Saturday, January 19, 2019

Day 11 - Quartzite, AZ

We are in Quartzite in the Roadrunner BLM area about five miles south of Quartzite. There was quite the traffic jam in Quartzite due to the RV show that started up yesterday. I knew that it was going to be crowded as there have been a number of YouTube videos showing all the crowds for RTR and the RV show setup. But I am here for Quartzfest, an AARL amateur radio convention which starts up tomorrow afternoon. This is our first real boondocking experience for multiple days. In the past, we’ve stayed without hookups for one or two days but never for more than that. We had plumbing issues that I believe have all been resolved.

We’ll see how it goes. Since we’ve been here, two cups of coffee with the Keurig and homemade chicken noodle soup in the Instant Pot. Batteries are still at 92%. I’m curious as to how much power we use on a typical night with temperatures down into the mid-40s (°F). If you go outside now, there are a lot of generators running. I’m glad that there are none around us.

Update - All of the generators were off by 8pm. 


  1. Nice the generators were off at a decent hour.

    Hope you enjoy Quartzfest, it sound interesting.

    1. I believe that there are generator hours. Probably no enforcement possible but at least a suggestion.

  2. That looks like a lot of fun. a friend from Bend goes there in Dec and stays until spring. Hauls his dirt bikes and they ride everyday.

  3. I'm interested to see how you like it at Quartzite. My thought has always been that the crowds and boondocking just don't go together. I know you don't like crowds either, so looking forward to your take after a few days. Maybe I can catch up to current soon, lol.