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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.
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.
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
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:
- trading post in Arizona
- distillery in Colorado
- flea market in Georgia
- produce farms in Florida and Washington
- air museums in Oregon and North Dakota
- bowling alley in Wyoming
- tour operator outside Big Bend National Park
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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