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drbmaniaci

Age: 55-65

Member since December 2015

I'm retired and still have 2 teens at home. We have a bunch of dogs and cats.

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I'm retired. I like animals, photography, music, reading, cooking and eating new foods, learning new things and meeting new people - among numerous other things. Kids are home schooled.

We no longer have an RV, but the kids and I hope to get another one in the future. We loved the traveling lifestyle, and miss it.

We enjoy meeting the boondockers who come to visit. Everyone has been very nice, and everyone has a different story, so it's always interesting.

We have to ask that you do not expect to fill up your water tank while you're here though - it's gotten too expensive, as we are not on a well. City water gets spendy when everyone comes and fills their tanks - sorry!

Favorite Boondocking Locations

When we had our rig, we liked the TX Gulf Coast. Lots of beach areas to park.

drbmaniaci's Hometown

We presently live in the outskirts of Maryville, Tennessee. It's a small town, with a great greenway, about 20 miles southwest of Knoxville. It's not too far from the Smokey Mountain National Park - sometimes you can see the mountains from our yard, if the leaves are off the trees. In a days drive you can get to the Atlantic Ocean, or the Gulf of Mexico (Florida pan handle). The mountains are nearby and there are many other attractions nearby as well.

drbmaniaci's Guest Details

drbmaniaci's Rig

Rig Type: Class A

1 feet long

Sadly, we no longer have a rig. We hope to have another one in the future.

drbmaniaci's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Travels with pets
  • Travels with kids, ages: Teen

drbmaniaci Has 1 Host Location

drbmaniaci's Host Location

Maryville, TN, US
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drbmaniaci's References (44)

References from Guests (44)

mlharmon

September 2020

Quick Stay

Great place to rest for an overnight! Host was warm and welcoming. Very close to the mountains


sheyennek

September 2020

Hours of Wonderful Conversation!

I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It was convenient for us and our hostess was most gracious!


TinyHome2007

July 2020

Good night sleep.

B gave great instructions, had a nice spot picked out for us and was a pleasant inviting host.


Ron+Jan

July 2020

Gracious host, lovely setting

Despite several delays, we finally arrived and were warmly greeted. The roads in the area are narrow and winding but the rural area is very scenic. We parked on a level concrete driveway and enjoyed being able to plug in. Our stay was short but we got a peaceful nights rest and really appreciate our hosts hospitality.


Beljer72

July 2020

Delightful Stay

This stay was like home after a hectic drive on a holiday weekend. The hostess and family invited us to join them and their friends for a July 4th dinner. We enjoyed great food, wonderful conversation, and attention from some friendly fur babies. Our own 2 fur babies enjoyed running around in their fenced yard to stretch their legs. In such a short time, we made some friends that I know we’ll see again in the future. Blessings to this family for opening their home and heart to 2 strangers and their fur babies.


projectlookingforamerica

May 2020

Great location, great host

Being just 20 minutes outside of smokey mountain national forest, we were kept busy with everything there is to do around. That being said, the time we did get to visit with this host was great, along with her adorable dogs!


julestoyou

May 2020

Sweet location

Space was ideal for a quick overnight stay. Host was helpful and accommodating.


Adventurousfun777

April 2020

Loved her she was amazing!

Loved the host she was amazing, kind, friendly and a fellow animal lover❤️


MsSprinter

March 2020

Excellent

A very good stay


Charles

March 2020

Nice stay

Gracious hosts, nice stay. Conveniently located between Louisville and Raleigh. The tornado disaster was far west if this location. Very pleasant - in the country, rolling hills and crop land all around. Easy in, easy out.


LiVan_Life

February 2020

Unable to make it there.

Sadly we were unable to make it to their location last year.


jeep2liberty

January 2020

Overnight stay on the way . . .

Stayed overnight on our way back from Florida. Host was very helpful. The WiFi worked well.
Watch those overhead lines if in a tall rig.
Thanks ! :-)


DerekSwfl

January 2020

Awesome women

Very accommodating, we have stayed with her before but moved to the area because we loved it so much. She will remain our friend forever:)


Acer9103

December 2019

The Best Host Ever !

Our host, her family and friends were amazing! They were so welcoming and hospitable ! This was our first time camping with an rv/camper and we didn’t know a lot of the how to’s and they were so amazing! Our host made cookies and were so kind to leave us some, suggest hikes we can do, and she even gave us all (even our dog Maddy) Christmas gifts to open on Christmas Eve. She invited us for dinner Christmas Eve. Our host helped my husband with the hook up all the water/Electric and evening set up a grey water disposal line! He filled our tires while we were gone (amazing) and helped look up a dump station for us! Can’t say enough how amazing they were! Made our stay the best!


Aquarelle

December 2019

Oh yes!

I really enjoyed the time spent there it is a very nice place with a lot of nature, end if you like dogs you will be served. I also make new friend as the chicken we're following me like little dogs it was fun.

So dont hesitate to go at this place.


Portche

December 2019

Very nice

Had a great location, nice and quiet, 30amp service and water. Met with Barb and Ty helped with the backing into the driveway. Very good stop.


Dlskinner

November 2019

Very hospitable

The host was very helpful and accommodating. She even shared some delicious eggs from her chickens. The location is excellent and the parking space is level. Very pretty area at the end of the road.


honestbest333

November 2019

A+ Great location, quiet, with SUPER fast INTERNET

She is an excellent host, with a nice quiet location, and a gorgeous smile!


trUckCaMPiNG

October 2019

Great experience

Such a wonderful host! So accommodating and gracious! Great stay!


CocosMiles

September 2019

Very welcoming

Enjoyed chatting with the host for a bit and enjoyed coffee with another Boondocker the next morning. Got a puppy fix and met all the dogs!
Just outside of Maryville. Hope to stop in again!


CocosMiles

September 2019

Very welcoming

Meet the host and got settled in. Got a puppy fix!!! Woke up to a roster crowing... Loved the country feel! Amenities were offered and appreciated. Hope to pass thru again


FloatingFeathers

September 2019

Amazing Experiance!

This was our first boondocking experience and Our Host was kind and helpful! Her family and friend welcomed us to a BBQ and small talk. The property was beautiful and peaceful!


Goldengeorge1

August 2019

Nice quiet location

We were allowed to use electricity and it was a nice quiet place on a dead end road.


SCollins

May 2019

Foothills of them SMOKIES

Peaceful, Quite, Cool evening. My 30’ MH fit just fine. Took my Jeep off so I could back out. So 35’ fit fine. Cool evening just turned on fans and it was perfect at 70’. On my walk this morning I saw THEM FOOTHILL OF THE SMOKIES made me smile and be Thankful.


Cherylo

May 2019

Relaxing

Thank you B for a nice, quiet, relaxing place to spend the night. I truly enjoyed our conversation, and appreciate your hosting other travelers. You, as a BW host, make traveling fun, enjoyable, and affordable. Nice to meet you.
Cheryl


DerekSwfl

May 2019

B was awesome

We were able to park rite in driveway making it easy to be level, She was more than Hospitable, offered electric and lives in a beautiful area. We got to have a nice night chatting it up over bloody marys. She even let me have some fresh eggs from her chickens which was a huge bonus. Thanks again Barb :)


JAlrd

May 2019

Hospitable

We arrived late and she came out to help. Hook ups were there fine. She gave us a thoughtful gift. She gracefully let us stay extra time. No troubles. Great text communication during our stay.


JAlrd

May 2019

Great Host

We had a wonderful time! Great host!


sherrygoliver

May 2019

The Blues Bards

Friendly host, quiet neighborhood. Dogs liked it. Short distance to Knoxville for The Blue Plate Special at WDVX ! Walked Old Town, enjoyed architecture and history.
We may make this annual stop!


amaccabee

April 2019

Wonderful country setting!

It was a fantastic place to stop and enjoy the Knoxville area. Thank you for your hospitality! :)


Edc1951

April 2019

What a treat!

We have extended our stay at B's but I am doing the review now since it has been so wonderful. We JUST fit into the space (we have a 33' class A) and by backing in we have the door facing the yard so our cat can go out on his tether. B has a bunch of dogs who are a rowdy lot when she comes home but otherwise are so much fun to watch and not loud. They are kept fenced and away from us (and the road.)
B is special. She's warm and welcoming and even gave us fresh eggs from her chickens. Her location is convenient to Maryville, Knoxville AD the Great Smoky Mountains NP so whatever you choose to do it will be nearby. It's also nice just to hang out and spend quiet time.
When we extended our previous stay B was wonderfully accommodating in letting us come later and stay the 5 days we'd planned. Just a great host!


kenleeau

March 2019

Angels in Disguise

Let's see: no idea when we are coming, no idea what time of day we will arrive, no idea how long we will need to stay, no way to tell any of the above until it is time.

Response? "Come on!"

This lovely lady and her family welcomed us as if we were their own. Our first (and probably only) granddaughter was being born by surrogate, "sometime soon". Babies have their own timetable, so any plans could not even be locked in Jello.

Let's review: Parents in Washington state, Grandparents in Alabama, Baby in Tennessee. Who will get where, first?

Thanks to this lovely family, we were able to roll up near the hospital and be there when our granddaughter was born, before her parents could get there.

Showing an even greater amount of generosity during three of the coldest days since proper winter, they let us hook up to power and water.

Even more, their seven dogs are the friendliest I have met in a long while and the cat just thought we were extended family.

After all you see in the news, folks like this renew your faith in humanity.

Wonderful hosts, wonderful pets, a lovely environment and a tremendous amount of stress completely obliterated.

Truly, angels in disguise.


AmyEddie

February 2019

GREAT!

Our host was wonderful, very accommodating and friendly. She met us outside, showed us all we needed to get settled and said she would see us in the morning. We had a great evening, we’d come from -10 in northern Wisconsin 2 days before so we opened windows and enjoy the nature sounds. In the morning she came and visited as we packed up and chatted about out dv options. Host is friendly and kind. I really recommend this spot!


alans

January 2019

A Gracious Host and an Excellent Stay!!!

I really can't say enough good things about drbmaniaci. To use the word 'hospitality' would be an understatement. Thank you for a wonderful stay. I hope to see you again soon and introduce you to my better half next time. Thank you again!


jimlo

November 2018

Short but sweet stay

We stayed for one night at drbmaniaci’s and slept very well. It was easy to find and very convenient for travelling on to the smoky mountains! We would definitely recommend!


Mainefamilytravels.com

November 2018

Great Host!

Wonderful host! We only stayed one night but she was very kind and helpful.


Dee

September 2018

Quite, Safe

My stay at drbmaniaci's place was only one night as I was just passing through. I had plenty of room to park and the driveway was nice and level. The neighborhood is very quiet and I felt quite safe being there.


AmberNSean

December 2017

Wonderful Family

We loved staying with Barbara and her family especially all the fur babies. We spent some time getting to know each other and we got some great advice on places to go and see. Thanks so much for hosting us.


davybean

November 2017

So very accommodating

Despite having just had surgery, she welcomed us for two nights while we took care of errands in the Knoxville metro area. Her son was such a gentleman and helped us get hooked up. The parking spot is a large, level driveway and perfect for our 23 foot Class B Leisure Travel Van. There was room to walk our two dogs and the parking location felt safe and private. We are introverts and were also very busy during the day while in the area so at night wanted to chill and go to bed early - which they accommodated nicely.

We would highly recommend this host and location, just respect her wishes on not bringing any rigs too heavy onto the driveway or using too much water (because city water = $$).


jeanprax

April 2017

Great place to stay for visiting the Smoky Mountains

The nicest person. Nice big yard to walk our dogs or we could walk down the street. Neighborhood is quiet. The Smoky Mountains are very close to her location. We also liked Maryville very much. She was very accommodating and even invited us in to watch a movie with them. Great conversation and a great time! We would stay here again.


savannah

October 2016

Great spot

We were the second boondockers staying during the time we needed, so we had no amenities but it did not bother us. We had a great spot next to some trees and felt very safe.

Cutest pack of doggies, lovely family.

Thank you for having us!!!!


BearCass1

October 2016

Very Pleasant

We made some interesting friends! Their place is at the end of a cul-de-sac; quiet and private. We maneuvered our 29' 5th wheel without incident. The parking area was perfect and we got along so well that we stayed a little longer.
Wonderful Hostess. Highly recommended.


Mortons on the Move

September 2016

Large Driveway and Great host!

We needed a place to stop to make a quick trip into Knoxville and visit Oak ridge from and this worked great! They are at the end of a street and it was a bit tight getting our 35' fifth wheel turned around so we could back into the drive. We made it work but I wouldn't recommend any larger trailer try to get in. It was a nice level cement drive and very quiet. We had a good time visiting with our host and her pups! Thank you for your hospitality. :)


ForsythiaForest

June 2016

Very nice, quiet location

We arrived late but we found the driveway as described. It was easy to pull in and park on the nice level driveway and it was a very quiet, country neighborhood so we slept well that night. We left kind of early the next morning, so we did not disturb our hosts. I highly recommend this nice place for an overnight stay.