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The RTR

 From Bob’s YouTube channel: Why I Started the RTR

“In 2008 when the economy crashed my website was in place. I started it in 2005 to answer all the questions, to help people, to inspire people to embrace the mobile life and to teach them how so if they’re forced into a car they could do it well and happily and not barely survive. When the economy crashed so many people lost their jobs and eventually lost their homes or apartments. They lost everything so they did a Google search – “How do I live in my car?”  My website was there. It was in place and it exploded in traffic. I heard from thousands of people through email, on the blog, on the forum and they all said “Bob what am I going to do? I’m going to be forced to live in a car.” I helped every single one of them in everyway I could and what started out of that was the desire to create a boot camp. I mean that literally – a boot camp. If you’re going be forced into your car how much better it is to go and meet a group of people who are also living in their cars, minivans, and vans and and have them help you and support you and show you okay, let’s fold your seat down and lay it out like this and we’ll put a board on it? I’ll help you cut the board or go buy the board for you and that way you can have a flat level bed or you need this to get water or this is how you’re going to have to go to the bathroom while you’re living in your car. It is all those questions which they had no answers for so the RTR is a boot camp for beginner nomads – people forced in their car, minivan van, people forced into tents. It is a support system for people who need help”

 More RTR information HERE.

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The First WRTR

The 2019 Women’s Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (WRTR) was held in Bouse, Arizona, January 4 through 8. It was projected that between 800 and 1,000 women would attend . . . and that became the reality. Each day, women pulled into the WRTR entrance glowing with achievement that they had overcome hurdles, obstacles, setbacks, fears and anxiety to travel, for some, thousands of miles alone for the first time in their lives. They were greeted at the entrance by other women who had volunteered to help set up the event, greet participants, manage the sound system, and provide information and assistance where it was needed. These volunteers arrived at the WRTR site three days early to receive training and do all the tasks involved in setting up the event. Thousands of people learned about the origin and mission of this newly formed nonprofit organization during the WRTR and RTR. Homes On Wheels Alliance Trustees and other dedicated volunteers manned the booth eight hours a day for two weeks to spread the word and take donations. 

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Emergency Gas Money

Another great testimonial from a nomad who used the emergency fund.
We are so happy that you were able to find us in your time of need.

“Due to some minor bad luck I was in the middle of the month with zero dollars. I met a friend who let me know about the Homes on Wheels Alliance and their emergency fund to help nomads stay out of bad situations. I contacted them and requested $50.00 for gas money for heat because I am in a very cold place up north and within a few days I had the money in my paypal account. If you’re a nomad get involved with these folks. It’s a smart idea to have friends. Good luck and happy travels. May  kindness and goodness meet you every step of the way.”

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Emergency Van Repairs

 Charlene contacted HOWA for assistance with repairs to her van. After supplying all of the necessary information to Charmaine of HOWA her request was approved. Nick DeCarlo of DeCarlo Auto Pros in Show Low Arizona worked with Charlene to make repairs so that her van was roadworthy and she was quickly able to be back on the road.

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Solar panel awards

Day one of the solar panel awards was an absolute success!

We provided 15 people with life-changing solar panels and the accessories required for installation. A huge thank you to Santan Solar for the donation of solar panels and Berger Foundation for funding the accessories.

We are thrilled to help out more nomads today. A big thank you to all the wonderful volunteers. We couldn’t do any of this without you. @ Quartzsite, Arizona

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Meet Walt, a HOWA volunteer.

When Walt was 23, this Homes On Wheels Alliance (HOWA) multipurpose volunteer left Boston on a backpacking trip to Kathmandu, Nepal. He knew a lot about camping thanks to his involvement with the Boy Scouts. Walt was gone for six months.

Many decades later, he moved to Arizona. It was his base for journeys to most of the national parks and forests. Walt said he wasn’t familiar with boondocking or how to live on BLM lands and spent those early years in RV parks and fee campgrounds. Knowing there had to be a less expensive way, he watched many YouTube videos such as Cheap RV Living.

Open and inviting, Walt enjoys meeting people and helping new people on how to live their best nomad life. “Fire, Food, and Friendship” is his mantra and he said that a night never passes without a fire (unless circumstances prohibit it). No one is out here alone unless they really want to be.

He has served on many boards and organizations. Walt said there are “lifters and leaners in the world.” Leaners are people who complain about how something is run, but when asked for their recommendations, go quiet. Unless people are willing “to lift” their criticism is not as meaningful. He has helped with the annual HOWA meeting and the live feed.

If you want interesting unguarded conversation and wisdom, look for Walt. He’ll be the one extending an invitation for blueberry pancakes at breakfast or chili at dinner.

Post contribution by: Diana Hollenbeck

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