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Age: 65+

Member since July 2020

Retired city worker

Ultra Host

Expired Guest

Do you know or have you hosted this user?

We like to camp also, so looking forward to meeting others. We do have three dogs so dogs are welcome. I enjoy rebuilding old cars working on a 65 mustang now.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Just a jack of all trades wife says I am handy to have around.

ford23's Pets

Yes three dogs

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Never have done it yet

ford23's Hometown

Marshalltown Iowa Now live in Russellville Al

ford23's Guest Details

ford23's Rig

Rig Type: Class A

45 feet long

45 Monaco with Jeep toad

ford23's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Travels with pets
  • Has slideouts
  • Needs to run a generator

ford23 Has 1 Host Location

Grumpy retreat

Russellville, AL, US
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ford23's References (26)

References from Guests (26)


September 2021

I’M The Grumpy One

What a great stay in a beautiful location with very friendly hosts. 50 amp service was better than most campgrounds. I’m only grumpy because I had to leave a day early to drive back to Nashville and have a repair center “Re-fix” something they had fixed before. Whole heartedly recommend this location.


August 2021

Wonderful Stay!!!

Hosts were accommodating and friendly. We arrived later than expected and they greeted us with a smile and were very helpful. Spot was perfect with 50 amp electric and water. Hosts invited us to their beautiful back porch and we enjoyed exchanging stories with them. The only complaint I have is we didn’t have enough time. I would definitely have stayed longer if the itinerary permitted. Hope to definitely stay there again when we are in the area.


August 2021

Not "GRUMPY" at all

We just spent 2 relaxing nights with such a friendly couple. The four of us shared many stories of the past and travels. amazing how many things we had in common. Very nice place to stay just off the beaten path Many thanks


July 2021

Dream Boondocking stay!

It doesn’t get any better than this. I Love BoonDockersWelcome Host! Out in Beautiful, quite, flat, cool farm country. Ted n Carol have a beautiful place, perfect spot for us BoonDockers. Easy peasy in n out, quick set up, beautiful land to walk n just enjoy nature away from this crazy fast passed world. Loved sitting on front n back porch just chatting the time away.
What a gem to find such a Great place to tour this part of Alabama, I went North n South 30mins to amazing Natural Beauty. I sure hope to see them again in both our travels.


July 2021

Excellent layover!!!!

I so needed this stay! Thank you sooooo much for your hospitality and kindness. Awesome conversations!!!! Thank you! I absolutely will be back!


July 2021

Mr and mrs green thumbs such great hosts

What a wonderful well kept piece of alabama wonderland our stay was short but all was positive and great hosts thks so much trucker 105 and vic


June 2021

Great Place to Stay!

Great place, room to park & walk your dogs for exercise, if you gonna stay here you might want to plan 2 nights if you have the time. We didn't & wished we had more time to sit & talk with them. They were real nice host, enjoyed what time we had to talk with them. But wished we had another night at least.

Definitely will stay here again if available if we head this way in our travels..

Thanks for a great stay!


May 2021

GREAT....not Grumpy!

This was our first Boondockers Welcome experience and it was fabulous. The hosts are very friendly and gracious. We very much enjoyed dinner on their deck and visiting with them. The RV parking site is perfect with water and electric hookups and surrounded by pine trees. We highly recommend stopping at Grumpy Retreat!


April 2021

Grumpy?!? Nah ~~ retreat? Yes!

The Ford23 couple epitomizes the perfect host! Not only was the parking area for my rig flat, dry and peaceful, but the yard and (potential) use of the pool truly makes this stop a perfect retreat. The conversations and laughs with the hosts added fun to the perfect boondocking stop! Highly recommended and I hope to be back again! Thanks for sharing your beautiful property.


April 2021

Grumpy retreat

Another exceptional boondocking experience. We had a great time in a beautiful location. Gorgeous home and surroundings with a pool we could have used but it was a little too chilly for us this time of year. Very friendly hosts that were very interesting to talk with. Highly recommend.


April 2021


Just perfect all the way around...lovely couple, beautiful area, easy to find and sooo quiet. We will remember this one for the future.


April 2021

Welcoming Hosts

We spent one night at the Grumpy Retreat and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our travels took us into the area a day ahead of what we had scheduled and the hosts graciously allowed us to come in early. We were met in the driveway where they quickly welcomed us and showed us options for parking. A large gravel driveway made turning around our 40' 5th wheel easy and setting up a breeze.

Later in the evening, we joined them for a drinks on the porch and a barbecue dinner. We didn't spend time in the pool since the water was still cold, although they offered it to us. Their property is beautiful with no neighbours visible from any direction. We enjoyed our time spent with them and look forward to visiting again in the future, hopefully when we can spend more time and enjoy more of their amenities.


April 2021

Refreshing & peaceful

Nestled in a grove of pines, we thoroughly enjoyed our days at this tranquil location The countryside has green pastures with some cattle with just a few homes. Our host were there to greet us & offer help for any needs we may have during our stay.
We will definitely be revisiting the Boondockers retreat the next time we’re in this area


March 2021

such grumpy people - LOL

Two wonderful people. They have a beautiful property to kick back and relax. They have a great little trail through the woods for atvs. They also offered their pool for use but I need the water temp. to be a little more than 62. They are also not to far from things to do. I recommend the Vertillo Pizza in Sheffield. We had to try the 'dill pickle pizza'. It was great. They make all of there food fresh daily. Will definitely go back - to 'the grumpy retreat' and the pizza place.


March 2021

Gracious and friendly

This describes Mr and Mrs ford23. Spent another night and they were super. When heading into or around their area, they graciously and very friendly, make you feel very welcome.


March 2021

Very pleasant southern hospitality

My second stay with this fun and generous host. Plenty of room for the biggest rigs and very personable and pleasant visiting with them.


March 2021

Absolutely loved this spot

We absolutely loved everything about this spot! Beautiful location and more than wonderful host. We enjoyed our time getting to know them and have made life long friends. We were able to ride our side by side through their woods and had a great time. We truly look forward to returning one day. Highly recommend!


March 2021

Not grumpy very friendly

Very nice folks. Had a great chat about their class A and Piper airplane. Look forward to staying again in the near future. This was our first time using Boondockers and we struck gold. Very pleased. Thanks again for a pleasant stay.


January 2021

Not grumpy at all

We really enjoyed our stay at the Grumpy Retreat. We parked our little RV near the shed/garage in a nice peaceful quiet spot. Their property is quite beautiful and tucked away behind some pines away from the road. The owners take meticulous care of their property and it shows.
Since the weather was pretty cool and wet, we only had a short time to talk with our hosts, but they were very kind, and I would definitely recommend staying with them to anyone! We hope we see them again soon, maybe this time, at our place.


January 2021

Grumpy Retreat??? Don’t believe it!

Grumpy’s Retreat was NOT Grumpy. What an enjoyable couple to spend time boon-docking on their property. They have a warm, private and comfortable estate, where you could take a hike in the woods or hangout in our around your rig. If you have any mechanical issues or questions, Mr has a lot of experience and is willing to share or give guidance if desired. If you get an accepted offer to stay you’ll find yourself in the hands of some very hospitable and generous folk who are truly a pleasure to spend time with.


October 2020


We could not have asked for a better place to stay for our first Boondockers experience. The property is absolutely beautiful, quiet, and secluded...the hosts are wonderful people and we truly enjoyed spending time with them. Will definitely plan another visit!


October 2020


Our name for this spot would be Happiest of Happy Retreat” - definitely not Grumpy.

From the moment we pulled into the driveway we were made to feel like family. Two of the friendliest, kind, caring people you can ever be blessed to know (their precious dogs, too).
Plenty of space to park and enjoy the quiet country setting. We were given a choice of where we might like to park - the entire area is great, level and shady.
The 4 of us enjoyed fun times sitting around the fire (on their awesome deck), chatting on their back porch, and watching the great debate. One evening we were invited over for burgers and fries - yummy delicious. The hospitality here was in wonderful Southern style - even tho neither host is from the South LOL.
Hosts like these are why we love Boondockers Welcome.
Thank you Grumpy Retreat for a great time and wonderful memories.
Hope to see y’all again


September 2020

Quiet, peaceful location

Lovely level site, a little away from the home, so private. Quiet, rural setting. Perfect for my trip! Thanks so much.


September 2020

Not so grumpy

Lovely hosts. Mr and Mrs were accommodating and were there immediately to greet us. They were welcoming and friendly. Pleasant stay.


August 2020

Great host

We stayed for two nights and absolutely loved it. They have a beautiful piece of property and offered for us to swim but we didn't want to impose. Would definitely return and recommend


July 2020

Great Host

Had a great stop over at Grumpy Retreat. Helped us with some electrical issues and enjoyed sitting on their back deck telling stories. Definitely will stop again if in the area. Hope to see you on the road and "HPYTRLS" The Dob Pod