Harvest Hosts Upgrades the Way RVers Travel in the U.S.

As much as we all love RV vacationing, there are certain challenges that come with this method of travel.  For instance, where to spend the evening on the road when traveling far distances from one location to the next is a common challenge for every RV traveler!  Many RV vacationers may not be aware of their choices in overcoming this challenge of finding a convenient and beautiful place to stay the night while in transition from one destination to the next.  Even if there are amazing sites and attractions nearby, spending night after night in Wal-Mart parking lots can become less than desirable.  And during the peak vacation season, finding an available campsite is not always possible.  Discover another and far better over-night camping option you now have with Harvest Hosts!

HARVEST HOSTS Winery Participant in Nottingham, New York

HARVEST HOSTS Winery Partner

Harvest Hosts is changing all of that.  Harvest Hosts is a program where wineries, farms, and breweries from all over the country open their gates to you for overnight dry camping.  Seasoned RV travelers Kim and Don Greene started this luxury-style camping concept in the U.S. after driving over 200,000 miles by RV all over the world.  They found that it was common for wineries and farms in Europe to host travelers overnight, but nothing similar existed in the United States. In true entrepreneurial spirit, they started their own version of a European hosting association.

From their small and localized upstart with locations only in California, Oregon, and Washington, Harvest Hosts has expanded to include numerous locations across the continental United States, Canada, and even Baja California in Mexico!  The program requires a nominal $40 membership fee for the entire year, giving you money-saving access to travel across North America without paying a cent for camping or parking!

Taste and Experience the Pleasure of RV Road Traveler!

Taste and Experience the Pleasure of the RV Road Traveler!

In return, these small (usually family-run) businesses simply ask that you purchase a bottle of wine or some of their other homemade goods.  Sampling local vintages and farm produce is already on the to-do list for most RV vacationers, so it’s a small price to pay for the great company and amazing locations available.  Free overnight parking added into the activities that you were already planning on is too good to pass up!  There’s really nothing like watching a sunset and sharing a glass of wine with the people that made it.

Once becoming a member, you can search through interactive maps that show available hosts and the amenities that they provide.  It’s a good idea to call ahead to make sure that the farm or winery you have in mind actually has space for you, though.  Many of the hosts are small-time operations that may not accommodate a large number of vehicles at one time.  That’s part of the charm, however.  Instead of an endless sea of RVs, you get the experience of potentially being your host’s only guest!  There’s nothing like waking up to a beautiful morning and being greeted only by the sound of the wind in the trees and farm animals starting their day.

Another benefit to being a member is access to a handy app that helps you find locations along the routes you are planning to take.  You can also use online forums where you may ask questions of other travelers, read up on host reviews, and even share your own vacation experiences and photos.  It’s a valuable tool for selecting the very best spots for your trip.

Overall, Harvest Hosts is providing a valuable service for small-town agricultural businesses and the RV vacationers that love to visit them.  Get out of the parking lots and start making beautiful memories and having the best RV trips of your life!

Once you’ve experienced this pleasurable and memorable RV experience, send us a few photos and we’ll happily share them with our readers and on El Monte RV’s facebook page!

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Photo credits: RV at Winery by Ray & Roxanne Nottingham courtesy of Harvest Hosts and the wine and food photo by Colleen Lane is licensed under Flickr commons.

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Planning an RV Vacation so All Goes Smoothly

You want your RV vacation to be the best that it can be for everyone.  After all, a vacation is supposed to relieve all the stress built up from living day-to-day in your workaday world.  But if you are not fully prepared, you will be adding stress to your vacation days.  Let’s see how we can prepare you for your RV vacation and have a worry-free getaway.

Florida Keys, Florida USA

Florida Keys,

First, you need to know your destination and how you’ll get there.  You will find El Monte RV Rentals all over the United States where you can obtain the ideal motor home for your trip.  We offer free “RV Camping Itineraries” that provide  mapped-out courses and destinations for your convenience.

You can either “fly-drive” to your destination or pick up your motor home locally and enjoy the drive and adventures along the way that only RV travel can offer!  Don’t forget that in many cases you can take advantage of our free airport shuttle service in major airport cities.  Check our website for availability.

Here’s a possible RV Travel Itinerary:  you can rent an RV from El Monte RV Rentals in Orlando, find a nice camping spot, visit some Orlando sights, and then head to the Keys for more fun.  On the way to the Florida Keys there are plenty of sights to see and you’ll want to allow time to stop and enjoy them all.  You may want to refer to previous postings on our Monty’s Musings blog to learn about many exciting destinations to visit in Florida in your RV.

From Orlando, you could head east to Fox Lake Sanctuary, then south on Interstate 95 to the Florida Keys and beautiful Key Largo.  For a winter vacation, you really can’t beat the Keys.  You will meet creative types who spend their time making unique art, beachcomber types who relax all day along the sandy beaches, and swim with the dolphins.  Use Google and maps on the Internet to plan your route and everything you want to see on the way.

If you don’t want to bring your pets along, you can contact a pet-sitter or the kennel in advance to ensure they have an opening for your time away.  But if you prefer keeping Fido with you, it’s good to know that El Monte RV is a “Pet-Friendly” company and supports taking the family pets along!  Also remember to check out the weather forecast for that area for the time you will be there.  It is surprising how accurate these weather forecasts can be.  You will then know what to pack, or even if you should put off your vacation for a few days to miss a storm.

You will want to prepare your smartphone and laptop for the trip.  Download some apps to make your vacation more exciting.  You can find apps online and pick the ones you’ll use the most.  Perhaps you’ll choose the one which forecasts weather down to the hour or perhaps the one which identifies animal tracks.  There are many to choose from.

Now begin to pack for your trip.  First make a detailed list of every item you want to bring and as you pack them, mark them off.  This way you’ll forget nothing.  Remember, when packing clothes, roll them instead of folding.  This prevents wrinkles.  There’s lots of storage in motor homes, so taking “it all with you” is usually not a problem!

When you prepare and plan out your trip, you will find everything less stressful and more enjoyable.  Have a great RV vacation!

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El Monte RV Official Logo

For information on renting an RV in or near Orlando, Florida – CLICK HERE or if you need to rent a motor home outside the state of Florida,  -CLICK HERE

Picture credits: The photo of Florida Keys was found on Flickr Commons. It is licensed under the Explore/Creative Commons license.

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Lock in a Great Deal on an RV Rental!

El Monte RV is offering rate guarantee certificates that allow you to get an all-inclusive rv vacation deal that includes an RV, overnight accommodations Thousand Trails and Encore RV Resort & Campgrounds, unlimited mileage and more.

For more details see: RV Rental & Campground All-Inclusive Getaway.

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Some Great RV Rental Specials

Save Money GraphicWe are currently advertising two great RV rental specials that may be of interest to you:

New Motorhome Relocation Special

Help us move new RVs from Chicago to the West Coast and save big. Great nightly rate and a 2,500 mile mileage allowance. See New Vehicle Relocation Special for more details.

May RV Rental Special

Take a May RV vacation and save $20 per night! For more details see May 2013 Special.

Two great ways to save money on your next RV vacation!

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Valentine’s Day RV Rental Specials

Getaway with that Special Someone on a Romantic RV Vacation

Valentine's Day Image of Monty the MotorhomeEl Monte RV has paired up with four fantastic RV resort destinations to offer you four great romantic getaways for Valentine’s day.

1. Pacific Dunes RV Resort in Oceano, CA

Take a romantic horseback ride along the ocean with that special someone. This package includes horseback riding for two. When done retire to the luxury of the Pacific Dunes RV Resort nestled in the beautiful Oceano Preserve (part of the Oceano Dunes State Recreation Area). Take advantage of their clubhouse, volleyball courts, basketball courts, billiard tables and barbecue area.

Coupon code: DUNES

2. Pio Pico RV Resort in San Diego, CA

See the sculpture “Unconditional Surrender” that commemorates the most famous kiss of World War II – based on the iconic 1945 Life magazine cover photo of a sailor kissing a woman in New York’s Time Square when the war’s end was announced. This package includes two tickets to the USS Midway Museum. After enjoying “the kiss” and the USS Midway, you can enjoy the Pio Pico RV Resort where you will find pools, Jacuzzis, miniature golf, hiking and biking areas, and more.

Coupon code: PICO

3. Rancho Oso RV Resort in Santa Barbara, CA

More horseback riding fun comes with this package that includes horseback riding for two and a bottle of wine. Rancho Oso RV Resort is Bordered by the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Ynez River offering endless opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, and photography. While at the resort take advantage of the dining facility, basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, pools, Jacuzzi, and much more.

Coupon code: OSO

4. San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica, CA

Enjoy one of the most romantic cities in the world while staying at the San Francisco RV Resort. Just 15 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, the resort offers spectacular sunset views from its perch on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the resort’s clubhouse, heated pool, and hot tub and restaurants within walking distance.

Coupon code: CABLECAR

All Getaway Packages Include

  • Deluxe 22 foot Class C motorhome rental for 3 nights
  • 3 nights in the Romantic RV Resort
  • Special Amenities at each resort
  • . . . and more . . .

To learn more see: Our Cool Deals Page

To book simply call 1 888 337-2213. Remember to mention the appropriate coupon code!

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Happy Holidays Special!

Picture of HollyFREE RV Rental Night for the Holidays!

Rent for 4 nights, get the 5th night FREE! Rent a motorhome for 4 or more nights with pick up in December and receive 1 additional rental night free.*

This Special is only available by phone for a limited time.

Call Toll FREE: 888 337-2212
Please refer to Offer Code: 344

* Must rent a minimum of 4 nights. Rentals of greater than 4 nights still receive only 1 free night total. No other specials, discounts, or offers may be combined with this offer. Not valid for diesel pusher motorhomes. Some restrictions may apply.

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Don’t Miss Our Autumn Special – Rent for 3 Nights & Get a 4th Free!

We are running a special Autumn promotion on any RV pickup through November 18, 2011. Rent an El Monte RV motorhome for three nights and get the 4th night FREE of charge! Some restrictions apply so you want to check out our Autumn RV Rental Special page.

You need to use the discount code AUTUMN when placing your reservation.

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