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Old 09-21-2012, 07:00 PM   #29
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I like desert golf at Quartzite...every morning at 8am. I like hanging at the yacht club on rainy (every) days. I like pedaling my mountain bike on the quad trails. I enjoy taking the top off the jeep and going out into the desert on a run.

I also like leaving for San Diego after a couple of weeks.
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:06 AM   #30
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That horizon to horizon view of thousands of RVs as you top the hill is a permanent memory. I would go back every year. Screw the vendors- buy if it's your price. Woodstock for RVers.
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:31 AM   #31
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If you haven't been there, don't knock it. Different strokes for different folks. I've been going there for several years. There are some good deals, and there are some not so good deals. You have to know your prices and shop a little. I stay on BLM land for up to 2 weeks at no charge. You can drive a short distance to town and dump your grey & black tank at approx. $10.00 for the two. You can also fill up your fresh water tank for around $7.00. We have around 5 units in our group. Each night we start up a wood fire, have a good glass of wine, tell a lot of lie's, etc.etc.etc. We have a lot of fun.
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:42 PM   #32
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I just don't understand the attraction of the place for so many people and was wondering why people go there. It's not particularly attractive and as far as I can see there is nothing there of any special interest.
As for the nothing to do, from mid Jan to mid Feb there is the Gem Show, the RV and Vacation Show, the Craft Show, and the Car Show all for free. Also there are huge Flea Markets/Swap Markets on most every corner which are free. Free boondock camping for 14 days on BLM Dispersed Camping areas. Free people watching paradise, and probably some of your friends to visit with, if not plenty of RV'ers to make friends with. Not to mention the weather in the area during the winter, much better in the northern tier of states. Also there is a lot of day trips to POI's in the area for many. So there is a lot to do in the area!

ATV's do not run rampant throughout the area, generally pretty quiet and really laid back, with a lot of socializing going on mid Jan through mid Feb.

Its kinda like asking why does anybody go anywhere? I guess the reason is because they enjoy it, you may not, but others may not enjoy the places that you go to enjoy. Goes back to "different stokes for different folks"! As Mikey says "try it, you might like it".

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Old 09-22-2012, 07:35 PM   #33
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I just don't understand the attraction of the place for so many people and was wondering why people go there. It's not particularly attractive and as far as I can see there is nothing there of any special interest.

So maybe I'm missing something about the place ??
No, you are not missing a thing.. But you did post the attraction.

You said "So Many People".

It is the single largest gathering of RVers anywhere every year, and in addition to RVers there are several other groups or sub groups that gather there at the same time.. So there is nothing particulary attractive about the place.. But it's the PEOPLE. That is what is attractive.. The PEOPLE.

I hope to get there in 2015, or sooner. again. When I am there you can look for me, I've the easiest site to find in all the desert.


Oh, with that many RVs in one area Quartsite does have an attraction,, Miles and miles of miles and miles of nothing at all (parkign space).
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If you haven't been there, don't knock it. Different strokes for different folks. I've been going there for several years. There are some good deals, and there are some not so good deals. You have to know your prices and shop a little. I stay on BLM land for up to 2 weeks at no charge. You can drive a short distance to town and dump your grey & black tank at approx. $10.00 for the two. You can also fill up your fresh water tank for around $7.00. We have around 5 units in our group. Each night we start up a wood fire, have a good glass of wine, tell a lot of lie's, etc.etc.etc. We have a lot of fun.
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You got it RIGHT, my man! You captured the essence of why anyone should do the Q! Another GOOD THING about a little dosage of the Q is that there are all kinds of services available for RV's that will come to YOU instead of you having to take your RV to some service joint and I like that really well, a good example is oil changes and generator servicing etc. Being a good horse trader means what you said.......know your prices and if something is too high, MAKE AN OFFER, if you don't get a deal take your BUSINESS to the next guy of which there will be many. To me, the goofiness of Quartzite is too much fun not to do once in a while!
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:55 AM   #35
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Is there anything like this on the East Coast?
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Kinda, sorta the same thing.

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Old 09-24-2012, 05:45 PM   #37
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First its a great place to people watch. As to the vendors there are hundreds if not thousands of them spread around the town, prices are average usually not great deals but fair, with a few great buys mixed in. Lots of items for RV's that are hard to find, if you are looking for a rare part you can probably find it there. You are likely to find the newest RV and camping gear around. Also lots of rocks and gems.
If you don't like to dry camp there are manny RV parks in the surrounding area. We typically stay in Parker and drive over to Quartsite to see what's going on, there's always something interesting to see.
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We were out there last winter, enjoyed the place even though we missed the big show. We stayed out at the 14 day area at plamosa road and loved it, made a shift to Imperial Dam down by Yuma for 14 days, dusty and windy, then went back to Plamosa. Just a great place to visit and play, spent a lot of time in the desert 4 wheeling, wife loved the flea markets, and we will drive back just to go to Silly Al's Pizza, what a great place! After a week or two in the desert that pizza is just silly!!!
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I keep seeing all these references to Quartzite and was wondering why people make this a destination. I've lived in southern Arizona for many years and have been to Quartzite on a few occasions while travelling to CAlifornia.

I just don't understand the attraction of the place for so many people and was wondering why people go there. It's not particularly attractive and as far as I can see there is nothing there of any special interest.

So maybe I'm missing something about the place ??
It is very simple.

IT IS, therefore, IT IS!! Never been but understand the desire to go.

Think of it as Occupy Quartzite!

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this will be our 9th year in Q. We really have a great time. Hubby is a gold prospector, with metal detectors and dry washer. We belong to two metal detecting clubs. We have outing in the desert twice a month, cook up a good hobo stew and have great camaraderie with friends. Since we are all from "someplace else" we never are lost for words. We now have good friends from all across the US and Canada. We don't dry camp, stay in a neighborhood sw of Q(privately owned lots)love it there. Lots are really large with FHU's. We have an atv and use it for transportation.
I make wire wrapped stone jewelry, so I love to shop the rock and gem dealers all winter.The Quartzsite improvement association has many activities going on each day for the entire 5 months we are there. Lots to do all the time.
As others have said, try it you might like it. If I were at home in Canada, all I would do is watch hubby shovel snow and never have anyone to talk to. This way, we are outside, have hobbies and do alot of sightseeing in the area. Many places of interest, and lots of old history to learn.
See you all in Q this winter, safe travels and happy times ahead! Dona
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