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ron.dittmer

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Posted: 03/09/21 05:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As I see it, one of the benefits of RVing is the ability to park when needed, where needed, for free. The "free" part helps immensely with the cost of fuel for people like me who watch their expenditures.

With that said, we are most comfortable in Walmart parking lots, followed by rest areas. Places like Cabela's and Cracker Barrel don't suit us because of the lack of other RVers, and that those places are closed during over-night hours. There is something to be said about "activity and safety in numbers".

I can see taking advantage of HarvetHost if those are places you like to patronize.

As far as dumping waste water and replenishing fresh water, there are enough opportunities throughout.


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I tend to travel without a lot of reservations – that way, I can explore as I go along. Can anyone comment on their experience with same-day stays at HH?


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A friend didn’t renew his HH as he was tired of drinking so so wines. I probably will not too as this past summer I only used it once. Arrived at another one at 3 PM (spent $60) but continued on as it was to early to stop on our trip West.


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One of my former coworkers used HH a great deal for 2 different extended trips. They liked it well enough to use it twice. He said there were some great locations, much quieter and prettier than a road side RV park.


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Posted: 09/14/21 10:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Harvest Hosts this summer was a joke, I couldnt find one host in at least 2 and 1/2 weeks on the road out of almost three months out west. The closet date that I could find in any of my travels was two weeks out. Just cancelled and requested a refund.


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We use both Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome (now the same company, but keeping things separately). We've only full-timed since April, but have gotten our moneys worth. Four stays with different Harvest Hosts, including breweries and a Lavender Farm. We prefer Boondockers because most places we have the option to stay multiple nights, and many have hookups. We just finished a six night stay in Centuria, WI at a 'hobby farm'. Super friendly folks, 50 amp power, and water. We visit an aunt in Luck, WI., just 10 minutes away. We're already planning another trip next spring.

I have been able to make a few same day stops, but since we're full timers, I have a pretty solid itinerary planned in advance.


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I just heard about boondockers welcome and wondered if it we would like to host. The Terms of Use are somewhat formidable but probably similar to something like Airbnb. I like that it’s a free night or two for travelers. Our town approved Airbnb so it’s probably legal. I’m wondering if it’s asking for trouble from people who carry and think guns are a solution to being unhappy or angry with someone or have annoying dogs they don’t clean up after. We could provide 15 amp service but not enough to run air conditioning etc. Boondockers would have to run generators at least part of the time. Would our neighbors hate the idea? Would you? We have about 2 acres and our neighbors have at least an acre lot and it’s semi rural.


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As a long time and well used Boondockers Welcome host, I can tell you exactly what it is like.

You set up the account.
If you are near a place that people want to go or convenient to a well traveled highway, be ready.
Publish accurate descriptions and have a good set of directions to find you.
Be honest about what you can fit. We do have issues with longer trailers and monster coaches.
We are something over two dozen now and that is with nothing in 2020.
It is a great way to meet interesting people.

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New user here . In the eastern US "free" and "overnight" don't appear together often. Not interested in a restaurant parking lot, so I got a HH menbership and used it twice for overnight stops - both farms. No pressure to buy, but I bought a couple of inexpensive dried soup mixes, some coffee and tea, a pacgage of homenade cookies, and homemade jam. It's fine for that type of use.

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EMD360 wrote:

I just heard about boondockers welcome and wondered if it we would like to host. The Terms of Use are somewhat formidable but probably similar to something like Airbnb. I like that it’s a free night or two for travelers. Our town approved Airbnb so it’s probably legal. I’m wondering if it’s asking for trouble from people who carry and think guns are a solution to being unhappy or angry with someone or have annoying dogs they don’t clean up after. We could provide 15 amp service but not enough to run air conditioning etc. Boondockers would have to run generators at least part of the time. Would our neighbors hate the idea? Would you? We have about 2 acres and our neighbors have at least an acre lot and it’s semi rural.
If your area does not have ambient noise normally, a generator running at night will be highly annoying. Don't understand the concern over guns unless you plan on making the guests unhappy and angry. And yes, as a former RV park owner people will have dogs that bark and some owners will not clean up after them. If you are rural and your lawns not fully manicured the dog waste issue (and the likelihood the guests will drain a gray tank onto the ground) will increase. Another concern is how will your neighbors react to a stream of unknown individuals camping in the area. Remember not all RV occupants are related to Mother Teresa.

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