Quartzsite Fiberglass Rally

I arrive at the Fiberglass RV Rally in Quartzsite, AZ on Wednesday the 10th. It would probably be more accurate to call this a molded fiberglass rally, because that’s the kind of trailers that are here.

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For those not in the know, most molded fiberglass RVs are made with a top and a bottom half, joined together in the center. For Casitas, that join point is the silver “belly band” that runs the width of the trailer. Molded fiberglass trailers hold up really well over time because there are less leak points than with traditional “slab” sided trailers and there is no wood in the walls or ceiling to rot so if there is a leak, the trailer keeps its structural integrity.

Another 90's Casita, but this one is older than mine. Can tell by the graphics

Another 90’s Casita, but this one is older than mine. Can tell by the graphics

There are a lot of other brands of molded fiberglass “egg” trailers besides Casita. I see Scamps, Escapes, Olivers, Bigfoots (or would that be Bigfeet?), and even an old Burro out here in lengths ranging from 13 to 23 feet. In the above picture, you can see the nose of a little fifth wheel poking out from behind the older Casita. That’s a 19′ Scamp and yes it’s still made with two halves joined together.

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The queen size bed is in the nose, it goes wall to wall but there are cabinets and a small closet up there for clothing. The staircase leading down from the bed is narrow, and beside it is the bathroom, a marine style like my Casita. The kitchen is split in the middle with the stove and sink on one side and the refrigerator and counter space on the other, like the Liberty and Independence model Casitas. The back is a dinette that can seat four.Β In the Scamp world, “Deluxe” refers not to the presence or absence of a bathroom, but to the trim and cabinetry. This one is a deluxe (you can tell by the gold graphics on the outside instead of red) and instead of fiberglass cabinets it has wood. It looks homier, but I personally think I prefer the fiberglass because of the aforementioned resistance to water damage.

I'll be making my own paper cutout Casita model soon. That middle picture is an 80's Casita, when only the name was put on them.

I’ll be making my own paper cutout Casita model soon. That middle picture is an 80’s Casita, when only the name was put on them.

It’s a good five days. I meet a lot of nice people and it’s fun seeing what folks have done with the inside of their trailers. There’s a lot of sitting in camp chairs in the shade and chatting due to temperatures in the 80’s. I attend an impromptu para-cord bracelet making session one day and on other watch a ladderball tournament, there must be at least ten teams competing for prizes. I’ve never seen ladderball before, you toss a rope with a ball on either end at a ladder with three rungs. The top rung is worth 1 point, middle is 2 points, bottom is 3 points if your rope hangs or wraps around the rung. But watch out, the other team will try to dislodge your ropes with their own, and if they do you lose points.

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Do you see that little green and white trailer behind the game field? That’s something you likely haven’t seen before because it’s brand new. It’s called the HC1, a 13′ molded fiberglass trailer with fun retro lines. Happier Camper was started by Derek Michael out of California just a couple years ago. He’s here with these two demo trailers to drum up interest, and they certainty are interesting!

Derek with his brainchild

Derek with his brainchild

The interior is modular in design, kind of like Legos. The floor is a 3×5 grid of squares that you can mount ‘blocks’ in in any way you desire. There are hollow bench blocks with storage space, you can put cushions on them and make them into a dinette or bed of any size, there are ice chest blocks, porta-potti blocks, and a kitchenette block with a sink in the middle with a flip up table for counter space.

If you made the whole thing bench blocks you could have a giant bed that sleeps five or if you take all the blocks out, you have a cargo trailer for hauling gear – the rear pops open for ease of access and there are rings set into the floor for tying things down. For blank floor squares, there are bamboo floor tiles that pop into place. It’s really, really cool looking but quite pricey.

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Camp fire and ukulele music

I was trailer number 128 to register for the rally and the total ends up being 164. That’s a lot of eggs! Last year’s total was 111, so this year blew 2015 out of the water. Like me, most of them don’t stay the full week though, folks are constantly coming and going, some only hanging around for a night or two. I myself arrived two days after the official start. Perhaps that’s why the rally drew so many more folks this year, the longer length giving more people the opportunity to come even if only for part of it.

On the last night of the rally, Valentine’s Day evening, I’m typing at the computer when I look out of the Casita’s rear window and see the clouds to the east lit up with a pinkish glow. Oh, this is going to be good! I grab my phone and head outside for the show.

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Colors have not been edited

The colors start out pastel pink and peachy and get more vibrant as they march across the sky from east to west, following the setting sun.

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By the end the western horizon is a harsh mass of yellow and orange nearing on red that looks a bit ominous against the quickly darkening landscape. What a sendoff! Next stop: Ehrenberg.

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Becky

At IO I teach people how to ditch the status quo and travel full-time before retirement, and share stories of my adventures (and misadventures) to inspire future nomads and armchair travelers alike. Included at no additional charge: seizing your dreams, living boldly, and making a difference.

13 Comments

  1. Dawn on February 17, 2016 at 11:14 am

    That was fun. My parents had a 5th wheel Scamp for 10 years before they died in 2004. My brother inherited it and camped a bit, and just sold it to someone that will tow it with a vintage truck. Your post brought back some good memories, though I never camped in it. Thanks for sharing.



    • Becky on February 17, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      You’re welcome Dawn, glad you liked this. I think it’s amazing that 5th wheels can exist in such a small package, they’re very cleverly designed.



  2. chuck on February 17, 2016 at 5:27 am

    awesome!



  3. Ron on February 16, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Wow!!! What a sunset. What new adventure comes next? Ron



    • Becky on February 17, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      You’ll just have to wait and find out Ron. πŸ™‚



  4. Rob on February 16, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    “I grab my phone and head outside for the show”. The world sure has changed… but your phone does than good photographs!



    • Becky on February 17, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      I don’t own a traditional camera Rob, all of the pictures on my blog were taken with my phone. Just can’t justify the expense when I can have one device that serves multiple purposes. πŸ˜‰ Glad you liked them!



  5. Kevin on February 16, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    With all those rigs there did you come across any mods at the Rally that you may want to do to your trailer in the future?

    Those colors of the sunsets and also the sunrises are one of the reasons I fell in love with the Southwest.



    • Becky on February 17, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      All of the mods Kevin! In a way it’s worse than touring a factory or scoping out a sales lot because I already know I like this type of trailer and everything I see I think to myself “gee, wouldn’t it be nice to have that?” haha. But I always have to keep my budget in mind so there’s nothing on the immediate ‘must have’ list. Getting shocks put on the trailer is probably the top thing I’d want to do.



  6. John & BJ on February 16, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Nice to finally meet you, Becky. Hope we cross paths again some day. The number I was hearing Saturday afternoon was north of 180. BTW, nice Scamp πŸ˜‰



    • Becky on February 17, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Oh, you guys do have a blog! For everyone reading the comments, this is the couple who’s Scamp I toured. You can click on their name for their blog or here: http://justfinding.blogspot.com/

      Yes, it was nice to meet up. I’m glad I made it to the rally as I got to meet several people in person that I’d only known online before. Hope you had a good trip to wherever you are now!



  7. Pamelab on February 16, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Hi, Becky – very nice pictures and the colors you captured are gorgeous.
    You have been more social lately and it sounds like you are enjoying that. I saw that Cherie and Chris have some photos with you and your boondocking experience.
    Ladder ball sounds like it could have been an ancient game, although this is the first I have heard of it.
    I always enjoy you blog. Thank you so much for all the good info and beautiful photos.
    Happy Trails.
    Pamelab in Houston.



    • Becky on February 17, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Normally I’m working/volunteering all year long so I’ve never been able to make it to a rally or gathering before despite the fact that I’ve been a full-timer 3 years. I’d been invited to several and finally had the free time this winter so I didn’t hesitate to do all that I could! This week is a quiet “for myself” week, I need my alone time after so much socializing, haha.

      Thanks for reading Pamela, glad you enjoyed this!



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