I wanted to see if I could move out of the house where I was struggling with noise issues and generally only using my home for sleeping, storage, and working on my car or motorcycle in the garage. I was mostly motivated by the amount of money I could save and how my sleep quality could improve.
The beginning of January 2018 I assembled my home away from home with the following equipment..
Closet: Contained in submersible 55L duffle bag except footwear and backup clothes at the gym
Beanie (Winter, Spring)
Waterproof shell jacket (Winter, Spring)
Fleece (Winter, Spring) Hoodie (Summer, Fall)
Sorel snow lion rain/snow boots (Winter, Spring)
7 pairs ankle socks
4 pairs warm boot socks
Nalgene 1.5L ultralite water bottle
Sea to summit xpot kettle and cups
MSR pocket rocket with propane
Light my fire spork
Nalgene wide mouth foldable cantene 48oz
North face base camp toiletry bag containing body wash, toothbrush, shaver, q tips, mirror, etc..
ENO doublenest hammock, down filled hammock underquilt, and bug net (Spring Summer Fall)
2 Kelty 0 degree down sleeping bags, one regular (Winter, Spring) and one long (Winter)
Usb charging outlet
2 ram x grip phone holders, one for the front and one for the back
REI 20L stuff sack
Pretty much every tool I would carry offroading is inside or attached to the Jeep except drivetrain spares
Teraflex windshield sun shade
Another towel in the back window held by magnets
Cardboard behind back seat windows
Black poster board for front windows
Well the only thing that changed was I could sleep almost wherever I wanted. Since I sleep during the day I can park most places without much of a problem, at least legally. If I wanted to sleep somewhere at night I would have to go to specific areas that the city has designated legal to “car dwell” which is a couple miles from where I go to the gym.
My transition from a bed to a hammock was very interesting. I got used to it in a few days and my back/neck aches have completely gone away (was sleeping on a spring mattress and then memory foam before with pain). I have been hammock sleeping very comfortably and so far this is the only way I can think of to be able to fully stretch out horizontally in a 2 door JK. I have later gotten lazy and decided to just sleep on the back bench seat which gives me some better coverage and there is much less work to do to set up and take down the bed. The back bench is very uncomfortable compared to the hammock but still doable. The other advantage of sleeping on the bench seat is it insulates you very well so all you need is a good blanket to get through a cold night.
With my sleep issues solved and extra money in my pocket I was able to enjoy some nice trips when I had time off work.
Any issues with the man? None
Any issues with random people?
Kinda.. When I’m hanging out in the Jeep I notice people do things around and to the Jeep that they may not do if they knew I was in it. I’ve had people hit my car with their car when I was parked in a parking lot and just walk away. People have hit my rock rails or tires with their doors. A few guys were looking at my hilift or floor jack mount and one told the other it was a machine gun mount. Some others talked about how big the tires are.
When in the designated “car dwelling” areas there are a bunch of other people in motorhomes and it looks like many of them are involved in bicycle theft and other crime. I have seen them standing on the corners and bicycling around with gas cans and hoses. Not the best neighborhood. My bicycle was stolen from my bike rack when I was at the gym so I omitted it from my list but I was using it for a few months.
What do you eat with no fridge or microwave?
Pretty much anything I want which quickly became an issue because if I ate junk food and wasn’t near a bathroom I would usually have problems but I tend to stay close to work or the gym so I could stop by one or the other if there was a problem. Lots of whole foods market and indian food lunch specials. I have ordered pizza, thai, etc straight to the car if I didn’t want to drive. On cold nights I would drink hot tea before bed and for breakfast which was very pleasant.
What if it's hot?
This is the where I was definitely challenged but not because I was uncomfortable. Once the temperature started to go up the mosquitoes showed up and I was getting eaten alive. I was able to use the bug net but was too lazy to set it up and take it down which led to lots of bites and discomfort. I could have used repellent but was concerned about prolonged use causing side effects. Temps got up to 120F but I was still able to get through summer.
Why should I care?
I was able to simplify my lifestyle and therefore consume less resources and produce less waste. I used much less water and fuel saving lots of money. Seems like if more people did this we might have less pollution and less fear of drought.
Last edited by Motosurgeon; 09-15-2018 at 05:59 AM.