Tent Space Experiences

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

  1. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto aka: trailer Rails

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    My wife and I just got back for a little over a month trip around Alaska and Western Canada. We stayed with several tent space folks along the way. I hesitate to mention them because I would hate to see their hospitality get worn out. For every tent space we stayed at, we may have contacted 4 others. Most of the time, people would not respond to the message. That kind of irks me, if you are going to offer the space, you should be able to check your messages every few days. Just a simple reply "sorry, I am out of town" or "I can't host anyone that night" will do. Enough with the negative, the folks we ended up staying with were some of the nicest people we have ever met. Not once did we have to pitch our tent in someone's yard, everyone had a spare room or guest house. These people are a highlight of our trip.

    There was one couple who we stayed with who had a guest house. They are extremely generous with the house and said we could stay as long as needed. They told that to a Brit who was riding through one time, he ended up staying for a month! I can't exactly remember how it went down, but I think they told him that he had to move on. Even after that experience, they continue to be great hosts.

    Another couple who hosts a lot of travelers said they check people's posts on this board before responding. They want to only host active and productive members of our community. They frequently get people with one or no posts (with a recent join date), asking for a space to stay.
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  2. Gham

    Gham Long timer

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    I've always wondered about this ^^^^^

    I like to read this thread because one day if I travel by myself (w/o wife) I may try it out.Seems most have a very enjoyable experience.
  3. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto aka: trailer Rails

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    If you go through the tent space signup, you'll see a lot of people who joined and their only post is to sign up in tent space as a place to host. I think some people think of it as a type of couch surfing. I would rather think of it as a chance to meet someone who I converse with on here.
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  4. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    I have had dozens of tent space guests (edge of the earth thing) and all have been positive experiences for me. They may have slightly different opinions after the food tasting segment. HAHA.
    I do check when I get a request on peoples postings to get a feel for them. Some do not post alot but that does not influence my decision to host as some are perfect guests who are not prolific posters. I have had some that we would probably not hang out for a long time together but that does not make them bad guests. Different peoples culture and views are welcome here. They don't have to be cookie cutter images of my own views to be a good experience.
  5. MapMaster

    MapMaster Human Compass

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    Good thing too!
    Cause culinary cultural crossover for a few of those local dishes isn't likely.
    (Fortunately, most pie is not on that list :lol3)

    That said, I had lots of awesome food on the Rock.

    And damurph is great people! :thumb
  6. RVDan

    RVDan Long timer

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    I had several this year. All great people.

    Somebody missed out. I got an early morning text message from a foreign phone number that simply said "helo"
    In this day and age of phone scams, text scams, and email scams, anything sketchy gets ignored. A while later I got another message that said something like "from Mexico at border need place to stay". Still, I didn't make the connection and ignored it. I didn't figure out that it might be someone with poor English skills looking for tent space until much too late.

    I don't know where to stick advice about tent space requests so I'll put it here.

    If you're going to text message mention advrider in the first sentence.
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  7. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto aka: trailer Rails

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    We almost hit you up on this trip. I had tent space lined up in Mission but there was some confusion. The person worked late and I was unsure about just pitching a tent in a person's yard without them there. We ended up at the Best Western. I did not feel right about sending you a message at 8pm, asking for a place to stay that night. The hotel was nice (only the 3rd in a month of travel).
  8. RVDan

    RVDan Long timer

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    8:00 pm is fine. I guarantee the hotel was better than my house though :p
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  9. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious.

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    Sam and Taryn from Australia stayed at my place for a couple of days. @pminttea

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    They're on their way to Argentina from Alaska. They said they've used the Tent Space a few times on the trip so far. I invited a couple other friends to join us. We had a good time.

    Jamie
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  10. jettech01

    jettech01 Been here awhile

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    I have had only one visitor from the NW heading to the Southern tip of South America, we did some repairs to his bike both going and coming
    As I am in Houston. Would love to host again if anyone is interested, my accommodations are rather spartan but will work out.
    Sleeping bags opened up in house no trouble. I have two spare rooms devoid of furniture so no worries there.
  11. camgregus

    camgregus riding gently now

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    I have hosted quite a few tent space peeps over the years, and missed a few. I hosted a couple that tented in the yard when I wasn't there, had one more refuse my yard when I wasn't there because it wasn't mowed, then came back later and stayed in the house when I was around. I hosted mitch and bram on the way to Argentina. I got called out in one tentspace thread by a ten post or less inmate for not having cell service and him not liking my text message humor. I hesitate on ten post or less inmates after that, especially if they are all tent space posts. Yes another inmate cut his thing off verbally for the rudeness. I hosted a couple of duck hunters off the bikes one time. It has always been fun. I've bought and been bought dinner and breakfast and drinks...
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  12. Number8teen

    Number8teen Uncompetent

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    I've hosted too many to count here in the sf bay area. I'm not too discerning about low post folks. Hosting a guy now from Great Britain who had no posts, turned out he ran into someone who told him about ADV and tent space, he'd never heard of it before. Cool guy and I'm glad I didn't turn him away. I did suggest he do a little posting and link people to his travel blog when requesting tent space. In my experience low post people have ended up being people who actually ride a lot and don't spend time on internet forums. :lol3

    Haven't really had bad experiences, mostly I just force a bunch of booze on people. I've had to shoo people along once or twice but it wasn't any big deal. Made some friends for sure. We've had travelers from Canada, England, Australia, various parts of the US, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, etc.

    One weird thing is that the requests always come in waves. If I get one tent space request, I without fail get at least one more request immediately after or during another's stay. I've had to turn people away a few times due to being full up. I'm not sure why it trends that way, pretty strange.
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  13. Downs

    Downs KK6RBI

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    Wonder if that was teh same guy we hosted when we were living in Cali. British guy on a Tiger (I think). he left us and headed for Mexico as far as I know. Spent two days there. Nice guy and good stories from elsewhere.

    That's been the only tent space hosting I've done so far not many people comign though Greenville, Tx I guess haha. Just recently updated my tent space post as well.
  14. Number8teen

    Number8teen Uncompetent

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    Naw, this guy is on a DRZ and is on his way down from Alaska. We hosted a couple of gents on BMW's last week, they were from GB as well.
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  15. Mtmedic

    Mtmedic All bleeding stops

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    We had 5 people stay with us this year, all of them were great. Had a few just inquire about space, then never heard from them again. Does not include the 2 canada guys that were rescued from the side of the road with a broken belt. Looking forward to next year!
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  16. bad luck

    bad luck Adventurer

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    I've only been a host for a couple months now. But we did host the 2 guys from the U.K. and on a separate occasion a woman traveling alone. I did have to turn down one guy because we were going to be out of town.
    But it's pretty interesting hosting travelers. And I was a guest one time with Ray in Ely, Nev. what a great host, I really enjoyed visiting with him.
    Oh yeah, we also had a guy from up in on the Olympic peninsula stay overnight with us and the next morning I rode with him up to Isky in Canyonlands. He had a brand new FJ1300 and put something like 6000 miles on it in two weeks, too much for me.
    I'm in the process of improving my guest accommodations so it will be better soon.
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  17. Meriwether

    Meriwether Following big footprints.

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    After waiting patiently for a few years I've finally hosted my first tent space guest, HeceR, a Finn on a RTW trip. Riding an Africa Twin he has ridden across Russia and Mongolia to Vladivostok, a trip on my list, shipped his bike to Melbourne and is currently touring our fair land. It was a very enjoyable evening swapping tales of life on the road and life in general. We plan to catch up next March in USA and check out a few spots in the southern states.
    We went on a little ride the next morning, my time was limited due to a dental appointment, before HeceR headed off to continue his journey. On parting, I switched off my bike to say farewell, HeceR then took off and I tried to start my bike to go home and failed, completely dead, no electrics whatsoever. I pushed the bike off the road and a motorist stopped to give me a hand, he was going my way and dropped me off at my door, how is that for karma?
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    Cheers,
    Mark.
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  18. jettech01

    jettech01 Been here awhile

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    With The assistance of Jamie Z
    I found this thread....awesome.... I have hosted a couple of riders in the past but none so enjoyable as a very nice young couple
    recently by the name of lucaATW
    They were a couple, traveling to Patagonia after purchasing a bike in Florida from an inmate here. Very friendly, and respectful of "my" space
    They were a joy to visit with, interact with, and ride with....:beer We accomplished some repairs to his Bike as he had crashed (low speed) in mud
    and had a few leaks, after a day or so of tinkering all was sorted, a local friend, donated a set of 80-20 Anakee 3's to them for the trip as Luca was
    not real trusting of his Tourances. If anyone in the future decides to Host them, you will be rewarded with a very enriching time of stories and experiences
    Very Good People. I will miss their company.
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  19. lucaATW

    lucaATW Adventurer

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    My girlfriend and I are on a RTW trip and if it's been so amazing so far it's mostly because of this website!
    First of all we bought our bike from an inmate here, which proved to be exactly as described and more than reliable. Then a friend who traveled for years around the world on a motorcycle mentioned the tent space thread and that has definitely made our journey so much better! We got to meet amazing people, such as @Huzband @KTee @FLARider1 @gmpm @EvilEagle @jettech01 @kawafunky and David from Land O' Lakes. A special THANK YOU goes to @jettech01 who helped us for three days prepare the bike for our second leg of the trip, Central America.
    We were completely blown away by the generosity of these people and their love for adventure riding. We learned a lot from them and our 2 months in the US would have been way different if we hand't met them. We met other ADV riders while riding around the US and we are proud to be part of this amazing motorcycle family!
    If you want to host and you have never done it before you should definitely give this a try, and if you need a place to stay or you simply want to meet new ADV friends, have a look at the tent thread.
    By the way we will stop for a couple of months in Costa Rica this spring on our way down to Patagonia so have a look at the tent space and come stay with us if you happen to be around that area!
    Ride safe everyone!
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  20. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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