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Old 01-24-2018, 11:49 AM   #1
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Thoughts on Quartzsite, Az

I went to big tent show at Quartzite and was in the area for 10 days.

Good:
It is a good place to meet friends.
The $40 fee to stay is reasonable.
The prices in town for the basics - food, propane etc are reasonable.
People are considerate - e.g. using quite generators.
People give you space.
I'm not into gem stones etc. but it looks great for that.

Not so good.
The prices and items at and around the big tent are nothing special. You can find better prices if you shop around.

It is a good area if you are looking for companies that want work campers.

If I were passing through I would stop there for a night or so but I don't think I'll be back for a long period of time.
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I went to big tent show at Quartzite and was in the area for 10 days.

Good:
It is a good place to meet friends.
The $40 fee to stay is reasonable.
The prices in town for the basics - food, propane etc are reasonable.
People are considerate - e.g. using quite generators.
People give you space.
I'm not into gem stones etc. but it looks great for that.

Not so good.
The prices and items at and around the big tent are nothing special. You can find better prices if you shop around.

It is a good area if you are looking for companies that want work campers.

If I were passing through I would stop there for a night or so but I don't think I'll be back for a long period of time.
X 2 It is very dusty here in Quartzsite, which will keep us away for several years too.
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Quartzite is something I think every RVer should experience at least once. Many folks attend on a recurring basis with hobby or other interest groups. We fall into this category.

Yes, pros and cons - but isn't that with everything? As always - YMMV.
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Been there, done that, for several years. We used to camp in BLM land on the very west side, on a slope. We'd drive to the big tent and find a place to park, EVERY DAY. Well, after a few years of that, we ended up camping 5 miles south of town just off of 95, outside BLM land. That was just OK too. But, we eventually decided to try Rice Ranch which, is across the street from the Big tent. Waaaaaaaaaaaaay better. No driving and waiting in long lines at stop lights anymore. Just walk across the street and, you're at the big tent.

Yep, it involves a bit more walking but, the nightmare of non-moving traffic while blue-hairs try and figure out how to park their Smart car, is gone. This is the first year we've not gone in quite a while. Our motor home is down for surgery so, we passed this time. Didn't miss anything. As has been stated, folks that have never been should go. It's a giant RV tent sale with very little emphasis on the word "sale". As has been stated, the prices there are surely not the main reason folks visit. It's really only the convenience of having many of your RV needs all in one spot. Folks get together in camp groups all around the city of Quartzsite and have a good time.

Then there's the chinese tool bins at every other vendor. Kind-a like a three block stretch of Harbor Freight. Not knocking H/F. If you're into Jeeping and back country trail running, there's quite a few mild trails to go exploring on. Nothing really hard or taxing of your vehicles. There's plenty of greasy spoons and varieties on both sides of main vendors.

Then there's the few restaurants in town. Some are not bad. Better get there early for dinner.
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quartzite can be a lot of fun, but after 12 years of having a booth there, we gave it a rest.
about 5 years ago, blm started enforcing its rule of no repairs on their land without a 100 dollar permit, and 10 percent of the value of the whole ticket, warranty or not. most companies wont do that, so we quit. we still get a few calls, and do some campground repairs, but dont make a habit of it, unless we want to go thru the big tent.
its fun a few times, but its the same thing every year. the way off site vendors have better prices than the ones nearer the tent. if you need odd tools, theres a place to find them there. prices of camping, lp, food, and most things are reasonable, but not a bargain.
all in all, its fun going every few years, but not an every year thing.
everyone should do it once.
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