Enrollment in the third annual, 2022 Truck Camper Adventure Boondocking in the Desert Rally is now closed.
The rally will be held in Quartzsite, Arizona, February 10-13, 2022. The owners of 300 campers have enrolled. Like previous Boondocking in the Desert Rallies hosted by Truck Camper Adventure, 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 truck camper owners may participate in the rally—sorry, no other types of RVs will be allowed.
Admission and Sponsors
Like previous rallies, no admission will be charged to attend the 2022 Truck Camper Adventure Rally. Instead, a voluntary, donation-only raffle will be held Saturday, February 12 to support the event. 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. Sponsors of this year’s rally and raffle include:
- AM Solar
- Four Wheel Campers
- Froli Modular Sleep System
- Harvest Hosts
- Hellwig Products
- Host Campers
- KingStar Campers
- Lance Campers
- Nimbl Vehicles
- Northwood Manufacturing
- nuCamp RV
- Off Road Safety Academy
- Rugged Products Corp. (RuggedFlex Solar)
- SmithCreek Mill
- Truck Systems Technology
The total value of previous raffles totaled well over $6,000. Contact us if you’re interested in sponsoring the 2022 event. In addition to the raffle, a “best rig” award will be given for the “best” truck camper rig at the rally. Free swag will also be provided by truck camper companies supporting the event, including Lance, Four Wheel Campers, Host, Northwood Mfg, Northern Lite, Hallmark, and nuCamp.
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. Due to COVID/flu transmission concerns, no potluck or desert gatherings will be held this year. This means you’ll need to bring your own food, drinks, paper plates, utensils, napkins, and cups.
Quartzsite Rally Details
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, 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. 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 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 this time of year.
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. First, sign in with the Roadrunner Wash BLM host. After signing in, look for the orange traffic cones to the left (west) of the Roadrunner Wash Kiosk (the next dirt road over). Follow the orange traffic cones 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.
Late Arrivals: If you missed the check-in period on the 9th, 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). Make sure you first check in with the BLM Camp Host at the Roadrunner Wash BLM entrance.
A TCA sponsored off-road truck camper caravan will NOT be held in conjunction with the rally this year.
TCA Rally Itinerary
Wednesday, February 9
- 12-4pm: Arrive Roadrunner Wash BLM Quartzsite and Check-in (parking to be assigned upon arrival, get badges, and sign forms)
Thursday, February 10
- 8:30-9am: Rally Kickoff and Announcements by Mello Mike
- 9:30-10:30am: Basic First Aid — Kevin MacAfee
- 10:30-12pm: Tire Repair — Bob Wohlers (Off-Road Safety Academy)
- 12-1pm: Truck Camper Payload and Towing — Mello Mike
- 1-2pm: Solar Power 101 — Dylan Morrison (AM Solar)
- 2-3pm: Alternator Battery Charging for Truck Campers — Steve Hericks
- 3-4pm: Navigation — Kevin Williams (Garmin)
- 4-7:30pm: Free Time/Dinner
- 7:30-9pm: Campfire Social (truck camper wish list theme)
Friday, February 11
- 9-10:30am: Radio Communications — Bob Wohlers (Off-Road Safety Academy)
- 11-12pm: Lithium Batteries 101 — Brady O’Neil (Expion360)
- 11-12pm: Knitting Essentials — Andrea Caruolo
- 12-1pm: Full-Timing in a Truck Camper — Sue Wise
- 1-2pm: Truck Camper Cooking — Don Chase
- 2-3pm: How to Organize Camping into Notebooks — Janice and Pres Meyers
- 3-7:30pm: Free Time/Dinner
- 7:30-9pm: Campfire Social (boondocking tips theme)
Saturday, February 12
- 9-10am: Off-Road Essentials — Bob Wohlers (Off-Road Safety Academy)
- 10-11am: Boondocking 101 — Mello Mike
- 11am-12pm: Suspension Modifications for Your Truck — Mike Hallmark (Hellwig)
- 12-1pm: How to Install a Solar Power System — Dylan Morrison (AM Solar)
- 1-2pm; Harvest Hosts (Paul McPhillips and Nancy Brinkman)
- 2-5pm: Free Time/Dinner
- 5-6pm: TCA Raffle and winner of the “Best Rig” award announced
- 7:30-9pm: Campfire Social (adventure stories theme)
Sunday, February 13
- 8:30-10am: How to Build a Lithium Battery — Steve Hericks
- 10am-1pm: Swap Meet/Giveaway
- 12-3pm: Truck Camper Open House (leave door to your camper open if you wish to to participate)
- 3-4pm: Campsite Cleanup
- 4pm: End rally and break camp
Quartzsite Rally Enrollment Details
To enroll in the rally, send us an email at email@example.com. State the first and last names of those who will be attending, including children and teenagers, the state where you’re from, and the camper make and model you own. Signing-up is important as it allows us to make the name badges, print stickers, and have the required number of forms on-hand. Enrollees who are confirmed will appear below during the enrollment period. The confirmation list will be pulled after the enrollment period is closed. Important: If you are unable to attend or wish to cancel, please let us know so we can delete your name off of the list. No shows who fail to notify us will be noted and will not be admitted to future rallies.
What should we do if we are going to miss the 4 pm check-in? We are on I-10 near Casa Grande.
Can we attend as a visitor with no camper? We are in Quartzsite camper is off truck.
I ~may~ be a day behind due to an issue at home….. BUT I WILL BE THERE…… maybe in the a.m. on the 10th. But still shooting for check in time !
Hello Mike I’m letting you know I was looking forward to the rally but unable to go due to unexpected events happening right now maybe next year!
Mike, I’m loading up some firewood for the evening fire. Can I unload this some where before site assignments?
I am writing to inform you that my wife and I will not be able to attend the rally next week. I was really looking forward to my first one and going to all the seminars as I’m a newbee to the truck camper arena.
We are from Northern California and had to drive by Quartsite last week to help a family member unexpectedly. Very frustrating. I’m looking forward to hearing about it and going to next years meet.
Please take me off the list and I hope someone will be able to take my place.
Thanks, Larry, for letting us know.
I was hoping there would be a seminar on cell phone signal boosters for truck campers.
A cell phone signal booster seminar is much needed and would be very popular!
I plan to bring my Weboost. In the meantime, here is a copy of my Amazon review:
Drive Sleek = meh, Drive 4G-X Actually Works Well
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2018
Style: Car/PassengerVerified Purchase
WeBoost Drive Sleek Review:
Well… I was hoping for better results, but didn’t want to spend $200 on a amplifier either. My test included installing this into a 2003 CRV and using a S8 Active on ATT. meh… I used and app called Network Cell Info Lite. Skip to the end if you want my recommendation.
Most of the time I could see 2-3db gain, but at other times I couldn’t tell if this booster was working at all. Occasionally I got better results by just putting my phone on the dash of the car. After 2-3 weeks of testing and calling Wilson tech help, I decided to return this and bite the bullet and try the $500 WeBoost Drive 4G-X. After all, if it didn’t work any better, I’d just return it also. Well.. what a difference! I consider myself a cheap sob, but there’s no way I’m going to return the 4G-X. There’s no comparison. Don’t waste your time on the Sleek for mediocre boost – or- do like I did and try it to see for your self – just be prepared to return it for something that actually works well.
Drive Sleek = disappointment
Drive 4G-X = satisfaction (at a premium price)
I look forward to seeing it and you at the Rally
We’d love to attend the rally but haven’t heard back via email. Please let us know if there’s a cancellation so we can join in the fun! Thanks.
Please sign me up for any PreRally online meetings.
PreRally online meeting is a great idea Mike! I would definitely participate.