CharlieJ

Age: 65+

Member since September 2018

Retired Marine, Retired AT&T,

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Active person, walks 3 to 4 miles most every morning. Have 5th wheel and have traveled all 48 lower states, Alaska and all of Canada with the exception of two most center Northern Canadian territories.. When I worked for AT&T after retiring from the Marines,, I had the Southwestern states and Hawaii as my territory. I worked for AT&T almost 21 years before retiring from them.. During my 21 years in the Marines, I was an embassy guard for 2 years in Vienna, Austria where I met and married my wife. I leave Florida in the summer and travel north to various northern states and or Canada.

Skills & Expertise to Share

When in the Marines, after my tour as an embassy guard, I worked 6 years as an aircraft radio technician then retrained as a Ground Controlled Approach Radar Technician. While with AT&T my first 5 years was as a microwave radio technician then as a supervisor for telephone electrical power, both AC and DC. I spent almost 21 years before retiring from AT&T. Presently, I do some woodwork in my shop which I built and enjoy. I help neighbors with whatever they need help with. I have a tractor and help neighbors using it when needed. I learned some welding though I would not call myself a welder.

CharlieJ's Pets

No but I love dogs. My RV sites are fenced so dogs can have plenty of room to run and play. I also love my squirrels so would appreciate any one with dogs not allow them to chase the squirrels.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

I have only stayed at 3 BDW sites since joining on a three week vacation to Canada one in SC and 2 in Ontario. I don’t think I have a favorite place yet. Previously I have been staying in state parks, military RV parks, Passport America parks and other private parks in my 18 years as an RVer.traveler.

CharlieJ's Hometown

I was raised in Jacksonville Beach, FL but my home town now is Bell, FL. I joined the Marines right after high school graduation retiring from the Marines in California after 21 years service. I found my job with AT&T soon after retiring from the Marine Corps so I remained there in CA for 26 years until 2000 when I retired from AT&T. I returned to Florida where I had previously purchased my home just outside of Bell in what is known as the Rock Bluff community, 3 miles west of Bell on the Suwannee River.

CharlieJ's Guest Details

CharlieJ's Rig

Rig Type: Fifth Wheel

27 feet long

2019 Winnebago Mini Winnie with 50 AM electrical cable but use a 50 to 30 amp adapter most of the time. 50 amp cable is heavy and gets very stiff in cold weather. My tow vehicle is a 2015 Dodge diesel Maxi Cab, white. I have a slide back hitch.

CharlieJ's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Has slideouts

CharlieJ Has 1 Host Location

Charlie's Suwannee River Home

Bell, FL, US
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CharlieJ's References (38)

References from Hosts (2)

DougBrewer

July 2019

Looking forward to their next visit!

Charlie was a great host back in the winter when we boondocked at his place. He is also an AWESOME guest. Very easy to have visit. So experienced and knowledgeable. We had a really nice visit and conversations with Charlie and Sandra. We were so happy that they went a out of their way to visit us. We look forward to another, longer visit in the future!
Because of BDW we have two new friends!


HC

July 2019

A Brother Veteran

Nice people. Just like having an old friend visit.


References from Guests (36)

Johnokeefe

December 2019

One night turned into two

Very friendly people who are very including in any activities they were doing. Would definitely stay again. The park just down the street makes for a nice morning walk too.


Adventurousfun777

November 2019

Best people I have EVER met so far!

Charlie and his lady friend treated me better than I’ve ever been treated in years. As soon as I got there they took me line dancing and out to eat. Then they invited me to their families thanksgiving dinner and made me feel so welcome it felt like I’ve known them for years. The site was gated, beautiful,wooded,quiet and secluded and he had a shower and restroom built I got to use next to my site. It was absolutely PURE HEAVEN! I’m sure I will never meet anyone more friendly or caring on this journey than Charlie and his lady friend. I am so grateful I met them. I will never forget them❤️


Jroerdink

November 2019

Super quiet!! With the occasional (bullet) acorn on the roof😄

Beautiful river location nice quiet overnight wonderful person to stay at!


WarrenB

November 2019

Wonderful stay

My family and I really enjoyed our stay with Charlie for two nights on our first Boondockers Welcome experience. Charlie responded to my request quickly and provided thorough detail to help with our arrival. He welcomed us on our arrival and was always reachable to answer any questions we had. My only wish is that I had more time to chat with him. Thank you, Charlie.


Taosurfers

November 2019

Nice Stay

We enjoyed meeting Charlie. He gave great suggestions for our trip back west. Our dog really loved being able to run around his completely fenced in yard. The spring within walking distance and Charlie’s river dock were nice treats.


About-The-Journey

October 2019

Nice level spot. Quiet river neighborhood.

Nice quiet spot with full hookups if needed. Friendly host. Suwannee River and a cool water spring close by. A country store is near as well. As with most places it is best to arrive in daylight to easily find the gate entrance and navigate the trees. But it was ample space for our 33 foot motorhome, but we did unhook unhook our toad on the dirt neighborhood Road just before entering the gate. But that was no problem. Great night’s sleep with the AC on. Thanks Charlie!


Spartacus

September 2019

Treated us like family

Charlies place was my very first boondocking experience and he treated me and my dog like family. He gave me confidence and a bunch of tips about traveling on the road unbelievable generous and nice host. Me and my dog had plenty to do throughout the day surrounded by Florida's springs and Suwannee river it was an experience I'll keep with me for life.


LighthouseSeekers

August 2019

Great first Boondocking experience!

We had to change our plans last minute due to weather. CharlieJ is wonderful. He gave us great directions and meet us as we arrived. He has a large gated area which allowed our dog Rizzo to run off leash. She had the best time!! We enjoyed sitting on the deck (behind his home across the road from the camping site) and enjoying the peaceful sites and sounds of the river. CharlieJ came to check on us in the morning and we enjoyed talking with him and getting to know him. We would definitely stay here again and would recommend this spot to anyone traveling through the area. Couldn't have asked for a better first experience!


TerriW

July 2019

A picture of hospitality

CharlieJ was accommodating of our change of arrival time and stopped by to make sure we had everything we needed. An excellent host, and a veteran too! Thanks CharlieJ!


markrp

June 2019

Over the top!

Great host surpassed only by the beauty of the Suwannee River. Excellent communication prior to arrival. Very nice RV sites. Barely a minute to walk across to his deck/dock.
Charlie did and offered way more than expected. He’s a proud, yet humble, US Marine who truly cares that you enjoy your stay. Most highly recommended.


JimmyandTreena

April 2019

Hidden Gem

We had a great visit! The site is very level and well shaded Our dogs loved the fenced in area to run around in. CharlieJ allowed us to access his floating dock so we could hang out by the river. We were also invited to play the board game Sequence with him. This is a must do spot to relax and take in the great river view!


WhereRVToday

March 2019

Little Oasis

Our host was ever so gracious! His place was just as described and just what we needed after a week of waiting for an RV part and unable to find available campground space during this spring break week. He met us with a bag of the freshest grapefruit this side of the Suwannee River! So delicious! Thank you so much for offering your space!!


Fishfoodbooks

March 2019

Sweet Man with a Sweet Campsite

One of the best Boondockers experiences we have had thus far! Our host met us at the gate, guided us in, provided printed info about the area, showed us around the site to make sure we had everything we needed to hook up, and even gifted us with fresh grapefruits from his tree. He was very kind--even gave our Yorkie a dog biscuit! Our stay was shorter than planned, as I have to have internet and phone service for my work, and AT&T is useless at this juncture. We were sad to leave, and will certainly plan to come back when AT&T gets better or when we change our provider.

Thanks, Charlie, for a great night's stay! We enjoyed the time we had with you.


LaurieA

March 2019

Great Guy on the Suwannee

We thoroughly enjoyed Charlie and our stay at his place. Game nights, dinner and breakfast in town made our stay even more special. We hope to see our new friend again next time we are up his way.


FloratheExplorer

March 2019

Our First Boondocking

Can’t think of a kinder, more generous host to introduce us to Boondocking. We were greeted at the gate on arrival, and checked upon periodically. This host really cares! The pretty woodlot property is flat and well maintained. Learned about the area, shared RV stories and had a memorable time by the fire. Two thumbs up! We hope to be back.


Trekkers

March 2019

Cheerful Charlie!

This is a very pretty spot on the river! And our host was so welcoming- we all went out for dinner then off to his friend’s place for live music around a campfire. Such an unexpected treat. Thanks Charlie🚐 we had so much fun.


Blackdogbiz

March 2019

We could not have had a better host then Charlie!

We had a great time at Charlies place. His location is beautiful. Wooded and quiet. We had some tire troubles and he bent over backwards to help us with that, which was much appreciated. He invited us to go out dinner with his friends, family and some other boondockers. We had a fun evening listening to some great live music and meeting new people. He can accommodate more then one rig and we got to know another boondocking couple from Canada who was staying next to us. I am sorry that we beat Charlie in the Sequence game but that's the way it went. He was a bit handicapped by his new Canadian partner who was new to the game. :) I would highly recommend Charlie's boondocking spot.


DougBrewer

March 2019

Awesome stop! Amazing Host!

Wow, peace and quiet on a beautifully treed property. Hosted by one of the kindest and generous person we’ve met.
The campsite is across the (quiet)road from Charlie’s house which overlooks the Suwannee River. So nice! Flowering shrubs and fruit trees in the yard. The freshest sweetest grapefruit I’ve ever tasted.
Charlie made us feel so comfortable. He taught us how to play a game called ‘sequence’ ...fun, lots of laughs! Dinner out at one of Charlie’s favourite spots was delicious! And we had some great conversations with Charlie and other Boondockers.
Being the nice guy he is, Charlie followed us to the GM dealership when we were having truck issues. Not only did he make sure we got there okay but he took us on a tour of the area while we waited for the truck.
We really feel like we’ve made a new friend. And hope that one day, Charlie will travel north and boon-dock at our place. We definitely would love to return to Charlie’s Suwannee River! Thank you, Charlie!


ForeverYoung

March 2019

Awesome Spot

What a great host and location. The river was amazing and the host makes you feel right at home. Hoping to visit again in the fall.


Dan et Andre

March 2019

Amazing host and place

Host is very friendly, generous and accommodating. He was very kind to us. He has a good sense of humor. He brought happiness in our life. His place is private, has big trees, near Suwanne River and is across from his house.


acoughenourjr

March 2019

Life is good at Charlie's

Charlie was a perfect host. He was helpful, friendly, informative and very accommodating. We felt like we were at a campground with full hook up but a lot better. Went to dinner with Charlie, his friends and he introduced us to other boondockers. Spent an enjoyable evening swapping stories and boondocker experiences.


Susana918

February 2019

Awesome Stay

We stayed 2 nights in a full hookup fenced in area. Our host was gracious. We had the best grapefruit from his tree, met and had dinner with his friends, enjoyed seeing the Suwanee River and learning the local history. This was our first boondocking experience through Boondockers Welcome and we would definitely return if our travels take us back that way!


kvdreamerBW

February 2019

Luxury Camping @ Charlie’s

We had a fantastic 3 night stay @ Charlie’s place and were connected to 30 amp power and water. Our rig has tiny tanks and we so appreciated the drain between our site and the bigger rig site next to us. For us the utilities were on the opposite side than our connections but we had no trouble connecting. Charlie is a super host... friendly and informative about the area. He gave us a print out with reviews of local restaurants, etc. He also told me about places to fish. This is a peaceful oasis in North Florida... highly recommended.


Sforve

February 2019

Full RV site

Great set up, water sewer 30 and 50 amp. Charlie has gone out of his way to make it comfortable for us! Thanks so much Charlie.


Pine Croft

February 2019

Quiet and friendly

Hosts were more than accommodating. They offer a large fully serviced campsite which we did not take advantage of as we prefer to dry camp or boondock. Invited in to play a competitive game of. Sequence which we very much enjoyed.
We would stay again.


reddyk

February 2019

Quiet fenced in acre+ with hook ups

The site is on a lot probably at least an acre across from Charlie's house. It is where he keeps his RV and some equipment and is totally fenced in which our dog loved. A five minute walk to a county park at the Suwannee River and a most of everything general store. We rode our bikes into Bell, about 45 minutes, for some great BBQ. Charlie invited us to his lighted patio and dock area to just relax.


Bea

February 2019

Short but sweet

Charlie took us in when another host had to decline due to high water. We had a great one night stay, and really enjoyed visiting with our host. Another time, we’d stay longer and enjoy exploring the area.


SecondWind

February 2019

Happy camp

Felt like family. Went out to eat with them at a great place and had an interesting visit on his deck by the river. Boondockers Welcome has so many great hosts!!


NomadicFamilyLife

February 2019

Nice quiet place

Our stay with this host was great! We had plenty of space in the lot across from his home. He has room for 2 rigs, but we had it all to ourselves. We had 30amp, water, and dump! Land was pretty level. We had access to a bathroom in his shop. He let our kids pick a few grapefruits from his tree. We've never had it that "fresh" before! The river was flooded during our visit, so no fishing. Our Verizon signal was good. There is a small "general" store within walking distance. Our host did give a list of nearby towns and restaurants.We had work to do, so we didn't venture out from our site. The property has tall trees to provide plenty of shade. Aside from the occasional barking dog, it was very quiet.


Mister50

February 2019

A great spot

CharlieJ is a very gracious host. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him and his wonderful friends. Thanks Charlie for a great visit - hope we can do it again sometime


rtheodor

February 2019

Great spot

The place felt like a mini park campground. Very interesting area walked to the Suwanne River with its tannic acid brown water. Got a lesson in RV power supply. Will be back.


Bokrodriques

January 2019

Amazing host for a first time boondocker

He was a wonderful host, we showed up much later than our GPS told us we would, but when we arrived he was there waiting to open the gate to his beautiful fenced in location with hookups. Having ATT I had little cell service in the area, but that wasn't a bother. In the morning we took pictures picking the absolute best grapefruits I've ever had, and we picked a few for the road. We liked the area so much we stayed an extra day.


TheRobertsons4

January 2019

Great Host!

We spent 2 quiet nights at Charlie’s and appreciated both how safe we felt and how kind he was to us. He even printed out a page of useful local information. We look forward to staying with him again in the future.


Michelle2728

January 2019

Superb boondocking experience!!

Charles is a warm and inviting host. We went to dinner & played "sequence" that night. We are staying a second night for a fish fry (my first)! We would HIGHLY recommend this location.


bughester

January 2019

As good as it gets.

The site is in a beautiful spot with all the bells and whistles desired by RVers. Charlie is a very accommodating host and is a very interesting person. Would have liked to heard more of his life stories. He is Great American Veteran!


SwedishBlonde

December 2018

Great location

Very friendly host. Location very private, on the other side of the road from the house. Short walk to the river, 5 mins. Would be great for kayaking but right now the river is very high with flood watches in other parts of the river. This location does not flood as it is higher up, but the river is to swift tor kayak.