Harvest Hosts Review – Overnight RV Camping at Wineries, Farms and More

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Looking for unique overnight RV camping experiences? How would you like to wake up on a vineyard in California or on a farm in Florida? Harvest Hosts is an RV membership program that provides unique camping opportunities across the United States and Canada. We have been members since 2015 and absolutely love the program. If you are looking for a different type of RV camping experience, read our Harvest Hosts review to see if it’s the right fit for you.

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Harvest Hosts Review - Camping on a Farm in Washington

Harvest Hosts Review

What is Harvest Hosts?

Harvest Hosts is an RV membership program that offers a different kind of RV camping experience. Instead of spending the night at RV parks or campgrounds, RVers can patronize a local business and spend the night on their property. Businesses include wineries, farms, museums, breweries, and even bowling alleys.

Keep in mind that RVs must be self-contained as most Harvest Hosts simply provide a spot on their property to park your RV overnight. Based on our experiences, this can range from a standard parking spot that can accommodate one small RV to a farm with enough room to host a large RV rally. Don’t expect to have water, electric, sewer or bathrooms. That said, we have stayed at Harvest Hosts where electric and/or water was available.

Harvest Hosts Membership Costs

For $99/year, Harvest Hosts members have access to a listing of over 2,000 hosts around the United States, Canada and Mexico. Each host listing contains information such as GPS coordinates, max RV length, number of spaces, pet policy, facilities, reservation requirements and more.

Harvest Hosts offers a 3 month 100% money back guarantee. You can try a Harvest Hosts membership risk free to see if it’s the right RV membership for you.

Membership starts on the day you join and will be up for renewal on the same day the following year.

Note: the $300 lifetime membership option is no longer available.

Harvest Hosts + Golf

For an extra $40/year, members can upgrade their Classic Harvest Hosts membership to access nearly 400 golf courses and country clubs.

This option is ideal for RVers who enjoy golf. When searching for nearby Harvest Hosts locations, the golf courses will show up in green on the search map.

What We Love about Harvest Hosts

Harvest Hosts Overnight RV Campgrounds Map

More Than Wineries.

We’ve stayed at a number of Harvest Hosts location since 2015. Only a handful have been wineries. Others types of Harvest Hosts we’ve stayed at included:

Every Harvest Hosts stay offers a unique experience and it’s always a nice surprise when we pull up in our camper.

More Than a One Night Stay

The guidelines state that members are limited to one night with each host. We’ve found that after we arrive and meet the owners/managers of the property, they will sometimes invite us to stay longer than one night.

Our very first Harvest Hosts stay was at Rio Seco Winery in Paso Robles. The host offered to let us stay three days on their property since we were visiting during the week and had the availability.

Some Harvest Hosts are only open on weekends or have events going on which can limit the number of nights a member can stay.

Support Local Businesses

We find staying with hosts to be a great way to shop local and support small businesses. Harvest Hosts suggests a minimum spend of $20 to support the business members are staying with.

Instead of going to a chain grocery store to buy produce, we can visit a local farm and buy directly from them. It also provides an opportunity to learn about their products hear their story. One of our favorite farms is North Ridge in Almira, Washington. We’ve stayed there twice in one year and got to enjoy two seasons of fresh produce grown on the farm.

Dog Friendly Harvests Hosts

Each host page includes information on whether they are pet friendly. Members can read the description for additional information about pets, such as leash requirement and business owner pets on property. It goes without saying that members are expected to pick up after their pets.

Harvest Hosts Winery Camping

Connect with Other RVers

Harvest Hosts members are awesome! We’ve met some great people along the way that we stay in touch with. Especially if you’re new to RVing, it’s a great way to find and build community on the road.

There have been plenty of times where we are the only members parking overnight and that’s pretty cool too.

Peace and Quiet

The hosts we’ve stayed with are typically outside the hustle and bustle of the city. Once the business is closed for the day, the parking lot is empty and silence falls over the property. We take advantage of those peaceful and quiet times to enjoy a good book, watch the sunset or star gaze.

We have not run into a situation where the area was so remote we could not get cell coverage. If you’re concerned about connectivity, check out our post on Internet for RVers.

Member Reviews and Photos

The website includes comments, photos and videos submitted by Harvest Hosts members. Often times we will find helpful information such as cell coverage and road noise.

Rigs of All Sizes

About 80% of the hosts can accommodate RVs of any size. You can also use the filter to find hosts that can accommodate the size RV you have.

When we started RVing, we were in a small Class A motorhome towing a Jeep Wrangler. Then we downsized to Class B van life and now we live out of a 4×4 truck camper. While having a smaller RV gives us more host options, the majority of hosts we’ve stayed with can accommodate rigs as big as these custom Super C motorhomes.

Harvest Hosts - Filters

Harvest Hosts Mobile App

The Harvest Hosts app is one of our essential apps for RVing for a reason. Available for Android and iOS devices, this app is easy to use and we can access all the information we need to book a stay.

Now you can even send an online stay request through the app.

Great Customer Service

Whether you’re an existing member or looking to join, you can contact Harvest Hosts customer support by sending an email to team@harvesthosts.com.

The One Downside

More hosts please! Some states/regions have more hosts than others and we wish there were more everywhere.

On a bright note, new hosts are added every month and we’re notified of those via the member newsletter. As we travel, we also encourage businesses that can accommodate RVs to join the program.

Harvest Hosts Video Review

Take a step back in time and watch the video we made about our Harvest Hosts experience when we were still traveling in a Class A motorhome.

Summary

We would recommend Harvest Hosts to RVers looking for unique dry camping opportunities across the United States. It’s a great way to visit areas off the main road, discover new experiences and test your boondocking skills.

At $99 for a single year membership, it’s more than worth it. Read more about our first Harvest Hosts experience in Tales From the Open Road: The Adventures and Misadventures of RV Living.

If you found our Harvest Hosts review helpful, consider using our affiliate link to join Harvest Hosts to receive a 15% discount on your membership.

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to share your Harvest Hosts experiences in the comment section.

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74 thoughts on “Harvest Hosts Review – Overnight RV Camping at Wineries, Farms and More”

  1. I stayed at my first 3 Harvest Host locations last week. I am a single older woman who was a little unnerved when the winery closed for the day at 4:30 and I was there all by myself and 5 miles off any main road until morning. The next night I stayed on a farm and never saw another person. Most reviews claim how wonderful everything was but they are also traveling with a partner. Just wondering how other single women deal with this, or. maybe these were just unique experiences and not the norm?

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  2. Maybe pushing the rules a bit, but your thoughts on a hard side A frame pop up with interior cassette toilet, and the question mark being that gray water would dispense into an exterior 15 gallon Rhino RV wastewater tank?

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  3. I read that tent pop outs are prohibited. My camper has fold down sleeping areas that are canvas. Is that what is prohibited?

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    • Here is what the Harvest Hosts FAQ section says about types of vehicles allowed:

      “All classes of RV’s are allowed (Class A, Class B, Class C) including Motor Coaches, Fifth Wheel Campers, Travel Trailers, Toy Haulers, Camper Vans, Truck Campers, and Schoolies. Towed Vehicles are also acceptable.
      All Vehicles must be fully self contained: Your RV must have an interior toilet and built-in holding tanks for waste water. Porta-potties are acceptable but must be dumped off-site at an appropriate facility. The dumping of any gray water on Host properties is prohibited. You must have interior cooking facilities. Sorry, no tents of any kind allowed.

      Prohibited: Tents, campers with tent pop-outs, mini-vans, sleeping in cars or trucks.”

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  4. Now that you’re in a popup truck bed camper, have you tried to stay at a Harvest Host location? Or is popup the same as “pop-out” and you are excluded?

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  5. We’ve been using it for about 3 months, and we have had a fantastic experience with it. I highly recommend it!

    Our favorite thus far was a dairy farm in Missouri ~ Owners we fabulous!

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  6. I just signed up for Harvest Host. I’m really interested in the etiquette of staying more than one night. You mention the host invited to let you stay more than one night, and I know the site states you have to be invited and shouldn’t ask. I just can’t put together how that conversation would really go down. I imagine I would just bluntly ask if it was ok. Can you tell me your experience with that?

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    • Hey Justin, our experience has always been the host offering to let us stay more than one night. One time it was during check-in while they were showing us where to park. It all depends on the host, what they have going on during your stay and how busy it is.

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  7. We do most our dry camping just overnight. Is it a problem if you come in late and leave early without purchasing anything? Places are usually closed when we are just looking for somewhere overnight.

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  8. So how do you handle getting fresh water and emptying grey and Blackwater if you are on a trip and wanting to frequent Harvest Host locations? Do you alternate with campgrounds with dump stations or have you found places that allow you to pay to dump?

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  9. I need to know locations before I join to make sure it’ll be where we are traveling. Beginning in Florida traveling either up I 95 or I 81 to Vermont.

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  10. Thank you both for so much info on your blog! Were new to the traveling world in our travel trailer. We’ve been running into more issues then expected with our pups, particularly our pitbull, whose is the sweetest real dumb dumb loves everyone type, have you had any indication that the hosts breed restrict? Thanks so much!

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  11. Just joined the golf plan and found out that some golf courses require you to have to play a round of golf. That’s PAY TO STAY! I’m happy to have a nice beverage and a meal but usually no time for a 5 hour round of golf.

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    • Hey Lauren. Children are absolutely welcome at Harvest Hosts. Many of the farms have activities specifically for children and all the museums are family friendly. The one thing you’ll want to check is whether some of the wine tasting rooms have age restrictions.

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    • Some hosts can not accommodate larger RVs. Your camper van should be fine as long as it’s self contained.

      Here is the answer on what types of vehicles are allowed “All classes of RV’s are allowed (Class A, Class B, Class C) including Motor Coaches, Fifth Wheel Campers, Travel Trailers, Toy Haulers, Camper Vans, Truck Campers, and Schoolies. Towed Vehicles are also acceptable.

      All Vehicles must be fully self contained: Your RV must have an interior toilet and built-in holding tanks for waste water. Porta-potties are acceptable but must be dumped off-site at an appropriate facility. The dumping of any gray water on Host properties is prohibited. You must have interior cooking facilities. Sorry, no tents of any kind allowed.

      Prohibited: Tents, campers with tent pop-outs, mini-vans, sleeping in cars or trucks.”

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  12. I’m interested in joining Harvert Host, my question is, do you have any idea what percentage of the host offer electric hook up? We have a brand new 5th wheel which is fully self contained, but a generator just isn’t in the budget yet. We will want to run our air conditioning and I think we need to be plugged in to do that.

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    • Very few will have standard 20 amp outlets you can plug in to but that won’t be enough to run your AC. Almost none have 30/50 amp RV hook-ups. Also, unless you’re camped all alone someplace, it’s bad etiquette to run a generator all night as your neighbors or anyone in the area will have to listen to it all night.

      If it’s so hot you need to run your AC, I’d suggest staying at a campground where you can hook up. When it’s cooler, you can run your fans during the night off your batteries which keeps things nice and cool. If you really like the idea of staying away from campgrounds, consider getting solar and more battery capacity rather than a generator.

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  13. We will be traveling and towing a dinghy vehicle behind our motor home. Will we be allowed to take our dinghy out to sight see and leave our motor home parked at the Harvest Host location for several hours during the day?

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    • When we had our Class A towing a Jeep Wrangler, we were able to leave the motorhome at the host location and go explore the area in the tow car. However, every host has different policies, my recommendation is to contact the host you’re interested in staying with directly.

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  14. Joe, I was interested in Harvest host but then the annual rate went from 49.00 to 79.00 30% increase in January
    Couldn’t find an answer to why a such a high increase was warranted. So I’ M. OUT!

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  15. Hello! We will be travelling cross-Canada this summer. Towing our trailer, self-contained.
    Is there a way to view the Canadian host locations? Haven’t yet purchased our membership but plan to do so! Many thanks. Susan and Mark

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  16. Hello Kait and Joe! I have so enjoyed your videos as I prepare to go full time next fall!! I will be in a mini van though. Is there any restrictions on that?? I of course will have my own water and toilet set up. And cooking. But just won’t have tanks. I’m soooo looking forward to this next chapter in my life!!! Thanks for all you do for all of us!! Mickie

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    • Hey Mickie – Your rig must be fully contained in order to stay at a Harvest Host location. If you have any questions as to whether or not your your van qualifies, shoot Harvest Hosts a note and I’m sure they can help. Congrats on this new chapter of your life!

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  17. We have a 26′ trailer camper that we pull with a Dodge Ram. Are theses welcome at the Harvest Hosts places or is it just RV’s?

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  18. Hello,

    HHs sounds fabulous! My husband and I are wondering, however, if we may be limited in host options as we only will purchase organic fruits and vegetables.

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    • Terri – there is no cost to stay with the host, however it is expected that you patronize their establishment. There isn’t a minimum and typically we only go to hosts that we would be interested in purchasing something from. That said, if you don’t drink but want to stay on a vineyard, for example, then consider buying a bottle for a friend.

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  19. We are now overnighting at our first Harvest Host site. Thanks for the discount link. Looking forward to many more interesting stops across America!

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