I’ve been asked by quite a few full-time RV living friends: “Is the Quartzsite Az RV show worth going to?”
My short answer?
‘Nope. Don’t waste your time.’
The longer answer?
‘Maybe. IMO, it’s only worth going if you’re meeting people there. Or if you are into collecting junk or rocks.’
If you’re in the market for buying a rig, it might be worth it. I have no data to support an answer either way.
Quartzsite, or ‘Q’, is not a pretty destination in of itself.
Yet every January the Quartzsite RV show becomes the destination of thousands of RVers.
Many RV clubs have annual convergences in Q during this time. THAT’S a decent reason to go. The tent show itself? Not so much.
I have for you a pictorial guide of some of
the crap what you will find under the tent.
shit RV tent show.
Yep, I realize that this is my opinion, but I am sticking to it. (Most of my RVing friends I have talked to about this subject agree with me, to be quite frank. Maybe it’s a generation thing. I’m gen X. Many of my friends are as well.)
The tent show has so much CRAP for sale… My opinion may have a lot to do with my choice of lifestyle- which can easily be interpreted as minimalist. I just don’t buy much these days. Even if I were a big-time shopper, this place wouldn’t flip my skirt.
Some friends and I did go on a scavenger hunt put on by the Xscapers club, though. We quit after just a few photos because there was food on a stick to be eaten.
(Note the fanny packs in the second photo. And also the hot tub. More on this to come.)
Anyway, I sure as hell don’t buy things they sell at the show like hot tubs, kitchen gadgets or noisy contractor generators. (Yes, they sell HOT TUBS.)
Just to be thorough, I looked up the official website of the RV show, and it’s actually called the ‘Sports, Vacation and RV show’. Mmmm. Ok.
Get ready for massive mediocrity. Here’s some of the crap that lurks under the RV tent: 😂
Huh. Belts. Wallets. Ok. It’s a Sport, Vacation and Rv show. Aaaaaand this fits in how?
Ooh! Ooh! YES! I need a large, heavy, plug-in required fat burning machine for my RV! Fracking FINALLY!
Weird. Ok. Nail files. Crystal and glass. What is this, a beauty show??
Aah!!! Ok, HERE’S something Rv related! Finally. (Yay, I AM at the right show!). But, I already have an Oxygenics showerhead. So, this is another useless booth for me. I do recommend them, they help save water while showering but still give decent pressure.
(Get one here cheaper from Amazon. And you don’t even have to travel all the way to Quartzsite to get one! Click on either photo.)
Pretty vases? No, they are… humidifiers. And they require a/c power. Which I don’t have because I run everything off of my batteries. Also, I really don’t need a humidifier.
Well, they could be ‘fun’ I suppose. But again- really? This is something extremely unnecessary for RVing. But fun for, say, the weekender RVer. Still, you could you get it on Amazon. I figured this place would have rock-bottom prices as, in my world, the first thing I am going to do is price compare on Amazon right there and then if I see something I want or need. Nope, the prices weren’t rock bottom. Need one? 😜 Get one here from Amazon: (Click on photo)
Ugh. Fanny packs? They probably DO sell a lot of fanny packs here. Just, I am not buying one. Ok, this item is pretty legit just because of the demographic they are selling to.
And here is one of the FOUR dealers selling hot tubs at the show. At least these look portable. For vacation? Please. Vacation is a hot tub that I am in that I don’t have to constantly manage, pay for, and keep clean.
DOESN’T EVERY HUMAN NEED A WATERMELON SLICER TO TAKE UP SPACE IN THEIR KITCHEN???!!! God, yes. 🙄 Thank god they had these here. Pfff.
‘Round a corner and you will hit ANOTHER hot tub dealer. And another hot tub dealer…
Ugly Hawaiian shirt, anyone? Who wears these EVER? (Not I)
For fuck’s sake, another giant nail file booth? Because one booth wasn’t enough. I’m so glad I came here now. My life is fulfilled.
Because, duh, you need a totally separate towel for each specific item to dry. Wait, why did they combine the RV and dog drying towel? Is that a thing?
Um, more wallets. And fanny packs. Super awesome? Whee.
Now, THIS caught my eye! It’s a ‘Sugar Glider’ and it’s a real animal! These were actually being sold there. I very seriously considered getting one. They are just SO DAMN CUTE! Then I found out they pee on you unless they are in your pocket. And they cost $600. And I would want two. So, no.
Then, I got ‘caught’ taking photos of the cuties, which apparently you aren’t supposed to do. So naturally, I had to post my illegal pics cause I’m a rebel.😜
What do you see here in this priceless cheese grater demonstration booth? Well, first I saw the ‘back in 10 mins’ sign. THEN I noticed the booth attendant was actually there. He’s sitting down below the lamp looking at his phone. Apparently, he’s bored too. Can’t blame him.
What the…?? Is this a garden show or something??? A …power hose nozzle. Seriously?
Well, when in Rome… sell the stuff Roman’s use. However, I and most of my friends with me in Q are not yet in the market. Also, if you live in an RV, this would be very difficult to use.
Wait a sec… did I just jump into another beauty tent? MULTIPLE puffy eye cream booths could be found.
Sure. You SO need a sharpening device for your every day RVing must-have items… your ax, hatchet, lawnmower blade, knife, scissors, yard shears and rose pruners you carry with you. For sure!
Here’s a giant heavy umbrella. I guess it would nicely cover your new hot tub.
Dislike crowds? Dislike shopping? Awesome! This place will help you loathe both even more.
I hope his helps clear up any questions you may have had about the show.
It’s something to do, sure. Once. Maybe. Sort of a rite of passage. Just don’t think it’s going to be an awesome place to get good information about RVing or get good useful products for RVing.
Sure, there are solar places in town, and you could get a new awning (I did) while you are here. But you don’t have to come to Quartzsite to get these things.
Still, here you can get a concealed carry permit. A hot dog on a stick. You can get a good Honda or Yamaha generator. Portable solar panels for your Rv. They have an ‘adult daycare’ (Very funny name- it’s an outdoor bar)
I have the Yamaha 2000is pictured below. It’s perfect for me- starts with one pull and it has a gas flow stop switch so that if you don’t use it for an extended period of time, the gas won’t sit in the lines and cause it to not run.
If you want to learn more about camping generators, here’s a great page about portable camping generators.
On that note, the Honda is an excellent and quiet choice for RVing as well. It just didn’t have the gas switch, so I opted for the Yamaha. If you want to piss off your neighbors, sure, go ahead and get a contractor generator for cheaper. You won’t make many friends! (But you may make some enemies.)
Want to buy one? Click on the photo.
But I didn’t find much value in going to the show.
You can find much more information about RVing and good products to get by doing a simple Google search. Many full-time RV blogs do write-ups about products. Use them.
That’s it for the show.
Where am I?
Currently, I am boondocking with friends at American Girl Mine Rd in Winterhaven, Ca. Needed to be close to Mexico for a dental cleaning. (It was only twenty bucks!!!)
We’re leaving in a few days for Kingman, Az. The plan is to start heading north slowly to land in Oregon and possibly Washington for the summer.
Thanks for following along with me. You’re awesome! 😋