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Age: 65+

Member since January 2018

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Flunked retirement first time. Bought a used RV so I could "escape" the heat and my hyper-responsible nature a bit.
I'm a retired Methodist clergy who has served in the parish, the hospital and in hospice. My newest hobby is cleaning up the RV and from time to time fixing what ails her. When I see a need, I like to see if I can do something about it. Sometimes that means I need to fix something; or build something; or just listen. Sometimes I just need to go fishing. We don't smoke. We used to drink a little but the stomach keeps us up if we drink alcohol or acidic juices. Wife and I traveled from Arizona to Michigan going north and east and returning south and west. We loved it! The only thing that went as planned was that we were gone for most of the hot Arizona summer. During the winter, we have been making short trips of 3-7 days to go to meetings or visit friends and family. My goal is to do something every month until we hit the road for points north this summer.

Skills & Expertise to Share

I'm a DIYer. I'm not an expert at anything but mostly not afraid of it either.
I do some carpentry as a hobby. (i.e., building 14' x 14' workshop)
Both of us are capable in an office with software and computers.
We've both been writers so we can put together anything from announcements to articles but we don't really want a job.
Last spring, I replaced the dash AC myself. I also installed Sumosprings. However, I may remove the rear springs as there's too much bounce and the clothes bounce off the hangers! Otherwise, the RV is stable as a rock!
I replaced the alternator in the RV with a high output model to handle all the DC loads going on.
I fixed the refridgerator a couple of times. I replaced the blower motor in the furnace. I replaced the fixtures in the bathroom to include a new tub surround.

ejpatty's Pets

We have a long-haired chihuahua rescue dog who is about 12 years old and mostly blind. Mulder sleeps a lot but he likes to play and take walks. He likes people but is defensive around other dogs (probably because of lack of sight). We also have a Maltipoo. Henry is about 20# and dusty white. He will go all day long or sleep all day long - too easy. Henry MUST meet other dogs as he is mister social. Both do not shed. Both are house trained.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

We are novice at RVing and just starting out thinking about boondocking. I'm looking for suggestions myself. I've been to one Boondockers Welcome host site and it was great. Mostly, we boondock in our family's backyards as we visit across the US.

ejpatty's Hometown

Mesa, AZ is home. We moved here from the Scottsdale retirement house - too small - in Dec 2018. Immediately put in an RV pad and foundation for a workshop. I'm building the workshop now. We will have space for Boondockers during the fall and winter as soon as the workshop is done.


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ejpatty's Guest Details

ejpatty's Rig

Rig Type: Class A

35 feet long

2002 Fleetwood Bounder 34D with 30 amp service. Tow dolly hauling a 2013 Toyota Prius

ejpatty's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Travels with pets
  • Prefers an electric hookup
  • Prefers a water hookup
  • Has slideouts

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A former member

March 2018

Nice visit

Jim is such a nice and positive individual. I enjoyed him staying with me and our much too short of a visit. Safe travels, my friend.