Tent Space Experiences

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Hollyr, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. 5punksdad

    5punksdad Tag-Master-Flash

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    I prefer to get a text or a call since I rarely check my messages here and have missed the timely reply sometimes required.

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  2. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Yet another awesome karma friend I have hosted. I am ADV blessed to connect with so many that all share a common thread; trust, friendship and fun. Gary we will never forget the search for the "lost keys". Come back again my friend.

    Post Script - Every guest has left with a hug.
    Ateam

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  3. snare

    snare sittin and breathin

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    jfman in Montreal went above and beyond in helping make my time (and a friend) there an incredible, stress free, enjoyable experience !

    Top notch !
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  4. agplant

    agplant Ride Fast Travel Slo

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    We have had several riders stop in for the night, heading both north and on their return trip south. It is nice being at the first major stop on the long lonely road north. Always has been a great experience to meet and swap stories.
  5. HD Steve

    HD Steve Nonposer in Training

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    Great experience with Jeff and Autumn, www.motoHippies.com. Great stories of their adventures and always interesting as to how we are all so closely connected.
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  6. Hollyr

    Hollyr Vesterislendingur

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    I have had great experience with tent space visitors, but as one of the people who do the double check I'm getting some disturbing feedback. Here is the latest of several similar comments:
    If you request a tent space, please communicate any change of plans. Personally I would worry too if you didn't show up. Plus I would have run around buying groceries and beer and planning things so I would be a bit pissed. So if someone has agreed to open their house to you please at least let them know if you change your mind. Plus if our worries are justified, we would want to be visiting you in the hospital and generally doing whatever we could to get you safely back on the road so let us know if you can.
    /rant
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  7. jjustj

    jjustj cum petris et choris

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    I had one inmate change arrival 3 times... only less than stellar inmate I have met. Helped him fix his panniers.

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  8. REALGRAVEROBBER

    REALGRAVEROBBER LEAVING GRAVES EMPTY

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    I suggest having a Plan B tentspace host lined up, in the event that Plan A isn't good.

    I have had some odd experiences hosting tentspacers, and caution you to read what the person posts on advrider.com to feel them out. A few have been simply freeloaders that stayed too long, needed help because they didn't have their act together at all, overstayed left a mess, and one left coating me $150 never responding to calls.

    One tentspacer host immediately took me to a restraint to pay for his families take out food he had ordered, $50 I would have spent more wisel y than for his family's junkfood.

    Kindof be careful and thoughtful, as people like to use the tentspacers hosts, and sometimes the hosts use you as a guest.

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  9. Elefant 900 Rad

    Elefant 900 Rad Hedley

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    I've had nothing but good experiences hosting about 15 travelers over the last 4 years, and made lifelong friends with them all.

    Now, I can no longer host because my dog and I have started our own round the world trip with BMW 1150 GS and sidehack, so I'm hoping to meet other inmates on our journey...first year around the USA, then at least 4 years the rest of the world.

    We're in NorCal right now, then heading to Death Valley, Utah AZ and NM...then across south for winter.
  10. boatpuller

    boatpuller Long timer

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    I too have had only good experiences hosting, and hope that continues.
  11. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    I was guilty of that once. I had made arrangements to stay with an inmate in northeastern Indiana. On the way over the top of Lake Superior, however, Barley and I rode thru two days of torrential rain. Absolute buckets! Everything we had got wet, including my iPhone, and we spent an extra day in a Minnesota campground letting everything dry out. The inmate's contact info was on that dead phone, and I had no way of reaching him to let him know we were so far behind schedule that I needed to skip that Indiana stop. It wasn't will we got home and I was able to look him up on my computer that I could let him know we were okay.

    I learned two things on that trip. 1) Anything that doesn't like water should go in an absolutely bombproof bag, 2) Never rely completely on electronics. ALWAYS have hard copy backups of maps, contact information, etc.
  12. Eastview

    Eastview Been here awhile

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    OK, if there is one thing I have learned reading these posts is we need to start a sign in and comments book. We are located in the far northwest corner of Washington and operate a 40 acre blueberry farm with lots of room and a great shop with lift and tire changer so I have folks headed to Alaska or returning and its a great spot to have new tires put on. To this point my wife and I haven't traveled more than a few states away on our bikes and listening to all of the stories from travelers has motivated us to start to travel, the first being Alaska this next spring. Next I hope to head down to south america and who knows where but I know we will be using tent space for sure. Does anyone know of a Adv related home swap? Include a bike or two and swap spaces?
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  13. MargaritaMotoress

    MargaritaMotoress AKA Tigger

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    Was in FL heading west into AL in the first months of a year-long ridw and saw JustCountry04 on the Tenet Space map. He has a fabulous setup on 10 acres and offered up hisahuge shop if any work was needed. We parked the bikes in the shop and pitched the tent on the other side. It was peaceful and quiet. He's recovering from a double broken leg (of course riding) but managed to get the fire in the pit going and sat around it with us for a bit. We were his first TentSpacers but he definitely gets two thumbs up and five stars..Shop has a bathroom, and outdoor sink AND a fantastic outdoor shower. If you're in Gilchrist County, Bell, Florida look him up. Seems 80% of the roads in the country are dirt ... and he knows them all! Thank you JustCountry04 and Mrs. JustCountry04.
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  14. Haul Ass

    Haul Ass Adventurer

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    Being in Fort Worth in Texas which is not on the way to anything makes it quiet as far as guests go. Jamie Z stayed a week or so investigating the Kennedy assasination. Then Weronica from Poland stayed a couple of days on her way North with a Bonneville. This past year a couple from Canada stayed in my house while I was traveling Mexico. My son could open the house for them and helped them find a chain and sprocket set for a bike I never met them but fortunately my son could help them with what they needed. My place is still available for any traveler.
    Life is good


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  15. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    That worked out awesome!

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    If you ever want to come up to Denver for a bit, I've got room for you.

    Jamie
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  16. MargaritaMotoress

    MargaritaMotoress AKA Tigger

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    Have been having the best TentSpace experiences on this ride! Stayed w TheRockManTex in Bryan, TX and hope to meet up w him to ride the Junction and Marble Falls area next week.

    Had a fabulous overnight w EvilEagle in NOLA and have been waiting out the rain in Baton Rouge as guests of JeffD.

    I can't thank all you ADVers enough. Thanks doesn't even come close!
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  17. MargaritaMotoress

    MargaritaMotoress AKA Tigger

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  18. ineptizoid

    ineptizoid I'm scared hold me

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    I've hosted something like 8-10 travelers via Tent Space, and every one has been solid gold. I guess I've been lucky--my guests have always contacted me well in advance, always showed up on time, and always had entertaining stories from the road. On a couple of occasions, I've been treated to cigars that were WAY above my pay grade, but hell that's just icing on the cake. Every single time I've hosted has been a pleasure.
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  19. EvilEagle

    EvilEagle Been here awhile

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    We had a great time with your visit too! Envious of your trip! Keep us posted and ride safe.
  20. pratered

    pratered Jackpiner

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    I started hosting with tent space last summer, we had 10 groups of people stay in our short summer, mostly couples, only two single guys, all more competent riders than myself. My wife was hesitant at first but, her anxiety eased as we met the most amazing, brave and adventure-some people. We had a father and son on their way to Alaska together, a couple from Poland ( check their website TheLifeWeLove +/- ) a couple from Mexico City on an 18 month trip around the US, young guys from the Midwest and Seattle, a tough European couple from Holland and Italy and a few more, all great experiences and all wonderful quests. And, all welcome back.
    The only draw back for me was a time or two, I might have been able to go for a ride and was stuck waiting on a guy whose plans had changed so, communication is important. That being said, I may not have been the greatest host either. Still, it is a rewarding experience and I will continue to offer tent space.