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HOWA’s YouTube Channel

The first video on HOWA’s channel was posted on September 27, 2019 to celebrate the 1st birthday of HOWA and to document the presentation of a minivan to the first recipient.  What a fun day!

  Since then videos have been made to share the WRTR and RTR seminars and experiences with people who could not be there in person. The latest videos are recordings of Virtual Caravan Classes that cover a range of topics such as boondocking and eating healthy.

 Check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi2WjYQPAEdDw-eEGgtni5A/videos  Please consider joining and leaving comments about what you like and what you want to see in the future. Don’t forget to give a thumbs up to the videos that you enjoyed watching!

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The 10th Annual RTR!

When Bob Wells started the RTR in 2011 no one dreamed that it would become so large so fast. From a gathering of fewer than 50 people, the RTR attendance swelled to many thousands in 2019 and outgrew the site at Scadden Wash, east of Quartzsite, Arizona, where it had been held for years. After months of searching for a different location with little success, Suanne Carlson, HOWA executive director who took over the management of the RTR and WRTR in July 2019, and her team of assistants developed a new plan- the RTR would be held at the  La Paz County Fairgrounds and attendees would camp on BLM public land.While this wasn’t a perfect solution, because the part of the fun of the RTRs is camping in a large group, everything worked very well. New nomads and nomads-to-be attended the seminars then camped for the night with HOWA Caravans. Nomads who had attended RTRs in previous years gathered with friends at camping areas scattered across the desert. Most had no need to attend the seminars but they still enjoyed the spirit of the RTR gathering.

The fairground’s stage and bleachers made a good setting for the seminars. Smaller break-out sessions were held in an open area of the fairgrounds. Booths were set up for HOWA information, name buttons, tee shirts sales, first aid, media passes, free pile donations, and information on the Nomad Chapter of DBSA. LectricBikes, a HOWA supporter, brought several electric bikes for RTR attendees to test ride. A talent show and nomad game show added to the fun.

Planning for the 2021 RTR and WRTR  is difficult because of the uncertainty surrounding the safety of large gatherings due to coronavirus. If it’s safe we hope to see all of you at the RTR and/or the WRTR in 2021!

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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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