I think it is a class thing: I heard of a woman living homeless in her car in very wealthy California area – forgot the names, but she was doing fine, because she was always wealthy. Had a nice car, and knew tricks to keep her appearance high fashion, like the wealthy – really interesting story. Wonder why the wealthy car-livers are avoiding this website?

I did this to save money. Everything happened at the same time including a $500. camera ticket in the mail for a classic California Roll and after hearing all the doom and gloom in the news about the economy I thought this would be the best I could do. I’m not scared. I’m okay. I can’t believe more than a year has gone by too. It went really fast and I learned a lot on how to live this lifestyle as comfortable as possible. I didn’t save money though, but I have been paying the car and keeping a healthy lifestye.
The Wal-Marts in LA will not be a good idea. There are not many Wal-Marts in LA and the ones that are here are not in safe areas. One is in Crensaw and the other is in Long Beach. There is no parking lot in Long Beach and the one in Crensaw is attached to a Mall, Baldwin Hills Mall. Go to Brentwood. You can park along the side of the VA compound on San Vincente Blvd and Bringham. That is the best place to sleep in your car.

As soon as you find yourself living in a car, start looking at options for getting out. If you have a job, can you save up for a deposit on a flat, unit, shared accommodation? Can you get a better paying job? If the shit has hit the fan and it looks like the situation will be long term, can you at least better your circumstances? Can charities, social services or anyone else help you out? Can you swallow your pride, go to the media and ask them to do a "good news" story to help you out?


I have inquired about bigger alternator for the suv and I was told that it would be fine, regardless on how many batteries that also is no concern to the shop, the only thing they ask is that their be no random wires in the open, as long as the suv is clean that would be fine, the shops ive spoken with have never refused to do any work what so ever on any vehicle, unless it was in violation bylaw on the vehicle or the person (registration/license/insurance)
I would start my day off around 5AM by getting what I needed for the day from storage, that’s when they opened. While I cleaned I would take a shower or throw in a load of laundry with my customers permission. Then I would serve lunch and eat. If I had to finish a house I would do that till dinner service or else I would run errands or hang up laundry in my unit where I arranged a cloths line. Remember I had no money so every penny counted. Next I would serve dinner where I also got to eat after shift. I was allowed to take home whatever I didn’t finish, so that was breakfast the next morning. I then went and cleaned offices. I would crash for a couple of hours and be gone before anyone came in. The next day, repeat, Mon – Sun.
Given its anterior position in the abdominal cavity and its large size, it is prone to gun shot wounds and stab wounds.[2] Its firm location under the diaphragm also makes it especially prone to shearing forces.[1] Common causes of this type of injury are blunt force mechanisms such as motor vehicle accidents, falls, and sports injuries. Typically these blunt forces dissipate through and around the structure of the liver.[3] A large majority of people who sustain this injury also have another accompanying injury.[1]

out of unfortunate necessity i lived in my Ford Flex, which was perfect size for me as im 5’1″ and fit very well in either the 2nd or 3rd row seat. i knew this was coming so did a lot of research and was very organized with my clothes in storage boxes with lids, blackout curtains with the window shades you put on the windshield to keep out the sun…they also keep in the heat in the winter. So I fit them to every window in the Flex, covered with black fabric, so they just fit right in the windows.


When you park, think about which direction the sun is coming from. In summer, you may want to seek out a shaded spot to help keep cool. In winter, you might want to seek a sunny spot, and face the car into the sun to allow as much heat in through the windscreen. Generally though, you should face the car so that you can drive forward out of the place you are parked in. In an emergency, you don't want to have to back up to leave. Some people say it is best to leave the keys in the ignition while others say it is best not to. Me, I have found I have felt safer with the keys in my pocket, or close to the ignition where people can not see it. When I slept away from towns I did not always block out the windows, so the keys would be out of the ignition. When I sleep with privacy curtains I leave the keys in the ignition.

Wow, what a story, I was moved enough to write you, and i’ve not done that before. Thank you for your bravery serving our country. I think you have the right idea, pack and go. I realize it seems like everything is gone but the most important thing…. you. I don’t hope, I KNOW you will have such a life changing healing journey, I want to go too. Who knows what is next in life for you, but I bet it will involve laughter, rumination, crying and rebirth. Positive Energy to you my friend !!


Hospitals are also a great place to use, open 24/7 have clean bathrooms and cafeterias. Also easy to come up with a excuse why you are there. Just lay low, be quiet and respectful, don't ask the staff for anything. And don't overstay your welcome. Leave right away if you are asked to. And probably stay away from the ER parking as it is checked the most often, and employee parking.

Find alternate ways of generating electricity. A cigarette lighter converter is one option. These are useful for powering low consuming devices (100 watts), but if you plan on using your vehicle for cooking, then you'll need to draw power more directly from your battery or you'll blow the fuse. Running electric cooking appliances from your car though is fairly impractical without an expensive dual battery and inverter system. There are small 12 volt water heaters and skillets, but these generally are not very efficient. You will also need a much more expensive inverter if you plan to run things that use mains voltage. You may need to idle the vehicle while drawing this power if you don't have a dual battery system, however even then, car alternators are not designed for such use and may not be able to produce the current you need.
Scared of impounded ‘homes’? Yes, that is a big deal. One tip is to go directly to the local police station and simply ask; do this before you’ve been living in your car too long, to avoid that whole “I’ll significantly reduce property values with my presence” look. On the road I met a fellow who would literally go town to town, seek out the police station and get a free night’s rest in an (unlocked) jail cell. Nice cot and nice company; although I’m not there yet.
I ended up starting from the Los Angeles area – so not quite at the Mexican border. It seemed every fifteen miles I was pulling onto the shoulder to take in the view. The ride was more picturesque than I imagined and I hadn’t even reached Big Sur yet. When I finally reached a sign that read, “Welcome to Big Sur”, I stopped the car, hopped out and started exploring.
One thing about porta potties and chemical toilets is the chemicals they use. Typically they use formaldehyde, which stinks. Some newer chemical mixes have less of a smell. I found though that chucking in ordinary dish washing detergent or laundry detergent in large quantities (about half a cup per tank) reduced the odour and prevented the effluent from fermenting.
Although research has shown that TV viewers strongly prefer renting content to buying physical media, there's something to be said for the convenience of grabbing a DVD or Blu-Ray box set on your way out the door. If you're feeling especially industrious, you can even slot your kid's favorite series into a low profile disc wallet and leave it in the car.
The Tiny House Expedition has since become a thriving enterprise. Ms. Stephens and Mr. Parsons have interviewed tiny house advocates and dwellers across 30,000 miles and 29 states. At a sustainability festival outside Seattle in July, they sold T-shirts and copies of the book “Turning Tiny,” a collection of essays they contributed to. They gave tours of their home. And they answered questions about building and living in a tiny house, touting its potential as an affordable, sustainable, and high-quality alternative lifestyle.

Mobile phones allow you to stay in contact these days. In car chargers are usually cheap and simple to use. You can also use email if you know where to access free Wireless Internet, or if your local library has free Internet. I would suggest searching for "Wifi" or "free Wifi" in a search engine to find out more about how to use it and where it is. There is more on other pages in this site about using Wifi and mobile phones.

New York. Statin Island is the easiest. And quietest. But there is TONS of parking all over. Also the signs are pretty well marked. I normally park in Queens along Queensboro Blvd a few block off. Lots of spaces available and easy access to the subway. Manhattan is harder, but still possible. If you have propane in your car/RV you can’t take any of the tunnels. It is a major pain.
Ok so starting the 1st of july I will be living out of my car in san diego in order to save money but im having a hard time figuring out where I can park at night without being bothered by cops! Im busy all day with school, work and working out and i go to LA every weekend so I usually end up only getting 5 hours to sleep 4 days a week then im off to LA which makes it pointless to rent out an entire room for 20 use of 20 hours a week. Im completely prepared except for the thought of cops waking me up left and right. There has to be a better way or some trick I haven’t heard of yet! Im hoping that is. Please email me back if you have a solution to my problem :/ audreyspice89@gmail.com

COOL! I am in a camry too. Camrys are actually kind of big inside so its.. slightly, more comfortable than an average car. I also made a bed! But took out the whole passenger seat to do it.. and boy do the cops notice that seat missing. Are you able to stretch your legs out in yours?… what sounds like is that you are laying across passenger and back with legs going into the trunk? ITs so hot in summer I can’t even use the bed since its in the floor.. end up just using the driver’s seat. The seats can recline a little bit further if the back seat cushion is gone.
Here’s the most important question you need to really ask yourself before undertaking such a life-altering task. It’s also what most people ask when presented with the topic of living out of a vehicle – which makes sense. So, why would you ever want to live out of your car? Well, several really. First off, with rising rents across the country, it’s no wonder more and more people (who are oftentimes employed full-time) opt to live in their cars for an extended period of time. It’s when you consider that places like San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, even Boston, where the average price for a one bedroom apartment ranges between $2K-3.5K a month that the motivation for car living becomes clearer.

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I am in Michigan too. Please don’t use the candles as people have accidentally caught their cars on fire doing so. Think bumped candle. If you are going to get to sleep during the day then you are already ahead of the game because sunlight really does help to warm up your car during the day. Buy two sleeping bags and put one inside of the other. Use those “Grabbers or hot hands” (they heat up once opened from their package). They are made for your pockets. But a few in the bottom of the sleeping bag or your socks are heaven on a cold day. Be careful as they really warm up. Always crack a window or you will end up with a lot of condensation (water) in your car and it never dries during the winter. Always have a plan where you can go if it is just too cold. Remember the winter last year – there were days it never got above zero. I have a policy that I don’t sleep in my car if it is -15 or below. Good luck. You can do this even in Michigan.
The first step to ensuring that you’re safe is to be sure people aren’t immediately aware that you are living inside the car. You will have to make your own custom stealth solution depending on what type of vehicle you have, whether your windows are tinted or not, where you park, and whether or not you emit lights from your vehicle. If you drive around in a van with no windows, or a very obvious campervan, you are already at a disadvantage because these vehicles arouse suspicion and people may be more apt to call the cops or disturb you. Keep these considerations in mind if you haven’t chosen a vehicle yet. Some general tips here are helpful:
Some things to keep in mind. Truckers get harassed mercilessly at truck stops by beggers looking for handouts, lot lizards (prostitutes), people trying to sell pirated DVD’s or other hot items ets… Becouse of this most truckers have a very low tollerence for homeless people or beggers. DOT HOS (when you can drive and when you cant drive and HAVE to shut down) are very strict, and places to park an 18 wheeler are limited especially if you are not familiar to an area. Needless to say, if a trucker especially if they are using E-logs which cant be tweeked aka cooking the books needs to shut down at a certain time and the truck stop is mostly full they will be very unhappy if truck parking areas are full of 4 cars/jpickups and they risk loosing there job. Truckers are nasty fockers. A lot crap and urinate in sleepers becouse they to lazy to walk to bathroom. If you sleep in truck stop area look out for plastic bags filled with poop, or poured out urine and or used tampons/pads. Truck stops are a cesspool for diseases. If you do use on never walk bear footed, and always wash your hands when you touch anything. Never sit on a toilet seat without using an ass gasket. Showers are easy to acquire though. Virtually all truck stops give out a free shower to any truck driver (and co-driver) who purchases $50.00 of fuel or more. Truckers usually acquire a surpluss of showers on the variouse fuel cards they use. You want a free shower, just look like a trucker (homeless bum is perfect) with your little back pack or whatever and hang out near deisal counter and ask any of the drivers if they can spare a shower. Most will be glad to give you one becouse it doesnt cost them anything. They will hand you a little slip, this slip will have a customer #, example: customer 62. You look for the sighn for showers there will be a little screen nearby usually waiting area that says showers. When you see something like 62 shower #3, you find shower #3 in the back and punch in the code at bottom of shower slip into the touchpad by door, it unlocks and your good to go. Leave the towels in the shower unless told to do otherwise. Last thing is that Truck Stops gouge the hell out of truckers. The price of food/drink is way overpriced much more so that the normal convenience store
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.
“I've heard stories of people taking cargo vans and pretty much tearing out the insides, putting in sinks and stoves and full cabinets and such," said White. "I just took out the seats, threw a twin sized mattress in the back, duct taped some paper over the windows so no one could see in, and called it a day. Not the most elegant of setups, but it worked.”
when you get into solar power set-up, I used a shumacker 200/400 watt power pack with a 2.5watt solar panel, it was rather solid, in that alone just make sure what ever you are charging is turned off while charging, as for the solar panel, smallest you need would be 8-10 watts, last but not least look into whats called a smart charger, the company I went with is ctek. little more cost but you can charge main battery as well the external battery the same time.
This post was inspired by my first experience with a police officer. I was parked in the Mockingbird DART station parking lot( I really like this spot for some reason). After having parked there for over 4 months I got a knock on my door. They told me to get out and hand them my license. They checked my record and asked me to move on. They asked me has anyone ever told you you can’t park here? I said no.
If you plan on sleeping in your car at all, it might behoove you to have a method of getting all of your stuff out of the car at night in order to make more room. There are a few options for this: Use totes to organize your gear. That way you can just pull them out and set them beside your car at night. Make sure you have lids for them. Another option is to carry a tarp and some bungee cords with you. At night, just lay out the tarp, wrap your stuff in it, and bungee it onto the roof of your car. Whatever method you go with, being able to move your things out of your car at night gives you a lot of extra room to spread out.
Hey everyone… Gonna make the plunge, start living out of the covered bed of a pick up truck. completely invisible to passersby. yay. my question is, what kinds of penalties are there for living out of your car? if the cops catch you and it’s obvious you are living out of your car, what kinds of monetary fines are there? can they repo your vehicle? i’m sure it varies from city to city, i’m just wondering if the money saved on rent outweighs the potential and possibly recurring fines. thanks in advance to all who reply.

Yes, so long as you park your home-slash-car in an authorised area. Get yourself to a dedicated gypsy site or get permission from a private land owner and you’ll be fine, in theory. The sites we spoke to said they wouldn’t consider taking on a person living in a car (even a flash one) but you may have better luck, especially if you can convince the owner you’ll take them for a spin in your Ferrari-cum-bedroom every day. The question of whether sleeping in a car is preferable to sticking around at home is wholly subjective, but having looked into it, we’re erring on the side of bricks and mortar.
Anyway, what a relief to know I’m not really alone. I won’t consider myself homeless OR “willingly” homeless either (and really, is there such a thing? circumstances MAKE one “willing” only as a last resort, greedy mothafukas). I’m a homebody to a fault, but it’s been due to finances and responsibilities that I haven’t done more traveling. My dad built his own camper before I was born and I practically grew up in that thing. I’ve inherited only a fraction of his ingenuity for which I’m always grateful. When I find a good survivalist forum, I get in this zone and lose track of time. I think I’ve got myself talked into detailing my really cute fun to drive car and putting the For Sale sign in it (I printed it out a couple of weeks ago … it’s just been sitting on my desk but I know in my heart that the S WILL HTF and I’m too smart not to be prepared. I’m probably going to have to do it eventually and having the time will be crucial to my success. Oh, courage, don’t fail me now.
What is the best kind of deep cycle marine battery? I don’t know and have not found anyone with that answer. I got the largest that my local AutoZone store sells. It has a 1 year replacement warranty. WalMart sells a similar one with a 3 year replacement warranty. Of the two I would choose WalMart because you are really going to be using that battery. DEEP CYCLE MARINE battery – not something else. not DUAL PURPOSE.
That’s a good, thoughtful question, Jean. I have some consumer debt to pay off then my only debt will be student loans. I expect to pay off the consumer debt well before next spring. So, my goal is that by next spring, I will have a new apartment and get my dog back (my family has been keeping him for me in another state). I will recreate my budget with more balance (like saving more for retirement). I may even quit the second job and spend more time developing my teaching materials to sell online, or researching and writing about how to help kids read better.
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?
The Canadian Liver Foundation (CLF) is one of the charities benefiting from the generous support of the public and the partnership with the Donate a Car program. Funds received through this program have contributed to more than $20 million raised to support research on the over 100 different forms of liver diseases currently affecting one in ten Canadians. These funds have also been used to develop and operate local educational programs for school students, the public, patients and their families affected with the disease. The Canadian Liver Foundation is grateful for the funds generated by the Donate a Car program and look forward to our ongoing successful partnership.
That’s the problem, when you live in an apartment (or cabin, in my case) with no amenities, you do not stay in it during the day, or you will feel trapped. Internet is available free at local libraries, stores, and restaurants, so paying for it is pointless. I keep most of my possessions in my truck, not my cabin, as I am not trying to make the cabin a permanent home.

Background: Glypican-3 (GPC3) is a candidate therapeutic target in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We have generated the HN3 and hYP7 antibodies that recognize the N-terminus and C-terminus of GPC3, respectively. Here, we engineered human T cells that express GPC3-specific chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) and evaluated their potential for the treatment of HCC.
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