Age: 65+

Member since March 2018

Retired guy with a Nissan 12-passenger van for travel

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Retired techie who lived in Minneapolis and Boston before settling in Solana Beach with family at my current address 20+ years ago.

I've taken 6 long road trips since fitting up my Nissan NV van in 2015.

I think van travel will keep getting more popular because of so many "technology tailwinds"...communications, electronics, batteries, solar. Love the bimonthly "Van Life Gathering" Meet-ups in San Diego. Check it out if passing through.

I enjoy schmoozing with van & RV travelers, but I'm not that guy who won't stop yapping and just leave you alone already :-).

Skills & Expertise to Share

I'm super handy fabricating stuff -- wood, plastics, aluminum, coroplast, fabric, etc. I like to chase space efficiency and lightweight solutions.

cwmacphail's Pets


Favorite Boondocking Locations

I usually stay with friends & family or at public campgrounds, Wal-Marts, or Pilot truck stops.

cwmacphail's Hometown

Solana Beach, CA

cwmacphail's Guest Details

cwmacphail's Rig

Rig Type: Class B

20 feet long

Nissan NV 12-passenger van with basic self-installed amenities.

cwmacphail Has 1 Host Location

Van Niche in Solana Beach

Solana Beach, CA, US
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cwmacphail's References (66)

References from Hosts (4)


May 2019

What a fun van and guy!

Chris and his van are a delight! He is self sufficient and interesting to talk with. We had a very short visit, but I would welcome him back any time.


May 2019

Glad it worked!

Our driveway was full but I wanted to provide a safe space. We are lucky that there’s a pleasant area to park on our street... and I’m so glad CW was able to be flexible. Super easy communication. Hope we get the chance to host properly next time! CW is welcome back any time!


May 2019

First rate guest second time around

Just as compatible as the first visit


May 2019

First rate guest

We enjoyed a very pleasant evening of good conversation with Chris, highly recommend, respectful and courteous.

References from Guests (62)


September 2021

Great location. Very quiet.

Many thanks to host for proving such a great place to stay. Location is perfect for exploring greater San Diego area. Very quiet neighborhood. Very safe. Would recommend and stay again.


September 2021

Perfect for our first time!

What a great experience! Our host was super accommodating, and we couldn't have been happier. The location is great for exploring the cute beach towns and state beaches along the coast. cwmacphail was great, and showing off our barely-complete build was fun. He's a cool dude, and he gets it. Thank you!


August 2021


Host communicated his needs & offered assistance. Beautiful California community. Quiet peaceful. Highly recommend


August 2021

Great place to stay!

Host is very congenial and accommodating. Would stay again!


August 2021

Great hosts

Super nice and welcoming folks with a lovely home.


August 2021

Thoughtful host and great location.

It got 106 F in our area and we made last minute decision to run way from the heat. Nothing was available in any campsites in the San Diego area but thankfully cwmacphail had a spot for us! Good location, few blocks to the beach where you can have long walk and see the sunset! Close to San Elijo lagoon with nice trails and wildlife, several close by State parks, San Elijo, Cardiff by the see. Great host!!! We did cool off😀


July 2021

Great host, quiet place

I had a wonderful stay here. It’s quiet, clean, easy to find and close to nearby beaches. The host is friendly and welcoming and even had levelers to use.
Overall it was a great experience and I would definitely stay here again.
Thank you cwmacphail : )


July 2021

Great location and helpful host

We had a great stay in this quiet upscale residential neighborhood. Our host Chris was out of town but he left detailed instructions and got everything set up for our arrival. We appreciated the hospitality and would definitely recommend this lovely location!


July 2021

Model boondock experience!

Chris is the model host and provides a wonderful spot to boondock!


June 2021

Ideal location & gracious host!

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect location for our mini-beach vacation. cwmacphail was very welcoming and offered many amenities to make our stay more comfortable. It was great chatting and swapping van build stories, plus we got some great tips to try out with our DIY van build as it is still a work in progress! Fresh lemons from cwmacphail‘s lemon tree wrapped up a wonderful stay!


May 2021

Very Welcoming

Communication was wonderful . Everything was ready for us!


May 2021

A great place to stay!

We had a great restful time here and have the utmost appreciation for our host! You won’t regret coming here :)


April 2021

Convenient in route stop with great host.

Stayed with Chris for one very peaceful night. Located in a quiet, upscale neighborhood. Chris had everything prepared for our visit. Electrical connection and handmade leveling blocks so we didn't have to fuss around upon arrival. Walked my dog in the neighborhood and encountered several very friendly neighbors. I was delighted in the morning that the fog had rolled in from the ocean overnight. Thanks, Chris again for your hospitality and the lemons from your tree!


April 2021

Stress free stay

Perfect base for exploration. Check local beaches. Nice neighborhood. Driveway less sloped than expected, no need to level. Electric hook up great.

Host has it setup to make guests really welcome. Very organized.


April 2021

The host was fabulous!

Last minute request was accepted. So very grateful! Offered electric, which I didn't need and allowed me to pick lemons off their tree. Beautiful neighborhood and area.

Thanks again.


April 2021

Great stay.

Very friendly and accommodating host. This stay allowed me to explore the area and further enjoy my journey, thank you so much.



April 2021

Thanks Cwmacphail!

Had a really easy and convenient stopover here, cwmacphail was extremely accommodating and had everything anyone could need to be set on their way :)


April 2021

Two great nights

The host was helpful, friendly, and easy going. Site was in a lovely neighborhood on a quiet street. A short walk or drive to the beach, restaurant, shops, etc. Hope to visit again!


March 2021

Convenient and safe spot with kind host

The spot is described correctly. The host is gracious and the location convenient.


March 2021

Excellent host

The gentleman is very welcoming and sincere in his interest to be a good host


March 2021

Lovely stay in Solana Beach

Wonderful stay in Solana Beach! Our host gave us plenty of access to anything we would need and was so very kind! All directions and information were very clear. We recommend his place to everyone looking for a quiet,comfortable place to stay!


March 2021


This was really nice. Super professional service from Christopher. He helped us get parked and up on the leveling blocks he provided. Spot was safe and quiet, minutes from the grocery. Couldn't ask for anything more.


March 2021


Friendly people, provided us with water and electricity. Very close to the beach and grocery store.


February 2021


cwmacphail Greeted me when I arrived, which now when I think about it was probably around kick off time for the Super Bowl! He had everything right there if I want to plug-in and if I wanted to be level! Very friendly host and was the perfect stop off in between my travels!! Thank you for being a host!!


February 2021

Friendly, kind, easy to communicate with!

This is my favorite Boondocker location! The host is friendly, kind, and easy to communicate with. The neighborhood is fairly quiet and the spot if perfect for my 18' rig. I love using the leveling blocks the host offers, and the electricity for a bit of heat. Thank you so much!



January 2021

Beautiful neighborhood and very accommodating

Chris was a great host — super accommodating with WiFi and electric if we needed it. Very safe neighborhood and great place for a dog walk. Highly recommend!


January 2021

Incredible host- incredible location

I really appreciate everything this host offered:
- a great spot
- easy communication
- electricity.

I would certainly stay again. His van was very cool too.


December 2020

Hard to imagine a better BW place to stay!

What a great, quiet, safe, and friendly place to spend the night! Your location is amazing -- convenient to I-5 (yet not a bit of traffic noise heard) and only minutes away from the beaches and sights along Highway 101. Your leveling blocks worked perfectly for our campervan, and we were so grateful for the power plug-in. Great to get to know you, if even only briefly -- thanks again for all!


November 2020

Great spot in a great location!

This is a small, quiet spot in the host’s driveway. Electricity is available. Communication with Host is easy and prompt. The beautiful Solana Beach is super close with swimming, surfing, beach shower, bathrooms, lifeguard, and a great beach. I use the host’s leveling blocks to level my rig. Thank you for your generosity!


November 2020

Quiet, secure spot, super nice host!

This easy to find spot is in a nice neighborhood close to Solano Beach. The host has leveling blocks so I could get pretty level in the driveway. Host is very accommodating and easy to communicate with via text. He even asked me in for dinner and let me borrow an electric heater! Thank you so much!


November 2020

Great host and stay

Very nice neighborhood, excellent host and very helpful.


October 2020

Very pleasant

My host (cwmacphall) was so hospitable and a Blessing to me. He greeted and welcomed me with a smile when I pulled onto his driveway. My 2 night stay was pleasant. This was my second boondockers experience. He was so kind and caring, accommodated me in any way possible. Thank you and may Jesus bless you.. Dale+FloOak3


September 2020

Nice neighborhood nice host

Chris was great! Let me stay a few nights until I could check into my campground. Beautiful quiet neighborhood friendly neighbors.too.


September 2020

Great spot, nice host, quiet neighborhood

Spot is as described, host is welcoming and very helpful, quick communication.


September 2020

Great host

Chris is a very welcoming host and the neighborhood is safe and Beautiful. I’m waiting for my reservation to start at south Carlsbad State Beach on Sunday. I had to come down early because of the fires shutting down the National Forest. Chris has offer me a few more nights until I can check in with the state park service. Thank you Chris for taking Hilo and myself in. :)


August 2020

Very pleasant experience

The host was awesome, certainly this host was the very model of what Boondockers is meant to be.

Well Done to host and those at Boondockers !!


July 2020

Generous host, nice spot

Generous host, nice spot Post graded be on my arrival and offered help. Spot is as described in a quiet neighborhood Central to Solana Beach. Great communications and friendly host.


July 2020

Good spot!

Spot is as described. Communication (Texts) was easy and prompt. Thank you!


May 2020

Peaceful and quite spot for one night

We loved this space. Thank you Chris for allowing us to stay in your driveway. We really enjoyed chatting with you yesterday. Hope you enjoyed the sticker!


March 2020

Beautiful hood

The housing community is beautiful. At least springtime the flowers were blooming everywhere. Very safe, quiet area. Our host was very welcoming, making sure we had everything we needed. We had a great conversation on our arrival. Solana Beach, what more can you say Southern California. We would love to come back again.


December 2019

Great stay!

I didn't get to meet the host since I arrived late and had to leave early for a race. It's apparent that cwmacphail is a great host nonetheless. His instructions are clear and well-thought-out. Extension cord and hose are provided as stated. I'd love to go back and meet him in person next time! Thank you!


November 2019

Solana Beach Birthday

Our daughter in law to be turned 21 and we wanted to remain safe on a rainy night before Thanksgiving, driving down from Orange County. This was such a gift! Our host was so kind as to have beautiful leveling wood ready for us when we pulled in. Cool guy. Great van. Great neighborhood. Gratitude!


November 2019

Awesome stay x 2!

Wow! What a wonderful stay at Chris's place. Such a nice neighborhood, close by to everything including the ocean, restaurants, shopping, etc. But the best part of the stay was Chris himself — truly a joy to get to know. We had a great time exchanging camping experiences and chatting about our rigs, etc. Thanks Chris for hosting me and adding to my great travel experiences!


July 2019

Our stay

Very welcoming.


April 2019

Cool and quiet stay

Very quiet place to stay. Helpful host; precise instructions given. Short drive to San Diego. Perfect place either for the beach or to visit the city!


April 2019

Nice Guy.....

Christopher is a really nice guy.....and is very welcoming.....I enjoyed my stay ......Thanks again Christopher......Yours Oak


April 2019

Excellent host!

This was our first BW experience and this host set the bar pretty high! All details were thought out and planned for, from leveling blocks and water supply to fresh lemons. We are thankful for the quiet rest this location provided each night while we explored nearby San Diego. We drove in each day around 9:00 and left the city after 6:00 so traffic wasn’t bad at all. Thanks again for the great stay!


March 2019

Great location, nice host

I had a great and easy stay at the host’s convenient location as I am driving up the coast. The place is right near I-5 and a few blocks from the beach. The host responded quickly to my request and helped me get set up when I arrived. Host was very nice and I appreciate his flexibility to have me stay as he had other guests visiting. Neighborhood was quiet and felt very safe.


March 2019

Nice stay

We had a nice quiet stay hare. The host is very accommodating. Thumbs up!


February 2019

Very welcoming

Chris is a hospitable host, he takes the time to answer and he gave us a lot of details before our arrival. He lives in a beautiful neighborhood and his courtyard is breathtaking. It is also very well located. Thank you for everything !

Melissa D.

January 2019

Great Host!

Chris is a really nice and generous guy. He offered water, electricity and even citrus from his tree! We really enjoyed our stay at his house. It's a very beautiful and quiet neighborhood, perfect to take big walks.
We hope to meet again!


November 2018

Great Spot, wonderful host

Chris was a really great host. Always very quick replies to any emails and excellent instructions for finding his place and having an easy stay. We had a really good evening sharing nibbles, wine and stories. Would love to stay again if we're back in the area.


November 2018

Pristine night-in all ways

Chris was a most gracious host, giving detailed instructions on parking, electric, wifi, trash, etc. This so helps alleviate stress upon arrival and during the stay.
Enjoyed seeing the last of a beautiful sunset from his back patio area, then chatting over wine and snacks. Perhaps we “chatted” too much but so much in common. Chris is also a very good listener.
Slept like a log—very quiet.
Hope to see Chris along our trails of adventures!


November 2018

Excellent boondocking Host close to San Diego

Christopher has proved an excellent boondocking Host. We’ve had little time to chat but he gave us advice to visit San Diego. Hope to return the favour one day. Thanks again.


October 2018

Awesome stay!!!

Our stay with Chris was our first boondocking experience. We imediately regret we didnt do it more often. Chris was most friendly and welcome. We enjoyed the good company!


September 2018

Nice Stay

We had a nice, quiet stay in this host’s driveway. We met him when we arrived and he gave us clear, helpful directions. We were away all day and only there at night, and things worked out great for us.


September 2018

Quiet neiborhood

We really like the spot and our host was very kind and generous.


September 2018

Fantastic Host

Thank you Chris for being such a fantastic host with a warm welcome! We also appreciate all the RVing tips you shared with us newbies! :-)


April 2018

Sweet host

We pulled the vanabus into the drivewa early in the afternoon and got ourselves settled in easily. It was nice chatting with him when we arrived and he left us to our own devices.

Great guy with a sweet nature. Super easy and fun stay!


April 2018


Thanks again Chris for a simple and convenient place to stay in Solana Beach!


April 2018

A-1 Location!

Able to successfully coordinate for a same day visit with Chris. This area of Solana Beach is close to shopping, coffee and the 5 freeway, all in a quiet, private neighborhood. Thanks very much for being a great host Chris!


March 2018

Awesome Stay - Awesome Host!

Chris was the perfect host for our 2 night stay in Solana Beach.

Our Roadtrek van fit easily in his driveway of the quiet, upscale neighborhood and the slight slope wasn't an issue.

Chris also is quite personable and my wife enjoyed our meeting and our "getting to know each other" conversation.

Looking forward to the next time our paths will cross again. I/we recommend Chris highly!

"5 Stars"