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12th Annual Quartzsite Toyota RV Rally

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Join the TOYOTA RV RALLY in Quartzsite, AZ - Jan. 19 - 22, 2018
 
The 12th Annual Toyota RV Rally is coming up soon in Quartzsite, Arizona.  The town is located on Interstate 10, 20 miles east of the Colorado River (border with California).  Registrations are now being taken (by phone only).  It doesn't work to just show up.
 
The dates are Friday, January 19 to Monday, January 22, 2018.  This is during the first weekend of the huge RV Show which is held there every year.  Some folks in our group will be arriving
as early as Thursday the 18th, and staying for the entire 10-day show.  Please read this invitation completely if you are interested, as it contains a lot of important information.  
 
Attached below are some photos from the 2016 Rally.  
 
The RV Show is a really fun event with free admission.  A giant show tent is erected with hundreds of vendors that cater to RVers.  In addition the rest of the town turns into one giant swap meet.  There are specific sections for antiques, gems & minerals, and new merchandise.  The Quartzsite PowWow Gem and Mineral Show is the same weekend this year.  Plus there are multiple other vendors in every possible corner and location.  If you like to shop for bargains, bring lots of spending money.
 
We will be dry camping together at an RV park relatively close to the show grounds.  Where we camp is close enough to walk to it;  that way we don't have to break camp each day to drive to the show.  In fact, the RVers coming to it from outlying areas have to park even farther away than where this RV Park is.  (The distance is only .2 miles.)
 
In addition to the RV Show and Swap Meets, this is a great chance to meet other Toyota RVers, and see what they have done to personalize their "Toyhouses." We will have an informal "Open House" on Saturday morning when folks can visit each other's vehicles and see the various ingenious things that owners have done to make them more livable and unique.  This is always a highlight of our Rallies.
 
We're expecting about 2 dozen Toyota RVs again this year.  The RV Park's proprietors do their best to help us save enough space for all our vehicles.  The discounted fee for a 24-hour parking/camping spot is only $9 per day.  (One could easily spend a good percentage of that on gas each day just driving around to alternately find a parking spot in town and then a camping site.)  In addition there is a one-time registration fee of $20 to participate in the Rally and to have us save you a camping spot with our group close to the events.
 
Please make your reservation by phone, rather than email.  When you call to confirm you are coming, you will get the specific location of exactly where to find us among the tens of thousands of RVers that will be there.  We did say it will be a HUGE event, right?
 
On both Saturday and Sunday nights about 6pm we will have a true Potluck Dinner in the 20'x30' party tent we will be erecting (weather permitting).  We eat whatever food shows up.  For those who have arrived by Friday evening, we’ll have what we call a Community Meal for anyone who wants, meaning you bring your own dinner, but we can all eat together.  Besides some food to share for the potlucks, please also bring your lawn chair and some firewood for the campfires we'll have every evening. 
 
Where we will be camping we will not have hook-ups or restrooms. (This is because none of the RV parks with hook-ups will take such a large group reservation that weekend without full pre-payment way in advance.)  Therefore it is best to arrive with your tanks full of water and propane.  Generators are allowed.  Water from a faucet and porta-potties are near the park entrance, and a dump station is at the rear.  Showers, and propane are available within driving distance for a fee.
 
The weather will be moderate during the day (60s-70s) and cool at night (40s), and possibly windy.  We hope we won't get any really nasty rains or winds like we had a few years ago.
 
Bikes and/or scooters are great to have to get around in this town.  Pets are welcome, but large dogs are discouraged in the main show tent.  
 
WiFi internet service is not available from the RV Park, but it is available at various restaurants /fast food /truck stops in town.  Cell phone service is adequate for most carriers, but expect personal hot-spots to run very slowly due to the quantity of RVers in the area.  Broadcast TV reception is practically non-existant.
 
If you have a small fold-up picnic table, please bring it for use in our party tent.  We specifically need more of the tables that seat four, and carry like a suitcase when the seats are folded up inside.
 
A reminder for those coming from the Pacific Time Zone, that Arizona time is one hour later.  You’ll need to advance your clocks when you come east across the border.
 
To register to have a parking/camping spot in the RV Park with our group when you arrive, please call (rather than email).  Let us know which nights you will be coming, and how many folks and pets will be coming with you.  As we said, for this Rally, it doesn't work to just show up.
 
You can send us the $20 registration fee via PayPal or check. Please also include your cell phone number.  When we get your payment, we will put you on the list, and be sure you've gotten the specific directions for how to find us.  Upon arrival, don't be surprised to find that the RV Park is full of bus-sized RVs which is why, in this first-come/first-served RV park, it takes some effort to "defend our turf."  
 
The modest $20 registration fee helps to cover the costs of putting on this multi-day Rally, and insures a camping spot will be saved for you at our location close to all the events.  The daily fee of $9 for parking or camping is to be paid to the proprietors of the RV Park at their office trailer when you arrive, for each day you will be staying or visiting.  (Honor System, please.) 
 
To encourage folks to reserve soon, the $20 Early-Bird price is for registrations paid for before January 1st.  If you wait until the last 2 weeks, the registration fee will be $25 if there are still spots available.
 
If you have never attended a Rally before, don't be shy — we always have several first-time folks.  This is a great way to meet other Toyota RVers.
 
PLEASE NOTE: In order to participate in this Rally with the group, and camp inside the special section where we will be, YOU MUST REGISTER FOR A SPOT IN ADVANCE.  Due to the increasing popularity of this Rally, we expect that this year we may have to put a limit on the number of folks we can accommodate. And as always, we are only going to rope off and hold camping spots for those that have registered by phone (not emailed) and paid ahead of time.  If you don't want to be disappointed this year by hearing that the Rally is already full, please CALL SOON.
 
CALL us at 626-798-4510 to put your name on the list.  Call any day 11a - 9p Pacific time.  Leave a message if you get the voicemail for our business (health center), and we will call you back.  
 
Yes, it's gonna be fun!
 
Tika in Southern California
'86 E-Z Ryder
tika_ee at yahoo. com
 
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Now for the links section: 
 
Here's a link to a National Geographic article that will give you a perspective on the amazing transformation of Quartzsite each winter:
 
 
Here's a link for more info about the RV Show:
 
 
Here's a link to the Tyson Wells, home of the Sell-a-rama Swap Meet, one of several in town.
 
 
Here is a link to photos of the Quartzsite PowWow Gem and Mineral Show:
 
 
Be sure to also check the links on this page for lots and lots of additional fun photos and other helpful information:

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Awesome! Gonna do our best to make it this year😀 Looks much better than Mt right now.

 

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