Really, if you live in a box truck in the city environment, it would be smarter to drive to the community center and hang out there during the day then only return to the truck to sleep at night. Hopefully, the distance is not too great - as that would negate the savings from living in a truck.
There are always other rental options like room for rent that range from $300-750 a month in cheaper rental areas - that tend to include utility... pretty good deal as long as it is not a craigslist scam.
I remember reading about this fellow in the news when he first began his adventure with Google and his box living. I'm glad that his plan has worked out for him. Thoughts he has expressed in his blog transported me back to the early 1970's and my inside the box experiences, where my start up cost was only $900 for a used pu truck with a camper on it. I think this fellow's most important tip is that one must live mostly outside the box and mainly use it for sleeping purposes. Similar to his situation, I had access to a campus and a campus office(for my student job) most of the time, which made the experience easier. I also had running water, a shower, and and a stove in my box. Maybe I'll send him an email and tell him how weird I think he is.
Cowabunga! Surf's up again. Lots of people are stoked by this van. It's appropriately named in that it does resemble a bumblebee. Put some flowers and a peace sign on it and it's ready to safari. One defect: it won't sound like an old sewing machine like the original buses did. And it might even legally pass a smog test.
Those shown above are actually roomier & fancier than what I lived in for ~8 years;
It was a 50+ y/o Shasta tag-along camper.
It was so small that any adult entering had to turn sideways & sort of duck & crab through its hatchway.
Of course with 2 adults inside that tiny space there was not room enough for a 3rd person anyhow.
If I'd had a good option for relocating that rig someplace where I could stay even longer than where I had it then - I'd still be living in that today quite voluntarily.
There's alot of good to be had in small, simple living spaces IMO.
Another great vehicle to live in, esp for places with free EV charging... keep it plugged in while parked to enjoy free electricity. Being a plug-in hybrid also means you can have power even when the city power goes out.
That's a lot of spacious luxury that gets incomparable gas mileage in it's size range. My son has been thinking about buying this vehicle, and he does live in an area with plenty of free charging stations. He loves his current Odyssey, save for the gas mileage.
Hadn't thought about this tiny living thread for some time until I saw the article below by someone who experienced a lot of tiny living when tiny and who speaks of that living mode from the perspective of one who transcended it.