Last update: August 19, 2017

Interesting places on the Interwebs.

Our Build

We are building an expedition camper from a 15 foot Bliss Mobil camper unit mounted to a U.S. Army LMTV M1078A1. Couch Off-Road Engineering is performing minor updates to the LMTV platform. We recently added a custom M1102 trailer from Access Manufacturing.

  • Bliss Mobil has a unique angle on manufacturing highly self-reliant living quarters that can be mounted to any suitable truck frame. They’re based in Breda, the Netherlands. Marlene, Eduard and Merten have been great folks to work with. They and the Bliss Mobil team have many combined years of experience and it shows in their products.
  • C.O.R.E. is based in Denver, Colorado, USA. Jay Couch, owner, is an awesome guy to have working on the platform for the Bliss unit. His enthusiasm is infectious. He has deep and extensive experience in 4WD, especially big vehicles like Mogs.
  • Access Manuf (Tradesman Truck Tops) – We recently decided to add a trailer to our setup. John and his team build custom shells on top of the M1102 military trailer.

Inspiring Travel Blogs

  • Stephanie Lee – A digital nomad traveling the world. Great tips and great sense of humor.
  • Explorking – Digital nomad couple combining exploring and working from an RV.
  • Technomadia – “We hit the road in 2006 and haven’t stopped since. We combine technology and perpetual travel (tech+nomad) to create a sustainable lifestyle on our own terms that we switch up as we feel called.”  Chris and Cherie also run the RV Mobile Internet site with unbiased information on connecting to the Internet on the road (subscription required).
  • White Acorn – These folks have been traveling since 2009.
  • live. work. dream. – These folks are living the dream! Good advice for nomadic workers/telecommuters.
  • Two If Overland – Another nomadic couple. They live in an LMTV/camper combo – same truck chassis we are using!
  • Nickname International – Another couple who quit their jobs, sold most of their stuff and are traveling around in a Unimog camper.
  • Blaine Voyage – Starting July 1, 2017, taking a year off to travel US/Canada and home-school the kids.

Forums, Information, etc.

  • Expedition Portal – Adventure and overland travel articles and forum.
  • Steel Soldiers – Anything and everything about military vehicles.
  • Total Escape – Getting off the beaten path in California.
  • Ride The World – Traveling the world by motorcycle.
  • Drive the Americas – Articles and forum regarding overland travel in North, Central and South America.
  • Horizons Unlimited – Great info and forum on RTW motorcycling. Much of the information is equally apropos to any sort of RTW type travel.
  • RV Mobile Internet – Staying connected to the Internet while living on the road (subscription required).

Vehicles – Stock, No Camper


  • Four Wheel Campers [USA] – Pop-up campers with all the essentials – just add truck.
  • XPCamper [USA] – Truck campers – turnkey or you add truck.
  • Uro-Camper [Spain] – Custom campers and turnkey solutions.

Roof-Top Tents

Off-Road Trailers

Vehicles – Turnkey Campers, Expedition and Overland

  • Bliss Mobil [Netherlands] – This is what we ended up choosing! We love the product and the people! I’ll dedicate much more space to Bliss Mobil in future posts.
  • Sportsmobile Custom Camper Vans [USA] – The first vehicle we seriously considered. The latest models on the Mercedes Sprinter are pretty cool…
  • EarthCruiser [USA] – Another one we considered. Expedition vehicle on the Fuso chassis with a relatively small profile.
  • EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles [USA] – Luxury accommodations on a F550 chassis.
  • Tiger Adventure Vehicles [USA] – A little less expensive (?) than the ER but still an awesome camper on a sturdy truck chassis.
  • Global Expedition Vehicles [USA] – Custom expedition vehicles.
  • All Terrain Warriors [USA] – Aussie made on a Fuso frame, SportsMobile as integrator/dealer. Similar profile and advantages of the EarthCruiser.
  • Bocklet [Germany] – Large expedition vehicles.
  • Hartmann [Germany] – Large, luxurious expedition vehicles built on Zetros and other large truck frames.

Vehicle Accessories & Mods

Accessories – Glamping and Otherwise

Maps, Routes, Etc.


Health & Exercise

Body-weight Exercise (Calisthenics)

  • THENX – This is my current routine. It’s tough!
  • Mark Lauren, You Are Your Own Gym – I’ve been following Mark’s routines for about 5 years and, when I’m sticking with it, I feel great! You can do these exercises any place and any time.

Ketogenic Diet

Lily and I follow a keto diet. What is that? I’ll post more at some point but in a nutshell it’s a low-carb, high-fat diet. The links below have more information. Here’s a good intro from Martina.

  • Keto for Cancer – Miriam Kalamian helps you to tailor a ketogenic diet specific to those battling cancer. This was an important part of my battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015.
  • Living La Vida Low Carb – Jimmy Moore is one of the leaders in the ketogenic diet as a part of a healthy lifestyle. His book Keto Clarity, is an awesome introduction to the diet. Highly recommended.
  • Maria Mind Body Health – Maria Emmerich is another leader in the space. Lily likes her recipes from the Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking cookbook.
  • Keto Diet Blog – by Martina Slajerova – another favorite from Lily.

Feel free to drop a comment if you have suggestions or to report broken links.


  1. Hello ,

    I’m from the Netherlands. I also own a ST & ST M1078 here in the Netherlands and would like to ad a locker to it. Where did you get your rear locker and how much did it cos t?


    1. Greetings Berend! I bought my truck from an individual who had already added in the locker. But I did hear of someone who has these – I’ll send the info to your email.

  2. Hello! You’re blog is very interesting! We are interested in both GXV and Bliss, but are also based in the US and are having a hard time figuring​ out the logistics of buying just the cabin internationally. Is Couch building the pass through and then you are shipping the cabin directly to Couch in Colorado? Do you have to pay a lot in duties to get the cabin into the US from Holland? Thanks!

    1. Greetings! I replied in more detail privately but the duties seemed pretty reasonable (I.e. not at all shocking). The pass-through was coordinated between Bliss Mobil and Couch. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Howdy, welcome to Texas. I saw your rig in the parking lot by Costco and Whole Foods in Austin yesterday. So I decided to check out the blog. We RV in the west 4 or 5 months a year (too hot in Texas). We are originally from Oregon. If you ever decide to head up that way I can give ya all kinds of tips after camping/boondocking up there for 30 years. Look forward to reading about your adventure.
    Happy Travels!

    1. Thanks! I’m (Darrell) originally from TX, born in Houston and raised in Austin. We enjoyed the hospitality, and more importantly, the BBQ!

  4. Hi, we saw your rig at Expo, and loved it. So much in fact, that we are seriously considering buying an LMTV and putting a BlissMobil box (or some other box) on it.
    Aside from the expense (!!), our overriding concerns are:
    QUIET — how noisy is it riding on top of the engine? Is your LMTV sound-proofed okay?
    POWER — what highway speeds can you maintain, including hills? Do you have the 3.07 axles?
    RELIABILITY — any breakdowns or problems yet?

    thanks in advance for your thoughts,

    1. Glad you liked the rig! We love it. Sorry I missed you but I was enjoying the courses and exhibits most of the weekend.

      1. We did not add any soundproofing and our LMTV is loud. I’d recommend sound-proofing and it’s on our todo list.
      2. I can maintain 65 mph if I want to but the truck seems to like 55-60. I did install the faster gears.
      3. Our starter failed out of the gate but was a relatively inexpensive and easy repair (although the starter is HEAVY). I might stock an alternator, anticipating a failure there. I don’t have any worries with the drivetrain.

      1. Hey Darrel,
        Thanks for the quick response. How do you like the power on the Hills? Will it still hold that 55 to 60 even with your big box and trailer? Or does it bog down to a lower gear? I’m talking about maybe 6% grades not the monster eight or 10% grades.

        1. It does slow down on hills, even low grades. I’m not sure of the grade (it was decent) but the slowest I’ve seen was around 35-40. On most of the interstate grades in New Mexico & Arizona it’ll slow to 50-55 most of them and 45 once in a while. I hit the emergency flashers if I’m below 55.

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