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14th Annual Toyota RV Rally in Quartzsite, AZ - Jan 17-20, 2020

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TOYOTA RV RALLY in Quartzsite, AZ - Jan. 17- 20, 2020

The 14th Annual Toyota RV Rally is coming up 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). 

Unlike other rally groups in Quartzsite, this is NOT AN EVENT THAT YOU CAN JUST SHOW UP AT.  You must call and pay in advance to be on the official list of folks who will have a campsite at the RV Park.  Claiming online that you are attending does NOT mean you have made a legitimate reservation.  The total for attending the 4-day Rally will be $56, or more, if you are staying longer than 4 nights at the RV Park.  PLEASE read through this entire description before calling or posting questions.

The dates are Friday, January 17 to Monday, January 20, 2020.  This is during the first weekend of the huge RV Show which is held there every year.  A good many of the folks in our group will be arriving early on Thursday the 16th, and some stay for the entire 10-day show.  Please read this invitation in its entirety if you are interested, as it contains a lot of very important information. 

Included below are some photos of our previous Quartzsite Rallies.  

The annual RV Show in Quartzsite 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 PowWow Gem and Mineral Show is also 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 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 to the “Big Tent.”)

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 30 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 out in the desert.)  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.  (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 toilets 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.  Free Internet computers are available at the Library for those who need a reliable internet connection for business.  Broadcast TV reception is practically non-existent, and as we said, you can expect streaming connections to be quite frustrating.  As an alternative, unless you have satellite TV, the local Quartzsite Radio station can be delightfully entertaining. 

If you have a small fold-up picnic table, please bring it with you for use in our party tent.  We specifically want the fold-up tables that seat four, and carry like a suitcase when the seats are collapsed  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 December 31st.  If you wait until the last 2 weeks, the registration fee will be $25 — that is, IF spots are still 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 will 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 and Tom in Southern California

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Now for the links section: 

Here are links to photos of previous rallies: 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/8jjqjpayyx2Hq8md9

(You must be signed in to the toyota-campers group at Groups.io to see these next 3 albums.)

https://groups.io/g/toyota-campers/album?id=109983

https://groups.io/g/toyota-campers/album?id=109984

https://groups.io/g/toyota-campers/album?id=110513

Here's a link for more info about the RV Show:

http://www.quartzsitervshow.com/

Here's a link to the Tyson Wells, home of the Sell-a-rama Swap Meet, one of several in town.

http://www.tysonwells.com/sell-a-rama.html

Here is a link to photos of the Quartzsite PowWow Gem and Mineral Show:

http://www.qiaarizona.org/Photo_2016Powwow.html

Here is a link to the Quartzsite Tourism website for lots of additional photos and other very helpful information:

Home - Quartzsite Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

Hope to see you there soon!

Quartzsite Rally.jpg

Edited by Tika

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FREE ALTERNATIVE TO ANNUAL QUARTZSITE TOYOTA RV RALLY.

For those folks who would prefer to camp for free in the desert, there is also the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, with camping areas all around the outskirts of the town of Quartzsite.  The RTR has all types of RVing folks, not just Toyota RVs, (perhaps 10,000 people in total).  This gathering is held at the exact same time as the annual Toyota RV Rally.  (The Women’s RTR is Jan 14-17, and the RTR for everyone is Jan 18-27, 2020.)

The RTR will be holding its organized events (classes, etc.) during the day at the La Paz County Fairgrounds, north of Quartzsite.  Overnight camping will be scattered around the Quartzsite area in various  sections on BLM land (free), where similarly-minded folks with RTR stickers are going to be camping together.

Our Annual Toyota RV Rally at the RV Park in central Quartzsite has been going on for 14 years, and the popularity is increasing.  We already have quite a few registrations this year from folks who are previous attendees, and it will likely sell out.

Therefore we'd like to suggest that perhaps some other Toyota RVers might want to organize a free Boondocking Quartzsite Toyota RV Rally as a part of the larger Rubber Tramp Rendezvous.  It would mean picking another area somewhere else on the free BLM land where there is plenty of room, and getting the word out to other Toyota RVers about the location and dates to meet up.

Those who are interested in a free alternative, please speak up and put something together. 

See the video below for complete RTR 2020 info:

 

 

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