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Old 03-30-2014, 09:13 AM   #1
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Tent space etiquette

Question for those that are on the tent space list or have used it .
What is the proper etiquette for contacting the host ? I am planning a cross country trip across US RT50 and noticed there are a few inmates along the way . Not sure how scheduling will work out , is it proper to contact host on short notice ?

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Old 03-30-2014, 09:15 AM   #2
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what I have done is PM them with a rough schedule of when I will be in the area, and call a few days ahead. Things never go according to schedule on the road. I've apologetically cold called a few inmates the night before in a pinch, most have been accomadating.
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:16 AM   #3
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I would contact with as much notice possible, I'm sure it will greatly increase your odds of having a plce to sleep. For instance, I have a field behind my house that is avalible at short notice, but given a few days I would clean out the guest room as long as I am going to be home.
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:05 PM   #4
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Mini-bump for a good question.

It seems like most people on this site enjoy a loose schedule during trips, so I am curious how rude it is to send tent requests the day of arrival. Or, if you try to give ahead notice, how acceptable it is to be off by a day.
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:48 AM   #5
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I am really looking forward to the trip and meeting a few inmates would be a plus . Just don't want to intrude by not giving enough notice . Wanna make a few friends not enemies...

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Old 03-31-2014, 03:04 AM   #6
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I have had requests from a long ways out that gives me the heads up.
I have had some in the morning for that night.
I have had inmates give me a request and not show up at all.
I have dragged total strangers home off the side of the road and given them a place for days.

The more notice the better. Send out a rough plan to as many inmates as possible along the route and explain you are trying to keep it loose and MAY be in their area around this time frame. Tell them do not change anything because of you but you are trying to give as much advance notice as possible.

The thread is as much about giving as receiving and respect goes both ways.
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:42 AM   #7
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Here's how to piss people off:

contact them at the last minute expecting a room instead of tent space, have a sense of entitlement to everything around you, don't thank your host, and don't send so much as a postcard from your travels.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:09 AM   #8
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Not passing anyone off is the intention . As far as expectations , anything above a rain filled ditch would be 5 star accommodations

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Old 04-05-2014, 10:16 AM   #9
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There is a better chance for you to be accepted into someone's home if you give a few days notice. I've accepted a guest on short notice, but personally I feel better knowing what my next few days are. A few weeks is a bit excessive, but there are some people who aren't at their home for weeks at a time...

Either way, if possible bring a few beers
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:12 PM   #10
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Do what you gotta do :)

I've never used tent space but I hosted some. Ranged from a week ahead to the morning before. It's all good.
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:37 PM   #11
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I've hosted a lot of ADV riders on their way through Monument Valley and we tend to give the royal treatment with showers, meals, brews, tire changes, and route guidance. We love hosting.

A few times people contacted me last minute and then didn't show after the beds were set with clean sheets and extra food is on the table--just for them.
Sometimes things happen, of course, but it helps to stay in touch with your potential host.
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:24 AM   #12
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Sounds like the royal treatment ! I may have to detour through there just to stay in a nice place for one night !

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Old 04-07-2014, 05:50 PM   #13
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Thought the OP was having issues with his missus rolling onto his sleeping pad in the middle of the night
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:04 PM   #14
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Longer notice is great but I kow that things change and will keep an ear out for you that "week". 2-3 day out reminder helps. Day of, to confirm is outstanding.

Shit happens. All riders are late compared to when they think they will be in. Latest was a French couple who wanted to be here at 5pm and crawled in at 2am...A beer, warm snack and warm bed and they were back on the road by 10am to get her to a plane back to the EU for work.

When looking for tent space, just ask people the same way you would prefer to be asked...but just remember that if you are in a bind there are many of us that would do it on a few minutes notice, it just may not be as convenient (kharma rules when you travel, help and you will be helped...)
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:54 PM   #15
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I've been notified a month or more ahead usually. Then either a "window" for arrival, departure. Or exact days.
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