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 12/15/2012 9:11 PM
 
 Modified By RVA  on 12/17/2012 1:56:51 PM

Howdy y'all!

Yes, folks, there WILL be an RVA Quartzsite gathering this year. Gotta keep the tradition alive and well.

The official 2013 RV show dates are January 19th thru the 27th, but there is lots of activity both before and after.

For the newbies, the question is always "What is Quartzsite and why all the hubbub?" Quartzsite is an annual mega-gathering of RV folks from all over the country. Driving into Quartzsite on I-10, it always looks like it snowed--but the white color is from 100,000 (or so it seems) RV roofs parked all over creation. Some folks camp out in the desert for months, while others drop by for only a weekend or a week. Vendors come from all over the USA to ply their RV-related wares (and also lots of just regular stuff). The old timers return again and again, to find neat goodies found nowhere else--that also make great stocking stuffers for next year. The ladies will enjoy the hundreds of vendors in several venues--plan on spending at least three days to see it all.

The fellas will like all the RV-related products, services, and goodies in the huge RV tent--as well as the opportunity to kick the tires on both new and used rigs brought to Q from all over the southwest. Remember to bring your walking shoes and some folding green--just too many unusual goodies to pass by. Many old timers also find that a backpack or a two-wheeled cart is a help in hauling all your new goodies back to your RV. (One of the advantages of the RVA spot in La Posa North is that you are within walking distance of more than half of the venues--leave the toad with your RV.)

The RVA underground has been rather silent most of this year, and we really don’t know how many RVAers will show up in Q this year. So far, it is known that at least two old timers *and maybe even three) are gonna enlighten the group with their presence. Rumor has it that at least one newbie will be there this year (wonderful news), so don't be afraid to come and enjoy the good times--everyone is welcome.

The RVA Q gang (affectionately known as the RVA Quartzsite Trailer Trash gang) is a mix of singles, married folks, and "companions", traveling in all sorts of RVs (old and new motorhomes, truck campers, 5ers, and travel trailers). The best thing about the RVA Q gang is that everyone is an RVer, and no one puts on airs or is uppity--just plain good ol' RVers gathered to share friendship, fun, frolic, games, and lots of laughter--and a libation or two for those so inclined.

Quartzsite is located on I-10 about 16 miles East of the CA/AZ border. It is suggested that you stop at the Ehrenberg, AZ Flying J (just across the CA border into AZ) to fill your fuel tank--and maybe your propane tank, too. It is strongly advised that you empty your black and gray tanks and fill your fresh water tank before you arrive in the Quartzsite area.

Since we never know what the Q weather is gonna be like, be prepared for either shirt-sleeve gatherings around the campfire, or bundled up in several layers for very cold and windy evenings. For those of you who abhor boondocking for even a day or two, there are three full-service RV parks in Brenda, AZ--about 13 miles East of Q. In the past couple of years, a couple of very nicely appointed RV parks have popped up in Q, with full hookups (that really work). Set up camp there (plenty of spaces), but come on down and join the RVA gang for munchies and libations at 5 PM--but you are welcome to drop by at any time.

For the newbies, we suggest that you stick around for at least three days, so that you can see it all. We usually avoid the first weekend of doing too much, especially the RV show/tent, cuz all the city slickers from Phoenix show up and the joint is very crowded. After the weekend, it is just the usual RV crowd--but still usually quite crowded. You will have to come, see, and experience Q yourself, and then make up your mind whether you like it or not. Usually, most folks are on one end of the spectrum or the other (ya love it or ya can't stand it)--not too many in the middle.

OK, guys and gals, enough of my drivel. Come on down to Quartzsite for the annual RVA get-together, meet old friends, make new friends, and enjoy the company of fellow RVers who are lots of fun. Load up the rig, bring your smiles and hugs (and a sense of humor), and come on down to the annual RVA get-together in La Posa North BLM territory. Many of the old gang will be arriving on January 17th or 18th and staying thru about the 28th or after.

If you can, bring a bag or two or firewood to help chase the evening chill.

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Directions, sorta: Coming in on I-10 eastbound (from California), go past the first Q exit and get off at the 2nd one (exit 19, I think). Turn right and go (South) to the end of the street (a T intersection). Turn right again, and go all the way to the stop light (you will be on Kuehn) and Hwy 95 will be crossing right to left and vice versa. Turn left at the stop light (you will see a huge tent on the right after you make the turn).

Go South on Hwy 95 about 1/4 mile, and turn left into the La Posa North BLM area (you will see a small building inside the fence on the right). Stop there, go inside and pay your $40 bucks for a BLM pass (big orange sticker on both the toad and the RV).

After getting your BLM stickers, drive straight ahead until you get to a bunch of dumpsters on the right side. Best to call us from there--but it is easy to proceed on further. (Send me an email or a PM if you need our cell phone numbers.)

At the edge of dumpster land and the road heading still further East you should start to see either white paper plates with LOW written on them or cardboard signs or red, white and blue stakes that say RV America on them. (Both LOW and RVA always park almost next to each other, so either signage will get you there.)

Follow your nose until you see a sign directing you to make a left turn. There will be another left turn sign almost immediately. You will go thru a small wash (with no problems other than a bit of back and forth wobbling), making a gentle turn toward the right after the wash.

The next sign after the gentle turn will be one indicating that you take the wye to the left (but either way really gets you there). Keep going, following the well traveled ruts, until you pass under a high tension power line that will be running across your path (left to right, et al). After passing under the power line, you are very close to our usual location (usually about a hundred yards to the North and on the right side of the "main" road). Look for our white over gray Itasca (CA plate 5SRX300), or Virgil’s brownish Southwind (usually flying a Denver Broncos flag) with Texas plates on it. You have found us.

If you miss us, you will shortly run into a chain link fence with what looks like an RV park on the other side. Come on back down the road about two hundred yards or so or give us a holler.

For the edification of those RVers with GPS, the coordinates to get you within hollering distance is: N 33 degrees, 39.313 minutes; W 114 degrees, 12.830 minutes Our esteemed moderator has a nifty graphic showing the GPS coordinates and also an area map of where the RVA Trailer Trash Gang usually hangs out. Magically, the graphics usually show up (real soon) as part of this thread.

Welcome to Quartzsite and a bunch of fun!

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Here's wishing all the RVA gang (and the lurkers, too) a happy holiday season filled with love, laughter, and good times.

Cheers and happy travels,

Mike

(www.backroadtravelers.com)

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Puerto Penasco:

Yes, this is the bi-annual year for the RVA Puerto Penasco trip to Mexico. However, Linda and I are hobbled by inconsiderate kids who will be popping a bun out of the oven right after Quartzsite, so we will not be able to lead a group across the border.

However, we have all the necessary info, and some of the RVA gang head South without us.



Cheers and happy travels, Mike www.backroadtravelers.com
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