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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scmecheng's References (14)

References from Hosts (1)


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 (13)


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 -