Age: 45-55

Member since April 2017

Self employed Sign Shop Owner that travels south in the winter in my bus conversion.

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I am a self-employed sign shop owner in my late forties. My shop is next door to my house and I have a 70 foot commute. My biggest passion is my bus conversion, which I travel south in every winter for about three months. My pomeranian runs most aspects of my life.

Skills & Expertise to Share

I am a sign maker by trade, do lots of decals, lettering of vehicles, screenprinting, and printing (business cards, etc.)

dadesigns4u's Pets

One dog, a large Pomeranian named Turbo that runs the place!

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Around my home area of Northern Lower Michigan, and in my winter stomping grounds of Southwest Florida.

dadesigns4u's Hometown

Frankfort, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan.


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dadesigns4u's Guest Details

dadesigns4u's Rig

Rig Type: Class A

35 feet long

1969 Flxible Flxliner (Bus Conversion) - 35 foot motor coach with 1997 Saab 900 Convertible Toad on a dolly. No slides.

dadesigns4u's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Travels with pets
  • Needs to run a generator

dadesigns4u Has 1 Host Location

daDesigns4u North

Frankfort, MI, US
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dadesigns4u's References (51)

References from Hosts (2)


April 2018

Awsome bus conversion

It was nice to meet Dan. He is welcome back any time.

A former member

April 2018

Great guest

No fuss no muss :-)

References from Guests (49)


September 2019

Great Loccation

Dadesign was very nice. Gave us a packet of things to do in the area. It was a pretty and quiet spot. Frankfort is cool with a biking trail and lighthouse a few minutes away. Close to sleeping Dunes lakeshore also. Would recommend staying here if you are in the area.


August 2019

Great host and location!

This site is a gem! Close to Sleeping Bear Dunes and surrounding fun. The host has made a cozy spot for Boondockers at his beautiful property in the country: a fire pit, outhouse, water pump, and wifi for guests! He even stocks firewood to sell! He shared travel magazines for the surrounding area to help us plan the rest of our trip along Lake Michigan. He was also very kind to accommodate our late request to stay. We very much enjoyed our quiet, star-filled night around the campfire. We hope to get to stay again in the future! We highly recommended this host.


August 2019

Peaceful, pleasant stay

Very nice spot with electric, water and WiFi! Host was very nice, and helpful with local sights and activities. Really enjoyed our stay!! Would definitely recommend.


August 2019

Awesome site and friendly host.

Very friendly host and awesome site.
Host greeted us and we had great conversation. Property is beautiful.
I highly recommend the site and host and hope to get to come again, if in the area.

Go Solar and Be Free

July 2019

We enjoyed every minute

The Host (and Turbo) are very welcoming.

This is a great location from which to explore the area. Cherries, Blueberries, Rasberries, artesian Wells, farmers markets, summer festivals in small towns, lakes, beaches... And so quiet at night.

His ziplock bag of tourist brochures is a good start to help you start your explorations.

I’m sure glad to meet the Host. Hope we meet again.


July 2019

super laid back

I enjoyed a relaxing stay with my hosts near Frankfort. His mom took me blueberry picking nearby and hiking through the woods to a cherry and apple orchard. The sites are large and level with water and electricity. His dog Turbo greated me every morning to see how I was doing (and looking for a treat). I hope our paths cross again especially since we both like to winter in Florida. Thanks again for a wonderful stay.


July 2019


Dan along with Turbo are wonderful friendly hosts! We were experiencing a little trouble getting set up and Dan graciously offered his assistance.
A packet full of information for the surrounding area was a big help. We received the most delicious eatery and ice cream recommendations.
Our site was so beautiful - peaceful and quiet.
My husband enjoyed chatting about rv traveling with Dan and sharing experiences.
Turbo is a sweet heart - and loves cheese.
Thank you, Dan, for a wonderful 5 nights!


July 2019


Great place to stay. I was welcomed by a very friendly host and their mother. We had a wonderful time visiting and walking. Beautiful cherry trees, apple, and blueberry. Plenty of room for several campers. Close to Sleeping bear dunes. Host even had area maps. Very level and easy to get in and out. I hope to be able to come over again.


July 2019

Great first time BW experience!

What a great host. Welcomed me at the road, provided local attractions info, fire pit/firewood, and a hearty welcome to Buddy from Turbo. I could not have asked for a better first time BW experience. Looking forward to returning here in the future.


July 2019

Super Awesome Host & Location

This location is amazing and beautiful. There are orchards all around the area. We had a nice level gravel spot with 30 amp hookup and water. It had a picnic table and a fire ring as well (we kept wanting a fire but were having too much fun sightseeing). The host was super nice and helpful. He also gave us brochures for things to see in the area. We absolutely loved our time here and definitely want to come back.


July 2019

Awesome Boondocking Host!

This beautiful Western Michigan location exceeded all our expectations and needs! Dan had a campground-style electric and water hookup and even a fire pit next to a nice level parking place. Dan was super friendly and so was his very cool Mom who led us on a hike through the cherry and apple orchards behind their house. Dan even got a hammer and WD-40 to help me unjam my awning and got it back closed for the journey home. Thank you for a great place to stay at the last minute during a booked up 4th of July! Hope you come Boondock in Cleveland on your way South!


July 2019

Beautiful Location

Our host was great, he had local information for us on happening events in the area. His property was beautiful with level sites and close to everything we wanted to see and do. We could not have asked for a better experience. Hope to visit again in the future.


July 2019

Beautiful, Beautiful

Wow what a beautiful place to visit. Host was very accomidating and had eveything prepared for our stay. Will mark this as a place to visit when i have more time.


June 2019

Simply the Best!

Awesome host! Was there to welcome us, send us off and everything in between. Provided us with brochures of the area, where to eat, etc. Visited with us in the evenings, swapping travel experiences, places to stay, etc. Oh, and can't forget Turbo!!! Have some cheese on hand for him and you'll have a friend for life. Highly recommend this host and definitely stay there again. Best!


June 2019

Quiet, private stay with easy access to area

This was a very nice stay and we took advantage of the many amenities including power, water, WIFI, and the host provided package of tourist info! Quiet, private, and very peaceful. Level parking. Easy access to many local attractions including charming Frankfort and its harbor, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and several biking trails. Even a dog park near by!


June 2019


Good to have a Boondocker in this area to access water and provide 30 amp if required.
Loads of room and level.
Too much rain or I would have had a go at fire pit.
Good person. EZ to stay there.
Thank you.😊


June 2019


Dan, was a great host. He was very informative as what to do in the area. He even had Brochures for the local attractions. Dan is warm and personable. He made our stay very pleasant. Greygypsy


May 2019

Weat Coast Tranquility

We really enjoyed our stay here. All the amenities and quiet were really appreciated! Highly recommend this location for anyone travelling in the area.


May 2019

Just HAD to stay longer!

This was such a nice spot I decided to stay a bit longer, and I'm glad I did. There really wasn't enough time to explore all the quaint little lakeside towns in the area. From art, to history, to restaurants, shopping, and beaches, this host location is in close proximity to a little bit of everything. Be sure you don't miss the Cherry Bowl Drive-In for family friendly old-fashioned fun! The Dinghy on Main St. in Frankfort has incredible burgers... if you like yours rare, you'll get it exactly the way you ask for it. Can't say enough about how much I enjoyed visiting with this host and comparing notes on our BW experiences! Until next time!


May 2019

Sweet Solitude

What a great spot to “Boondock” for a while! This host offers more than what is asked, and while he runs his business on this location, he makes himself available without being intrusive. He gets a 5🐾 rating from my dogs too! Thank you for being so generous with your amenities! I’ll be back soon!


May 2019

The trifecta

In addition to being a wonderful host this host site has the trifecta – electric, water, Wi-Fi. And also has a picnic table and a fire ring. He also has the cutest little dog that loves to play catch with his ball. The site was very quiet in the evening. Host was very helpful in providing maps and suggestions of things to do in the area. Also he gave us a great tip on getting a new Verizon plan for our jet pack with unlimited data and no throttling. Thank you for the great stay and hope to see you when you come to Florida.


October 2018

Great Spot

dadesigns4u took us last minute and we had a wonderful 3 days there. The weather was not the best, but we strolled the orchards with our host. It is an easy drive to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.


September 2018

Fun stay

Great place to spend a nite. Easy good road from US22. Very interesting host. We can now claim we know the guy that designed the "Frankfort Fish". Thanks again Dan for a great stay.

Will and Kate

August 2018

Convenient Location and Wonderful Host(s)

Dan and his family made us feel very welcome. Dan gave us info on the area and let us tour his bus(s), and his momma (who is visiting him for the summer) took me on a tour of the woods and orchards around their land. It is only an easy (little traffic) hour from Traverse City, and very close to the quaint town of Frankfort and the southern portion of the Sleeping Bear Dunes. We highly recommend Dan and hope to stay with him again when we return to Michigan!


August 2018

Loved our return visit

We really appreciated once again our stay with dadesigns4u at Frankfort. Go Turbo!


August 2018

Lovely area to visit

We had a shady, level spot to park in. This was a beautiful area and a nice drive in through the hills to get there. Host was welcoming and accommodating. Had a good night.


August 2018

Super Nice Guy

We stayed overnight with Dan. He met us early so we could drop our rig and explore the local attractions. He even had brochures ready for us! Really nice man and overnight stay. Highly recommend!


August 2018

Terrific Hosts

We did not have access to the internet and only requested a stay the morning of, when we found free internet. Our host was more than accommodating, he was laid back and most helpful. The welcome gift was awesome - talk about feeling special!. I met a lady that I feel will be a friend for life. I wish I had time to stay longer. The surrounding is calm and beautiful. We hope to get back in 2019!


August 2018

Wide open spaces, starry night sky and a generous host

Our family had an amazing stay here! Though we arrived later than expected, our host came out to visit around the campfire with us! He was wonderful and we really enjoyed meeting him, Turbo and Mom too!! Very friendly and hospitable, and we would love to make this home again sometime! Plenty of space for our large rigs here! dadesigns sets the bar high for boondocking! Thank you for a great experience!! (Mrs. Dieselnomad, for the whole crew!!)


August 2018

Great hospitality!

We felt very comfortable as soon as we arrived. He had a great spot for us to park and went above and beyond with helping us know what there was to see around town and events that were going on. We enjoyed learning about his rig!


July 2018

Wonderful peaceful place to stay!

We so enjoyed our stay! Dan is wonderful host. He met us with a packet of information about the area, helped us get set up with water and 30 amp and made us feel generally welcome. It's a lovely piece of property that backs up to dense woods. I loved just sitting outside listening to the birds.

In addition to our wonderful campsite, I cannot say enough about the area! You are close to Traverse City, beaches, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and the nicest little towns you will ever find anywhere!

I hope our paths will cross with Dan's again!


July 2018


Dan goes above and beyond just a place to park. Providing a fire ring with wood and a picnic table is a plus and the site was flat and quiet. Dan told us about some must-sees in the area which wee spot on! Great place!


July 2018


As our first boondocking experience, Dan has set the bar pretty high!😊He was super hospitable and gave us pointers on where to go and what to do. His place was quiet and he provided wood so we could enjoy the cool Michigan evening by a campfire. If we are ever by here again we will definitely stop!


July 2018


People like Dan make us love "Boondockers Welcome" even more!
Great Bus conversion, even greater human been.
Very convenient place with everything you need.
Thank you again Dan!


July 2018

Frankfort Lakeshore n Behond!

Perfect place, large area for parking, turning around, wooded, beautiful area, quite. Great place and an awesome host.Took the time to tell us about the area n had maps for us. Would recommend you go see for yourself. If we ever find ourself in this area again , we will be back.


July 2018

da day dreaming

Dan is a superb host, helpful, knowledgeable and knows the area. Turbo patrols the grounds - a great pup! Nice place for a stop amongst the fruit trees & farms of the northern lower.


June 2018

Nice stop over!

This was a nice stop over on our way to Traverse City. Dan has made a nice place for his Boondocking guests. Thank you! And hope to see you down south :-)


June 2018

Great host

Great host! Very friendly, helpful & kind. Wish we could have gotten to know him more. Great great great location to many things! Would stay again


June 2018

Great stay

Wonderful guy and easy level parking spot. I had fun throwing the ball with his dog.


May 2018

Enjoyed our stay!

Stayed one night...enjoyed some great conversation before we settled in for the night. Would have been great to talk even longer, but we both had early mornings planned for the next day! Beautiful area and so peaceful. Would certainly stay again!


May 2018


Turbo was definitely a highlight of our stay and his people were lovely as well. Such a beautiful place to wander and explore looking for fairy’s with my children and being frightened by scary rabbits in the dark. Another great story and part of the adventure. Thank you very much for hosting us.


May 2018

Full Service

Nice experience. Greeted by Turbo before the host. Nice place and very nice guy. Hope he and Turbo make it down our way.


September 2017

Cozy and Everything You Need

Dan was a welcoming host. He helped us get set up and even offered firewood and a fire pit. The boondocker spot has a picnic table and an area to sit and relax in the wooded site. We appreciate Dan's hospitality and give him the highest rating possible.


August 2017

Wonderful host in a beautiful location

We had a very enjoyable stay with dadesigns4u - very accommodating host, fun to talk with, and very helpful about the neighborhood. Thanks so much!!


August 2017

Great host! Great location!

dadesigns4u was so lovely and accommodating, we'd love to stay with him again and recommend him to anyone and everyone! Location super convenient to some of the most beautiful areas of the country!


August 2017

dadesigns4u's provided an amazing boondocking experience!

This host was thoughtful and engaging in every way, really. He eagerly provided us with an overview of the area: maps, personal recommendations, and even set out fresh water for our pups just prior to our arrival.

We enjoyed sharing some fireside time with him and his family, as well as his pooch TURBO!

Thank you, again, dadesigns4u, for MORE thank just a boondocking experience!


July 2017

So Great!

This couple and their family were a delight! They were understanding of the vagaries of cross country travel and let me change plans with grace! The location is very special: very rural but close to the highway and the lake. My spot was level and very pretty! They sent me off with directions to a scenic drive of the shoreline. I would have liked to stay longer.
I hope they will come stay with me in NY!



June 2017

Wonderful Host

We had a great stay with dadesigns4u. Nice spot, friendly accomadating people, and a fabulous area to explore. Within a short drive to a couple of nice towns with beaches, dining, shopping, movies, etc. We highly recommend this host.


June 2017

Great Site, Great Location, Great Host

Host provided excellent directions with pictures to get to the site. Very nice level spot with electric and water. The property is quiet and surrounded by apple and cherry orchards. Close to Frankfort and Sleeping Bear Dunes. We had a great time sharing bus stories with the host and meeting Turbo.