Originally Posted by Michel966
Thanks Bud. OK then.
Do you think it's absolutely required to have a perfectly stealth vehicle as opposed to a Roadtrek for example?
IMHO it doesn't make any difference. You can stop overnight at a rest stop, but you aren't allowed to "camp" there. Generally, the highway patrol would rather have you pull in and sleep then fall asleep at the wheel and create paperwork for them.
If you are parked on a city street or in a Walmart parking lot after hours, someone is going to notice. IF you are on a city street and stealthed, you might not get a midnight visit from the police, but you would have to make sure you were completely light-blocked, silent and motionless. Hard to do. On the other hand, if you only stay overnight, you will probably not have a problem in any case; particularly if your van looks like it is in very good repair. People worry when the semi-indigent set up camp in their neighborhood, but if you are in a nice van, they will probably assume you are visiting someone there.
I understand there are lots of BLM and NFS dispersed camping sites that are free. Again, it won't matter if you are stealthed.
Your biggest impediment will be water disposal, so you either need to go with a cassette toilet that can be carried into a rest stop and dumped, or large black and grey tanks that you can avoid emptying very often - it often costs to dump.