A resourceful stealth camper has captivated viewers by living in his car all day and evading law enforcement.
YouTuber, registered nurse, and professional stealth camper Arslan has lived in cars under the radar of the law for many years.
He says calculating how much money he could save sleeping in his car instead of paying a rental company every month is what prompted him to make the switch.
Since he started his channel a few years ago, he’s been sleeping in a pre-assembled RV, a large SUV, and now he’s in a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro to explore different platforms.
Most recently, he took a road trip from New Jersey to Nevada – a state that has far more lenient auto camping/sleepover legislation.
Arslan, who has camped and parked in several states, says his goal is simply to explore his options for where to live permanently.
In many of his comments, he is asked to address how he avoids being harassed by police officers.
“Many cops try to talk to me, but I don’t always break the lawand to respect posted parking laws,” says Arslan.
Complying with parking regulations avoids officers having a probable cause to issue him a ticket.
Another tactic he uses when an officer approaches and questions him is to be respectful.
In one of his more recent videos, Arslan lawfully parks outside a police station to cook and rest before finding his carJob.
Shortly thereafter, a police officer approaches his car and knocks on the window pane.
Arslan replies and kindly offers to show the officer his camper set-up in the mid-size sports car.
The officer is of course impressed with how neatly and organized he can eat, cook, surf the internet, bathe and even use the toilet.
“Often I think an officer is just trying to get to know me,” says Arslan.
“The more they get to know you, the better their idea of what kind of person you are.”
The sooner they find out he’s just a normal, respectful, and law-abiding person who just camps in their car, the smoother things go, he says.
Ultimately, Arslan preaches about being respectful, obeying posted parking rules, and being careful with the neighborhoods in which you park.
He’s also quick to make use of rest stops along major highways, where there are often free, clean restrooms to use and fill up his water tanks, free Wi-Fi, vending machines for a snack or something to drink, a land line for emergencies, and plenty of dump spots for his trash.
In another video, he mentions that rest stops are great places to stay because of their original purpose: to get from one place to another and rest before hitting the road again.
“It’s almost like a community [at rest stops]” says Arslan. “We’re all here to rest and hang out before we go where we need to go.”