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Old 01-12-2020, 05:25 PM   #1
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i see many people doing what is called stealth vans and some are pretty innovative with idea's etc. and i see where some places in florida let people camp for free so i wonder if it wouldn't be better to get a regular class b campervan and if you want to personalize it have some custom work done inside . after all the van is already built , cabinets etc. maybe just add the roof mounted solar cells and double batteries and converters . i know the van wouldn't be stealth but if camper in some area's (staying overnight) can be done at truck stops, wal mart, etc. then it seems it would be easier .
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Some folks do this already. I'm set up to perpetually boondock with 150 watts of portable solar and running just one group 29 Walmart battery. I do have to come out every two weeks to freshen up the water tanks and every once in a while get propane.

If I had a marine fridge I would bump the solar up 50-100 watts and revisit the battery situation. If the current fridge goes, though it still performs well, I'll likely get one of the Danfoss compressor kits for it or a new fridge from truck fridge. I'll not replace with an LP unit.
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Old 01-12-2020, 06:18 PM   #3
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on cheaper living rv(if that's the correct name ), the guys tells how you can have one drivers licence from one state and boondock and stay in other states , is that what you do , without a physical address ? one guy told me he didn't want to invent the wheel just use something as is and remake it better . in another words it's easier when it's already built and just customize it . thanks for replying .
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You can boondock in any state, even if you live there.
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A true “stealth van” has no exterior windows, vents, or fittings to conceal its use as a camper. Pretty much any van that has been commercially fitted out as a camper will announce its presence. As long as you aren’t intending to circumvent overnight parking ordinances, the latter is a better starting point. You’ll get more features for less money than building from scratch. People that build from scratch usually do so because they want something that’s not available ready-made. So-called stealth vans are a subset of home built camper vans.

I don’t know about Florida, but bans on overnight RV parking on streets or parking lots are common in coastal California and other popular tourist destinations.
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I wouldn’t want an “rv” for a few reasons, including black tank, exterior body treatment, typically anemic solar system, and way overpriced.
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A true “stealth van” has no exterior windows, vents, or fittings to conceal its use as a camper. Pretty much any van that has been commercially fitted out as a camper will announce its presence. As long as you aren’t intending to circumvent overnight parking ordinances, the latter is a better starting point. You’ll get more features for less money than building from scratch. People that build from scratch usually do so because they want something that’s not available ready-made. So-called stealth vans are a subset of home built camper vans.

I don’t know about Florida, but bans on overnight RV parking on streets or parking lots are common in coastal California and other popular tourist destinations.
When we visited my mother-in-law in Naples, FL, the security guard at her gated community would often remind us that campers were not allowed to park overnight in the community. My wife's mom suggested we just "forget" to move it. We never got busted!
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A true “stealth van” has no exterior windows, vents, or fittings to conceal its use as a camper. Pretty much any van that has been commercially fitted out as a camper will announce its presence. As long as you aren’t intending to circumvent overnight parking ordinances, the latter is a better starting point. You’ll get more features for less money than building from scratch. People that build from scratch usually do so because they want something that’s not available ready-made. So-called stealth vans are a subset of home built camper vans.

I don’t know about Florida, but bans on overnight RV parking on streets or parking lots are common in coastal California and other popular tourist destinations.
That's called a panel truck... and it's not going to be very comfortable... That means no HVAC, no air circulation in the back, etc....

Sure, I suppose you can do it?

I have to say that our van doesn't scream "camper" like many Class C's, but, we've taken it to places where they are supposed to charge more for RV'S and they just charged us for a regular parking spot.... apparently they didn't notice our awning.
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