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Vanlife in Bishop

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Shoshana Bernstein · · Potomac · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 0

Looking for tips about vanlife in Bishop. I'm going to be living out of my car there until March or April. I want to build some stuff in my van while I'm there, does anyone know of a good place where I could ideally have access to electricity for power tools and some space to work on my projects outside my van? Looked into getting a storage unit, but none offer access to power. 

Jeff Luton · · Ventucky Ca · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 0

How much $ are you planning to put in your van? 

I had solar panels on my van. I ran sanders, angle grinders, reciprocating saws, and drills just on those with an inverter. 

If you haven't already invested in tools for your build consider going battery powered tools. Nowadays they are really good. On rest days you can go hang out at black sheep and charge them while surfing the web and drinking some bomb coffee.

There's a lot of space in Bishop, and plenty of places to park.

Best of luck

Mike Brady · · Van Diesel, OR · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 679

If you are planning on moving there this winter I would get your rig sorted before hand. I would definitely get a solar system setup as that would solve one logistical problem and allow some creature comforts. The winters are cold and it may prove hard to find a place to do work with borrowed tools and electricity without having a foot in the door with any locals. There are good people all over but ya gotta show up, pay some dues and get to know people. What you really want to do is get your foot in the door with The Zoo, that would solve many of your issues.....or if the incestious coed dorm thing isn't your cup of tea just find an actual adult friend.

Don't at all mean to be a dick or Cpt. Obvious but: Dont camp at the climbing areas. Just because people do it doesn't mean it is legit. There is a ton of good spots - Tungsten Hills, Mumy lane, Reata Rd., Coyote Valley Rd.,N. Brockman lane,  lots of stuff out E. Line St., Lots of stuff up Casa Diablo Rd. 

You could also find people to go in on an apartment. Not as hip as the whole "living" in a van route but a shit ton more comfortable,CA/

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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