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Old 11-22-2009, 09:40 PM   #11
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Re: Full timing in an urban environment?

Check this out Guy's I think you could appreciate it. On topic and genius. Tyger tell me where this terrible city is so I can avoid it all together please. LOL



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Old 11-23-2009, 08:02 AM   #12
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Re: Full timing in an urban environment?

I am sucessfully full timing in a urban environment in the portland area with my bus. There are several ways to do it. I have my bus in a RV storage area durring the daytime. I drive my truck and do my daily routine. When Im ready to settle down for the night I go to the RV storage area and do "work" on my bus (aka relax) and before closing time I drive it out to the side street and park the truck in the storage area. In the morning I drive the bus back inside the storage area and drive my truck out.

The key is to not let anyone know what you are doing. If people know then the word gets out and eventually you will have the fuzz knock on you window and ask you to move.

Also try 24 hour store parking lots. We have WINCO here in oregon thats open 24 hours. Walmart is another place that likes RVers. 24 hour fitness is a great place if you have a membership. (I do thats how I get all my water needs and showers). Truck stops are good. secluded side streets are another. Before I had my bus I was living out of my truck with my girlfriend. We have a frontier with a canopy shell. Talk about small!!!!! The bus is like a mansion compaired to it.

All in all it can be done. You just have to be smart about it.
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:07 PM   #13
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The key is to not let anyone know what you are doing. If people know then the word gets out and eventually you will have the fuzz knock on you window and ask you to move.
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:51 PM   #14
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I am sucessfully full timing in a urban environment in the portland area with my bus. There are several ways to do it. I have my bus in a RV storage area durring the daytime. I drive my truck and do my daily routine. When Im ready to settle down for the night I go to the RV storage area and do "work" on my bus (aka relax) and before closing time I drive it out to the side street and park the truck in the storage area. In the morning I drive the bus back inside the storage area and drive my truck out.

The key is to not let anyone know what you are doing. If people know then the word gets out and eventually you will have the fuzz knock on you window and ask you to move.

Also try 24 hour store parking lots. We have WINCO here in oregon thats open 24 hours. Walmart is another place that likes RVers. 24 hour fitness is a great place if you have a membership. (I do thats how I get all my water needs and showers). Truck stops are good. secluded side streets are another. Before I had my bus I was living out of my truck with my girlfriend. We have a frontier with a canopy shell. Talk about small!!!!! The bus is like a mansion compaired to it.

All in all it can be done. You just have to be smart about it.
Sorry for the fun at your expense Your post was well thought out and full of good ideas. Welcome aboard!
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Old 11-29-2009, 03:11 AM   #15
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Re: Full timing in an urban environment?

Dont worry about it. Stealth living can be pretty tough. I get enough slack from my friends about it that it doesnt even bother me anymore. LOL!
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Old 11-29-2009, 08:45 PM   #16
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Dont worry about it. Stealth living can be pretty tough. I get enough slack from my friends about it that it doesnt even bother me anymore. LOL!
Yeah, I bet it can. Have any stories/experiences to share? How long have you been stealth camping? What kind of bus are you building and are you building it with plans to live in it full time?
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:08 PM   #17
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Re: Full timing in an urban environment?

I'm in Seattle, and as far as parking on the street, a commercial or oversized vehicle (anything wider than 80") is able to be ticketed nightly in residential zones. I think they can ticket you between midnight and some time before 6am (I forget when). Since you can't park overnight in residential zones, you can park in manufacturing or industrial zones anytime as long as it's not marked otherwise. It's free, you just have to move your vehicle every 3 days to avoid towing. This is how it is in Seattle if you find where those zones are. Perhaps, it's like that in other places. Who out there knows or zoning laws in other cities?

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Old 01-18-2010, 10:08 PM   #18
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Re: Full timing in an urban environment?

We aren't in our bus. We full-time in a vintage Class C (for now). We are staying in a mobile home park that has monthly RV sites along with older travel trailers, motor homes and mobile homes. The folks who live here are either retired or working. Even with having to pay for our own cable/internet, it's still quite a bit cheaper than the place we were staying in in Fulton. And we were allowed to work (circular saw, drilling, painting) on the hot dog cart on our site. The last place wouldn't even let us keep the cart on our site. I'm not sure how many places in Corpus Christi will take a skoolie (we're pretty sure this one will take us when we bring the BlueBird down here). I'm pretty sure that we could not have gotten a school bus into any of the campgrounds in the Rockport/Fulton TX area. Rockport/Fulton is a "winter Texan" destination area. We were also up against age restrictions... David just barely qualifies for the 55+ limit but our 23 yo daughter who is with us, caused problems at a few places. But I do believe it is possible. I had never really considered a mobile home park. Mostly because David always wants a bathhouse. After parking in a NM campground with a closed bathhouse for 3 months, he finally got used to using our tiny bathroom. This has opened up a lot of potential places to stay (it also means he wants a decent bathroom with a separate shower in the bus). You may want to try every mobile home park in your area. Just because it's got some older, shabby trailers in it, doesn't mean it's bad. Mobile homes run down fast.
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