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The Carpenters Star

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This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Ames, IA

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    45+ (ft)

  • Parking Spaces

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    2

  • Same Day Requests

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    Yes

  • Preferred Check-in Time

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    12:00 AM

We are located in central Iowa, 3 miles north of Ames, just 1/2 mile off of I-35. We have 17 acres in a rural farming area. Easily accessible from I-35. In fact, the property is located less than 1/4 mile from I-35 so there is some highway noise, if you are sensitive to that. We have plenty of turnaround room. If you are a true boondocker, we have plenty of room for parking. If you want water/electric hookup, you will need to park close to the barn. (The barn is not used for animals anymore :) ) Ames is the home of Iowa State University. Area attractions include Reiman Gardens, Ledges State park with lots of hiking trails, concerts and plays at Hilton Coliseum, Prairie Moon Winery, Snus Hill Winery, and Boone Scenic Valley Railroad, and much ,much more.

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Vehicle Suitability Information

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Pets Welcome

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Electric Hookup: 30A

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Wifi

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Slideouts Allowed

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Offleash Area for Pets

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Generators Allowed

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Water Hookup

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Separate Tow Vehicle Parking

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Campfire Ring Provided

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Outdoor Cooking Allowed

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House Rules

Fire pit and firewood available weather permitting. If you have an emergency and find that you won't arrive until after dark, please contact us before 8 pm. We would appreciate a text or email that would let us know your approximate arrival time, so we can make sure we are home to assist you with parking. We don't charge for electric or water hook up. You are free to donate whatever you feel is fair. If you run 2 air conditioners for 5 days, in the summer when it is 95, you might want to contribute to the cause. If you just pull in for a place to sleep overnight, you probably didn't use a dollars worth. Just enjoy your stay.

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Location

There is 1/2 mile of well maintained gravel road to our property and a 1/4 mile gravel driveway. We have plenty of room for parking a tow vehicle. There is a circle drive around grain bins that is a good turn around, with 30/50 amp hookup. However, in very rainy conditions, this area could be muddy. We have plenty of room for boondocking, but if you want electric /water hookup, you will need to park beside the barn. We have a fire ring and firewood available on request. We would appreciate a text or email to let us know your approximate arrival time so we can make sure we are home to assist you with parking. If you have an emergency en route and won't arrive until after dark, you must contact us before 9 pm.

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host Profile

Hosted By CarpenterStar

Age:

65+

We live on a farm in central Iowa. This farm has been in our family since 1931. We retired a few years ago and love traveling. We have traveled extensively in the US. We have also enjoyed some travel in Europe, Canada, and Mexico. We enjoy visiting with people from around the US. We started out camping with a tent when our children were young. Have camped with a pop up camper, a bumper hitch, a fifth wheel. We've come a long way! We enjoy woodworking and quilting, traveling and meeting new people.

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References for this location from other RVers

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    Kevin_and_Nancy

    1 week ago

    The hosts were so welcoming, coming out to see us when we arrived in the rain and left in the snow. We would definitely stay here again!

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    Sanomlos

    2 weeks ago

    Beautiful farm very comfortable and Dean and Cindy were hospitable. This was our first time using Harvest Hosts/Boondockers, they were an amazing hosts to us "newbee's".

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    Johnbonde

    2 weeks ago

    The hosts were very responsive when booking same day, super easy access, met us as we arrived and offered electricity if needed. Abundant flat parking available. Even though they are close to the freeway, the droning of the traffic did not interfere with our sleep. Would definitely stay again when passing through.

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    northwoodsoasis

    3 months ago

    They were very responsive to our on-the road request and had excellent communication. Traffic noise took some time to get used to but an excellent location for an overnight stay while traveling thru.

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    sweetgracie

    4 months ago

    Arrived later than anticipated at sundown but these lovely folks were waiting and helpful including offering an electric hookup. Level parking, covenient to highway entrance and exit. Thank you!

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