Hipcamp CEO Alyssa Ravasio outlines a new way to camp on Podcast 238

There has been a lot of discussion in the past few years about the difficulty some RVers are having finding campground space, especially for last-minute reservations.

Plus, at the RVX trade show in Salt Lake City in March, there appears to be a trend unfolding where more suppliers and manufacturers are looking to make power equipment available that enable more people to use their RVs in boondocking situations.

The guest today is Alyssa Ravasio, the CEO of Hipcamp, a San Francisco-based company that connects folks who like to camp with people and businesses with space to accommodate RVs.

Right now, the site boasts having 300,000 campsites, ranches, vineyards and public parks among its mix of host sites. But, anyone with extra space on their property can sign up to be a Hipcamp host.

It’s an interesting concept that Ravasio came up with when she had problems trying to find places to camp. She explains what it takes to be a host and how the website handles reservations and costs.

She describes the requirements to be a host and what services need to be provided when it comes to power, restrooms, water, sewer and insurance – and whether they are required at all.

Hosts set their own rates and policies, such as whether they accept pets. Plus, hosts can approve who stays at their sites before a reservation is accepted.

The firm collects a 10 percent commission, which makes it a good value for listing available campsites. For greater exposure, current RV parks can also list one or two of their available sites on Hipcamp

Ravasio describes the company’s unique “give $10, get $10” referral system that creates an easy way to entice people to try Hipcamp.

Staying at a Hipcamp site would beat spending the night in the parking lot at a big box retail store.

For more information about the service and how to get involved, visit www.hipcamp.com.

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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