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Age: 65+

Member since March 2018


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John; US Army Vietnam Veteran; IBM Retiree - served Airlines Industry

Karen; Metife Retiree - Coordinator Dental Consultant Unit (Contractor Dentists)

looking to meet interesting people and see the local / interesting places in the US (historical, geographical, cultural)
not looking to travel the interstates

2 children - one son - one daughter (in that order), 2 granddaughters living in Virginia

Skills & Expertise to Share

Know my way around computers.

johnb's Pets

We share our travels with our shy Sheltie (Shetland Sheepdog) named Amelia. She is a small dog - two years old and while loving - is shy. She is leashed and has dogie poop bags attached to her leash.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Florida - Keys, Maine, Cape Cod, Newport, North Carolina, Georgia

johnb's Hometown

John - grew up in and retired back to New Hartford NY (50 miles east of Syracuse NY in Upstate NY) - lived many places with IBM ( I've Been Moved)) to include Westchester/Putnam County New York, London England, Miami Florida. Karen - grew up in Jersey City worked in NY City until married to john then all the same localities


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johnb's Guest Details

johnb's Rig

Rig Type: Class B

18 feet long

Toyota Sienna Conversion with Roof Top Carrier ~ 7 1/2 ft tall

johnb's Travel Preferences

  • Travels with pets

johnb Has 1 Host Location

Spartan Hometown

New Hartford, NY, US
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johnb's References (24)

References from Hosts (10)


October 2019

Glad to share space

Nice folks to meet and share the space with. Would like have them stop again.


October 2019

Enjoyable visitors

We enjoyed our brief visit with jbackman as they were traveling through our area.

Although the weather did not cooperate, we were able to check out their rig and share some happy hour conversation.

We hope they are able to make it back to VT again when the weather allows them a visit to Shelburne Museum!

They were quiet and respectful guests that we would certainly invite back any time!

A former member

October 2019

Fine guest

Communicated well, quick visit


October 2019

Another nice boondocker

Easy, quiet and nice guests. Had a nice chat when they arrived but beyond that, you wouldn’t know they were there!


August 2019

Great couple.

Super friendly folks. We would gladly welcome them again.

A former member

August 2019

Nice folks

I'd welcome these folks again should they request a stay. They were very thoughtful and a pleasure to have overnight. Great Class B camper, too.


July 2019

They were great guests

If they come your way, you will hardly know that they are there. But, if you do notice be sure to get to see the B-Van he built up.


July 2019

Very nice, pleasant, and interesting visit.

Enjoyed these visitors..
Not supposed to use names... not supposed to provide info on location, not supposed to give any identifying info about members....
They came, we enjoyed some activities, they left. They would be welcome back.


July 2019

Wonderful guests

A great couple, they must be tireless walkers. The said that they did most of HFGV in a single (long) day.
The vehicle he prepared is interesting too.
Would welcome them again.


June 2019


All I can say is that John and Karen are savy travelers.... very enjoyable... thanks for giving us your basketball coach! and seriously though.... Thanks for your service to our country!

References from Guests (14)


August 2021

Pleasant stay

We had a very nice stay with John and Karen. They took us on a short tour of the neighborhood and recommended a couple spots for dinner. They have a nice level gravel spot next to the house and even ran a power cord out for us to use. We enjoyed chatting with them, and left early the next day. Highly recommended.


August 2021

Very friendly and engaging host

Our host was very helpful to the point of standing out in the rain to help me back into the camping space. We really appreciated their help and hospitality.


July 2021

Nice location

The location is a great spot to take in the local shopping centers and restaurants. The host was a big help parking, backing up our 31 class A motorhome into the space


July 2021

Pleasant, enjoyable, gracious hosts in a convenient location

The host was very helpful in getting me situated and settled in to his lovely property. We had several enjoyable conversations. The location is excellent for getting around the area. I wholeheartedly recommend this place.


May 2021

Great Visit

The host was waiting to assist with parking and offered 15 amp electric and water. They were close to the village center with walking access to restaurants, bakery, and ice cream. They provided great information on local activities and dining. Great hosts - we would stay here again.


October 2020

Friendly, generous hosts in a lovely spot

We were greeted immediately upon arrival. J and K were kind enough to walk into town with us to point out good places to eat. They made us feel right at home. They are a lovely couple with a cool little dog 🐶. We greatly appreciated their hospitality.


July 2020

Great Hosts

Both are great hosts and have a comfortable overnight stop. Very friendly and helpful. Thanks


June 2020

Best Pizza

Nice place to stop for a good nights rest. Our hostess was very knowledgeable and accommodating


October 2019

Fine Boondockers Welcome ambassadors

Hosts are very engaging, helpful, and welcoming. Got in touch with us to advise of a favorable change in approach conditions to the site, guided us in, and even gave us flowers from their late-season garden! The short walk to the village was lovely.
We'll hope to stay again.


October 2019

Welcoming host and hostess

Welcoming host and hostess
Thanks for sharing your location and information
Appreciate a peaceful night sleep Terrific location and nice folks.


October 2019

Nice stopping point; welcoming hosts.

Friendly couple with a nice gravel pad. We enjoyed a walk and a chat with them. Another positive experience for us. Thank you!


September 2019

Boondocking stay in New Hartford, NY

Feel privledged to have stayed with our hosts. Wonderful folks who so help make travel in America such an amazing experience. Hope that they will visit us in the future.


July 2019

Easy off the highway

Great quiet peaceful stay.


July 2019

Great Stay

We had a great stay at Spartan Hometown. The location was easy to find and get into.
Our hosts met us and made us feel welcome immediately. We had several great conversations about traveling. They are very knowledgeable about the area and made several good suggestions about things to see and where to get decent food.

We will request to stay with these hosts again when in the area, and highly recommend that others do the same.