Stealth Van life Australia | Stealth City Van Life Melbourne | Van Life Parking Tips

Stealth Van life Australia | Stealth City Van Life Melbourne | Van Life Parking Tips

Stealth Van life Australia | Stealth City Van Life Melbourne | Van Life Parking Tips

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I’ve toured North America out of a Mazda 3, spent 2 years exploring the United Kingdom out of a broken down Citroen Berlingo, lived out of a Volkswagen Transporter in Australia during the 2020 lockdown, and the year after renovated my dream van a Ford Econoline named Moe.
Now I’m back in Australia inside Tony the Transporter sharing with you how I’ve been able to live in the same Melbourne neighbourhood for months without anyone noticing.

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  1. Michelle Beavis on April 21, 2023 at 10:47 am

    In the state of Victoria sleeping in your car is not illegal. Some municipalities, have – 4 I think – have classed it as illegal. Chances are you’re in a part where it’s perfectly legal.
    If you travel to Queensland it’s illegal everywhere … that’ll be more fun 😊

  2. Emma Davidson on April 21, 2023 at 10:47 am

    The sprinter we have is ok for stealth street parking but I plan on doing up a Luton next. More space inside and I’ll have a door from the cab to the back so lights on will be no problem. Also a hi-viz vest or two in the cab for further camo ! 💚

  3. Heather on April 21, 2023 at 10:47 am

    Hi I live in Melbourne Australia your secret is safe with me I’ll tell no one I’ll take it to the grave LOL

  4. Jason Goodburn-Moffitt on April 21, 2023 at 10:51 am

    Two things to complete the look
    1) Featherlite ladder on the roof
    2) Have a magnetic decal with a BS company name like "MatthewTech Enterprises" and a simple logo on each side. They are cheap and can be easily removed.

    These two things will complete the look that you are a commercial vehicle that is owned by a local. Of course, some neighbourhoods have bylaws against commercial vehicles parked overnight, so it pays to know.

  5. Tom on April 21, 2023 at 10:52 am

    I can usually spot a stealth van a mile away. Curtains (usually black), usually backed in (for a quick getaway). out-of-area license plate. Some have darkest window tinting allowed by law. They are usually like mice (flock together) If you see one then there is probably a companion stealthier not too far away, especially here in the states. I see them at Wal-mart, Box Stores, Truck Stops, 24 hour grocery’s, Cracker Barrel, Planet Fitness, Libraries and Parks. I like them a lot better than the homeless drug addict’s and crazies all over my city near blood banks, feeding centers, under bridges, beggars with signs, and daycares for the homeless.

  6. Akira on April 21, 2023 at 10:52 am

    Look man If ur just parking to sleep in the van & your quiet keep to urself dont have a million people hanging around & dont trash the joint i woulnt mind 😅 but come morning f$%# off 🤣

  7. Manky on April 21, 2023 at 10:56 am

    Good on ya Matt, I moved out of my van 2 months ago after 8 months of stealth camping in the city of Melbourne so I can relate with most of the things you mentioned haha. Keep it up mate 🤙🏼

  8. Boots on April 21, 2023 at 10:59 am

    You’ve lived there for 7 months and still pronounce "Melbourne" like that?

  9. Joe C on April 21, 2023 at 11:03 am

    Why sit in the dark? Just get some blackout curtains. How are you going to stealth camp without blocking the light coming from your van. Spend the few extra dollars and do it properly. Sitting in the damn dark. Makes no sense. Take $50 and get the proper curtains. Or tint the windows.

  10. Sean on April 21, 2023 at 11:06 am

    Cool video. I stealth camped in a sprinter all over SA for a little while.
    It looked much more like a trade vehicle than a camper cause I had some fake signs on the side and no obvious signs of camping.
    I’d find good places where I felt secure and stay there a while – never had any troubles with anyone.
    I always felt much more comfy is a quiet suburban back street than anywhere else.
    While the sprinter had a shower I’d almost never use it – it wasn’t great, so I had a 24/7 gym chain membership and would just look up where they were compared to my travel plans and pop in late at night for a great hot shower.

    Cool video!

  11. Reviews and Projects on April 21, 2023 at 11:10 am

    The saying now is “if there’s no ladder on the roof there’s someone sleeping in it.” We all know hats going on. I agree with the other comment; it’s not illegal and if you’re respecting the neighbourhood people probably don’t care.

  12. batterysurf on April 21, 2023 at 11:11 am

    Jesse Pinkman, we need to cook!

  13. Jack Ryan on April 21, 2023 at 11:12 am

    Honestly think Melbourne is one of the easiest places in the world to do Vanlife. Brunswick/Carlton/Richmond seem to have a lot more parking restrictions than south of the Yarra. How often do you rotate your parking spots?

  14. Undercover Adventurist on April 21, 2023 at 11:12 am

    I do the same thing when I’m in the back seat of my car. I have a curtain and peek and then quickly make my move to grab what I need from the front lol. 😂🚘

  15. Thomas Wilding on April 21, 2023 at 11:15 am

    Are you 25 but look 55?

    Or 55 and live like 25?

    I’m so confused

  16. s : c on April 21, 2023 at 11:15 am

    Love it! But why don’t you just go to the other side of the park? All day parking (unless that’s changed), semi-industrial, perfectly legitimate place to be parking & no need to be in anyone’s business. I’d be very surprised if the people in those houses aren’t aware of you, even if they aren’t doing anything about it. Anyhoo, good on you.

  17. carl snieders on April 21, 2023 at 11:17 am

    you need a vw crafter high roof

  18. suzanne watson on April 21, 2023 at 11:24 am

    Eating lying down. No wonder you eat tums like candy ( or possible the sandwiches?!?)

  19. Dave Christian on April 21, 2023 at 11:26 am

    I do exatly wat u do when in my van like peep out the window n check first n then go to the front part or open the door lol, im in Sydney nsw in my lil star wagon ‘just not full time but most time – A little colder down that way tho, anyway stay safe bro n good to see theres more ppl doing it heir in Australia.

  20. Fairy Jasmine's House on April 21, 2023 at 11:29 am

    This is great Matt! I never actually knew this is how you do it!

  21. PHRESH on April 21, 2023 at 11:39 am

    I guarantee you it’s more that no one gives a shit lol

  22. noglenogle on April 21, 2023 at 11:39 am

    The "predator monster… not Jeffery dahmer"… had me laughing !
    You’re the best !

  23. Dusty’s Garden on April 21, 2023 at 11:40 am

    Matt, com’on you know it’s pronounced Melbin

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