TCA Inaugural Boondocking in the Desert Rally Announced

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Truck Camper Adventure will be holding it’s first ever truck camper rally near Quartzsite, Arizona, February 7-9, 2020. The event will be held at the Roadrunner Wash BLM area (signs identifying the specific location will be posted onsite). Over 70 campers are expected at the event. The owners of both slide-in and chassis-mounted campers are welcome and only those who own a truck camper may participate in the rally (no buses, vans, fifth wheels, or Class A motorhomes allowed). Sponsors of this event include Torklift International, Hellwig Suspension Products, StableCamper, Omnia, WeBoost, Expion360, and Scrubba.

Road conditions and weather permitting, a two-day road trip on the nearby Bradshaw Trail National Back Country Byway will be held immediately after the rally on February 10-11 for trail-worthy, truck camper rigs equipped with 4WD. The trail, which is located in southern California entirely on BLM land, is 77 miles long. The road trip will include an overnight camp out along the route in a yet-to-be determined location.

This will be an informal, meet and greet truck camper rally with a dessert pot luck Friday evening, February 7, and a pot luck dinner, chili cookoff, and raffle Saturday evening, February 8. No admission will be charged to attend the rally. This means you’ll need to bring your own food, drinks, paper plates, utensils, napkins, and cups. Several classes on various truck camper related topics will be held, including boondocking, off-roading, solar power, and lithium batteries. An open house (public viewings) of truck campers will also take place on Sunday afternoon for those who wish to participate. A campfire gathering will be held each night as well including a 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, 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 slow due to the number of people and RVs in the area.

Since this is a boondocking rally and everyone will be parked close together, attendees are encouraged to use solar power. Your neighbors will thank you for being considerate since solar power is quiet and doesn’t generate noise and fumes like a generator. However, if you have to run a generator or run your alternator, you may park in the generator designated parking area that we will create for the rally. Also, if you have a portable table, please bring it. We will need several tables for the potluck gatherings to display the food.

In addition, we will need volunteers for each informal event, so please consider helping out. Helpers are needed for parking, registration and greeting rally attendees as they arrive, judges for the chili cookoff, and for setting up and cleaning up after the two potlucks.

The weather in early February should almost 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 six miles to mile marker 99 and turn right (west) on 53rd Street (La Paz Valley Rd.). 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 “TCA Rally” signs to get to the right spot. The stay limit for all temporary BLM boondocking sites like the Roadrunner Wash BLM Area is 14 days, so don’t arrive too early.

To sign-up for the rally, send us an email at [email protected]. State the names of those who will be attending, how many people will be attending, and which camper make and model you own. Also let us know if you plan on doing the followup trip on the Bradshaw Trail (BT). Signing-up is important as it gives us an idea how many people and campers will be attending the rally. The cutoff is set for 70 campers for this inaugural rally (future rallies promise to be bigger). Note also that contributors to TCA are awarded an automatic spot to the rally upon request. No “game day” stragglers will be allowed.

For those who will be participating in the Bradshaw Trail two-day road 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 activities.

Additional details including the itinerary and exact lat and long of the rally site and changes to the rally will be issued here. Check back here often for updates, including an itinerary. Important updates or announcements will appear in bold typeface.

Truck Camper Adventure Rally Itinerary (Subject to Change)

Friday, February 7

  • 12-4pm: Arrive Roadrunner Wash BLM Quartzsite (rally parking to be assigned upon arrival)
  • 6pm: Rally Welcome and Announcements – Mello Mike
  • 6:30-7:30pm Dessert Potluck
  • 7:30-10pm: Campfire Gathering

Saturday, February 8

  • 9-10am: StableCamper Demonstration – Jared and Candice Sund
  • 10-11am: Boondocking Essentials Including Solar Power – Mello Mike
  • 11-12pm: The Benefits of Lithium Batteries – Mello Mike
  • 12-1pm: Lunch
  • 1-2pm: Omnia Cooktop Demo and Cooking – Karen Smith
  • 2-3pm: Off-Road Essentials Including Wheels and Tires – Jeff Reynolds
  • 3-5pm: Free Time
  • 6pm: Rally Potluck Dinner and Chili Cook Off
  • 7:30-10pm: Campfire Gathering and Raffle

Sunday, February 9

  • 9-12pm: Free Time
  • 12-2pm: Truck Camper Open House (for attendees who want to participate, leave door to your camper open)
  • 2-4pm: Campsite Cleanup
  • 4pm: End Rally and Break Camp (except for those who will be driving the Bradshaw Trail on Feb 10)
  • 5pm: Bradshaw Trail Pre-Brief
    • Schedule
    • Prep (jacks, tires, air compressors, stowage)
    • Radio Comms
  • 6pm: Dump Waste Tanks and Refill Fresh Water Holding Tanks
  • 7:30-9pm: Campfire Gathering

Monday, February 10

  • 8am: Depart Roadrunner Wash BLM for Quartzsite to dump tanks, take on fresh water, and get groceries.
  • 9:15am: Convoy: Depart Quartzsite for the Bradshaw Trail east entrance off of Wiley’s Well Road.
  • 10:30am: Arrive Bradshaw Trail and air down tires.
  • 4pm: Stop for overnight boondock on the Bradshaw Trail (location on BLM land TBD).

Tuesday, February 11

  • TBD: Complete Bradshaw Trail at Highway 111.

Enrollees

Name/Number Participating/Truck Camper Make and Model/Bradshaw Trail Participant?

  1. Mello Mike (2), Northstar Laredo SC, BT
  2. Blasingame (2), Lance 815, BT
  3. MacAfee (2), Bundutec Odyssey, BT
  4. Nyholm (2), Host Mammoth
  5. Price (2), Outfitter Apex 8.5, BT
  6. Patrick (2), Host Mammoth
  7. Freisch (2), FWC Fleet
  8. Brennen (2), Palomino
  9. Catlin (2), Northstar Laredo SC
  10. Fitzpatrick (1), Arctic Fox 811
  11. Geer (2), Lance Squire 5000
  12. Neale (2), Northern Lite 9.6
  13. Reynolds (2), Northstar Laredo SC, BT
  14. Wyant (2), Host Mammoth
  15. Dunn (2), Eagle Cap 1165
  16. Eckert (2), Lance 825
  17. Rivera (2), Northern Lite 8-11 SE
  18. Clark (2), Arctic Fox 811
  19. K. Dunn (1), Arctic Fox 811
  20. Petroff (2), Eagle Cap 811
  21. Caroll (2), Lance 855
  22. Perrill (2), Northern Lite 8-11 SE, BT
  23. Pack (2), Alpenlite 990
  24. Grepling (2), Hallmark Everest, BT
  25. Klinger (2), Arctic Fox 1140
  26. Foster (2), Arctic Fox 1150
  27. Cooper (2), Lance 845
  28. Sikes (2), Lance 855s
  29. Berquam (2), Arctic Fox 1140
  30. Luoma (1), Arctic Fox 811, BT
  31. Meyers (2), Alaskan 10, BT
  32. Miller (2), Hallmark Ute, BT
  33. Nelson (1), Arctic Fox 990
  34. Kuzma (1), Isuzu Custom Camper
  35. Herzog (2), Phoenix Custom
  36. Tahtinen (2), Northstar 650, BT
  37. Helmer (2), Palomino SS-500, BT
  38. Freedman (2), Northern Lite 8-11 LE, BT
  39. Baker (1), Lance 850
  40. Nguyen (2), Northstar Laredo, BT
  41. Lindahl (2), Hallmark Cuchara, BT
  42. David (2),  Northstar STC
  43. Allen  (1), Travelaire 7.6, BT
  44. Simpson (1), Lance 825, BT
  45. Silver (2), Lance 825
  46. Beyatte (1), Lance 825
  47. Bliss (1), S&S 9.5
  48. Satterfield (1), Six Pac D650
  49. MacPherson (2), Adventurer 80RB
  50. Johns (2), Arctic Fox 990
  51. Burgess (2), Eagle Cap 811, BT
  52. Myers (1), Citation
  53. Squire (2), Bigfoot 1500
  54. Foster (2), Arctic Fox 1150, BT
  55. Gerdes (2), Arctic Fox 865
  56. Patino (1), Lance 815
  57. Gracia (2), Arctic Fox 990
  58. Harris (1), Arctic Fox 811
  59. Neil (1), Tiger 4×4 RV
  60. Pogue (2), Northstar Arrow U
  61. Van Note (2), Camplite TC11
  62. Anderson (2), Alaskan 8.5
  63. Burdette (2), Alpenlite Cheyenne 950
  64. Steneck (1), Northern Lite 8-11 EX
  65. Elkind (2), Lance 650
  66. Lock (2), Northstar 850SC, BT
  67. Badger (2), Lance 825
  68. Sund (2), Eagle Cap 1165

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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 Jeep and truck camper enthusiast, and has restored several Airstream travel trailers. He currently drives a 2013 Ram 3500 4x4 pickup truck with a 2016 Northstar Laredo solar powered truck camper mounted on top. He enjoys football, music, hiking, travel, photography, and fishing. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years, worked in project management until 2017, and now runs this website full-time. He also does some consulting and RV inspections on the side.

12 Comments

    • Not sure where they will be but, Grand Design RV held a rally of 220 RVs at the Roadrunner Wash a few weeks ago. We liked the spot they chose, which is in the back, and will try to get that spot as well.

  1. MelloMan Gonna take a pass, Not 100% I will have my TC by then, which all hinges on do I have my 450 truck from Ford (due here at my dealer 27 Jan, it was 28 Dec!?!?), but I will be out that way in Phoneix, Tom’s Camperland where my Host Mammoth TC is sitting waiting on my arrival.

    Would love to me up with up for a coffee break while in Phoenix if outside the Rally zone…

    • Hi, Jeff. No. This is an open boondocking area, so we can’t make any reservations there. We are planning on getting there a few days early to carve out a spot just for us. The area is pretty large and we shouldn’t have an issue staking a claim there. Such gatherings are pretty common in Quartzsite and most people are pretty accommodating.

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