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Old 01-09-2010, 09:54 AM   #1
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While looking at another post the question was asked how to Stealth park while traveling with a travel trailer and it is quite evident that it is a hard thing to do.
I may be updating my tow vehicle and was considering something like an all white van that could be used without the travel trailer to overnight without arousing too much suspicion. I would like maybe some links on ones that are complete but starting from scratch with a blank van would also work..... I would like to have a furnace a bed and a place for a porta potti if possible. So any links for complete vehicles or places to buy the cabinets etc or just any good links you think might be helpful would be appreciated. Good gas mileage would be a big plus....or diesel etc
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:56 AM   #2
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Joe, this website has some good ideas that might help get your creative juices flowing.

http://cheaprvliving.com/howtoconvertavan.html
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:46 AM   #3
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I may be updating my tow vehicle and was considering something like an all white van that could be used without the travel trailer to overnight without arousing too much suspicion.
That's what I do, and for a person not full-timing it's a pretty workable solution. My stealth camping mode is just my station wagon, so it's a bit less comfortable than a van would be, but OTOH it's the vehicle I already have as my daily driver, it gets good mileage, and it does work. I do like having the low-key "stealthability" as an option. A mini-van might be in my future.

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My stealth camping mode is just my station wagon, so it's a bit less comfortable than a van would be, but OTOH it's the vehicle I already have as my daily driver, it gets good mileage, and it does work. I do like having the low-key "stealthability" as an option. [b]A mini-van might be in my future.
I have used my Honda Odyssey for a short trip when it was inconvenient to take the trailer. I was overnighting with person(s) I know so I didn't need the full amenities of the Fiber Stream. I made the "modification" so I could have a 2nd bedroom with an RV sized "double" bed when we camp with friends. It also works well independently; car camping is a very old tradition going back to before RV's.

Link to Making a Bedroom in a Minivan

For my trip mentioned above, I just left the 2nd row seats home. I had a 12 volt battery lantern, an electric heater that I plugged into my camp-mate's trailer, and a bed-urinal for the middle of the night.

I like the Odyssey for it's versatility, and have used it's 7-passenger seating (but not while camping) as I am a designated driver for my group of friends. It also works well in conjunction with the Fiber Stream.

Versitile furniture from my Honda Odyssey
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Hi Frederick, Love your 2nd bedroom! How did you secure the curtain rods? Our Toyota Sienna is a lease so I cant drill any holes. Any alternative ideas for securing privacy curtains/shades?

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Old 01-09-2010, 03:52 PM   #6
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Wow....Good Stuff .... and so far it looks good to buy something bare bones and build it up to my preferences. Getting great idea's here so far...

Frederich, Thanks for the great writup and really good stuff in there as I thought about a mini van also and would need to be able to tow a 16'casita

Sharon.... that link is the direction i am leaning toward so far as i had a setup like that back in the early 70's.... it was a 66 chevy short van all done custom with murals etc. wish i could find the picture of that LOL
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Old 01-09-2010, 05:00 PM   #7
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Joe If you google stealth van dwelling you will find links to stealth van dwellers which is a group like our forum. You will not only find extensive info on how to select and convert vehicles, cargo trailers etc. but also info from folks who are living this life style as to how best to "stealth camp". Not my gig but a very, very interesting group of folks. Lee
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I drilled holes in the plastic trim for the cafe rod brackets.
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I've used a few methods for securing curtains over the years (different vehicles).

1) Plastic tracks that were meant for van conversions. I used contact cement to put them on in certain places and rivets in others. Then there is a "tape" of pegs that you sew to the curtains that mate with the tracks.

2) Velcro (contact cemented in place)

3) Magnets

4) Spring tension rod

5) One that was going to be temporary but lasted four years () was using some of the small, clear plastic 3M "Command Adhesive" hooks and sticking them to the vehicle's interior, then cutting tiny slits in the curtain fabric to fit over them. Yeah, it was going to be temporary, but like the Energizer bunny, it just kept going and going...

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Joe If you google stealth van dwelling you will find links to stealth van dwellers which is a group like our forum. You will not only find extensive info on how to select and convert vehicles, cargo trailers etc. but also info from folks who are living this life style as to how best to "stealth camp". Not my gig but a very, very interesting group of folks. Lee
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Lots and lots of info in there with many days of reading to get thru it all with mega info
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Joe Months ago when I stumbled onto the van dwelling community I found a really neat site and after some searching I found it again. It is cheaprvliving.com and it has far more useful info than any of the other sites I have found. Please drop me a quick reply so I know you received this. Lee
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Joe Months ago when I stumbled onto the van dwelling community I found a really neat site and after some searching I found it again. It is cheaprvliving.com and it has far more useful info than any of the other sites I have found. Please drop me a quick reply so I know you received this. Lee
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I received that link from sharon g up top these posts and it is extremely helpful and very lots of reading...... i am about halfway thru it now
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The whole definition of stealth is to not be seen or to blend in. Kinda hard to do with a travel trailer. But, if you can't blend in, be obvious. I have an aunt that would not stay in public or private campgrounds when traveling... only at destinations. She always planned her trips and stopping points. When she pulled into a town, she'd go to a phone booth and lookup radiator shops. If the phone booth was at a convenience store she'd ask the clerk for help in deciding where the shops were located in reference to good or bad parts of town. Then she'd head for a radiator shop. Now, this was typically after the shop closed, but she'd park in the shop lot and carrying on with her business... fixing meals, sleeping etc. If she was ever rousted, she'd just tell them she had radiator problems and was waiting for the shop to open! Never had a problem... don't mess with a middle-aged woman! And, she always left before the shop opened in the morning. She did say, the few times there wasn't a radiator shop, she'd stay in a church parking lot. Or barring that, she'd check with the town police for a parking spot.... oftentimes they'd let her stay in their own parking lot.

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very good points Donna.... radiator shop, never thought of that one. Someone mentioned a hospital as you can say you are there to visit someone in the morning
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