I thought we might need a thread on making our Survival vehicles ready as well as share a few ideas amongst ourselves...
Now I realize everyone is going to have their own ideas of what works for them and what doesn't... that's fine as no one will have the perfect
answer for all...
Anyway I'll go first and talk about my rig a 1990 High Top conversion van. I recommend a hightop van as they get registered as an RV so my monthly
insurance is only $20
Now let me say I bought this monster for $800 last summer when gas prices were pushing 4+ a gallon. it started life as a normal family van but I
pulled out the seats added a set of cabinets a tiny little kitchenette porta potty and an outside shower... you cant see it from this photo but I have
a small solar panel glued flat on the roof and use that to charge my house batteries, in my case 4 6 volt forklift batt's. total refit cost was
$2.737 not to shabby when you consider a full sized motorhome costs upwards of $100,000 plus another 1,000 each time you fill the tanks
The wife and I use our van to visit the grandkids so do put a lot of miles on her. while one could say a big high top conversion van does stick out
it's not out of place in say a walmart parking lot...
That brings me to a bit on stealth parking...
someplaces frown of people sleeping in the cars trucks and vans so I've picked up a few tricks over the years...
Walmarts welcome RVers and over night campers. most of them. 24/7 grocery stores are also a great place to blend in. I've been known to park in
dealers parking lot in front of the service bays... I figure if anyone ask I'll just say I was on my road trip when suddenly I broke down,,,course
I'm long gone before they open. side note: I have completly covered the side and back windows so while I'm watching TV in back no light leaks to
give me away and I kind of keep this forsale sign with me just in case I do have to park street side.
Truck stops are both good and bad good as they well have showers laundry rooms and RV dumps to get rid of your gray/black water. their bad in they
tend to be frequented by hooker drug dealers and other not so friendly folks..
Highway rest stops, what can I say, we've all heard stories about people getting murdered if a rest area Nowadays because there becoming so bad a lot
of states are just closing them down.
there are RV parks and for my van I pay around $25 to 45 per-week some will cost a good deal more especially if their just off the beach.
I'm going to leave you all with a link to a group that promotes the mobile lifestyle and has a few stories posted on how to's as well as safety well
worth a look see
Cheap RV Living