I herd the wife, daughter and the cat into the camper, fold the steps up, climb into the camper, close and lock the door, pull the shades down, sit down, get back up, unlock and open the door, jump out and open the truck because I always forget something in the cab of the truck. Then I do it all over again.
Hey! That is my routine also...
2006 Chevy D/A CC
Eagle Cap 850
"Good People Drink Good Beer"-Hunter S Thompson
I don't know that we've ever 'stealth' camped but our scissor steps are carried inside, if stoping for the night or arrive somewhere late we just use the bumper flip out step. Ill usually put them in the truck along with lawn chairs to free up the floor, they are usually carried under the slide floor when in. Haveing never had the need to stealth, Im not sure about the steps giving us away. Lights will on-maybe a movie.
I have some favorite places I look for, when I am "on the move," and it does not include Wal-Marts or places where I would be around other people and campers. When you have other campers around you, it looks like an RV convention.
I purposely picked the TC I have, exactly for stealth camping. I can black out my windows, and I have very little, if any, lights on and what I do have on, you can't see from the outside. That is why I found that I might not have a slide the next time that I purchase a TC, with all the Stealth/Cold weather stealth camping I did in December and January.
Yes, I keep my steps up, when I don't wish to be seen camping. Even though my TC is very high off the ground, it is never an issue not having the steps down.