This winter I am indoors, warm and dry. What about next winter? In the back of the truck. With no heat and no insulation.
Many full-timers go to Quartzsite, AZ in January and/or February. This tiny desert town of 3,677 swells to several hundred thousand visitors in rvs, camped very close to each other in big rigs with noisy generators.
Why would I even consider going there?
- Warmish temperatures (878′ elevation, “temperature rarely below 34°F “).
- Quartzsite is the place to learn from experts in living full-time on the road.
- This is the place to come if I want anything done to the truck e.g.: new roof, tarp repaired, solar installed, LED lights installed, etc.
- Quartzsite has become a mecca to visitors and exhibitors for rocks, gems, mineral specimens and fossils during the town’s famous two-month-long gem show and swap meet every January and February. (I am a neophyte rock hounder. Want to learn to use a metal detector.)
- The Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR) is usually in the first two or three weeks in January. On BLM land. For full timers, and people thinking about living full-time in a rv. Sharing info. Social.
- Cheap camping fees. There are several LTVAs … long term visitor areas. $180 for 7 months. A short-term permit can be purchased for a 14-day stay for $40. You can change LTVA during your stay for no extra fee. Vault toilets,water station, trash services. There are ” thirty-three supplemental rules which are used to help manage the campgrounds.” Sounds very different from anything I have experienced, voluntarily.
- According to Wikipedia Quartzsite is the burial place of Hi Jolly (Hadji Ali), an Ottoman citizen of Greek-Syrian parentage, who took part in the experimental US Camel Corps as a camel driver. Quartzsite is also the site of Joanne’s Gum Museum, which is open to the public and features a large collection of gum wrappers from around the world.
- Lots of BLM land in the area. (Thanks for the reminder, Robin!)
- Something to be experienced?