Rules on van sleeping in car-parks and lay-by’s…

jemmadanielle

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Hi…
I have a caravelle which we are using to sleep in for occasional nights. It’s literally just a van, no table, cooker etc.
I’ve noticed lots of signs say free overnight parking but no overnight parking for campervans and motor homes. Does that mean it’s ok to sleep there as I’ve not got a campervan . From the outside we probably look like a camper van… it’s pretty obvious we’re sleeping in it when we have 8 windows to put blinds up on!
 

Ads_Essex

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I’ve noticed lots of signs say free overnight parking but no overnight parking for campervans and motor homes
I’d suggest their signage is aimed at those wanting to park and then camp away from their vehicles.

Ultimately they don’t want the car park to become a free campsite for campers or MH’s. As above, you’d likely be asked to move on too.
 

DXX

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@jemmadanielle
Get some blackout curtains instead of blinds and make a cab divider with matt black face.

OK so it took 13 months to get me arse into gear to take some photos and upload. Here‘s my stealth blind, it provides absolute and complete blackout between the cab and the rear. This has allowed us to sleep in many places where overnighting is not exactly encouraged to say the least.
The photos were taken in bright sunlight, at night the blind is more convincing from a view through the cab windows / windscreen.
Fastened to the B pillar trim with HD stud fasteners and at the top with a zip attaching to the fabric access cover to the Reimo roof. Most of the loading is taken on the standard plastic hooks near the top of the B pillars.
Initially the curtain was installed with a horizontal pole sat in the two plastic hooks but this was unnecessary and is no longer used.
It is possible to unzip the top and allow some ventilation from the cab area with the windows lowered slightly within the wind deflectors.
There is a small ‘pocket’ at the lower nearside to allow access to the internal light switch.
All materials were sourced from Ebay; stainless steel stud fastener kit, blackout curtain fabric, fabric webbing and a decorative self adhesive poster for that sun rise wake up experience.
My lady is a bit of a magician with a sewing machine but this one almost tipped here over the edge trying to get the best fit and make it completely light blocking.
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JOG

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Stealth campers tend to leave no trace that they’d been there….the issue is those who leave rubbish and mess behind them and then ruin the option for others!
 

Bigsidavies

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We’ve stealthed a few times this year. But not on car parks where it says no overnight sleeping.
We’ve used on-road parking in quiet spots. Blinds down and instead of screen cover I hang a blackout throw from the front edge of the pop top frame and down behind the front seats.
Make the bed elsewhere and turn up and sleep in the back.
This pic is just off the town square in Portree at the side of the council offices but I’ve done the same in the lakes too.
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JOG

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We’ve stealthed a few times this year. But not on car parks where it says no overnight sleeping.
We’ve used on-road parking in quiet spots. Blinds down and instead of screen cover I hang a blackout throw from the front edge of the pop top frame and down behind the front seats.
Make the bed elsewhere and turn up and sleep in the back.
This pic is just off the town square in Portree at the side of the council offices but I’ve done the same in the lakes too.
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Proper job!
 

Carl1974

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To be moved on would be down to the police as the council don’t have the time or resources to do it and are to scared.
 

True Romance

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We’ve stealthed a few times this year. But not on car parks where it says no overnight sleeping.
We’ve used on-road parking in quiet spots. Blinds down and instead of screen cover I hang a blackout throw from the front edge of the pop top frame and down behind the front seats.
Make the bed elsewhere and turn up and sleep in the back.
This pic is just off the town square in Portree at the side of the council offices but I’ve done the same in the lakes too.
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Seems a great idea, though think our toilet tent may give us away ;)
 

DXX

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Absolutely. Just sleep, wake up and drive off. Even park up elsewhere to put the bed away and stuff so as not to arouse suspicion.
Many a time I’ve driven away in my underpants to sort the van out and cook breakfast elsewhere.
Don’t hang around too long and it doesn‘t piss the locals off.
 
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