Musings About the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous

Now that’s it’s over, I want to consider what this event means.

1. Philosophy – Bob Wells, the man who created this gathering, is a gentle, kind man whose motto of living is “if you don’t like the rules of society, don’t live by them”. He has been living by his own rules for more than 20 years. He lives in a van, works as a camp host, has a website, and loves his life. The Rendezvous is his way of passing on his expertise. Check out for the rest of his story.

I have adopted the idea of minimalism in order to live comfortably on the road. I also believe that treating others as you want to be treated is the only way to survive as a human being.

2. Organization – The camp is Bob’s regular winter spot and he invites anyone who wants to learn about living on the road to join him. He holds seminars and classes on all types of things you need to know about living on the road. He encourages anyone attending to create a class, or lead a hike, or set up a group discussion.

I appreciated the structure of the event and the informality make it fun.

3. Classes – He started the classes because so many newbies started coming he had to find a way to teach them. Classes include everything you need to know, from finding a place to boondock to methods of cooking without a kitchen to health and safety issues. And if you need to know something else, all you have to do is ask someone.

I attended almost every class and group discussion. I learned a lot and enjoyed myself immensely.

4. Location – The desert west of Quartzsite, AZ. Boondocking on BLM land.

I found out I don’t really like the desert. It’s COLD in the winter. And it aggravated my sinus cough. I need trees and rivers.

I am so glad I went to the rendezvous. I needed some encouragement to get out of my solitude and into the world. And this was it. I met many people who I admire, made a few good friends, and learned more about myself than I have in the last 10 years. I believe I’m ready to get back to writing and get those books published.




5 thoughts on “Musings About the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous

  1. Thanks for writing this!
    I’m also a trees & water person too. I honestly look at the desert & dust & almost reflexively asphyxiate (vide infra).

    Your post touched in one of my concerns (which I’m sincerely trying NOT to use as an excuse), which is the respiratory quality that I would experience as a lifelong asthmatic (asthmatic bronchitis at age 6 month old, then asthma onward)(with some allergy issues).
    I don’t allow it (asthma) to dictate my life course, but I am not chasing down opportunities to aggravate it, either.

    My research indicates that the general desert/Southwest area is not good for respiratory conditions (that there are even molds/fungi concerns, per some websites medical practices specializing in pulmonary/respiratory concerns).

    I’m honestly getting a bit depressed in that it seems that most full timers spend summer in the trees/green/waters environments (state/federal parks), then migrate to the desert for winter (dust/mold/fungi).

    Given your experience at RTR – how do you think that someone with dust-triggered respiratory issues could do in the area for winter?

    Thanks in advance! ☺



    • I would not recommend it. Although I did not notice any dust in the air, I’m sure it got circulated just by walking around. Maybe you should consider the southeast for winter living, although there is not much public land there for free camping.


      • Thanks very much for your kind response!
        I was thinking that this might be the case- or that I could handle it in small doses, at best.
        Cape Coral FLA is supposedly the #1 best spot for asthmatics, but suspect that free camping may be challenging to find around there (near Ft. Myers, Captiva and Sanibel Islands).
        Not trying to live my life as a medical diagnosis, but I also know that things can ‘go south’ quickly if an asthma attack hits.
        Just trying to find my best place to ‘go south’ without ‘going south’! 😉
        Thanks again!


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