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Observations from trip to the big tent in Quartzsite

May I offer a few observations regarding the big tent and surrounding vendors at the annual Quartzsite RV and Recreation show. My view this year is modified by the observations offered by three friends, two of whom were newcomers to Quartzsite.

We arrived early Jan. 21 before the tent became crowded. This allowed me to pace through the booths and clearly compare the diversity, quality and redundancy of the offerings, and also to compare 2016 with the previous seven to eight years that I’ve attended the show since 2008.

Several vendors offered new-to-me products and services. The vast majority; however, are there every year and many are in essentially the same location as past years. Perhaps 50 percent of the vendors have little or nothing to do with RVing, but offer products that would also be of interest to non-RVers. There are many tours, RV resorts and RV aftermarket products and services that are also offered.

It is wise to arrive early in the day to avoid the crowded aisles. By mid-afternoon the number of people — especially people with dogs in their arms, on a leash or in a stroller — is overwhelming.

Two of my personal pet peeves (pun intended) are people with dogs or other animals and people who are stationary in the center of the aisle while conversing and blocking the movement of others. Both represent rudeness that should not be characteristic of good RVers or for the general public.

New products and services that I found of interest, include:


This is a new venture designed to provide information regarding virtually every aspect of destinations such as RV parks, campgrounds, water fill up and dump sites, associated events and extended destinations. This website is just getting established online and has several features that may interest and challenge some RVers. New destinations may be added by viewers and each destination may be judged and reviewed by users.

Amazon camper force.

Amazon offers work opportunities for RVers during the holiday season from September through Dec. 23. RVers are given a paid campsite, $10 or more per hour and a bonus for those who work the full season. The work is described as physical and entails receiving, storing, packing, shipping, etc. in an intense 10 hour day.

RVers are expected to commit to two or more months of work at one of three locations in Kentucky, Tennessee or Texas. You may have wondered how Amazon is capable of shipping millions of packaged products. This work opportunity will help you understand the work force necessary to meet the seasonal challenge.

Premier RV solutions

Ken Kasten, a co-owner of Premier, explained the concept of selling your motorhome. Premier provides screened, qualified buyers who will essentially take over your payment contract and complete the purchase of the RV. This concept is especially appealing to RVers who are unable to complete the purchase of their RV or who no longer wish to RV, for whatever the reason.

Premier is not really a new concept, but it is new to me. Ken has exhibited at Quartzsite for the past 11 years. Currently there are more than 400 RVs being purchased by Premier RV Solution buyers.

Only well-maintained RVs are accepted for sale and this concept is not a way to dispose of a junk RV that no one else will purchase. Both the seller and buyer are protected under the brokerage agreement.   Payment is made directly to Premier RV solutions.

Other services

Undoubtedly there were dozens of other new or relatively new products and services available at the big tent in 2016. Several new exhibits and vendors seen and observed were not of particular interest to me for various reasons.

As a seasoned and experienced RVer, I have seen, used or purchased the products or services at other locations in the past. Rather than listen to the details of tours, campground memberships and other services I simply said,  “Thank you.  I have been there or done that.”

In contrast, new and inexperienced RVers may stop, stare and listen intently to a multitude of presentations given by experienced vendors in the big tent.

Whether first-timers or old-timers the diversity of products and services offers something that appeals to the interest of most almost everyone who attends the Quartzsite RV and Recreation Fiesta.

About Dr. Bob Gorden

Dr. Bob Gorden is an RVer, hiker and writer. He has a PhD in microbial ecology from the University of Georgia in Athens. He is a retired research scientist from the University of Illinois Natural History Survey. He has owned and operated more than 55 RVs of various types, and has visited every state, except Hawaii, in his RV. He also traveled by RV in New Zealand, Canada and Mexico. He currently owns and travels in a 1978 GMC 26-foot Class A and 2013 Thor ACE 30.1 Class A motorhome. He has a compelling desire to be “On the Road Again!”

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