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originally posted by: Aliquandro
The rent in the PNW is ridiculous, and the IT industry is progressively paying less and less.
My best friend works for an IT giant, but lives outta his van. He has very few issues with it really. But, he has good friends and family and a gf who can all let him shower and do laundry.
I used to do IT and the pay just got too low and the hours too many for a job just too crappy, for a boss/company thats just too greedy... and I'm an artist, so no van option for me. Maybe a barn in the woods and a commute to hang my art?
All I know is Seattle is famous for people living outta cars, vans, rvs and whatever they can. People move here from odd states but have nowhere to go, so just dump their gear and run off to return the Uhaul before someone pillages their belongings.
I deliver food a few days a week and donate our soon to expire products to tent villages (called Nickelsville here) on my freetime, and hear serious stories about what it takes to live off nothing in a city being taken over by rich and an aggressive police force the gov admires for its policy of control.
One of the tricks to living outta a van is make it look discrete, don't have a graffiti mobile with mirror windows or a dirty old fake winnabago, or junk hanging outside with a genny and a rattle-canned 10 speed with bags of garbage stacked up.
Simply look like a van parked for a short visit. Stickers like 'parent of a honor student' and 'local kids soccer club' make you blend much better.
Some of the best overnight spots (check your local city ordinances of course) are outside of parks and near city utilities (like power stations, pump stations, waste etc), but the most popular is under freeways/bridges, near RR tracks and large shopping malls if all else fails.