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Old 08-03-2015, 10:40 AM
 
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I'm going to be doing this in about two weeks. I've been planning it for a while, and in two weeks it'll be a reality. During my four day work week I will stealth park, and during the three day weekend... I'll do whatever I want, so long as I can be back to work on Monday!

I'm doing this in Berkeley, CA. I've looked into the laws and police enforcement, and they currently say there is not a law against sleeping in your car. I'll be using a conversion van. There is currently a bed in it, but not cooking, sink or bathroom facilities. We'll see about that down the road.

I'm writing about it in a blog - vaninspirations.wordpress.com

Best,
Lis

Look forward to reading of your adventures!
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:16 AM
 
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I wish I had done this when I was younger.

Now I'm married and we live in a house that is paid off and keep our expenses really low.
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Old 08-15-2015, 08:46 AM
 
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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Liselle, I read your blog. You go girl
You are brave, and saving all that money is a good thing too. Since I'm still reading it, were you able to pay off the 'perhaps' license suspension?
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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Where do you bathe, go potty and do your dishes? I've seen a few posts on the matter but nothing I was satisfied with. I want to be able to be hygienic so I can work a job.

I should amend this post. I found some vans with built in showers, toilets, effluent tanks etc. but I want to know about life in a van without these built in amenities.

If you don't travel around much would it be possible to live on say....$500/month?
I had 5 gal of wash water (showers and dishes) and ~4 gal of drinking water, and filled up in town weekly. Parks, visitor centers, rangers, etc are places to find tap water. Also, first thing when we went to town was to take a real shower at a community college, truckstop, pool, or whatever. All primped up for a day on the town!

Dig a hole and squat. That's the toilet. Burn your TP and bury it. If you are in town, there are toilets all over, so it's not a problem. If you are "home" and don't want to move, you can pee in a bottle and just dump it in the gutter later. I had a friend who kept a little porta potty and compost, but I never saw the need.

Working a "normal" job wouldn't be compatible with what I did. If it's work you could do in the wilderness on your own, then maybe.

If you want to be hanging about in town and working a job, then it's a completely different scene. You need to scout out places where it's ok to park on the street at night, since I don't think any other options would work for your budget. Soup kitchens and homeless shelters could probably hook you up on that.

I figure I spent around $4-5k/yr in the 90s on basic expenses, including vehicle depreciation and repairs. I averaged ~12k miles per year, but gas was cheap then. I could have gone a lot fewer miles if I'd just stayed closer, but it would normally take me ~1.5 hrs outside of a town to get the sort of solitude I preferred. Once you factor in insurance, license, vehicle depreciation and repairs, gas, food, entertainment, etc, $6k/yr would be tough. But if you are in town you can get free food if they have facilities for homeless people.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:08 AM
 
Location: la la land
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But if you are in town you can get free food if they have facilities for homeless people.
I'm not sure how common this is, but when I volunteered to help poor women with children, a number of food banks required an ID with a local address, so part of my job was to drive women without an ID to DMV so they could get one.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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I'm not sure how common this is, but when I volunteered to help poor women with children, a number of food banks required an ID with a local address, so part of my job was to drive women without an ID to DMV so they could get one.
Ya, my info could be out dated, plus I'm sure it varies too.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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Shower? I use the local community center. $42 a month (To come, I paid for three months at $99 for the three so saved big! BUt that was only for the summer) I can shave, bathe and swim if I desire. I also have workout equipment if I want. I also pay NOTHING for my internet at the community center.
Great post!

Damn I must be getting old. I forgot that my first two years were spent camping near town. I wasn't working, but something similar (bike racing and training). I had a health club membership. It was awesome! I think like $15/mo but that was 25 years ago. I parked in an abandoned luxury estate development that was only 10 minutes out of town. But parking at your work site is probably something that would be typically allowed.
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Old 08-15-2015, 03:50 PM
 
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I'm not sure how common this is, but when I volunteered to help poor women with children, a number of food banks required an ID with a local address, so part of my job was to drive women without an ID to DMV so they could get one.
There's not a lot of them, but some churches will allow their address to be used for such. "Share House" (Vancouver, WA) will permit their address to be used (I have done so) The DMV fees usually are $54.
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Old 09-20-2015, 01:37 PM
 
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This gives me inspiration ! I really want to try this someday but I'm only 23 and I feel I'm too young to do so.
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Old 09-21-2015, 07:26 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I have seen this and would love to do it. I would sell our house and travel if I could. We always talk about buying a VW bus and fix it up real nice to travel in. It would feel so free and liberating I think to disconnect and hit the road. Just difficult financialy and with us having rental properties seems impossible. I think once we move next year, were going to buy a small RV trailer to travel in so no more hotel rooms.
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