~ Let’s go camping, have fun and make some friends! ~

CARAVAN LOCATOR ~ from Homes On Wheels Alliance (HOWA)

Red Bighorn Caravan in Pahrump, October 2021.  Courtesy of Grey.

This Caravan Locator Service is for you to find where to camp with other nomads for fun and friendship, be you a full- or part-timer. These Caravan Locations are accessible by all types and sizes of rigs — cars, vans, RVs, trucks, bikes and more. While larger society is often divided and divisive, in the Caravans we focus on what brings us together.

I love my nomad friends from years on the road. They are dear to me. We live simply, are self-sufficient, love nature, and take heed when the road calls.

Homes On Wheels Alliance (HOWA)

Similarly, I hope you also find your own life-long friendships among the mobile community to “see down the road” for many years to come.

Suanne Carlson, Executive Director, Homes On Wheels Alliance

CURRENT CARAVANS

DIRECTIONS to get location information for each Caravan Group:
~~~ FIRST ~ Review Liability Statement (below), then
~~~ SECOND ~ Find the Caravan Group that you want to learn about (below), then
~~~ THIRD ~ Click to Agree to Liability Statement, then
~~~ Detailed Caravan information will “drop down” below where you clicked to agree.

Quick Links … Red BighornBlue JavelinaWomen’s Orange JackrabbitMen’s Green Whiptail

~~ Click to review Liability Release ~~

After review, go below to the Caravan of your choice and click to agree.

Liability Release

Going camping is inherently dangerous and risk is a necessary part of it. When you join a Caravan, you open yourself up to so many potential risks, we could not begin to list them all. It is totally impossible for us to go around with you and brush aside all potential danger to you, so we are not offering you any guarantee of safety. Just the opposite, we guarantee that there will be many normal and even some abnormal risks around you. By going to the Caravan, you are agreeing that camping is risky and you join the caravans knowing that you alone are taking on that risk and that Homes On Wheels Alliance, Inc. can not be held liable for any harm that befalls you while at a Caravan Event.

Now for the legal wording that requires your agreement:


Activity Release Agreement & Waiver

By joining a Caravan Group, you (the Participant), and Homes On Wheels Alliance, Inc. (HOWA) do contract and agree as follows:

You, the Participant, hereby release and discharge HOWA, and any representative of HOWA of all claims, causes of actions, liabilities, disputes, demands, damages, agreements, contracts, obligations, promises, debts, and/or accounts of any kind or any nature, whether currently known or unknown, for any damage, loss, injury or death relating to actives at the Caravan, or participation in activities at the Caravan, which you, the Participant, have or may have in the future against HOWA, or any representative of HOWA, specifically applicable to any claims of negligence against HOWA or any representative of HOWA, as well as all other claims as described herein.

By joining the Caravan Event, the Participant agrees to this entire Release and Waiver Agreement.

The Participant understands, acknowledges and agrees that this Release is a final settlement for any and all claims or actions relating to or arising out of Caravan Activities and that Participant has had the opportunity to carefully review the terms of this Release and Waiver Agreement and/or have it examined by an attorney if so desired. Participant further understands that Participant will not be allowed to litigate any claims against HOWA as a consequence of agreeing to this Waiver and Release Agreement, despite any injury that may be sustained during participation in Caravan Activities. The Participant and HOWA are entering into this Release & Waiver Agreement voluntarily.

This Release & Waiver Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties and supersedes any prior or contemporaneous understandings, whether written or oral.

~ End Liability Release ~


Now, scroll down to the Caravan that you want to learn about, then “click to attest that you do agree” to this Liability Release.  Detailed information about that Caravan will drop down just below.  No signature is requested.

RED BIGHORN (all genders) Caravan:

~~ Click HERE to attest that you agree to the Liability Release.

~~ Look below (after one click to agree) for dates & locations (updated 10/17/21).

If on a phone, turn it horizontal (sideways, landscape) to see all information.  If turning phone horizontal doesn’t work, then go into settings and turn “auto rotate” on and try again. Thanks

OCT 6-OCT 20

RED BIGHORN CARAVAN (all genders):

Dates & Times: Oct 6 at Noon PT through Oct 20 at Noon PT

Area:  Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land east of Higley Rd (aka Justin Rd) north of Basin Rd in Pahrump, NV.

About Location:

  • In compliance with the policies of the public land managers,
  • Sufficient room for 75 rigs to spread out and comfortably camp together without doing damage to the land or plant life,
  • Within a half-hour’s drive to town for supplies,
  • Mostly comfortable weather, based on historical data,
  • Within a half-day’s drive of Caravan’s next Location.
  • Internet service by at least one major carrier.

Written Directions:  From Hwy 160 in Pahrump, go east on Basin, go north (left) on Higley Rd (aka Justin Rd.) and drive just over 2 miles. This is a rough dirt road; so, take it slow.  The “CARAVANS” sign is on the right as you drive north, pointing in the direction of center camp’s red flag.

GPS Coordinates to center camp:  DO NOT FOLLOW GOOGLE MAPS’ directions (or any mapping programs’ directions) to this location.  Many have got stuck doing so on very bad dirt roads. Instead, follow the written directions above.  Exact GPS coordinates for center camp’s red flag is 36.236175, -115.959651.

CAMP ONLY ON BLM land east of Higley (aka Justin), toward the closest mountains.  The land on the other side of the road toward town, under the power lines, is private land.  From center camp, place your personal camp north or south off of Higley (aka Justin), and always eastward on compact rocky ground (desert concrete).  We can disperse camp for 14-days on BLM land.

Fire Restrictionshttps://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-bia-reclamation-usfws-ndf-lifting-western-nevada-fire-restrictions-wednesday-oct

Important Notes: This is public land so non-caravan campers will likely share the area with you.  No amenities are available at Caravan Camps (water, trash, bathrooms). Be prepared to be 100% self-sufficient. Leave the camp in better condition than found.

Click here to sign up for optional Online Chat for this Caravan in Meetup.

*To get back to this location on this web page, simply agree to the Liability Release again.

OCT 20-NOV 3

RED BIGHORN CARAVAN (all genders):

Dates & Times: Oct 20 at Noon PT through Nov 3 at Noon PT

Area: Public “14-Day” land in Southern Nevada, no more than 1.5 hours from Pahrump, NV

About Location:

Written Directions:  Provided one day before the Caravan begins.  Road going about 1000′ into center camp is rough.  Take it slow.

GPS Coordinates to center camp: Provided one day before the Caravan begins.  DO NOT FOLLOW GOOGLE MAPS’ directions (or any mapping programs’ directions) to this location.  Many have got stuck doing so on very bad dirt roads. Instead, follow the written directions above.  Exact GPS coordinates for center camp’s red flag is [provided on Tuesday before Caravan begins].

Optional Zoom Orientation to learn more about this location.  Noon on Monday Oct 18.  Click here to attend.

Optional Online Chat in Meetup for this Caravan at this location.  Click here to sign up.

Fire Restrictions:  Oct 13, 2021, The Spring Mountains National Recreation’s year-round fire restrictions are still in place. No campfires are allowed within one mile of homes in Kyle Canyon, Lee Canyon, Cold Creek, Mountain Springs, Trout Canyon, Lovell Canyon, and Coal Springs. Signs are posted in these areas to remind the public of this restriction.  Forest Order 04-17-20-03

Important Notes: This is public land so non-caravan campers will likely share the area with you.  No amenities are available at Caravan Camps (water, trash, bathrooms). Be prepared to be 100% self-sufficient. Leave the camp in better condition than found.

*To get back to this location on this web page, simply agree to the Liability Release for the Red Bighorns again.

BLUE JAVELINA (all genders) Caravan:

~~ Click HERE to attest that you agree to the Liability Release.

~~ Look below (after one click to agree) for dates & locations (updated 10/17/21).

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OCT 20-NOV 3

BLUE JAVELINA (all genders) Caravan:

Dates & Times: Oct 20 at Noon PT through Nov 3 at Noon PT

Area:  Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land east of Pahrump, NV.

About Location:

Written Directions:  Will be provided one day before Caravan begins.

GPS Coordinates to center camp:  DO NOT FOLLOW GOOGLE MAPS’ directions (or any mapping programs’ directions) to this location.  Many have got stuck doing so on very bad dirt roads. Instead, follow the written directions above.  Exact GPS coordinates for center camp’s flag will be provided one day before Caravan begins.

Optional Zoom Orientation, Oct 18 at 1pm PT.  Learn about the area of this Caravan Location.

Optional Online Chat in Meetup for this Caravan Location.  Click here to sign up.

Fire Restrictions: https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-bia-reclamation-usfws-ndf-lifting-western-nevada-fire-restrictions-wednesday-oct

Important Notes: This is public land so non-caravan campers will likely share the area with you.  No amenities are available at Caravan Camps (water, trash, bathrooms). Be prepared to be 100% self-sufficient. Leave the camp in better condition than found.

*To get back to this location on this web page, click to “Agree to Liability Release” again.

Women's ORANGE JACKRABBIT Caravan:

~~ Click HERE to attest that you agree to the Liability Release.

~~ Look below (after one click to agree) for dates & locations (updated 10/17/21).

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OCT 6-OCT 20:

WOMEN’S ORANGE JACKRABBIT Caravan:

Dates & Times:  October 6 at Noon PT through October 20 at Noon PT

Area (begins 10/10/21): Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land east of Higley Rd (aka Justin Rd) north of Mesquite in Pahrump, NV.

About Location:

Written Directions (begins 10/10/21): From Hwy 160 in Pahrump, go east on Mesquite Ave for 2.5 miles to the end.  Go north (left) on Higley Rd (aka Justin Rd.) and drive just over a quarter mile. This is a rough dirt road; so, take it slow.  The “CARAVANS” sign is on the right as you drive north, pointing in the direction of center camp’s orange flag.

GPS Coordinates (begins 10/10/21) to center camp: DO NOT FOLLOW GOOGLE MAPS’ directions (or any mapping programs’ directions) to this location.  Many have got stuck doing so on very bad dirt roads. Instead, follow the written directions above.  Exact GPS coordinates for center camp’s orange flag is 36.255242,-115.959143.

Important Notes: This is public land so non-caravan campers will likely share the area with you.  No amenities are available at Caravan Camps (water, trash, bathrooms). Be prepared to be 100% self-sufficient. Leave the camp in better condition than found.

Click here to sign up for optional Online Chat for this Caravan in Meetup.  In Meetup, HOWA can not change the location to Pahrump, NV (from Lovell Canyon).  Go to the location listed above; do not go to Lovell Canyon.

*To get back to this location on this web page, click to “Agree to Liability Release” again.

OCT 20-NOV 3:

WOMEN’S ORANGE JACKRABBIT Caravan:

Dates & Times:  October 20 at Noon PT through November 3 at Noon PT

About Location:

Written Directions: Will be provided one day before caravans begins.

GPS Coordinates to center camp: DO NOT FOLLOW GOOGLE MAPS’ directions (or any mapping programs’ directions) to this location.  Many have got stuck doing so on very bad dirt roads. Instead, follow the written directions above.  Exact GPS coordinates for center camp’s orange flag will be provided one day before the Caravan begins.

Optional Zoom Orientation, Oct 18 2pm PT.  Click here to learn about the Caravan Location.

Optional Chat for this Caravan Location in Meetup.  Click here to sign up.

Fire Restrictions: https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-bia-reclamation-usfws-ndf-lifting-western-nevada-fire-restrictions-wednesday-oct

Important Notes: This is public land so non-caravan campers will likely share the area with you.  No amenities are available at Caravan Camps (water, trash, bathrooms). Be prepared to be 100% self-sufficient. Leave the camp in better condition than found.

*To get back to this location on this web page, click to “Agree to Liability Release” again.

Men's Green Whiptail Caravan:

~~ Click HERE to attest that you agree to the Liability Release.

~~ Look below (after one click to agree) for dates & locations (updated 10/17/21).

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OCT 6-OCT 20

MEN’s GREEN WHIPTAIL Caravan:

NO SIGN OR FLAG: On Sunday evening, 10/10/21, HOWA staff checked the Men’s Caravan Location and found that both the sign and flag were missing (stolen?).  No caravan participants were evident at that time.

Dates & Times:  October 6 at Noon PT through October 20 at Noon PT

Area:  Three miles north to Lovell Canyon Campground.  This location is about 40 minutes from Pahrump, NV (toward Las Vegas on Hwy 160) in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, part of the Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest (Mt. Charleston).

About Location:

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: “.. the following acts are prohibited  … Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.” source: NFS pdf of order

Written Directions:  From Hwy 160, go north for 3 miles on Lovell Canyon Rd.  Turn west (left) on Saltgrass Rd to center camp.  This is a rough dirt road; so, take it slow.  

GPS Coordinates to center camp: DO NOT FOLLOW GOOGLE MAPS’ directions (or any mapping programs’ directions) to this location.  Many have got stuck doing so on very bad dirt roads. Instead, follow the written directions above. GPS coordinates of center camp are 36.059900, -115.561905. 

Important Notes: This is public land so non-caravan campers will likely share the area with you.  When HOWA staff left the area this morning, one vehicle was in the immediate area.  No amenities are available at Caravan Camps (water, trash, bathrooms). Be prepared to be 100% self-sufficient. Leave the camp in better condition than found.

Click here to sign up for optional Online Chat for this Caravan in Meetup.

*To get back to this location on this web page, click to “Agree to Liability Release” again.

OCT 20-NOV 3

MEN’s GREEN WHIPTAIL Caravan:

Dates & Times:  October 6 at Noon PT through October 20 at Noon PT

Area:  Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in Pahrump, NV.

About Location:

Written Directions:  Will be provided one day before Caravan begins.

GPS Coordinates to center camp:  DO NOT FOLLOW GOOGLE MAPS’ directions (or any mapping programs’ directions) to this location.  Many have got stuck doing so on very bad dirt roads. Instead, follow the written directions above.  Exact GPS coordinates for center camp’s flag will be provided one day before Caravan begins.

CAMP ONLY ON BLM land   We can disperse camp for 14-days on BLM land.

Optional Zoom Orientation, Oct 18 3pm PT.  Click here to learn about the Caravan Location.

Optional Online Chat for this Caravan in Meetup  Click here to sign up.

Fire Restrictions: https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-bia-reclamation-usfws-ndf-lifting-western-nevada-fire-restrictions-wednesday-oct

Important Notes: This is public land so non-caravan campers will likely share the area with you.  No amenities are available at Caravan Camps (water, trash, bathrooms). Be prepared to be 100% self-sufficient. Leave the camp in better condition than found.

*To get back to this location on this web page, simply agree to the Liability Release again.

Many FAQs are listed after video to answer your other questions.

Bob & Suanne Talk Caravans

Questions and Recommendations for New and Seasoned Nomads Alike!
(Click each to see the response.)

What is a HOWA Caravan?

Friends at a HOWA camp in Pahrump, Fall 2020.

A HOWA Caravan is a group of people who want to join others from the mobile community. Participants casually camp together for days, weeks, or months at a time. Caravan Groups range from 5 to 75 people, depending on the number who show up and how many vehicles the camping location will accommodate. Participants are free to stay to themselves or join-in, as they desire.  Caravan Groups move to a new camp every 14 days.  Participants drive individually to the next location and do not convoy as one large group.

HOWA has multiple Caravan Groups running at the same time. Sometimes participants come and go, and try out different Caravan Groups. Caravan Locations accommodate many types of rigs – cars, vans, RVs and more

The Caravans are free.  No registration is required.  Click here to go to where you can agree to the Liability Release and get the most current information.

How do I sign up to join a Caravan?

Join a Caravan Group:

HOWA also offers optional online chat for you and your campmates before and during the Caravan.

The Caravans are free.  No registration is required.  Click here to go to where you can agree to the Liability Release and get the most current information.

What is the Caravan Announcement Schedule?

Caravan Locations change every 14 days.

Seven Days Before the Caravan begins, the general location of this Caravan will be below your clicked agreement to the Liability Statement.  Examples of general locations: North Pahrump, South Pahrump, Lovell Canyon, etc.

Seven Days Before this Caravan begins, it will be announced on HOWA’s Caravans Meetup Group and “We Camp Together” Facebook Group.  If you’d like, these are good places to start chatting with your fellow campmates.

Three Days Before this Caravan begins, join your fellow campmates in a Zoom Orientation, an optional activity. The link to the Zoom Orientation will be below your clicked agreement to Liability Statement.

One Day Before this Caravan begins, the written directions and GPS coordinates of center camp will be provided below your clicked agreement to Liability Statement.  (Note: Do not follow Google Maps or other mapping program’s off-pavement directions to the GPS coordinates.)

The Caravans are free.  No registration is required.  Click here to go to where you can agree to the Liability Release and get the most current information.

How do I a find a Caravan's Location?

Each red pin shows the general location where a Caravan will be camped. In the Fall we start in the north, then move south with the cooler weather in the Winter.

To make it as easy as possible for participants to find each of the Caravan Locations, before each Caravan begins, HOWA will provide:

    1. Details above on this web page a week before each Caravan begins (once agreeing to the Liability Statement) including

    2. Written directions to the Caravan Camp above on this web page (once agreeing to the Liability Statement) 1 day before the Caravan begins, and

    3. GPS coordinates* to center camp above on this web page (once agreeing to the Liability Statement) 1 day before the Caravan begins. (Click here for Bob Wells’ CheapRVLiving video to learn about GPS Coordinates.) and

    4. A flag, the color of the Caravan, at center camp just before the Caravan begins, and

    5. One or two “arrowed” signs to show the way to the Caravan Camp just before the Caravan begins.

*Recommendation:  Once off pavement, do not follow Google Maps’ directions (or any other mapping program’s directions) to the GPS coordinates of center camp.  The mapping programs will direct you to take the shortest distance.  On dirt and gravel roads, the shortest distance is not always the safest route.  Look at satellite views for a better idea of the safest route.  Read the written directions provided by HOWA for a safer route.  Many have got stuck in sand, or unable to turn around, when blindly following the mapping program’s directions to GPS coordinates in the back country.  Click here for Bob Wells’ CheapRVLiving video to learn about GPS Coordinates. Keep yourself safe!

The Caravans are free.  No registration is required.  Click here to go to where you can agree to the Liability Release and get the most current information.

What do I do when I arrive at a Caravan Camp?

A personal camp in Pahrump, Fall 2018. Courtesy of Phyllis.

When you arrive:

    1. Find the flag (the color of the Caravan) at center camp , then

    2. Give a wave, smile, or quick hello to campmates who are out and about, then

    3. Locate a place for your personal camp (read below for recommendations for selecting a personal camp), then

    4. Set up your personal camp, then

    5. To identify that you are part of the Caravan Camp, tie or place something on your rig the color of your Caravan.

    6. Join the evening and morning gathering at center camp (usually at a campfire ring), as you desire.  This is the primary place where participants congregate in order to get to know one another, and to make any group plans or decisions.  This is where community begins.

Recommendations for selecting your personal camp.

A small Caravan Camp where some rigs are. close together and others spread out.

HOWA’s Recommendations to select your personal camp within the larger Caravan Camp:

  • Arrive with plenty of sunlight to spare.  It’s not fun finding or setting up camp in the dark.
  • Find a personal camp location that is the desired distance*:
    • From center camp, and
    • From other participants’ personal camps.
    • Note:  Keep the personal campsites closest to center camp for those with mobile disabilities, and
  • Select a safe place to put your personal camp.  Important note:
    • In the desert, avoid camping in washes (dry creek beds).
    • Even though you’ll see more shade in the washes, they may become dangerous torrents of water when raining in the surrounding mountains.
  • If you select a location that is close to others’ personal camps:
    • Ask if your distance is too close (especially if lots of other places are available for you to park).
    • If too close, select another location for your personal camp.
  • If you expect to do anything that may intrude on others’ experiences of being in nature, examples — burn outside lights all night long, create noise (late campfire discussions, run a generator, play music, have loud pets, etc.), make odors (engines, cigarettes, etc.) — talk with your potential neighbors to make sure they are OK with that.
    • Suggestion: Be as specific as possible when talking with your potential neighbors.  For example, if you run a generator just a few minutes in the morning and evening to power a microwave, that may be ok with them; whereas, if you run a generator all night long to keep your swamp cooler going, they may ask you to move elsewhere.
    • As a courtesy, if someone new stops near by, let them know before they set up their personal camp.  They may want to move elsewhere.
    • In the desert, sound carries very clearly for a very long distance (miles).
  • Neighbors differing convictions and actions about COVID precautions may be another reason you may want to move your camp elsewhere.  See below for HOWA’s recommendations for being the kind, caring, supportive community that we are … even among those whose convictions and actions oppose our own.

*Since the Caravans began, we’ve observed that some people like to be close in, and others far away from center camp (a half mile or more).  There’s not a single right way to select your personal camp location.  In fact, you can move your personal camp every day if you want to!

What does HOWA provide BEFORE each Caravan Camp begins?

Before each Caravan Camp begins, HOWA will:

  • Scout and find Caravan Locations that meet the following criteria:

    • In compliance with the policies of that public land (number of campers, length of stay and distance from last stay),

    • Sufficient room for 75, or sometimes less rigs to comfortably camp together without doing damage to the land or plant life,

  • Scout and find Caravan Locations that meet as many of the following criteria as possible:

    • Internet service by at least one major carrier,

    • Within an hour’s drive of town for supplies,

    • Mostly comfortable weather, based on historical data,

    • Within a half-day’s drive of both the previous and next Caravan Locations.

  • Publish information about the Caravans:

    • On this HOWA web page: Your primary source of the most up-to-date information.

    • Announce the Caravans on HOWA’s social media

  • Provide online places where Caravan members can chat with each other for up to a week before each new Caravan Location:

  • Offer a Zoom Orientation to meet your fellow campmates a couple of days before each new Caravan Location.

  • Put a flag with the Caravan color at center camp for each Caravan Location the day before.

  • Place 1 or 2 arrowed signs showing the way to each Caravan Location the day before.

  • Add more Caravans based upon demand, for up to seven total.

The Caravans are free.  No registration is required.  Click here to go to where you can agree to the Liability Release and get the most current information.

How much do I prepare? What will HOWA provide AFTER the Caravan begins?

Once HOWA provides everything detailed above, nothing else will be provided at each of the Caravan Locations.

To avoid onerous and costly permitting processes, HOWA Caravans are casual camping only. HOWA is not providing any organization or amenities.

  • Participants will smile and say “hi” to start to get to know one another. No HOWA staff or volunteers will be there to encourage interactions.

  • Participants will learn lots from each other about the nomadic lifestyle. HOWA will not be offering any classes.

  • Informal discussions at center camp’s campfire are the best. HOWA will not be leading any discussions.

  • Participants will find lots to do together. HOWA will not organize any outings.

  • Each participant responsibly stores and disposes of their own human waste. HOWA provides no bathroom or disposal facilities.

  • Each participant arrives prepared with enough water and water storage containers for themselves (typically an average of one gallon per day). HOWA provides no water.

  • Each participant maintains a clean neat camp, leaving the area better than they found it. For more information, check out HOWA’s partner LeaveNoTrace, as well as the information at TreadLightly. Pack it in, pack it out. Neither HOWA or your campmates will clean up after you, nor does HOWA provide any trash bins or dumpsters.

  • Each participant arrives with enough funds to live and drive on for the entire time of the Caravans.  In addition, each participant has a savings in case of an emergency*. Neither HOWA nor your campmates will support you financially.

  • Each participant arrives prepared to be 100% self-sufficient at the Caravans.

*If your emergency funds and other assets are unexpectedly exhausted from a recent emergency and you find yourself in yet another unexpected emergency situation, you may want to contact HOWA’s Emergency Fund Program for assistance. For an application, email efund@HomesOnWheelsAlliance.org.

Recommendations for safety and comfort.

Recommendations for participants’ comfort and safety in a winter desert environment where dryness, wind, heat, cold, prickly things, rocks, and coyotes are the norm:

  • Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration, especially when the wind is sapping moisture from your body.
  • Wear thick-soled shoes with good support to manage the rocky, uneven ground.
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunscreen.
  • Keep smaller animals close to prevent them from becoming prey.
  • Dress in layers and sleep with layers of blankets to manage temperature variations.
  • When cold, avoid wearing cotton or cotton blends. (https://www.adk.org/why-we-say-cotton-kills/)
  • When hot, wear cotton moistened with water.
  • Avoid camping in washes (dry creeks/riverbeds) where there’s more shade. When it rains in the nearby mountains, water may flow, sometimes in a torrent.

What do I do in case of emergency?

In case of an emergency, call local Law Enforcement or Emergency Services:

  • Be prepared to give verbal directions to your camp. (In the past, GPS coordinates have not been useful for first responders.) Use the names of paved, mile markers, distances, or send someone to guide them in from the main highway, if necessary.

  • Recommendation:  In case you become non-responsive, put an envelope labeled “ICE” (in case of emergency) in plain sight in your rig.  Inside the envelope list your emergency contacts, medical conditions, medications, and advanced directives (end-of-life medical care, or not).  Include information for your pet’s care.

  • Recommendation:  Make sure you have the correct number to call for Law Enforcement and Emergency Services. Usually this is “911.” But, if you are close to a state border, then your 911 call may go to the wrong state’s Emergency Center because the cell tower your call used is in the neighboring state.  Therefore, if close to the border, find the correct dispatch number to call for emergencies for the actual state and county in which you are camped.

  • Recommendation:  Before you get to the next camp, write down the verbal directions and emergency number. Keep them handy if needed.

Sexual Harassment: What should I do?

Sexual Harassment:

  • Sexual harassment includes any unwanted verbal or physical sexual behavior. This can range from sexual comments about a person’s clothing, anatomy, or looks, to very serious acts that qualify as assault or rape. Sexual harassment is about the impact of the behavior on you [the victim], and the severity and frequency of the incidents. It is not about the intent of the person who is engaging in the behavior. (https://www.mycallisto.org/cresources/language)

  • Not tolerated.

  • No means no.

  • Report to local law enforcement (see above “Emergency” question).

Sexual Harassment from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:

“It is unlawful to harass a person … because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.

Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.

Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex…”  https://www.eeoc.gov/sexual-harassment

Recommendations to create community.

Nomads join Caravans to find a community in which they belong.  Many of us are introverts and, so, it may take some initial effort for us to connect with others.

When you join a new Caravan Location, it’s sometimes intimidating to be around so many new people.  This is a time to take baby steps to expand our comfort zone.  One suggestion:  First, simply smile at people on a daily walk or a visit to the campfire, then wave to them the next day on a walk.  The following day, smile and wave and say something like “nice rig” as a conversation starter.  By then, I suspect, at least one connection will happen.  Take it slow, and you will find your community.

As nomads, we have so many unique attributes that make us like-minded, such as our —

  • love for nature,
  • best places to camp on public land,
  • love for the road,
  • small space living,
  • vehicles made into homes,
  • minimalism,
  • outdoor cooking,
  • night sky viewing,
  • hiking,
  • hobbies,
  • etc.

Focus on these attributes and everything else that makes us like-minded nomads; and also recognize and honor the differences as we get to know one another.

To avoid conflict at the Caravan Camps, please do not bring up or wear items that highlight controversial topics or imply devaluing of others related to:

  • politics,
  • religion,
  • race,
  • gender identity,
  • sexual orientation, or
  • any other “hot-button” topic.

Homes On Wheels Alliance is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness. The collective sum of our individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent represents not only part of our culture, but our reputation as well. When we camp together, we welcome the unique contributions that participants can bring in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and belief.

Recommendations for being COVID safe.


Homes On Wheels Alliance recommends following CDC’s guidelines for reducing transmission of the COVID virus in large outdoor gatherings among people who have recently traveled from all over the country.  At the Caravans, we’ve interpreted those to mean:

  • Do not go into each other’s rigs, tents, screened rooms, etc,
  • Isolate when feeling sick,
  • Get fully vaccinated,
  • Wear a mask, especially if unvaccinated
  • Sit or stand at least 6’ apart,
  • Do not share food or utensils,  and
  • Use hand sanitizer or wash hands regularly.

Recommendations for camping among those who have different ideas about COVID.

IMPORTANT:  In HOWA Caravans, everyone is welcome regardless of their personal beliefs, convictions and decisions about their own COVID-related practices.  Respect.

RECOMMENDATIONS*:

  • Before attending a Caravan, be clear about your own personal boundaries regarding COVID.
  • Before attending a Caravan, determine that your responses and interactions with every other person in the Caravan will be kind and compassionate.
    • Not everyone will share your same convictions regarding COVID.  Don’t make assumptions.
    • Honor every person in the Caravan regardless of their personal convictions and actions regarding COVID.
    • You are not entitled to know anyone’s personal convictions or decisions.  Seek permission to ask, if you must.
  • Once together at the Caravan Camp, find win-win solutions if in proximity to others with different COVID-related behaviors than your own.
    • One example of a possible win-win solution:  Everyone wears masks when together, especially when someone new joins the Caravan.
    • Another example: Make an agreement that the highly risk-adverse wear a certain color bracelet indicating that they want everyone to always stay 6′ away and wear a mask while in proximity to them.
    • If a win-win solution cannot be negotiated, then leave.  Perhaps form a spin-off group with other like-minded participants to camp at a different location.
  • Honor your own truth and convictions.
    • If inclined, share.  Focus on your own personal opinions or decisions should others show interest:
      • Use “I” statements.
      • Stick to just the facts.
        • Avoid editorializing about all of the good reasons for your decisions.
        • Avoid statements of judgement about others who have made different decisions.
    • Accept, then manage what is happening for yourself.  Take actions to keep yourself safe, as you define “safe.”  Possible examples:
      • Step back.  Creating more space between the person or people with whom you are visiting.
      • Put a sign on your rig that visitors “need to be” or “do not need to be,” or “vaccinated” or “social distancing,” etc.
      • Move your personal camp else where within the larger Caravan Location.
      • Form a spin-off group with like-minded others to camp at another location all together.

Simplistically:  My vaccine protects me.  My mask protects you.  Social distancing protects both of us.

*Much appreciation to Sept 12th’s women of HOWA’s Virtual Caravan for providing their wisdom, which then formed the basis for the above recommendations.

Recommendation to create spin-off camping groups.

Small group in Bouse, AZ. Photo courtesy of Andrea.

Spin-Off Groups are Good:

What usually happens, is that people make friends, gain confidence and then go off to travel together in smaller spin-off groups. Thus, maintaining a stable Caravan Group size as new people join and experienced people leave.  On the other hand, many will decide to stay with the larger group until the end of the season.  Going back and forth is good too.

HOWA considers these unofficial spin-off groups a successes!

Some examples of reasons to create a spin off group:

  • To keep each Caravan under 75 people,
  • To see a specific sight or have a specific experience elsewhere,
  • To camp with others who keep the same wake-sleep hours,
  • To camp with those who run generators, or don’t run generators,
  • To be with others who share the same level of COVID risk-aversion,
  • To camp without smoke from a campfire, cigarettes, wildfires, etc.
  • To be with a smaller number of campers,
  • To camp with others who share the same, or different, philosophies,
  • To enjoy the same type of music — listening, singing, or playing on instruments,
  • To camp with others who enjoy partying,
  • To find a place that is prettier, has better hiking, close-by tourist attractions, etc.
  • To find better weather, cell service, town amenities, etc.
  • Any reason is a good reason.

Can I bring my pet?

Many people bring their pets to the Caravans.

  • Be prepared to keep them safe from:

    • Weather extremes — heat, cold, wind, rain — sometimes within the same 24 hour period.

    • Predators — coyotes, birds of prey

  • Public Lands Policies are that dogs be on leash and in full control of the person holding the leash.

  • Please pick-up your animal’s feces and dispose of them as you would your own.

  • Recommendation: Be mindful of any noise that your animal makes.  Park further from the group or keep them quiet for your campmates’ sake.

Where are some of the Caravan Locations?

Past Caravan Locations with brief descriptions

  • Alkali: BLM land near Alkali, NV, town ruins, hot springs, dirt roads with pull-offs
  • AGM: American Girl Mine is BLM land in CA near Yuma, AZ and Los Algodones, MX
  • Dome Rock, 14-Day BLM Camp Area in Quartzsite, AZ
  • Douglas, private land in southeast AZ
  • Earp N & S: (north and south) BLM land in Earp, CA, across river from Parker, AZ
  • Eberg River: BLM land south of I-10 on river in Ehrenberg, AZ
  • Ehrenberg: BLM land south of I-10 on plateau in Ehrenberg, AZ
  • Gage: BLM land, abandoned gravel mine, 3 mi from I-10 in Gage, NM
  • Hi Jolly, 14-Day BLM Camp Area in Quartzsite, AZ
  • Hippie Hole: La Paz county campground, Cibola Wildlife Refuge, CA
  • KOFA: Wildlife refuge in AZ between Quartzsite and Yuma (KOFA=King OF Arizona, a mine)
  • Chemehuevi: BLM land in CA, 15 mi from hwy between Vidal Junction and Needles, near Havasu Lake, CA
  • Lordsburg: City park in NM
  • Lovell Cyn: Lovell Canyon, NFS land between Pahrump and Las Vegas, NV
  • Mill Creek: BLM campground south of Battleground, NV
  • Pahrump: BLM land east of town
    of Pahrump, NV
  • Plomosa, 14-Day BLM Camp Area in Quartzsite, AZ
  • Plomosa Bouse, 14-Day land off of Plomosa Rd near Bouse, AZ

The Caravans are free.  No registration is required.  Click here to go to where you can agree to the Liability Release and get the most current information.

Pahrump, NV camp.

Gage, NM camp, waiting for others to show up.

What is the history of the Caravans?

Caravan One in Ehrenberg, Dec 2018.

The History of the Caravans

In January 2018, Bob Wells of CheapRVLiving started talking about Caravans on this video.  He wanted to create a way for nomads to camp together and be a community.

CheapRVLiving began the Caravans in the Fall of 2018.  Click here for Bob Well’s Fall 2018 introduction of the Caravans (note: although the Caravan expectations are still relevant in the video, CRVL contact information and links provided are no longer active).  After the January 2019 RTRs, we started a Women’s Caravan.  Click here for a video that Bob and Suanne made at that time (note: although the Caravan experiences are still relevant in the video, CRVL contact information and links provided are no longer active).

Caravan Two in Earp, Dec 2018.

In 2019, the Caravans were adopted by HOWA.  Before their transfer to HOWA, several serious accidents happened within the Caravans.  As a result, HOWA realized the need for a Liability Release Statement so that participants understood that camping in the back country is inherently risky and that they would hold HOWA harmless should another accident happen.  So, in the Fall of 2019 HOWA implemented an RSVP system using Meetup.com so that, when joining HOWA’s Meetup Caravan Group, participants agreed to the Liability Release.  Meetup also provided a place for participants to text chat, as well as single online place to communicate instructions, directions, and GPS coordinates for each Caravan.

Happily, some of the Caravan Groups continued, unofficially, long beyond the end of the official Caravan (3 months at the time).  They simply continued camping together.  Some Caravans Groups formed Facebook Groups to communicate online when not camping together. A few of these online groups remain active today.

Then COVID hit.  The Caravans were postponed beginning April 2019.  Who would have thought that they would have been postponed for a full 18 months.  Now we begin them again in October 2021?  The processes surrounding the Caravans continue to evolve, but the basic premise of finding community remains the same.

The Caravans are free.  No registration is required.  Click here to go to where you can agree to the Liability Release and get the most current information.

Photo Gallery

Camp at Lovell Canyon, NV. Click on photo to download a 15-second video.  Courtesy of Carol.

Camp off of Plomosa Rd. Courtesy of Andrea.

Camp in Earp, CA. Courtesy of Phyllis.

Campfire near Bouse. Courtesy of Andrea.

Red Bighorn All Genders Caravan, Oct 2021. Courtesy of Grey.

Red Bighorn All Genders Caravan, Oct 2021. Courtesy of Grey.

~ You don’t have to be alone. ~