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With plenty of solar and battery we are considering joining Harvest Host as an alternative to boondocking at Walmarts and Cabelas.  Does anyone have experience with this group?  Our travel style is to leave by 9:00am for our next destination and I'm not sure we could give the host the necessary gratuity in a short 18 to 20 hour stay.

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I look at their website every so often, but so far, they don't have any hosts in areas where we travel.  I think it's a great idea, though, if they're located along your route.  While I haven't read all the details, I didn't realize you're supposed to give the hosts a gratuity.

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6 hours ago, LindaH said:

I look at their website every so often, but so far, they don't have any hosts in areas where we travel.  I think it's a great idea, though, if they're located along your route.  While I haven't read all the details, I didn't realize you're supposed to give the hosts a gratuity.

It's not really a gratuity....HH just asks that you make a small purchase from the hosts to show your appreciation.

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7 hours ago, LindaH said:

I look at their website every so often, but so far, they don't have any hosts in areas where we travel.  I think it's a great idea, though, if they're located along your route.  While I haven't read all the details, I didn't realize you're supposed to give the hosts a gratuity.

 

50 minutes ago, ewacowboy said:

It's not really a gratuity....HH just asks that you make a small purchase from the hosts to show your appreciation.

Just buy a bottle of wine from them, and tell others if it's good!

 

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6 hours ago, Alie&Jim's Carrilite said:

Just buy a bottle of wine from them, and tell others if it's good!

If you don't drink wine you can bring it to your next group gathering where someone will probably drink it for you. :)

Linda

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On 4/14/2019 at 8:06 AM, ewacowboy said:

With plenty of solar and battery we are considering joining Harvest Host as an alternative to boondocking at Walmarts and Cabelas.  Does anyone have experience with this group?  Our travel style is to leave by 9:00am for our next destination and I'm not sure we could give the host the necessary gratuity in a short 18 to 20 hour stay.

While we have not joined or stayed at a Harvest Host location, we have visited some wineries that participate in the program. The available overnight parking varied from dirt to paved parking lot. This is what their website says about arrivals. 

 

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Can I arrive after business hours?

Not only do you need to call ahead to arrange your visit, you must arrive during business hours, unless the Host says otherwise. Interacting with the Hosts and supporting them with a purchase is an integral part of the Harvest Hosts program. Make your stop your destination, arrive early enough to enjoy your visit and make new friends.

 

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We recommend spending a minimum of $20 to support your Host–that way everyone wins!

While, I think it is a good value if there are locations that you can use, I think their assessment that your cost can be recovered in one night is overly optimistic. We have on very rare occasion spent $79 for a single night. Walmart, Lowes, Cabela's, Casinos, Flying J and many others are free. There are also free overnight or longer dry camping opportunities on a variety of local, state and federal public lands. With an America the Beautiful Senior or Access Pass, a wide variety of campgrounds including some with water, electric and a dump station are available for $20 or less per night. 

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We joined last year before the price increase to give it a try. I thought I'd rather do something like that than a parking lot en route since I don't like expensive campgrounds for overnighting.

Our first HH use will be next month. We plan to overnight at an antique car museum. They ask that you buy an admission ticket to the museum. We'll buy two at $12.50 each. 

I'm not sure we'll renew next year. Like others said, there are often state parks or other options. 

 

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16 hours ago, Kirk W said:

That is for the first year of membership in Harvest Hosts.       🙄

I understand that.  My point was if you normally pay $79 per night at a campground then your statement of "OUR $79 MEMBERSHIP FEE PAYS FOR ITSELF IN JUST ONE NIGHT" is accurate.  On the other hand if you are like me and average about $25 per night for campground fees then that statement is misleading and it would take 3 or 4 stays for it to actually pay for itself.

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My mistake, I get it now.  It appeared to me that you were making a statement.  Okay then, THEY are making a false claim IMHO because most folks don't pay $79 per night in a campground.

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