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Age: 55-65

Member since March 2018

Easy going farm boy


Active Guest

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I guess I'm what you would call "your average Joe". Grew up on a small farm in Southern Indiana, and then moved to east-central Illinois about 34 years ago when I went to work at a local refinery. I love the out doors and spend much of my free time (and there is never enough) piddling around our 30 acre "farm", doing some motorcycle or ATV riding, or maybe in the woods hunting. My wife is a nurse, and my best friend. We have a 5th wheel toy-hauler that we love to drag all over the country when we have the time.

Skills & Expertise to Share

I’m an auto/diesel mechanic by trade, but haven’t made a living in that profession for many years. I’m still pretty handy with a wrench, and a decent electrician and plumber when duty calls.

markew56's Pets

Just a couple of barn cats.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Up to this point, the only boondocking we've done has been at a few Wal-marts, truck stops, and rest areas.

markew56's Hometown

Flat Rock, Illinois

markew56's Guest Details

markew56's Rig

Rig Type: Fifth Wheel

36 feet long

36' Jayco toyhauler 5th wheel towed by a Ram crew cab dually pickup.

markew56's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle

markew56 Has 1 Host Location

Our Retreat at Flat Rock

Flat Rock, IL, US
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markew56's References (8)

References from Hosts (1)


July 2018

Feeling sad

Mark kindly did not use our site when he realized he could not back their LARGE truck and LARGE 5th wheel into our site without driving on our neighbor's yard. I feel so bad about it as it was close to 8:30 and I have to wonder where they spent the night. We just had a 60' combination of a 40 ft. Class A RV and large trailer, with vehicle in it, spend several days. I am going to add to my "details" that certain large vehicles may have a problem.

References from Guests (6)


June 2020

Great stay!

The Retreat at Flat Rock was peaceful and restful. Great communicated well before we arrived, was able to greet us as we pulled in, helped to direct us where to park. Had water and electric. We had such a great time talking with markew56, he's a super friendly guy. A++ recommendation!


April 2020

Quiet, safe, and fun

This stop was great for us. The host is really friendly. We really appreciated the hospitality. Our toddler loved playing outside and our dog had fun going for a walk!


September 2019

great stay

Our host was a great communicator. And a very knowledgable person. We would stay here again.


May 2019


Beautiful spot. Elec and water hookup. Lotsa bunnies,birds and quiet. Never got to meet host but they were great with communication. Would recommend


May 2019

Tom & Jerry

Don't go here unless you like peace and quiet , 🌟 stars 🌟 open fields and serenity . Nice place with 50 amps electric and water. The hosts are good people friendly and helpful. The only problem here was we didn't have time to stay long enough. Hope to return thanks again.


September 2018

A little off the beaten track, but well worth the small amount of effort needed.

This a great place to spend a relaxing night. markew56 was away working when we stayed, but his wife was so very helpful. We did not have the opportunity to visit and share experiences this visit, but will try to correct that if we are in that area again. We would stay here again and would recommend the location to anyone.

Personal References (1)


May 2018

Oops my mistake

Mark was right on top of replying unfortunately i messed up my travel plans and was unable to stay - i texted i hope you got it...hope there was no inconvenience - thanks again