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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 a membership program that offers RVers 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.
Harvest Hosts Review
What is Harvest Hosts?
The way we describe Harvest Hosts to friends is that it’s an RV membership program that offers a different kind of RV camping experience. Instead of spending the night at RV campgrounds, you 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 most hosts provide a space on their property to park you RV overnight. Don’t expect to have water, electric, sewer or bathrooms. That said, we have stayed at some Harvest Hosts where electric and/or water was available. It’s certainly not the norm, but certainly a nice surprise.
Harvest Hosts Membership Costs
For $79/year, members have access to a listing of 1,400+ 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 the RV membership risk free and see if it’s the right fit 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 Membership Add On + Golf
For an extra $40/year, Harvest Hosts membership can upgrade their membership to access 300+ golf courses and country clubs.
This option is great for those 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 hosts included:
- trading posts
- dairy farms
- flea markets
- produce farms
- air museums
- bowling alley
Every Harvest Hosts stay offers a unique experience even and it’s always a nice surprise when we pull up in our RV.
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.
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.
Members are asked to make a purchase during their stay. Harvest Hosts suggested a minimum spend of $20 to support the business. We find staying with hosts to be a great way to shop local and support small businesses.
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 story and their products.
Some of our favorite hosts this year are North Ridge Nursery in Almira, Washington and Spirit Hound Distillers in Lyon, Colorado
Dog Friendly Hosts.
Each host page includes information on whether they are pet friendly. Read the description for additional information about pets, such as leash requirement and business 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 on property 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.
Beyond a Directory.
The website includes comments, photos and videos submitted by members. Often times we’ll find helpful information such as cell coverage and road noise.
You can search for hosts by location or along a route. There is also a trip planning feature where members can add hosts to a trip and refer to it at a later date.
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 RV life, we were in a 29′ Class A RV towing a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. 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.
Awesome Mobile App
Harvest Hosts mobile app is available for Android and iOS devices. We use the app almost exclusively now and find that we can access all the information we need.
Members earn $15 for each new member sign-up. New Harvest Hosts members referred by the existing member will also receive a 15% discount. Members can also earn a one year membership for each new host sign-up. If you decide to sign up for Harvest Hosts after reading our post, you can use our Harvest Hosts referral link to receive a 15% discount.
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 email@example.com. We’ve always received a prompt response.
What We Don’t Like
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.
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 dry camping skills.
At $79 for a single year membership, it’s more than worth it. Some of our favorite RVings experiences have been with a host.
Harvest Hosts Video Review
We filmed a video about our Harvest Hosts experience when we were traveling in our Class A motorhome.