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About Home Camps

AMA Home Camps opens up a world of new camping opportunities

Enjoy truly unique stay experiences often without any sacrifice to comfort as a fair percentage of AMA Home Camps hosts offer power and or water hookups. Escape the crowded caravan park in favour of a spot on private property and a meaningful connection with a friendly host.

Chances are if you have ever travelled by self-contained RV, you’ve had friends and relatives generously offer you a night or two in their driveway, yard or paddock. Whatever you call it, courtesy camping, driveway camping or driveway surfing, being offered free overnight self-contained RV accommodations is a beautiful thing.

The AMA Home Camps program is a Secret Squirrel (SS) initiative.

How it works

Decide If You Can Host

The Home Camps Program is based on the generosity of those AMA Home Camps Members who can host fellow members on their property, so if you can, please Affiliate as a Home Camps Host for free, but first, you’ll need to become an AMA Home Camps Guest member. You don’t need to be able to accommodate every possible RV size or be available 12 months a year – even if you can only host smaller Class B campervans, we’d love to have you as a host. Hosts get all the amazing benefits of meeting fellow travellers, plus hosts can also earn amazing rewards based on the number of stays and their tenure.

Insurance to cover hosts is just one of the ways the AMA protects hosts by permitting AMA Home Camps Members to camp overnight and participate in associated activities on their land. To further remove any liability from hosts, the AMA enters into a lease/ licence type agreement with the landowner to ensure any and all liability is placed with the AMA during the camping activity.

How it works

Insurance for Home Camps Hosts

Essential public liability backed by Allianz for holding camping and associated activities protects the host in the event of a claim for up to $20mill. Liability insurance helps to ensure that hosts and any volunteers are covered against claims from third parties if an incident happens during a camping activity on their land. All volunteer hosts are also covered with voluntary workers insurance, which provides capital and weekly accident benefits.

For the protection of camping guests and all those hosts involved in the management of registered and insured camping activities on their property, the Automobile and Motorcycle Association (AMA) provides through its public liability insurance policy, an indemnity, limited to $20,000,000 for legal liabilities arising from claims made against a host* (activity organiser), other official or guest* that involves either bodily injury or property damage to a third party.

All camping activities promoted under the auspices of the AMA are provided with this cover upon receipt of a properly completed online stay booking form by members.

In the unlikely event that a claim is directed at a host ‘as an individual’, rather than as a representative of an AMA camping activity, the AMA also provides to that individual the benefit of ‘Directors & Officers Liability’ insurance which provides indemnity against ‘wrongful acts’** committed by ‘individuals’ acting on behalf of an AMA camping activity held under the auspices of the AMA.


* Individual cover of $5k death and $25k disablement is provided to persons whilst participating in AMA sanctioned camping activities.

** ‘Wrongful act’ shall mean any actual or alleged breach of trust, breach of duty, neglect, error, misstatement, misleading statement, omission, breach of warranty of authority or other act wrongfully committed or attempted by the Host (Official) in the course of performing his duties as an Official.


Join AMA Home Camps

As landowners are providing access to their property for free, you as a guest at an AMA Home Camp must contribute to funding the cost of the insurance policies which cover the landowner as the host. Complete the AMA Home Camps Guest membership application. This membership covers you with insurance every time you book and stay as a guest at any AMA Home Camp. During the application you can add some information about yourself and include a photo if you wish. Hosts will likely look at this after you contact them, so try to share a bit about yourself without divulging any sensitive personal data. Tell others about your past travels, your favorite spots, your life before RVing; whatever you want to share that gives members an idea of who you are.


Search the Listings

Through the AMA Camps Booking Portal, you can search for Home Camps in a particular area, find Home Camps along your route, or just look at the map of all of our Home Camp locations and see what tickles your fancy. Read the details of the Home Camps that are on your route, including the size of the RV they can accommodate, their general availability, and recommendations from other RVers. See what sort of services they can provide (many have electric hookups, pet friendly, etc) and what setups are welcome on site (some have space for slide-outs and barbecues, others are more limited in space).


Contact Hosts

Once you’ve found a few potential home camps that look like they’ll fit your needs, send the host a stay request through our secure booking system, letting them know the dates you’re looking for. All bookings sent through our site will result in an email notification to the host, so they’ll see your request immediately.

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Enjoy Your Stay

Once a Host has accepted your request to stay and you have all the necessary driving directions, you will be able to arrive at their location knowing you have a safe, free place to stop for the night. Please respect your Hosts’ privacy; some may be extremely friendly and invite you in for a drink, and some may be busy and just have time to point you to your spot for the night. Do not overstay your welcome, most Hosts only expect guests to stay for 1-3 nights. Be thankful, polite and respectful of their property. Parking is always free, but when taking advantage of electric or water hookups, offering a small reimbursement to cover the Host’s costs is just plain good manners.


Leave a Reference

After you’ve said goodbye to your Host, please share your experience by leaving a reference for your Host that will appear on their profile for future members to see. This is a great way to thank your Hosts (in addition to an actual “thank you”). Great references will also help Hosts welcome more home campers, earning them Host Rewards.