Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What types of vehicles are allowed?
Qualified self-contained vehicles include motor homes (classes A, C and B), fifth-wheels, travel trailers, hybrid trailers and truck campers. All vehicles must have INTERIOR toilets, BUILT- IN gray water tanks and INTERIOR cooking facilities (NO EXCEPTIONS). Sorry, but pop-up tent trailers of any style, mini teardrop trailers (with no inside facilities) and clam shell kitchens are not allowed. All other vehicles including tiny houses, converted vans, custom conversions and buses must be approved – please email us descriptions and photos before joining. No tents of any kind allowed.
Q: How do I know if my RV is "self-contained"?
Self-contained means that your RV MUST have an INTERIOR toilet and BUILT IN holding tanks for waste water. You must have INTERIOR cooking facilities and be able to supply your own power and water. Porta-potties are acceptable but must be dumped off-site at an appropriate location. Gray water tanks must be built-in. No buckets or portable containers. No exceptions.
Q: Can you make an exception for me?
We’re sure you’re a very nice person, but as the Hosts are not campgrounds, we have made a commitment to only send qualified, completely self-contained RVs to overnight. We have tried to make our requirements very clear and it is always difficult for us when nice people ask us to make an exception, but we are asked frequently. It wouldn’t be fair to make an exception for you and then say no to the next person. We are sorry to disappoint you but it is our duty to look at the bigger picture and at what the consequences would be if we disregarded the requirements and commitments that have been set for the program.
Q: Can I arrive unannounced?
No. Do not arrive without calling first! The Hosts appreciate advance notice and we request that you call a day ahead. By calling ahead, you can ensure that the Host (1) is open and can accommodate you, (2) can tell you if there is a special entrance and (3) can be specific about where you should park when you arrive. Be sure to ask for the contact person listed in the Host Directory; new employees may not always be up-to-date.
Q: What do I get when I join?
Harvest Hosts is an online program. A username and password give you access to the Members website where you can:
- Download your Harvest Hosts membership card and vehicle badge;
- Download the free Harvest Hosts App;
- Customize Host Lists;
- Search the interactive Map of Host locations;
- Prepare custom trip routing;
- Upload and read comments, reviews and photos directly on the Host pages or from the App.
Q: How much should I spend to say "thank you" to my Host?
We do ask that you make a purchase to thank your Host. It is the only compensation they receive for their hospitality. When considering how much to spend, please consider how much money you are saving by not being in a campground. We suggest spending a minimum of $20 in support of your Host.
Q: Do the Hosts offer electricity, water or sewer hook-ups?
The Hosts are, first and foremost, wineries/farms/museums and do not provide the services that you would find at a campground. However, a small number of the Hosts do offer electricity or water. This will be called out on the Host page.
Q: Can I use a generator?
Yes, but please be courteous and ask beforehand so that the Host can park you where no one will be disturbed by it. If you are parked near the Host’s neighbors, please use your generator sparingly.
Q: Are firepits allowed?
No outdoor firepits, propane or other are allowed.
Q: Are there vehicle size restrictions?
Approximately 80% of the Hosts can accept vehicles of any length. Icons are used on the Host listing to indicate the vehicle length accepted at each Host. The Class A (coach) icon denotes vehicles of all lengths; a Class C icon denotes up to 44 ft in total length; and a Class B (van) icon denotes vehicles up to 29 ft in total length. These lengths INCLUDE any trailer or towed vehicle. If you are comfortable disconnecting your tow, then you are welcome to classify your vehicle by the length of only the RV.
Q: Must I buy something from the Host?
Yes, please make a purchase to show your appreciation to your Host. This is their incentive to allow you to park overnight. You’ll enjoy buying local products and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping a small business grow and thrive. If you don’t see anything for yourself, please consider purchasing a gift for a friend.
Q: When must I arrive?
Not only do you need to call ahead to arrange your visit, you must arrive during the Host’s business hours. Interacting with the Hosts as well as supporting them with a purchase is an integral part of Harvest Hosts. Make your stop your destination, arrive early enough to enjoy your visit and make new friends. Arriving outside of business hours is not within the spirit of the program.
Q: Are children welcome?
Supervised children are welcome at all of the Hosts, especially at the farms and attractions. Wineries, breweries and distilleries are typically geared toward adult visitors but as long as your children are supervised they are welcomed there as well.
Q: Are pets allowed on the Hosts' properties?
Nearly all of the Hosts permit pets on a leash at your vehicle, but pets may only be allowed in the parking area. Please note that farm dogs may be present, so if a pet is accompanying you, please check with your Host before bringing them out. Respect that you are on private property and do not allow your pets to run free. Your pet may be friendly but other animals may see it as a threat and react accordingly. Be sure to be a responsible pet owner and clean up after them.
Q: How far ahead should I call the Hosts?
We understand that many RVers travel with only loosely laid out plans so that they have the flexibility to change their routes or stay longer in places that they’ve found. With this in mind, we have designed Harvest Hosts so that you need only to provide the Hosts with as little as 24 hours notice that you’d like to visit.
If you like to plan out your trip and stick to an itinerary, we recommend calling the Host and asking if you can set a date to visit no more than 2 weeks in advance. As the Hosts are not campgrounds, they do not have reservation systems and are unable to “reserve” dates months in advance. Likewise, if you have already arranged a date to visit and you change your plans, please let the Hosts know so that they are not waiting for you to arrive as scheduled.
Q: Are Hosts open all year?
Some Hosts may be closed until the start of their growing season. This is generally true of most farms wherever they are located, however most wineries, breweries and museums are open either year-round or beginning in April. Be sure to check as many Hosts are still open by appointment.
Q: Can I see a list of Hosts before joining?
We understand that you may prefer to see the list of Hosts before joining, but we know you will understand that the Hosts do not want their information posted on the public portion of the website. Non-members can view the general locations on the public Host Map page.
Q: If I don't drink wine, can I still stay at a winery?
Most wineries have gift shops with lots of interesting items and local products available for purchase. If this makes you uncomfortable, there are hundreds of non-alcohol venues for you to visit.
Q: I'm on the road or leaving soon, how do I get my membership card?
No problem, you’ll be able to print your Membership Card right from the Members’ website. No printer? No problem. Email yourself the card as an attachment and save it to your phone, tablet or computer.
Q: Must I work at the winery or farm?
Not at all. Hosts are offering you an overnight stay as an opportunity to meet new people and have fun, new experiences.
Q: Can I volunteer?
Absolutely! Many of the Hosts are small operations and gladly welcome extra help. If you are interested, ask when calling.
Q: Is a printed Host Directory available?
There is no print directory available, all Host information can be found on the website or the app.
Q: Can I use leveling devices?
Yes, but please be considerate and please use jack pads on asphalt as heavy weight can cause damage.
Q: I have a very large RV, will I find a spot to park?
Approximately 80 percent of the Hosts are able to accommodate any length RV. Vehicle size accommodated is shown on each Host’s listing. We recommend that you inform your Host of your vehicle length when calling to arrange your visit.
Q: What do the Hosts get out of the program?
The Hosts are inviting you to their properties to introduce you to their way of life and what they produce. They hope that you will appreciate what they have created and will make a purchase either for yourself or a friend. This is the only compensation they receive for inviting you to stay overnight.
Q: Are rental vehicles allowed?
Yes, self-contained rental vehicles are invited to join.
Q: Email and telephone support
Can’t find the answer to your question? Feel free to contact us, we are always ready to assist.