Photos RTR 2015

As much as I love the amazing, wonderful people I meet a the RTR, the spectacular sunsets are a close second in what I love the most.

As much as I love the amazing, wonderful people I meet a the RTR, the spectacular sunsets are a close second in what I enjoy the most.

Well, here we are a week into the 5th annual Rubber Tramp Rendezvous,  and just like every year, I have to say it’s the Best One Yet!! I know I say that every year, but this times it’s true! Oh, wait, I also said that every year!Just when I think they can’t get any better, they do!

But, it’s not a competition, all that matters is that it works, and this year it’s working very, very well. We have by far the largest group ever, I don’t keep count but if I did I would guess it was well into triple digits. And everyone is so friendly and helpful I can’t describe it! Just this week alone I saw a  gas tank dropped an a new fuel pump installed, a new starter put in and a new steering box installed. And that’s just the big jobs, there have been many, many small jobs accomplished for people.

The classes are very important and for many people worth the rive all by themselves. Here Randy Vinning  is leading a seminar on Questions and Answers from the group.

The classes are very important and for many people worth the drive all by themselves. Here Randy Vinning is leading a seminar onfQuestions and Answers from the group.

Plus, at the many seminars new vandwellers are learning things they need to know to make their new lives the best they can be. We cover basic topics that will hopefully answer some of their questions and prevent them from making some of the easy mistakes we all make. Nearly everything I know I gained from doing it wrong first (sometimes more than once!) then finally figuring it out. One of our main goals here is sharing  that hard won knowledge and experience so others can avoid the blunders we made.

But it can't be all work, we have to have some fun too so we had a chici feed on Saturdayd and there were many, satisfied members of the tribe after that!

But it can’t be all work, we have to have some fun too so we had a chili feed on Saturday and there were many, satisfied members of the tribe after that!

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But best of all friendships are being formed and connections made that lets everyone know they aren’t alone in living this strange new life and that there are others out there that will be there for them and have their back. It’s incredibly gratifying to me to see so many people coming together and bonding because I know how important friendships are to me in living this life.

Part of the cooking crew who whipped up an outstanding meal! Many thanks to Peter who stepped in and took over leadership and made this the best chili we've ever had!  we had four kinds of chili: 1) hot, 2) beef, 3) vegetarian, turkey/chicken.

Part of the cooking crew who whipped up an outstanding meal. Many thanks to Peter (in the very stylish apron!) who stepped in and took over leadership and made this the best chili we’ve ever had! We had four kinds of chili: 1) hot, 2) beef, 3) vegetarian, turkey/chicken. All of them were delicious!

The dishwashing crew! Where would we be without them!

The dish-washing crew! Where would we be without them!

If at all possible, you should start planning now for how you can make it here next year, you’ll be glad you did!

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Bob
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I’ve been a full-time VanDweller for 12 years and I love it. I hope to never live in a house again!

40 comments on “Photos RTR 2015
  1. Openspaceman says:

    Bob_

    There are some colors in those sunsets that I long to see first hand.

    Nice job!

  2. jim says:

    Very nice pictures and looks like a lively crew glad everyone is enjoying there self thinks so much for the pictures i will enjoy them all year i bet the chili was good anything cook outside is always better

  3. CAE says:

    Very nice! What kind of temps are there right now?

  4. Man On Run says:

    Being a new full-time stealth camper in the city, especially an unfamiliar one can feel a bit strange Bob, but with the knowledge that you have been there, done that and also enlightened others gives me the confidence to buck the trend and do the unconventional too. Like the quote I came across recently says ‘Only dead fish go with the flow.’

    • Bob Bob says:

      Thanks Man on the Run, stealth camping can be done but it can be difficult at times, especially when you are just starting off. Just hang in there, it gets easier.
      Bob

  5. JudyMae says:

    We are planning on being there next year! This is a really great thing you organize.

    • Bob Bob says:

      JudyMae, it really has turned into something very wonderful. But the credit goes to the great people who come. They’re the ones that make it so special.
      Bob

  6. Christine says:

    Thanks for posting photos, Bob! I wanted to attend, but I’m busy taking care of family. I’m very much looking forward to attending next years RTR. Hope everything is going well!

  7. Pat Taylor says:

    I love your photos and I love the fact that so many are willing to help each other at these gatherings. Especially since I can imagine that many are without resources or abilities to accomplish what may seem impossible. It’s a good feeling to know help is available.

  8. jor says:

    Just for kicks i bet the fuel. Pump that u mentioned was a chevy mine went out while back ,glad u and all had a nice run. At the rtr fest happy new year to u

  9. Lightfoot says:

    Beautiful photos–not just the sunsets but those of the group caring for one another. A wonderful picture of what life can be.

  10. Greg says:

    Sorry I missed another one Bob, but I leave the rat race this July so I’m hopeful for 2016!
    Greg

  11. Carl says:

    Bob,
    Great pictures! Glad to hear that everyone had a great time. This may be a dumb question, but I after seeing the pictures of all of the camp chairs. I was wondering if you have any thoughts on the most durable camp chair to purchase? The ones that I have gotten from Wally World, just do not seem to hold up for long.
    thanks for any advice!

    • Bob Bob says:

      Carl, I’ve had good luck with a Coleman folding chair I get at Walmart. It’s the one made for big and heavy people up to 300 pounds. It’s held up well for me. I bought one and had it for 3 years and then the sun got the fabric but the frame held up well. The second one was stolen in Alaska and I’m now on my third one. I also have a hard plastic Lifetime folding chair. They are light and indestructible but not quite as comfortable.
      Bob

  12. Chris Carrington says:

    Thanks for hosting Bob. This is my very first RTR and am just so happy that I finally got to one. It is everything you described and more. I am sorry I missed the first week, but my plans went awry as plans on the road often do. Chris

    • Bob Bob says:

      Chris, I’m very glad you’re here and having a good time! I just wish I had more energy to meet and spend time with people. If you can come to Ehrenberg I’ll have more time and energy.
      Bob

  13. yolanda says:

    Thank you Bob, for putting together this amazing event.
    Gorgeous sunset photos!
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  14. WTXCal says:

    Great sunset shots! Bob, you hit the nail on the head talking about how important friendships are in life. I have been very fortunate to have as many friends as I do. Looking forward to more travels to make more. Does the wind blow constantly in that corner of the state? I’ve camped around Bullhead and it wasn’t too bad up there. Keep up the great work.
    WTXCal

  15. Marie Watts says:

    OK. My van is all set up. I’m retired, so no job worries. My dogs are ready to go camping or vandwelling. I just need to work up the courage to take off by myself. Lucy, (who commented on one of your other posts) has gotten me convinced to give it a try! So, I’ll be seeing y’all next year!!!

    • lucy says:

      Marie…Hi !!

      Good for U, I believe you have a great advantage over many ‘ vandwelllers-wanna-be’s ‘, U already ‘ know the ropes’, that’s probably 50% of game… If u’r health is good, U had it made.

      Go Marie, GOOOOOOOOO !!

      Lucy.

    • Bob Bob says:

      Marie, I honesty believe you are headed toward the very best times of your life!
      Bob

  16. Betty -Shea says:

    Looks like so much fun!!
    Wish I could have been there…MO/HO
    troubles got me.
    Next time…

  17. Casa de Wherever says:

    Bob has nurtured one heck of a tribe – full of caring, sharing and unique and
    very rewarding seminars, classes and yes, the sunsets are outta this world!
    T H A N K Y O U !!!

  18. Ed Armistead says:

    Dear Bob
    I wish I could just muster up the courage to do what your doing. I hate everything about where I live and what I do. How did you make the leap? I am terrified to stay with the way things are and terrified to jump. Most scary is being alone. Do you or anyone you know have a tag along/mentor program for a newbe/wannabe

    Your an Inspiration Bob

    Thank you
    Ed Armistead/The stuck one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bob Bob says:

      Ed, I totally understand! I was forced by a divorce and being broke into living in a van, but then I fell in love with it and never want to live in a house again.

      Can you ease your way into it? Maybe start by trading you car in for a mini-van and start taking camping trips in it. Make the trips longer and longer and you will start to get a feel for it and your fears will ease. You have almost nothing to lose and much to gain.

      Yes, you can join us in our camp which will make the transition much easier. We gather in the Arizona desert in the winter and you can come and camp with us and learn. We are gathering now and will be there until February or March. You are welcome to join us short term or long term.
      Bob

  19. Bill Rosser says:

    Hi Bob,
    Will be in Arizona in Jan. 2016. Would like to come to RTR. Could you tell me the dates and the location? Or direct me to the link where they are posted.

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