Many areas of the country have laws against sleeping in your vehicle. So the trick is to remain undetected in your alternative lifestyle.
Here’s a quick anecdote for why stealth is so valuable: recently I snuck into a state park camping lot because I was too tired to find another sleep spot. At around 11PM the ranger (I’m assuming) came, tried to open all my doors, knocked, shook the van, and knocked some more. I ignored him, he went away, and I got a great nights sleep.
There are a few keys to remaining unnoticed (and not hassled).
– I bought an nondescript (high top) white panel van
– I created insulated black out curtains so from the front and rear, all you see is blackness. Having a way to visually separate yourself from the outside is incredibly important.
– I resisted the urge to mount anything unnecessary to it, or to put any type of identifying marks on it (bumper
stickers, signs, etc.)
– I keep the front clean, and don’t keep anything valuable up there.
– The insulation I used, Thinsulate, has acoustic deadening properties, which means I don’t hear them, and they don’t hear me
– I can move my curtains aside and get to the front from the back, and vice versa
Part of good stealth is also choosing good overnight Parking spots.