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Old 01-19-2021, 09:19 AM   #1
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Anybody have any experience with Harvest Hosts? Their sites appear to offer sort of a boondocking experience. Apparently you have to join before you can see where the hosts are. Looks interesting, but as we all know, there's a lot on the internet that isn't exactly as it appears!

Our favorite campground in the Nashville are is getting harder and harder to book due to its popularity, so we're looking for alternatives.

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I believe there are many threads here about HH. You might want to try a quick search. We have found HH to be a very positive experience. Finding places to stay while getting from point A to point B. However, we are retired, and don’t mind stopping earlier in the day. Before retiring I would drive until late stay at a Walmart for a few hours and be gone early. Preferred to get to our destination. Now we are enjoying the trip more. We will be in HH places tonight and tomorrow night in AZ.
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We are HH members and have stayed in a bunch of HH paces. Wineries, dairy farms, museums and more. You just call ahead and spend the night dry camping. It is suggested that you make a purchase ($20) while you are there. Our first HH night was at a winery in the finger lakes of NY and our free night cost us over a hundred dollars, but we left with some great wine.

If you like to visit these type of places, I would give it a try...
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Old 01-19-2021, 09:50 AM   #4
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Anybody have any experience with Harvest Hosts? Their sites appear to offer sort of a boondocking experience. Apparently you have to join before you can see where the hosts are. Looks interesting, but as we all know, there's a lot on the internet that isn't exactly as it appears!

Our favorite campground in the Nashville are is getting harder and harder to book due to its popularity, so we're looking for alternatives.

Bob in Nashville

You will find mostly good reviews of Harvest Hosts. We've been a member for two years and they are a nice alternative or "safety-valve" when finding other spots gets tough.

We hardly travelled last year and did not use any Harvest Hosts, but I see from their maps they are expanding and adding Host sites to I plan to keep my subscription.

Just be aware that it is rare to find hookups at their member locations. Never seen dump stations, but we've stayed in one that had electricity and another that also had water. Neither charged, but they certainly should as this is costly to add to their locations. Figure on a mostly flat grass or gravel parking site.

While not required, we've bought cheese or wine (sometime paid for a museum tour) to help support the Hosts. All in all, very reasonable.



PS: As with all campgrounds, check the proximity of rail road tracks next to any HH location you might stay at. I seem to find all the ones with railroads within ear shot.
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Old 01-19-2021, 10:22 AM   #5
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Harvest Host has been a great experience for my wife and I. We got our first AS in August 2020 and have used HH 4 times, each time different and better.
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A retired neighbor and his wife, really like the HH thingy.
They have a big motorhome, and like the ones here on Left Coast /PNW.
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Old 01-19-2021, 05:54 PM   #7
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I believe there are many threads here about HH.
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https://www.google.com/search?q=Harv...=airforums.com
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f42...ts-186675.html
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f24...ts-190573.html
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f31...ts-208473.html
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f38...st-215455.html

Welcome to the forum, Bob! Some of the posts on Harvest Host stays are truly inspiring, and when we get on the road again, this resource would make a great trip-planning tool IMO.

Happy trails . . . and . . .
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Ditto to the above. We're members and have used Harvest Hosts. Like others have said we tend to buy much more than $20 dollars of wine, but, its fun.

The basic rule is pack out whatever you pack in. No dump stations or hookups of any kind. Take your trash with you. One night stays only. Leave no trace. There are occasional exceptions, but those you work out on a case by case basis.
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Another positive vote for HH from us. We have been members for about 3 years and have stayed at about 30 in the US and Canada. Always have a very positive experience. Though there is no expectation of payment, we will typically buy a bottle of wine, shop in the market, have a drink or whatever the site offers.

We have really enjoyed our HH stays, and I no longer think of them as just a place to stay on the way to where we are going. The more we have stayed at them and enjoyed meeting the owners and taking in the site, we have come to realize they are a part of the travel experience.

The last HH we stayed at offered us a spot on the side of a river that ran through their property, and it was the kind of ideallic spot you would see in an RV ad. The hosts joined us for some hot chocolate around the campfire and we had a great time with them.

Also, if you have not boondocked, it’s a great way to start, because you stay for just one night.

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Anybody have any experience with Harvest Hosts? Their sites appear to offer sort of a boondocking experience. Apparently you have to join before you can see where the hosts are. Looks interesting, but as we all know, there's a lot on the internet that isn't exactly as it appears!

Our favorite campground in the Nashville are is getting harder and harder to book due to its popularity, so we're looking for alternatives.

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