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VA-Apraisr

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Posted: 03/06/21 07:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Saw ad on Facebook and since I don't travel often, and rarely like staying in the campgrounds, wondering if this might be a good option? Stayed in Wallymart parking lots overnight and it's ok but sometimes quite loud/bright but doable. Free parking overnight on farms, wineries, etc. for an annual fee of $79. Only drawback from literature I saw was the need to arrive before closing time. I guess so they know you're a member and legit.

PS: Other than calling a local campground and paying to empty tanks, are there other places that offer this well-needed facility while traveling and boondocking?

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Posted: 03/06/21 08:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

these folks use it

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=embracing+detours

great channel


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Posted: 03/06/21 09:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The iffy part of HH is how much do you spend/donate to "show your appreciation" for your hosts? The HH suggested minimum is $20. I can see people spending 5 times that for any number of reasons. I'd rather use a commercial CG, NPS CG, State Park, freeway Rest Area, where I know the price up front, and it's done, no strings attached. No guilt or hard feelings if someone expects more than you decided to pay. Just my opinion.


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Posted: 03/06/21 10:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I haven't found any campgrounds that charge less than $35 a night, the last place I stayed at wanted $60 for the night.
I've been a member of Harvest Hosts for over 6 years and never felt pressured to buy anything, that being said I do drink wine so I usually by at east 2 bottles. Once we just did the wine tasting for $10, 5 each. Once they let us do the wine tasting for free because we were members of HH.
I've never had a bad experience and would rather stay at a HH rather than a campground.
Downfall to HH's is usually no dump stations or free wifi or electric.
They do have some of the prettiest locations that we have ever seen.
We are also members of boondockerswelcome,com

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Posted: 03/06/21 11:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dump stations here
And here

A lot of the listings are campgrounds, but there are also gas stations, city wastewater sites, rest areas, etc. You just have to look through the list or on the map of your chosen area. Note that some of the listings may not be up to date, so I would always call first.


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We're lifetime members of HH and when the weather is nice we stay at HH places along our route. Wineries are our preferred stopover and we've found some that we really like. We recently stayed at the Tallahassee Auto Museum twice. Did the tour the first stop and just spent the night when passing through again.
That being said we've never felt pressured to buy anything. On the contrary most hosts are very appreciative if we buy anything from them. We've been to some HH's that the hosts were happy to see us and others where we didn't even see the hosts. Such a variety.

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Posted: 03/07/21 07:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

chris3403 wrote:

I haven't found any campgrounds that charge less than $35 a night, the last place I stayed at wanted $60 for the night.
I've been a member of Harvest Hosts for over 6 years and never felt pressured to buy anything, that being said I do drink wine so I usually by at east 2 bottles. Once we just did the wine tasting for $10, 5 each. Once they let us do the wine tasting for free because we were members of HH.
I've never had a bad experience and would rather stay at a HH rather than a campground.
Downfall to HH's is usually no dump stations or free wifi or electric.
They do have some of the prettiest locations that we have ever seen.
We are also members of boondockerswelcome,com


Lots of RV parks under $35/n. You may want to use something like Passport America but even without that, if you watch, you can often find parks for less.

Harvest hosts can be OK if you are on the move only stopping for a night or two but yeah, the expectation to buy from the host, essentially negates much of the savings unless you would have stopped and spent money there anyway. And right on the HH website, they make it very clear you are expected to buy something.

The reason we haven't signed up is they don't let you see what sites are available until you pay for membership. They give some C&B story about protecting the privacy of hosts but that makes no sense as the whole point is it acts as a form of marketing to get people to these businesses.


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valhalla360 wrote:

The reason we haven't signed up is they don't let you see what sites are available until you pay for membership. They give some C&B story about protecting the privacy of hosts but that makes no sense as the whole point is it acts as a form of marketing to get people to these businesses.


Yeah, that's an obvious deal breaker.

I would consider signing up if I knew in my general RV path that I'd have places to stay; otherwise, what's the point if there is only one or two even remotely nearby?

They could at least develop a map with general locations or a general density map demonstrating areas of higher availability (of locations/member spots).

Bummer...I like the idea though.

VA-Apraisr

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Yes, the lack of a real map showing the HH sites prior to joining is really a poor business decision IMHO. We're all grown adults who have $$ to spend on memberships that may benefit us as well as the product being sold (overnighting). But "sight unseen" leaves an empty feeling inside and warning flags galore.

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Hmmm .... from what I can see - Harvest Hosts does show a zoomable map window at the link below, where you even can filter the types of hosts you want to see by clicking on the map filter icons at the bottom of the map window. You don't have to be a member to see this map that's available right on their general website.

What you can't see - unless a member - is specific details on each host, but you do know where each host is located on the map for trip planning. If you're a member, you can see specific host details on each host by clicking on each host location symbol on the map.

Here's the link: https://harvesthosts.com/host-locations/


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