TCA Quartzsite Rally Sets Record with 332 Truck Campers
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an excerpt of a report by Michael Smith of Truck Camper Adventure.
The 4th Annual Truck Camper Adventure (TCA) Quartzsite Rally is now in the books with a record 332 truck camper rigs present. A total of 592 owners from 46 states as well as from Canada, Mexico, and Israel attended the big four-day event. Without a doubt, the 2023 rally was the largest truck camper rally ever held, surpassing last year’s TCA record of 245 truck campers.
The itinerary consisted of workshops and classes, live music, a truck camper open house, a Q&A session, and a huge Saturday evening raffle with over two dozen sponsors. The grand prizes consisted of two lithium batteries donated by Battle Born and Expion360, a 2,200 watt generator, a Truma AquaGo Water Heater, a King Dome RV Satellite Dish, and a Jackery 1,500 watt lithium power station. A trophy was also awarded to the owner of the best rig at the rally.
The annual rally is hosted by Truck Camper Adventure, an online magazine covering all types of truck campers including, slide-ins, chassis-mounts, truck toppers, and camper shells. The magazine, which focuses on overlanding and boondocking, is run by Michael (Mello Mike) and Karen Smith. The magazine’s readership is 3 million per year.
“Yes, the rally is a lot of work for the two of us, but the positive feedback we get makes it totally worth it,” explained Mello Mike, Truck Camper Adventure founder and senior editor. “We love this event and look forward to doing it every year. Yet, we couldn’t have done it without the generous help of both volunteers and sponsors. Volunteers taught classes, helped with parking and security, issued name badges, and even picked-up trash after the event. The great thing about the rally is the community atmosphere and the vibe. In spite of its size, we really try and make the atmosphere friendly and relaxed.”