Enrollment for the 2023 Truck Camper Adventure Boondocking in the Desert Rally in Quartzsite in now open. The rally will be held in Quartzsite, Arizona, February 9-12, 2023. Registration for the 2023 rally is being capped at 400 truck campers. This will probably be largest truck camper rally ever held, surpassing last year’s record of 240 campers. Like previous Truck Camper Adventure rallies, this outdoor camping event will be held at the Roadrunner Wash Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Area, 6 miles south of Quartzsite (see maps below). The owners of both slide-in and chassis-mounted campers, including those who own DIY and vintage restored campers, are welcome. Only the owners of truck campers may participate in the rally—sorry, no other types of RVs will be allowed.
A $25 admission per camper will be charged to attend the 2023 Truck Camper Adventure Rally. This year, Eventbrite will be used to manage enrollment. Click here to register. Important: The $25.00 fee admits one truck camper to the event and up to six family members. When registering, please include all adult names (for example, “John and Jane Doe”) in order to allow name badges to be made. Monies collected will be used to defray the costs for renting a 20×40-foot canopy, scheduling live music, toilets, and for using Eventbrite.
Important: Please do not attend if you are sick with COVID or the flu. If you are an at-risk individual we encourage you to wear a mask at all events. Due to the outdoor nature of the event, however, the rally should be a relatively safe event for those with health concerns. Attend at your own risk. We will not be held liable if you get sick or hurt yourself at the rally.
Two separate parking areas will be set aside for attendees: one area for those using solar power, the other for those who need to run a generator or run their engine. Attendees may park individually or within groups. The best “spots” go rather quickly, so attendees are encouraged to check-in on Wednesday, the 8th.
Sponsors and Awards
A voluntary, donation-only raffle will be held Saturday, February 11 to support future events. No more than two tickets can be purchased per person with the typical donation being $10 per ticket. Prizes for the raffle will be provided by sponsors of the rally. The total value of prizes given at previous raffles totaled well over $6,000. Contact us if you’re interested in sponsoring the 2023 event. In addition to the raffle, a “best rig” and a “best truck camper mod” award will be awarded. Free truck camper swag will also be provided by truck camper companies supporting the event.
Quartzsite Rally Details
As the Boondocking in the Desert title implies, this will be a boondocking rally held on BLM land in Quartzsite. No hookups or other amenities will be available, so empty your black and grey water holding tanks beforehand, bring plenty of food, water, and firewood, plus a few camping chairs for classes and gatherings. Being a boondocking rally, and with everyone parked close together, attendees are encouraged to use solar power as much as possible. 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 set aside for the rally.
Quartzsite, Arizona is the perfect place to hold a truck camper rally. Known as the boondocking capital of the world, Quartzsite has almost everything you need to make your stay enjoyable, including RV repair and supply shops, solar and battery vendors, gas stations with diesel and propane, potable water, dump stations, grocery stores, and restaurants. Cell reception is generally good, but may be a bit slow at times due to the number of people in Quartzsite competing for the limited amount of bandwidth.
The weather in February should just about be perfect. Expect temperatures in upper 60s/low 70s during the day and in the 40s during the night. The elevation of the Roadrunner Wash is 1,065 feet. Prepare for strong winds and possibly rain. Bring appropriate clothes and sun screen for 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 due to the presence of deep sand on the main road). The Roadrunner Wash BLM area will immediately be on your right and will be marked by a Truck Camper Adventure flag. First, sign in with the Roadrunner Wash BLM host. After signing in, follow the orange traffic cones to the west to get to the rally. The location where we will be holding the rally is 33.5911 lat -114.2342 long, the same location as previous rallies. Camping is limited to 14 days for those interested in camping before or after the rally.
Important: Make sure you first check-in with the BLM Camp Host at the Roadrunner Wash entrance before checking in with rally volunteers. BLM camping at the Roadrunner Wash is free. You will need both your Eventbrite ticket AND your BLM camping permit to receive your name badge. Attendees will be required to wear their badges at all times.
Late Arrivals: If you miss the check-in period on the 8th, pick a rally camping spot (solar section on the left-south, generator section on the right-north) and check-in at the rally HQ to get your badge(s) first thing the following morning. Make sure you first check in with the BLM Camp Host at the Roadrunner Wash BLM entrance.
The itinerary for the 2023 TCA Rally will be the best yet. The activities will include product demonstrations, classes, a campfire social, live music, a chili cookoff, a desert social, a raffle, a Q&A panel, and a truck camper open house. Plenty of open time will also be scheduled to allow attendees to shop and visit in Quartzsite. Prizes will also be awarded for diesel trucks with the highest mileage and the oldest camper in attendance.
The following is rough outline of classes that will be taught at the 2023 Truck Camper Adventure Rally in Quarzsite. Volunteers with sufficient experience are needed to teach these classes, but you don’t necessarily need to be an expert, just a willingness and enthusiasm to share your knowledge with others. Please contact us email@example.com if you’re interested.
- Basic First Aid – Kevin MacAfee
- Basic Tire Repair
- Which Tire is Best for Me?
- Truck Camper Wheels and Tires
- Off-Road Essentials
- Matching a Truck with a Truck Camper – Mello Mike
- Boondocking 101 – Mello Mike
- Campsite Security, Dos and Don’ts
- Stargazing – Linda Boecker
- Ford 7.3L Diesel Basics
- Ford 6.0L Diesel Basics – Steve Hericks
- Duramax 6.6L Diesel Basics
- Cummins 6.7L Diesel Basics
- Solar Power 101
- Intermediate Solar Power – Steve Hericks
- Basic Photography
- Knitting 101
- Ham Radio 101
- Water Filtration
- Lithium (LiFePO4) Batteries – Joel Yozamp
- Batteries 101
- Full-Timing in a Truck Camper
- Personal Protection
- Suspension Modifications 101 – Mike Hallmark
- Harvest Hosts – Kevin MacAfee and Riley Mitchell
- Truck Camper Cooking
- Omnia Cooktop Demo – Karen Smith