January 2023 Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTRs)
– Free, No Registration
– Show Up, Have Fun
– See Old Friends Again
– Make New Friends, Find Campmates
– Learn About Nomadic Living
– Go to the Open House, Show Off Your Rig
– Get your Annual Name Button
– Enjoy the Music, Free Pile, Crafts Table
– Relax on the Grass & Soak in the Sun
– No-Cost Mending & Sewing
– Pick-Up Some Cold-Weather Items
– Learn About HOWA, Support the RTRs
– See the Bluetti AC500 System on Sweepstakes
– Post Your Needs and Offers to the Bulletin Boards
Women’s RTR: Sat Jan 7 through Thurs Jan 12
RTR: Fri Jan 13 through Fri Jan 20
Location in Arizona:
- The same place as the 2022 RTRs
- Quartzsite Town Park Baseball Field (https://goo.gl/maps/fZMMu67wNkYzKzMm8)
- Kitty-Corner from the Library at Plymouth & Quail Trail
- For stage presentations, the audience will gather on the outfield grass
Examples of the Classes to be Offered.
As always, the primary focus of the classes of the RTRs is to provide information for people new to the nomadic lifestyle:
- Philosophy of nomadic living (Bob Wells)
- Safety on the road
- How to find free camp sites
- Camp etiquette
- Solar power options for nomads
- Cooking gadgets
- Basic vehicle maintenance
- Tin Can Q & A
- Work Camping (Fri Jan 20, to provide info about the Big Tent, a place to find jobs)
Other Activities in the Planning:
- Free Pile — good quality stuff for the nomad — take and/or provide
- Open House on Fri Jan 13, when participants may display their rigs
- On Sweepstakes: Check out the BIG Bluetti AC500 power system on display
- Sponsors with products for the nomadic Lifestyle
- Bulletin Boards – 1) For Needed Items/Services, and 2) For Items/Services to Offer
- Cold-Weather items for those in need at the HOWA booth – blankets, hats, sock
- Live Band (probably Sun Jan 15)
- <NEW> Lunch-Time Buskers
- <NEW> On-sight sewing services for repairs, curtains, covers, etc.
- <NEW> Art Table (official this year)
- <NEW> Vendors for coffee, drinks and food
- Attend the Volunteer Orientation & Training on Friday at Noon, Jan 6 — save the date!
- Examples of Volunteer Positions – welcomers, button makers, ushers, sound techs, sewing-service providers, security, sign makers, bookkeeper, media, set up & tear down crews, attendants for the free-pile, parking, bulletin boards, sweepstakes, and a Bluetti AC500, and more
- Gratitude! Volunteers are the heart of the RTRs!
Other information about the RTRs 2023, in no particular order —
- Activities of the RTRs take place between sunrise and sunset.
- Bring your own chair to sit in the audience section on the outfield grass
- Bring sun protection — water, a hat, sunscreen
- Dogs welcome — non-aggressive, on-leash, under full control of the leash-holder, as long as the dogs’ owner(s) pick-up & properly dispose of their dogs’ poop.
- Participants typically camp on the surrounding free 14-Day BLM lands or in the fee-based LTVAs. (https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/recreation-activities/arizona)
- During the RTRs, HOWA will suggest Caravan Camp Locations within the free 14-Day BLM land (http://HomesOnWheelsAlliance.org/Caravans)
- Please Leave No Trace when camping on our public lands. Pack it out!
- The Town of Quartzsite has everything you need — groceries, water, trash disposal, RV dumps, propane, restaurants, fast food, etc.
- The nearest Walmart is in Parker, about 45 minutes north of Quartzsite; the large city of Yuma is about 1.5 hours south.
- Parking at the baseball field is crowded, patience and good-humor are appreciated.
- Avoid using the park’s trash cans for your household (vehicle-living) trash. You have free access to the Quartzsite and other LaPaz County Transfer Stations (https://www.co.la-paz.az.us/DocumentCenter/View/587/Landfill-and-Transfer-Station-Winter-Hours-PDF)
- We expect to have a live band during the first weekend of the RTR again this year (probably Sunday).
- We also expect to have an Open House, where nomads can show-off their vehicle-homes, also during the first weekend of the RTR (probably Friday)
- To get a work camping job, the Big Tent RV Show begins on Saturday, January 21st, the day after the RTR ends.
- This web-page will be continuously updated as the dates and activities are firmed up. Check back often.