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In pictures: The colorful, colossal Quartzite RV Show

In pictures: The colorful, col...
Every year, the biggest congregation of RV's, travel trailers, snowbirds, overlanders, and off-road enthusiasts happen to all converge in the tiny, dusty town of Quartzite, Arizona -  between 750,000 and 1 million of them!
Every year, the biggest congregation of RV's, travel trailers, snowbirds, overlanders, and off-road enthusiasts happen to all converge in the tiny, dusty town of Quartzite, Arizona -  between 750,000 and 1 million of them!
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"I'd never seen so many RV's in a single location – thousands dotted the landscape as far as I could see into the desert and on the mountain sides"
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"I'd never seen so many RV's in a single location – thousands dotted the landscape as far as I could see into the desert and on the mountain sides"
Quartzite is a massive gathering of  RVs, travel trailers, snowbirds, overlanders, and off-road enthusiasts - between 750,000 and 1 million of them!
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Quartzite is a massive gathering of  RVs, travel trailers, snowbirds, overlanders, and off-road enthusiasts - between 750,000 and 1 million of them!
Every year, the biggest congregation of RV's, travel trailers, snowbirds, overlanders, and off-road enthusiasts happen to all converge in the tiny, dusty town of Quartzite, Arizona -  between 750,000 and 1 million of them!
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Every year, the biggest congregation of RV's, travel trailers, snowbirds, overlanders, and off-road enthusiasts happen to all converge in the tiny, dusty town of Quartzite, Arizona -  between 750,000 and 1 million of them!
Prospecting is also part of the attraction at the Quartzite gathering
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Prospecting is also part of the attraction at the Quartzite gathering
"Even with so many RV's already camped, it never felt crowded"
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"Even with so many RV's already camped, it never felt crowded"
There are hundreds of miles of open BLM land where we you're free to camp
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There are hundreds of miles of open BLM land where we you're free to camp
Wandering through the flea markets at the Quartzite RV show
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Wandering through the flea markets at the Quartzite RV show
The wares on sale at Quartzite go well beyond your standard RV decor
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The wares on sale at Quartzite go well beyond your standard RV decor
There were plenty of practical items on sale in the flea markets, too
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There were plenty of practical items on sale in the flea markets, too
Wandering through the flea markets at the Quartzite RV show
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Wandering through the flea markets at the Quartzite RV show
There were hundreds upon hundreds of booths set up in the flea market area
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There were hundreds upon hundreds of booths set up in the flea market area
Yes, it is a chool bus
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Yes, it is a chool bus
It pays to stay protected from the Arizona sun
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It pays to stay protected from the Arizona sun
"We found several great deals ... on stuff we didn't really need"
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"We found several great deals ... on stuff we didn't really need"
The Quartzite RV show is about much more than camping
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The Quartzite RV show is about much more than camping
There are roughly 400 vendors at the heart of the show
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There are roughly 400 vendors at the heart of the show
This 2018 Mt McKinley 178 with offroad package was among the huge selection of new and used RV's and travel trailers at the show
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This 2018 Mt McKinley 178 with offroad package was among the huge selection of new and used RV's and travel trailers at the show
Inside the Mt McKinley 178
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Inside the Mt McKinley 178
Standard features of the Mt McKinley 178 include cable TV hookup, roof A/C and solar plugin 
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Standard features of the Mt McKinley 178 include cable TV hookup, roof A/C and solar plugin 
Inside the 2018 Vesta 30D RV
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Inside the 2018 Vesta 30D RV
There's plenty of room to move in the 2018 Vesta 30D, which sells for around $125K
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There's plenty of room to move in the 2018 Vesta 30D, which sells for around $125K
This fully kitted out 2018 Vesta 30D  includes a slide out extension
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This fully kitted out 2018 Vesta 30D  includes a slide out extension
Quartzite brings together a huge selection of new and used RV's and travel trailers
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Quartzite brings together a huge selection of new and used RV's and travel trailers
The tent is the heart of the Quartzite RV Show
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The tent is the heart of the Quartzite RV Show
Everything from Bloody Mary mix to generators to adopting Sugar Gliders was available under the tent
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Everything from Bloody Mary mix to generators to adopting Sugar Gliders was available under the tent
Bloody Mary, anyone?
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Bloody Mary, anyone?
A huge array of wares can be found under "the tent"
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A huge array of wares can be found under "the tent"
We spied this old-school ice cream maker in a quiet corner at Quartzite
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We spied this old-school ice cream maker in a quiet corner at Quartzite
This serious rig is the last thing we expected to see at a camping and RV show
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This serious rig is the last thing we expected to see at a camping and RV show
Inside the 2018 Solitude Fifth Wheel
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Inside the 2018 Solitude Fifth Wheel
2018 Solitude Fifth Wheel
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2018 Solitude Fifth Wheel
Rear access to the 2018 Solitude Fifth Wheel
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Rear access to the 2018 Solitude Fifth Wheel
This imposing 2018 Solitude Fifth Wheel is listed at $108K via Paul Evert's RV in Nevada
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This imposing 2018 Solitude Fifth Wheel is listed at $108K via Paul Evert's RV in Nevada
The 2018 Solitude Fifth Wheel features an outdoor kitchen
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The 2018 Solitude Fifth Wheel features an outdoor kitchen
Inside the Solitude Fifth Wheel
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Inside the Solitude Fifth Wheel
The 2018 Solitude Fifth Wheel doesn't lack creature comforts
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The 2018 Solitude Fifth Wheel doesn't lack creature comforts
Shovels, goggles and everything in between
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Shovels, goggles and everything in between
Just about anything you can think of is for sale in the flea markets
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Just about anything you can think of is for sale in the flea markets
Everything you can imagine and even things you didn't even know existed were available for purchase
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Everything you can imagine and even things you didn't even know existed were available for purchase
Don't buy a drill bit before you've seen the demo!
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Don't buy a drill bit before you've seen the demo!
Hymer campervan at the Quartzite RV show
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Hymer campervan at the Quartzite RV show
Hymer RAM Promaster 2500
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Hymer RAM Promaster 2500
Access to pop-up section on the Hymer RAM Promaster 2500
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Access to pop-up section on the Hymer RAM Promaster 2500
Hymer RAM Promaster 2500 - interior
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Hymer RAM Promaster 2500 - interior
Pop-up sleeping quarters on the Hymer RAM Promaster 2500
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Pop-up sleeping quarters on the Hymer RAM Promaster 2500
Interior shot of Vengeance trailer from Paul Evert's RV Country
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Interior shot of Vengeance trailer from Paul Evert's RV Country
Interior -  Vengeance trailer
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Interior -  Vengeance trailer
This specced-out Vengeance trailer with premium package will set you back just over 100K
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This specced-out Vengeance trailer with premium package will set you back just over 100K
Grand Design Momentum Fifth Wheel with luxury interior package
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Grand Design Momentum Fifth Wheel with luxury interior package
The expanding section greatly adds to the roomy interior of the Grand Design Momentum Fifth Wheel
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The expanding section greatly adds to the roomy interior of the Grand Design Momentum Fifth Wheel
Grand Design Momentum Fifth Wheel with luxury interior package
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Grand Design Momentum Fifth Wheel with luxury interior package
Grand Design Momentum Fifth Wheel
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Grand Design Momentum Fifth Wheel
This Grand Design Momentum Fifth Wheel is priced at $91K
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This Grand Design Momentum Fifth Wheel is priced at $91K
There's no excuse not to wear a hat!
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There's no excuse not to wear a hat!
Quirky collectibles abound at Quartzite
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Quirky collectibles abound at Quartzite
The Entegra Insignia was among the most luxurious of the campers at the show
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The Entegra Insignia was among the most luxurious of the campers at the show
The Entegra Insignia - no skimping on screen real estate ... or refrigerator size!
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The Entegra Insignia - no skimping on screen real estate ... or refrigerator size!
Looking towards the driver's seat inside the Entegra Insignia
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Looking towards the driver's seat inside the Entegra Insignia
Bedroom section of the Entegra Insignia
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Bedroom section of the Entegra Insignia
The Entegra Cornerstone has plenty of room to move
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The Entegra Cornerstone has plenty of room to move
The Entegra Cornerstone - interior
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The Entegra Cornerstone - interior
The luxurious sleeping quarters in the Entegra Cornerstone
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The luxurious sleeping quarters in the Entegra Cornerstone
Hotel on wheels - the Entegra Cornerstone features a double vanity
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Hotel on wheels - the Entegra Cornerstone features a double vanity
The imposing Entegra Cornerstone will set you back almost $700K
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The imposing Entegra Cornerstone will set you back almost $700K
Traveling in style - the Entegra Cornerstone
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Traveling in style - the Entegra Cornerstone
Suspension gets a workout on the offroad trails adjacent to the show
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Suspension gets a workout on the offroad trails adjacent to the show
Exploring the surrounding hills is all part of the fun
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Exploring the surrounding hills is all part of the fun
There are hundreds of miles of trails for riding in the surrounding mountains
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There are hundreds of miles of trails for riding in the surrounding mountains
Quartzite has to offer for the off-road enthusiasts
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Quartzite has to offer for the off-road enthusiasts
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Once every year, a huge congregation of RVs, travel trailers, snowbirds, overlanders, and off-road enthusiasts happen to all converge in the tiny, dusty town of Quartzite, Arizona. Between 750,000 and 1 million of them, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

I'd heard of the Quartzite RV Show in the past. Before I owned or even thought of owning an RV, somehow it had ended up on my radar. It's that big. Now that I travel full-time in an RV for work, it was a must-do event for myself and my significant other. During the colder winter months, we end up in the southern part of the United States often. It's not that I really consider myself to be a "snowbird," as they're called, it just happens to be that way by coincidence. So it transpired that in January this year we were in the area, and I'd slated the Quartzite RV Show on my calendar.

This year was the 36th annual event and I was very excited to see the show, meet the locals and take in the sights. Upon arriving in Quartzite, I could immediately see that I would not be disappointed. I'd never seen so many RVs in a single location – thousands dotted the landscape as far as I could see into the desert and on the mountain sides.

There are hundreds of miles of open BLM land where we you're free to camp
There are hundreds of miles of open BLM land where we you're free to camp

As busy as the small town of Quartzite was (so small that there is only one stop light on that side of town where the show is centralized), traffic was still flowing. We drove just one mile east from the RV Show, passing numerous vendors, eateries, and RV parks before we found an entrance to hundreds of miles of open BLM land where we were free to camp. Even with so many RVs already camped, it never felt crowded. There's so much available space out there, and the few neighbors that we talked to in our immediate vicinity were all very warm, welcoming, and friendly. They all shared one unique thing in common: they'd been coming to Quartzite every January for 15+ years.

The Quartzite RV Show usually runs for about nine days and admission to the show is free. The first thing we did was set out for the flea markets. There were hundreds upon hundreds of booths set up in the flea market area. Everything you can imagine and even things you didn't even know existed were available for purchase. Most of which was RV oriented, some of which I'm not even sure of. It took us a day and a half to cover them all.

There are roughly 400 vendors at the heart of the show
There are roughly 400 vendors at the heart of the show

The latter half of day two and most of day three was spent under and around "the tent." The tent is the heart of the Quartzite RV Show. There are roughly 400 vendors under and just outside of it. Everything from Bloody Mary mix to generators to adopting Sugar Gliders was available under the tent, generally with prices lower than your typical retail stores as well. We found several great deals ... on stuff we didn't really need.

Outside of the tent was a huge selection of new and used RVs and travel trailers. Most of them were used units available for sale...and the prices were extremely competitive. If you're in the market for buying new or used, the Quartzite RV Show had some of the best prices I've seen for RVs anywhere in America.

The Entegra Insignia was among the most luxurious of the campers at the show
The Entegra Insignia was among the most luxurious of the campers at the show

Our final day in Quartzite was spent with a friend of mine whom I'd met some years ago at a motorcycle event. He's from Alaska, but like many other snowbirds, owned property just four miles outside of town and had a lot of off-road toys to play with. He offered up a Polaris RZR side by side for us to explore the surrounding areas and see what Quartzite has to offer for the off-road enthusiasts. There are hundreds of miles of trails for riding in the surrounding mountains. Our outing took us to Dripping Springs, a site famous for Native American petroglyphs, and we also came across many old stone buildings, mines, and other beautiful vistas.

All in all, the Quartzite RV Show is something to be seen and experienced if you can make the trip – it's definitely more than just an RV show.

Get a feel for what it's like to visit this colossal camping event in our Quartzite RV Show photo gallery.

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2 comments
toyhouse
Went through there years ago while it was going on, but not in an rv. Always assumed it was all about the rocks. Never thought about it morphing into other things but it was so huge even back then, that makes sense. The burning man for the rv crowd, lol. Wish I could've gone this year. But the weather has been rough this winter. High winds and rain. Not a good thing for a smaller rv coming in from central cali. I always dread the return trip, (so much wind coupled with mountain passes),. It's hard on the little guy. But dreams of heading to the desert always get in our head around this time of year - just like so many others as I can see in the photos. It's definitely on our rv bucket-list. Cool story - thanks.
guzmanchinky
I just drove through there a few weeks ago in my 4x4 van and a drive from Yuma up to Lake Havasu. I've never seen so many RV's just scattered about the desert! But I would think it get boring after a while? Maybe not. Or maybe it's just as boring to stay home and watch the snow pile up where most of these people are from. But it's a cool thing to see...