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Boondockers Welcome is Joining the Harvest Hosts Family

We sent two emails to our members over the last week with some pretty big news. Here's a message from Marianne and Anna, and a message from Joel Holland, the CEO of Harvest Hosts.

Boondockers Welcome is Joining the Harvest Hosts Family

A Message from Marianne & Anna

Nine years ago, after almost two years of planning and development, Boondockers Welcome was born. Since then, we’ve built a dedicated contingent of hosts and guests who have one thing in common: a love of RVing and the community it provides. We're so incredibly proud of what we've created, and we've loved every second of growing this community with all of you.

But as time goes by, all things age, grow, and change. That goes for us personally, as well as for Boondockers Welcome.

So today, we're excited to announce that Boondockers Welcome is joining forces with Harvest Hosts. Joel Holland, their CEO, has grown the Harvest Hosts network by leaps and bounds over the past few years, and we know that he and his very capable team will help to continue to grow Boondockers Welcome as a community made by RVers, for RVers.

We want to assure all our members that our baby will be in good hands with Joel. Boondockers Welcome will continue as a dedicated community, alongside but separate from Harvest Hosts.

For our current guests, please know that your subscription prices won't increase with this transition, and any locked-in pricing you’ve received as a loyal community member will continue to be honoured. 

For our current hosts, rest assured that Joel and his team know that you're the lifeblood of Boondockers Welcome, and they are just as committed as we are to making sure you continue to enjoy this community and feel respected and appreciated for your amazing generosity.

The Harvest Hosts team is dedicated to continuing to improve the Boondockers Welcome experience, and you can expect some great new features in the near future. We really feel that they will be amazing stewards for the community we've built.

And don't think you'll be rid of us that easily! While Marianne is going to be enjoying a well-earned retirement, Anna will be sticking around for the next while to ensure a smooth transition. Carrie has also joined the Harvest Hosts team full-time and will still be able to make sure all our members are well taken care of.

Look for an email from Joel in the coming days to give you a warm welcome, and continuing communications about what's to come.

In closing, the last decade with this community has been amazing. We’ve always said that it’s not about the destination, but the journey and the friends you make along the way. This journey has been life-changing for us. We’ve had the privilege of meeting so many of you in person, getting to know you and your stories, and sharing so much more than just our love of RVing. We want to thank each and every one of you for being such strong supporters of not just the Boondockers Welcome community, but of us personally. You have been the friends who have made the journey so worthwhile.

With all our gratitude to you, this amazing community,

Marianne, Anna & Carrie

A Message from Joel Holland, CEO of Harvest Hosts

Hi Boondockers!

My name is Joel Holland, and I’m the CEO of Harvest Hosts (and a fellow RVer!) I’m reaching out to follow up on the note that Marianne and Anna sent last week about the Boondockers Welcome merger with Harvest Hosts. First of all, we are VERY excited to be bringing our two wonderful companies together! I know that many of you have questions, and I’m hoping this message will help provide further clarification on a number of topics.

Before I get to the details, I want to recognize Marianne and Anna, as well as Carrie, for their incredible work building Boondockers Welcome over the past nine years. As you all know, Boondockers Welcome represents the best of the RVing community, and I continue to be amazed by the stories about the kindness, generosity, and “pay it forward” mentality of the Boondockers Welcome community that you all have shared over the years. This sense of community is why I’ve always been such a big fan of Boondockers Welcome and an avid supporter of Marianne and Anna.

Second, I’d like to introduce myself to the Boondockers community. I’m a technology entrepreneur, and my wife, Mary Ashley, is a veterinarian. Six years ago, we were getting burned out on city life and were tired of spending hours stuck in traffic, so we bought an RV and hit the open road. Long story short, we loved it and quickly became RVing enthusiasts. Since then, we’ve traveled through all lower 48 states and spent hundreds of nights camping. During our travels, we joined Harvest Hosts, which changed our RVing lives -- we had an awesome time staying at incredible locations from wineries to alpaca farms. In 2018, we purchased Harvest Hosts from the original founders and we’ve worked to continue to grow the program. Over these past few years, the Harvest Hosts team and I have been dedicated to our mission of helping people live happier lives through road travel while supporting small businesses along the way. Just like you, our team knows and understands the positive impact that traveling and camping can have on people’s lives.

I firmly believe that bringing Boondockers Welcome into the Harvest Hosts family is a great fit, and I could not be more excited about it. Which brings us to today... Some of you might be wondering -- what does this mean for the Boondockers Welcome community? A few thoughts:

  • I fully understand and appreciate that Boondockers Welcome is a community of RVers helping other RVers, and that this community is unique and different from what Harvest Hosts offers. Please know that I am just as committed as Marianne and Anna to preserving and protecting that sense of community that makes Boondockers Welcome so special.
     
  • As such, Boondockers Welcome and Harvest Hosts will continue to operate as separate programs, with separate membership fees. If you just want to be a member of Boondockers Welcome, great! If you just want to be on Harvest Hosts, go for it! And, if you see value in being a member of both programs, that works too.
     
  • Prices will remain the same. A current standalone Boondockers Welcome membership will continue to be $50/year USD, and grandfathered rates and lifetime memberships will be honored. We are looking into how we can offer members of both programs more value through bundled offers, but we need a little more time to figure out the details. Thank you for your patience as we figure this out.
     
  • We know that Boondockers Welcome hosts are the lifeblood of this community. They will continue to receive discounts and/or free site access. We’re working to find even more ways to show our appreciation for those of you who open up your property to fellow travelers. We will share more details on that down the road.
     
  • For Boondockers Welcome hosts, the Boondockers Welcome Protection Plan is currently active and will remain in place going forward. We have worked with the insurance agency behind this policy to ensure that no changes have been made to coverage. We fully understand that this is an important element to the hosting experience.
     
  • In the coming months, we will be combining Boondockers Welcome and Harvest Hosts from a backend technology standpoint. Doing so will allow us to invest in more product features and functions that enhance the experience for guests and hosts of both programs. There is nothing for you to do for now on the technology front. Please continue using Boondockers Welcome and Harvest Hosts as you currently do. We will share more details in the coming months as we work on them. 

In closing, I want to reiterate how excited and honored myself and the Harvest Hosts team are to be affiliated with the Boondockers Welcome community. We know that it really is a community, and a special one at that. We’re looking forward to continuing to support that community and build on the foundation that Marianne, Anna, and all of the Boondockers Welcome members and hosts have created over the years. 

Sincerely,

Joel

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Boondockers Welcome is a community of RVers that provide overnight stays with each other for free while traveling through an area. We help RVers to travel more economically and find options when campgrounds may be full. It’s a great and safe way to meet fellow RVers or for people curious about the RV lifestyle to learn from members, while also providing a safe place to park for one night or up to five nights.

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Comments

  • Eric.H

    Eric.H   

    Dear Joel, I read your positive letter above, only after being forced to sign the "new and improved" license agreement to be able to do so, and just so I could continue to enjoy the membership fee I already paid for the entire year... So, to be clear- I found several terms and definitions in that new agreement to be one-sided, not to mention unreasonable. And btw, I don't even think that forcing existing members to sign and agree to new terms in order to continue to get the service they already paid for already is even lawful or binding, but I'm not a lawyer. Just a disappointed member.... FYI
    BWadmin

    BWadmin on 06/15/2021 9:56 a.m. moderator  

    Hi Eric, we are sorry for your experience. The Terms of Use is not a new agreement. It is actually an agreement that all members have to agree to in order to join our community. The only area that was changed was the name "Boondockers Welcome" to "Harvest Hosts Opco LLC." As well some of the language to reflect America as Boondockers Welcome is no longer a Canadian company. No other language was changed. Even though we made a small change to the Terms of Use, we still have to have every member agree to it to use the service.
  • MountainViews

    MountainViews   

    We chose BW because they allowed us to view host locations we may want to use, prior to signing up and paying a fee. This helped us to see whether they had host sites near the routes we hope to travel someday…or this winter! I haven’t been able to find anything like that with HH. Not even a list of locations (towns, not necessarily hosts) we might need to stop at along our journey. Maybe I am not searching in the right place for this information. Would you please help me to find it? If, for some reason, you don’t want to provide some kind of information that will help us to decide if your fee is worth it to us, we wish you would explain it to us. Thank you!
  • brojim

    brojim   

    What mtn. Views said
  • jody

    jody   

    Just signed up for BW this morning. I was going to cancel my HH membership at the end of the term because my husband must use a Cpap and it's too difficult to find hosts that have electric available or allow all night generator use. If that filter is added then we will keep both memberships. We are newly retired and new to camping as well so we are looking forward to the adventure!
    Vegas_Roy

    Vegas_Roy   

    I use a CPAP also and enjoy Boondocking through BW and HH. I use a Jackery 500 to power my CPAP, when needed. Works well. I leave it plugged in beside the bed. I can charge it a number of ways. Cigarette lighter charging is handy.
  • WanderingNomad

    WanderingNomad   

    As so many takeovers end up being a negative for the consumer, I hope this isn't the beginning of the end for what was once a great resource:Boondockers Welcome. I wonder how long before all the Takeover changes will come into play.
    HHShawn

    HHShawn on 08/23/2021 1:22 p.m. moderator  

    We can assure you that the essence of Boondockers Welcome will not change. Boondockers Welcome and Harvest Hosts will continue to have distinct offerings going forward. Harvest Hosts will continue to offer host locations at local businesses in which members can stay one night for free in exchange for making a nominal purchase with the local business. Boondockers Welcome will continue to be a community that is built on reciprocity and individuals rather than businesses as well as offering stays for multiple nights.
  • christine_wyatt

    christine_wyatt   

    I wish I would have joined Harvest Hosts instead of Boondockers Welcome :( Had a very bad first experience with BW and am very, very hesitant to use it again. We made our reservation, it was accepted and when we got there, everything was locked up tight. We could not get back to where the RV's were supposed to park. I called the number listed and left a message that we were there for our overnight. No response. I texted the number, no response. We were heading home from there and hated to drive another 3-1/2 hours, but had no choice. We left with much coffee and headed home. I'm very, very hesitant to try them again. But..paid dues so now what? Hate to pay dues to HH also, but may have no choice :(
    CardelliFamily

    CardelliFamily   

    That is unfortunate. Hope you give BW a second chance, it is very possible that life happened to that host. We have been hosting this summer, and have enjoyed every visitor that comes through our high desert location. With that said, it still takes some work, planning, and keeping your availability calendar updated. I have to say I did miss out on one guest simply because the notification never made it to me in time. So I followed up with them as soon as I realized what happened and they were very understanding. I also recommend checking host reviews, that may give you an idea of how long they have been hosting and if they have had issues in the past. So far it sounds like BW will continue to be a great low cost option, and for hosts we will continue to get discounts for using the system. I have not used HH yet, but it looks like a premium version to meet more great people.
    christine_wyatt

    christine_wyatt   

    We did decide to give Boondockers a second chance and I'm so glad we did. We stayed at an awesome homestead in Darke County, Ohio. The hosts were awesome and lovely. So glad we decided to try again!!
  • 2624Luis

    2624Luis   

    Does this mean subscribing to either website will give access to both? I did not understand what will be the benefit... Luis
    HHKina

    HHKina on 08/23/2021 6:57 p.m. moderator  

    Thank you for asking. Each is to remain separate therefore you will need to subscribe to both.
  • Megynn

    Megynn   

    I have the same question as 2624Luis, above. I just joined Harvest Hosts again, but I don't see the Boondockers Welcome sites. Do I have to join both separately? Is there a way to expand the Harvest Hosts account to include Boondockers Welcome? Please clarify. Thank you! Megan
    HHKina

    HHKina on 08/23/2021 6:50 p.m. moderator  

    The Boondockers Welcome community will continue to remain separate from the Harvest Hosts network, so you still need to purchase a separate membership. If you own or control property where you can legally host fellow RVers, you’re welcome to register as a Boondockers Welcome host - it's free to join as a host! Even better, all hosts receive a 50% discount on our guest subscription. You'll automatically be offered the discounted price if you're logged in and have an activated host listing.
  • Bigfoot

    Bigfoot   

    My most recent guests have not been posting reviews...hence I am not getting prompted to review my guest. I am also not getting credits. I have been getting wonderful texts from guest after they leave but those don't post publicly or earn me credits. Is this growing/merging pains that will straighten out...or more merger permanent changes,? Bigfoot, Michigan
    MountainViews

    MountainViews   

    That’s awful! Have you sent an email direct to BW?
  • machineman8625

    machineman8625   

    I have joined boondockers as a host and a guest. I tried to load your app and it won’t load I have tried for 2 days. I wish I had joined this. You people won’t help me. I tried to reset my password. Larry Bunch
    HHKina

    HHKina on 08/23/2021 6:59 p.m. moderator  

    Larrry, We would love to help. Please message us through the website and we can walk you through it.
  • timmie

    timmie   

    Could a customer service agent call me about my account please at 225-313-8390 Thanks, Maria Matherne
  • timmie

    timmie   

    I was a host of the Cajun Retreat and I want to reactivate that host listing. I need help please call me @ 225-313-8390 Thanks, Maria Matherne
  • PlatinGap

    PlatinGap   

    I've been a member HH for a few years and a new member of BW if there one thing I would love to see is availability of map to plan road trips. thanks JK
  • Kountryparson

    Kountryparson   

    I try to get in touch with host it says my subscription expired
  • marcuscarey

    marcuscarey   

    Hey guys, your contact us button isn't working. Need to suggest some very important changes to your hosting dashboard.
  • HHKina

    HHKina on 08/31/2021 7:22 p.m. moderator  

    Thank you, we had a recent update and are working on the tech issue. It should be working shortly
  • FM356Friends

    FM356Friends   

    Thank You for Keeping this service going. It could have ended differently. As of September 06, 2021 you are doing a Great Job, THANKS!!
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