2021 Truck Camper Adventure Rally Enrollment Now Open

Enrollment in the 2021 Truck Camper Adventure Rally is now open. To date, over 170 campers and their owners have enrolled in what will probably be the largest truck camper rally ever held. The rally will be held in 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 campers will be welcome and only truck camper owners may participate in the rally—sorry, no other types of RVs will be allowed. Like last year, no admission will be charged. Instead, a voluntary, donation only raffle will be held Saturday, February 13 to support the event. Prizes will be provided by event sponsors including Expion360, Torklift International, WeBoost, Truck Systems Technology, StableCamper, Omnia, Froli, The Scrubba, and others.

Road conditions and weather permitting, a three-day caravan 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, no duallies allowed. El Camino del Diablo, a 4×4 Jeep road 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 overland trip will be limited to 21 campers. Enrollment in the overland caravan 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 occur during the 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, but that may change due to conditions at the time. Please do not attend if you are sick. 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—pack it in, 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):

  • Tire Repair (Bob Wohlers)
  • Winching 101 (Bob Wohlers)
  • First Aid/CPR (Kevin MacAfee)
  • Boondocking Tips (Mello Mike)
  • 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)
  • 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, bring plenty of food, water, and firewood plus a few camping chairs to be comfortable during classes and gatherings. Known as the boondocking capital of the world, Quartzsite, Arizona has almost everything needed 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 Quartzsite this time of year.

Drone shot of the 2020 Rally (Jared Sund)

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 arrivals, and help arrivals park.

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 and turn right (west) on 53rd Street N (do not enter the BLM area using the Highway 95 entrance). 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 at the back of the camping area. The lat-long where we will be holding the rally is 33.5911 Lat -114.2342 Long, the same location as last year’s rally.

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 Camino is also recommended, as such, you will need an air compressor to air your tires back-up after exploring the Camino. 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, portions of the Camino are reported to be narrow with scrub and weeds and may pose a “pin-striping” hazard to your rig.

Important: For those participating in the Camino del Diablo trip, permits must be obtained individually for each person over 18. Visit the website https://luke.isportsman.net/ to register and to obtain your permit. You will need to watch the 13-minute training video to obtain your permit. Make sure you bring a print-out of your permit before the rally. You will need to show us your permit at the pre-brief Sunday night. We will also need to know your license plate number for the Cabeza-Prieta NWR Special Use Permit that TCA will obtain.

Additional details including the itinerary will be issued here. Check back here often for updates. Important updates or announcements will appear in bold black or red 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. MacAfee, Kevin and Linda; Bundutec Odyssey (CD)
  7. Van Note, Lynn and Kathy; Camplite TC11
  8. Harris, Kirk; Arctic Fox 811
  9. Alexander, John; Northstar 850SC (CD)
  10. Wohlers, Bob; Four Wheel Camper Hawk (CD)
  11. Casterson, David and Nancy; Alaskan 10
  12. Torrey, Russ and Diana; Lance 1010
  13. Flake, Alan and Susan; Alaskan 8
  14. Caruolo, Doug and Andrea; Cirrus 920
  15. Foster, Allen and Becky; Arctic Fox 1150
  16. Peeler, Jack and Leslie; Bundutec Flatbed Free (CD Point)
  17. Welch, William and Jeri Tjon; All-Terrain Camper Cougar (CD)
  18. Nyholm, Mike and Kellie; Host Mammoth 11-6
  19. Drenk, Ron and Wendy; Weekender 11.5
  20. Carroll, Patrick and Jennifer +2; Lance 855 (CD)
  21. Goutos, Theodore and Mary; Lance 865
  22. Kolb, Ted and Jan; Adventurer 90RDS
  23. Saltz, Lucas; Cirrus 820 (CD)
  24. Souza, Debra and Joanne Jaeger; Alaskan 7.5 Flatbed
  25. Patrick, Chris; Host Mammoth 11-6
  26. Horn, Edith; Northern Lite 10-2 LE
  27. Taylor, Russ and Amy; Four Wheel Camper Hawk (CD)
  28. McPhillips, Paul and Nancy Brinkmann;  Lance 825
  29. Reynolds, John and Krystine; Outfitter Apex 9.5 (CD)
  30. Sherratt, Russ and Syma; All-Terrain Camper Cougar
  31. Williams, Kevin and Alisa; Four Wheel Camper Grandby (CD)
  32. Staniec, Rob; Northstar Liberty (CD)
  33. Meyers, Janice and Pres; Alaskan 10 (CD)
  34. Stewart, Peter and Faith; Northstar Liberty (CD)
  35. Hatch, Derek; Northstar 850SC (CD)
  36. Jackson, John and Vikki; Sunlite Eagle (CD)
  37. Court, Brian and Diane; Lance 1010
  38. Ferris, Robbyn; Provan E-Tiger 4×4
  39. Witzel, Josh and son Jadon; Cirrus 820
  40. Reynolds, Matt and Summer Green; Lance 165s (CD)
  41. Washburn, Bill and Diane; Cirrus 820
  42. Linley, Gary; Northern Lite 8-11 EX
  43. Beaudry, Mike and Joanne; Lance 881
  44. Foster, Stan and Cheryl; Arctic Fox 1150
  45. Holte, Ron; Lance 1030
  46. Ray-Tahtinen, Tim and Brenda; Northstar 650 (CD)
  47. Scranton, Cory and Audrey; Lance 975
  48. Kent, Robert; Four Wheel Camper Hawk
  49. Harrison, Karylee; Pastime 860
  50. Banks, Tom and Marianne; Northstar 850SC (CD-standby 1)
  51. Doyle, Shaun and Jill +1; Lance 1130
  52. Wisehart, Mark and Janell; Lance 1181
  53. Yennock, Jay and Darla; Lance 825
  54. Foster, Pam and Matt; Arctic Fox 1150
  55. Kelly, Larry; Palomino Backpack 2902
  56. Rupp, Amy and Josh Fuss; Cirrus 800
  57. Meyers, Avi; Cirrus 920
  58. McNeilly, Terry and April Smith; Northern Lite 9-6
  59. Pack, Roy and Gaye; Alpenlite Cheyenne 900
  60. Hericks, Steve and Cheryl Blount; DIY Flatbed Camper (CD-standby 2)
  61. Freedman, Gary and Christine; Northern Lite 8-11 LE
  62. Jaffie, Ray and Ana; Four Wheel Camper Hawk (CD-standby 3)
  63. Quirk, Denny and Laurie; Alaskan 8.5 (CD-standby 4)
  64. Miranda, Priscilla; Lance 992
  65. Squish, Steve and Jeniffer; Bigfoot 1500
  66. Littrell, John; Lance 865
  67. Howell, RJ and Colette; DIY 4×4 Truck Camper
  68. Miller, Ric and Malia Dailey; Hallmark Ute (CD-standby 5)
  69. Stover, Richard and Marsha; Four Wheel Camper Fleet (CD-standby 6)
  70. Clark, Lou and Renae; Arctic Fox 811
  71. Smith, Jack and Karen McCoy; Adventurer 106DBS
  72. Beyette, Bill; Lance 825
  73. Simpson, Walt and Lieke Bannenberg; Lance 825 (CD-standby 7)
  74. Evans, Richard and Patty; Northstar Laredo SC
  75. Garrett, Tom and Sunny; Lance 1172
  76. Grueschow, Rob and Barb; Lance 815
  77. Myers, Tom; Citation
  78. Barker, Dave and Cheryl; Northstar Laredo SC
  79. Meadows, Greg; Lance 1062
  80. Browne, Gary and Penny; Lance 825
  81. Yochum, Dan and Jan; Arctic Fox 811
  82. Snyder, Rob and Ladele; Host Mammoth 11-6
  83. Wallace, Ray; Alpenlite
  84. Shriver, Scott and Judy; Northern Lite 10-2
  85. Sund, Candice and Jared; Eagle Cap 1165
  86. Satterfield, Derek and Gracie; Six Pac S650
  87. Emmert, Thomas and Patricia; Host Mammoth 11-6
  88. Berquam, Russell and Gretchen; Arctic Fox 1140
  89. Dunn, Kenny and Linda Andrus; Arctic Fox 811s
  90. Boberschmidt, Chuck and Kim; XP Camper V1 (Nimbl Evolution) (CD-standby 8)
  91. Hurlbut, Deb and Bell Brinn; Northern Lite 9-6 SE
  92. Perkins, Barry and Carol; Adventurer 89RBS
  93. Cameron, Chris; Alaskan 7
  94. Cameron, Laura; Alaskan 5.5
  95. Morgan, Jerry and Dara; Cirrus 820
  96. Arbuckle, Joe and Terri; Northstar 850SC
  97. Lick, Rob and Joanne; Alpenlite 11.5
  98. Peterson, Chris and Sherry; Northern Lite 10.2
  99. Barlow, Bryan and Corrina; Host Mammoth 11-6
  100. Anderson, Ryan; Alumitech Flatbed
  101. Wadsley, Jim; Bigfoot 2500
  102. Magin, Nicholas and Brittany Neely; Palomino SS-550
  103. Lefebvre, Tom; Adventurer 901SB
  104. Gallina, Tom; Lance 815
  105. Mount, Bill; Lance 1172
  106. Davis, Mark; Arctic Fox 1140
  107. Hebenstreit, Rolf and Nan; Cirrus 920
  108. Patino, Carlos; Lance 815
  109. Apilado, Virgil and Nida Millan; Lance 845
  110. Jacobson, Dennis and Linda; Cirrus 820
  111. Blum, Sue and Steve; Arctic Fox 990
  112. Austin, Guy; Outfitter Apex 8.5
  113. Young, Pat and Preston Hollow; Northstar Laredo SC
  114. Hoskins, Vicki and Jerry; Palomino Real Lite 1810
  115. Shaffer, Steven and Kaverne; Cirrus 820
  116. Snider, Kristen and Kathleen Landelius; DIY Truck Camper
  117. Kersh, Richard; Lance 835
  118. Montbrand, Ron and Marie; Lance 980
  119. Smith, Wes and Lee; Lance 165s
  120. Swiszcz, Mike; Northern Lite 10-2
  121. Hancock, Andy and Linda; Arctic Fox 1150
  122. Johnson, Todd; Host Everest 11.5
  123. Haidinyak, Pete; Eagle Cap 1165
  124. Niemela, Marcus; KingStar Camino 88
  125. Hazen, Bruce and Ingrid; Adventurer 901SB
  126. Hoopes, Mason and Natalie Wallenfang; Fleetwood Outfitter
  127. Velasco, Donald and Rachel; Alaskan 10
  128. Koehler, Chris and Meldy; Four Wheel Camper Grandby
  129. Storbeck, Tim and Debbie; Northstar 9.5 Igloo
  130. Lancaster, John; Six Pac 650
  131. Williams, Dan and Tina; Lance 815
  132. Tucker, Floyd and Sherry; Lance 821
  133. Lundy, Allen and Margie; Palomino Maverick 1000SL
  134. Andreas, Kevin and Gerri; Lance 1050s
  135. Petroff, Don and Nancy; Eagle Cap 811
  136. Toczek, Mike and Gina; Four Wheel Camper Raven
  137. Latter, Courtney and Riley Casey; DIY Camper
  138. Poole, Frank; Arctic Fox 990
  139. Newman, Judd; Nimbl Evolution
  140. Turner, Jon; Nimbl Evolution
  141. Davis, Ralph; Dolphin Camper
  142. Wheeler, Mark and Susan, Arctic Fox 1150
  143. Koons, Bill and Julie Coleman; Four Wheel Camper Kestral
  144. Krayniewski, Edward and Maria; Northern Lite 10-2
  145. Cannon, Jerry; DIY Super 8
  146. Rapp, Chris and Kendra Keene; 820 Cirrus
  147. Vieites, Joe and Debbie; Lance 1131
  148. McIntyre, Tom; Host Cascade 11.5
  149. Bezer, Sasha and Scott Gregson; Cirrus 920
  150. Bennett, Fred and Brenna; Arctic Fox 990
  151. Hinrichs, Jeff and Billie Jo; Host Mammoth 11.5
  152. Shipp, Stan and Sue; Lance 1181
  153. Hamlin, Jim and Harriet; Host Tahoe 10.5
  154. Liljedahl, Lisa and Brenda Rice; Arctic Fox 865
  155. Munson, Gail; Play-Mor Classic Camper
  156. Truss, Scott; Lance 1172
  157. Randall, Gary and Kate; Palomino Backpack SS1251
  158. Westphal, Dave and Debi; Lance 186
  159. Lau, Eric and Fay; EarthCruiser EXP (CD-standby 9)
  160. Musgrave, Dyanah and Dale; Host Mammoth 11.5
  161. Neale, Bernie; Northern Lite 9.6
  162. Harkins, John; Hallmark Everest
  163. Adams, Rick and Carey; Host Everest
  164. Jones, Kelly and Eric Morrison; Wolf Creek 850
  165. Hagerbaumer, Kurt; EarthCruiser EXP
  166. Boulanger, Frank; Outfitter 10.5
  167. Page, Wayne; Four Wheel Camper Hawk (CD-standby 10)
  168. Sprague, Lee and Janet Taatjes; Cirrus 920
  169. DeRieux, Scott; Four Wheel Camper Hawk
  170. Schumaker, Scott; Nimble Vehicle Evolution Flatbed
  171. Doperalski, Nick; Lance 650

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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. A communications expert, 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.

19 Comments

  1. With possibly over 200 people at this proposed event, I suggest we need a quick and dirty way to communicate without being adjacent to each other.
    Another issue is any class or clinic you may wish to attend. With the radios, you could just get on board in the privacy of your own boudoir.
    One solution is for each person or mating pair to have a radio, a Family Radio like walkie talkie with at least a 10 mile line of sight range.
    We’ve had several versions of the radios and they have saved our hides on many off-road adventures where the chances of taking the wrong route was ever present.
    With Christmas looming, this would be a good time to gift someone in your midst a pair.
    We purchased our Motorolas at Costco, but, as always, they may have been a seasonal item.
    One more solution for communicating is to go ZOOM if we have enough bandwidth out there.
    We could do Zoom on cell phone, tablet, laptop, or other personal device, but something with a larger screen would work best.
    jefe

    • Hi Jeff,
      Yes, we are keeping a close eye on state and federal mandates. Yesterday, the AZ governor issued an EO limiting the crowd size for large gatherings to 50 persons. If this is still in effect in Feb, we will probably impose this size limit for all classes, meaning we will probably hold two of each class rather than one. I like the idea of radios. The Quartzfest Rally is doing this and I like the idea. We might use FRS radios for the initial kickoff and the Saturday raffle. We will be publishing guidance for the rally probably in late Jan.

  2. Regarding Covid protocols….your mask optional policy is very risky even though your event is outdoors. Latest research shows that Covid aerosols can hang in the air for up to 3 hours!! Most people do not know this and, like myself until recently, were operating on the assumption that Covid aerosols fell to the ground almost immediately. Wrong!!
    https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus-resource-center#:~:text=Aerosols%20are%20emitted%20by%20a,up%20to%20three%20hours.

    How long do COVID-19 particles remain in the air?

    Aerosols are emitted by a person infected with coronavirus — even one with no symptoms — when they talk, breathe, cough, or sneeze. Another person can breathe in these aerosols and become infected with the virus. Aerosolized coronavirus can remain in the air for up to three hours.Oct 8, 2020

      • Mike….your assumptions are incorrect and endanger your rally. Yes, being outdoors DECREASES the transmission of COVID but WINDY conditions INCREASE the infection rate. Please do your own research if you don’t believe that. Here are a couple links:
        https://bgr.com/2020/05/21/coronavirus-transmission-through-air-social-distancing-guidelines-5832541/

        In a similar study, researchers focused on how four weather factors, along with population, impacted the number of COVID-19 cases in nine Turkish cities. They found that the higher the average wind speed over the two weeks before each case was identified, the higher the number of cases.

          • Mike, you’re welcome. We all have to do our part to control this pandemic and save lives. If you’re not aware of the following you need to be:
            • Arizona: Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services released requirements and guidelines for gyms, movie theaters and water parks to reopen. Under the new guidance, the businesses can operate at a limited capacity if certain benchmarks are met. Restaurants can offer indoor dining service but must limit occupancy. Large gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited, but local authorities can approve them if certain safety precautions are met. The Republican governor has restricted residential evictions until Oct. 31.

            “certain safety precautions” likely mean masks and physical distancing.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

    • I did Camino del Diablo about 10 years ago with an offroading group. There were several DEEP SAND spots where you had to hammer down on the accelerator to get through. With the weight of truck campers these spots could be problematic…hopefully there will be several winches in the group and they should go through these spots first (if they are still there) so they can come back and winch another truck forward and out.

  5. 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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