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nlewis

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Wife and I just purchased a class b van. We are going to fulltime in it. We will keep our day jobs and only be in the van at night. We have a trip coming up next week in Los Angeles. Since we are new to rv ing we plan on staying mostly at rv parks. But would really like to do some stealth camping on this trip a couple night to get our feet wet. We be there for at least a week. We are getting past the nervousness of this purchase and getting excited. Any suggestions are welcome. Im sure we going to have many question on this trip as we have never rv before. We suppose to have a 2 hr walk thu when we pick up the van. But a walk thu is different then being on your own. We been talking about doing this for years. Finally this year its was either do it or stop talking about it. We made to leap and fingers crossed we are hoping this is the best decision we ever made. I really hope that we can use this forum to help us with anything that might come up. Any suggestion are very welcome.

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What's your definition of "stealth" camping?

Mine involves parking illegally overnight, for free.
If that's your intent, i doubt many will help you.


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As you are new to RVing, I would suggest you video the walk thru. You will not remember all the little things that may be helpful to you later on.


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nlewis wrote:

We made to leap and fingers crossed we are hoping this is the best decision we ever made. I really hope that we can use this forum to help us with anything that might come up. Any suggestion are very welcome.


Well unfortunately I think you will find just the opposite is going to be true. I would think it would be EXTREMELY DIFFICULT for one to "full time" out of a Class "B" and still be working full time. Make that two with one being female working full time and I would put this scenario clearly in fantasy land. Just the morning routine of eating and getting dressed, personnel grooming (no 110V, very, very limited water, etc, etc), cleaning up so you could travel where ever work is for two out of basically a VAN is to me inconceivable and throw in trying to do this in stealth mode and WOW ... JUST WOW.

I have no recommendations words of wisdom or even hints for you since I can't envision any thing other than [emoticon] [emoticon]

Sorry, but that's my honest opinion!!!

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Stealth means ticking off taxpaying home owners wherever you go. You may do better in the van dweller type forums.

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A class B so used will have room to sleep, limited wardrobe, tiny kitchen, and minimal toilet facilities needing frequent maintenance. If you are into bathing and showering, you will be looking for external facilities, or RV hookups to support your limited built-ins. Cooking will depend on a limited supply of LPG, and without an external electrical hookup you will have no environmental cooling, and maybe no refrigeration (limited more by electrical power storage than LPG capacity).

Having been married 43 years to working woman(and raising two daughters), I can't imagine her getting ready for work with no running water and no electricity.

With no job, no need for the income, yes I could imagine living for a while. Hippy era, we did it, nobody worked, no showers for months at a time, never washed clothing; peace, love, and a reality defined by LSD.

But in this era, what you are proposing fits into "homeless living in a car." Depending on where you are coming from, that might be a small step up or a big step down.


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If that's what you want to do go for it.nobody can make up your mind except you ..you say you plan to stay mostly at RV parks .reservations could get tricky at times.you didn't say how many more yrs to retirement. If it is a lot of yrs the van rt.might get old after a while.Good luck.I did the same thing yrs ago except I drove 1200 miles a week I worked shows and fairs did it for 9 yrs.would I do it again? Definitely.

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Let us know in two weeks how that is working for you

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bikendan wrote:

What's your definition of "stealth" camping?

Mine involves parking illegally overnight, for free.
If that's your intent, i doubt many will help you.


Stealth camping and illegal camping are by no means the same thing. Stealth camping means keeping a low profile when you stay overnight. I do that a lot even when staying is legal.

When I stay in a residential area I do not get out the BBQ grill, set up the lawn chairs and look like a gypsy wagon. Instead I am careful about selecting a parking area. I don't take parking that is typically in short supply and used by the local residents. I good option is a church parking lot during the week, but check first.

In a majority of areas, the police has some leeway in dealing with issues. Often overnight parking is allowed but camping is not. Is sleeping in the vehicle the same as parking or as camping? Usually no one actually knows, but if you make a nuisance of yourself law enforcement is likely to tell you to move. I have even had issues like this in National Parks. Several times I have gone to the park office to ask about staying in a parking lot overnight so I could do night or sunrise photography. Sometimes I have been told no way. Typically I have been told that camping in a parking lot is not allowed, but I could show up later in the evening and park overnight. When in doubt check with police or other law enforcement, keep a low profile, don't make a nuisance of yourself and you will be allowed to stay in a great many places outside of official campgrounds.

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Before we bought out first TT we rented a Class B (Roadtreck) for two weeks.
By the third day we knew this was not for us, especially for Snowbirding let alone full timing.
RENT FIRST!

Stealth camping is like living outside the law, you are constantly looking over your shoulder.

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