Harvest Hosts Review Based on 6 Years of Experience

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Looking for unique overnight RV camping experiences? How would you like to wake up on a vineyard in California or stay at a farm in Florida? Or maybe find yourself stepping out of the RV, parked alongside historic war birds? You can experience all of this and more with a Harvest Hosts membership. Harvest Hosts is an RV membership program that provides unique camping opportunities for RV owners and renters across the United States and Canada. We have been members since 2015 and absolutely love this RV membership. 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

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What is Harvest Hosts?

Harvest Hosts is an RV membership program that offers a different kind of RV camping experience by providing members with the ability to camp on wineries, farms, museums, breweries, restaurants and various other types of businesses. We even used our Harvest Hosts membership to camp at a bowling alley one night!

As of writing this Harvest Hosts review, there are over 2,800 locations available to members with new hosts being added regularly. The map below will give you an idea of where the hosts are located around the U.S. and Canada.

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How Does it Work?

When you become a Harvest Hosts member, you get access to businesses across the United States, Canada and Mexico that have signed up with the program to allow RV owners and renters to park overnight on their property. While the the hosts do not charge a fee to park overnight in the RV, the expectation is that Harvest Hosts members will patronize their business in someway. Harvest Hosts suggests a minimum spend of $20 to support the business members are staying with.

Here are some ways to patronize a Harvest Hosts business:

  • Wineries: purchase a wine tasting, glasses or bottles of wines. Every Harvest Hosts winery we’ve stayed at also have a gift shop where visitors can purchase non-alcoholic items. This is a great option for members who want to stay at a beautiful vineyard but may not want to drink or buy wine.
  • Museums: pay for admission to the museum and/or purchase items in the gift shop.
  • Farms: stock up on in season and local produce

Do Hosts Offer RV Hookups?

Each Harvest Host location is different with what they offer in terms of parking and amenities. We’ve stayed at just about every type of Harvest Host out there and while we’ve found a few hosts that offer water, electric and bathrooms, most Harvest Hosts simply offer members a place to park overnight in their RV.

Harvest Hosts members can see which amenities are offered by visiting the host’s page. Here are some examples of amenities offered by hosts in the program:

  • Gift Shop
  • Picnic/Patio Area
  • Farmers Market
  • Restaurant/Food
  • Hiking
  • Birding & Wildlife Viewing
  • Water Hookup
  • WiFi (learn more about How to Stay Connected on the Road)
  • Separate Tow Vehicle Parking

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of a Harvest Hosts membership is $99 per year, which gives members access to a listing of over 2,800 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, reviews and photos from members and the ability to book a stay online.

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Your Harvest Hosts membership starts on the day you join and will be up for renewal on the same day the following year.

Harvest Hosts Lifetime Membership is no longer offered. When it was available, the cost was $300 for a Harvest Hosts lifetime membership.

Harvest Hosts Golf Membership

For RVers who enjoy golf, Harvest Hosts has an add-on Golf membership that includes over 400 golf courses where you can go and spend the night. Although, you don’t need to be a golfer (we’re not) in order to use the golf membership. Instead of golfing, you can enjoy the other amenities and restaurant(s) the hosts have to offer.

To cost to add golf to a Harvest Hosts membership is a extra $40/year. Current and new members can upgrade their Classic Harvest Hosts membership to access all the golf courses and country clubs in the Harvest Hosts golf network.

What’s it Like to Stay at a Harvest Host?

The first Harvest Host we ever stay with was a winery and vineyard in Paso Robles, CA in 2015. A few days prior we called and told them we were a Harvest Hosts member and wanted to come stay for a night at their winery. After checking availability and making sure they could accommodate our Class A motorhome and tow vehicle, we were told they would love to have us. When we arrived a few days later, we went inside to check in with the owner who then showed us to our overnight RV parking spot. Once we were set up, we walked to the tasting room to sample their wines. After going through almost every wine they made, we purchased a couple bottles and walked back to our RV, set up our camp chairs and enjoyed one of the bottles while we watched the sun set over the vineyard. When the winery closed for the night, we had the entire place to ourselves and the owners even told us we could walk through their vegetable garden and pick anything we liked…which we did and had an amazing dinner. Read more Tales From the Open Road: The Adventures and Misadventures of RV Living.

Harvest Hosts Class A RV

In the six plus years we’ve been using Harvest Hosts, we have enjoyed every stay with one exception. We booked a stay at a dairy farm in Arizona and did not think about the fact that there would be cows on property…a lot of cows. So naturally it smelled like a dairy farm. Luckily for us, the hosts were very nice and provided power for us to plug into so we could close the windows and run the A/C. This host also made some amazing dairy products which we thoroughly enjoyed. After this Harvest Hosts experience, we learned to inquire about livestock when planning a farm stay. 

Harvest Hosts Arizona Dairy Farm

When to Use Harvest Hosts?

For us, Harvest Hosts is great for those times we’re driving cross country and need a place to stay along our route. A Harvest Hosts experience is so much more enjoyable than staying in a Walmart parking lot, overnight parking at a truck stop or boondocking at Cracker Barrel. Plus, we get to experience whatever our host has to offer and we haven’t been disappointed yet.

Since we don’t need RV hookups, we would rather take the money we would spend at a campground and put it towards supporting a local business in the Harvest Hosts program. A lot of times, we’ll look for farms along the route in order to stock up on produce, eggs and other goods. We even have a farm in Washington that we always make a detour to visit because we love their products and the owners are great people.

Harvest Hosts Washington Farm

How Much Do You Have to Spend at a Harvest Host?

The amount members spend at Harvest Hosts will vary, but the suggested minimum is $20. The amount we’ve spent has varied from nothing to well over the minimum. One Harvest Host business we stayed with was renovating their facility and did not have any products to sell, but they invited us to spend the night anyway. Most of the time, we absolutely love the products and stock up as much as we can because we have no idea when we’ll be back in that part of the country.

The Harvest Hosts member portal makes it easy to read about each hosts and what products or services they offer. If we don’t think a host will have anything we’re interested in buying, we simply won’t book a stay there. Here’s an example of a host description to get an idea of what to expect:

  • “A farm destination including a year round plant nursery with fresh produce and farm fresh eggs. Christmas tree farm, pumpkin and corn patches, outdoor event venue with catering and amateur landscape photography. Hosting several annual, family friendly events throughout the year! Park along the road and check-in with the host for parking instructions.”

What Types of RVs are Allowed?

All types of RVs are allowed including Class A, Class C and Class B motorhomes, camper vans, 5th wheels, travel trailers, truck campers and schoolies. 80% of Harvest Hosts are able to accommodate any size RV and for those other 20%, each Harvest Host will list what limitations they have. 

Pop-out trailer style campers where the sides pop up and out are prohibited. Also prohibited are bikes, motorcycles, roof-top tents, ground tents and sleeping in cars, trucks or minivans. Vans and truck campers with pop-up roofs are allowed as well as tear-drop style trailers, however outdoor kitchens may not be used. 

Keep in mind, all types of campers must be self-contained. This means that your camper must have an interior toilet and waste water holding tanks. Cassette, porta-potti and composting type toilets are allowed as long as they are dumped off-site. 

If you’re traveling with other RVers, each RV must have someone who has a current Harvest Hosts membership.

Can I Use Harvest Hosts in a Rental RV?

Absolutely! We’ve met people who don’t own an RV but have a Harvest Hosts membership because they enjoy traveling in rental RVs. Since you’re typically moving from spot to spot when you have a rental, Harvest Hosts can be a great option for those overnight stops and a place to wind down from a long day on the road. Just make sure to plan ahead and not arrive after hours. 

Harvest Hosts memberships are not tied to the RV, so you can use it in whatever recreational vehicle you want as long as it adheres to the rules. 

Why We Love 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:

Every Harvest Hosts stay offers a unique experience and it’s always a nice surprise when we pull up in our camper. The most unique has been a Titan II missile silo that the owners had converted into a vacation rental and would give tours when it was not occupied. We parked on property and got an extensive tour by the owner.

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.

At our very first Harvest Hosts stay, the owner offered to let us stay three days on their property since we were visiting during the week and had the availability. Other hosts have offered us the option to stay longer in the years we have been members, but we still go into each stay with the expectation that it is for one night.

Also, 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 Harvest Hosts to be a great way to shop local and support small businesses. As mentioned earlier, the suggested minimum spend at each host is $20. Instead of going to a chain grocery store to buy produce, we can plan an overnight stay at a local farm and buy directly from them.

Most of the time we get a chance to meet the owners of the business and learn more about their products and 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

One of the main reasons we decided to RV was to travel with our dogs and we are not alone. With many RVers traveling with pets, Harvest Hosts makes it easy to find pet friendly hosts in the program. There is a “pet allowed” filter on the find hosts page as well as a “Pets Welcome” listing on the host’s page.

Pets are expected to be kept on leash at all times and members should read the description for additional information about pets, such as whether or not the business owner has 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 Harvest Hosts member portal includes comments, photos and videos submitted by users. Often times we will find helpful information in the reviews section such as cell coverage and road noise.

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 full of features that make it easy to find and book a stay with hosts. Here’s some of our favorite features:

  • A full directory of Harvest Hosts with the ability to search by state, location or route
  • Individual host’s information page that provides information such as a description of the host, hours of operation, contact information, website, amenities, photos and reviews.
  • Request-to-Stay system that allows you to see the host’s calendar and submit a request to stay online.

Great Customer Service

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

The One Downside

Although Harvest Hosts has grown significantly since we first joined in 2015, more hosts covering more areas is always a plus. Some states/regions have more hosts than others and we wish there were more everywhere, including Baja, California.

On a bright note, new hosts are added regularly 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.

As new hosts are being added, some existing hosts are also being removed. One of our favorite hosts in Colorado was removed this year due to expansion of their facility and taking over the space they had reserved for Harvest Hosts stays.

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.

Is Harvest Hosts worth the $99 yearly fee? 

It all depends on how you use your Harvest Hosts membership. If you only use it once or twice a year, then it’s probably not worth the cost. However, if you’re using it a bit more frequently then Harvest Hosts is a great RV membership to have.

We have found that since we became members in 2015, there have been time we just flat out forget to use it and go months without visiting a host. Other times, we find ourselves visiting hosts back-to-back especially in areas where free camping on federal land is not available. 

Harvest Hosts has a referral program so if you love it and refer friends, they will get 15% off and you’ll earn $15 in cash! The referral program can help off-set your yearly cost (or even pay for the membership entirely). If you decide to join Harvest Hosts, here’s our referral link so you can get 15% off and we get $15.

We have seen a steady increase in the Harvest Hosts yearly fee (the last increase was from $79 to $99) and there is no reason to think it won’t continue to rise as they work to add new hosts and features. That said, one thing that has been consistent is your rate is locked in as long as you continue your membership year-over-year.

Harvest Hosts Code of Conduct

When signing up for your Harvest Hosts membership, they have a code of conduct you must agree to:

  1. All RVs must be self-contained
  2. Please do not arrive unannounced. Always call ahead or use the app to request a stay. 
  3. Arrive during business hours. As I mentioned before, some hosts have given us permission to arrive after hours with specific instructions. 
  4. Let your host know what size/type vehicle you have and ask what the best way is to get to your parking spot
  5. Introduce yourself and present your membership card
  6. Please make a purchase
  7. Do not stay longer than 24 hours unless invited by your host.
  8. Only park where indicated. Keep in mind not all parking spots are level. 
  9. Keep a low profile and turn off loud music and generators by 10pm
  10. Indoor cooking only
  11. Do not use jacks on asphalt without jackpots. Always ask before putting jacks down. 
  12. Remember that many of the sites are working farms and historic locations so do not explore closed or restricted areas and do not leave children unattended. 
  13. Ask before using your generator
  14. Take all trash with you
  15. When departing, thank your host
  16. Be aware of local alcohol restrictions
  17. Members acknowledge that they are insured according to all local, state, provincial laws. 

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 referral link to join Harvest Hosts to receive a 15% discount on your membership before the end of the year.

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 Based on 6 Years of Experience”

  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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