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How To Make Money Hosting Campers on Your Property

Camping has become incredibly popular, and campgrounds nationwide are filling up faster than ever. As a result, some landowners are putting money in their pockets by allowing RV parking on their private residential property.

While the concept seems simple, this isn’t a decision for everyone, and you shouldn’t take it lightly. Is it right for you and your property?

Today, we’re sharing your options and the pros and cons of hosting campers.

Let’s get to it!

A New Age of Camping Is Upon Us

Generations of campers have reserved campgrounds. However, the future of camping is providing campers with more unique options. Instead of staying in organized campgrounds, landowners create campsites on their residential properties and rent them out for RV parking.

These private land campsites can vary considerably by location, especially regarding amenities. Some are as simple as parking in their side yard, driveway, or field. However, others install electrical, water, and sewer connections, providing a luxurious experience.

Unfortunately, the amenities aren’t the only things that vary from one residential RV parking location to the next; so does the price. As you might expect, campsites with fewer amenities and luxuries tend to be the cheapest. However, like most campgrounds, prices significantly depend on the location and demand.

How Much Money Can You Make Hosting Campers on Your Property?

Some hosts make thousands of dollars in a year. However, how much money you can make will depend primarily on your location and property setup. If you’re in an area where camping is in high demand, the sky’s the limit.

On the other hand, if you live in an area where camping is less in demand, you may host sporadically. Therefore, you likely won’t notice the financial benefit as much as others.

However, many hosts find joy in showing hospitality and providing a place for people to camp and make memories. It’s not always about the money.

hosting campers on property
Make some extra cash by renting out your property to campers.

The Best Ways to Make Money Hosting Campers on Your Property

If the idea of hosting RV parking on your private property appeals to you, there are a handful of options to consider. While they all serve the same function, each program is unique. Here are some of the most popular options.

HipCamp

HipCamp is one of the most popular options and is incredibly easy to join. Hosts on this platform offer everything from a spot in their driveway to luxury cabins and treehouses. Whether you’re providing the dwelling or have room for a tent or massive RV, HipCamp’s platform can make it convenient to start hosting.

  • According to HipCamp, some hosts have made as much as $20,000 in the first eight months of hosting RVs on their private property.
  • They recommend setting prices comparable to local state park fees in the area.
  • HipCamp lets landowners keep 90% of their earnings.
  • Their 10% covers credit card processing, insurance, customer support, and hosting your listing on their site.
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CurbNTurf

Despite being around since 2019, CurbNTurf is one of the lesser-known camping platforms. However, even though it’s less popular, it’s still worth considering. Similar to other platforms, landowners create their listing on CurbNTurf and they host the listing and promote it.

  • Creating your listing and becoming a host is free.
  • CurbNTurf charges $5 or 15% for every booking.

Once your listing goes live, potential campers can choose your residential property campsite from more than 700 others. They can communicate with you to clarify any questions. Additionally, you have the ultimate say in who stays on your property. CurbNTurf sites are primarily for RVers, but you can search for spots that allow tents.

Airstream parked in driveway
Even if you only have some spare driveway space, you can still rent out your property to campers.

Boondockers Welcome

Boondockers Welcome is one of the industry’s most popular camping hosting platforms. It has over 3,500 hosts across the United States and Canada. If you’re passionate about connecting with travelers and nomads, this is a platform to consider.

  • Becoming a Boondockers Welcome host is free.
  • Most listings for boondocking spots are free
  • BUT: If you offer hookups (water, electric, and/or dump) you can charge a reasonable nominal fee, typically $10-20/night
  • Host rewards program offers coupons, gift cards, swag, and more. The more people you host, the more rewards you can earn.
  • Active hosts also get a free membership to stay at other host sites.

In our experience, Boondockers Welcome hosts were often more social than hosts on other platforms. They’re often fellow RVers who know precisely what RVers need or want in a camping spot. If this sounds like you, it might be time to create a listing on their website.

Pro Tip: Learn more about how to get more bang for your buck when using Boondockers Welcome.

Harvest Hosts

If you own an agritourism business like a hobby farm, a highly popular option to consider is Harvest Hosts. This brand is the parent company of Boondockers Welcome, but these locations are agritourism businesses. Their more than 5,000 locations are a combination of farms, wineries, breweries, attractions, and golf courses.

  • Must own an agritourism business to host
  • Opportunity to increase customer traffic at a location.
  • Guests limit their stays to a single night
  • The expectation is that they’ll financially support the establishment.
  • The more parking spots you have available, the more guests you can host and bring to your business.

Harvest Hosts expects guests to be self-sufficient. The only requirement of the host is to provide a place to park. Most guests are happy to pay for these extras if you offer water, sewer, or electricity.

boondocking through Harvest Hosts
Hosting campers is a great way to meet new people you wouldn’t usually cross paths with.

Benefits of Hosting Campers on Your Property

If you need to decide whether hosting camping or RV parking on your residential property is for you, it’s essential to consider the benefits. Let’s look at some things others enjoy about hosting campers.

Extra Income

One of the biggest reasons many hosts decide to allow RV parking on their private property is for the extra money. While there’s the potential to make thousands of dollars yearly, that’s only the case for some individuals. Most hosts make some pocket money with one or two spots on their property.

However, if you want to do the work to develop a more formal or organized camping setup, the sky’s the limit on how much you can make. This is especially true if you’re in or near a popular camping destination.

Maximize Land Use

For many hosts, they rarely use the land for any other purpose than hosting. By hosting campers on their property, they can maximize their land’s use and can make a few extra bucks. If you have some extra space, why not take the opportunity to convert it into the perfect campsite for others?

Build Community

One of our favorite things about using these camping platforms was meeting and interacting with the hosts. If you’re the type of person who likes to show hospitality and meet new people, hosting campers can be incredibly rewarding. You’ll meet people from all walks of life and hear about their camping and traveling adventures.

Pro Tip: Check out The Coolest Wineries For Camping in Each State that you can stay at with a Harvest Host membership.

nighttime boondocking
There are always some risks to hosting campers on your property.

Disadvantages of Hosting Campers on Your Property

However, hosting campers on private property isn’t all puppy dogs and rainbows. You’ll discover that there are some disadvantages to being a host.

Liability Concerns

While most platforms provide the necessary insurance to protect you and your property, many hosts have liability concerns. What if someone is injured or worse while on your residential property? Even if you’re not liable, it can create a messy legal situation you wouldn’t usually have to worry about.

If you decide to become a host, it’s best to have a set of rules that guests agree to when reserving their stay. Be sure to note any areas or activities that are off-limits to keep RV parking guests and your property safe.

Regulatory Compliance

Some hosts quickly discover that having RV parking on their residential property violates local rules and ordinances. Before you sign up to host on any of these platforms, check your local zoning and code policies. If you don’t, officials may shut down your site as soon as they hear about it or receive a complaint.

Most hosts that have issues with regulatory compliance are in more urban settings. Regulations around these activities are generally less strict in rural and undeveloped areas. However, checking to avoid potential legal issues is still a good idea.

Potential for Misuse

They say there are always a few bad apples in every bunch. While you can ask questions and read reviews from other hosts, it’s unfortunately impossible to eliminate the potential for abuse and misuse from guests. Luckily, some platforms allow hosts to charge guests for cleaning or any property damages they cause during their stay.

If you’re worried about RV parking guests abusing your private property or causing damage, check with the platform about how they handle these situations. Discovering someone has disrespected your property won’t leave you feeling like a happy camper.

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Is Hosting Campers on Your Property Worth It?

Hosting campers to park their RVs on your residential property can be a useful way to make extra money. However, it’s not for everyone. If you do not enjoy hosting or showing hospitality to others, this isn’t the best option. On the other hand, it can be a great experience if you have the space and are okay sharing it with others. 

Will you become the next camping host on one of these platforms? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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Tom & Caitlin Morton of Mortons on the Move gave up the stationary life for one where they are constantly on the move. They are full-time travelers, television hosts, and digital media producers.
They left their jobs, sold their house and possessions, and hit the road in September 2015 in their full-time “home on wheels”. Since then they have traveled the US, Canada, and even internationally by RV.
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