I found out recently, I looked at the city statute, which states, “No overnight camping or sleeping in vehicles on public roadways is permitted…”
That sleeping in a vehicle within city limits is prohibited, as a blanket rule, is absurd! I can understand why it should be prohibited to VISIBLY sleep in your vehicle… because passersby on the sidewalk may see an unconscious individual in a front or back seat and not know whether the individual is asleep or otherwise incapacitated such as not breathing! This makes sense as a rule.
BUT to, in a blanket manner, prohibit sleeping in vehicles is hugely absurd.
We already have laws in place prohibiting all the things that “justify” the blanket statute, such as:
- staying parked in one place too long,
- peeing in public,
- etc… !
So why make the lives of those who are already struggling financially that much worse by prohibiting them from sleeping in their vehicles if done so in a manner in which nobody knows, such as while in a camper, rv or van… ? Huh?
Then again, who would know, right?
So, bottom line, if you are in within a city limit that prohibits sleeping in a vehicle, even if your vehicle is designed for or retrofitted for such activity, be smart.
Don’t be like me! I made two mistakes.
I left the van side door just open and held close to closed with a bungee cord to allow some of the heat to escape while I ran a fan and did some writing. Someone called the police because of this… the door being slightly open! The officer told me, when I asked, that it was ok to park there, but I made the mistake of telling the officer I was living in my van until I found a place to stay. I felt this was better than lying since it was probably assumed already. I’m not one of those guys who gets off on exercising his rights in a cocky manner, and as much as I prefer to be friendly and honest, I am a little upset at myself for not saying less. There is nothing dishonest about insisting upon that I answer no questions, but even that, if not done carefully, can lead to problems with police who have a chip on their shoulder or who have had a stressful day. So anyway, the next morning, I was still in the same place, and sure enough… tap, tap, tap… knock knock, knock! I was silent and didn’t answer and the officers left. Lesson learned.
Don’t tell anyone, be sneaky!!!
Shadow Living talks about becoming “Stealth Sufficient”; it has no reviews yet but I am curious about it, and maybe one of you will beat me to reading it and comment below.
How have you been smart… or NOT… about this sort of thing?
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