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Old 10-10-2016, 11:19 PM
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Hospitals and Casino parking lots?
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Old 10-14-2016, 03:41 PM
Location: Southern California
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I've never in my life had to do this, but if I had to, I'd pick places open 24 hrs. You don't want isolated, non-busy places because that makes you stick out like a sore thumb. I know SOME Walmarts are 24 hrs, like I'm sure someone already said here.

I don't know what other places are 24 hrs, probably certain grocery stores. There must be some kind of shelters you can seek out.

I wish you the best.
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Old 10-16-2016, 02:33 PM
Location: Forest bathing
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Rest stops Oregon allow 8-12 hour parking. We have done it a few times with our truck camper. NW ada I believe is another state where you can spend the night. How about a 24 hour or open most of the day gas station? You could offer to clean bathrooms, sweep the lot or whatever for trade. Pick one that offers food.
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Old 10-17-2016, 04:54 AM
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Originally Posted by rodentraiser View Post
Um, Jambo, most homeless shelters kick you out at the crack of dawn. There are people who wait for the homeless to leave the shelters so they can attack them. Personally, I'd stay in my car. At least I wouldn't have to worry about my things being stolen or possibly picking up TB or bed bugs in my car. And if you have a decent sleeping bag, it's perfectly possible to sleep in your car in winter. People camp out in cold weather all the time.
Most people availing themselves of homeless shelters have nothing more than the clothes they are wearing,not really much point in attacking them, its also a situation i never encountered in my couple of years being homeless a situation that started off sleeping in a car but soon became too expensive to maintain,if you are going to be homeless living in the car will prove to be temporary and be akin to a large albatross around your neck...
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Old 10-18-2016, 08:10 PM
Location: In a state of mind
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I wasn't homeless, but I lived on my yacht in FL for a few years. Usually we'd move the boat near our current project. But once I had a couple month construction project in Palm Beach in the winter and no time to move the boat. I slept in the back of my truck for about 2-3 months in my camper shell.

I found a nifty spot near the project where I could actually drive through a stream near an industrial area and park on the edge of a swampy area. As long as I didn't dally outside the bugs were not a problem. I'd drive in after dark without lights and keep my curtains closed when watching TV or reading. The stream kept out anyone who didn't have a raised 4wd so the cops never bothered me. It was actually quite pleasant and I saved about a grand a month on rent!

I've stayed in many rest areas with no problems. And I ALWAYS have a gun handy.
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Old 10-29-2016, 11:00 PM
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Originally Posted by tangelag View Post
NEVER, EVER sleep at a rest stop. It is one of the most dangerous places to be, especially alone. I have a friend who has researched many murders that have happened at rest stops. Don't do it.
One, if I remember correctly, was Micheal Jordan's father in one along I95
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Old 10-30-2016, 02:13 AM
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Is probably time to sell the remaining possessions to get a van. Can take some time to do improvements on it like insulation, good sleeping bag, window tint, refrigeration, power, gas stove, camping toilet if you want....Craigslist gig's section of your city will probably have a good amount of odd jobs listed to help you come up with some extra money quickly. Saved my -ss when I got screwed by new job right after I moved to new city. Was able to afford the bills for the month with lots of work options available.

Can also do Focus groups which is giving your opinion about ads or new products to a company seeking to sell idea to bank. Need to prove customers are interested. This pays check or gift cards on spot. Need to get really involved in conversation and can get called back. These are usually listed on Craigslist > Jobs > ETC.

Some find the van best to park near businesses that have fleet vehicles so park between the trucks. Church parking lot is great if you ask for permission first. Store parking lots - think the big box hardware stores/SAMS are now allowing overnight parking there. Small town tour can allow you to stay in parks near the Fair Grounds with hookups for $10. Can stay in national forest and wildlife areas cheaply with 6 month permit....

Can find some nice videos on youtube about outfitting a van. Try to get some distance from your city if the work available is bad for area.

Rest stops get people murdered.
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