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Age: 55-65

Member since April 2017

Ken is a retired VP of Eng (Mechanical Eng), Jerilyn is a retired CalTrans CE.

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Jerilyn has been very active in her retirement since the end of 2015. She is keeping busy with music (vocal and bell choir), club newsletter editor, cooking, sewing, quilting, walking, bicycling, snow skiing and more. Jerilyn retired from the Caltrans highway dept. after 23+ years as a registered civil engineering manager dealing with traffic issues in the 6 western counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ken is still trying to figure out whether he's retired or not. He formally retired Feb 2015 but still works a little remotely from the Carson Valley location. He continues to have a good time at the semiconductor equipment company he helped develop and where he spent the last 25 years of his career as the V.P. of Engineering. His interests are bicycling, photography, anything automotive, snow skiing, traveling and too much more to list.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Ken is handy with many activities including auto / truck mechanics, plumbing, electrical, machining, computers, repairing most anything, etc.
Jerilyn is multi talented with music, sewing, quilting, cooking, and technical enough to put up with Ken's explanations re: issues with the truck / camper etc.

scmecheng's Pets

We have no pets currently.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Anywhere in the west. Specifically northern CA., along Hwy. 395 beside the eastern side of the Sierra. Love the Alabama Hills area above Lone Pine in the spring/ early summer. Utah and Colorado are of much interest also.

scmecheng's Hometown

Gardnerville, NV. Our home is situated in the beautiful Carson Valley which is nestled up to the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Range. Jobs Peak is the dominant view from our property and towers 6000 feet above us.

scmecheng's Guest Details

scmecheng's Rig

Rig Type: Truck Camper

22 feet long

Generally speaking it's a truck camper that's 22 feet long and weighs in at close to 12,000 lbs. Specifically a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 diesel 4x4 with an XP Camper on an aluminum flat bed. The camper stays low for highway and off road travel, then raises hydraulically approx 3 feet when stationary. It's totally self contained carrying up to 75 gallons of water, 500 watts of solar, 2000 watts of 120 VAC, forced air heating etc. The truck is highly altered for uncivilized bad road travel.

scmecheng Has 1 Host Location

Carson Valley Scenic Estate

Gardnerville, NV, US
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September 2017

Really nice couple in an XP

It turns out we have a mutual acquantance who also has (had) an XP. Really nice couple, invited them in for a beer or two and talked about RV travels, good times! I would certainly recommend them as guests, and would enjoy visiting at their place.

References from Guests (47)


March 2021

Fantastic BW Experience

Can't imagine a better Boondockers Welcome experience. Beautiful house and views. Perfect parking and hookup situation. Tremendous hospitality by the hosts. Even got to do a ride with one of the hosts using his awesome electric bikes. Tons of great hiking options within a few miles and the owners recommended numerous trails. I'll call this stay the AirBnB of Boondocking. Can't recommend enough.


December 2020

Expectations Exceptionally Exceeded!

Truthfully, wasn’t sure what to expect from our first Boondockers Welcome stay but let me be crystal clear: our experience was exactly like the title states. First, the property and location are absolutely stunning. Tucked away at the base of Job’s Peak, Ken and Jerilyn’s home exude a sense of remoteness and solitude yet just a 20-minute drive to what you’re used to in terms of services. We had the added benefit of watching a Sierra storm have its way at the peaks up top while we were sunny but chilly.
Having access to power and water are above and beyond, which makes staying here easy and hassle free. Ken has a wealth of knowledge of the area and its history, which is fascinating to learn.
And their generosity is bar none. Due to the storm and its winds, the tailgate fell on our tongue jack and damaged the extract and retract switch. We had a long trip through 395 and ultimately to AZ and it was excruciating thinking we would have to deal with manually raising and lowering our TT. But it was Ken to the rescue who drove my man to town to locate a switch and extra tools. If you have a chance to see his garage, you know there’s practically no problem he can’t help solve. We methodically replaced the switch and were good to go the next day.
He and Jerilyn were gracious and welcoming and there’s no second guessing a return visit. Though they likened our stay with the bland beige season in that it’s December in western NV, it was nonetheless beautiful especially seeing the snow capped Sierra’s towering above the beige valley below. It was quite dramatic and magnificent.
Ken even got up early the next morning as we headed out to beat other storms bearing down on our way through Mammoth and beyond. Their compassion and general sense of ensuring our safety places them far above any other private camping experience we’ve had. Ken and Jerilyn are true blessings and you should not hesitate to reach out to them and visit.


December 2020

Beautiful Mountain Views

We were warmly welcomed and given a spacious, flat parking spot with great views of the distant mountains. Our host was very helpful with providing information and brochures about local hikes and sight-seeing opportunities. We enjoyed our talks with our hosts. Thanks for being a BW host and opening your beautiful parking area to us!


November 2020

Thankful to the host for the Thanksgiving stay

Could not expect more from our 1st boondocking experience. We truly enjoyed not only Ken’s beautiful yard with great view, but also his friendly conversation. With free electric hookup and WiFi, was it really boondock? Thanks Ken!


November 2020

Beyond Words

This host was a true problem solver with a wealth of experience, knowledge, and kindness. I was offered a unique and generous solution to a problem I had not foreseen: freezing! Additionally, I received a great deal of advice and local information as well as other assistance. On top of all that, it was a peaceful stay in an easy to find and reach location, near to fantastic destinations and every amenity. Thanks so much, scmecheng!


October 2020

Second time around

Second stay! Thanks again!


October 2020

Simple and stunning

Just a beautiful and peaceful place to stay. Kind, friendly and helpful hosts! What a convenient and relaxing stop between Tahoe and Yosemite:


October 2020

Outstanding experience

Our hosts were warm, friendly, generous and organized people who made us feel like family. We didn’t realize what a beautiful and interesting location Carson Valley was and they helped us get to know the area better by providing brochures and other useful information. They kindly let us stay on another night when our travel plans didn’t work out. This gave us the opportunity to get to know them a little better and also to take a fun mountain hike right up the road from their house.


October 2020

Great hospitality and amazing view!

We really enjoyed our stay here! They both really went out of their way to welcome us. They had prepared some great resources about the area that we enjoyed looking through. We hooked up our electric and filled up on water. Gorgeous mountains are right behind their back yard and I highly recommend checking out some of the nearby hiking. Thank you both so much!


September 2020

Beautiful place, knowledgeable hosts

Clean and safe beautiful property with spectacular views. Hosts were very welcoming and knowledgeable. Thank you!


September 2020

Amazing People & Place

What a cool couple! 🚹 helped me diagnose an electrical issue after helping tighten some super tough bolts on my hitch. 🚙 He and 🚺shared local info for places to go/see and eat. Parking Pad and Power helped a ton. Thank you. Please consider this more than a place to stay, because the people made it awesome!!!


September 2020

Great first Boondockers experience

These were great hosts. Location is beautiful and well equipped for almost any size trailer. Unfortunately smoke and covid made it more difficult to enjoy thr great atmosphere. They even helped with small engineering fixes on the trailer. Definitely hope to get back when the smoke is gone.


August 2020


The hosts were very helpful and enjoyed their lovely place. Thank you so much for your hospitality.


August 2020

Very Friendly and Open Hearted

Location was perfect and scenic. The best boon docking experience ever we had so far. Hosts were awesome couple very friendly and open hearted. They went out of their way to give us all the information. We felt like we know them for long time. Sure to visit again next year.


August 2020

WIsh we could've stayed longer!

scmecheng were fantastic hosts! Their spot sits at the base of little Job's peak with excellent views all around the beautiful Carson Valley This however, was not the best part. Our hosts are a great couple and were a joy to spend some brief time with. scmecheng welcomed us to their spacious spot to park our Class B. We had a great evening talking shop about local spots and checking out their super cool XP Camper. Our stay couldn't have worked out better. I highly recommend stopping by.


August 2020

Carson Valley stay

we had a most excellent stay with our hosts Beautiful area with a great view of Jobs Peak and Carson Valley. Thank you Ken for your knowledge and points of interest.


August 2020

Estate spectacular!

I arrived late after a long drive, but the welcome was just wonderful. The set up was not only supplied with electricity and water, there was an extension cord for my 30 amp plug. So generous.
If you ever make the long drive up 95 through Nevada, this is the oasis at the end of the day.


July 2020


Our first Boondockers stay and I doubt we’ll have a better. Host was very knowledgeable and helpful. Water- even for washing our dusty van and 30 amp power. Beautiful place and views. Couldn’t have been better. Easy drive to Tahoe and interesting Carson Valley historical sites.


July 2020

Amazing place and hosts

We loved our time there. All the advices of things to do made our vacation wonderful and the place is absolutely stunning. We also made new friends :)


June 2020

Friendly Great Couple

They are one of the most caring people I have met. Very friendly and helpful. We even hanged out one evening making s'mores. Enjoyed our stay very much. 😁❤️


June 2020

Amazing Place

The Carson Valley Scenic Estate was a great place to stay. The host went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. Amazing views and great water are just the highlights for this pad. I highly recommend it.


June 2020

Lovely place and hosts

This was our 2nd trip passing through the area and staying in Carson Valley. Hosts were very accommodating and helpful with our leaking tire too. Hope to see them in So CA so we can repay the hospitality.


June 2020

Beautiful space with wonderful hosts

Our family loved our time here in Gardnerville! The space is absolutely beautiful, level, safe and comfortable and our hosts were so wonderful and welcoming. We enjoyed our time together and really hope we can come back another time and share more stories and enjoy this beautiful space. Thanks for making our first Boondockers Welcome experience memorable!


June 2020

Great stay

This was a wonderful one-night stay for us. Great access and parking with farmland and mountain views. Quiet and peaceful at night. Our hosts made us feel very welcome and we enjoyed trading stories about our hobbies and travel.


June 2020

Mountain Views

Very beautiful scenery and peaceful. The hosts were so helpful, I appreciated their hospitality.


May 2020

Breathtaking Scenery, Exceptional Host

scmecheng were exceptional hosts, and were informative about the region, providing advice and literature to help me see that which interested me. They were kind enough to better help me understand my RV, and fascinating to talk to. Parking was level, and having access to power helpful. Fabulous well water was available, but not needed. Loved being at t g e base of the Sierras. Exceptional hosts


May 2020

Very friendly and helpful hosts!

The hosts property, and the area in which they live, are incredibly “California Beautiful!’ The parking areas are flat, with spectacular views where the sounds of nature abound.

The hosts are thoughtful in giving you local brochures of interest, along with a homemade one listing locally where to get propane, markets, etc. They go out of their way to help you, like I was having trouble with my screen door, and out came the appropriate tools from the garage to remedy the situation!

They are a wonderful couple and I recommend their boondocking site 100 percent!


April 2020

Quiet Night

Welcoming hosts and lovely spot. So grateful for our stay,


March 2020

All Around Beautiful

scmecheng were some of the most wonderful host! I would highly recommend their scenic estate to anyone who is looking to stay around the Lake Tahoe area. Not only is their surrounding views absolutely beautiful, they are beautiful humans as well. They were very informative and helpful in all the best areas to explore and shared great stories of their own adventures! Would be grateful to stay here again on my next adventure to Lake Tahoe! Thank you for your endless hospitality and kindness.


March 2020

The kindness of strangers

K and J were welcoming and kind, the best of hosts. They knew a lot about the area and were able to give guidance on where we could hike in this time of social distancing. The area is beautiful and has a lot to offer. We want to come back and visit again when we can visit all the fun places that were closed due to sars-cov-2.
Katy and Jeff.


March 2020

High Sierras

Our hosts were amazing, as was this their beautiful property. They were able to accept us a day early and welcomed us upon arrival. They gave us options for parking and provided water, electricity and information and brochures on local attractions. When severe weather was predicted to close mountain passes and delay our departure, they said we could extend our stay. Fortunately, the weather was not as severe as predicted and we were able to leave as planned. Our hosts could not have done more for us!!!!! The Valley is lovely and the surrounding mountains are magnificent. It is only a short ride to Lake Tahoe and its many attractions. Do not miss the opportunity to stay with these hosts.


March 2020

Excellent overnight stay

This host was really helpful from the beginning, giving good information regarding possible bad weather on my route. The parking site on their property is relatively easy to access and perfectly level. Hosts were extremely hospitable and interesting. I very much enjoyed a chat with them after driving for 5 days with only the company of my cats. And the location is gorgeous!!! All very much appreciated!


February 2020

Very nice place and nice people!

It's a very beautiful place, near several places to visit! The hosts are really friendly and helpful to make the most of our stay. It is a very nice quiet and peaceful place for a stay.


February 2020

lovely people on an amazing place

This couple showed us from the very beginning how welcomed we are. They were extremely helpful by giving us tons of information about what to do and how to do in this beautiful area Carson Valley. We were treated like old friends. We even spend an evening together at the oldest bar of Nevada which was a great experience. They even offered us to extend our stay which we gladly accepted. We spent three exciting and inspiring days, one was at Lake Tahoe at Emerald Bay, the second was in Genoa which is a small town kept very real and has some cool western vibes going on and the last day we were at Bentlys Distillery doing a tour and after that we went to Virginia City.
Ken and JJ helped us on so many different occasions. That was far more than anyone could ever expect by their hosts.
Again, we want to thank this wonderful people for this great time we spent and all the inspiring conversations we have had. It's needless to say that we highly recommand this host to the boondockers community.

much love and best wishes to you two and your son.


October 2019


You really can't ask for any better spot for your RV. Ken and Jerilyn have made staying on their property very comfortable with easy access in and out. A very nice concert leveled pad with water and electricity.
Their hospitality makes you feel like you've known each other for long time. We totally recommend anybody coming this way to check this part of NV out, you'll be surprised by it's beauty.
Thanks Ken and Jerilyn.


October 2019

Great People, Great Spot

Wow! We had such a nice time getting to know these wonderful folks. And their little slice of heaven is absolutely breathtaking. Flat, level and easy in/out. Great Verizon coverage. Thank you so much for sharing your view with us for a bit.


October 2019

Peaceful stay

We had a wonderful stay at K and J's house. Their property has incredible views on montains, it's peaceful and quiet..exactly what we needed after 4 months driving in Canada and US. They provided many activities for our kids and they had so much fun.
We finally spent 2 nights there and had the best time. They were very attentive to our needs. Too bad we have to leave! We hope to see them US or in France!
We highly recommend this place.


October 2019

Just marvelous!

Very lovely place but mostly very charming, helpful and interesting couple ♥️. We never forget... and remember you will always be very wecome at our home!


October 2019

Beautiful property and a warm welcome

Such a beautiful place to stay... fabulous to wake up to the sunrise shining on to Jobs Peak!

K & J made us very welcome indeed... we only had a compact RV so had no problems parking up at all, but even bigger RVs won’t have a problem... we were able to park on a flat, level concrete hard standing and could position ourselves to be able to make the very best of a wonderful view. An RV30 power outlet was available for us to use and a long extension cable and water line available, however since it was only our second night we didn’t need to take on water.

K and I soon found we had a shared passion for photography and could quite easily have spent all day chatting. K was also a wealth of local information and helped out with maps and directions as well as some awesome photographic locations.

We really enjoyed our stay at Carson Valley... thank you both again for such a warm welcome


October 2019

Scenic way point

Friendly hosts with a picturesque, roomy, and quiet place to park. The valley is close enough to Tahoe and other recreational opportunities to enjoy day tripping. Convenient to supply shopping too. Scmecheng hosts were very responsive, welcoming and can provide visitor info as needed. Great experience and location perfect for those on the HWY 395 route.


September 2019

Great Hosts, great location!

We enjoyed a few nights at this beautiful host location. The hosts are very welcoming and provide you with all the information you need to have a good time. The location is about 25 minutes form South Lake Tahoe (beautiful drive) and located in a valley complete with cows! We loved the area and our hosts, we can't recommend them enough! Thank you for everything!


September 2019


Our visit at Carson Valley Scenic Estate was TOTALLY AWESOME!!!! The view was magnificent, but it didn't stop there! The spot for the RV was perfect, followed by great hospitality that included travel advice for the area (with printed materials and map), suggestions for travel for the remainder of our trip, trouble shooting and repairs on our RV, and sewing tips. Obviously, this first Boondockers Welcome visit will be impossible to beat. Thank you for sharing your corner or paradise with us!


August 2019

Beautiful, comfortable stay

You seriously could not ask for a better boondockers spot. The hosts are so welcoming and helpful, the site is gorgeous, quiet and comfortable. Carson Valley has a lot to offer and it is just a 20 minute drive to South Lake Tahoe. Highly recommend.


August 2019


It’s hard to decide what was more incredible about our stay—the stunning property and location or the warm, welcoming, generous hosts—everything about our stay exceeded even our loftiest hopes and expectations.
We thoroughly enjoyed delightfully knowledgeable, colorful, and helpful conversations on the patio—learning and sharing with one another while watching the sun rise up and down over the Sierras.
It’s rare to find such kindness and connection in this world—the beauty and friendship found here in the Carson Valley feels like a miraculous gift for which we’ll be forever grateful.


August 2019

An awesome stay for this Aussie couple

Both Ken and Jerilyn made us extremely welcome at their home at the foothills of the Eastern Sierra.
Your comments and advices were appreciated. Sadly after 3 nights we said our goodbyes as we head north on this trip to the West Coast of the USA

John and Judy


August 2019

Beautiful people and property.

Really nice and personable couple. Property was like a resort in the low hills below the mountains. They provided good directions to some beautiful scenic attractions. Really enjoyed our time with them. A+


July 2019

Does Not Get Any Better!

I could never even begin to do justice insofar as giving my stay at the Carson Valley Scenic Estate a great review. Not only was the space / accommodations absolutely PERFECT, the host was one of the nicest persons you could ever wish to meet. Unfortunately I was not able to meet his wife who was traveling. If you get a chance to stay here consider yourself lucky! If you want to watch of video of us having a real adventure on his UTV in the Sierra click here -

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April 2020

Great hosts with a magical location.

Two of the best hosts ever. The location is at the base of Job mountain and it's range. They offer 30A electrical and great well water. The site is level on a cement pad. Local history and sites are very captivating. The host have great knowledge of the area and this ads to the experience.
Thank you scmecheng.
We will be back.