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Old 09-10-2015, 08:02 AM
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a couple of months ago i posted about sleeping in car.
Even though a few thought I was just being cheap (well maybe a little)

I have slept in the car (gmc Acadia ) for 6 nights with 2 more to go this weekend.
All in all it has gone well.

With the center seat folded down flat I put a peice of plywood across the gap. so I have a 6 1/2 ft flat surface. Then I put a foam pad down and my sleeping bag Plenty or room and plenty comfortable.

I leave the engine running so I have a/c and burn about 2.5 gallons in 6-7 hours. I put a exhaust hose on the exhaust pipe to vent it futher away from the car. I also bought a battery powered carbon monoxide detector

i have an inverter to run my c-pap. Just like home!

So I invested about 90 bucks in the foam pad and carbon monoxide detector.
It is better than a inexpensive motel with a lumpy mattress and a noisy window a/c

The marina has very clean shower area. So I am good to go.

All in all I will do it again next year.
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So.....You're still homeless!
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Gas engines typically do not do well at idle for extended periods, unlike a diesel. I may be wrong, but I do not think it is very good for the engine. I may be wrong.
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Nice going McGyver. You da man. (some reason I think of how Michael Jordan's dad passed away when I read this) don't know why though.
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So.....You're still homeless!
Yes please send $ to my go fund me account.
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So you sleep in your car in your marinas parking lot?
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Reel Boobs View Post
Gas engines typically do not do well at idle for extended periods, unlike a diesel. I may be wrong, but I do not think it is very good for the engine. I may be wrong.
I just asked two of the mechanics here at work if anything bad about idle for long periods. They both said no proplem The fuel injected engines run very clean ,

I also troll for hours with my gas powered boat ( inboard) with no isuues at 1500 hours.
Some of the charter captains have thousands of hours at idle speed.
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
So you sleep in your car in your marinas parking lot?
Yes, I think so. Mom's place is too HOT.
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
So you sleep in your car in your marinas parking lot?
yes .
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Originally Posted by back at it View Post
Yes, I think so. Mom's place is too HOT.
dam right it is too hot. at moms although if I slept at moms I could melt a few pounds of fat off.

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Old 09-10-2015, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by InTheNet View Post
dam right it is too hot. although if I slept at moms I could melt a few pounds of fat off.
Hmmm. Then sleep with car AC off? Save engine, gas, money and lose weight.
(4 birds with one stone)
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There's a whole subculture of people who do this full time, traveling around in vans, trucks, etc.

They're called Van Dwellers.

If I were you, I'd leave a window cracked slightly, maybe get some of those plastic rain guard things so you can have it down 1/2". Or some other kind of screen thing. Just a safety net for possible carbon monoxide issues. I know you have a detector, but in the event it malfunctions, I'd want a backup. Scared the crap out of me when the propane alarm went off in my Airstream I once had. Turns out the stove was slightly on, but the burner was not lit. Took about 8 hours for the alarm to go off and the alarm was right next to the stove. No idea how much was in the air, but I'm glad it worked. Since then I left a window next to the bedroom cracked every single night.
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What is the purpose of sleeping in your car, are you just being cheap
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Originally Posted by crazybeard View Post
There's a whole subculture of people who do this full time, traveling around in vans, trucks, etc.
They're called Van Dwellers.

Wow I am part of a subculture! I googled van dwellers. There IS a subculture!
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Originally Posted by 530 Boat Man View Post
What is the purpose of sleeping in your car, are you just being cheap
http://www.thehulltruth.com/dockside...eping-car.html

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I'm all for saving a buck but I'm surprised your marina allows you to do this.
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6 days and no shower? stiiiinnnkkkyyyy
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Originally Posted by Alureing View Post
6 days and no shower? stiiiinnnkkkyyyy
READ! marina has a shower
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
I'm all for saving a buck but I'm surprised your marina allows you to do this.
Years ago in the 1960's, my older friends who were in their 20s then, tell me you could just pull over, sleep or camp just about anywhere as long as you weren't causing a problem.

Too bad it's still not like that.
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My sister is an artist and did a project in all 50 states recently where she outfitted a small van with her art supplies, belongings, and a bed, and it worked well for her!
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