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Age: 55-65

Member since May 2019

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Married in 1983, two married sons, two grandsons; enjoy camping, hiking, and being outdoors; Doug - bow and gun hunting, fishing; Melanie- gardening, reading, quilting.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Doug - experienced handyman, jack-of-all-trades
Melanie- proofreading, gardening, sewing/quilting

D+MGrooters's Pets

Two cats and some chickens

Favorite Boondocking Locations

None yet!

D+MGrooters's Hometown

Grand Rapids, Michigan


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D+MGrooters's Guest Details

D+MGrooters's Rig

Rig Type: Travel Trailer

25 feet long

2019 Heartland North Trail w/1 slideout

D+MGrooters's Travel Preferences

  • Prefers an electric hookup
  • Has slideouts

D+MGrooters Has 1 Host Location

Riverbend Retreat

Grand Rapids, MI, US
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D+MGrooters's References (6)

References from Guests (6)


September 2020


Most gracious hosts! Very nice private level quiet site in the trees. Special.


September 2020

Amazing First Ever Boondockers Welcome Stay

WOW! What an amazing first ever Boondockers experience! We were greeted by MGrooter and made to feel at home from the first second! The location was perfect, a quiet oasis complete with beautiful gardens and a fire pit. And in an incredible act of kindness they let us borrow their car to drive to Mass. Yahoo, no Uber! We ended the night with a nice chat around the bonfire. I am so grateful for the kindness we were shown. I hope our paths cross again!


August 2020

Lovely country shade and friendly folks!

I loved my camping spot with an easy pull into the woods and turn around. This couple made me feel especially welcome and helped me get to know the area. I liked the Lake Michigan beach at Hoffmaster State Park 40 min away, and a visit to Meijer sculpture gardens 20 min away. Nearby Millennium Park and Johnson Park along the river are worth a visit too, biking/walking trails.



July 2020

Beautuful spot and welcoming hosts

What a wonderful stop! Hosts were welcoming and friendly, left out chairs and wood for a fire, and even let our kids get eggs from their chicken coop. Beautiful property!


June 2020

Trees galore, quiet location, kind hosts

The Hosts were our first BDW and I think we started with the best!
They met us at the driveway and were as helpful as we wanted them to be. Their property is beautiful and has a wonderful tree canopy.
We would highly recommend a stay here.


June 2020

The Best Boondockers Experience This Far

We’ve had some wonderful BW encounters but this was topped the cake. Not only was the Mgrooters land beautiful they were both incredibly welcoming and hospitable. We enjoyed their stories and our daughter fell in love with them, their cats and their chickens! Our last day was bittersweet but we feel like we’ve made new friends!