We find just like the RV lifestyle in general, there are thousands of ways to do this. Our goals for Q were to see some friends, see what's going on at the RV Show, check out the large flea market, get one of the world's best cinnamon rolls and go by La Mesa RV and look through some Class C motorhomes.
We were planning to see friends at the Outside Our Bubble "OOBerfest". Pam and I are not big rally folks (although we have been to a few) but we signed up for this one knowing we did not have to wedge into the large circle of the other 113 RVs. We parked away from the main OOBerfest crowd off Plamosa Road north of Quartzsite in a space that was fairly open but only a few hundred yards away from the rally.
The OOBerfest area was a large circle with a need to park beyond the circle. Turns out of the 114, there were only 80 some that showed up.
Over the past few months we had been in touch with friends from out Habitat for Humanity build in Sioux Falls SD. Scott and Carole indicated they would be in Quartzsite so I got in touch with them. Turns out they were parked about 500 yards from us! That was a surprise! We went over and chatted with them before the sun went down and saw new additions to their RV "Ripley".
After a late breakfast we wandered around a big flea market for a few minutes before our lunch date with Bill and Kathy at Silly Al's Pizza. We also met Ken and Kate, and Mike and Suzanne who are in Q camping with Bill and Kathy.
On the south side of the RV Show tent, there is a row of canopies including a large presence of Redlands RV and Truck with 5 or 6 booths. Four years ago when we were in Quartzsite, the Tiffin group had Redlands RV and Truck out to our campsite for a short presentation. At the time, I remember they said, "...Koni shocks are the best $1000 you can spend on your RV". They were right and a couple of years we had Bay Diesel install those shocks. The ride is phenomenal and we have never regretted that investment.
Next to the Redlands booth was the Blue Ox booth. Mission accomplished. We found it, scoped out where to park early in the morning.
After that, we found some Class C's that were open in one of the RV sales lots.
Our friends from lunch described where they were located in the desert east of town in the BLM area. It took some doing to find them out in the boonies. We kept missing the yellow boot hanging on the mesquite bush which was our direction indicator clue in the desert :). I guess this was like a geocache adventure only with less clues.
With a couple of cell phone calls and more directions, "Across the second wash to where you see the flag on the Winnebago, etc" we found our friends and their campsite. After a short visit, we returned to our own campsite on the other side of town.
We built a small campfire and took in the beautiful weather and nice evening.
The next morning I was motivated to get over to the Blue Ox and get in line for service. I know that there are a lot of early birds so I wanted to get their soon enough to get the tow bar back the same day.
Sure enough, I left the campsite at 6:15, had no problem finding a parking place and was in line at 6:40. No one knew exactly when they were going to open up but it turned out to be 9:00 AM. One guy had dropped his off earlier that me and Robert. Robert was sitting there in the dark and I didn't even see him! I jumped out of my shoes when he said, "Good morning!". He was number 2. I was number 3 in line.
I had bought a piece of luggage in Tucson at a thrift store for $2.61 that had wheels so I didn't have to lug the towbar around.
We also saw a BOGO offer from the guy selling yellow handled rug and floor foam/rubber sweeper. The same one we bought four years ago!
Then we took our time and wandered around the outdoor flea market. We came across this gentlemen who made walking sticks and knives. Pam was interested how he made his walking sticks since she also makes them.
Outside, we made our way over to the row of Class C's and looked at half a dozen. We probably need something at least 30 feet so that narrowed our search.
We also walked through a Winnebago Grand Tour and an American Coach. Interesting but not our style.
We drove back over to our Plamosa Road area and saw friends Art and Gerri who are also attending the OOBerfest. It was fun to catch up with them. They have a similar Tiffin model only bigger. We've known them since our first trip to Quartzsite in 2010.
Having done pretty much all we wanted to do in Quartzsite, we decided to leave a couple of days earlier than we'd planned and head west past Yuma. We got up and finished packing up and went over to the RV Pit to dump our tanks before we drove south to I-8 toward Yuma. We ended up west of Yuma and loved the drive.
We found "The Pearl of the Desert" (Naval Air Facility at El Centro) to be exactly that. Nice campground with open sky and plenty of sunshine.
The campground is friendly and we have full hookups for and sewer for $22. That's a recap of our time in Quartzsite this year.
Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!