Whenever my ship pulled into home port I would live out of my car. It was quieter that being around a bunch of loud rude drunken sailors. As an example I was awakened one night by the fellows playing darts and one came in my rack and hit my pillow 3/8ths of an inch in front of my eyes as I lay there sleeping. On another night I was awakened by a drunk vomiting on the deck by mt rack and the stench. I had to get up and clean the mess while he slept it off. Then I had… Read more »
Hey, my husband and I have a second home. We started out with an apartment. Worked overseas and saved money for a house. Continued to work overseas, saved money and found out that we needed a tax shelter. If we didn’t get the second house we would continue to pay crazy taxes. We let family and friends stay in our house and I don’t feel a bit bad or greedy. We work our butts off, pay high taxes, save for our future and don’t depend on the government for any a dime.
San diego is the worst. Cops are on the fascistic side there. San diego is an all around pain in the ass/unpleasant situation for car dwelling. If you drive around enough you’ll come across some obvious spots where others are doing it and clearly not being harrassed, it is in shitty, nasty, dirty spots. Would reccomend leaving san diego before trying to live in a car there. San diego sucks, sorry.
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 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.
Hotel parking lots. With the back of your car sticking out, and the front of your car covered by sun shades. Actually preferrably back and front covered by sun shades, and your seat totally reclined. Keep from occupying your car much during the daytime...it's better to be somewhere else in your car when you are awake, such as a shopping center, where it can appear you are waiting for someone. Or not in your car, hanging out at a coffeeshop on wifi, applying for jobs or something as I was doing when I lived out of my car in Silicon Valley for 2 months when I first came out here in 2004.
Today Henderson makes about $37,000 a year as an executive assistant to a bar owner and lives in the Bristol Hotel, a mixed-use apartment building in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Her studio, which she shares with her small dog Olive, is 175 square feet – the equivalent of about four king-size beds. The walls are covered in framed artwork that Henderson collected from thrift shops and friends. An apartment-sized fridge and a fold-out couch are her largest possessions.

For the past 8 months I’ve been doing something similar: living out of my car and sleeping in a hammock in the woods (yes, even in winter storms). I’ve learned even more during this adventure. I sold most of what I had, house included, bought gold and stashed it away for the future, and decided to save more to pay cash for a house next year. I am debt free except for basic bills (a storage facility, cell phone bill and car insurance). Funny thing is that I sleep better than I ever have before…with more energy to do what I do during the day. I’m in a different and colder area now but I receive strength from being free and independent while working expeditiously towards a bigger goal. One thing that is easier now is that I can go to see different family members, bring supplies and cook dinner, enjoy their company and have the benefit of regular hot showers! The kids (now adult) still think I’m a bit odd…and they are right… but they love to go camping with me!


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.
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.

Okay so I decided to take the lease, keep my car and retire. The darn car costs me and average of 10K to keep and maintain. That includes car insurance, and upkeep and gas since I am a road hog. But to my dismay, my car was totaled recently and I did not purchase gap insurance. Folks ask me why not get the insurance and in this case eventhought the Insurance company paid off all but $2000, the gap insurance would have cost me an addtional $100 a month totaling me to date approximately $4000. Do you get my drift. Anyway, now I am at the threshold of deciding again, so what I will do is forget all about car notes, be carless, stay in my apartment. and bank what I was spending on the car. What will I do about wanting to life the life on the road. I guess, I will have to live with my memories and lean and advise others that it can be stressful and you must stay active while road hogging. Get out an exercise and eat only healthy foods, no matter how hungry you get….do not eat fast foods unless it is salads fruits etc. other stuff wears out your kidneys and damages your liver. Not that I have any of thise ailiments, my body is worn out from living that life of not being so-called stable. Even though I could save the money on rent, utilites, what will I do with it but save and spend on gas etc. Naw, I am giving it up…I am giving up cars, boats, RV’s and all that good life. I will opt to rent a vehicle while maintaining insurance on my car to cover me no matter what I drive. Oh and another problem I ran into while living in my car was not having a verifiable address and I was not about to include family nor friends who ask too many darn questions and pray over me like I was crayz..lol..I enjoyed it…I was able to see sunrises and sunsets and see storms forms and rock in my car as the winds rose to the highest of heights…I lost my fear of thunder and love listening to the rain pound on my rooftop(something that you dont’ hear when you are sheltered) plus I hear birds sing and saw big azz rats roam around th Macdonald’s parking lot in the night hours. It was an amazing experience and I loved it, But I am hanging it up…I am going to write this experience out and share with the world…HAVE NO FEAR!!!!!!!!!!! ~Gwen~

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HI Ansonetta, I also live out of my car for close to two years as well and have a good job, my situation is a little different, im close to my retirement age, no friends, no caring family, and ex’s divorce nearly wiping out my retirement and savings so with the job i have i have made plans for a different plan for retirement, a Van for a larger living space and taveling to places ive only dreamed of until i could no longer drive for any reason buying food and gas from my Soc. Security retirement (if its still there).

In Australia we have a good social security system. The money you get when unemployed is thankfully enough to live on. Yes, you can live in a small rented flat with a small degree of comfort on unemployment benefit. You can also get rent and bond assistance, so look into that. If you are living in your car, get yourself a space in a caravan park and inquire about board assistance from Centerlink. If you have a spot in a caravan park you can put up a tent in better weather and stretch out to sleep. Caravan parks almost always have showers and most I've stayed in have barbecues.
you should’ve picked up a focus wagon, lol i have a 06 focus zx4 back in vernon but right now in Brooks i’m driving my 97′ expedition which i’m working on camperizing for when the time comes to move into my suv. rental is cheap but starting to not like living here and main reason just going to stick it out till it warms up late feb-early march. although you could always hnt round for a roof rack or something so that way you could store your stuff uptop at night and have more room in the back considering its like a twin size bed
But at the end of the night Ms. Nelson always returns to Dora, the dusty Ford Explorer she calls home. In the back, where a row of seats should be, lies a foam mattress covered with fuzzy animal-print blankets. Nelson keeps a headlamp handy for when she wants to read before bed. Then, once she’s sure she won’t get ticketed or towed, she turns in for the night.

I suggest you explore the rest of this site for advice and tips for living in a car or van. I've lived in cars for extended periods, and have lived in a van (well a small bus) now for several years. I've picked up tips that I have learned the hard way, and that I have picked up from others. I hope that some of them will make your life living in a car an easier one.
For me, #VanLife became life in my 1998 Nissan Altima; So, it wasn’t a van at all. After reading this article by Suanne from Cheap Living about living and traveling in her Toyota Prius, I saw it entirely possible to maximize the space in my car to make it livable, too. Soon, I was brainstorming every day for a month to find the most effective way to utilize all the space in my Altima.

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?


What’s also key here is power. Especially if things like lighting and internet access are important to you. A DC-to-AC inverter, for instance, can provide electricity to larger devices such as laptops, refrigerators, and the like while driving. However, if you’re planning on parking it for a few days, a robust power bank is the way to go. Here, you can pair and keep these charged through any number of solar panels that can attach to the roof of the vehicle. It reduces the wear and tear on your car battery and alternator, as well as prevent the unthinkable from happening: a dead car battery in the middle of nowhere.
For the past six months my partner, Donielle, and I have been on an epic road trip to educate outdoor enthusiasts about responsible outdoor ethics. Tallying 23,000 miles driven, 117 nights camped, and countless experiences we never could have imagined, we sure love what we do. Nothing could have prepared us for what road life had in store, but for the past six months we’ve been able to tinker, adjust, and dial in our set-up for maximum comfort and adventure.
As far as times getting worse. A little worse yes, as far as crime goes that’s up. The ARM loans destroyed our economy. When the real estate bubble exploded, the mortgage rates broke record highs. A lot of folks were paying a high mortgage on a house of less value. But the ones with the ARMs really got f..ked. They should have stuck with a fixed mortgage rate. Their loans jumped from some families paying $200 per month up to $1,500 per month. The only way for the folks with the ARMs to save their homes was to completely eliminate all other expenses and just focus on their mortgages. No more movies, restaurants, bowling, vacations, new cars, etc. All these economic activities on the side were put on hold. NOT GOOD! So the car dealerships, etc. had to lay employees off because no money was coming in.
yes their are easier ways to heat your car/truck/SUV and van. 1 of them would be a heater but that would take alot out of your electrical system in your car. I’ve been doing research on every avenue for living in your car. For me i was very lucky when i bought my 97′ Ford Expedition (full size/4×4/fully loaded/leather with a 40/60 back seat) and yes it’s by choice to move into my suv.. If you can afford it, buy an isolator so you will be able to run your main battery plus a back-up battery. You will want to look into a different type of battery as well but it will work in your favour in the long run. you will want to change your batteries to what called agm, the battery isolator is so that you can run a 2nd battery and best part is that you can charge the 2nd battery when you go from point A-B. I figure that what i pay in rental/bills i can live off and be able to bank the rest. I bought the expedition for work, at the time i was working comercial construction. So i needed the full size bc i was the only one on the crew with my drivers and i found the Expedition was a very representible suv. which in my case it fit everyone on the crew, 1 plus 4 😉 march 1-2014 i’ll be moving into my 97′ Ford expedition suv. oh if you are looking into heating up your car, look into a full size “heated pet blanket” they are reasonably cheap and will only turn on when your sitting or laying on them. they take only 6 watts of power so it wont even be that much.
Melanie, best wishes to you as you prepare for this adventure – and it really can be an adventure. While it is certainly not for everyone, I prefer it to traditional living arrangements for all of the reasons you mentioned. It is definitely a significant adjustment for most people because it is so different, but with time and practice (as well as learning tips and tricks from others) that adjustment period fades and it becomes much easier.
Big Sur, the actual entirety of Big Sur, is stunning. Bordered to the east by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the west by the Pacific Ocean, it’s traversed by narrow, 2-lane highway, known for winding turns, seaside cliffs and views of the often misty coastline. It’s possible (barely) to whip around the winding turns, but who would want to? I enjoyed the slow ride (probably only accelerating faster than thirty-five miles per hour a few times throughout the entire ride through Big Sur.
Be extremely wary of purchasing service contracts or extended warranties on new automobiles through your dealer. Many of them have very limited coverage (in spite of what the salesman may lead you to believe) and they cost much more than policies purchased directly from providers like Warranty Direct (www.warrantydirect.com). Potential Money Savings: $500-1,000.
Industrial estates and business parks are often noisy by day, but very quiet at night. Small ones close to residential areas are best. They have to be quiet at night. You may encounter security in some places like this, but if you are honest, saying you are just sleeping the night in your car, they usually won't bother you. Their main role is to protect the property.
Another option to consider- when you can't shower, use unscented baby wipes to clean up, or take a "bum shower" in a public restroom where you feel comfortable doing so. You also could learn local establishments that have single-person restrooms. Use them to washing you hair or face. Bring a towel to dry your head and the sink area, and be quick. Alternate between establishments.
If you are in a situation where you have some warning that your financial situation is going to lead to you having to live in a car, or that your house is no longer going to be your home, then plan ahead. If you are struggling to make loan repayments despite a reasonable income and talking to the bank has failed, then perhaps it is better spending those last repayments on buying a van instead of paying off a hopeless loan? Even if you are laid off, is there anything you can sell that will get you enough money to buy a van or camper? If you are in a rocky relationship and about to face a divorce, can you buy a campervan / RV before it all goes sour?
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
Hotel parking lots. With the back of your car sticking out, and the front of your car covered by sun shades. Actually preferrably back and front covered by sun shades, and your seat totally reclined. Keep from occupying your car much during the daytime...it's better to be somewhere else in your car when you are awake, such as a shopping center, where it can appear you are waiting for someone. Or not in your car, hanging out at a coffeeshop on wifi, applying for jobs or something as I was doing when I lived out of my car in Silicon Valley for 2 months when I first came out here in 2004.
Food: I think this was the hardest for me, as I’m a bit of a foodie, but canned soup and non-perishable dinners get old after a while, and I didn’t want to go to the store every day. I had a hard time getting full on anything that wasn’t canned, and meals had a lot of carbs and sodium. I probably could have done a better job of buying fresh fruits and vegetables and eating them quickly, but I didn’t plan well enough there.
Even without the marine battery, you can still get the 140 watt inverter, and one king size heat pad, when you want to just sit in your car for 30 minutes or so, you can keep warm. Plug the inverter into the cigarette lighter of you car, and plug the heat pad into that. you car battery does not have enough power to run it for very long. The digital voltage reader can also plug into the cigarette lighter of you car, so you can see how much voltage is left. I don’t know exact facts but I think for any 12 volt car battery, I would try to not go lower than 12.0 volts for the car battery.
CAR regulates glucose metabolizing genes expression. Ob/ob and ob/ob CAR−/− mice were treated with TC or corn oil control for 1 month. Liver total RNA was isolated from mice of different treatments and equal amounts of RNA were pooled from two individual mice and loaded on one lane. Northern blot was performed with Pepck and G6p probes. Hexokinase and Pgd were analyzed by quantitative RT-PCR. (n = 4, *P < 0.01)
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