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Feb 23, 2013
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Some sample posts from Homeless and Female (a woman who lives in her vehicle).

homelessgal.blog.com/2013/01/3...
homelessgal.blog.com/2012/12/1...
homelessgal.blog.com/2012/09/0...
homelessgal.blog.com/2012/08/3...
homelessgal.blog.com/2012/08/0...

And the list goes on....
Roxy
From Estes Park
Joined Feb 23, 2009
55 points
Feb 26, 2013
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Keep 'em comin! interested in more info about storing gear, clothes, food efficiently and in different ways MrZ
From Colorado
Joined Dec 17, 2010
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Feb 27, 2013
My wife and I lived in the back of a Prius for a pretty long time. Our trick was definitely to use the roof box. As far as food organization, it can all go in one box. Shop every rest day, don't buy food that you can't leave unrefrigerated. Clothes should all fit in a small duffel and get washed when they need it. We had three changes and tons of cold weather stuff. Our bed was made up of crash pads with a bigger one shoved up front during the night.

Use the wheel wells in the back to store clothes and food. Make sure that your storage containers fit in this space before you buy. If you do it right, this works as a platform for your pad bed. Gear can go in a snap lid bin up in the roof box. If you dont' get a box, stuff it in the front seat overnight.

The real trick to living in the car is to not bring a bunch of extra crap. Bring plenty of climbing gear, but leave the luxuries at home. Camp chair? Leave it. Big propane cylinder? Worth it. Efficiency in the car isn't about storing the extras well, it is about not having them in the first place.
shotwell
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Feb 27, 2013
shotwell wrote:
Efficiency in the car isn't about storing the extras well, it is about not having them in the first place.


This is true, although there absolutely is such as thing as going too minimalist. This is car camping after all


shotwell wrote:
Camp chair? Leave it.


I absolutely disagree with this, a thousand times over.
JCM
From Seattle, WA
Joined Jun 9, 2008
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Mar 3, 2013
WHat the hell do you guys do for showers? Just curious? Unassigned User
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Mar 3, 2013
What the hell do you guys do for showers? Just curious? I don't think I could stand not having a clean shower every AM and/or toilets!
Pewwww!
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Mar 3, 2013
You seriously need a shower every single day? You have never crapped outside? Yes, stay in a hotel with the other families and primadonnnas.

Showers aren't hard to find. Truck stops, community centers with pools, etc.
chuffnugget
From Bolder, CO
Joined Sep 14, 2011
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Mar 3, 2013
yikes, these questions reek of n00bism T Roper
From DC,VA,NM,UT,CT,MA
Joined Mar 31, 2006
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Mar 3, 2013
You bet your ass I need a shower every day! As a nurse I def believe in one and yes I have shit outside before. That's one thing! being a slob isn't another one! Unassigned User
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Mar 3, 2013
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Michael Urban wrote:
You bet your ass I need a shower every day! As a nurse I def believe in one and yes I have shit outside before. That's one thing! being a slob isn't another one!

Hotels......when the maid goes to clean the rooms after people have left, ya ask her to go in and take a shower....she's gotta clean the room anyhow, be nice and slip him/her a few bucks.
MrZ
From Colorado
Joined Dec 17, 2010
281 points
Mar 4, 2013
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First of all, you will learn more about living out of your car by moving into your car than you will by spending time on mountain project.

I lived out of an Explorer Sport for 5 months. As much as possible I tried to sleep outside the car - only using a tent in poor weather. I had clothes and gear in plastic boxes. When I wanted to sleep in the car (Walmart parking lots...) I would unfold the crash on top of the boxes, lay the therma-rest on top of that and have an especially good nights sleep. Maybe not as convenient as a built in bed platform, but it was easy to get to all my stuff. And it was plenty comfortable.

I cooked all meals on a single burner white gas coleman stove.

I pooped in a five gallon bucket.

Much of the time I was in the desert where the evenings were cooler than the days. Any food that needed "refrigerating" I would leave out at night, then wrap up in my sleeping bag during the day. That method kept things (beer, dairy) pretty cool, though, I never tried to keep meat that way.

I ate a lot of potatoes, beans, couscous and vegetable. And canned tuna. A great meal is to take a can of tuna to Degnan's deli in the valley. Buy a King Cobra then stuff your pockets with free crackers, mustard, relish, mayonnaise... You can fix that tuna up real nice. Note, the leaving food out strategy as mentioned above is not recommended in Yosemite.



Rock Climbing Photo: The food cycle: stove, belly, bucket
The food cycle: stove, belly, bucket


Rock Climbing Photo: The Vanity
The Vanity


Rock Climbing Photo: parking lot cook-out
parking lot cook-out


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Trad
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