Connie & I are retired and rambling about the country, looking for new friends and new adventures. We ditched the sticks and bricks and hit the road in early 2015 and haven't looked back. We love mountain biking, hiking, geocaching, and driving down new roads to new places. When we aren't out adventuring, we enjoy poking around new towns or just hanging out in our rig with a good read. While we have had many good experiences in developed campgrounds, we prefer the self-sufficiency of boondocking, whether off in the pucker brush or in a friend's driveway.
I'm generally handy with tools, especially of the woodworking variety, and have expertise with computer stuff, although given how things change, I'm increasingly behind the curve and over the hill. Connie makes an utterly wicked lemon or lime merengue pie, and is, in general, a creative cook.
We like the desert SW & the western mountains, although any place that is quiet and has a pleasant view is nice. We have friends across the country and enjoy camping in their driveways from time to time. We generally avoid the interstates, but if we are making a long transfer from one area to another, we have been known to overnight at rest areas or truck stops - not really a favorite, though.
We are currently domiciled in Livingston, TX, but we actually live on the road. Everything we own travels with us. Connie is a Jersey gal, and I'm a North Carolina boy. We were living in Williamsburg, VA when we chucked it all and hit the road fulltime.
Grey 2016 Sprinter 3500 Class B Motorhome by Sportsmobile w/ no slide-outs. We have 500W of solar (300W on the roof, 200W portable), 20G fresh water tank, and a Nature's Head composting toilet. We're towing a Smart Car with our bikes on the back which we use for town runs, trips to the trailhead, etc. Our van is ~25 feet long, with the toad hooked up, ~40 feet, although the car is small enough by itself to fit 'most anywhere.
JimandConnie stayed with us the night of August 11, 2017. We thoroughly enjoyed their company. Jim is a flute player and gave us a demo of his talents. For those interested in clever van conversions, they can give you a super tour of their custom Sprinter conversion.
For those interested in cutting edge technologies, be sure to ask Jim about his battery conversion from leaded AGM batteries to lithium batteries. For those that are thinking about getting rid of the lead batteries, I referenced JimandConnie's battery conversion in this thread: https://www.boondockerswelcome.com/content/upgrading-my-battery-bank-help-please Be sure to scroll all the way down to my September 4, 2017 entry beginning with "We have now arrived to the point..."
For those interested in solar, be sure to ask JimandConnie about their system.
Hurrying to get to the full eclipse, this couple were intent on getting the best space. They would have been welcome to stay longer, but we are sure the skies had more to offer where they were headed.
Jim and Connie shared a nice turkey dinner my wife had prepared. Since they are full timers in a class B they do not get to eat turkey dinners often. 2 1/2 years they have been at it and I see why. they are honest/trustworthy folks that have a ton of stories to share. We encourage anyone that has a opportunity to spend some time with them to do it. You will be blessed. We hope to meet them in Quartzite in January to learn the ropes.
Jim and Christy Funk