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 17+ years ago.

I've taken 4 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

New to Boondockers Welcome, 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 (7)

References from Guests (7)


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"