Tent Space Experiences

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

  1. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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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.
  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. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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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.
  7. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Washes hands before going to the bathroom

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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 Long timer

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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
  10. jettech01

    jettech01 Been here awhile

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    +1

    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

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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

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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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