more.

This is one of my favorites. The only reason I got up for sunrise was because the dog had to pee. Camped just outside the Needles, Canyonlands National Park.
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This was fun because it was one of those situations we knew Google was telling us a bad way to go and we went anyway. We called my parents while we still had cell service so they would know where to send search and rescue if we didn't turn up. Close to a foot of snow on parts of the road between Montrose, CO and Norwood, CO.
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This is a very small colorful hill in the Painted Hills section of the John Day Fossil Beds in central Oregon. Unfortunately the better pictures don't have the van!
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Camped outside Sedona, AZ.
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And, finally, camped at Silverton ski area, Silverton, CO.
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As KOV mentioned, I like to camp in tent sites as well. Unfortunately that doesn't always work out, such as on Key West last month. At Boyd's campground I had to park on a thin strip with just enough room for a vehicle, picnic table, and tent if you had one. No power or water spigot at the site but nice bath/shower down the way, all for under $75. Not bad for Key West though and the weather was great.

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This is a fun thread. I have a few. First, a beach campground in Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) Mexico. $10 cash (USD)/night with hot showers and security (a guy with a baseball bat patrolling at night). No plug ins. (I think I've stayed at one campground with plugins in the past year.)

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Here's Sulak Campground, Manistee National Forest, about 30 miles east of Ludington, MI. Free, nice fire pits, vault toilet.

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Bay Furnace Campground, on the shores of Lake Superior, in Hiawatha NF in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. $20/night (ouch) but worth it for the location. Good old National Forest Service vault toilets.

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Looks like bottom of Shafer Trail?
That's kind of what I thought, but I didn't know a van could get in there. Of course, he does have the axle mod so that might help.
 
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