We travel deep into the backcountry and cross many glacier fields in Alaska.

Having a snowmobile that is dependable to get you back home safe is critical to filming in the backcountry. Each season we put lots of miles on our Ski-doo snowmobiles and we always start each season with dropping our machines off at Weller Recreation for a full tune up and inspection. Located in Kamas, UT, Weller Recreation has grown their 53 year old business into a new facility with lots of room to spare. The new location also sits on 50 acres that they can test repaired machines on or diagnose one that's just been brought in.

One thing we've noticed with Weller Recreation is that they are a service oriented company that aren't there for a "one off sale". They do everything they can to keep their customers happy and the large majority of their business is returning customers. We're one of those customers and are so grateful to have the guys at Weller Recreation making sure we're fully ready to hit the road each year.

Besides Ski-doo, Weller Recreation also sells and services Polaris, Yamaha and Gibbs. If you haven't heard of Gibbs that's because we hadn't either. Gibbs makes the only available Quadski which is an amphibious quad. Kinda wild!

For those of you that reside close to Salt Lake City / Park City we would highly recommend Weller Recreation if you need your ATV, motorcycle, side by side or snowmobile serviced. If you're looking to buy new you should also see their huge showroom and great deals.

 

Need parts? Weller Recreation has them!

 

 

 

Full service shop for just about everything!

 

Had the opportunity to learn a little history behind Weller Recreation from Mike Weller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stand up paddle boarding or "SUP" has exploded in the last handful of years.

We had the opportunity to tour the GLIDE Paddleboards warehouse and see what goes into making a board. Being that we'll be using their boards next summer it was a great experience to learn more about what goes into the boards. All the boards are made in Salt Lake City, UT therefore keeping jobs in the US and giving their boards the highest quality control check you can get.

 

 

The fancy machine that shapes the boards. Styrofoam everywhere!

 

 

Cut from giant blocks of foam.

 

 

Epoxy room.

 

 

Sanding room.

 

 

Boards ready to float!

 

 

The giant pile of leftovers that get's recycled.

Bus won’t start in cold weather. That’s a problem.

The Yukon will be in the negatives when we make our journey this spring and if we get stranded in the middle of the Yukon Territory we’re done for. I had to get this issue resolved before we hit the road for the winter. I posted on Facebook asking who my friends in Salt Lake City recommend for the best diesel mechanics and almost everyone said Gillet Diesel service.

First off, I’d like to say something about Gillett Diesel Service in Utah. I will never take the bus to another diesel service shop other than Gillett. In the couple hours that I spent there I could see that they have the best and most knowledgeable mechanics. I asked a million questions and got a million honest answers. Gillett has been in business for 28 years and offer full server out of their 16 bays.

The goal with the bus was to replace the bad block heater, do a full run through on the startup process and eliminate any issues that they found. Austin, who was the tech working on the bus, not only gave it a thorough inspection but he also gave me a lot of good advice and tips for when I’m on the road and having to troubleshoot issues on my own such as changing the fuel filters.

Gillett Diesel Service also had a massive warehouse with every part you’d ever need for repairs and I realized that this cut my time in the shop down immensely. No need to have a parts truck running around the valley while I waited.

They also have an area dedicated for fuel injector pump rebuilds and testing as well as another dedicated area for turbos.

I was completely blown away by the vast amount of knowledge the owner Rich had on the bus motor and his honest input on what I could do to make sure we’re not stranded in the Yukon. I was in and out of there in no time and the bus has been starting up much better than it was before. Gillett Diesel Service is hands down, the best place in Utah to take your diesel to. I’d like to thank all the mechanics there and the owner, Rich for the help. We should be smooth sailing this winter!

16 bays makes getting in and out a breeze.

 

 

Austin giving Bruce The Bus a full once over.

 

 

Cummins, Duramax, John Deere. Looks like the service any diesel engine.

 

 

Warehouse right next door.

 

Parts from floor to ceiling...

 

Need a turbo for your diesel?

 

Gillett also specializes in rebuilding and fixing turbos.

 

Organization at it's finest.

 

 

 

Gillet also has an area dedicated to fuel pump injectors whether rebuilds or testing.

 

Could you put it back together?

 

The crew. These guys know their stuff. Highly recommended. Hell, that's why I wrote a blog about them!

 

The Forest For The Trees

Guest Blogger: Harlee Lyman

The ultimate idea behind this Bus Life adventure is to live simply and deliberately… with purpose and without the unnecessary. Following Thoreau to Walden Pond is great on paper but it seems a little too short sighted and antisocial for someone as fun as Brock. The Bus Life he is creating is every bit as magical as Thoreau’s shack on the shore but has the added feature of being mobile and having a bottle opener for a drawer handle.

It seems that Brock is a guy with some hard bark. I have known him for a few years and I am not sure that I have come across someone who is as self-motivated as he is. While this is an admirable characteristic in my friend, it doesn’t do me any favors. Brock is self-employed and therefore has the awesome opportunity to set his own hours. In his mind that means getting up, on his own when the sun comes up. I, on the hand, work nights and if I am up before noon something is going on.

It was only 11 AM and Brock and his brother Tony had already been very busy welding, painting, and mounting roof racks. After a beautifully made turkey sandwich we got down to the real task of the day, creating firewood.

After some discussion about the placement of cameras and a couple of words about safety we started up the chainsaws and felled a dead aspen. Brock bucked logs down to a manageable 20 inches while Tony split the rounds with an axe. The Butterfield Boys made quick work of the logs and their pile was impressive.

After only a few close calls and a couple of hours it was time for me to quit and head back to Salt Lake. Brock thanked me for my help then picked up his axe and headed back down the hill. There was still sunlight and there was still stuff to get done. I would like to think that Brock enjoys the simplicity of working hard and seeing his labor blossom into his vision. More than that I think that he worked as hard as he did because he just doesn’t want to freeze this winter. That is pretty simple.

Put your Muck Boots on. It's time to go to work.

 

Brock sawing logs without sleeping on the job.

 

 

Brock kept talking about his new Wellie Muck Boots... "Best work boot I've ever owned", he claims.

 

 

Tony Butterfield wanted to split when he came over to help and told him we'd be chopping wood.

 

 

Nothing like a little heavy metal bumping in the Big Turtle Shell while stacking wood.

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