Well hello there! I'm an electronic engineer from Austria, Europe, working on a sea-going cruise ship. Working on a ship is a hard job, but rewards me with long times off the job (approx. 8weeks in a row). About two years ago (2014) I started to research on buying an RV in the US so that I could freely travel North America. In June 2016 I finally found a suitable RV and bought it. It's a 1998 34ft Foretravel U270 and provides every amenity I desire.
Having lots of technical experience I am in the lucky position to be able to fix almost everything by myself. The RV had and still has quite a few issues that I am looking forward to fix along the road.
I started working aboard a cruise ship in 2012 and used to work as an international service technician before. I can confidently say that I did see quite a lot of places on earth - well, at least industrial sectors and harbours ;)
Having experienced the pros and cons of all those different countries I came to the conclusion that North America will be my topmost priority to explore and spend my vacations. While I am looking forward to see all the popular attractions out there, I am also really looking forward to meeting new people, especially the RVing and boondocking crowd. Modern technology allows us to live a different life than those our great-grandparents did - we should make good use of it.
I've been called "MacGyver" more than once and while I don't think that my knowledge is anywhere close to this TV shows character, I am able to fix a lot of things. Being the Communication Officer onboard cruiseships, I am responsible for all IT, computer, navigation, security and safety electronics aboard. I spent lots of my leisure time in the past years fixing and restoring my old car, so besides electronics I do have experience with mechanical stuff as well.
So if there's anything I can help you with, provide with advice or assistance, I'll be more than glad to do so.
BLM lands, Walmarts and of course with Boondockers Welcome Members!
My permanent residence is in the area of Kufstein, Austria. Of course I'd be glad to provide everyone with advice and recommendations if you ever plan to come around!
Class A, 1998 34ft Foretravel U270, 8.3l Cummins Diesel, 8kw Generator, 600W solar power, bike rack in the rear, no slide outs but tons of storage space
Very nice couple that keep their coach very clean. They have a very interesting careers working on a cruise ship. I learned many things you would not know by just taking a cruise. We wish them the best of luck traveling the USA and the world. We would definitely recommend Matt to any Boondocker.
Matt has made great use of his off time. Lots of ways to make things work. Enjoyed his traveling and working experiences. Wish we had more time together.
So, we took a little side trip to Pirates Cove with our new boodocker friend for 4 days. Great times, but boat outdrive failed and he was so very tolerant of our boat mechanic.....(me) Turned a potential bad time to some great exploring time of this huge park. Hope to see him again later this year.
Matt stayed with us for 5 days, had to have his coach repaired in town. Learned much about Austria and his life. He helped me re-organize my LAN in just a couple of hours which would have taken me weeks to preform. Easy to get along with and very knowledgeable person. Had several adventures with him!!! Had the patience to watch "lord of the rings" with my wife! (-: Hope he comes back for more visit time! May your travels be intriguing!
I am so impressed with this young man. He has earned his degrees in college but they don't hold a candle to his heart. Matt is as genuine of a man that you will ever find with the exception of me of course. He chose to buy a RV from Craigslist here while living in Austria to travel the states. That takes alot of courage. I pray for safe travels over Matt and that he will enjoy fellow Boondockers Welcome members to share there experiences and love of this great country. I will look for you on the road Matt. I really do wish our paths will cross again. I will follow your blog. God speed young man.
Jim and Christy