2021 Truck Camper Adventure Rally Enrollment Now Open

Enrollment in the 2021 Truck Camper Adventure Rally is now open. The rally will be held near Quartzsite, Arizona on February 11-14, 2021. Like last year’s inaugural rally, this outdoor camping event will be held at the Roadrunner Wash Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Area (signs and orange traffic cones identifying the specific location will be posted onsite). The owners of both slide-in and chassis-mounted 4×4 campers are welcome and only truck camper owners may participate in the rally—sorry, no buses, vans, fifth wheels, travel trailers, or Class A motorhomes will be allowed. Like last year, no admission will be charged. Instead, a voluntary raffle will be held Saturday, February 13 to support the event. Sponsors of the rally will be announced soon.

Road conditions and weather permitting, a three-day overland road trip on the nearby El Camino del Diablo will be held immediately after the main Quartzsite rally on February 15-18, 2021, for trail-worthy, truck camper rigs equipped with 4WD. Sorry, but no duallies allowed. El Camino del Diablo, which is located between the nearby cities of Yuma and Ajo, lies on federal public land and is 130 miles long. The three-day road trip will include overnight camp outs in two yet-to-be-determined locations and a free campout on BLM land near the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument immediately after. The permit to drive and campout on El Camino Del Diablo will be obtained by Truck Camper Adventure beforehand. The overland trip will be limited to 20 campers. Enrollment in the overland rally on El Camino del Diablo is now CLOSED.

Important! Due to the risks associated with contracting COVID-19, all attendees will need to sign a form releasing Truck Camper Adventure of any liabilities associated with contracting the virus or from any injuries that may result during the outdoor rally. This form will need to be signed upon check-in before receiving your badge. Because all activities will be outdoors, the wearing of masks is optional. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 concerns, no potluck will be held this year. This means you’ll need to bring your own food, drinks, paper plates, utensils, napkins, and cups. No garbage service will be provided—you pack it in, you pack it out.

Several classes on various truck camper related topics will be held during the 2021 Truck Camper Adventure Rally. Instructors for most of these classes are needed. Please consider sharing your knowledge with others. Classes will be scheduled for one hour, but may take longer depending on questions. The class schedule for each day will be provided later. Topics for this rally include the following (contact TCA if you have an idea for another topic):

  • First Aid/CPR
  • Boondocking Tips (Mello Mike)
  • Dumping and Potable Water
  • Off-Road Tips (John Reynolds)
  • Solar Power (Mello Mike)
  • Solar Cooking (Nancy Brinkmann)
  • Gas or Diesel (Jeff Reynolds)
  • Lead-Acid/Lithium Ion Batteries Charging and Maintenance (Steve Hericks)
  • Mobile Communications (Matt Nelson?)
  • Generator Maintenance
  • How to Pack Your Truck Camper (Don Chase)
  • Meals on the Trail (Don Chase)
  • Omnia Stovetop Oven (Karen Smith)
  • Truck Camper Open House (Sunday)

An open house/public viewings of truck campers will take place on Sunday for those who wish to participate. Truck camper manufacturers will also be invited to attend to show new models and builds as well. A campfire gathering will be held each night including the big Saturday evening raffle (raffle tickets for those interested will be available for a nominal donation). While classes and other activities will be scheduled each day, plenty of free time will be scheduled as well to allow attendees to socialize with others and shop in town.

As the Boondocking in the Desert name implies, this will be a boondocking rally held on BLM land in Quartzsite. No hookups or other amenities will be available for this outdoor event, so empty your black and grey water holding tanks beforehand and bring plenty of food, water, and firewood plus whatever camping furniture you need to be comfortable during the rally. Known as the boondocking capital of the world, Quartzsite, Arizona has almost anything you need to make your stay enjoyable including RV repair and supply shops, solar and battery vendors, gas stations with diesel, potable water, dump stations, grocery stores, and restaurants. Cell service is spotty due to the number of people and RVs in the area this time of year.

Since this is a boondocking rally and everyone will be parked close together, attendees are encouraged to use solar power. However, if you need to run a generator or run your truck’s alternator, you may park in the generator designated parking area that will be created for the rally.

Volunteers are needed to teach classes, greet and help arrivals park, and help register arrivals. 

The weather in early February should just about be perfect. Expect high temperatures in upper 60s/low 70s during the day, 40s during the night. The elevation of the Roadrunner Wash is 1,065 feet. Prepare for some wind and possibly rain. Bring appropriate clothes for the sunny days and cool nights. For additional information on Quartzsite, click here.

Directions to the BLM Roadrunner Wash: Take the I-10 to Quartzsite. Get off on the Highway 95 exit and head south on Highway 95. Travel approximately 6 miles just past mile marker 99 and turn right (west) on La Paz Valley Rd. (53rd Street N). The Roadrunner Wash BLM area will immediately be on your right (register with the camp host who will be parked on the right). Follow the orange traffic cones to get to the right spot. The lat-long where we will be holding the rally is 33.5911 Lat -114.2342 Long, the same location as last year.

Enrollment in the 2021 Truck Camper Adventure Rally is now open. To sign-up, send us an email at [email protected]. State the first and last names of those who will be attending, how many people will be attending including children and teenagers, and which camper make and model you own. Also let us know if you plan on doing the follow on trip on El Camino Del Diablo (CD). Signing-up is important as it gives us an idea how many people and campers will be attending the rally and the follow-on overland event.

For those who will be participating in the El Camino Del Diablo three-day overland trip, we recommend that all lift jacks be removed from your camper prior to arrival. Doing so will improve your rig’s breakover and departure angles. Failure to remove them can result in damage to your camper. Airing down your tires once we arrive on the trail is also recommended. As such, you will need an air compressor to air your tires back up after exploring the trail. Standard FRS hand-held radios (channel 2) will be used to coordinate daily activities on the trail. Make sure your radio’s batteries are changed beforehand. Beware, parts of the road are reported to be narrow with scrub and weeds and may pose a pin-striping hazard to your rig.

Additional details including the itinerary will be issued here. Check back here often for updates. Important updates or announcements will appear in bold typeface. Confirmed attendees for those who wish to attend the rally will be listed here.

2021 TCA Rally Attendees

  1. Mello Mike and Karen Smith; Bundutec Roadrunner (CD Team Lead and Photographer)
  2. Reynolds, Jeff and Jeanie; Northstar Laredo SC (CD Tail Gunner)
  3. Blasingame, Alex and Julie; Bundutec BunduVry (CD)
  4. Henke, Rick and Cindy; Bigfoot 2500C9.4
  5. Mackintosh, Charlie; Arctic Fox 990
  6. MacAfree, Kevin and Linda; Bundutec Odyssey (CD)
  7. Van Note, Lynn and Kathy; Camplite TC11
  8. Harris, Kirk; Arctic Fox 811
  9. Anderson, Pat and Patty; 2017 Alaskan
  10. Alexander, John; Northstar 850SC (CD)
  11. Casterson, David and Nancy; Alaskan 10
  12. Lavender, Bryan and Susan; Lance 650 (CD)
  13. Chase, Don and Kim; 2019 Bundutec Free (CD)
  14. Torrey, Russ and Diana; Lance 1010
  15. Flake, Alan and Susan; Alaskan 8
  16. Caruolo, Doug and Andrea; Cirrus 920
  17. Foster, Allen and Becky; Arctic Fox 1150
  18. Peeler, Jack and Leslie; Bundutec Flatbed Free (CD Point)
  19. Welch, William and Jeri Tjon; All-Terrain Camper Cougar (CD)
  20. Nyholm, Mike and Kellie; Host Mammoth 11-6
  21. Drenk, Ron and Wendy; Weekender 11.5
  22. Carroll, Patrick and Jennifer +2; Lance 855 (CD)
  23. Goutos, Theodore and Mary; Lance 865
  24. Kolb, Ted and Jan; Adventurer 90RDS
  25. Saltz, Lucas; Cirrus 820 (CD)
  26. Souza, Debra and Joanne Jaeger; Alaskan 7.5 Flatbed
  27. Patrick, Chris; Host Mammoth 11-6
  28. Horn, Edith; Northern Lite 10-2 LE
  29. Taylor, Russ and Amy; Four Wheel Camper Hawk (CD)
  30. McPhillips, Paul and Nancy Brinkmann;  Lance 825
  31. Reynolds, John and Krystine; Outfitter Apex 9.5 (CD)
  32. Sherratt, Russ and Syma; All-Terrain Camper Cougar (CD)
  33. Williams, Kevin and Alisa; Four Wheel Camper Grandby (CD)
  34. Staniec, Rob; Northstar Liberty (CD)
  35. Meyers, Janice and Pres; Alaskan 10 (CD)
  36. Stewart, Peter and Faith; Northstar Liberty (CD)
  37. Hatch, Derek; Northstar 850SC (CD)
  38. Jackson, John and Vikki; Sunlite Eagle (CD)
  39. Buniger, Doug and Susie; Bundtuec BunduCamp Flatbed (CD)
  40. Court, Brian and Diane; Lance 1010
  41. Ferris, Robbyn; Provan E-Tiger 4×4
  42. Witzel, Josh and son Jadon; Cirrus 820
  43. Reynolds, Matt and Summer Green; Lance 165s (CD-standby 1)
  44. Washburn, Bill and Diane; Cirrus 820
  45. Linley, Gary; Northern Lite 8-11EX
  46. Beaudry, Mike and Joanne, Lance 881
  47. Foster, Stan and Cheryl; Arctic Fox 1150
  48. Holte, Ron; Lance 1030
  49. Ray-Tahtinen, Tim and Brenda; Northstar 650 (CD-standby 2)
  50. Scranton, Cory and Audrey; Lance 975
  51. Kent, Robert; Four Wheel Camper Hawk
  52. Harrison, Karylee; Pastime 860
  53. Banks, Tom and Marianne; Northstar 850SC (CD-standby 3)
  54. Doyle, Shaun and Jill +1; Lance 1130
  55. Wisehart, Mark and Janell, Lance 1181
  56. Yennock, Jay and Darla; Lance 825
  57. Foster, Pam and Matt; Arctic Fox 1150
  58. Kelly, Larry; Palomino Backpack 2902
  59. Rupp, Amy and Josh Fuss; Cirrus 800
  60. Meyers, Avi; Cirrus 920
  61. McNeilly Terry and April Smith; Northern Lite 9-6
  62. Pack, Roy and Gaye; Alpenlite Cheyenne 900
  63. Hericks, Steve and Cheryl Blount; DIY Flatbed Camper (CD-standby 4)
  64. Easley, Robert and Terry; Eagle Cap 900
  65. Freedman, Gary and Christine; Northern Lite 8-11 LE
  66. Nelson, Matt; Arctic Fox 990
  67. Jaffie, Ray and Ana; Four Wheel Camper Hawk (CD-standby 5)
  68. Quirk, Denney and Laurie; Alaskan 8.5
  69. Miranda, Priscilla; Lance 992
Drone shot of the 2020 TCA Rally, Roadrunner Wash BLM, Quartzsite (courtesy Jared Sund)

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Mello Mike is an Arizona native, author, and the founder of Truck Camper Adventure. He's been RV'ing since 2002, is a certified RVIA Level 1 RV Technician, and has restored several Airstream travel trailers. He currently rolls in a 2013 Ram 3500 with a 2021 Bundutec Roadrunner truck camper mounted on top. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years, worked in project management, and now runs Truck Camper Adventure full-time. He also does some RV consulting, repairs, and inspections on the side.

8 Comments

  1. Hello, I am already signed up but thought would offer up as a volunteer. I’m not sure I can be an effective instructor at this time but could come a day or two early and help with check-in/parking.

  2. Bryan, I used Peter Massey’s “Backcountry Adventures Arizona , a large format guidebook,
    the Arizona Atlas and Gazetteer, a search of pix of El Camino del Diablo, and the best of the youtube vids of the trail. The trail itself is remote over several privileged jurisdictions and has really not changed much in the last millenium. The worst antagonist for us truck camper people is the “just the right height to scratch your new paint” Ocotillo. Most desert flora has a tough outer epidermis.
    jefe

    • Yeah, we called that ‘Desert Pinstriping’ when we lived in the Morongo Basin area. Thanks for the references. I’ve found a couple more up-to-date ones and a pretty good YouTube of the entire route at x5 speed. Looks pretty basic, other than the overhanging vegetation in a couple of spots.
      Bryan

  3. Mike,
    Jean my queen and jefe are a go.
    Both the Rally and the adjunct trip over the Camino del Diablo are on our calendar.
    I would advise anyone who is going on the Diablo trail to read up on its condition.
    A lot has changed since the Halcyon days of last year’s Rally, with many of us having new trucks or campers.
    jefe

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