Anyone Doing The Vanlife/Stealth Camper Lifestyle?

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  1. TC6969

    TC6969 Friend of Leo's

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    I've posted before about my retirement plans and spending my golden years running around in my Winnebago seeing my lovely state.

    Turns out driving the space shuttle Endeavor through downtown traffic SUCKS!

    I recently discovered the vanlife thing and especially stealth camper vans.

    I spent about 6 months looking and finally found this little beauty at a government auction for a little less than half of what its worth.

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    I figure with a rack and a ladder, no one will give this a second glance in a Lowes parking lot at 2am!

    Anyone else into this?

    Any tips?
     
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    You may have day laborers knocking on your windows at sunrise looking for work with that plan.
     
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    I wouldn't be carrying any bags of candy in that van if I were you...
     
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    Nah!

    I'm going for the network tech/ phone guy been there all night trying to get the system working kind of look.
     
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    Love the winch! Adds "legitimacy" too.
     
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    Very cool. What are your plans for the interior?
     
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    No, but my wife and I have talked about this. I'm retired. She's still working but flexible - a field manager for a research center - as long as she's got decent Internet and phone, and she's thinking about retirement. After lots of looking at different vehicle options we're focused mostly on some variant of The Van.
     
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    Wife and I go back and forth about it. It’d be fun to do a build out for overnight. Neither of us see us doing it full time, though. The older I get, the less fun I find roughing it. I can’t go for a drive longer than an hour now without having to look for a potty. Day hikes and hotel camping is about as adventurous as I get nowadays. Sad. But it is what it is.
     
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    Get a 'wrap' for it when done to look like a low tech Internet service company, the kind you'd not want to switch to or knock on the van. Pay a graphic artist to give you something nondescript.
    If you don't have commercial truck details on the driver door, the police will pull you over to ask you to add them.
    One of the stealth camper videos the builder put two long pvc pipe tubes (like you see on handyman and painter and plumber trucks) to hide the ground visible edges of their solar panels.

    Getting a permanent address in SD, TX, or NM, allows you to use a forwarding address service and still receive your checks and have a tax address/etc no matter where you go.

    I talked with one couple that drove between North and South national parks to work part time giving tours/manning stations in exchange for free RV hookup spots.

    A friend who quit mid-life to wander a few years, worked at Amazon warehouses around the holidays (parking lot packed with campers doing the same thing).

    Toilet and a tub/shower are key items to factor into the design.

    Watch lots of youtube videos for ideas





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    You took the thought right out of my head!!! :)
     
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    I was expecting a lot of the "I cant do it so I dont want you to do it either" naysayer types, but I figured a few of you artsy types had embraced the lifestyle.
     
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    2F916A51-AD15-4809-8164-F7B78708A9A3.jpeg A couple of weeks out is about my limit; then I’m ready to get home:)
     
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    That's me. I always have the trusty Winnebago to go back too.

    I just cant drive that 32' thing around without wanting to kill people!
     
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    That will be a fun project. You’ll need a screen of some sort to let the air in and keep the bugs out at night. I slept in my 4Runner last month on a road trip to Vegas, and air flow was the only issue.
     
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    I see no reason why it can't be done.
     
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    Hell no!

    Spent a couple years in my early 20s slumming it in a VW bus. Then spent all of the 1990s working seasonally for the forest service, living in my pickup, or folded up sleeping in the back of a Saab 900. Fun? Heck yeah, but there's a time and a place, and I hope for me, the time and place for that is only in the past.

    Got a house, and a toothbrush, and fancy guitars now, and I can fall asleep without that paranoia that kept a weapon always close at hand. Got a sweet juicy warm bootie wife that cooks meals and takes me on nice trips and she likes it when I shower and change my underpants regularly.

    Don't get me wrong, I love a road trip, but not bedding down with my head next to the spare quart of motor oil no more.
     
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    Lot's of people pulling it off!



    Check out Escapees! https://www.escapees.com/

    Escapees is a group of full time RV'ers. From vans to trailers to 5th wheels to those $500,000+++ rigs.

    The book "Living the RV Life: Your Ultimate Guide to Life on the Road" has some good info!

    I chose to haul around an airstream and steer clear of traffic scenes. I've been on the road for 6 months so far...

    TEX
     
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