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'Car, Van and Campervan living!'
carliving.info ^ | Romana S

Posted on 10/05/2012 8:45:23 PM PDT by djone

I hope you never have to do this but on a trip or cheap vacation here's how.."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."

(Excerpt) Read more at carliving.info ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Outdoors; Reference; Travel
KEYWORDS: carliving; rv
*lots of references here - bookmark..."What is car cooking? Car cooking is the practice of cooking food within the engine bay of your car, or van, or truck. I am not sure where it originated, but I've heard that the British military started to teach its soldiers the technique as a survival skill back in the 70s. It would not surprise me if some enterprising person in a military situation realised that they could cook food on the engine of their car.....

..Ford

1 posted on 10/05/2012 8:45:26 PM PDT by djone
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To: djone

Get a cheap gym membership and you can take a hot shower every day.


2 posted on 10/05/2012 8:50:46 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Asolar shower can be had for less than a hundred bucks. Taking a dump? Wake up in the Walmart parking lot and buy some coffee afterwards.


3 posted on 10/05/2012 8:53:56 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Naps in the Walmart parking lot has saved my bacon on many road trips.


4 posted on 10/05/2012 8:56:14 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: djone

Camping in a van like that in the South during April-October would be pure misery, unless you had some altitude.


5 posted on 10/05/2012 8:59:10 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

How do solar showers work in sub-freezing temperatures?


6 posted on 10/05/2012 9:02:12 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: djone
Honda Element came with a bed built in:


7 posted on 10/05/2012 9:14:18 PM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Check with Rebelbase. WE ARE FREEPERS! Hopefully you have a home and use the van for fun. 2-3 weeks is great-follow your favorite sports team. If the van is your home then u r in truble.


8 posted on 10/05/2012 9:16:33 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Two-year membership at 24-hour fitness is $349 through Costco and you can use any club nationwide.


9 posted on 10/05/2012 9:17:40 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Rebelbase

Southern heat can be dealt with..I met a old guy who took out the window of his camper/van and installed a small window unit. He would stop at camp sites that offered electrical hookups for a few bucks and said he and hid ‘friend’ could sleep quite well thru the night ...


10 posted on 10/05/2012 9:18:44 PM PDT by djone ( ......, Never miss a good chance to shut up)
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To: SeaHawkFan
Two-year membership at 24-hour fitness is $349 through Costco and you can use any club nationwide.

Fifty cents a day for a luxurious hot shower is worth every penny, especially when the rest of your life consists of living out of your vehicle.

11 posted on 10/05/2012 9:20:21 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
If the van is your home then u r in truble.

Maybe you haven't been following the economic news, but millions of people "r in tr(o)uble."

12 posted on 10/05/2012 9:23:52 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: djone

Check out THOUSAND TRAILS. For $500 a year you can spend 30 days at regional places. After that it’s 2-3 bucks a day. For 2k/yr it’s all over the country. So the real question is this: What does that Honda contraption have over a Toyota Sienna?


13 posted on 10/05/2012 9:29:07 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: djone

Yep - that was me for about 18 months out of high school. Sure would hate to have to do it now...


14 posted on 10/05/2012 9:39:16 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Rebelbase

Starbucks and Costco are awesome for road trips. At Starbucks, there’s something for (almost) everyone AND free wi-fi. Costco has super cheap meals (hotdogs, pizza).


15 posted on 10/05/2012 9:45:15 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: Rebelbase

Starbucks and Costco are awesome for road trips. At Starbucks, there’s something for (almost) everyone AND free wi-fi. Costco has super cheap meals (hotdogs, pizza).


16 posted on 10/05/2012 9:46:22 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: djone

Yep, been there and done that.

Showers in college locker rooms, public park sprinkler systems at night, random ponds....

Fishing for timed out foods in McDonalds dumpsters.

Collecting cans for aluminum @ 1/2 cent each.

Gorging at Souper Salad all you can eat with 1/2 off coupons lifted from newspapers in the early am.

Good times


17 posted on 10/05/2012 9:57:53 PM PDT by onona (Taglines R Us)
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To: djone
This is a much better way to travel.






18 posted on 10/05/2012 11:02:41 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: American Constitutionalist

Nice digs.

Or you could buy an old Airstream and remodel it yourself.


19 posted on 10/05/2012 11:08:29 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (The pundits have forgotten the 2010 elections.)
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To: djone

20 posted on 10/05/2012 11:10:14 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: American Constitutionalist

What is it and how much?


21 posted on 10/05/2012 11:14:18 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: djone
Some car manufacturers are putting money into R&D in developing a power converter to convert heat from a car's Catalytic converter to electricity with Thermal Electric generators. Auto Exhaust T.E.G.s.
At least 1/3 of the potential energy output that could be used from a gallon of gasoline is wasted through the automobile's exhaust system..... another 1/3 of that wasted energy is through the coolant system, i.e. radiator.
22 posted on 10/05/2012 11:18:13 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Jet Jaguar

Yup.... find a old truck like this that is basically a empty shell and build it into a living place like this.


23 posted on 10/05/2012 11:19:57 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: hoagy62
If I did have that kind of money ? I would have bought it already...
I didn't check to see how much, but, it's way above my paid grade...
It should give people some more creative ideas before they send that old truck, or van, or flatbed truck to the junkyard.
A flatbed ISZU NQR would be perfect for that.




Wait a minute folks, the ad says it's a ISZU NQR, but on the front it has a CHEVY emblem ?
Get one of these ISSU's and a Shipping container...
24 posted on 10/05/2012 11:25:54 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: hoagy62
I checked the price of a small flatbed ... $ 9,000....

A $ 1,500 shipping container, and some material... who knows,, maybe $ 15,000 ? $ 20,000 ?

A starter project ?


25 posted on 10/05/2012 11:31:56 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: hoagy62
It looks like a foreign made flatbed truck.
Whoever made it, it is no backyard mechanic job that's for sure this was professionally done.
26 posted on 10/05/2012 11:35:42 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: American Constitutionalist
Ping-Campervan
What a dream buggy! W hat is it? Where can I ogled one in real life?
27 posted on 10/06/2012 12:28:35 AM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: American Constitutionalist

Check out the prices of gas motor homes.

I have a classic 1978 Travco and it has provided 35,000 of delightful travel to such places as the Skyline Drive to dirt roads leading to a friends home in the Panhandle where he was divinf gor old growth sinker logs.

I used a Mercedes 300TDT for a toad. I just let it idle while pulling it and the trannie never gave me the first bit of grief in those 35,000 miles.

Having managed to control my DIY urge to mor a SS GMC bus, trust me when I say an existing RV will be less expensive and allow you to enjoy RV life rather than spend time and money on a project which will most likely not bring any where what you put into it.

Selling an older RV can allow recovery of much of the original price you paid for it


28 posted on 10/06/2012 12:46:19 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: lulu16

UNICAT of Germany


29 posted on 10/06/2012 12:54:22 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: hoagy62

There is a company called: UNICATAmericas Inc. in California..


30 posted on 10/06/2012 12:56:57 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: hoagy62
It's called : UNICAT .. they are made in Germany and there is a company in California.


31 posted on 10/06/2012 1:01:26 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: lulu16
They look like military vehicles converted into RVs...
4 wheeling RVs.
32 posted on 10/06/2012 1:05:03 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: American Constitutionalist
You guys need to check out EarthRoamer

Great company!

Regards,

TS

33 posted on 10/06/2012 1:23:43 AM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: The Shrew

As Tim ( Tim Taylor ) the tool man would say grunting “ Uuuuuyeah ? Yeahaaaaahhhhhhh “


34 posted on 10/06/2012 1:38:29 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: The Shrew

You know Tim the toolman was more successful than Bob Vila..... sorry Bob... it’s true..


35 posted on 10/06/2012 1:40:22 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: djone

Year three under Obama ...


36 posted on 10/06/2012 1:42:46 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: djone
When I was about 14 I would camp out at the lake most of the summer by myself. I slept under a lean too and was very comfortable. When I was 16 dad had built bunks in his F-100 with a camper cover. We took a month long trip from East Tennessee to Fairbanks, Alaska and back. We also made a side trip to Anchorage and over to Dawson City. Most nights we slept in the back of the truck. It really wasn't bad. You got to see a lot of wildlife you normally would not have otherwise seen.

When I was in the Navy I had a camper cover on my pick up and a bunk in it. When we were in port I slept either out in the parking lot across from the piers or headed out of town to a park.

Those needing some ideas on cutting cost here's one. National Forest often let you camp away from campgrounds. But if you want a shower etc and you are age 62 or medically disabled you can get a Golden Passport which gives you 50% off on camping fees on any federal land that has campgrounds.

Be careful how you heat the camper if in the winter. For example a catalytic heater isn't a real good idea unless you leave ample ventilation so it has enough oxygen to burn properly. If it doesn't it will simply use yours instead.

37 posted on 10/06/2012 1:43:31 AM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: djone
Your title reminded me of these guys:

Have to catch up on my reading:

H

38 posted on 10/06/2012 2:21:18 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: American Constitutionalist

Box trucks by Ford are about $3000 around here. Not new ones of course but in the 1990s era and a box truck would be very fix up able in a pinch. I think.


39 posted on 10/06/2012 2:30:22 AM PDT by tinamina
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To: djone

I have seen older Rvs on Craigslist dirt cheap down in Florida, and Az. I’m talking about under $3k and less for a full sized RV, running engine and all.
And a smart person can build a camper trailer without too much of a hassle.

Problem is there are too many people who have lost the will to even fight, to succeed, to strive and to overcome an obstacle. A nationwide disease of laziness is being broadcasted all across America.

Its time to fight, its really time to seriously consider what it requires to stand up against all the greed, control, BS, lies and the misguided direction our current leadership is taking, and to lay down the rules of any new leadership.


40 posted on 10/06/2012 2:39:02 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: djone
I have a setup similar to this. It has a shower, toilet, stove, microwave, hot water heater, potable water, 130 Watt Solar Cell, refrigerator/freezer, TV, AC and a portable generator. Can sleep 5 adults with one in the truck back bench seat.

I built a custom motorcycle carrier that attaches to a 2" receiver on the front bumper and carries a Kawasaki KLR 650 or I can remove it and attach a winch on either end.

The truck is a Ford F-250 4x4 and the camper is a Lance 830. I like the side door acess of the Lance 830 which allowed for a fold down tent/bed on the back of the camper. You also don't have to step around a trailer when pulling a trailer.

Neat for being able to park in any regular parking spot or hitting the backroads where you never see 5th wheels or regular RVs.

41 posted on 10/06/2012 2:56:17 AM PDT by Errant
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To: DIRTYSECRET
If the van is your home then u r in truble.

u r in truble? Is that Latin?

42 posted on 10/06/2012 3:00:22 AM PDT by Isabel C.
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