Does anyone know the best way for us to contact potential hosts for a small team of 6-8 people with a camper and a few tents? Last year was our first year and we went with OOS. This year we have a camper and would like to take in more of the local flavor via local hosts. Thanks.
In May when we find out if we make the lottery, then you’ll see links for each overnight town to apply for host families. Or if you know people who know people who has a third cousin in an overnight town, you have a connection! just ask them. Chnaces are they will be glad to have you.
You must remember that RAGBRAI is a camping ride and private in-home housing should not be expected. If you do write to overnight host towns for housing accommodations, enclose $3 to help cover their expenses. Remember to include the names and wristband numbers of everyone in your group, a brief description of your group’s make-up; whether you want a bed or floor space; if you’re a smoker or non-smoker; male or female; if you want camping space in their back yard or a place to park a vehicle or RV. If you arrive with unregistered campers, your hosts may turn your group away.
Housing applications will appear on the Overnight Town’s Web site beginning May 1st. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE TOWNS PRIOR TO THIS DATE OR IT WILL JEOPARDIZE YOUR ENTRY.