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    Hi there,

    I have some loose plans (with my wife) to travel to the US in the forseeable future.

    There is this thing we have done in Sweden and the UK, that is to go by car and stop and sleep "wherever" in the car (some nights), this way we have a wery flexible and free tourist exeperience.

    How doeble is this in the USA, as I understand it you have a lot of people sleeping in the cars, so how much of a problem is it to do it at shoppingmallsparkings, suburbs and so on without people calling for cops or something like that.

    Or is this a total non - issue?

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    It very much depends. I have slept in my car on cross-country drives before, but now that I'm older and wiser I wouldn't do it anymore. The "normal" place to sleep in the car is at a "Rest Stop" along the interstate highway. Often they are decent places with restrooms and vending machines. However, unless you are a Semi-tuck driver and are sleeping in that kind of vehicle, you are putting yourself in danger (IMO) sleeping in a passenger car. Obviously, location plays a lot into it, but for your safety I would r commend against it.

    I'm sure some people still do it a lot, but I would pass. YMMV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Egyas View Post
    It very much depends. I have slept in my car on cross-country drives before, but now that I'm older and wiser I wouldn't do it anymore. The "normal" place to sleep in the car is at a "Rest Stop" along the interstate highway. Often they are decent places with restrooms and vending machines. However, unless you are a Semi-tuck driver and are sleeping in that kind of vehicle, you are putting yourself in danger (IMO) sleeping in a passenger car. Obviously, location plays a lot into it, but for your safety I would r commend against it.

    I'm sure some people still do it a lot, but I would pass. YMMV.
    thanks for responding, I was more thinking also in places like suburbstreets, mall parkings to, or is one enterly dependent on those rest stops? And of course, since I will be a tourist, a non - citizen, I will be both unarmed and in some regards/places, a target. And rest stops make me/us more of a target, because there is were people would look for targets if they seek such.

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    As @Egyas says it really depends on your location. Some places are totally safe and others not so much. The places you have to be careful of are the ones that look okay during the day but as soon as the sun goes down you don't want to be there.

    If it's within your budget you may want to look into renting an RV or sleeper van. You can map out and stay in overnight RV parks that are relatively safe and cheap. You could also visit and stay in some of the National Parks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch View Post
    As @Egyas says it really depends on your location. Some places are totally safe and others not so much. The places you have to be careful of are the ones that look okay during the day but as soon as the sun goes down you don't want to be there.

    If it's within your budget you may want to look into renting an RV or sleeper van. You can map out and stay in overnight RV parks that are relatively safe and cheap. You could also visit and stay in some of the National Parks.

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    that complicates things. the major plan is like this, fly to NY or Boston, rent a car and go to chichago, wisconsin and Seattle and see relatives and then back to sweden, but hotels means less flexibility, and more money gone. sleeping in the car some nights are really smooth because it saves a lot of time (and money).

    But it only work if the area is reasonble safe, and if I dont know... well, then that might not be that doable. especially if I as an outsider is worse in spotting what areas are safe and... not so safe. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swedishsocialist View Post
    that complicates things. the major plan is like this, fly to NY or Boston, rent a car and go to chichago, wisconsin and Seattle and see relatives and then back to sweden, but hotels means less flexibility, and more money gone. sleeping in the car some nights are really smooth because it saves a lot of time (and money).

    But it only work if the area is reasonble safe, and if I dont know... well, then that might not be that doable. especially if I as an outsider is worse in spotting what areas are safe and... not so safe. ...
    In NY, Boston and definitely Chicago I wouldn't sleep in the car. WI and Seattle might be okay.

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    I have slept in the vehicle going cross country

    rest areas - depending where they are at
    Gas stations, in nicer areas - or ask the owner if they will mind if you napped
    Walmart in nicer areas
    24 hour grocery stores in nicer areas
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    Hey Swede, you and your wife are welcome in my house if you make it in York, Pennsylvania. That's if you don't mind staying in a house full of military and cops. Wait, you are not a member of black lives matter are you?

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    I've done this in LA; it was a bit nerve racking even with the 1911 on my lap under the jacket. My wife and I have done it on road trips north of San Francisco because there are "rest stops" along the highway people can stop in and sleep in their car. Only problem is they can get real busy, and are quite noisy as the trucks often sit there with their refrigeration units running. I can think of more places I'd never want to do that - then I would.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swedishsocialist View Post
    There is this thing we have done in Sweden and the UK, that is to go by car and stop and sleep "wherever" in the car (some nights), this way we have a wery flexible and free tourist exeperience.
    Swede, you keep up this kind of nonsense talk and I can guarantee ya a wery experience!
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