and more Signs

and more Signs

Quartzsite has been pretty dull for a week now. The weather for the last four days has been rainy and cold and the desert empty of boondocking RV’S. Yesterday, many more rigs started filling the area where I was camped. I found myself trapped between a group advertising themselves as Solo SKP’s and another with a sign that said Christian Fellowship. I’m sure both groups were nice and they would willingly take me in, but I didn’t feel like I belonged to either one.

I was ready for a change of scenery anyway so I packed up and headed south of town to a gathering known by the name RTR or Rubber Tramp Rendezvous. If you have a $500,000 motorhome, this is probably not the place you want to be. 90% of the people here live in a van and enjoy a simple life of off grid existance.

I was surprised at how many young people there are here. The majority are retired but quite a few working age couples and singles have found that not having a house and the lifestyle that goes along with it has given them the freedom to travel and be happy on a lot less income. Some have Internet business, some work part time at places like Amazon, and some camp host or work for the Forest Service.

I didn’t write this to debate their lifestyle or even judge what they do, and I suppose why I drove in here was more curiosity than anything else. So far most of the people I have met are very nice, not at all what you would think of when you hear the word “Tramp” in their title.

The one bad note I have to report is a dead refrigerator. I’m not sure what I will do to remedy that problem. The best report is sunshine all day today and forecast to stay that way for several days to come. I will try to get a picture of the sea of camper vans in this area to post later.

5 Responses to “RTR”

  1. Donna says:

    I think you are definitely a solo, but, not being a member of SKPs, they might have pressured you to buy in. I think checking out the RTR sounds like a fun week. A new experience to add to your list, and you never know… you just might pick up some useful information or make new friends you’d like to see again.

  2. Daryl says:

    What’s an “SKP”?

  3. Dick says:

    Escapees organization. We belong. They provide our mail service among other things like discount RV parking, etc.

    While I doubt they would have pressured you to “buy in”, I bet some of them would love to have had you join them. Some of those Solo Ladies are looking for a catch like you.

  4. Dick says:

    By the way, BOF stands for Birds of a Feather. They are groups formed within the Escapees organization, just like the Solo’s, of people who have similar interests. Escapees provides a social network for full timers who need/want it.

  5. Don says:

    I have a solution for your refrigerator problem. Drive up to see your niece Jocelyn in Wisconsin. You probably won’t need a fridge for several months although you will need to keep some things in a warmer area to avoid freezing everything.


Leave a Reply