Immunotherapy has shown its advantages in treating liver cancer with various methods, including application of cytokine, tumor vaccines, immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy, and adoptive immunotherapy. These immunotherapies change the treatment objective from tumor itself up to the level of the whole immune system. As the newest and most promising immunotherapeutic strategy of adoptive cellular immunotherapy, CAR-T has already been applied to treat some solid tumor and homological malignancies. Just like the anti-CD19 CARs and anti-mesothelin CARs can lead to complete remission in relapsed or refractory B cell malignancies and malignant pleural mesotheliomas or pancreatic cancer, respectively, we believe that breakthrough progress will be made in the treatment and improvement of prognosis of liver cancer in the short run.

I got married almost 2 years ago.Now I’m 55 and my husband who refuses to settle.We have a 85 pound dog and chickens.I Had gotten them with the socalled knowledge that we were moving to Oregon soon.I was going to get work there.That was a joke.He later told me no.He had some work for friends to do.I hate where we are at.We live in a large van wIth tools all around.No water fridge air conditioner or heat.I Cook on a sm.propane stove and sweep out the never ending dog hair dirt.Always have some type of bug problem.flies mosquitos bees.I always get bit and have scars to prove it.He doesn’t so it’s nothing of his concern.Im a Christian and hate this .What do I do?
Living in a car has to be considered a short term solution. There is a lot of false economy about living in a car. You don't want to fork out for something like gym membership just to have showers, that money could be better spent on food or saving for a rental deposit. You don't want to be forking out for ice for a cooler every week. You also may not want to be forking out for wireless Internet when you can use the Internet at libraries for free. You don't want to get into traps that increase your cost of living but deliver no returned increase in quality of life or increased income. Having said that, you must wash, if you don't wash enough you are going to get smelly and people will not want to associate with you. You will become a classic stereotypical homeless person who people will treat like a pariah, they won't want anything to do with you. Similarly, access to the Internet is nice, so paying for Wifi can have benefits, especially if you are living on the road long term.
Me I lived out of a campervan for about a year and loved it went to Florida slept right on the beach in Clearwater and traveled all along the coast been to Detroit out west all over,I’ve crashed in minivans cars campers, and I got to say if u plannin on doin it long term go for a cargo van or a old class b, got to say though minvans arnt bad they don’t stick out as much as a big camper but it is a little cramped, right now I got me a old caravan and its just big… Read more »

I follow the forum over at MMM. There’s a guy doing the same thing there in the “Journals” section. He’s in his fifties, living in a Volt and digging out of debt. To access the journals, you will have to create a log-in because that section is privacy protected. His name is dagiffy1. Create an account, then search for his name in the members section. I think you’ll find it encouraging.
I was searching the net, and I found a place in California, that have tool-shed type housing to keep people from the underpass. I feel the little houses are better than a car, but a car is better than the doorway or sidewalk, under a cardboard box. I look at all the people who own many house, and I wonder why they do not own one, and rent, when they want to visit other areas. You cannot live but in one house at a time, and with people on the street, I rather get them in housing, even if it is the small doll house type. I still say that 1-2 people should be the Max for this type of housing, and foster home is better for children, until you can get straight. I do not like to see anyone on the street, or in cars, when they have children or animals.
Our doctor had promised to call my mother as soon as possible with the results, but as luck would have it, he came down with a bad flu and was off for a couple of days. We tried to go on with life as normal over the weekend, relaxing at home and on Sunday, headed out to the mall for some shopping. My mother couldn’t shake the feeling that something was wrong. I was noticeably exhausted and complaining of feeling unwell. She decided to take me to the hospital the following day.

They sell heat pads specifically made for car seats online, that plug in directly to the cigarette lighter for $10. they have the shape and size of a car seat. But I like the king size heat pads because they are so much more versatile and easy to care for. You are not able to wash those car seat heat pads because of all the wiring inside and they are made with cloth and will just get atrocious filthy over time. They are not made to be washable like electric blankets. A heat pad is plastic covered and very easy to clean. You can put a foot warming electric blanket over your car seat. it is just larger than the size of a car seat and is wholly washable and durable. But they cost about $20 and you will need a plug in inverter to connect them to the battery. That is what I did and it works wonderful for sleeping. but if I want strong quick heat, like going back to the car to sit in or drive after shopping or studying for hours and the car is stone cold, you will need the heat pad.
my cat travels with me and enjoys it. he alone requires one entire seat area, that is below the seat, all the seat itself and behind it, for his stuff. food, litter, bedding, carrier. but I let him sit anywhere he wants. his carrier is behind the driver’s seat, on a small tall plastic container with his food. So I can still put the driver’s seat all the way down to sleep in. his litter box is actual near the front passenger door. so that when he uses it I open the door and pull him out before he starts to scatter the litter about. usually we stop at a field and I put the litter box outside for him to use. you have to get a plastic container that comes with lid you can securely snap shut. so that when driving a higher speed, you put the secure lid on, so that the litter will not go everywhere in case of an accident.
Beside feeling terribly guilty about wanting to do this, there are other challenges I foresee and things I know that will not be easy. Florida is terribly hot at night in the summers and mosquitos are unbearable. One technical challenge I hope EV cars of the next few years embrace is battery use while the car is turned off or charging. EV cars of tomorrow can keep a car cool overnight for under 15% of the total battery! That will only get better. However, their systems tend to not allow you to cool the cab while they are off or charging. Some Tesla owners have found hacks to solve this, but manufactures have so far not seen any reason to incorporate such features.
It is best to arrive late in the day, park, and then remain silent and quiet. If you are parked in a residential street, don't do anything to alert the people there that you are living in you car. Mostly, don't do anything to annoy the residents like make a lot of noise. In places away from people, you can of course use your lights, play music but don't over do it. If you can get permission to park some where, then you should feel free to make reasonable noise and show reasonable lighting if you need to. I've heard of some planned parking arrangements in the US now as the number of people living in cars has risen due to the financial crisis and foreclosures.
Liver cancer is one of the most common malignancies worldwide, and it accounts for the third leading causes of cancer-related mortality. Currently, the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) mortality has been decreased with the advanced progression of surgical resection and adjuvant chemotherapy. However, the overall prognosis of liver cancer is poor with 5-year overall survival rate less than 12%. Moreover, for the majority of patients are diagnosed at an advanced stage, potentially curative therapies including chemotherapy, chemoembolization, ablation, external beam radiotherapy, and proton beam therapy are frequently ineffective. Even sorafenib as the first clinically approved target drug therapy could only extend overall survival by 2–3 months.1 Hence, new treatment strategies to prolong survival and to minimize the risk of adverse response are desperately needed for patients with liver cancer.2
Third, we’ve found that some of us simply want to disappear into a more off-the-grid aesthetic. This lifestyle, naturally, requires significant survival skills and prepping in order to live a life of success deep in the backcountry or drifting across our nation’s highways and byways. To give it all up and drift, grift, and barter is much easier said than done. Though with the right attitude and know-how can be a rewarding experience in and of itself.
seriously now I think there are more women living in cars, vans and the like than you would think. And a lot of us are not so young. After all women represent the larger percentage of those living in poverty. I think we’re just better at looking like we’re not homeless. I’ve moved up in the world and now have a van but I’ve lived in a car before. Hostels, gyms and public pools are good for showers. I have a degree and have had professional jobs but I think it’s crazy to spend all of your life working for things. There really is a way of living well without a house.
you misread this online or they printed it in error. This has happened to me. If you could keep warm with 6 watts, you could cook food in 12 watts — what do you need four 1000 CCA batteries for? that set up you described is a good set up, a LOT of electrcity, becuase you will need it. Even smaller slow cookers are 70-100 watts but they take hours to cook.
Depends on where you live. If you live in a climate where the outdoors can essentially be "your space" for most of the year, that changes things. If I were to do this here... I'd have to have the heat cranked in the winter and either the air conditioning in the summer or learn to ignore the constant drone of mosquitos. You also have to get rid of most of your things and find a safe place to bathe/get water/use the washroom, etc...
If you do find yourself suddenly living in your car, it is not the end of the world. Living in a car is a heck of a lot better than living on the streets. Your car provides you with security, transport, warmth, electricity and more. You can store your belongings in your car. You can sleep in your car. Your car protects you from weather to a degree. People have lived and even thrived when living in cars. This page is a basic tutorial on living in a car. Also see the VanDwellers FAQ
After getting kicked out of my house for personal reasons, I’m on my own now. My car, a ’03 Buick LeSabre, along with some clothing, toiletries, and other stuff that I deem necessary, are all I have. Thankfully, I’m employed. I’m still in the freak-out-oh-nowhatamIgonnado stage, but after reading different things online, I’m not as scared about it as I was before.

I’m aware that there are people who are forced to live in their cars by necessity. I’m conscious of the fact that my whiteness benefits me in living this lifestyle by choice. However, living in my car also allows me to save money for my hiking and travel endeavors, things that would be difficult to do if I had to pay for an apartment. Sure, I’m a girl from a middle class background, and I feel grateful for the opportunities available to me and not entitled to them. I regret that this article may have come across as deaf to social awareness. My intention was to present an idea of readjusting present priorities to make way for long term goals.


I used to have an Astro Chevrolet van, I would only sleep in it after work. You see I would sleep 30 minutes or 45 minutes, before getting to the gym. I read somewhere in a magazine an article stating that, Americans are very sleep deprived. Due to long hours of work, poor eating habits, diseases and/or disorders the average American needs another half hour of sleep during the day. I tried to sleep at work during the lunchhour,but I couldn’t realy enjoy. You see I put a nice thick,padded sleeping bag in my truck, a pillow, and blanket. I felt so full of energy during that short nap. Mhhhjjjfff,, It felt so rewarding like when I was in kindergarden and I would sleep on the floor. Remember just clean up your body at work before getting to your van and get good quality earplugs. Take in mind that their are people with fancy bed matresses who have a hard time to sleep. In Mexico people sleep a siesta during their work hours, in some cities.

Step 4- Take care of yourself. When I first moved into my car, I had a phase where I didn’t shave my armpits or eat very healthy (for the record, I think it’s totally valid if you don’t want to shave your armpits, my intention was laziness though). Not caring for your body is the quickest way to get burnt out on the home on wheels lifestyle. Now I try to nourish myself, mentally and physically. I keep a supply of fresh fruit in my car and I keep a gallon jug full of water so I’m never dehydrated.
The biggest problem with a used RV is possible very expensive mechanical problems. And terrible gas mileage if you plan to travel. Plus hard to maneuver in any city area and sticks out wherever you decide to park (unless its an RV site). If you’re familiar with your SUV and know it’s reliable I would keep it. Unless you know a reliable mechanic to look over any new vehicle purchase you can’t know what you’re getting. It could break down the next day for thousands in repairs.

e. A folding, hanging shower stall and a shower bag with nozzle makes for a hot shower even in freezing cold, and one can get dry and re-dressed before even feeling cold. For a floor, a baby inflatable 1-ring mini pool makes a perfect showerpan floor and warmly cleans your feet as you shower. Otherwise, use something else to keep your feet off the ground.
I have pretty much been living out of a vehicle or camping for ten years, mostly for financial reasons and because of chemical sensitivities in toxic buildings. I own a peice of land in a remote area on a discontinued road in the cold Northeast and have lived there full-time initially but as the decade wore on, the climate has produced more serious ice, snow and rain events that have made it more severe living in the deep forest. I had flash floods with water up to the floor of my trailer, snowstorms that dumped four feet of snow at a time and ice storms where the tops of giant trees would crack off and sail to the ground every three seconds for hours at a time making it almost a death sentence to live there during the worst weather events. Last year a one hundred year old maple dropped half of it’s tree mass onto my motorhome when I took off for the night during a bad windstorm, destroying most of the vehicle. So for those reasons and the maurading bear issue where bears have ripped open shed doors, trailer windows and shelter roofs, I have started living out of my vehicle, in the winter/early spring . YuIt is actually easier to live at my camp then out of my vehicle because of ease of cooking, ability to shower with collected water, opportunity to garden, etc, but it has its challenges.
Another great way to use electric heat pads in the cold weather is to put one on the car seat to get it warm before you get back to your vehicle. First attach it to a timer, so that the timer turns it on about 15 minutes before you plan to get back to your vehicle. The timer is plugged into the inverter, and you can use a small 70 watt plug in inverter for this – one that plugs into the cigarette lighter. They do 70 watts when the car is off and 140 watts when the car is running.
Korda works as a freelancer on a myriad of projects, including work for Green Guru Gear, a company that makes eco-adventure gear from upcycled materials. He says the $1,500 vehicle paid for itself within the first year, and he's saved between 12 and $24,000 since moving into his vehicle, and almost completely paid off his school loans while doing it.

Step 1- Get a set up that you like. One of the main purposes of living in your car is to save money, so don’t go buy a new Sprinter van. Find a way to make it work with what you’ve got. So you have a small car? Can you take out the back seats or open the trunk up to the front? Problem solved. If you have a truck, then get a camper cover so you can live out of the back. If you have a SUV (like me) just fold the backseats forward.
Our suggestion? Get a cargo rack. These are great to get a fair bit of your gear out of the car and onto the roof. Most, if not all, boast a secure lock so theft isn’t an issue, and all that newfound free space will not only prevent you from looking like a destitute hoarder but will open up the cabin for your sleeping arrangements. A win, win if you ask us. It’s always been the risk-takers, go-getters, and – for lack of a better word – weirdos who change the world and live lives worth living. Also, something as simple as a couple storage bins could go a long way as well to keep things organized and tidy when traveling/living out of your car. Again, if you have the time and money, a custom build-out is always the way to go, and there are plenty of aftermarket workshops that can do this for you based on any sort of van-life inspiration you may have come across.
DON’T JERK THE SYSTEM is a great option. It’s best to keep a low profile. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a volunteer firefighter but I won’t stay at my fire station because some of the paramedics do. They have everything from free cable to phone access. Not to mention a fat pay check. They’ll catch on real quick to what I’m up to, because they are doing the same thing. The ones who have been doing this for twenty years at the station are ready to collect a pension and probably have over a million bucks saved.

I started living in my car in Oct of 2013 pretty much the same reason of bills; i do have a good job, I do miss the kitchen and the toilet facilities but im getting close to ending my bill problem but im begining to think that living in an apartment or someplace is just a huge luxury, im starting to enjoy living in my car and plan to upgrade with a camper van and live there permanently, ive grown accustom and comfortable in it now, my biggest problem is dating because a persons first thought when they hear i live in my car is that im homeless, and thats not the case.
But changing the alternator IS REAL MODIFICATION. and be aware that many places will not service your vehicle and you cannot afford that. I would prefer to not change the alternator on that ground, even if I could change my alternator, because when I need my car taken of, I really cannot have no where to go, or have a difficult time getting to a mechanic, because I have no other place other than my car.
some of the worst things I would say is the risk of someone easily getting violent with you, you are multiple times likely o get your stuff stolen in or around a shelter let alone homeless areas, and then you have to worry about what you are fed and the way homeless shelter staff treats you. not every staff member gives a hoot. Sometimes shelters allow homeless individuals to work as emplyees, HUGE mistake. homeless people at most of the shelters I have been too are extremely incompetent. Stay away from homeless people, I have been around them too long to be unwise about that part of the population. Protect yourself and eat and sleep smart in your car and youll recover from poverty in no time. The only resource you should ever go for a homeless shelter for is food, clothing or hygene stuff. Get a food stamps card if you can. It helps the staying frugal situation in the car…..ALOT
First thing is to loose the back seat and build a real bed out 2x4s, plywood and get some foam from a fabric store then cover it with a cheep sleeping bag from a discount store, do not towel up your windows dark tint is enough always be ready to roll, I learned to sleep with just a baseball cap over my eyes, I want to see what the dog is growling about. best secret of all is TRUCK STOPS, some have lounges where you can hangout and watch tv and wash your clothes, internet, but i’m warning you to not go in the back with the semis stay in front with the cars, semi drivers run on a time frame 14hrs. on 10 off. they don`t just want to stop they have to stop. don`t be the guy in the only possible space, you will find yourself parked in unable to leave. respect that and nobody will bother you, I`ve even grilled out in the packing lot, I also traveled with my doberman so security wasn’t an issue. and I wasn’t lonely. Showers in truck stops cost about ten bucks, so really good to join a gym,
I went through the exact same situation last and this year. I moved from Kentucky to Texas. My ambition drove me to make a sudden move due to lack of employment. I heard that Houston was the Mecca for job opportunities and I had nothing back at home holding me back besides all of my Family. I had a place to sleep for the first month until things went sour with some family members. With no vehicle at the time and not knowing what my next move was I ended up on a couple of park benches for a couple of nights with two huge suitcases and a duffle bag. My mother pleaded with me to come home because I was 12 hours away from home with no Family or friends. I was determined to finish my education in the HVAC/R field. So many people blew my head up saying I was in the right field in the right place at the right time. My Grandfather sent me a ticket to Oklahoma City and gave me his old car, which by the way was not old at all, just the production date. It was a 1991 Cadillac De Ville Coupe (2 door). He had taken good care of the car and it was in great shape. I knew from the jump that that this would be my living quarters. I had no idea if sleeping in this car was gonna even work. I had never had to go through anything like this before. It scared me, but I kept in mind once I finally got done with school everything would be ok. I also figured I was one step closer to getting a job and a girl. It was the middle of August in Houston and the temperature would be anywhere from 85° to 90° at night. I bought a car fan the first night because if I left the windows down overnight the mosquitos would eat me alive. I can’t remember the wattage on the car fan but every morning I would wake up I would start my car and drive a out a half a mile to let my battery charge up. Keeping a low profile was definitely key to surviving the whole thing. I had good shade where I was parked so it would be kind of difficult to see inside the car at night. I didn’t have a job and had the worst trouble trying to find one. I had just sold my car before I moved but because my friend didn’t have all of the money he sent my payments out of his paycheck. It wasn’t a lot but it kept me afloat. On the days I had a few extra dollars I would travel around the city looking for a way out of my situation. On the days I was flat broke I would have to hang around the neighborhood. I ended up meeting some people who owned the local businesses and I would hang out at those establishments from time to time. I didn’t want anyone to know what I was going through at the time so I acted as if I lived in the neighborhood. There were days when I didn’t feel comfortable being around people because I just wanted to burst out in tears and share my pain. At the same time tho I didn’t know how people would perceive me. 5 miles down the road they’re were homeless people who lived under bridges and people would look over them as if they didn’t exist. I had too much Pride to ask anyone for help though. They’re were days where I didn’t feel comfortable being around people because I had gone 3 or 4 days without bathing. I found a Travel Center not too far from the school I attended that had shower stalls you could purchase for $12. This was definitely a major expense with no income, plus gas, plus food, plus washing my clothes at the Washateria. I felt keeping a clean appearance as well as my car was important too. Before I pulled off in the morning I would stuff everything in my trunk. On the days I felt confident I would jump in a social circle to try and find a half descent lady. I met a few women, only one knew of my situation and she was very supportive as long as it lasted. I just lacked the self confidence to be who she wanted me to be. It felt good to have some warm food, a bed to sleep in, and a roof over my head. I ended up becoming friends with a guy who owned a bar in the neighborhood and he lined up a couple of odd jobs for me and invited me to his house. I knew if I was just honest about my situation he would open his doors with no problem. It was just too hard to actually come out and say what I was going through. After so long I started feeling ashamed of myself even though I was doing good in school and I was staying focused. A few people that I had met from the neighborhood ended up spotting where I was located and thought I owned the residence. Only to find out that I was dead sleep in the driver side seat. Once I had to break down my story they were in awe. I acted so everyday normal for a person who had nowhere to go. Unfortunately they weren’t able to help because they still lived with their parents. I just asked them to keep quiet about the whole ordeal because it wasn’t going to last for ever. It was just for the moment. I spent the Holidays with no Family and that hurt my feelings deeply. I occasionally thought about the neighbors and how comfortable they were in their homes and what I did to not be able to enjoy the same feeling. To me Winter was more difficult to deal with in the summer. I think the car fan kind of made it just that more easier. For Houston it did get cold that winter. Temperatures dipped in the upper 30s to low 40s. All I had was a blanket and a sheet set I bought from Wal Mart. Staying warm wasn’t easy, plus it got dark earlier so that didn’t make it any better. The only thing I can say is I got more sleep than I did in the summer. I slept in my car from Aug. 2014 to Feb. 2015 before I met my girlfriend who I am with now. We crushed and one night she gave me a ride home from the bar. Oh, and let me add. I am not a drinker, AT ALL!! I would occasionally have a beer every once in a while when the bartender insisted on buying me one. The bar was just a place to hang out and watch TV and they stayed open until 2am. It was convenient and I met a lot of good people in there who I am still friends with today. And like I said that is where I met my girlfriend. That night in particular I needed a ride to my car cause it was out of gas I believe. So she wanted to sit in the driveway and talk for a while before we ended the night. I could tell things were getting mutual between the two of us so I decided to tell her the Truth about my situation. She was also in shock, she couldn’t believe it. How was I able to pull it off so well? I thought I hadn’t been doing too good of a job of that because I had lost a considerable amount of weight from only eating off of the $1 menu for so long. I didn’t have enough room for a cooler to keep things fresh so I settled for food that was already prepared. From that night on I never had to sleep in my car again. She was my Angel that pulled me out of a Sea of Hopelessness. I ended up graduating that following May and getting a descent paying job in the HVAC/R field. I Prayed a lot and often went to local Churches to give Thanks for what the Lord did provide me with and ask for more Blessings to come. My girlfriend is expecting my first child a month before we got together and she’s graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in the same month. I feel I accomplished what I set out to do when I made the decision to move to Houston. The Good Lord had it set up that way not to destroy me, but to shape and mold me into being the person I was destined to be. So if anyone reads this just take head to my Testimony. Keep the Faith and believe in yourself and God will make a way.
I get my carbs from bread and oatmeal, my fats from raw almonds, and my protein from fat free milk and whey protein. I sometimes eat out just to feel like a normal person, but the nutritional value is much worse than what I normally eat. I drink water, OJ(for vitamin C) and coffee (for internet access (I’m writing this post from a starbucks) and because I love it. I don’t take any multivitamin but am considering fish oil. Sometimes I get tired of bread and treat myself to some bagels. I get around 2.5k calories a day, sometimes less.
I <3 Walmart and campgrounds. National & State Forests are a LOT cheaper than National or State Parks, just not as many amenities. Walmarts, if you can nest yourself between a few RVs, aren't the BEST of sleep, but they really help to supplement the budget. Plus, I'll usually go in and buy an item under $10 to support the store – or because I had to pee and didn't want to be seedy. : )
Adoptive T cell therapy has the property of killing tumor cells that express specific antigens. The original application of this therapeutic strategy can be dated back to 1988, when Rosenberg utilized adoptive therapy with tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) to treat patients with metastatic melanoma.6 Inspired by Rosenberg’s success, subsequent studies demonstrated its clinical potential in various solid tumors, and its efficiency has been proven in some tissue including ovarian cancer (OC), renal cell carcinoma (RCC), colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, HCC, cholangiocarcinoma, and gastric cancer (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT01174121). Although these achievements are encouraging, the majority of patients did not meet the condition of TIL therapy, since tumor reactive lymphocytes did not exist in all patients.7 To overcome this limitation, genetic introduction of T cell receptor (TCR) and chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) into autologous T cells, termed gene-engineering of T cell, can provide an alternative and made T cell therapy more available for more patients and multiple types of cancer. Rapoport et al.8 achieved sustained antigen-specific antitumor effects in myeloma with NY-ESO-1-specific TCR-engineered T cell, and Morgan et al.9 demonstrated objective regression of patients with metastatic melanoma with TCR redirected ones. TCR-restricted T cell possess the capability of recognizing an antigen efficiently, but there are still disadvantages limiting its applications, for instance, the restriction to HLA manner and low affinities of TCRs.10 Fortunately, CAR-T therapy as an alternative can overcome these limitations.
This next stage was tremendously difficult. I was taking a ton of medication, going for frequent blood tests and still feeling extremely lethargic, sleeping most of my days away. The side effects of some the meds were terrible. I seemed to struggle with either sleepless nights or vivid nightmares. I also felt the need to eat anything and everything day or night (I even stopped wearing my retainer to bed because I was scared I was going to eat it in my sleep!).

To all of you above who think that living in a car is probably just for publicity, not a sensible way to be frugal, and can’t be done in cold climates – you are completely wrong. Living in a vehicle can be a terrific experience, can definitely be done in cold climates (ask some full-timers in the yahoo groups!), and is a smart way to get ahead. Don’t think that you have to listen to society and the mainstream and live in a house, paying rent or a mortgage. Living in a vehicle is actually very sensible. And if you think it’s not, you are being very close minded.

Your going to meet homeless people who really have nothing – no vehicle – who live out in the fields and other less visible places which they need just like you. I share food with them, a little money sometimes, and good conversation but not always, and I have NEVER had a problem. The police and security will tell you to beware of the homeless people.

For those six months I was able to house sit for a little bit, but still preferred sleeping in my van, and then was parked in my parents driveway for some of it. I was between where I wanted to go and jobs, but knew I always had my safe place to sleep and the necessities with me. I also parked on BLM land, and some parking lots overnight. The only expenses for that time was gas, insurance, cell phone, and food, it was awesome. I now have a house, but still refuse to give up my vehicle that can be converted in case I ever need it, it's my security blanket, if you will.
To all of you above who think that living in a car is probably just for publicity, not a sensible way to be frugal, and can’t be done in cold climates – you are completely wrong. Living in a vehicle can be a terrific experience, can definitely be done in cold climates (ask some full-timers in the yahoo groups!), and is a smart way to get ahead. Don’t think that you have to listen to society and the mainstream and live in a house, paying rent or a mortgage. Living in a vehicle is actually very sensible. And if you think it’s not, you are being very close minded.
They aren’t the only ones. Spending on experiences like food, travel, and recreation is up for all consumers, making up more than 20 percent of Americans’ consumption expenses in 2015. (In contrast, the share for spending on household goods and cars was in the single digits.) Baby-boomer parents, downsizing as they enter retirement, find that their grown children are uninterested in inheriting their hoards of Hummels and Thomas Kinkade paintings. The same “live with less” logic has begun to extend beyond stuff to the spaces these older adults occupy.
Step 10: Avoid looking suspicious. For police, it’s not enough to make sure you’re not parked illegally (though of course that’s important). As a practical matter you need to avoid looking suspicious, meaning no almost completely hidden spots. If you’re parking on the street it’s best to avoid parking in expensive neighborhoods, and to move from night to night, because though you may not be committing any crimes, police respond to neighbor complaints and you don’t want the hassle.
There were some precautions though. Cooking inside the car was not a good idea. There is the danger of finding a stable place to cook. The danger of setting things alight. The danger of carbon monoxide, and the smell of cooked food in the car. Cooking is for outside of the car. There's normally no issue with setting the stove on the boot / trunk of the car and cooking there. If your boot slopes, any stable flat surface will do. After cooking, allow the stove time to cool down before packing it away. If you don't cook regularly, remove the gas / fuel container between uses.
There are several sites online that can tell you where to stay, cost and time limits. Just search RV parks in the area you are looking for. most of them cost about 45 a day but if you stay for a month you can pay as little as $350 a month. If you find a resort that needs help, and there a lot of them, you only have to pay for electricity. You have shower, laundry, swimming, club house and garbage service. These are usually included in the price. You also have internet access. Good look and be safe.
I found this website by accident and then thought of a solution for many having financial problems these days. When my husband and I retired we wanted to camp at leisure without a time line or reservations for 2 months out west to recapture our youth. I can no longer camp in a tent since I have back and knee problems and cannot get up and down easily. We had a van. We took out the back seats. I bought 12 flip top crates from Costco and fit them in the space. I bought no-see-um screening from Campmor (It’s very cheap). I cut the screening to cover the side doors and back door leaving enough for hems. I bought hundreds of round magnets at Rag Shop and sewed them into the hems about 3 inches apart. This was how I attached the screening to the van. We had an old 4 inch thick foam mattress I cut to cover the crates in which we kept everything including our photographic equipment. I made 2 sheets to fit the foam mattress. We used no suitcases. We brought 2 pillows each and 2 sleeping bags. I put up heavy cord between the garment hangers to hold the car rechargeable Coleman lantern I used at night for reading. My husband bought pvc pipe which he attached to the roof rack on evenings where rain was forecast. If we had rain we put it over the extended pipes to keep the rain from coming in the doorways. We slept comfortably in Yellowstone down to 19 degrees. We had a blast. We only spent extra money on campgrounds at half rate using the golden senior pass. I am sure these suggestions would help someone to survive a period of time to pay off debt and get a new start. We came home to our residence renewed with the thrill of how little our trip cost us. We will be doing it again soon and save money to go on more expensive journeys to other places in the world ala elder hostel.
Mechanics are not so stupid, WalMart was just maintenance, so when a AAA mechanic shop told me the owner said I had modified the vehicle and I had to leave and take the vehicle with me, I knew it was not that issue, but that they were greatly offended when they saw all the things in my car that they did not want to have anythiong to do with me – bums.
The parking situation is a big problem if you want to be frugal and save money on rent by sleeping in your car. The other thing is how comfortable are you going to be sleeping in your car? I’m a petite girl and I’m a little too big for comfort but somehow I’ve managed. I’ve been doing this since February 2009 and it’s starting to get old. As soon as I can, when I get hired full time on this temp to hire part-time job I now have, I plan to rent a studio apartment somewhere.
For heat when sleeping in car or truck the absolute best thing is electric blanket, in the northern areas and am sure online you can buy them in any truck stop they plug directly into your cig. lighter and work awsum. A great blog I found that may answer many of your questions is: http://guide2homelessness.blogspot.com. I just found it the other day, the dude is a fantastic writer and wrote a small book addressing most issues you can think of regarding being homeless in a how to fashion.

I am always looking to connect with other people who have outfitted their trucks to make them livable. Do you have a water tank or solar panels. I knew a guy who had those to heat the back of his truck. So many ideas, sometimes I geek out on imagining all the ways I can live for free. Ever done it in Boulder? You have any special accouterment in your truck? Always curious-

Thank you for sharing this. I have done this as well, lived in my car to reduce my expenses and pay off my $1,100/month school loan payments faster. Our stories are very similar. I lived in my SUV, showered at a gym, kept my belongings in a storage unit, used a PO Box, etc. I parked at Wal-Mart, hospitals, and my old apartment complex. And I’m a teacher.
so I had to get a metal automotive hose. they sell ones that are already heat reflective. designed just for that purpose of drawing in cool outside air and keeping it cool. or you can get a metal one and wrap heat reflective tape around it, they sell that tape at Autozone, but the best thing is to get the hose that is already heat reflective. ask if they can special order it. I tried the tape idea, and the glue did not work, so I then had to buy metal foil tape at Home Depot and put that around it.
I decided to live in my car by choice. I take showers at the gym where I also workout and bodybuild regularly. Living in a car has changed my life in so many ways for the better. It’s peaceful, no overhead to manage and can travel freely. When it gets cold, use a sleeping bag. Get tinted windows for optimal privacy. It’s not that bad, even in a sedan, but only if you’re single. If you have pets, get rid of them. I personally don’t care for them. They’re too much maintenance. I go bar hopping on the weekends, party every day and meet new people to stay with who invite me over to stay for a while. It’s really not that bad. It’s actually quite enlightening. I’m doing this by choice and will have no plans to ever rent or own any property in the future.
Long, 57, had parked his truck in an empty gravel lot near Rainier Avenue South and South Dearborn Street in July 2016 after the truck broke down. Living out of his truck, he worked in trades such as plumbing, electrical, landscaping and as a janitor at CenturyLink Field. In his truck, he stored the various tools of his work, often secured through day labor services.
I liked the post. I live in Seattle and can no longer afford anything, I will be moving out of my apartment into my car… because I have no other choice right now, not because I’m an “entitled white girl…” I found this helpful in preparing me for this daunting living situation. So thanks for helping me feel a bit more prepared and a little less frightened of my new situation. Perhaps even looking at is an a new adventure and less of new homelessness.
Due to child support from three seperate states for three kids I have been living out of cars and in tents for eight years now. Being homeless is alot easier when you get farther away from mainstream society and camp. If you can afford it stay in a campground with showers etc. If not try finding a quiet place on the river or lake somewhere. Or up in the hills close to a spring or small stream. I hated being homeless in the city but popping a tent in the wilderness is not that bad and is good for the soul.Nature will provide all that a person needs if you know where to look and how to use what is available. Circumstances are different depending on the region you are in. Personally I have a strong spiritual connection to the forests that I frequent and over time a person will develop this. The more you realize that you are a part of the earth the more in tune you become with your surroundings. You do not own the earth. The earth owns you. lol.
Always keep the keys OUT of the ignition if you are intoxicated. You can’t be charged with anything. The police are mostly liberal when it comes to these circumstances. But there’s always that ONE who’s having a bad day and will take it all out on you. Just be honest—-let’s face it, the economy sucks and you will unlikely become the first car-liver he/she comes across on patrol.
The Salvation Army in Fort Lauderdale, FL has security and won’t let you park overnight unless maybe you ask the manager. I volunteer for a fire department, so it’s no problem for me to sleep or hang out. They are a bunch of great people and I’ll bet anything that they will let you use their parking lots wherever you are. Won’t hurt to ask. Firefighters are very laid back and always there to help. Trust me, I am one.
I do have a judgmental comment but it is not at all directed at LIMH personally. Am I the only GRS reader who finds it totally pathetic that affordable housing in the U.S. is so difficult to come by? This is reminding me of a story in “Nickel and Dimed” by Barbara Ehrenreich. I don’t have the book in front of me, but I recall in one chapter how she’s working as a Merry Maid and finding out one co-worker is living out of his car and others are in weekly motels because there’s no affordable housing. One of the main points of the book is that it is nearly impossible to find adequate housing on a low salary. So much for the supposed greatest country in the world…
Another great way to use electric heat pads in the cold weather is to put one on the car seat to get it warm before you get back to your vehicle. First attach it to a timer, so that the timer turns it on about 15 minutes before you plan to get back to your vehicle. The timer is plugged into the inverter, and you can use a small 70 watt plug in inverter for this – one that plugs into the cigarette lighter. They do 70 watts when the car is off and 140 watts when the car is running.
That’s the main reason I quit my Private Investigator job. I got so tired of people calling the cops on me all the time. I don’t get it. Why is someone parked on a swale or in a lot such a threat to them? Even when I called the police and gave them all the info on my car they would still come out on the caller’s request. I’m a volunteer fireman and can park at any of my city stations and use their facilities all I want to. 85% of the fire departments in the US are volunteer. Maybe you should try looking into that? Park at a police station. If they ask who you are tell them the truth. Also tell them you don’t have a house and feel safe parking here.
I thought the same thing about two small dogs.You’d be surprised how many homeless people have dogs for protection,warmth and companionship.Id like the idea of my dogs warning me if somebody tries to break into my car.Over in Africa they rate how it is cold at night by how many dogs you have to sleep with to stay warm.Makes me think of the 70s band 3 dog night.

Decreased levels of malonyl-CoA provide a plausible mechanism for this increase. Production of malonyl-CoA by ACC1 and ACC2 initiates lipogenesis, and strongly suppresses the opposing β-oxidation pathway by allosteric inhibition of CPT-1 enzymatic activity, which decreases fatty acid transport into mitochondria. Decreasing activity of ACC1 and particularly ACC2 has beneficial effects on both hepatic steatosis and insulin resistance (31), and very similar effects are achieved by overexpression of malonyl CoA decarboxylase (32). CAR activation significantly represses both ACC1 and ACC2 expression, strongly suggesting that CAR induces β-oxidation by decreasing malonyl CoA levels. Recent studies have shown that SCD-1 ablation protects against hepatic steatosis by the combined effects of decreased lipogenesis and increased β-oxidation (33). Hence, reduced SCD-1 expression by CAR activation may also contribute to this induced β-oxidation.
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