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  • Hey. I'm still pretty new here. I've been living in my van for 3 weeks now. I started off outside my old business premises. Its a pretty secure area.


    I'm wondering what your favourite park up spots are. As we're all over the place I'm not asking specifics but generally what types.


    I've tried edge of town lay bys. An industrial area road side. A supermarket car park. A couple of residential streets.


    I think I prefer industrial/business park areas the ones I've used are quiet on a night.


    Lay bys arent to bad once you get used to a bit of road noise (by lay by I mean signed road side parking)the road I used gets pretty quiet.


    I guess I'm digging for ideas and inspiration as I dont want to hammer the same spots and spoil it for myself getting noticed.

  • It depends what you use but I hate towns so isolated woodland carparks, side tracks or beauty spot carparks are good for me if well away from habitation. Just check out for donut marks/ signs of shitheads using it as a playarea and park for a sharp exit if need be. Scotlands no problem except for fn Dutch or French parking right on your bumper despite miles of room.
    Not keen on laybys after having stones and bottles wanged at my old van or the horn merchants.

  • It depends what you use but I hate towns so isolated woodland carparks, side tracks or beauty spot carparks are good for me if well away from habitation. Just check out for donut marks/ signs of shitheads using it as a playarea and park for a sharp exit if need be. Scotlands no problem except for fn Dutch or French parking right on your bumper despite miles of room.


    I drive/live in a SWB transit. Kind of stealthy ie no windows but have a small vent and solar panels on top.


    I'm tied to my home town as I have a full time job. Part of Van living is to take control of my out of control finances after my business failed.


    Once I have ny clutch fixed and can afford fuel to go further I intend to get away most weekends. But for now its town/outskirts for me

  • It wasn't in a van, but the best camp I ever had anyway. On the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, Garenin. A storm was coming in from Greenland or somewhere, and the hostel was battening down. So I borrowed a proper, expensive, storm-proof tent from my mate and pitched into the wind, up from the beach a wee bit. When the storm hit I was giggling like fuck as it battered the tent, the experience was amazing, so I carried on skinning up and drinking and laughing like a madman.


    It was so good I did it the next night too :hippy:


  • Residential roads, just slip into a space among the other cars when you are ready to sleep, and be gone in the morning. Don't cook or watch TV or play music in your sleep place. Do that somewhere else. Don't return to the same sleep street for several weeks and nobody will even realise you have been sleeping there.



    You can live forever totally invisibly. Its about random patterns of behaviour and what the eye doesn't see


    I don't like quiet car parks and industrial areas. You stand out too much and they are the haunt of all sorts of undesirables

  • i think ' invisiblity ' all depends on your vehicle... truck / 7.5T and over = industrial estates / layby's ... van 3.5T and under = residential streets... horse box = layby's / country lanes / villages ( any thing rural really )....:insane:


    I think thats a good point.


    When I park industrial/A road parking although I'm in a transit van I try to park near truckers. My thinking is people will assume the van is occupied.


    Residential. Just jump in the back and try be as quiet as possible. Although I do worry because I am a snorer.


    And snoring isnt very stealthy 😂

  • I like residential roads where you can park along the side of a house rather than slap bang outside a front door. Don't worry too much about being a snorer, I snore too but have you tried a snoring aid if it bothers you?


    By 10-10.30 the dog walkers and others are mostly indoors which is why I say don't go there till you are ready to bed down.


    Don't disregard truckstops if there is one reasonably near you. Vans are usually around £12 and you may get a voucher for a breakfast into the bargain.
    Safe and secure, hot showers and clean toilets but you sleep so much better being 'legit'. And you can stay for 24 hours if you just want a parkup.

  • lol... in my 1st camper.. ( ambulance conversion ) the blue lights were ' moulded ' into body work so wern't removed the vinal decals had been removed but the sun had faded all the paint except under the decals so basically it still looked like an ambulance.. one night i though to myself ' i know .. i'll park up in hosipal ! ( a private one )... what better natural environment for an ambulance '.. well i was there maybe 1/2 hr when i heard movement out side ( security was trying to peer in through the black-out windows ).. i was sat there with a glass of wine in my hand liturally staring at this guys face... but he couldn't see me as i heard him say on his radio.. ' theres definatly no-one in it '... needless to say i gave it 1/2 hr and made a quick exit..... went of to a ' hospice' and parked up there.. left early the next day...:angel:

  • lol... in my 1st camper.. ( ambulance conversion ) the blue lights were ' moulded ' into body work so wern't removed the vinal decals had been removed but the sun had faded all the paint except under the decals so basically it still looked like an ambulance.. one night i though to myself ' i know .. i'll park up in hosipal ! ( a private one )... what better natural environment for an ambulance '.. well i was there maybe 1/2 hr when i heard movement out side ( security was trying to peer in through the black-out windows ).. i was sat there with a glass of wine in my hand liturally staring at this guys face... but he couldn't see me as i heard him say on his radio.. ' theres definatly no-one in it '... needless to say i gave it 1/2 hr and made a quick exit..... went of to a ' hospice' and parked up there.. left early the next day...:angel:


    Ha I like it. This post is turning into the most extreme park up spots.


    I found a great looking location last night when scouting about. Only reason I didnt was because it was right outside a secure unit. I didnt want to be mistaken for a potential get away vehicle for the inmates/patients.


    I figured it maybe isnt the best place to stop over.

  • I.quite like motorway service carparks...youre supposed to be limited tp a couple of hours but iyou can.get aeay with longer on less busy services.
    I like laybys that arent on the main road but form a parallel road to the road.Theres a few ive used and not been bothered by anyone.I avoid parking on the parking on the side of the road though.Invariably its noisy and you become an idiot magnet.
    Supermarket carparks on retail eststes are usually ok.I think i read somewhere Tesco turns a blind eye so long as youre no trouble or messy...ive never been moved

  • re: motorway services.... if you park on the exit ramp .. the road leading back on to the motorway .. just past the ANPR camera you are leagally no longer on there property and as such not subject to their parking conditions:eek:.. being a lorry driver i have seen this done many many times ( usually by our european friends ,, but in recent yrs by also by our home bred truckers )... any and all of the services are then availiable ( for a short walk ).... noisy but free....:insane:... also because of ANPR don'y overstay your 2 hrs !!.. the ticket WILL be in the post

  • I.quite like motorway service carparks...youre supposed to be limited tp a couple of hours but iyou can.get aeay with longer on less busy services.
    I like laybys that arent on the main road but form a parallel road to the road.Theres a few ive used and not been bothered by anyone.I avoid parking on the parking on the side of the road though.Invariably its noisy and you become an idiot magnet.
    Supermarket carparks on retail eststes are usually ok.I think i read somewhere Tesco turns a blind eye so long as youre no trouble or messy...ive never been moved


    By roads side parking I did mean laybys that run parallel. I've seen the others but never fancied being so close proximity to the traffic.

  • re: motorway services.... if you park on the exit ramp .. the road leading back on to the motorway .. just past the ANPR camera you are leagally no longer on there property and as such not subject to their parking conditions:eek:.. being a lorry driver i have seen this done many many times ( usually by our european friends ,, but in recent yrs by also by our home bred truckers )... any and all of the services are then availiable ( for a short walk ).... noisy but free....:insane:... also because of ANPR don'y overstay your 2 hrs !!.. the ticket WILL be in the post


    Very true ANPR made it harder to overstsy...you need to watch out fir thst on some retsil store carparks like Morrisons or youll get an £85 charge in the post.

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    Very true ANPR made it harder to overstsy...you need to watch out fir thst on some retsil store carparks like Morrisons or youll get an £85 charge in the post.


    lol.. i used to regulary overstay at my local ' morrisons ' carpark ( 3 hr max )... was in a smart car and noticed that the ANPR camera's were rear facing ( took a pic of the back of the vehicle ).. said smart car has a split rear door .. glass on top opening upwards metal door on bottom opening downwards... so i used to keep a blanket in the back and just open the glass door and drape blanket over the reggy plate :eek:... never got a ticket ever .... lmao

  • It wasn't in a van, but the best camp I ever had anyway. On the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, Garenin. A storm was coming in from Greenland or somewhere, and the hostel was battening down. So I borrowed a proper, expensive, storm-proof tent from my mate and pitched into the wind, up from the beach a wee bit. When the storm hit I was giggling like fuck as it battered the tent, the experience was amazing, so I carried on skinning up and drinking and laughing like a madman.


    It was so good I did it the next night too :hippy:


    Great area, I was up in Port Nis in March and stopped a few days by the lighthouse, bloody cold mind and a few years back parked up at the back of the Nis cemetery with the stones behind and the sea in front. Felt strange looking behind and seeing the gravestones against the skyline. At that time I went down to Uist and left it too late to find a decent parkup so asked an old man sat in his motor at a roadjunction for advice on local places. He was absolutely bladdered and offered to let us stop at the side of his croft. Thinking he'd wouldn't know who we were in the morning (had that) I politely declined at which the spark of an idea lit up his face and he insisted we follow him to a beach area he knew. I had difficulty keeping up with his nacked old car as we careered down tracks towards a spaceage looking base which was lit up like Christmas. We passed this place and some distance on we were by the dunes and the sea and on a nice grassy area by a fn big board (about 20' high) with '4' on it. His last words were to make sure we were off before 900 in the morning before leaving us. Having settled down and had a few drinks I noticed more big boards with numbers on on the seaward side of the base and it suddenly dawned that he'd left us on a fn firing range which wasn't marked on my map. Sharp exit along a long beach track which was marked and out past an empty guardhouse and another night by another cemetery on the edge of a beach. As said, great area.

  • You should be more careful who you socialise with Wulfie :hippy:


    There's some cracking folk out there (very similar to the west of Ireland where we were taken in by one house after breaking down). Only problem I found was water, accessible jetty taps were u/s or locked. Tanked up at a butchers (fabulous goose sausages) but had to donate a fiver to charity as he had too many asking him for water.

  • I live in the New Forest so would definitely say woodland car parks and picnic spots. You always wake up to a beautiful view. The wannabe doggers freaked me out the first few times but after a while you get used to ignoring them.

  • lol.. i used to regulary overstay at my local ' morrisons ' carpark ( 3 hr max )... was in a smart car and noticed that the ANPR camera's were rear facing ( took a pic of the back of the vehicle ).. said smart car has a split rear door .. glass on top opening upwards metal door on bottom opening downwards... so i used to keep a blanket in the back and just open the glass door and drape blanket over the reggy plate :eek:... never got a ticket ever .... lmao


    I got one at Morrisons 2 years ago in my friends car..went shopping for her while she was on route back from Australia.I overstayed the one and half hour parking limit and £85 charge arrived in post at my friends....its never been paid,my friend refused oi tell the company who was driving so they semt her the charge and shes refused to pay it...tens of thoussnds havent paid so she isnt alone...fekk em

  • Great area, I was up in Port Nis in March and stopped a few days by the lighthouse, bloody cold mind and a few years back parked up at the back of the Nis cemetery with the stones behind and the sea in front. Felt strange looking behind and seeing the gravestones against the skyline. At that time I went down to Uist and left it too late to find a decent parkup so asked an old man sat in his motor at a roadjunction for advice on local places. He was absolutely bladdered and offered to let us stop at the side of his croft. Thinking he'd wouldn't know who we were in the morning (had that) I politely declined at which the spark of an idea lit up his face and he insisted we follow him to a beach area he knew. I had difficulty keeping up with his nacked old car as we careered down tracks towards a spaceage looking base which was lit up like Christmas. We passed this place and some distance on we were by the dunes and the sea and on a nice grassy area by a fn big board (about 20' high) with '4' on it. His last words were to make sure we were off before 900 in the morning before leaving us. Having settled down and had a few drinks I noticed more big boards with numbers on on the seaward side of the base and it suddenly dawned that he'd left us on a fn firing range which wasn't marked on my map. Sharp exit along a long beach track which was marked and out past an empty guardhouse and another night by another cemetery on the edge of a beach. As said, great area.


    Yes its the missile testing range best avoided :)


    Lovely area though.I used to live on Lewis/ Harris between Callanish and Carloway..id move back tomorrow if i could afford to .