My wife and I live about 25 minutes West of Flagstaff, Arizona. We have a 20-acre "family compound" with myself, my wife Kara, 13-year-old daughter Ruby, our dog Ginger, Kara's mom, and about 40 chickens. Our property backs up to the US Forest Service property of the Garland Prairie and we have great views of the San Francisco Peaks (no, not that
San Francisco...the Arizona mountains, including the 12,700 foot Mount Humphrey). From the I-40 freeway, a major East-West corridor, you'd drive 1 mile on paved road then 3 miles on County maintained (nice) dirt road. As you leave the pines and spruce of the forest, you'll "burst" out onto the edge of the prairie where we regularly see elk and antelope.
Anyway, all that wordiness is to orient you to the general vibe. We've got an RV spot we've rented out before and we recently listed it on HipCamp. We're charging $20/night for RVers. But we love and support the skoolie community, so we've regularly offered free overnights to skoolie passersby. And if you ever did laundry near our restaurant in Flagstaff, you've probably had a free beer or meal on us! If you're passing through and want to spend the night here, just book your night on HipCamp and use the coupon code MountainViews20
to get a $20 credit, which should give you that night free. We're new to HipCamp, and they had to set that coupon code up for us specially, so please let me know if you have any issues with it. Our intent is that your night here be completely free. BTW, that coupon code is case sensitive.
Here's the listing:
We're a great staging area for your visit to the Grand Canyon (where Kara used to work) and there are lots of free forest camping options nearby, if you'd like to linger. We're happy to guide you!
The spot does have WiFi . Because we're rural, our WiFi comes from a cellular modem...so don't expect blistering speeds, but it's free for your use and unlimited. Also, because we're rural, we get water delivered - but we can gladly provide you with a couple of 5-gallon jugs if you need. And, we're happy to run a load of laundry for you. Finally, as long as the hens are cooperating, you'll get some great eggs too!
We do not yet have power run to the site, but that's on the radar. We do have high-pressure air and a bus-friendly tire fill hose available, if you need to top off tires while you're here.
The listing has all the info and photos. Again...please let me know if you have any issues with the free night's booking. We only ask that you book through the site so that it locks that night out, so an RVer doesn't try to join you! We do love RVers too, but skoolies have a special place in our hearts...
Finally - this is not an attempt to sell you anything. Yes, we do bus and ambulance conversions for a living. Yes, we make money doing work on buses and rigs. And, yes, people book time for solar installations or fabrication or welding (we've worked primarily on coaches and expedition rigs, and we own 6 buses ourselves). But time permitting, I'll gladly weld that broken bracket or fabricate a new widget...without charge, so long as it's a small project and I can fit it in while you're visiting.
Be well, safe travels, and we look forward to meeting you someday!
Ross and Kara Taylor