Just bought a 15 year old motorhome a couple of months ago in the hopes it will make travel easier for my wife and I. Really though I suspect I will be hosting more than staying at other peoples places as I have a nice shaded vacant lot behind my house within easy walking distance of a number of local dining establishments and downtown shops and festivals.
The above is a bit dated, as it was typed 2+ years and roughly 12,000 miles of RV travel ago, unfortunately I don't have time to update it now.
Jack of many trades I have done everything from working as a SCUBA instructor to driving a forklift, to doing computer admin work.
See above photo of the motorhome parked on the banks of a Bayou just off the Ouachita River in NE Louisiana on family farm land.
DeRidder, Louisiana (about 15 miles from the Texas state line in western Louisiana)
28 ft Safari Trek Class A
I enjoyed my two-night stay at this hidden gem of a spot just a block from downtown. Had it not been for Covid, I would've had a walk-about and visited some of the places the host mentioned. He graciously offered me use of his drop-cord to keep my Maxxfan and fridge running.
A tip for locating the free dump: look for the building with the "TSC" sign on the side and look behind it about 15-20 yards. A small, low sign marks the dump. The road is sloped downward so pull straight in if you have a long enough sewer hose. If not, the road circles around and you can dump from the driver's side like usual.
The locals are quick to blow their horns at cars who don't keep moving at the nearby intersection, but this stops during quiet hours. Also expect the bored local police to poke around. I just considered him my personal security guard. Like the dump, that was free too. A bit unsettling, but shouldn't be a problem for any law-abiding boondocker.
Ike was a very generous host and excellent communicator. We were scheduled for a 2 night stay, but he offered a third night in case we needed time to figure out the changes to our travel plans due to Covid-19. We accepted the offer. Although local museums were closed due to Covid concerns, we enjoyed a walk around a very interesting town and enjoyed boiled crawfish and shrimp from the next door crawfish shack. Hope to return to the area in the future.
This was our second stay with Ike he is quick to greet us and even offered a plug in. Had the best crawfish from right next door and enjoyed again our stay
Ike was amazing with communication and direction ahead of our visit. We were very thankful for the pitstop in Deridder, a neat little town. The yard was private and even. Be sure to come during crawfish season because the lot is right next to a crawfish shack!
Ike was very inviting with his space. Plenty of lot to be shared between 'docker and owner; the way the property is oriented. Even had a private driveway! Close to everything you need and some nice local eats. Stop by and see Dolly at downtown Ground for a homey home-town coffee shop too. Most of all, great thanks to Ike and his family for allowing me to visit. Thanks man!