Expat Brit retired electronics engineer, married to Anglophilic Californian-native graphic-designing watercolour artist, living in our nest by the mighty Redwoods but also loving travel and the RV boondocking lifestyle.
In March 2016 we upgraded and downsized - to a newer shorter Fifth Wheel, improving access to more camping sites. This also meant 'reinstalling' 10 years of additions and modifications, and adding to them: we hate wasted space, and put it all to use in the RV! It all makes our off-the-grid living in the RV more comfortable. Sept2018: We installed our own Lithium battery system (see http://kimartanddesign.com/Daves/JourneyToLithium.htm ).
As Guests, we do not smoke or use drugs, hardly drink, don't party or make noise, and show general consideration for Hosts.
One ex-electronics engineer, general handyman & avid RV modifier, and one stunning watercolor artist, expert on History, UK Castles, and Redwood Trees!
-- (Kim's watercolour paintings of the local redwoods forest can be viewed at kimartanddesign.com)
No longer. (RIP Pumpkin The Cat 17Feb17!)
We love open countryside and deserts of the US west states, especially Utah, Arizona, and Oregon... and have stayed at too many beautiful locations to list here! We like being off the grid, off the beaten track, and have sometimes taken the RV 'further than it's supposed to go', but usually managed OK.
Rio Dell is a small town alongside the 101 and Eel River (look up the bad floods in 1953 and 1964!) and conveniently close for wonderful trail walks in the mighty Redwoods. One guest was spot-on saying Rio Dell is 'eclectic': parts can look run down or neglected, but its bark is worse than its bite, and anyway, you'll be quite safe in our yard. We sometimes get a LOT of rain in winter months, but never snow. Otherwise it's mostly sunny here (while foggy or cloudy in surrounding areas just a few miles away) - our own great micro-climate! This is a great area to escape summer heat further south!
As of Mar 2016 we have a 27ft 2015 KEYSTONE COUGAR 244RLS 5th-wheel, one slide-out, 6 solar panels, MANY personal tweaks! (Sept2018: upgraded to 500AHr Lithium batteries... Read story here: http://kimartanddesign.com/Daves/JourneyToLithium.htm ). Tow vehicle = 2006 Dodge Ram 3500. NOTE TO HOSTS: We can live in our RV with slide-out closed if necessary. We usually never need to make noise or use a generator! (Note: most scrolling photos show our first 32ft 5th Wheel. Our current RV, shown here, is smaller!)
Sorry I was out of town. Glad you set up with Nellie's help. Hope you come again so we can meet and greet. Great communication and you left it as if you had not been here. Thanks.
Super nice couple, enjoyed having them stay with us. Looking forward to seeing them in the future.
Happy to have hosted Dave and and Kim. They are welcome any time. Like most RV ers they are very nice folks. We were pleased to have hosted them and wish them safe travels.
Dave n Kim are impeccable hosts. Dave met us at the gate helped us in and gave great info on the environs. Great quiet place for anyone near the Avenue of the Giants.
Our host was most gracious, and the directions on the location page were spot on. The concrete pad is perfectly flat, and we were able to park our truck inside the gate, but YMMV, depending on the size of your rig. Many thanks for hosting us!!
Dave was wonderfully kind to allow us to show up on late notice. Their backyard was a delightful, safe and quiet place to spend the night. Very convenient location off of 101. He even offered us power and water. Great spot!
Very comfortable, level driveway - nicely located close to Eureka and good stopover driving back to the Bay Area. Dave was very hospitable.
Dave'n'Kim were extremely welcoming and hospitable, they have a great and very thoughtfully designed little spot in their quiet and fully fenced backyard just 7 mi from avenue of the Giants. They provide a 10 amp hook up (perfect for our needs of recharging devices, but not for heavy duty appliances, as clearly noted in their listing), water, as well as a fun little putting green that the kids and I thoroughly enjoyed, plus great conversation! Very communicative and responsive. Be sure to keep them abreast of your ETA since they have to be around to open the gate. We appreciated their literature and recommendations about the area and loved looking through their professional caliber RV trip log with lots of pictures and map information. Highly recommend Wildwood Waffles just a few blocks away for great coffee and chai and waffles.
Safe parking inside gated driveway, got to do some nearby hiking recommended by host
Our hosts were quick to respond and provided great directions as well as thorough information about what to do in the area. They greeted us and helped guide us into the secure, quiet resting spot in their backyard. Avenue of the Giants is close by and a great place to explore for the day. Many thanks for your hospitality!
This is a wonderful place to stay. The owner kindly assisted us with parking. It is a level spot in a beautiful backyard, with lovely plants. We enjoyed great conversations with the owners, and they shared a map of the “Avenue of the Giants”, a comprehensive local list Including grocery stores, dump station, restaurants, and a map of the area. Verizon signal is strong. Great place!
We were lucky to land a night here before continuing South through Humboldt park. Ordered some delicious pizza from the local pizza place before we arrived. Our gracious host guided us into the spot and gave a tip on the best hike off of Ave. of the Giants.
Easy to access en route!
After a long day driving up Hwy 101 we found this place easy to get to and super quiet. Would love to stay again.
Thank you Dave and Kim. Loved the sculptures that line the Main Street of the town.
We enjoyed our stay with Dave and Kim. Their backyard is fixed up very cute. And Kim generously showed us her fantastic art.
It was a comfortable easy stay. Dave met me at the gate and settled me in. The surrounding backyard gardens are lovely. Good stop near Redwoods
Dave welcomed us in and showed us how to operate the gate so we could come and go as we pleased. We spent a quiet, safe and peaceful night in theIr lovely garden feeling lucky to have this place to stay so near to several world class redwood parks and forests.
What an amazing time spent with Dave'n'Kim. They were so kind to offer us electric and water hookups, as well as provide us a 101 Things to Do in the County! Their space was very peaceful, safe, flat, & beautifully surrounded. We stayed in touch with them as we arrived which made for a very easy parking. We had a lovely time chatting and we appreciate your recommendation to visit the Redwoods while heading out the next morning. It ended up being the best experience we ever had!! We will be back and highly recommend staying with this amazing couple! Thank you!
Dave'n'kim met us outside the gate to guide us into the driveway with a smile. They had some great recommendations for the area and even gave us a complete map and guide of the area. Very helpful and nice couple. We would highly recommend the area and the hospitable hosts
The host we're very welcoming and offered a beautiful enclosed spot for our little Travato.
Dave and Kim are excellent hosts. They communicated with us as we traveled to their place to confirm our arrival time. The directions Dave provided were easy to follow and made it quite easy to find their residence. Access to the parking location was easy through a very large gate. Dave helped with backing us into the parking spot. The pad was concrete and very flat. Dave then communicated the amenities they provided both electric and water. He also shared basic information about the area and some historic information about their house. The neighborhood was quiet and safe. For those using AT&T we experienced download speed of 19.1mbps and upload at 4.3mbps. We would definitely hope to stay here again.
Dave met us as we pulled up, opened the gate and directed our unit in. Dave gave us tips on local scenery, things to see and do. All in all a good spot to stay and gracious hosts. Thanks again folks
Great couple! They gave us some good information and we had some nice conversation on our arrival. A really nice a quiet place to stay!Tank You Dave and Kim.
The were very friendly and made sure my stay was comfortable. They provided information and a tourist guide book about the area. There is lots to see and do in the area and I liked that it was away from a busy city.
The spot I parked in was gated, giving it a sheltered, relaxed feeling. The yard was pretty with many flowers and plants.
Dave and Kim were both gracious hosts. We enjoyed the quiet and private backyard camping spot. They gave us valuable information about their area. I would recommend this location.
This was our very first Boondockerswelcome experience and it was a great one! Dave and Kim communicated to us in detail prior to us arriving so we knew exactly where to go and how to back up onto the concrete pad in their yard. They greeted us warmly and provided us with suggestions of things to do in the area. My husband enjoyed talking to Dave about the battery and solar charging system he installed in his RV for boondocking. Kim is passionate about the Redwoods and a talented artist. I asked if I could see some of her work and ended up purchasing a beautiful print of the Redwood Forest to take home to New York!
Really enjoyed my time with the hosts, I would definitely stay there again
Our host Dave”n”Kim greeted us upon arrival and guided us into the RV spot. After learning we were meeting our friends the next day to explore the Avenue of the Giants; they brought us a great book of 101 things to do in the area that include a wonderful map highlighting stops and attractions in the park. Dave”n”Kim also recommend their favorite beautiful hiking location.
We felt like we were in our own private gated spot with plenty of room. They even had a very nice banner with a scene on the wall facing our window. It was a nice touch. The host offered both water and light power for our use.
The location was perfect and we knew we could leave our rig, feel safe and secure snuggled in it’s spot.
Dave”n”Kim were gracious host. We highly recommend this location if you are traveling in the area!!!
Dave &Kim we're waiting for our arrival and immediately came out to greet us and help us back into their yard. They have a nicely level concrete pad in a fenced area. Our 29' travel trailer fit nicely.
On our way to their home we had experienced some difficulty when one of our tires threw a tread. When we arrived, our kitchen slide would not open. Dave spent quite a bit of time helping Kent try to get it working.
Dave and Kim also gave us some information about the local area, which we appreciated as well.
We would like to stay here when we are in the area again.
I don't think this stay could have been any better! Dave provided a comprehensive list of information before I arrived which was very helpful. They welcomed me when I arrived and made me feel at home. They had water and electric available. The site was very quiet and secure. Kim invited me to join her on a hike and it was an amazing day. She shared some of her beautiful art work with me, she is very talented. She gifted me with a card from her collection which I have displayed in my RV Galleria. These hosts are kind and gracious and have so much travel information to share. I look forward to staying here again.
We stayed a couple of nights at this property. Very quiet, level and secure. Our hosts were extremely hospitable, lovely people. Very accessible to the Redwoods and the town of Ferndale, which is well worth a visit. Great little coffee shop three blocks down the road. Highly recommend these hosts.
We had a short but perfect stay. enjoyed the small town of Rio Dell close enough to some other nice places. Very helpful with local information. Got some good fresh water. And we were on our way early in the morning. Really appreciate this stay.
Dave was helpful in getting us into our spot and offered any assistance we may need while there. We were able to relax and do our own thing. It is a private, secure and quiet backyard and neighborhood.
We enjoyed our quiet stay. Dave was very accomodating for our needs. Someone was already parked there but there was room for 2. Thanks so much!
Dave was very generous and we appreciate his hospitality for our family. The space was easy to back into and very comfortable. Have a 30’ travel trailer and an 8’ bed on a double cab truck.
The space they offer is great - behind their gate in their backyard is quiet and comfy and safe!
Our hosts were so helpful, offering both suggestions for the area and tools for a repair we needed to make (he offered the tools as soon as we got there)! She is a wonderful artist and we purchased a beautiful print of a redwood tree she painted to hang in our RV. We had great conversations and enjoyed getting to know them a bit.
And they generously let us stay an extra night so we could finalize our next plans!
Our hosts were very welcoming and we enjoyed chatting with them when we first arrived. They are very knowledgeable about the area and offered some valuable insights on local hikes. The town is small but very convenient if you want to check out the Avenue of Giants which was awe inspiring. Our RV and tow car fit nicely in the spot available. Neighborhood is fairly quiet, especially at night. We really enjoyed our stay here and would come again.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in a Rio Dell. We spent three peaceful nights, tucked away in the beautiful yard they’ve created. They were both super helpful with travel tips and such. We visited each evening and shared stories and just had an all around great time. Hope to catch up with them in the future! Their location is right off the 101 and close to everything REDWOODS!
Delightful and friendly hosts. Spacious and safe place to park - I would highly recommend!!
This was our first time using boondockers welcome, and Dave and Kim were so graciously hospitable to us. They helped us move our rig in, provided water and even offered to let us use their bbq. Both Dave and Kim are wonderful artists and we even were able to take a peek at their wonderful creations. We would definitely stay here again, we wish we had more time to get to know them! Thank you for the amazing stay!
The parking spot was great - flat, paved area with a gate that locks at night for privacy and safety. Beautiful gardens and grassy area our cats were able to explore. Our hosts were so kind as to invite us into their home to get to know each other, view their beautiful art work and provide another space for our cats to explore - FYI they are fellow kitty lovers! This was a great stay :)
sweet hosts greeted me warmly and i got to enjoy their backyard garden, complete with redwood tree, flowers and hummingbird!
while the interior of CA is hot and burning you’d never know it here. though i didn’t stop this time, Ave of the Giants is close by.
It was great to meet these guys, very helpful and knowledgeable. Thanks for having us.
K and D were both very hospitable. They helped us back in our camper and get situated. We swapped some traveling stories and picked up some tips. Very kind, knowledgeable, and interesting folk. Their yard is lovely as is the area. We were enamored with the Humboldt Redwoods State Park nearby and K knows a beautiful trail only a few miles away.
Thanks so much gracious hosts!
our host couldn’t have been nicer, more responsive or helpfully complete in providing info and advice. the neighborhood is sketchy and periodically noisy (in town after all), but the countryside is gorgeous and dave shared personal insight and suggestions to help make the most of our visit to the area.
Nice hosts. Level site. Not too hard to find. Fairly quiet neighborhood.
Dave and Kim are very nice hosts. Good communication, quick replies and warm welcome. We had a interesting conversation they gave us loads of RV tips. Kim paintings really belong in this area. Thanks for your hospitality.
Easy spot to find off 101 and was kindly welcomed by Dave, who helped me back up into the spot. Had a great time chatting with Dave & Kim and certainly would stay again!
Dave and Kim are a lovely couple - super helpful with directions etc. Dave opened up the gate and helped us get parked. We enjoyed a great night's sleep - thanks Dave and Kim!
We just left Dave'n'Kim this morning. They were very helpful, gave great directions, and we had a peaceful sleep - it was very quiet! Thank you Dave'n'Kim!
We wish we could have stayed longer, but we had to head home after our Redwoods visit. They were quick to respond & accommodating to our needs. 2 thumbs up.
We can absolutely recommend you visit with Dave and Kim.
They replied quickly to our request, they went above and beyond by sending us a map of the area along with all the local information any RVer would want. (Dump sites, grocery stores, restaurants, emergency numbers, etc)
They were a pleasure to stay with and we would recommend them if you're needing a spot to stay near Avenue of the Giants.
Truly wonderful hosts! From before I got there until the time I pulled out the driveway. Both Dave n Kim were very outgoing and hospitable both days I stayed with them. They both helped me out on where to check out in town and the best path for cruising the avenue of Giants redwoods and sequoias. I recommend them for sure. Thanks again.
Truly great hosts, very polite, quick response time, and very helpful with navigating the area and sight seeing. Dave n Kim are very interesting and knowledgeable of many different things. Wonderful hosts! I definitely recommend.
Dave n' Kim were wonderful hosts. They were incredibly responsive and insightful, & full of wonderful tips about what we could do in the area to enjoy it as. Unfortunately, we couldn't take full advantage as we decided to move on to Oregon rather quickly, but we look forward to doing so down the road and hope to see them again. We appreciate their help and kindness.
First of all, the description and amount of info given is close to a professional visitor center,even better!
Don't let the neighborhood scare you off, it's all perfectly fine. You'll stay on the property behind closed gates.
Wish we could have stayed a bit longer because Dave and Kim are extremely intersting people. ( And we love that British accent!)
Thank you so much for having us
We stayed with Dave and Kim for one night on our way to the redwoods. We unfortunately had very little time to talk, but they are a really helpful and kind couple and helped us out on all the enquiries we had.
They welcome us very warmly. They open their house to us and gave us lots of rv tips. We also discussed lots of subjects like actuality, places visited or to visit...we spent a very good time. The place is very quiet.
We hope to see them again.
Spent the night at Dave & Kim's Jan. 1st 2017. I sent them a message about camping at their place that same day. Heard back from them within a few minutes. They even emailed pages of helpful information 2 minutes later. They have a nice gated back yard to park in. It was secure, quiet,and very nice. Would recommend them without a doubt.
We were warmly welcomed by our Hosts, lots of good local knowledge and RV tips. Dave helped me fix a roof vent.
Very convenient location for avenue of the giants.
We reached out to Dave and Kim last minute and they responded immediately and graciously agreed to host us. Their drive way was a little difficult to maneuver into, especially for new towers, but Dave helped us get in to the spot in one try. Both, our 17ft travel trailer and 4Runner were able to just fit on their site. They gave us information on the area and are in close proximity to the Avenue of the Giants. We enjoyed spending our day touring the giant redwoods and if we are ever back in the area, we will be sure to reach out to them again.
We stopped over at Dave & Kim's 10/6/16. They were very gracious. Dave provided lots of helpful information. Enjoyed seeing the improvements made to their RV. We may steal some for ourselves! Kathy has an art background, so we enjoyed learnng about Kim's many and varied interesting artistic endeavors. Their garden was beautiful. The parking site was smooth, level concrete. Great people to visit with!
Dave and Kim are the best hosts we've had yet! (Saying that, they're only our third, but the bar has been set!). Real pros. They provided us with a 'help doc' listing all the local amenities and a map of the local area before our arrival which helped us get through a lot in a short amounter of time thanks to not having to search for it ourselves.
All too keen to help make the
most of our stay and pursuaded us to stay an extra day to make sure we did.
Rio Dell is a quaint and cute little town cut into the hillsides around the 101. Nearby, check out Trinidad (1hr north) for Moonstone Wine tasting room (good value) and Ferndale (20min west) for its Victorian architecture and to feel like you're Dustin Hoffman in Outbreak!
Thank you Dave and Kim!
Dave'n'Kim were so kind and really went above and beyond for us. We ended up not being able to stay with them, but I appreciate all of the tips and information that they shared with us. Hopefully we'll be able to meet up with them in person one day!!
We stayed one night with Dave and Kim. They are very pleasant and kind.
The driveway is in their garden, safe and quiet.
Awesome hosts! Dave and Kim were right there to help us get in and get settled and acquainted with the general area we enjoyed a wonderful tour of their area. To include Avenue of the Giants and A charming town called Ferndale which was very Victorian. They exceeded our expectations of what a good host should represent and highly recommend them.
Dave and Kim were very welcoming and accommodating on my stay. They're property is easy to get to off highway 101, and they offer secure level parking fenced in for extra security. After missing a few turn offs to see Redwoods on my trip South, they helped me plan a trip into the Avenue of the Giants (a 30 mile alternative Redwood highway). Without their help in planning, I might have missed the Redwoods altogether. I would highly recommend this kind couple. They are great people. I hope to be back after I get back from Florida.
Not sure if we could impose on someone on the fourth of July, we instead were invited to an intimate BBQ. Kim and David were engaging, down to earth people, generously sharing information about the local must-see sites.
Don't let the looks of the eclectic neighborhood scare you, because once inside their fenced yard, you feel safe and very welcome. We stayed for two nights and would come again when in the area.