nothing wrong with living in your car and dating. as long as your car looks presentable right??? in your case I would start thinking about 1 of two things, get into actual camping to make letting her know easier or save up for a bigger vehicle such as a van or a full size suv. I can relate to what you are saying. I told my gf that since she doesnt live with me that i’ll be moving into our suv, its a 1997 ford expedition “eddie bauer” 4×4. its really nice comes fully loaded with leather interior with a 5.4L yes it’s a little more on fuel etc, but if you look around how many expedition’s you do see every day, its comnon as people walking down the street. The women are more understanding than you think. If anything when she see’s how you live she might just want to move in with you. look into a van or a full size suv. the reason I say expedition is when you fold the larger part of the back seat down it fits a single size mattress with ample room. it already comes with tinted out windows.If your working full time saving your money, then it wouldnt be that much more to invest in something a little more presentable. I thought thats what you guys are all saying, make it look presentable. I already told my mechanic that i need at least another 20K’s on my expedition for the simple fact that Its going to be my new home literally. so he told me not a problem, i’ll go over everything and make sure you will get at least 15-20ks before anything needs repair other than oil etc everyday. A little longbut maybe it’ll shed some insite to what your talking about. be safe
My expected set-up is this (for southern California): living in a four-door car with limo tinting. Rod with black curtain hung across the back seat. Popping down the back seat to sleep half in the trunk with a 25 degree sleeping bag. Rotating between 3 and 5 locations for sleeping. Showering at a gym on weekends, showering at the school during the week. Free internet at school, plenty of parking during the day. Lots of schoolwork to keep me busy. When I graduate, I sell my car and move home, and hopefully buy a house in six months. I might try to work part time to make the no-rent time of my life productive (as if getting a degree wasn’t productive enough!)… but my courseload is heavy, and school is my top priority… why else would I dare live in a car?
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.
Thank you for providing us with your insight. As for me, I’m planning on taking the step of living out of my vehicle in about four months. I’m dealing with a difficult time in my life. I feel the need to remove a lot of those responsibilities that come from renting an apartment. I hope I can reach out to you or anyone on this forum if assistance is needed. Thanks again.
In your first few nights, you will likely feel very vulnerable and even uncomfortably furtive, with an unaccustomed sense of needing to “lay low” and keep out of view of the authorities. Luckily, there are some reliably hassle-free places to spend the night, provided you practice good-neighbor leave-no-trace habits. Drive to your camping spot when you are ready for sleep (having completed your nightly hygiene routine), cut the engine and settle in as quickly as possible, avoiding noise and excess lights. For best results, rotate your spots so that nearby residents don’t start noticing you and making complaints. Use common sense and local advice to steer clear of high-crime neighborhoods, as well as isolated urban areas where you will be more vulnerable. Having others around, in general, is good; though your earplugs will come in handy to block out voices, door-slamming, and loud footsteps.
Get a car alarm, keep your car clean by visiting the “do it yourself car wash” with the spray hose that takes quarters. Possibly keep a stun gun or pepper spray (or bear spray) in your car with you. Add one way mirror, mesh, or dark tint to the inside of your camper topper and park at Wal-Marts or campgrounds. Maybe offer to rent the driveway space at a friends house – don’t abuse the system! For those of you with truck toppers, try to enter into the bed area using the pass through window of the cab, that way you don’t draw unnecessary attention to what you’re doing. Park in well lit areas where other people may be present, if you can’t afford a real car alarm get the fake red LED flashing kit (this one is solar powered and shock sensitive) this one is a bit cheaper.
Hi inspiring people. I’m from San Diego and houseless too. I’m a short & asian who lives in my honda civic coupe. I was forced to move out of my gf’s apt due to a bad break-up, but anyways, it’s been a month that I’ve been sleeping in my car. Our building at work is open 24 hours so I stay most of the time at our parking garage. Hope everyone is doing well and don’t hesitate to e-mail me if you feel like chatting or whatever. Take care.
I’ve lived out of my car on and off in the past year, as a voluntary experiment with the vagabonding lifestyle. Large and mid-large SUV’s, when their seats are folded down, create a flat platform which functions as a good sleeping base. A mattress pad makes good cushion, and best of all, absolutely no one suspects an SUV parked overnight at Walmart to harbor a sleeping person, especially with the tinted rear windows. Space is rather limited though, and acrobatics are necessary to enter the sleeping section. If you are on an extreme budget, a rag and some soap in… Read more »
I forgot to mention that we put a very lightweight tarp over the PVC pipe. It looked a little like Chitty Chitty Bank Bang but lots of people came over to talk with us about our rig. I have often wondered whether or not anyone else tried this since 2003 when we took this trip We also took 5 two or 3 week trips to the East Coast and Canada. When we passed through Canadian customs, the fellow asked my husband if he planned to do some plumbing on our visit. He answered no but said we used it as part of our camping shelter.
I used to be a traveler back in 1993 traveling all around England and Scotland with a convoy of new age traveler, all of us sleeping in old ambulances, army trucks, vans, box vans etc. we even had a fire engine with us. Then the government jumped all over us a banned us living together and introduced laws to disband us. It was the most fun time in my life and met great characters I can never forget. I’m might leave my flat and live in my 16′ cabin cruiser on the River Thames and may even buy a van in the future. I plan to live in my vehicles in England in the summer and save up and in October to to Kerala in southern India and spend the winter out there cheap and come back to England in April and do it all over again. Saving up for a river side retirement home in Kerala. I am forty this January so I have around 25 years to get the money together. Good luck and god bless to all those great people here living alternative homesteads. May you be blessed with what you need. Rex.
Something similar happened last month. I was sleeping in the back of my stationwagon and had my bag up on the front passanger seat when a guy came up to the car and tried to open my door to get to the bag. luckily the doors were all locked. I grabbed my baseball bat and prepared to fight him off but he took off when he saw me. He looked damn scared too! haha
Some business that has a very large parking lot that is partly out of the way or partly hidden from most public view, traffic or other houses – if that business is a church, they might be willing to let you park there. Get something written so you can show it to the police, or ask the business to let the police know in advance so that the police will not bother you if some passerby or neighbor calls about you. Unmowed fields are very good indications of a place you can park near. No one will will care if all you are doing is parking there. And the cats or dogs will really enjoy it.
I feel more motivated to get things done. I wake up in the morning and make some coffee on the hood of my car. I feel ready to start my day and get out into the world. I found that when I used to have an apartment, it would often take me hours to feel motivated to leave and seize the day. It’s much easier to make things happen when I’m already sitting in the driver’s seat (literally and metaphorically).
Especially in cities with known high air pollution levels, some benzene is to be expected in outdoor air due to automobile exhaust and industrial emissions. Thanks to vapors emitted by products such as glues, paints and furniture wax, higher levels of benzene can sometimes be found in indoor air, especially in new buildings. As such, it is logical that the materials inside of a car could release benzene when subjected to heat and enclosure.
4. Do not play music, talk or do anything loud in your vehicle. Get a cheap sleeping bag or nicer one if you have one already, climb in it in the farthest back space available in your vehicle, put a hat on if it’s cold, gloves, also, and take some melatonin to sleep. I rarely ever can sleep without it. Do not move around alot or rock the car, be still. Set your alarm, cell phone if you have one, or just be ready to wake early. In my mini-van, I’m concealed with the tinted glass more then you would be in a car, so I generally can sleep longer. If you’re in a car or other more visible vehicle, leave early. I would say 5:30, so no one notices you. You can always nap in your car later, when your not working. During daylight hours I think it’s fine to sleep parked in a McDonalds parking lot or other less conspicuous place and nod off a few hours. If someone wakes you, simply say that you’re working a 12 hour shift and trying to get an hour of sleep in between. Most people will leave you alone. People get more concerned at night, about burglary and theft.
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 made this the last day of 2012 to encourage people to go on an adventure. My life took on a whole new adventure and went to the nations. Rarely am I am in USA anymore and when I am its still my home. Since March 17, 2011. My book was published in Dec 2016 called "Inspired by the Great Commission" Evangelist Angela Cummings. I have now been to 50 countries and showed my book to one of the designers of the Honda Fit in Tokyo, Japan. You can see the video if you are interested. God is amazing and His plan was perfect. Glory to God! Jesus was homeless too. Now, He is on Throne in heaven praying for us all.
While you will save money from no rent, if you pay gym membership for showers, buy ice for cooling, pay extra for long life milk, pay for use of a laundry mat, pay extra for mobile phone calls instead of local ones, and then extra fuel because you have to drive around more, you may find your savings being eaten up. You have to weigh up if things are worth it. If the situation looks long term then you are better off spending a bit more for an electric cooler instead of one that you have to buy ice for. You are better off selling furniture than paying for storage. You are better off trading your car for a van that you can stand up in and has sleeping, washing and cooking facilities. If it is short term and you have a good chance of getting back on your feet again soon, then storage and spending as little as possible for in car comforts makes sense. Decide from the start if your aim is to get back into mainstream society and back into a home or if you want to live your life on the road. Plan and make decisions accordingly.
Spleen. The spleen is a commonly injured organ due to its position in the abdomen—under the left rib cage near the stomach. When someone suffers a blow to the abdomen, the spleen may be perforated or ruptured, leading to a large amount of internal bleeding. While treatment and recovery depend on the severity of the injury, sometimes a damaged spleen needs to be removed. Although people can live without their spleens, the lack of a spleen can compromise the immune system and put someone at risk for life-threatening infections.