> Because the set-up time and take-down / pack times are
> significant, I suspect that if I am to do camping on the spot to capture
> sunrises etc, if I can get away with it in face of the draconian
> 'freedom-camping' by-laws here, I may fold down the back seats of my RR,
> put a tarpaulin over the open back door, and lay down padding and
> sleeping bag in there. First, I'd need to find a tarp which isn't the
> usual poly-whatsit blue that shouts 'look at me' to the whole wide
This is exactly why I do it this way. I can drive from one shooting
location to the next at night, pull into a parking spot, slide a
couple bags over to one side and get my sleep in the back of the
vehicle. It's not quite the Hilton Hotel that Joel's full-size van is,
but I can get take it off the beaten path.
On more than one occasion, I've woken up before dawn and found it to
be fogged in or raining, which messed up the reason why I was going to
be at that spot in the first place, so I can immediately, jump in the
driver's seat and head on off to my alternate location. If I was tent
camping, this would not be possible, nor would I be able to be as
close to my sunrise location because of camping restrictions.
The nightmare of "No Overnight Parking" signs is alive and well these
days. I've had nearly 100% success by arriving at my overnight spot
after midnight. You'll get hassled from 10pm-midnight, but after that
point, they tend to leave you alone.
THE most important feature to have in your vehicle is tinted windows
for the back half of the vehicle.
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