Bob, I happen to be a mortgage professional of 17 years. I too, am feeling the pain as the mortgage business sucks right now. The ARMS you mention had to be sub-prime loans. Those had teaser rates with ridiculous margins that when adjusted were very high. Those loans are what caused this mess. Personally, I’ve always worked for prime lenders. Didn’t do sub. There are plenty of people that are actually loving their ARMS. Their rates have actually dropped because the index that the ARMS are tied to have come down with rates down in the financial markets. I could go on and on explaining, but I’d bore the hell out of you. Hope this makes sense.
All I hear on the news is how companies are closing down and people are losing their jobs and homes right now so I guess this is going to become a growing trend soon in the States. I’m giving the building I live in my 30 days moving notice on January 1st, 2009 and I will be in my car beginning February 2009 until I get back on my feet again or maybe longer if it works out well. I don’t plan to tell anyone I know personally that I am doing this because I’m embarrassed but I know that I’m not going to let myself go. I will stay clean and fit thanks to my gym membership and everything will be okay.
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In Santa Cruz, California, the obvious house-van is a common sight. They flank the ocean cliffs, rest discreetly on mountain roads, and join the metal and rubber tent city that has sprouted on the stretch of Highway One between Santa Cruz and the tiny town of Davenport. Off the beaten path from police officers, this particular pod of cars only popped up over the past five years, and it swells to over 50 on some nights, much to the frustration of coastal farmers who find trash in their fields.
What you can do is get a 140 watt inverter, and plug your heating pad in there. Pet pads are smaller and much more expensive than a medical heating pad. Look on Amazon. and remember the continual wattage consumption is for the device in the heating pad that detects if heavy weight is on it or not, not the device that heats up the pad. Look on Amazon and you will see the cost for pet pads is much more higher than human medical heat pads. You can get a 2 foot long medical heat pad from rakuten.com for $16. I got two of those last year. They use 50 watts on HIGH. 1 foot long heat pads from Wal Mart can be the same cost, and they use the same wattage, 50 watts on HIGH.
Now, I’m dithering between buying a box van or a full-size passenger van. I’ve read that box vans (even converted ones) aren’t exactly welcome at campgrounds, even if they’re self-contained? OTOH, campgrounds ARE expensive but, would be good to be ABLE to use one when need arises. Either way, I plan to have a little gas-powered scooter in/on the thing.
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Going on month number two of this adventure. I was thinking of getting a tent heater but I am afraid in my small sedan I could get overwhelmed by fumes. Any advice? Had a set back I accidentally set my car alarm off one night. And I am not sure but I think someone called security. They never questioned me because I was on the way out when they headed in this complex. They did turn around and follow me until I exited. I have been too nervous to return and I have been sleeping at my work parking area. I still need a different place though any
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.
Hello mate, I,m from London. I think what your talking about is what we call Bothy bags for shared use up in the mountains. Otherwise it may be smaller Bivybag. I use an ex British army gortex Bivybag with a good winter army sleeping bag. The thing is you have to insulate yourself from the ground so a foam roll up mattress would be best for the woods. You would also need a tarpaulin to keep the rain off you and there would be no protection from Mosquitos or flys or other ground insects. I used to wake up with lumps and bites, I did make myself a huge mosquito net bag to place over me and it can be very muddy if it has been raining overnight. Butthere are better, more comfier systems. One of the easiest most comfortable systems is to buy a Hennassy Hammock, made in USA and exported all around the world. You can string it up between a few trees and it has a built in mosquito net and comes with a great tarp to keep wind and rain off, but you can still look around you to see if there’s any danger. Entrance is through the bottom via a velcro snap opening and one can escape to enclosed hammock in seconds should you need to with a quick push down of both heels of the feet to open up the velcro fastener, and no, you cannot fall out bu mistake. If one must have to sleep outside of vehicle then this is one of the best systems. They cost around £120 then you gotta buy yourself a decent sleeping bag.
The easiest way to increase your storage space is by adding a roof rack to your rig. We’ve been using Yakima’s recently updated StreamLine System. We love it for its compatibility (the company custom-designed brackets for almost every vehicle dating back 35 years), easy installation (adding the Base Rack System to the naked roof of my 1995 Pathfinder took less than two hours and was doable solo), and for the wide array of carry and cargo accessories—Yakima offers multiple solutions to haul everything from a kayak, canoe, or SUP to skis and boards to every type of bicycle imaginable.
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.
I have cats, not a dog. But cats are smaller and if I would go out of my car for a several hours, they need a litter box and flowing air in addition to cool temperature. You need a secure way of keeping your dog outside for your 9 hour work day. Get a doghouse, a secure chain, park near a field with lots of good shade – trees and bushes or tall grasses.
otherwise, buy a small 1000 watt generator (they run on gas like a car motor) and a good chain with padlock. you have to put it out the car to run it, it is illegal and dangerous to run it in the trunk of a vehicle or any where else. But it is not any louder than a car, if you get a small one – so people should not mind if you are discrete. chain it to something other than the car, in case you need to leave in a hurry, you can always go back and get the generator, so get a real good chain and padlock.
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.
a. Organize, organize, organize! Have a place for everything and keep everything in its place. In addition to your sleeping items, you will need a carry-on style suitcase for clothes, a laundry bag for clothes pending a trip to the laundry (with air freshener), a “chuck box” (your car camping kitchen supplies), water storage container and a cup/water bottle, a tool box, a briefcase organizer for paperwork, a box with your camping supplies, a toiletry case (with towel, washcloths, shampoo, soap/shower gel, hairbrush, other hygiene supplies), flashlight/LED lamp and candles.
After college, when I lived in California, I moved into my van for a while to save money to go back to school for a teaching degree. It allowed me to get certified for a career that has been very good to me without forcing me into student loans to get it done. The climate was excellent for it, and the fact that I had very few material things to worry about finding a place for made it not too much of a burden.
To test whether diabetes and obesity affect CAR activity, 10-week-old ob/ob and ob/ob CAR−/− mice were treated with the CAR specific agonist TCPOBOP (TC) for a week. As expected, expression of CAR targets Cyp2B10 and Cyp3A11 were robustly elevated in the TC-treated ob/ob mice, but not in the ob/ob, CAR−/− mice or vehicle treated ob/ob mice. Thus, the ob/ob background has no apparent effect on either the basal activity or the agonist response of CAR (Fig. S2).
if you have a full size SUV, you have more freedom, you can park any where literally, Campervans are nice but you are limited to where and when you stay so to speak. Full size SUV basically camo’s your life style. if you can not afford a full size suv a smaller suv is just as good. If you choose a car, look for a station wagon, if its a sedan look for an older version like a crown victoria. if possible stay away from coupes they are very small. If you can stretch out and stay warm you will be happy for the long haul. stay safe/keep positive.
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.
While you may not find anything for $100/week, there are other options worth pursuing. The best I can think of is looking for an elderly person who wants to stay in their home. Just having someone able-bodied around makes a huge difference. What is effortless for you is nearly impossible for them. It’s critical to find someone whom you like and who’s needs are relatively small, as I am talking about companionship, not nursing care. You could ask at a church, Senior Center, Meals On Wheels office or even your doctor. Living in your car has served you well, but this could be a logical next step. Perhaps you might even earn a small stipend to boot. Best of luck to you!
Obviously, one of the reasons you opt to live out of your vehicle is to save money, so naturally, you won’t want to have to pay for campsites. Luckily, all US national forests offer free range camping, so if you can deal with not having access to things like bathrooms or pre-built fire pits, you can just find a nice spot and set up camp for free. Most of the coolest places we slept were in national forests, and when it was all said and done, we only spent $27 per person on sleeping arrangements for the entire summer. You can also google free campsites by location, stay in most Walmart parking lots, and (you didn’t hear this from me) you can usually get away with parking in a hotel parking lot and sleeping right there for free if you don’t draw any attention to yourself.
Hey i really enjoyed reading your article and it gives me hope that while im living out of my truck that someday ill have a job soon and everything. I graduated college in may and have ben pretty much homeless eversince i had a gf for a week then she kicked me out and i met another girl and she didnt wanna date me cuzz im homeless, but alrthough parts of it are hard (shower, food, blending in etc…) i have found out a lot about myself these few months i ben out on the streets and you gota look at the positive of it… how many people can go from a subpar life and make it homeless? the answer not many! you dont take things for granted everyday and with a truck i can scrap metal and thats ben helping me out a ton and then some, i got $40 today for scraping and got me some fried catfish. I shower wherever i can school or truckstops you learn to be nice to people. Good traveling and God Bless ps i miss tv and video games but i also would like to comment that i believe it would be beneficial is one should try their own homeless experiment to learn about yourself more and no wats it like but i do not endorse anyone taking me up on that tho
Yes cls, That is the date you first started to post. I have read all your posts and I know you’ve had a hard time. I;m moving for similar reasons. My neighborhood is crime ridden and my friend/landlord, ripped me off for 460.00. I am moving in a few days and I might park in a friends driveway or do the hotel parking thing. I do have a job, it’s just not enough. I don’t take drugs and I do not look like a “homeless person”. I wish we could rent/share an apartment..haha, since you and I are in so. cal. That was a joke, I’m not a stalker lol.
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~
Don’t forget to include a handheld vacuum cleaner that u can plug into the cigarette lighter. Don’t skimp on the motor size either get one with a strong motor for better cleaning. You’ll be surprised how the dirt you track into the car from your shoes will start making the car smelly musty. And make sure to pack separately last thing u want to do is break the plug end off. You get the idea.
I left some things out of my previous post. You have a guaranteed income from ss so there’s absolutely no reason to give up. It’s not much but you can live on that. You could even get wic if worse comes to worse. There’s no reason to be ashamed of such things. Your tax dollars throughout your life have been used to help someone that needed it also. That’s how decent societies work. They help those in need.
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.
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. : )
I would like to let you know how apartment owners are ripping off renters. I have always paid my rent, and that was it, unless I paid for electricity, heat and gas. Two years ago, my rental agency decided we have to pay for the water based on the # of residents in the apartment. This month I was told I have to pay garbage removal fee. I am on a fixed income, as everyone is today. I was told to add the extra charges to my rent payment, yet an out of state company bills me for water. I have been a condo owner and a home owner, but apartment rental works best for me. If they keep going up and adding more fees, then I will be living in my paid for van, and cleaning up at a health club. It seems no one cares about the real American people.
Ultimately, if it hadn’t been for my transformation into a human banana, who knows how long it would have taken me for me to be brought to a hospital! The yellow tinge (jaundice) began in my eyes, and was first thought to be due to my recent switch to contact lenses. This was followed by comments from teachers and friends who noticed my “off” colour. One day while driving together, my mother noticed the corners of my eyes appearing yellowish. She made an appointment right away and my family doctor sent us for blood work immediately, believing that I might have contracted a type of hepatitis from some food or drink.
I appreciate you telling me, I know it’s hard. I think most people woiuld need a van if they have a pryer of doing it for mor than a month or two. I know I would. My car will have to do, I only need a month or so. I have no one to stay with but I think I can park in a friends driveway. Otherwise it’s hotels and truckstops or wherever. Hang in there and get a room for rent, they’re cheaper. Then you can find an apartment. Most everyone would love to rent to a female vs. a male living in their home. I wish you and everyone else, all the best!
NAFLD, a condition in which excess fat builds up in the liver, is far more common, affecting up to 40 percent of Americans, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. A subset of that group has a type of NAFLD called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), where liver cells become damaged and inflamed, which can lead to scarring and cancer. Most people with NAFLD have no symptoms, though some experience fatigue and pain in the upper-right abdomen.
Nomadic ways of living have been with humanity for ever in every place. There is a holy people remembered and honored forever in the Old Testament that were nomadic, (other than Moses leading Israel in the desert). Nomadic living is not just for the destitute, the alone (I am alone like yourself), or the mentally disordered. And there is an oppression and distortion about nomadic living in this country like no where else. People act like they have eradicated nomadic living from the modern glorious u.s.a. and there is no reason for it.
This isn’t, however, purposed to deter you from giving this sort of nomadic lifestyle a go. And keep in mind, if this isn’t a mandatory life decision, there’s always the option to turn around and go back. And while breakdowns and break-ins are a strong possibility, the life experience you’ll garner through life on the road – however brief – is worth it. So, if there are any final thoughts to consider it’s this: nothing groundbreaking or creatively enticing ever came out of routine. It’s always the risk takers, go-getters, and – for lack of a better word – weirdos who change the world and live lives worth living. Whether or not you want to take that leap is entirely up to you.
While wearing a seat belt can reduce the likelihood of a severe liver injury by 21 percent, it cannot prevent a negligent or dangerous driver from causing a catastrophic car accident on the road. People who have been injured in a car crash may choose to work with a personal injury lawyer to pursue compensation for the damages they have suffered, including costly medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.