Escapees Partners With Boondockers Welcome

RVers looking for an overnight place to park other than a Walmart, truck stop, or casino, now have another option, thanks to a new partnership between the Escapees club and Boondockers Welcome.

Boondockers-Welcome-logo-216x145Boondockers Welcome is providing Escapees members with a special discount to join their program and a resource to help RVers connect with other RVers who have a location for people to dry-camp for the night.

It might be in their driveway or a field on their farm. The view may be of amber waves of grain or of the McDonald’s parking lot, but it will be a free place to park where RVers don’t have to worry about idling truck engines, security, or that dreaded knock on the window at 2 a.m., according to an Escapees news release.

Boondockers Welcome offers an online community to make new friends and save money while RVers see the world from a local’s perspective.

RVers will have access to fellow members, be able to correspond with them securely, and accept their invitation to spend a night (or two) parked on their property.

Ideally, RVers will return the favor, extending a similar invitation to other travelers. But even if RVers don’t have a place to offer in return, they’ll be able to take advantage of the hospitality of others, saving hundreds of dollars in campground fees.

Escapees LogoA host membership costs $19.95 per year or $44.95 for three years.

A guest-only membership is $24.95 per year or $59.95 for three years.

Use coupon code 5OFF4SKP to save $5 off any Boondockers Welcome membership.

Use coupon code GIVE52CARE and Boondockers Welcome will donate $5 to the Escapees CARE Center.

Details

Escapees RV Club

Address: 100 Rainbow Drive, Livingston, TX 77351

Phone: (936) 327-8873 or (888) 757-2582 (toll free)

Website: www.escapees.com

Boondockers Welcome

Website: www.boondockerswelcome.com

Worth Pondering…

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.

—John Burroughs

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Top 10 Safety & Security Tips for RV Casino Parking

Numerous RVs are attracted to casino parking lots for their free overnight parking.

RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RVers looking for a place to boondock soon discover there aren’t places that allow free overnight parking. Most states discourage overnight parking at interstate rest areas, shopping malls ask RVs to leave at the end of the business day, and some 24-hour supercenters have posted “No Overnight Parking” signs. You can usually stay overnight at a truck stop, but their parking areas tend to be crowded and noisy with diesel engines running throughout the day and night.

Casino parking lots, on the other hand, are hospitable. Casinos welcome adult campers since they know they will likely receive additional business. RVers, in return, will enjoy a quiet, safe parking spot to rest for the night without being hassled. Since most casinos are open 24/7, security personnel are on duty throughout the night.

Following are the top 10 safety and security tips for free RV casino parking:

1. After you pull into the parking lot, check with security to verify that you can stay overnight in the parking lot and ask where they want you to park.

2. Limit your free overnight parking to a single 24-hour period. Some casinos will allow longer stays, upon request.

3. If there is no designated area for large vehicles, park on the perimeter of the lot. Do not take up spaces intended for cars. Casinos in crowded urban areas may not have space to accommodate RVs. Be sure to obtain permission before you park.

RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

4. Do not abuse the property owner’s hospitality. During our travels we have observed RVers who act as if they own the place and put out their awning, barbecue grill, table, and chairs. A parking lot is not a campground. Do not look like your are establishing residence! If there is adequate space, it’s OK to extend a slideout, but restrict your activities to the inside of your RV.

5. Do not leave your RV unattended overnight or for any extended period of time. This may seem like simple, common sense advice, but you’d be surprised at how many folks park their expensive units in a parking lot and then go off to visit friends for a few days. If you are inconsiderate enough to do this don’t be surprised upon your return to find your unattended vehicle has been towed away.

6. Be a good neighbor. Be considerate of others with your TV, music, and generator.

7. Keep your area clean. Pick up any trash you see whether it is yours or not. Leave the area cleaner than the way you found it.

8. Use common sense and common courtesy with your pets.

9. If the casino has a fee-pay campground as part of the facility, it is essential to check with security to inquire about your options for staying overnight. Some casinos will allow you to stay in the parking lot anyway. But there are a number of casinos that require you to pull into their campground if you want to stay for the night.

10. Give the casino your business. If you don’t gamble a lot, that’s OK. Casinos usually provide quality food in their restaurants, cafes, and buffets. Some have live entertainment, movie theater, retail shops, and spa facilities.

Boondocking at a casino is comfortable. You have your home with you so you can either walk or take the shuttle bus to and from the casino. If you participate in the gaming, you can play shorter and more relaxing gaming sessions with breaks in between. If you are averse to crowds, you can play at odd hours and avoid peak play times. And for couples, when one wants to play cards or slots and the other doesn’t, there’s no problem.

Boondocking at a casino is convenient. Casinos are located all over the country; many within a mile or two of an interstate exit.

Casino Camping by Jane Kenny
Casino Camping by Jane Kenny

RV-friendly casinos are listed in the popular guide, Casino Camping A Guide to RV-Friendly Casinos from Roundabout Publications. The new revised 2015 edition is now available from Camping World stores across the US, CampingWorld.com, and Amazon.com.

Written by Jane Kenny, Casino Camping A Guide to RV-Friendly Casinos features detailed information, locator maps, and directions to hundreds of casinos in 32 states. Learn which casinos have an RV park and which ones allow free overnight parking.

RV parks at casinos are popular among RVers because they offer modern, upscale facilities at reasonable rates. Boondockers seek casinos for a quiet, safe place to park.

And, of course, there’s the obvious benefit, boondocking at RV-Friendly casinos is free!

Worth Pondering…

I like to think of the world as a sort of a casino, except the house doesn’t have the advantage. If you’re smart, you have an advantage. It behooves you to place a lot of bets.

—Evan Williams

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Quartzsite Plans GRAND Gathering 2015

The 2nd Annual GRAND Gathering, the World’s Largest Gathering of Grand Parents and Great-Grand Parents, is planned for Quartzsite from March 6 to 8.

Grand Gathering 2015-Sponsored by the Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA), Grand Gathering 2015 will be a celebration of grandparents, great grandparents, and family.

The Grand Gathering 2015 is themed “The Legacy” and features creating important information to pass on to family members. Live entertainment, special events, food, and vendors complement the event.

The Legacy offers free seminars, which take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, to provide information about:

  • Creating a family tree
  • Family lore: Recording family stories to be related to current family members and future generations
  • Health History: Documenting the health conditions of various family members over time to facilitate informed, quality health care to younger family members
  • “The Five Wishes”:  Preparing key documentation for establishing individual health care directives.

ALL EVENTS will be at the Quartzsite Improvement Assoc. (QIA)

Friday, March 6, 2015

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Health Fair sponsored by La Paz Regional Hospital and La Paz County Health Department

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Legacy Activities (Family Tree, Family Lore Video, Family Health History, etc.)

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: Bar-B-Q Lunch

6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.: QIA 50th Anniversary Commemoration and Dinner (the people and major events involved in creating Quartzsite’s first non-profit organization will be capsulized in an evening of good food and fun)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.: Breakfast by QIA

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Legacy Activities (Outside tents)

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Craft Fair (Main Hall)

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: Bar-B-Q Lunch

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.: Quartzsite Senior Prom (Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra performs live; Bill Tole directing the orchestra and Nancy Knorr performing as a vocalist)

tgg-flyer-11-10-14Note: Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra Tickets Available; RESERVED ADVANCE SEATING ONLY; less than 500 Seats Available (Phone: 928-927-6325; office is open 9 a.m.-Noon)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Legacy Activities (Outside tents)

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: QIA Brunch

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Paul Winer Concert (Main Hall)

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: Community Church Service (Main Hall)

The Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) is the sponsoring organization for the Grand Gathering 2015 – The Legacy.  For the last 50 years, funds have been raised through QIA-sponsored activities to support the town of Quartzsite and local organizations by providing equipment and donations toward identified needs.

What is Quartzsite?

Quartzsite is located in western Arizona, 17 miles east of the Colorado River on I-10.

Quartzsite has been a rockhounders’ paradise since the 1960s.

Today, it is also attracts over a million and a half visitors each winter who converge on this sleepy desert town of 1900 people in a wave of RVs during the months of January and February when over 2,000 vendors of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils, and everything else imaginable create one of the world’s largest open air flea markets.

Major gem and mineral shows as well as vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors, and enthusiasts, making Quartzsite the place to be the first two months of each year.

Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra Directed by Bill Tole in Quartzsite, March 7, 2015
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra Directed by Bill Tole in Quartzsite, March 7, 2015

Worth Pondering…

Quartzsite = $400,000 diesel pusher motorhomes towing $40,000 SUVs looking for free camping.

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2015 Quartzsite Show Dates Announced

Quartzsite is located in western Arizona, 17 miles east of the Colorado River on I-10.

Nowhere on earth will you find such an assortment of “stuff” as you will at Quartzsite from mid-December to mid-February
Nowhere on earth will you find such an assortment of “stuff” as you will at Quartzsite from mid-December to mid-February © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

In 1856, settler Charles Tyson built a fort at the present site of Quartzsite for protection against Indian raids and to protect his water supply. Fort Tyson soon became a stopover on the Ehrenburg-to-Prescott stagecoach route. It had become known as Tyson’s Wells by the time the stage stopped running and the town was abandoned.

Quartzsite was established in 1867 and incorporated in 1989. A rock hunter’s paradise surrounds Quartzsite with agates, limonite cubes, gold, and quartz being just a few. Named Quartzite because quartz was occasionally found in the area, the name evolved to Quartzsite through an error in spelling.

Quartzsite has been a rockhounders’ paradise since the 1960s.

Today, it is also attracts over a million and a half visitors each winter who converge on this sleepy desert town of 1900 people in a wave of RVs during the months of January and February when over 2,000 vendors of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils, and everything else imaginable create one of the world’s largest open air flea markets.

Major gem and mineral shows as well as vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors, and enthusiasts, making Quartzsite the place to be the first two months of each year.

Quartzsite = $400,000 diesel pusher motorhomes towing $40,000 SUVs looking for free camping.
Quartzsite = $400,000 diesel pusher motorhomes towing $40,000 SUVs looking for free camping. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

In town, the Hi Jolly Monument honors the Arab camel driver, Hadji Ali, who took part in an unsuccessful 1850’s U.S. War Department attempt to use camels as beasts of burden in the desert. To the south rise the Kofa Mountains. Historic and scenic areas include the Spanish Wall, Crystal Hill, Tyson Tanks, and Tyson Wells Museum. South in the Kofa Mountains is Palm Canyon, a tight gorge and home of Arizona’s only native palms, reached by a steep but rewarding climb. Farther south is Castle Dome Peak.

Tyson Wells Show History

Tyson Wells began with an open lot where an RV Park was developed; the Sell-A-Rama Show started in 1978.

Soon Tyson Wells became known as a leading Rock & Gem Show in the United States. Later, additional land was acquired for more parking, and two more shows—Rock & Gem Show and Art & Craft Fair—were added.

the Hi Jolly Monument honors the Arab camel driver, Hadji Ali, who took part in an unsuccessful 1850’s U.S. War Department attempt to use camels as beasts of burden in the desert.
the Hi Jolly Monument honors the Arab camel driver, Hadji Ali, who took part in an unsuccessful 1850’s U.S. War Department attempt to use camels as beasts of burden in the desert. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Tyson Wells has something for everyone with the three shows in January and February, seasonal vendors, self-storage units, and an RV Park.

The Quartzsite Shows

Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show

The Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show attracts rock, gem, and mineral vendors from around the world and runs for 10 days in early January.

Dates for the Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show are January 2-11, 2015.

Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama

The Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama show occurs in late January and also runs for 10 days. The Sell-A-Rama has over 850 vendor spaces which equals roughly 2.2 miles of aisle frontage. You can find just about anything at this 25-acre show.

Dates for the 37th Annual Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama are January 18 – 25, 2015.

Tyson Wells Art & Craft Fair

The indoor Tyson Wells Art & Craft Fair takes place early February each year. One can find arts, crafts, hobbies supplies, jewelry, and lapidary supplies.

Dates for the Tyson Wells Arts & Crafts Fair are January 30-February 8, 2015

2015 Quartzsite Show Dates

You won’t want to miss the 2015 Quartzsite Shows!

January 1-February 28, 2015: The Desert Gardens Gem, Rocks & Mineral Show

This may sound crazy, but I am going back to Crazy Quartzsite again this year!
This may sound crazy, but I am going back to Crazy Quartzsite again this year! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

January 2-January 11, 2015: Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show

January 2-January 14, 2015: Prospectors Panorama

January 5-January 25, 2015: The Main Event

January 16-January 18, 2015: Blythe Bluegrass Festival

January 18-January 25, 2015: Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama

January 17-January 25, 2015: Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show

January 21-January 25, 2015: QIA Pow Wow Gem & Mineral Show

January 30-February 8, 2015: Tyson Wells Arts & Craft Fair

February 6-February 7, 2015: Quartzsite Quilt Show

February 13- February 15, 2015: Desert Bloom ATV Rally

February 13-February15, 2015: QIA Gold, Treasure & Craft Show

Worth Pondering…

Quartzsite = $400,000 diesel pusher motorhomes towing $40,000 SUVs looking for free camping.

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RV Boondocking Capital of the World

Quartzsite, Arizona, a Sonora Desert community 18 miles east of the Colorado River, on I-10, is the RV Boondocking Capital of the World.

Quartzsite = $400,000 diesel pusher motorhomes towing $40,000 SUVs looking for free camping.
Quartzsite = $400,000 diesel pusher motorhomes towing $40,000 SUVs looking for free camping. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The term boondocking, also known to RV enthusiasts as dispersed campingdry camping, or coyote camping, is used to describe camping in the midst of nature without the use of commercial campgrounds and hookups.

As you approach Quartzsite from any point on the compass, you begin seeing them approximately 20 miles away from town: clumps, groups, and temporary communities of RVs circled around common campfire rings like wagon trains of old. Many solo units also are scattered among the sagebrush. In early morning and late afternoon you will see tall, straight fingers of campfire smoke pointing upward from these campsites.

Hundreds of thousands of RV owners, enthusiasts, and dreamers descend on the flat, rocky desert fields surrounding the town. Folks come from all over the US and Canada to behold the wonder that happens in Quartzsite every January and February. They come for the warm sunny weather, and great deals—what more can you ask for?

As you enjoy your time at Q, you can also prepare for your next boondocking trip by getting tips on techniques and hotspots from all the new friends you’ll make. Plus with so many RV experts around if something does go wrong, help is just a short walk away.

Nowhere on earth will you find such an assortment of “stuff” as you will at Quartzsite from mid-December to mid-February
Nowhere on earth will you find such an assortment of “stuff” as you will at Quartzsite from mid-December to mid-February © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

You can find everything from geodes to GPS devices, and frying pans to dream catchers.  If you can’t find it at Quartzsite, it probably doesn’t exist!

The desert landscape is transformed into make-shift RV parks, little cities within a city. The streets have no name, but the purpose is the same—to boondock in the desert, rendezvous with old and new friends, visit the rock and gem shows and flea market vendors, participate in the Sell-A-Rama, wander the RV show under the Big Tent, and soak in the wonder of it all.

Quartzsite has become a mecca to visitors and exhibitors for rocks, gems, mineral specimens, and fossils during the town’s famous two-month-long gem and mineral show and flea market meet every January and February. From its humble beginnings the now-massive Quartzsite show has grown to epic proportions with vendors offering everything under the Quartzsite sun.

While in Quartzsite, check out the Hi Jolly Monument which honors the Arab camel driver, Hadji Ali, who took part in an unsuccessful 1850’s U.S. War Department attempt to use camels as beasts of burden in the desert.
While in Quartzsite, check out the Hi Jolly Monument which honors the Arab camel driver, Hadji Ali, who took part in an unsuccessful 1850’s U.S. War Department attempt to use camels as beasts of burden in the desert. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Be warned, though. Don’t come in the summer when nothing much happens. The gypsy-like encampment will have long disappeared. Vendors start packing up in mid-February and are long gone before the snowbirds migrate north and the intense desert heat becomes unbearable.

But come winter, everything changes as the small desert community bustles with activity. RVs by the tens of thousands camp helter-skelter on the BLM land.

Originally built by Charles Tyson, Quartzsite began in 1856 as Fort Tyson, then became a stagecoach stopover called Tyson Wells and this name still echoes in the annual Tyson Wells Rock and Gem show. A mini mining boom led to its renaming as Quartzsite.

What started as a small-town mineral show in the late 1960s in western Arizona has developed into a phenomenon that peaks in January by bringing more than 1 million people to the town of Quartzsite, where a huge RV show greets them.

The 2015 Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV Show will run January 17-25. In 32 years, the event has evolved into the largest consumer RV show in the US.

The show is heaven on earth for RVers. It’s a ton of fun with hundreds of exhibits, live shows, bargain products, and fellow RV enthusiasts. The fact that the desert is gorgeous and the temperature is in the low-to-mid 70s in mid-January doesn’t hurt either!

Quartzsite is a popular destination for snowbirds on its own but many come for a week or two during the RV Show. When the gates open on the first day, people are lined up for a quarter-mile at each of the two main entrances to get in. It fills the tent and creates gridlock.

This may sound crazy, but I am going back to Crazy Quartzsite again this year!
This may sound crazy, but I am going back to Crazy Quartzsite again this year! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Add to that the Pow Wow rock and mineral show and the Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama and Quartzsite becomes the third-largest city in Arizona for a brief time.

If you’re an RVer, Quartzsite in January is on your bucket list.

Quartzsite is a phenomenon, a gathering place.

Let the shows begin!

I’ll see you at the Q!

Worth Pondering…

Quartzsite = $400,000 diesel pusher motorhomes towing $40,000 SUVs looking for free camping.

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Quartzsite: Woodstock of the Snowbird Set

During our last visit to the annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show in January, we reminisced about how Quartzsite has changed over the last 16 years since our first visit and what future years might bring.

Major gem and mineral shows as well as vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors, and enthusiasts, making Quartzsite the place to be the first two months of each year.
Major gem and mineral shows as well as vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors, and enthusiasts, making Quartzsite the place to be the first two months of each year. Numerous food choices ensure you’ll never go hungry! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

If you pass through Quartzsite in the summer, not much happens. You will see flat desert, some roadside businesses, tumbleweeds, and that’s about it.

But come winter, it’s quite different. The flat desert bustles with activity. Something happens that is hard to believe, unless you have seen it! RVs by the tens of thousands camp in somewhat primitive desert conditions.

Many times I’ve tried to describe Quartzsite to people who haven’t been there, but it’s impossible for them to imagine.

As you descend the last pass into the valley, at first glance, it appears you’ve come across an unmapped city in the desert—there are thousands of small buildings spread out everywhere.

But then you realize that these are not buildings—they’re recreational vehicles of every type, size, and vintage. And wherever you look, you see them. It’s the Woodstock of the Snowbird set!

Nowhere on earth will you find such an assortment of “stuff” as you will at Quartzsite from mid-December to mid-February
Nowhere on earth will you find such an assortment of “stuff” as you will at Quartzsite from mid-December to mid-February © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Just where is this gem of a town? Quartzsite is beyond Hope. Heading west toward Quartzsite, you’ll go beyond Hope, Arizona.

Quartzite swells in population to over a million visitors, most of whom converge on the small town in a wave of RVs during the months of January and February.
So what is the attraction?

Well, it’s relatively warm in Quartzite during winter. And it also offers pretty inexpensive camping. But there’s another more important reason people descend on Quartzsite in droves. And it has more to do with geology than anything else.

Quartzsite has been a rock-hound’s paradise since the 1960s.

Today, over 2,000 vendors of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils, and everything else imaginable create one of the world’s largest open air flea markets.

Major gem and mineral shows as well as vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares to snowbirds, collectors, and enthusiasts, making Quartzsite the place to be the first two months of each year. You can find everything from geodes to GPS devices, and frying pans to dream catchers.

If you can’t find it at Quartzsite, it probably doesn’t exist!

Dates for the 32nd annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show are January 17-25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Dates for the 32nd annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show are January 17-25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

When we first went to the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show in ’99, the RV Pavilion was packed with big-ticket items like RV satellites, tow hitches, and companies offering to install a solar array on your vehicle.

Since then, the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show has boomed and last year alone it drew more than 150,000 attendees. It draws snowbirds from around the US and Canada; it’s now the Woodstock of the Snowbird set!

Looking ahead to future years, the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show will continue to grow and attract a more general crowd. Thanks to items like cheaper flat screen TVs, smart phones, and affordable solar arrays with charge controllers to power all your gizmos, it is easy to have all the comforts of home while you’re camping.

As RVing gets easier and more comfortable—and more boomers retire—even more people will dip their toes into the RV world, and what better place to do it than at Quartzsite?

Surprises await as you wander from vender to vendor
Surprises await as you wander from vender to vendor. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

As Quartzsite continues to grow and evolve, it will still be a wonderful place for RVers of all types to gather and relax with near perfect temperatures during the day and clear starlit skies at night.

Quartzsite is just 17 miles east of the Colorado River on I-10. From Phoenix, the trip to Quartzite is about two hours. It is also easily accessible from Los Angeles.

Dates for the 32nd annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show are January 17-25, 2015.

This may sound crazy, but I am going back to Crazy Quartzsite again this year!

The Woodstock of the Snowbird set is an experience not to be missed—and we think you’ll like it too!

Worth Pondering…

Quartzsite = $400,000 diesel pusher motorhomes towing $40,000 SUVs looking for free camping.

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Briggs & Stratton Introduces P3000 Inverter Generator For Tailgating

For many sports fans, it’s “that” time of the year.

Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series P3000
Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series P3000

College and professional football season equate to prime time tailgating season. Fans seem to be tailgating more than ever as Tailgater Magazine estimates that 50 million people tailgate annually in North America.

Each year, tailgaters compete for the biggest and best tailgates. Besides radios, blenders, and hot plates, it’s not uncommon to find big screen TVs, gaming systems, stereos, and of course, cell phone chargers at a typical tailgate this fall. All of this electronic equipment requires portable power to keep it running.

Briggs & Stratton’s PowerSmart Series P3000 inverter generator takes tailgating to a whole new level for sports fans that require a quiet, lightweight, and fuel efficient portable generator to power all of their big game tailgating essentials, according to a company news release.

“This fall sports fans can transform their part of the parking lot into a tailgating haven with the quiet, affordable power provided by the new Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series P3000 inverter,” said Eric Loferski, director of marketing for Briggs & Stratton Portable Power & Cleaning Systems.

“Along with its ability to provide super quiet power, the P3000 inverter is also lightweight, easy to transport and maneuver, has great run time and offers more power than the common 2,000-watt generator.”

The PowerSmart Series P3000 inverter generator delivers consistent power to run everything from the most basic tailgate essentials to higher-wattage items including:

  • Crock-pots (240 watts) and hot plates (1,200 watts)
  • Food processors (500 watts), small refrigerators (550 watts), and microwaves (1000 watts)
  • Blenders (1200 watts) and coffee makers (1,300 watts)
  • Big-screen and projector televisions (200-1,000 watts), CD/DVD players (100 watts), and radios (10 watts)
  • Electric griddles (1,500 watts) or an 8-inch electric stove (2100 watts)
  • Light bulbs (60-75 watts/each) and outdoor light strings (250 watts)
  • X-Box, Game-Cube, or Playstation (40 watts)
  • Cell phone, iPhone, iPod and iPhone battery chargers (5-25 watts)
Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series P3000
Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series P3000

For tailgaters who need even more power, the P3000 is the first and only inverter unit from Briggs & Stratton to offer parallel capabilities, enabling tailgaters to connect two P3000 units together for nearly double the power, yet still operating at very quiet levels, Loferski explained.

“With the P3000, RV enthusiasts can also power most RV’s HVAC units, while simultaneously keeping the lights on, charging cell phones, or using some smaller portable appliances,” he explained.

The P3000 is also the first in its class to offer the combination of a USB charging port, perfect for charging cell phones, which frees up an outlet to power additional items, he noted.

The StatStation LCD display provides information on how many watts are currently being used and provides maintenance reminders. The unit’s luggage-style, lift-assist transportation system allows for easy maneuverability by one person with its telescoping handle and a twin-handle for two-person lifting.

The P3000 is the newest addition to the PowerSmart Series, joining the P2000, a 2 kW inverter generator, which launched in 2010. The Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart P3000 Inverter is the next generation of quiet, affordable power, said Loferski.

Details

P3000 PowerSmart Series Inverter Generator

Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series P3000
Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Series P3000

Model Number: 030545-00

Featuring computer-controlled inverter technology, the P3000 continuously adjusts engine speed to deliver more efficient, clean and quiet power for your campsite, tailgate, or other power needs. With convenience in mind, this portable generator is loaded with features such as:

  • 2600 running watts/3000 starting watts
  • 2-person carry and luggage-style telescoping handle for easy mobility
  • Parallel connector port to connect two units together for more power
  • Smarter, quieter power safe for sensitive electronics
  • Ideal for powering lights, radio, TV, small appliances, laptop/tablets, cell phones

Briggs & Stratton Corporation

In 1908, an informal partnership was formed between inventor Stephen F. Briggs and investor Harold M. Stratton. This partnership eventually developed into Briggs & Stratton as it is known today.

Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment.

Its wholly owned subsidiary Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group LLC is North America’s number one manufacturer of portable generators and pressure washers, and is a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of standby generators, along with lawn and garden and turf care through its Simplicity, Snapper, Ferris, and Murray brands.

Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents.

Website: www.briggsandstratton.com

Worth Pondering…

The important thing is not to stop questioning.

—Albert Einstein

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GRAND Gathering Achieves Guinness World Record for Largest Human Q

In an earlier post on vogeltalksrving.com, we announced that the GRAND Gathering, the World’s Largest Gathering of Grand Parents and Great-Grand Parents, was planned for Quartzsite from March 6 to 9.

GRAND Gathering Achieves Guinness World Record for Largest Human Q
GRAND Gathering Achieves Guinness World Record for Largest Human Q

So many Grands and Great-Grands were expected, organizers hoped to set a new world record.

The Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) and Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite (PNQ) spearheaded plans for special events for this gathering.

The QIA are pleased to announce that over 600 people gathered at their venue to create the letter “Q” with people.

And earlier this week the QIA received official word that they’ve been accepted into the World Guinness Record for this GRAND Gathering Weekend Event.

A QIA member, John Hendrix, suggested the idea last winter and from there it blossomed into a fantastic weekend with the culmination of the “largest human letter Q” taking place.

“Many of the snowbirds already in Quartzsite for the winter stayed the extra time, just so they could participate and have bragging rights,” said Bernie Martin, who participated in the event.

GRAND Gathering Achieves Guinness World Record for Largest Human Q
GRAND Gathering Achieves Guinness World Record for Largest Human Q

“Word got out that the event was happening and there were RVers and snowbirds coming to Quartzsite from all over the southwest, on their way home for the summer.”

Quartzsite is a central gathering location for thousands of RVers every year. The spacious BLM land, great weather and central highways create a huge gathering of these “mobile nomads.”

Participants in this historic event can purchase an official certificate directly from The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® Store in London.

You will need to go to the official website of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® Store

select the top RIGHT area where it states in a Tab RECORD HOLDERS.

At this point you can select whatever type of certificate you would like to purchase.

You will need the following two (2) identification numbers to complete your purchase for this particular event.

Participant Verification code:

ID:131121-7121

Code: lmez5074LM

The QIA has the link to the Guinness World Records® Store on a special tab so it will open a new tab and allow you to go back and forth from this page and the Store page.

If you like, just copy each individual line and paste it into the correct section of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® form.

CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE!

A GREAT EVENT FOR ALL!

Worth Pondering…

Quartzsite = $400,000 diesel pusher motorhomes towing $40,000 SUVs looking for free camping.

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Go Power Introduces Flexible Solar Flex Panels

Go Power!, one of North America’s innovators of solar-based mobile power solutions for RV, marine, work truck, and over-the-road fleet vehicles, unveiled its new Solar Flex solar panels for the first time at the 2014 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Go Power Introduces Flexible Solar Flex Panels
Go Power Introduces Flexible Solar Flex Panels

The thin, flexible, ultra-high-efficiency Solar Flex GP-FLEX series panels are the breakthrough power generation component of the industry’s first practical solar-based mobile power and battery regeneration system, according to news release.

Solar Flex panels use high-efficiency monocrystalline cells to produce more power per square foot than any other flexible panel on the market, the company noted in a press release.

Unlike rigid solar panels, Solar Flex panels require no mounting brackets or framework, and at just three millimeters thick, the panels can be contoured to mount almost anywhere on a vehicle. The slender panels are aerodynamic and are engineered to be virtually indestructible.

The Solar Flex panels are clad in a tough, impermeable, marine-grade laminate and can be secured with fasteners through pre-cut eyelets or adhesively mounted to metal, rubber, fiberglass and plastic surfaces with parabolic bends of as much as 30 degrees. The panels are durable enough to walk on and can be affixed to horizontal body surfaces that sustain foot traffic.

A Go Power! solar work truck power system can be configured to generate a battery-charging range of 1.7 amps per hour to 100+ amps per hour.

The system is comprehensive and includes: Solar Flex panels, a solar controller that prevents battery overcharging, a complete wire harness system, an EX1050 absorbed glass mat (AGM) deep-cycle battery bank, a Go Power! pure sine or modified sine inverter, and heavy-duty AC power outlets that can be strategically located throughout the truck body, and in aerial equipment.

Go Power Introduces Flexible Solar Flex Panels
Go Power Introduces Flexible Solar Flex Panels

“We use traditional Go Power! inverter systems as standard equipment on a number of our mobile workshop capsules and fiberglass service bodies and have gained confidence in their system’s capabilities,” said Francois Boisvert, vice president engineering and new product development for Maranda Composite Truck Bodies

“We are looking forward to exploring a true no-idle power solution by running a pilot program using Go Power!’s new Solar Flex panels to reduce or eliminate idling.”

In addition to reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, soot accumulation, and diesel particulate filter (DPF) regeneration by making no-idle mobile power a reality, the system virtually eliminates the problem of dead batteries.

Today’s advanced vehicle electronics often rely on a constant flow of parasitic current to stay operational, depleting batteries whenever vehicles are not in use. The Go Power! solar work truck power system is designed to keep battery banks optimally charged at all times, so equipment is in a constant state of service readiness.

As a comparison to carbon-based systems, Go Power! encourages owners to view the vehicle’s battery as it would an auxiliary fuel tank. Amp usage is like fuel consumption, and in a conventional system the only way to recharge the battery is to use the vehicle’s alternator or DC chargers, which requires burning fossil fuels.

The Go Power! Solar Flex system has the ability to generate up to 100 amps of DC power per hour, and when combined with a Go Power! Inverter, the system can produce 1,000 watts of AC power per hour. Go Power!’s solar solution regenerates batteries without idling, without emissions, without noise and without the variable cost of fuels.

Go Power Introduces Flexible Solar Flex Panels
Go Power Introduces Flexible Solar Flex Panels

The new Solar Flex panels come in convenient 30-, 100- and 200-watt power kits and can be paired with a wide range of Go Power! inverters for a complete system.

Details

Go Power!

Go Power! by Carmanah Technologies is North America’s leader in mobile power solutions. Built for the hard demands of RV, utility, and fleet vehicles, as well as marine applications, Go Power!’s complete line of solar chargers, inverters, controllers, and power accessories deliver electricity where grid-power is inaccessible or unavailable.

Address: 250 Bay Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, V9A 3K5

Phone: (866) 247-6527 (toll free)

Website: www.gpelectric.com

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Everything you can imagine is real.

—Pablo Picasso

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The GRAND Gathering: World’s Largest Gathering of Grands & Great-Grands

The GRAND Gathering, the World’s Largest Gathering of Grand Parents and Great-Grand Parents, is planned for Quartzsite from March 6 to 9.

Quartzsite-tgg-shirt-graphicSo many Grands and Great-Grands are expected, organizers hope to set a new world record.

The Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) and Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite (PNQ) are spearheading plans for special events for this exciting four-day event.

John Hendrix, of QIA, brought forth the idea to help extend the winter season.

“I was just thinking, what we have most in Quartzsite are grandparents, so why not have a celebration for them?”

Hendrix began sharing his idea with others and the event has grown as more people and organizations learn of the plans.

The goal is for every club, organization, and charity to participate in a variety of events in early March while putting Quartzsite “back on the map in a positive light,” said Hendrix.

Many Quartzsite RV Park owners/managers are offering special discounts for The Grand Gathering.

grandgatheringThe event features food, seminars, sales, live entertainment, a 5K and 10k walk/run, and a classic car show.

Town-wide events being planned include a Senior Fair, AVTT Traveling Vietnam Wall, Antique Car Show, Concerts by Rex Allen Jr. and Paul Winer; GRAND Bingo events, a GRAND JAMboree, Town-wide Yard Sales, GRAND Breakfasts, 5K/10K Volkssport Walk, PNQ’s famous GRAND Rock Art Auction, fun-filled dances, and more.

The event starts March 6 with a library book sale and an opportunity to visit the AVTT Vietnam Memorial Wall at Desert Garden RV Park in Quartzsite. Rex Allen, Jr., will conduct a concert at the Quartzsite Improvement Association compound.

March 7 features town-wide garage sales and a “Grand Breakfast” at the senior center along with two bingo events. A jamboree with beer garden takes place at the Town Park followed by Paul Winer in concert.

March 8 offers a flurry of activity from a community church service, senior fair at Town Park , another “Grand Breakfast,” a 5K and 10K run/walk, and an Antique Show.

A rock art show is also planned along with dancing at the QIA. Harry Luge will be in concert.

Please Note: Previous postings on Quartzsite 2014 include:

Worth Pondering…

Quartzsite = $400,000 diesel pusher motorhomes towing $40,000 SUVs looking for free camping.

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