Rubber Tramp Rendezvous

Colorful sunset in Southern Arizona

2019 Rubber Tramp Rendezvous

Each January since 2010 caravans of like minded individuals has gathered together for the annual Rubber Tramp Rendezvous or RTR. While the primary goal of the event is to enjoy the company of others with similar interests. Bob Wells has put forth copious amount of effort promoting nomadic lifestyles, and fostering inclusion. Consequently there is a large variety of people at the RTR. As a result you can expect to see RV’s, Van Dwellers, Tent campers, and everything in between. Making the event open and inviting to all that wish to join. There is more to this gathering than just hanging out with friends in the desert sharing tales of adventure. The event has grown over the years in both size and scope. Below is a list (not all encompassing) of what the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR) has to offer.

  • You can learn about how to find great free camping.
  • Where to find work while you are living as a nomad.
  • Information on solar power
  • Shop in Quartrzsite Arizona at the tents
  • Hike
  • Mountain bike
  • Attend seminars by members of this nomadic tribe (I highly recommend these as they are generally very informative).
  • Meet Youtube celebrities of the vandwelling movement.
  • Get involved with HOWA (Homes On Wheels Alliance)
  • Share experiences and knowledge with new friends.
  • Build lasting friendships

You can gather more information on upcoming RTR on Bobs Wells website

Bob Wells The Man, The Legend

Photo of Michael Horn (Onesunchaser) and Bob Wells from CheapRVLiving
Meeting Bob Wells at 2019 Rubber Tramp Rendezvous

Before we carry on I would like to introduce the individual responsible for coordinating this event. I feel the quote below personifies his most notable qualities.

Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.

Jean Paul Sartre

I first came to know of Bob while watching a documentary called Without Bounds. Bob Wells is not the primary subject of the documentary, but he certainly is a charismatic figure within the story. He exhibits a confidence of someone who knows unequivocally, that they have made the best choice given their circumstances.

The overarching concepts of the documentary being, nothing in life is guaranteed. We have little time on this earth, and we all want to be happy, healthy and enjoy some freedoms. Bob Wells and others point out the creative solution they employed to solve the monetary problem a majority of society have in fulfilling these essentials of life. Furthermore the documentary outlines the framework for a new idea of community. A way of life that can be largely free from the drudgery often found in daily life. Bob Wells has since created a large following on YouTube where he freely shows how anyone can have a better life with their available resources. All that is needed is a willingness to embrace creative solutions to common problems. Bobs ceaseless work around bettering the lives of others has lead to the RTR a unique way of engaging and learning from each other.

A Leader amongst his peers

In my opinion Bob is the type of inspirational leader today’s world needs. He is thoughtful of the future, and passionate about making a positive difference in western society. He is laying the foundation for change, while bringing a new awareness to alternative living arrangements. Both of these efforts have the ability to free up precious time and resources for anyone. All the while making positive impacts in the lives of those looking for a better tomorrow. His dedication to supporting others transitioning to a nomadic lifestyle have prompted scores of blogs, vlogs and Youtube channels. His website together with his Youtube Channel CheapRVLiving are packed full of ideas and information. For these reasons I would recommend booking marking his page and following him on Youtube.

The Rubber Tramp Rendezvous Tribe 

Bob regularly refers to his followers as a tribe, although this tribe consists of individuals from all walks of life, they all tend to share some common bonds. Many adhere to a shared philosophy of minimalism, mutual tolerance, and appreciation for nature. With these common ideas they meet each January in this popular winter destination. Each will have traversed the countryside, making their way through space and time gathering allies and plotting for the future. This event is a melting pot of ideas around mobile independence. The best part is Bob has extended an offer for all to join his tribe, so collectively we can craft the future into something better. The tribe gathers to share new ideas on achieving goals, becoming more self reliant, and overcoming obstacles. Thus we share in an experience which holds all the necessary ingredients for something truly spectacular.

What to expect at an RTR

The warm desert atmosphere in addition to the openness of those in attendance will likely result in you chatting with people from all walks of life. As a result you may find yourself taking tours of various rigs, and sharing stories of travel and adventure. The land around Quartzsite, Arizona is generally rugged desert steeped in natural beauty. The Arroyos carving their way down from mountain peaks create islands and peninsulas throughout the land.

Because of the packed dirt and rock you can usually find a great places to park your rig that is relatively flat and enjoy the fiery sunsets.

Although there is little in the way of shade, the temperatures in winter are very pleasant and will invite you to enjoy your natural surroundings. Lastly Bob has graciously provided portable restrooms for the 2019 RTR and that may be the case for future events. I will certainly look back fondly of my time at the 2019 RTR albeit short and look forward to future rendezvous.

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