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Courtesy - it’s still common. But, sadly, not universal.

If you have an active guest membership and have logged in recently you’ll know that we added a few items to the rules of etiquette for guests and that you’ll be required to agree to them before you can continue.

I know some of you may feel offended. You’re saying, “Do they really think I need to be reminded of such common courtesies?” No, we don’t. This list wasn’t created for 99% of you. If we could somehow identify the other 1%, we’d only ask them to agree to it. 

So is it important enough to write a whole article about it?

We think so. For these three reasons: 

  1. We want all hosts, including those who may not have an active guest status and therefore have not seen the courtesy agreement, to be aware of what their guests have agreed to. This is that courtesy agreement. 
  2. We want to explain to guests why we updated the policy. The previous one didn’t include some things that hosts have found problematic. We hope there’s now no question about what’s considered okay and what’s not. 
  3. We want hosts to report all non-gracious guests. A clear set of courtesy expectations makes our job easier. It lets us educate, warn, and, if necessary, revoke privileges. 

If you feel your hospitality has been exploited, we want to know about it. 

More importantly, so do your fellow hosts. You can, of course, also accomplish this through a negative review. But if you’d rather not do that, please send us a note instead. We will react but won’t let the guests know you complained. 

Our complaint policy

Yes. We welcome complaints against hosts too. We encourage both hosts and guests to report incidents. We’ll do our utmost to keep a complainant’s identity confidential. Here’s what happens when we get a complaint.  The courtesy agreement is extensive because the warning we issue is not. It does not necessarily identify what they did wrong to avoid tipping off who reported them. In the warning letter, we just remind guests of what they agreed to and let them figure it out. 

Every incident doesn't warrant an official complaint, of course, or cause us to take action. But we will note it and take it into account should similar or other incidents follow. 

Although we welcome complaints against hosts too, we always keep in mind that hosts are the ones generously offering their property with no expectation of anything in return. Previous and subsequent reviews are also considered.

Does it really boil down to only 1%? 

Yes. And 99% of all stays through our site are indeed positive experiences for both the host and the guest. Here’s a little infographic to show what happened last month (July 2019).

We strive to keep the experience overwhelmingly positive for everyone! 

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Comments

  • Irv

    Irv   

    So far after many guest and using the guest privilege around the country the experance has been positive. As it get larger I can see the need for the more extensive guidelines. It has been a busy summer with some guest overlapping time.
  • The_McBrides

    The_McBrides   

    oh dear - we often leave without saying good bye as we're gone before sunrise BUT we do always inform them upon arrival that we are early risers and departure guests - I think that has always worked out - have been guilty of the use of the contact host for a booking - will no longer do that. Have enjoyed the boondocker welcome experience and recommended to many friends
  • OurPlace

    OurPlace   

    I love "Stats". I would love to receive monthly stats automatically. Is that possible? I think they would help me in my efforts to share the good news of Boondockers Welcome.com with other RVer's. I would also love to see state stats and stats regarding how many Hosts, Super Hosts, and Ultra Hosts are active (broken down by states would be a plus!) I assume you generate such reports as part of your management tool box. Don't want to generate work for you - would just love to see it if its available. You folks do a wonderful job. Dick Hime Ultra Host @ Our Place
    BWadmin

    BWadmin on 06/20/2020 4:57 p.m. moderator  

    We love stats as well! We can certainly look into creating monthly (quarterly may be better) stats to share with our members. Thank you for the suggestion!
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