Over the years, we've had lots of readers interested in parking their RVs "off the grid" without hook-ups. But many people are a little apprehensive about it.
So, after kicking around the idea for awhile and getting some feedback, we thought we would try a "Boondocking For Novices" RV-Dreams Rally.
It won't be as structured as our usual RV-Dreams Rallies, but rather it will be an informal gathering where we will provide hands on tips and tricks for those that want to try boondocking with support from those with experience.
ONLY $50 PER RV!!*
OR keep reading to learn more.
We have chosen Quartzsite, Arizona for this first Boondocking Rally because Quartzsite is what we call "boondocking made easy".
Before parking, there is a convenient place to take on water, dump tanks, and get propane.
After parking, there are services that will come to you and pump out your tanks. There are also services that will bring fresh water to you. Once parked, you don't have to worry so much about your tanks filling or running out of water.
We will be parking in a 14-day Bureau of Land Management (BLM) area outside the town of Quartzsite. That's free camping for up to 14 days!
Linda & I will be there the entire 14 days, but attendees can arrive anytime and stay for a few days, a week, or the full two weeks. We will have a circle similar to the one in the photo at the top of the page, but we will limit it to 30 - 40 RVs at a time. There is plenty of desert so, if we have more, we can accommodate more folks around the perimeter.
Most RVers visiting Quartzsite go in January when they have a large RV vendor show in town. However, we have decided to hold this Rally in February after much of the crowd has departed.
There will still be RV products and services available, but we won't have to battle for parking space. We will have a bit more relaxed atmosphere and will have more choices of places to set up our large circle.
As stated before, come for a few days, a week, or the full two weeks.
Valentine's Day in the desert!!
Feburary 10 - 24, 2013
There is no agenda and all activities will be impromptu. We may have some special guests at certain times, but we will announce those as they come up.
Along with others, we will be answering questions and helping to evaluate attendee rigs and set-ups as they relate to boondocking. Of course, we'll be around to answer whatever questions may come up or point our guests in the direction of those more qualified to answer certain questions.
We will have campfires, ....
happy hours, .....
games, crafts, day trips, and whatever else we decide to do on the spur of the moment. I'm sure Linda will teach some beading .....
and we'll probably have folks that will be able to help with various issues you might be having with your RV.
And of course, we'll have our share of sunsets.
Note: All the photos above are from our visit to Quartzsite in January 2009 when we were part of another rally.
What To Bring
February weather in Quartzsite can be fickle, so be sure to bring clothes suitable for sunny, 75-degree days and windy, 30-degree nights. Average highs and lows will probably fall somewhere in between.
Rain is not likely, but is possible. Prepare to dress in layers. We will park in an area where dust won't be as bad as in some of the more sandy areas, but it certainly can be dusty and gusty.
There is an Albertson's grocery about 30 miles away in Blythe, CA and there is a Super Walmart and a Safeway in Parker, AZ about 30 - 35 miles away. If you need anything or run out of anything, I'm sure somebody will be making a grocery run every few days.
There are a couple places to get groceries in Quartzsite, but the selection isn't great and the prices are high.
We will probably have several potlucks, but there won't be much planning time. They might be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Of course, any group meals will be completely voluntary.
So, bring enough food for yourself to last a few days, and bring whatever additional food you might want to share at a happy hour or potluck. Again, somebody in the group will be making a grocery run every few days, so don't fret too much about food packing.
Chairs, Tables, Grills
Bring comfortable chairs for happy hours, campfires, and other gatherings.
If possible, bring a table for potluck set-up.
Grills and propane cookers will come in handy. Remember, there are no electric hook-ups, so microwave and convection oven use will be limited.
We will likely have a bunch of large community campfires, so if everyone brings just a little firewood, we should be okay. Of course, if you want to bring a lot or have scrap wood you are trying to get rid of, that would be appreciated (no wood with nails, please).
If your RV has a generator, great. If you have a portable generator, bring it. If you don't have a generator, consider borrowing or renting one (we would recommend a Honda portable).
Daily rentals of generators can be high, but a weekly rental might be worthwhile. Check with Sunbelt Rentals or perhaps Home Depot, Lowe's, or other equipment rental companies.
A generator isn't absolutely necessary, but if you don't have solar panels, you will need some way to keep your coach batteries charged. You will likely be able to borrow a generator from another attendee to charge batteries, but having one to yourself will increase your abilities.
Note: We will have generator hours if you are parked in the circle. Quiet time (no generators) will be from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Bring your favorite camping games such as ladder golf (aka hillbilly golf, blongo ball, bolo ball, ladder ball, flingy pongy, etc.) or bean bag toss (aka cornhole) or horseshoes. We might even have a tournament.
You will probably find someone to play your favorite card game, board game, or domino game, so bring those too.
With no electricity, the desert is pretty dark. Be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp to avoid walking into a cactus and for those evening walks with the dog.
Pets are most certainly welcome. However, we have some requests.
Boondocking is great for dog owners, because strict RV park rules don't apply in many cases. However, in this group setting, we appreciate your understanding of our common sense requests.
Full Propane, Full Fresh Water, Empty Holding Tanks
To maximize your length of stay, make sure:
A convenient place to do all of this is the RV Pit Stop in Quartzsite just a few miles from where we will be setting up our circle.
If you have any questions about this Boondocking Rally, please send those through our Contact Form. If we have several of the same questions, we will update this page to answer those and perhaps even add a Frequently Asked Questions section.
But, if it all sounds good and you are ready to register, click on the link below.
ONLY $50 PER RV!!!*
* - The Rally fee is only $50 and there is no fee for camping as we will be on public land in a "no fee" area. The fee is the same no matter the length of stay. And, in the event you must cancel, the $50 fee is NON-Refundable. In the interest of full disclosure, we have posted this policy in various places throughout the registration process.