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    I have seen "Stealth Camping " mentioned a few times. For those those that partake in that style of camping, do you do it for security reasons or to stay in places in which the ownership of the land isn't known?
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    I'm curious to see how people here define "stealth camping". I think a Northwood trailer hooked to a truck pretty much eliminates any possibility of stealth, but it might be feasible with a truck camper.

    I've watched lots of Youtube videos about full-timing in vans, cars, and motorhomes, and trying to pull it off in populated areas, but I haven't seen people do it successfully with travel trailers.
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    • #3
      Here we have a bunch of old junker trailers, vans, and ancient motorhomes parking under the freeway or in the Home Depot lot at night. That wasn't what I was referring to as stealth camping.
      I had the idea that people were parking out in the range lands or on old logging roads for a couple days, trying to go unnoticed at night.
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      Two 160 w. solar panels, two 6 volt GC batteries,
      double insulated windows, 2015 Norcold refer.

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      • #4
        OK, sorry. We've only done that kind of multi-day camping in BLM areas and spots that other campers have used before us, but that's not what you're asking about. I've never seen a reference to stealth camping with a trailer, except for converted cargo trailers.

        I'm still curious to learn if NROA folks do the kind of stealth camping where you're in the boonies, but you have to pretend that you're not in the RV! It seems like something you'd do only as a last resort.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Yabbut View Post
          I've never seen a reference to stealth camping with a trailer, except for converted cargo trailers.
          Have to agree with Yabbut here.You don't "stealth" anything with a 23' long truck and a 30' long trailer. We've parked overnight in hospital lots many times, but we're not 'stealthy'. We just park, sleep, and move on in the morning.
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          • #6
            The only time we get "stealthy" is when we just park to sleep and don't extend the slides. Usually when we get caught traveling too late and hit a rest area or truck stop. I agree that stealth camping is done in a cargo trailer or van that doesn't look like an RV. When we hit range land or logging roads, we just camp. No trying to go unnoticed. Never had a problem in the west, but I try to hit only public land. On rare occasion where I have been caught on private land, I just apologize and they usually let me stay or I just move on
            Ken and Rita Madsen
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            • #7
              The few reports I've seen of stealth camping involve people camping in an area where camping is not permuted. It seems like it is often done in urban areas. I think I saw a youtube channel by some self labeled 'stealth campers'. They seem to do it by parking somewhere camping isn't allowed then sneaking into the camper and staying without attracting attention from the authorities. No lights, noise or slides obviously. Not for me anyway...heh
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              • #8
                When traveling with our two Dogs, there isn’t a Stealth thing possible when they need to go out.....
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                • #9
                  For practical purposes, I don't see myself blocking out the windows and skylights in order to conceal my presence at night. Sounds more like confinement than a camping trip.
                  2007 Nash 22H located in a suburban trailer park
                  Two 160 w. solar panels, two 6 volt GC batteries,
                  double insulated windows, 2015 Norcold refer.

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                  • #10
                    We have the "stealth camping" thing here in Bend... It is the homeless that park alongside the road with their old beaten up units. Nothing "stealth" about it with all the garbage that they collect outside the doors and in their cars/trucks... They move every 10 days or something and that keeps their units from being impounded.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Shotgun View Post
                      We have the "stealth camping" thing here in Bend... It is the homeless that park alongside the road with their old beaten up units. Nothing "stealth" about it with all the garbage that they collect outside the doors and in their cars/trucks... They move every 10 days or something and that keeps their units from being impounded.
                      Here the time allowed on the street for a trailer is 48 hours, I think. Some people drive over to a park or the Target shopping center every other day. The police have backed off on the issue as they have been needed (or standing by) to quell large protests. Many officers are also diverted to the area around the new arena to "sweep" the homeless out of the area on sports nights.
                      Yeah, piles of garbage and poop left from the "stealth" campers here.
                      2007 Nash 22H located in a suburban trailer park
                      Two 160 w. solar panels, two 6 volt GC batteries,
                      double insulated windows, 2015 Norcold refer.

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                      • #12
                        I've seen youtube videos of people with older delivery vans or utility trailers that, from the outside,
                        don't look like an rv/camper. They camp on city streets and other places that would not tolerate
                        rv parking.
                        Kim + Betsy
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                        • #13
                          Why would anyone want to stealth camp with a nice Northwood RV?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GeoBoy View Post
                            Why would anyone want to stealth camp with a nice Northwood RV?
                            True...

                            I guess with our LED lights on, awning out, rug/chairs set-up, BBQ out, flagpole extended, anemometer spinning, slides out, etc........ we're reverse-stealth camping !
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RocklinDave View Post

                              True...

                              I guess with our LED lights on, awning out, rug/chairs set-up, BBQ out, flagpole extended, anemometer spinning, slides out, etc........ we're reverse-stealth camping !
                              Yeah!! That's what I'm talking about!!! I think I might miss the outside TV mount that we had on our 2011 27-5L but I'll get over it.
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