I am retired from many years of worldwide travel. Some as a suport technician and some as an instructor. I have been camping all my life, starting in tents progressing to tent campers, 5th wheels, motorhome and now have a Northern Lite truck camper. My wife and I now live a quiet life on a lake. Most of our travels now are to visit our children or vacation with them.
I have lots of handyman skills. I do most of the work on my own campers including both mechanical and electrical.
We currently do not have any pets. We lost our last dog and cat several years ago.
We now live on the lake in Newport, Me
2019 GMC 3500 with 2016 Northern Lite 8 10 SE
Excellent guest. Very nice couple that were self sufficient in their beautiful truck camper. Ralph+Donna are always welcome back. My only regret is that I didn't have more time to spend with them. Happy Trails!!
Ralph+Donna are good people and are invited back anytime! We didn't get to spend a lot of time with them, just occasional chit chat. Very friendly and outgoing, we did discuss the possibility of stopping in at their host location in Maine when we migrate south for winter. We normally leave Saint John on Dec 1, and bad weather is inevitable that time of year, so it's good to know we have a place to park if the weather gets bad.
We had a wonderful stay at this quiet site. Would love to stay again and they are welcome at our MI site any time.
We had a great stay at “Coffee by the Lake”. We had lots of space in the well-kept yard. The host couple were extremely friendly, showed us all around their property and let our pup swim in the lake from their yard. They were very helpful with tips on places to see and provided lots of information and brochures for us. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting with them.
Our stay here couldn’t have been better. From the start our hosts communicated quickly with us, and when we arrived they were waiting to direct us in, and greeted us warmly. Their site is lovely - surrounded by trees and with a short walk to a beautiful lake. Where we parked was level and very easy to get into. We enjoyed talking with both of our hosts - they are warm, with good suggestions about places in the area to visit, dump, get propane, etc. We were having trouble with our furnace, and our host, who is highly skilled and knowledgeable, fixed it for us, saving us a trip to an RV service center. In addition, he gave us a much-needed instructions on how to winterize our trailer by ourselves. We highly recommend this site!
This was our first "Boondockers" stay, actually our first RV camp-out. We arrived to a beautiful location and was greeted by Ralph and Donna. We quickly realized that we had much to learn about Truck Camping (we have moved up from Motorcycle tenting); and Ralph and Donna were very willing to share their knowledge to help us enjoy this next adventure. Walking around their lake front property was so enjoyable; the views are stunning.
The next morning we soon realized that we had an issue with the camper battery charging system. Ralph was so knowledgeable, and offered assistance immediately. Within a hour or so, we were 'charged' and ready to go.
To say our first Boondockers stay was a success is putting it very mildly. We can't thank Ralph and Donna enough for sharing their lovely 'yard' with us. We strongly suggest that you add "Coffee at the Lake" to your "bucket list".
Moving on up from.... Tents
This place is gorgeous! Super friendly hosts! Would love to stay again!
The grounds were beautiful, and the hosts were welcoming, friendly, and gracious!! My parking spot was level and I had a great night’s sleep! I did, in fact, have my coffee by the lake. 😊 If you have the chance, I’d recommend trying to fit an overnight stay here into your itinerary. Wonderful spot; Wonderful people!
Excellent communication throughout! I arrived after dark but the instructions were spot on! My host greeted me upon arrival and gave me a quick tour of the property. The site was level and access to power was close. In the morning I actually woke and had coffee on the lake with my kids. Very peaceful night and a wonderfully serene morning just taking in the quiet surroundings of the lakefront. Gracious hosts let me add a splash of water to my rig before heading out. If I pass this way again I will most definitely stay here.
Really nice people. They graciously accepted us on short notice. After arriving we had some rv issues and they went above and beyond in determining the issue and assisting to resolve it. We appreciate them sharing their beautiful place right on the lake. We feel fortunate to have met them.
The direction given by the host was spot on. Beautiful place overlooking a lake. Beautiful sunset in the evening in a quiet neighborhood.
It was more than we could've hoped for.
The hosts couldn't have been nicer and more welcoming. Their kindness and helpfulness are extraordinary. We not only enjoyed their property but we thoroughly enjoyed their company. Thank you for everything!!!
Hosts were wonderful. The nicest place I’ve stayed at so far.
We absolutely enjoyed how beautiful our boon docking spot was. Our hosts were so kind, and we had a nice conversation with them as well. Would definitely go back!
Our host met us as we pulled in and guided us to the most level spot. It was level. The offered 15 amp or 30 amp but my cable was a little short so he brought out his extension so we had 30 amp for the stY. The day was July 4th and that evening they invited us to the lake front to watch fireworks. They were going off at 3 locations. Two very close to us. Perfect hosts and wonderful location. 1.5 miles from I 95. The last 1/4 mile to their house is very narrow but we took it slow in our 45 ft. Coach and made it OK.
Amazing hosts with an amazing little slice of heaven they graciously share with us! Accepted my last minute request on the 4th of July and I was treated to a lake front fireworks show and great conversation!
Coffee by the lake was a perfect overnight stay for us. They are both welcoming and sincere. We had a good bit in common which made the conversation flow easily. We were invited to stay another night, which was totally unplanned by us, yet a wonderful example of their sincere hospitality.
The host location has easy access, is level, quiet, no tree problems and perfect sleeping. The yard is good to let an obedient dog have some running space but nothing beats the screen house at the waters edge. then to add the cherry on top this host altered our narrow outdoor step by taking five minutes to add a couple boards giving the step more width and less of a falling hazard. See the again? I CERTAINLY DO HOPE SO.
Ralph and Donna were fabulous! We had instant confirmation on our request to stay. They provided clarification to google directions that were spot on. They met us as we pulled in and helped with a 30 amp extension cord! PERFECT. Super knowledgeable in the area, helped with navigating to Acadia NP along a route that was pleasant, did not jam up and was clear sailing! Great hosts! Recommend staying as you pass through Maine. Area to park was gravel, very level, no tree branches in the way and easy in easy out, driveway is gravel and hard packed. Cell signal strong on Verizon and ATT. Would strongly recommend staying here again. Great hosts! Thank you Ralph and Donna 5 stars out of 5 stars.
The hosts are the most down to earth and share their space with you. Beautiful property and great stay!!
Ralph+Donna were wonderful hosts. They helped get us set up and showed us around their gorgeous lake side property. Caught the most incredible sunset I’ve ever seen. Highly recommend staying if your in the area.
Even though this stop was a brief overnighter, it was restful and pleasant. The area is beautiful and the hosts instructions were thorough and helpful. The host was extremely kind and we enjoyed his company. Would highly recommend!
This was my second time staying at Ralph+Donna's place and I cannot say enough kind things about them. I now think of them as my Maine family and home away from home. Thank you so much R&D... you two are the best :-)
Ralph+Donna were wonderful hosts! They were very friendly and accommodating. Their property is beautiful!
Beautiful spot, generous hosts...what more could you ask for? Thank you R&D! I hope you get to head West again soon!
Ralph and Donna could not have been more gracious hosts! We really enjoyed meeting them and their dinner recommendation was great. They have a beautiful spot on a beautiful lake. We hope to have the chance to visit again!
In a few words....GREAT FOLKS AND GREAT SPOT.
They spent time to get us settled and hooked to power plus a tour of their lake front. Sure hope they will stay with is at Suits Us Farm soon. Thank you!
Ralph+Donna are so kind and caring. Their site is large and level and their property is stunning... right on a beautiful lake! They went out of their way to help me with a trailer repair as well. Cannot recommend them enough. Everything about this stay was lovely.
Sorry this is late. We thought we had left a reference already, but it must not have gone through.
We really want to thank our hosts for a very comfortable and relaxing stay at thier beautiful property.
We were greeted warmly and shown where to park and given help with hooking up to electric for the night, then invited to walk down to the lake and enjoy the sunset.
Made to feel very welcome, nice level quiet site, and even some tutelage on my generator that was very much needed.
Thank you for the great stay, and we hope to see you again.
This was the best boondocking site we have stayed at and better than most state parks. Level site with lots of privacy, walk a short distance to a clear lake complete with screened in room and chairs. Perfect hosts who made available kayaks. Hosts were very friendly, can't go wrong staying here
Ralph and Donna were terrific hosts and very friendly. They met us as we arrived and introduced us to their property. They have a beautiful place on the lake. We enjoyed talking to them about their traveling experiences and RV stuff. Gary has quite a few talents and one of his hidden talents came in handy when we were leaving. I'll leave it at that so he can share the story with future guests! : )
Great stay and highly recommended!
Beautiful lakefront property and most delightful, agreeable and helpful hosts. No more need be said.
Hosts were two of the nicest, most pleasant folks we have met. We got to compare truck campers and they were willing to share some tips about better ways to do things. Property was beautiful and set up was easy. Fun to talk to. Thanks for the cozies and the suggested running route! It was awesome!
Thank you so much for letting us stay over at your beautiful manicured property. We enjoyed meeting you when you invited us to your home in the evening. You are kind and welcoming and we recommend anyone who likes to stay with you. Your hospitality is amazing.
Really enjoyed our stay, very nice meeting the Hosts! Thank you so much!!
Warm and welcoming, made us feel at home. Great couple. Thanks again.
Super great hosts easy directions nice level spot. We were able to manage a 2 night stay. Ralph was kind enough to repair the wiring on our trailer brakes thethe famous camping world. left unhooked. after a 4000. .00. Repair to our axles. We are very thankful for his help. We had dinner with Ralph and Donna. thee night before we left on the porch. witch by the way. r in the a great view of the lake. We would definitely stop by. If only to just say hello. If we were. Ever in there are.
Thank you so much for hosting us for the evening! We enjoyed getting to know both of you and share stories of adventures on the road! We loves your peaceful place, good luck with the 25 year plan 🙂
Hosts were very accommodating. Helped diagnose some engine trouble and got us to a repair shop. Thanks again
This was only our second boondocking experience. Lovely couple and a lovely property. Nice flat spot!
Very congenial hosts, thank you!
Enjoyed watching sunset on the lake. Peaceful and beautiful location.
Great Hosts, beautiful spot, very quiet.... peaceful. If you are driving by their area, do not hesitate to contact them, you will not regret it. We arrived earlier than expected so we got to sit by the lakeside. My wife knitted and I read a good book. Thanks again To both of you.
It was a real pleasure staying with our hosts! They were welcoming, friendly, funny, and sincere; exactly the kind of folks we would be thrilled to have as neighbors. By the end of the evening we felt as if we'd known them for much longer. We would be honored to stay on their beautiful property again, and hope we do.
What a wonderful stay we had at Ralph and Donna’s home. Beautiful location situated overlooking a lake. Level gravel drive made for easy parking. Most of all we really enjoyed our time spent talking to Ralph and Donna, looking at their Alaska scrapbook and sharing our RV travel stories. Hoping we see them again one day. Thanks again!!
The site is exactly as represented. In a 30ft class C the inward dirt rd of only about 0.3mile posed no problems including no errant trees. Our very acomodating hosts were generous and forthcoming and we enjoyed good times, good informative conversation, shared coffee and treats - nautical and otherwise. All good !
Thanks and kind regards,
A fabulous Boondocking experience! We had a lovely level and shaded spot and a
120 volt/15 amp connection. We had a swim in the lake, which helped us cool down from the intense heat. I would highly recommend a stay with this host couple.
Lovely and well maintained property on a lake. Parking was on a gravel side drive, pull through and level. Our hosts were welcoming, and showed us around the property and down to the lake, inviting us to make use of the water access and screen shelter and other amenities as we would like. They respected our privacy but were also available to visit. We enjoyed talking "travel" with them. We would definitely request a stay here if we are passing through in the future.
Ralph & Donna were the perfect hosts! Their property is peaceful & beautiful!! We enjoyed talking to them while enjoying the view at the lake! Thank you again for your wonderful hospitality!!!
Ralph and Donna have a beautiful property on a lake just off I95 in Maine. What more could you ask for in an overnight stop? Their property offered a peaceful night sleep, clean, clear air and cool nighttime temperatures. The huge yard is lovingly cared for and manicured. Sitting at the lake is a great way to recharge after days on the road.
But the best part of our stay was meeting Ralph and Donna. We felt like friends immediately, they are very gracious hosts. They shared information about places they have traveled and things they have seen. Donna has a scrapbook of their Alaska trip that we got to look at.
I definitely recommend this location if you need a stop in the area. We travel in a 42’ motorhome and tow a car and had no trouble by following Ralph’s directions instead of the GPS.
Thank you, Ralph and Donna!
We had the privilege to be the first guest staying at Ralph+ Donna but I'm sure we will not be the last. In fact the second came only a few hours later. What a great experience. The location was quiet and serene and the hosts great rvers. We accepted the offer to stay a second night and visit local attractions suggested by Ralph. Enjoyed exchanging RV experiences of which they have many. I certainly hope Ralph +Donna will be able to visit us in Kansas the next time through. Highly recommend them as Boondocker hosts.