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Old 05-08-2016, 04:09 PM   #1
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Thumbs up First Trip, Harvest Hosts, F53 Mileage, ReadyBrute Elite

We purchased our 2004 Tiffen Allegro in late January 2016. We are the fourth owners. Although we put a couple of days on it at a local beach at the end of March, our first road trip was just concluded with great results. We had a wedding to attend in Reno then rolled over to Cottage Grove and Grants Pass in Oregon, then back to So. Cal. An almost 1800 mile, 10 day first trip. Everything worked well, only very minor issues with the TV antenna handle, refrigerator top shelf freezing, and the water pump reaching pressure after having run the tank empty. No major breakdowns or failures. We are confident in our RV for longer trips now.

Harvest Hosts – we stayed at a Harvest Host site one day on the way to Reno and one day on the way home. Both locations were great. In Lodi CA, we stayed one night at a winery and received free wine tasting and 30% discount for being a Harvest Host guest! Can’t beat that! In Merced CA, we stayed at a farm/ranch/winery which actually had power and water hookups for us! Again, we were treated with extra service and attention.
F53 Mileage – we averaged 7.5 mpg over the 1800 miles. Our best tank of gas averaged nearly 8.5 mpg. But we had quite a few hills/mountains/traffic that brought it to what it was. Also, we were towing a 5000 pound Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

ReadyBrute Elite – we used the ReadyBrute Elite tow bar and surge brake system. It seemed to work flawlessly. I did not feel like the Jeep was pushing us at all. One urgent-critical-emergency stopping requirement was executed without problem. The system was easy to hookup and store when needed. It is rated for 8000 pounds (my hitch rated for 10K).
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The Harvest Host program makes folks think it's free or low-cost camping. They gotcha! You feel obligated to buy something. Glad you had a nice trip.
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Old 05-09-2016, 10:22 AM   #3
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The Harvest Host program makes folks think it's free or low-cost camping. They gotcha! You feel obligated to buy something. Glad you had a nice trip.
My expression of gratitude may take the form of a purchase from the Harvest Host, but at least I am taking something away with me, and there was never any pressure from the staff to purchase anything.
Also, when we were running late and would not arrive until after they closed, we were told each time that it would not be a problem. They even told us that they would leave the gate unlocked for us.
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Old 05-09-2016, 05:10 PM   #4
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It is disclosed in the Harvest Hosts Code of Conduct:
"We ask all members to show their appreciation for their Host’s hospitality by making a purchase."
We didn't feel that we got taken and have spent anything from $5 to $30 at the store. (We probably didn't need the apples and cider and donuts ) This program really is a wonderful way to learn about an area/product we've not experienced before. Very enjoyable for us.
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