Stealth Camping Advice - based on your experience, which camper should I chose?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Aja_1220, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Aja_1220

    Aja_1220 n00b

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    Hello, how is everyone?
    I am looking to buy a camper to and am wanting to stealth camp for about 3 months in a residential /suburb area.
    I was thinking about buying the Alaskan.
    This camper is able to go into a down position and the manufacturer says that a person can climb into it from the truck if it’s connected with a rubber dam.
    I’m hoping I can sleep in the camper virtually unnoticed.
    I had wanted to know from experienced stealth campers if you think that when the camper is in the down position, does this make the truck look like a small work truck? Or like a truck cap?
    Just want to go unnoticed maybe in overnight parking lots like hospitals, parking garages, off street in the villages that allow overnight parking on some parts of the road, etc. If possible, I would not want to get harassed by police or troublemakers.
    I could use advice about what camper to buy.
    Thank you,
    Aja
    Links to both models are below.


    CABOVER MODEL:
    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...sXUd3jGMWB0AGzl4GwAQ&ved=0CEkQ9QEwBA&dur=2468


    NON CABOVER MODEL:
    http://www.campinglife.com/rv-and-t...r-reviews/alaskan-camper-10-foot-non-cabover/
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  2. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    Certainly I maybe misinformed on this but I as always under the
    impression that " stealth camping" meant camping with or without
    a tent in a manner that hide one completely from sight among the
    rocks and plant cover .
    Using a pickup truck mounted camper does not seem likely to achieve
    such near invisibility.
    Nevertheless you should be able to park it nearly most places
    where parking is permitted and you think the neighborhood is
    safe enough . Out in the countryside in Canada and the USA
    you should have no great trouble in finding free spots to park for a
    night .In towns is another matter , the problem of getting worried and
    suspicious residents calling the police , but there are always Walmart
    parking lots.
    Either one of your campers would be effective.. but not stealthy
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  3. RustyStuff

    RustyStuff Long timer

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    From what I know about alaskans, you probably wont be able to get into the bed, if it's down. They are only like 3-4ft tall when in the down position. To sleep in the cab over, it has to be lifted up. If It's a non cab over, I belive there are storage boxes that would be in the bed.



    I have a Non-colapseing 8ft Non-cabover Camper, and I think it would be more Inconspicuous , as long as you don't have lights on at night, or make noise. I would reccomend a normal hight camper, because your going to draw alot of attention to your self, while your cranking your camper roof up. With the solid walled one, you just park, open the door, and get it, alot less work/noise..
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  4. jkam

    jkam Marijuana Farmer

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    Forget the truck camper and get a van.
    With the van you can park anywhere and be stealthy, especially if you find the right van.
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  5. HeadShrinker

    HeadShrinker www.good-adv.com

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    I have a Sprinter Class C motorhome and rarely use campsites. I've camped on the main drag in many cities, WalMarts, Sams Clubs, rest areas, and downtown Chicago. No one has ever bothered us.

    So my advice would be choose the best camper and don't worry about being hassled.

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  6. John Fabian

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    The only place to stealth camp in an RV is in a Walmart parking lot. Any RV will do.
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    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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  9. gregdee

    gregdee Motocampist

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    Check out the Expedition Portal - it is a site like this but much more vehicle related. Another cool place to go and see, touch, smell, feel, and talk to people about this stuff would be the Overland Expo coming up in May. Awesome event for those looking to get into Overlanding.

    I have a Hallmark Ute in the back of a Dodge RAM 2500 - nothing stealthy about it, especially with the top popped, but I have it so I can camp in the middle of nowhere and don't really care about being stealthy.
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    As stated earlier, a van will be the most stealthy option. The plain white E350 should work just fine. A friend of mine picked up a used cargo van with 100k miles on it for about $9k, He modded the heck out of the suspension, made it 4WD, put studded tires on it, built a raised platform for a bed and stores all his gear under the bed frame. Mountain bikes go in the back next to his tool case. Sweet setup done for very cheap. Next he's considering a Sportsmobile style pop-top but they charge ~$5k for the roof mod so not sure if he's going this route.
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  10. lost...

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    +1
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  11. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    But not just any Walmart-most allow overnight parking but some don't-the "list" is in the back of their Rand-McNally atlas they sell. Beware of the list as they shift locations.
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