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How to Live in Your Car

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Living in your car might be the only choice, especially if you don’t feel safe at a local shelter. Unfortunately, in many places, sleeping in your car is not only frowned upon, but also illegal. Here’s how to get by until something better comes along. Remember, you are not alone and you have a vehicle. Lots of people have survived and even thrived while sleeping in cars.

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Comment by George Voit
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It is your choice -- to either live in the car or in the pavement. It seems that to live in the pavement is more "honorable" to you than to live on welfare. I assure you that I will flip a coin once I see you on the pavement, with your hand holding an empty can extended to passersby while you sing "Freedom, for my food, please ... please ...God bless you ... etc." 

Oh, by the way since you will be on the pavement all day long, bring with you an empty bottle for your urinal.

Comment by Ed Price
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There are times in some peoples' lives in which they have no alternative but to live outside of a house or apartment. Presently, the States and the Federal seem to be strapped for money. The honorable thing for a person who has fallen on hard times to do is, live in the car rather than go on State or Federal welfare.

Comment by George Voit
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Is that not an admirable self-sacrifice for Ron Paul -- affording him the luxury of living in a mansion out of the taxes you paid for doing nothing in Congress this last two decades [see the last two comments below] while you live in a sleeping bag with a bottle urinal hidden at the back of your car? I am flabbergasted with this extraordinary display of loyalty to a dreamy politician who wanted to be president of the United States but couldn't even get a GOP nomination, for so many years now.

Comment by: Kanumptsen (#046091)
Entered on: 2012-03-04 16:42:44

For over two decades, political parasites like Ron Paul fed themselves out of taxes we paid. My neighbor lost his job recently. He told us his dog had just died of malnutrition. According to him the taxes Cong. Ron Paul had fed himself on all those years for doing nothing in Congress, could have saved his dog.

Comment by: Eon Cole (#046105)
 Entered on: 2012-03-04 13:49:56

 Ron Paul, in over 20 years drawing a paycheck from the American Taxpayers, has only on one occasion sponsored or co-sponsored a bill which passed in Congress.
He is unable to win the support of Republican or Democrat Controlled Congresses to any of his ideas.
That one Ron Paul bill that passed?
It converted a piece of Private land into Government Property. Might I just add that he introduced close to 700 bills but was only able to get his colleagues to support one of them, that mentioned by Pete above. What should this tell you about his ability to get along with others? What should this tell you about his ability to lead a nation of 310 million people? Might I just add that he introduced close to 700 bills but was only able to get his colleagues to support one of them, that mentioned by Pete above. What should this tell you about his ability to get along with others? What should this tell you about his ability to lead a nation of 310 million people? His voting record is terrible he's all for the status quo and entrenching power in big business and the already privileged.

  

Comment by George Voit
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Is that not an admirable self-sacrifice for Ron Paul -- affording him the luxury of living in a mansion out of the taxes you paid for doing nothing in Congress this last two decades [see the last two comments below] while you live in a sleeping bag with a bottle urinal hidden at the back of your car? I am flabbergasted with this extraordinary display of loyalty to a dreamy politician who wanted to be president of the United States but couldn't even get a GOP nomination, for so many years now.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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I lived out of my car once for two months.  I remember I put a sheet down throughout the rear car seat to keep it clean.  Kept the car meticulously clean.  Slept in a sleeping bag with my feet off of the seat behind the front passenger seat pulled all the way forward.   Paid $2.50 a visit (probably the equivalent of $7 today) to shower in an RV Park.  Parked it in different hotel parking lots, but no way you could get away with that these days with cameras and security.  I remember I would set up my car elsewhere, pull into a lot at night when it was fairly full, park, watch the lot for activity and then quickly climb into the back and go to "bed."  Now a days I'd probably carry a empty 2L bottle for morning urine.  I'd be up in the morning and gone.  I rarely repeated the same hotel.  When I knew I wouldn't be taking my car out for a spin I could stay on my employer's parking lot overnight (I had their permission).  Always had the windows cracked so condensation wasn't a problem, and it was summer.  Not fun, but I never got discovered.  I am not surprised some fiefdoms have made this illegal.  I'm just surprised they can.  I pretty much agree with everything said in the article.  Hope none of you need find out.  Also some cars have fold down rear seats with trunk access that may prove useful.  Of course they forgot one other vehicle...a camper or a towable trailer (Ernie's dad designed and sold one at one point).  Here is another design being preserved form a time when you didn't need permission of the state:

http://www.kuffelcreek.com/teardrops.htm


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