Tynan's community section is the biggest stealth camping community on the web I'm aware of. Seldom do I see a mention of it on another forum that doesn't quickly degrade into a question of morality (the heck?).
I've got questions that don't deserve their own threads, I assume others may, too. Lets use this thread as a way to prevent bloat.
All questions welcome, from current or potential campers. Links to resources on stealth camping, RV modifications, or the like are welcome.
Stealth camping implies you're unseen, but that works both ways.
I'm used to working next to a large window and seeing the sun most of the day. Now I seldom see it in a way that's not filtered through the day portion of my blinds.
I dislike working from coffee shops on a regular basis, or places that are not my own. That encourages eating out (poor food, expensive) and inconveniences (needing to undo your setup each time you use the bathroom, leave to eat).
Does anyone have a regiment that gets more sun exposure? Does anyone else feel an effect from this?
For my skylight, I made retractable pieces from aluminum flashing; they can be slid open during the day and closed at night; pic here: https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/247821_10100934004514344_6978686_n.jpg
My cabin windows are covered with a white perforated vinyl that can't easily be seen through from the outside during the day, but gives a clear view from the inside. My skylight is deteriorating; one option would be to get a clear replacement instead of white; I also could cut a larger hole to fit a larger dome.
The most pimp solution would be to get electronic tint - which I'm surprised Ty hasn't done yet. Push-button instant black-out.
Interesting. I forgot most other Rialtas have the plastic dome. I don't know if all QD's do but mine lacks it. I saw Brian had removed his inner-dome and he was happy with the extra height it bought him.
I also forgot my day/night blinds have a day mode. I've started opening the blinds more often, regardless of stealthiness It's Portland, no one seems to care.
I've looked into that tint... it's super expensive. I've also thought about getting a clear replacement. One other option is to just take out the interior one and reduce the sun blocking by 50%. It's really easy... just unscrew the screws holding it in from the inside... still 100% waterproof and all that.
I've got a 10" non-stick, a 6" cast iron, a large'ish pressure cooker, a small pot, and a submersion blender.
I've cooked all my own meals since my early teens and by my math that's the minimal gear needed to create anything except cookies. I don't know what I'll be eating until I've done a lap around the super market, but all I come up with now is... burritos. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Arg. Sometimes it's kale and sietan, sometimes it's beef and quinoa, sometimes I eat them straight from the bowl, but they're all 'random things fried together that go better with hotsauce in a wrap.'
The issue seems to be convenience. Washing more than one pot or pan per meal puts me past one dump/refill of the tanks per week. Limited counter space makes lots of prep work prohibiting. Living off of rice or pre-made/restaurant foods is ill advised. I want to aim for ~1/3rd protein based food, ~2/3rds fibrous vegetables (non-grains, mostly) per meal.
How have you guys found ways to cook proper/healthy foods in your given limitations?
When you said cook a lot and use tupperware I had a "duh" moment. I dismissed it because of the fridge size but you can still easily fit a good size container in there, so long as it's a few days worth of food.
Worked down one container, going to make a new something tomorrow. This is much easier :)
Thanks Tynan for the front page post. I used to eat toast and sardines or canned herring (both in water, not oil) each morning, sometimes peanut butter and flax seeds + frozen blueberries instead of toast.
I'm finding upscale super market's pre-made foods to foods decent, too.
I intend to upgrade my fridge size when I move it, too. Seems worth it. Hopefully I can sell the old fridge quickly.
What size fridge do you have? I went with the Norcold DE-0051. My next project gives me the change to upgrade if I wish, but I haven't investigated other options yet. One thing I love about this fridge is it's just 2.5amps on 12volts when the compressor is running.
When I first started this schedule, the whole day was a hard period. I was a zombie.
As I moved on, the days started getting ok and the nights were hard.
Soon I felt tired from 11pm-5am, but was ok after that.
day at work can be very stressful. Here are a few tips to help you cope with the stress. These are only my suggestions so I would welcome some from you. Please comment freely.