Age: 65+

Member since October 2017

Retired but always working, former General Engineering and Building Contractor was my second career I was an auto and heavy equipment mechanic the first time, now I just restore them.

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I like to go to back road locations with our camper truck, I like to design build and fabricate things. We had two children a boy and a girl, recently lost the boy. We have traveled many places in the world, including China, Europe, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and more. We went to the winter olympics in 1976 and picked up a new car in Stuttgart also. I am a private pilot and I flew my airplane back and forth to my business for 10 years. Now we are doing more local travel. I like woodworking, photography and boating.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Mechanic, welder, contractor, electrical, air conditioners, stone masonry, earth work, plumbing, anything in a car or a building. Wood working, custom doors, cabinets and furniture. Old radio and jukebox restoration, and I have some on display.

Aircommuter's Pets

2 dogs, 2 cats

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Still deciding on favorites. But we like the National Parks and monuments in general.

Aircommuter's Hometown

Coulterville for the last ten years, born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA.

Aircommuter's Guest Details

Aircommuter's Rig

Rig Type: Truck Camper

22 feet long

Dodge 3500 with an Eagle Cap 950, 4wd, modified engine and transmission in my home shop.

Aircommuter's Travel Preferences

  • Travels with pets
  • Has slideouts
  • Needs to run a generator

Aircommuter's References (65)

References from Guests (63)


August 2021


very nice quiet place


August 2021

Great stay

Our host was very gracyand accommodating. He has built an amazing home and shop.


July 2021

Generous host at close location to Yosemite

We are so grateful to have found Aircommuter! It's difficult to find a quiet, woodsy setting near Yosemite and a thoughtful, knowledgeable host too. He was very accommodating and helpful especially with best routes for Class As.

(Make sure to follow his recommendations and avoid 49 if possible, and don't go down Red Hills Rd either with an RV unless you like things interesting.)

Aircommuter showed us his fantastic metal and wood shops, revealing some amazing projects he's completed. It's impressive.

Wishing you all the best, Aircommuter! Our trip to Yosemite wouldn't have been so pleasant without your generosity.


June 2021

Great Stay!!

We had a great stay! The host was very welcoming, flexible, and has a beautiful property close to Yosemite. Would absolutely recommend.


June 2021

Beautiful destination in the woods

Lovely place to use as a jumping off point for Yosemite. And glorious in its own right. Hosts are warm and welcoming- site is easy in and out. Take your time in the drive there - the scenery and views are stunning.


June 2021

Wonderful stay!

Great, very tidy, clean, spacious, quiet place to stay nestled in the woods. Generous, friendly and hospitable hosts. We would definitely stay here again if we are in the area and highly recommend this wonderful place.


May 2021

Dan & Sharon

This is a quiet and lovely place. The host is a true Renaissance man! He's so talented, artistic, mechanical, and an amazing craftsman. Very interesting to listen to and learn from. Recommend!!


May 2021

Nice folks up in the mountains.

Definitely follow John's directions! Download your maps to Yosemite. They have a quiet location. They're are busy hardworking couple. I enjoyed visiting a little. It's always a pleasure to meet a couple married young and grew together. It's nice and cool in the mountains! It's so wonderful that you offer your land so I could explore Yosemite, thank you again!


May 2021

Friendly and quiet

We had a lovely stay with Aircommuter. He was unbelievably accommodating, and we learned a lot about his endeavors. We would definitely stay again!


May 2021

Wonderful host with Yosemite access

Pulled a 36 ft 5th wheel into this location. The host gave excellent detailed directions in from Lodi and out to Merced. It was about 75 minutes to the Yosemite Visitor Center and we used this site for our base camp. It's in the forested mountains. It was cool, shady, quiet, private and remote. The host was one of the nicest and most interesting people I've ever met. We'll be returning on our next Yosemite visit.


May 2021

Great host!

Aircommuter is amazing. Super hospitable, very friendly, and goes out of his way to make it work for you.

A lovely place, fast ATT Mobile connectivity for work, and the water taste great!

AirCommuter is a very talented guy with a lot of skins on the wall with his hobbies and work, a common sense that was refreshing, and I’m so glad we stayed.

Super close to Yosemite, happy we asked to stay here!


May 2021

Great base for Yosemite visit.

My first attempt at Visiting Yosemite didn’t work out because it got cold and snowy. So I decided to visit warmer parts of California and then try again later. John said I was welcome to come back anytime. That was great because I got back this week and the park was wonderful. John thank you again for sharing your home and your great experiences.


May 2021

Peaceful, scenic location with hookups

The property is gorgeous and what a treat to have water and power. It was so quiet at night we slept great! 1 hours drive takes you to the Hetch Hetchy area of Yosemite National Park, a much quieter side of the Park. There is laundry near by and a dump is available at the Yosemite Westlake RV park only a couple of miles away too.


April 2021

Great place to relax and visit Yosemite

Wonderful experience, our host could not have been nicer. Just a great place to visit.


April 2021

Great location and host

Host has provided a wonderful resource/experience and secure site for BoondockersWelcome members.
He is very accommodating and communicates every detail you need to know. It was very nice to be able to get to know him a little bit.


April 2021

Amazing stay!

We stayed here for 2 nights to visit Yosemite- it was such a lovely spot and the host was most welcoming. Such a neat guy! Would reccomend to anyone and if we ever find ourselves in the area again, we would most definitely stay again!


April 2021


Great location for day trips into Yosemite.


April 2021


Great place to relax with a super host. We really enjoyed our time at their wooded wonderland.


April 2021

A great location. A great Host!

We regret we only had one night available to stay. Our Host was a terrific guy and a great resource for learning all things from aviation to diesels to homebuilding. We really need to return. Highly recommended. The dark sky was amazing. The drive in and out was more than scenic. The silence was healing. The pet dogs were a blast.


April 2021

Wonderful Place - Kind People

Aircommuter was extremely welcoming and gracious about the accomodations. He was helpful with directions and ideas for different hikes and places to see. I even got a tour of his woodworking shop and car collection.

Great hosts!


March 2021

We need more people like them

Not to be the least bit political here but what comes to mind is that people like them are exactly what makes America great.


March 2021


Aircommuter J was a fantastic host despite the fact that we didn’t actually get to meet face-to-face. Great communication during the day of our arrival; beautiful location... especially with the 3” of snow on our rig and bikes in the morning; everything exactly as described by AJ.
Unfortunately the snow prevented our visit into Yosemite... but the park will be there next time. Hopefully we can re-visit and share a beer!
PS Hwy 49 is a white knuckle drive... beautiful... but if you don’t like steep drop-offs... follow AJ’s directions!


January 2021

Serene and full of nature

Great host, friendly, very accommodating and knowledgeable. I am thankful for his experience and help. Nice place regardless if one is heading to Yosemite.


November 2020

By far the best host so far

Air commuter and family are exceptionally high quality people. Warm friendly social helpful intelligent experienced and accommodating. Let me stay longer than anticipated due to mechanical issues AND And a source of information not only about the local area and thought about my mechanical problems in depth. Truly authentically caring - PRICELESS🎁🎁🎁

The venue itself is quiet, peaceful, Trees, Country setting including dear and doggies, well water and solid electrical. 40 minutes from Yosemite park entrance.

Definitely stock up on your groceries and fuel before you arrive because there’s not many services nearby and they are jacked up in price. If you’re going to Yosemite use the Valero 12 miles on the way as they don’t jack up their gas prices.

Would definitely stay again.


October 2020

Nice stay

We had a nice stay at Aircommuters spot!! It was very secluded and had pretty good access (do not take 49 to access it lol it is a nerve wrecking drive he will give you some better options if your gps takes you this way). We saw many deer and it was perfect weather. Great location to Yosemite only about 40-50 min drive. Do not be alarmed by falling acorns if you stay under his beautiful oak tree!! Haha overall nice stay I really wish we had more time to talk to our friendly host I got to chat with before we left. Hopefully we can get the full tour next time 😊


June 2020

Restful stay

Our stay at Aircommuter met all our expectations and then some! We so appreciated the hookups and wifi and felt SO fortunate to get a pass to get into Yosemite 2 times during our stay. We loved sitting out in the woods with our camp chairs soaking up tbe nature sounds. We were even treated to Fresh homemade guacamole by our host. The tour of his shop and equipment was amazing. This couple is living their dreams building their own home. Thank you for your generosity as it was SO appreciated after 3 months of the pandemic lockdown.


June 2020

Great Base for exploring Yosemite

While I didn't get to meet the host, they made arrangements to get me set up for the night. Spot was level and in beautiful woods.


February 2020

very calm and successful stay with a relaxed and friendly host

We thank John for his offer to let us stay at his place for one night. He was flexible because we changed dates and even the amount of days. We had a really nice conversation and shared experiences about life and our countries. His place is in the middle of a forest with everything a RV could ask for. We had the best and most stable internet connection of our whole journey so far. Definitely a great host and spot to be :)


November 2019

Welcoming and fascinating visit

Aircommuter hosted us en-route to Yosemite and gave us a tour of his wood shop and auto shop - we have never seen anything so big. He is a building a home from scratch though - it's very impressive to see his work. He was a lovely host and made us very welcome. Thanks!


November 2019

Yosemite perfect

A great stay with a welcoming and interesting host. Thanks Aircommuter for the space and your of your workshops. Best of luck with everything!


October 2019


A wonderful welcome from our hosts. Very interested to hear all about them and how they got to be hosting visiting RVs.
We would love to have stayed longer but our time was limited.
We also recommend the smoke house diner in the village..Jeff and his father produced meals during the power outages.
Lovely couple of days. Many thanks


October 2019

Wonderful host, great location

Aircommuter is a consummate host who treated us like old friends. My husband and I had a terrific time touring his woodworking and metalworking shops, whose tools from the 1920-1950's have been restored to working condition and would befit a museum. The site is beautiful, peaceful and quiet. We will be back!

A former member

October 2019

Great place to stay

With the help of the host we could find the spot easily. It was e really quiet place and the best opportunity
to stay one night since we couldn't get a campground with our RV in the park. The host told us a lot of stories out of his life. I could have listen a way longer. It was really impressive what he built at his property.


October 2019

Unique and so personable ♥️

So wonderful couple... charming, welcoming, generous, so much talented... very inspiring people!
Very nice place too, quiet, beautiful scenery, perfect to explore Yosemite park !
Thanks a lot John and Ann ❤️ Denis and I really appreciated meeting you. If one day you decide to come in Quebec it will be a real pleasure to welcome you.


October 2019


John was extremely helpful and hooked us up with power for the night. The location was a bit remote but worth the drive. We only stayed one night because it's nearly an hour drive to the Yosemite National Park entrance. We would recommend this host anytime.


September 2019

Very kind and welcoming

Our stay was too short at Aircommuter. We had a quiet night and had some very interesting information. We highly recommend Aircommuter. Thank you very much for your hospitality, Rachelle & Yves.


July 2019

Kind hosts, beautiful property!

John was very kind. The hookups all worked perfectly. He recommended a BBQ place nearby that was delicious. We hope to come back someday!


July 2019

Yosemite Trip

John was very welcoming and eager to answer any questions we had. We had a great time and highly recommend staying there!


July 2019

Lovely hosts and location!!

Our hosts were very gracious! We had a short but lovely stay on their beautiful property! My children were smitten with their dogs & will talk about this visit for some time. My husband could have stayed and chatted with our host for days! So very thankful for this experience!


July 2019

Awesome Host Location near Yosemite!

My husband and I stayed with Aircommuter and his wife at their location just outside the Western entrance to Yosemite National Park. The location was absolutely perfect and peaceful. The Hosts were amazing and my husband and John became quick buddies! John and his wife are very endearing people and they are extremely interesting to talk to. John is a jack of all trades and he is an expert builder. He showed us his restored Juke Boxes, and historic cash registers and scales as well as many of the projects that he is currently working on in his very unique machine shop.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this location and hope to be back in the future!


July 2019

the Casita From Maine

A great stop off place if you want to run into Yosemite and the property is a haven and our host was great with many stories. A real font of knowledge on all subjects,

A former member

June 2019

Wonderful people, Amazing property

John and Ann were so hospitable and easy to talk to! They have a really cool property nestled in the mountains with an AWESOME shop and an incredible house they are building themselves!! They also have the sweetest animals - we loved petting the cats and throwing the ball for Rocky! They were amazing hosts and very talented people. I feel lucky to have met them and very thankful for their hospitality. I hope our paths cross again in the near future!!


June 2019

Excellent host and beautiful place to rest

Warm welcome received and we enjoyed our stay. Plan to be back if we are in the neighbourhood.
Would highly recommend if you are visiting Yosemite National Park.


June 2019

Great stay

John and Ann are remarkable people. They are so creative and talented and we learned a few construction tricks too. Their place is beautiful with tall cedars everywhere. We will ALWAYS remember the stories and the hospitality! Thanks for everything. We DEFINITELY recommend them to anyone looking for a great place to stay!


June 2019

Great quirky location

John was very friendly and inviting. His life story was very intriguing and it was a pleasure to stay with him at his home.

Another great host. Would recommend.

Thanks John!!.


June 2019

Quiet and beautiful area

Quiet and beautiful area with a great host. Lot of knowledges. Thanks for having us.


June 2019

So grateful for these amazing hosts! <3

We had a major mishap with our nearly brand new Hensley hitch right as we arrived (as in...broken in half and an Airstream on the ground 😳)

John to the rescue! He is an absolute pro at welding and fixed us up even better than new. We then went on to enjoy his and Ann's company and to check out his incredible projects. I cannot express my gratitude enough for these two for helping us out of a tough spot.

Wonderful couple with big hearts, we would highly recommend.


May 2019

Flexibility much appreciated.

We had to change our plans, and John was most accomodating.

We had a great conversation about all manner of subjects.

Great visit, great guy.



May 2019

Perfect launch pad for Yosemite visit

Campgrounds at Yosemite fill up years in advance and RV parks in the area can be pricey, so we were very grateful to be able to stay at this beautiful spot in the woods for three days. To our host: thank you so much for being so welcoming, and best of luck with all of your wonderful building projects!


May 2019

Wonderful stay!

Wonderful peaceful, quiet location! Our host was so nice and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Great central location to Yosemite and Gold country. So helpful having electricity and water and WiFi. Easy in and out. Verizon cell service was almost nonexistent, but at&t and host’s WiFi worked fine! Would definitely recommend this location!


May 2019

Perfect spot for visiting Yosemite

Host is an excellent. Very kind and friendly. This spot makes it easy to drive up to the Big Flat Oak entrance to Yosemite (40 minutes). We learned a lot about the area from our host and would stay again if in the area.


May 2019

Very nice stay

John was extremely helpful, always answering our messages really quickly. We could stay on his very nice patch of land and enjoy the silence and beautiful landscape around. Thanks again for being so welcoming!


April 2019

Great spot

Great spot nestled in the foothills outside of Yosemite national Park. Beautiful trees quiet. Our host was very engaging,good conversation.


April 2019

Great location. Wonderful hosts.

Host's were very nice and accommodating. Very cool property. Wasn't difficult to find or navigate my 26ft trailer to. They had a couple dogs and a few cats that were all very sweet. Only about an hour drive to Yosemite. Would love to stay here again.

A former member

April 2019

Great spot!

We had a great time here. The location was wonderful and we would highly recommend!


October 2018

Wonderful hosts and location!

We had two great nights visiting and meeting Aircommuters.

Their location was spectacular and so very quiet. It was a good location to be able to spend a day at Yosemite National Park.

We enjoyed the tour and getting to know Rocky and Minnie.

I hope for the best when their home is completed.

Johan and Loes

October 2018


Lovely people and they live in a wonderful area. Was for us a perfect spot after visiting Yosemite NP. Thanks for staying at your Great place!

Johan and Loes, The Netherlands


October 2018

Quiet location in the forest

Our host has a wealth of knowledge about the area and just about anything else under the sun. We enjoyed chatting with our host as he is very friendly and interesting. We also enjoyed the peace and solitude of the property’s surrounding forest. We were grateful for the host site’s proximity to Yosemite, the ease of access and the beautiful location. We would stay here again in a heartbeat.


September 2018


Wow, what a fabulous stop over on our way to Yosemite!!! Host offered power & water. Multiple places to overnight on this beautiful property. Cool & quiet yet convenient to a small community store. We will be back any time we are in the area! Thank you so much for your friendly hospitality!


September 2018

The perfect hideaway

Such a prime location with a great host.

Thanks for the tour and the services.

Sorry we had to take off so early.



June 2018

Great location!

This was a wonderful location while visiting Yosemite! My husband enjoyed chatting about all the work done on the property and "tinkering" being done.


June 2018

Beautiful place and warm welcome

We had a wonderful time in a wonderful area. The communication was very good. We wish them lots of succes finishing their house. We felt us more then welcome. Thanks for everything.


May 2018

Peaceful quiet location

Enjoyed our ‘out of the way” stay at “Aircommuter’s! In the hills of beautiful Maripisa County.
John was very helpful with suggestions when I was in the planning stage of our trip as well as ideas where to go from here.
Convenient to Yosemite.
Thank you for your hospitality! And when you get your camper on the road please drop in to “Fox Den”

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November 2018

Missed out!

Unfortunately, due to RV repairs we were unable to get to John. However, he sounded great and we are sorry to have missed out on staying with him.


October 2018

I didn't get to Aircommuter's

I was not able to stay at Aircommuter's home because my van was giving me trouble. I had great communication and feedback from Aircommuter and would like to stay there some other time.