Living in a Car or Truck

Living within a vehicle is a purposeful chosen decision for some folks but, sadly, too many USA citizens are being forced by economics to live inside various types of vehicles.

Some people do not have others to call upon for a place to live for many possible reasons.

Toss in a lack of income or not enough to cover rental costs and using a vehicle may be the best way to keep the wind and rain off one’s self while providing at least some protection from the thugs of society who can cause physical harm.

How to Live in Your Car

Click above for an excellent guide to assist you if the need to use your car as a home ever occurs.

Do not think that could never happen to you.

Well, perhaps it will not due to your life’s circumstances.

There may be enough safely-held wealth within your family, a relative or whatever who will always have the funds few USA “commoners” have to ensure that YOU will always have a place to call home inside a “normal” building.

Good for you.

However, for the majority of USA citizens there are usually no guarantees that economic set-backs will never force one’s self into car/truck living.

Ten Cars You Can Live In After Your Home Is Repossessed


I have a 2006 Ford E-250 cargo van ready to work doing deliveries or other work. Must either provide gas or flat rate that covers gas expense. Price negotiable. Available 3/25/2011

 If you need ready dependable labor and transportation that can assist in carrying out your overall objective (complete job on or before deadline) in a timely and efficient manner, than I can definitely be an asset to you.”  Location: Washington DC, District of Columbia.

I do not know the guy but it appears he takes pride in his van and thus may take pride in his work!!! Follow the link above if in the Washington DC area and need the assistance he is offering.

I wish him the best of luck and, remember, as I learned over the years, do not compete via low price!!! Compete with quality and charge what you are worth!!!

Okay, back to the topic.

A cargo van has fewer windows thus offering more privacy and more inner “wall” space allowing attachments such as shelves and other things to make van living easier.

An interior shot:

Picture borrowed from Peter Fuller Rentals, Watertown, MA

Cargo vans can come in so many various styles, set-ups, etc.

The slats on the wall above can either be removed or used to assist in outfitting a van.

It is likely the front metal barrier can be unbolted and removed if desired but I can think of benefits for leaving it be.

A van allows much creativity for those forced, or by choice, use a van for daily (and nightly) living.

Back in 2004 while living in “snow country” I was seeking a teaching job in a rural area.

A mid-life career change thanks to corporate USA sending another 7,000-plus jobs overseas.

Luckily, I received some funds to assist in re-training that is NOT all that it is “cracked up” to be for various reasons.

Luckily, I was able to auction collectible vinyl audio records on eBay in its “younger years” when it was a “seller’s market.”

That allowed me to attend college full-time and devote the needed time to receive good grades.

Hey!!! I am just an average guy who never followed the “college” or “corporate” path.

Just a blue-collar working-poor class fellow most of my life.

Thus I expect to be living in a vehicle myself some day.

Anticipating the worst and to prepare for it AND to ensure I could commute to a possible rural area teaching job where snow plow coverage is not always the best I bought a long-bed 4-wheel-drive pick-up with a light camper shell to provide a very basic, if needed in the future, living area.

It is a Chevrolet Silverado, the W/T (work truck) model. The lowest cost most basic Chevy available. Manual windows and locks and nothing special.

Sales were slow so Chevy tossed in some goodies for free; a “locker” rear end for traction and a tow package that was handy when I rented a U-Maul trailer and moved south 400 miles when NO jobs could be found and I could live much cheaper in the state not quite as brutally cold in the winter.

A van would, in my opinion, offer more comfort, easier converting to a portable “house” and stealthier living within a vehicle.

In the meantime I will hang onto the truck that I drive as little as possible, maintain it well, and may be able to sell it for more than what a good-quality used van costs.

There are various types of portable toilets that can make life much easier, eliminating the need to park where 24-hour access to a toilet is required.

Along with eliminating a need to get dressed and perhaps contend with cold, snow, rain or whatever.

One style uses plastic bags you can tie the open end and toss into the trash somewhere.

The one below you can separate the bottom, perhaps dump into a gas station restroom or somethingg but you need to clean it or rinse it out or something.

I didn’t say vehicle living would be easy but it is something that may be forced upon an increasing number of us as the “system” ensures that ever-larger amount of wealth is diverted ever-upwards.

Don’t believe me? Perform some basic research and discover what the ruling masters and much of BIG corporate USA does not want you to know.

Or, how about Warren Buffet’s opinion whose words are latched onto by so many folks;

“There’s class warfare, all right, Mr. (Warren) Buffett said, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning”

There has been class warfare going on,” Buffett, 81, said in a Sept. 30 interview with Charlie Rose on PBS. It’s just that my class is winning. And my class isn’t just winning, I mean we’re killing them.”

“My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress.” – Billionaire Warren Buffett, in a New York Times op-ed on Aug. 15.

It is interesting how the mainstream mass media omits much of the negatives about FACTS within the USA that place “the system” in a “bad light.”


Updated July 13, 2022

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