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Attempting to defy Vimes's theory of boots

Anonymous asked: Hey: I think this is an awesome idea. I spent three years homeless, and really only felt safe after spending money I didn't have to buy a van to live in. Now, at this point in my life, I only have one question for you: how do these move? Do you have to pull them? I ask as someone with a lot of disabilities who could never pull one of these if I really needed them. And I can't see cops being cool with a row of these sitting in one space forever. Just a thought. Awesome concept though!

They are not as disability-friendly as I’d like.  They would take a pretty hefty wheelchair to pull them, and if you’re just not particularly strong and fit, it’d be a chore.  I’m small, but muscular: I can pull one, and even take it down stairs, with help.  But I think that’s what you’d need: a friend to help move them, or a policeman who realized that helping you move it was going to work a lot better than just telling you to move it along.

As trailers, they can legally park on the roadside, in a normal parking spot, for up to 24 hours in a seven-day period.  To fit the strict bounds of the law, you’d have to move it to a different street every 24 hours.  However, trailer laws are not strictly enforced, at least for people who aren’t living in them.  I see a lot of car trailers without plates or lights, sitting in the same parking spot for months.

If you’re comfortable sharing - what was your experience of homelessness like?  How did you get to that point, and how did you get out of it?

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