Solar Steve and Liz

Age: 65+

Member since July 2012

Retired solar electric business, Quaker Humanist, peace advocate, vegetarian.

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My wife and I built our solar-electric home in 1978 on a 50 acre forested hilltop. We ran a solar electric catalog international business for off-grid homes for 26 years. Now retired, sold the business and upgraded the RV. Love dogs, and all animals so land here is nature preserve with hiking trails.We enjoy motorcycling and have also several all-electric motorcycle/scooter/bikes which charge from solar power. On our RV is 625 watts of solar electric panels for boondocking and for charging a freeway capable "Zero" brand electric motorcycle we carry.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Electrical work, especially solar electric battery charging systems for off-grid homes or an RV.

Solar Steve and Liz's Pets

Friendly Dog travels with us and loves to meet boondockers at home.
We try to protect all animals that are on the property.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Anza-Borrego State Park and Borrego Springs town within the desert park, between Salton Sea and san Diego mountgains in California . This provides us a second summer each year. Its not crowded, and the huge Anza-Borrego state park surrounding the town has free entry and boondocking in the desert. Just a few restaurants, all great, a few RV parks with hot tubs, plus state park camps, farmers market, music, hardware store etc. No chain stores, its a really small town.
Also a good free overnight stop but little known in the northwest is Roosevelt Park, on Hwy 14, south edge of Washington State on the north shore of Columbia River gorge. Look for Roosevelt sign (no town there) about 50-60 miles west of the start of Highway 14 and Hwy 82 junction. This Hwy 14 runs the north side of the Columbia gorge from Highway 82 junction in the east to Vancouver-Portland in the west. There is less traffic than the south gorge freeway, and a Maryhill museum and Stonehenge replica along the route.

Solar Steve and Liz's Hometown

Sandpoint Idaho, 60 miles south of Canada, 70 miles N.E. of Spokane, Washington. No place better in summertime. Huge lake and ski area too, mountains and woods, good food and climate, well.... during the summer. Winter is very long, little sunshine, deep snow.

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Solar Steve and Liz's Guest Details

Solar Steve and Liz's Rig

Rig Type: Class C

28 feet long

Coasch House 24 foot with added 4-wheel drive, and 625 watts solar module platform above the vents and AC. We customized a lot for comforts and better use of limited water if boondocking, 1 gpm shower etc. TOW VEHICLE is a ZERO brand Electric motorcycles carried on a 1-wheel trailer that turns with the main chassis, no jacknife when backing to turn-around. Motorcycle can charge entirely from solar power if boondocking, or plug in at campsites. It is really ideal.

Solar Steve and Liz's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Travels with pets
  • Has slideouts

Solar Steve and Liz Has 1 Host Location

Solar Steve and Liz's Host Location: "Cold Mountain"

Sandpoint, ID, US
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Solar Steve and Liz's References (10)

References from Guests (10)

JohnsonFam5

August 2018

Nice people and great location

Very nice hosts and a great, level place to park with a beautiful view. We enjoyed our stay! :)


4jacksup

July 2018

Heaven

Solar Steve's place is a little bit of heaven on earth. They are awesome hosts. Would like to stay there again. Thanks again for letting us stay at your place.


coxfamm

September 2017

Off the beaten path...

Wonderful people; lovely site; very hospitable.


gonetroppo

August 2017

Welcoming and Accommodating

Steve and Liz were perfect hosts. The setting in the hills behind Sandpoint was both peaceful and idyllic, with the backdrop of the Mountains of Montana in the East. This was our first Boondocking experience, and as Australians we welcomed the visit to their 50 acre paradise


JamaJoan

July 2016

What a treat!

Steve and Liz were amazing hosts! The visit was such a treat with wonderful conversations. Their home and self sufficiency is an inspiration. The trails throughout their property are works of art and the lavender in Liz's flower patch is beautiful. Walking Sunday morning with Liz, Steve and dog Hope was memorable.


GoodEnough

July 2016

It was meant to be

Stvwilley provided a serene setting on their hillside property. Their knowledge of all things solar is remarkable and so appreciated. We loved the tech tour of their home and camper!
Tim and Kathy


K80jones

November 2015

Mountain top in Idaho

Stvwilley have an amazing home in a beautiful location. The views are inspiring from their mountain top location. Scout and I were welcomed into their home and given a tour of their solar set up. I hope I can remember what they shared with me to get my trailer going with solar! I did get a portable panel to play around with!
I really enjoyed the travel tips and stories as well as hiking around their forest. Unfortunately it was wildfire season and I moved along after only one night.


K80jones

August 2015

Amazing self sufficient home in the mountains of Idaho

I visited with Steve and Liz while passing through northern Idaho. The house is up a narrow dirt/ gravel road that I was able to slowly make it up to with my Ram 1500 pulling a 1979 17ft prowler TT. It was my first drive "off road" and well worth the views at the top of the property! I enjoyed interesting conversations, hikes in the woods, a tour of their one of a kind home, and a chance to meet the dogs.
This couple gave me a ton of information of solar! The stop is well worth the visit!


traveler70

June 2015

beautiful area

beautiful place on 40 acres, quiet and secluded...helpful information on solar and composting toilets, very nice couple as hosts


traveler70

May 2015

beautiful spot

this is a must stay location....Steve and Liz are a wealth of information and shared solar and RV info..
Pat