I think that those who are disappointed are like me; we go year after year and expect to see something different. Nothing different, just a bit less and less of the same thing...except the food graters
Tradition calls for us to attend Sat morning on opening day and fight the crowd. This year I think is was a third less on opening day, you could actually kind of waddle thru the tent. Years past, you took 2" steps.
But like others, we'll be back next year....it just takes about 3 days to spend three weeks there now.
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I can't think of anything pertaining to RVing that isn't available somewhere in/or around Quartzsite.
Also it is the "RV and Sport show". I think it's nice having a variety of different items on display.
As far as crowds, it sure appears to me that there are more people here this year then last year. We avoid the first weekend, and it sounds like more are probably also doing this. Our first day was on Monday after the first weekend and it took 30 minutes to find a parking spot. Also took about 20 minutes to get ice cream. (We need more ice cream vendors) LOL
As far as spending, our group is spending more this year then last year. We even have one in the group considering a RV purchase.
While there's always going to be folks who arn't happy with situations, RV shows, events etc. because it/they don't have what they want or sell what they want or need, Quartzsite is what it is. It's an RV event, that has vendors, PERIOD! Like the rest of the planet, the annual show has its issues. The cost of running a vendors site at that show seems to continue to go up and, for many of those vendors, it overtakes the ability to survive and therefore, they don't come back.
Also, as with many RV shows/events we've been to, sure there's lots of vendors/sellers that really don't have much to do with the RV lifestyle/equipment/etc. but, many of those vendors are there because the items they sell appeal to PEOPLE, not necessarily to RV people. Who cares, just walk on by a vendor if they're selling something that doesn't strike your fancy.
As far as "not as many people/rv'rs" showing up, while I don't count each and every RV, person, couple, etc., the tent, Tyson Wells, and more sure seem to pack in the folks. To us, it's just as tough to push our way through the crowds of the tent and more as it's always been. We approach Quartzsite from the west on I-10 and as we crest the hill just prior to the Dome Rd off ramp, we see, as we've seen for many years, A SEA OF RVs, in all directions from the main part of town.
We have been going to Quartzsite for about 5 years in a row now and yes, the same vendors are there, a few less maybe, and, yep, a few thousand "Harbor Freight" type tool booths, we still get a kick out of walking around, checking this and that out, and we still find things that we think we want. To tell folks who've never been there to not go or, even suggest it, because it has "depreciated", might be a bit, in my opinion, selfish.
Quartzsite is certainly not for everyone. But, if one has not been, and, is able to go there and experience it at least one time, I would certainly suggest you go there and form your own opinion. We may or, may not go next year simply because, as stated, we've been many times in a row now and the "newness" of it is wearing off. We'll see when next year comes around.
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Some people come to shop and expect to be entertained. We go to hang with friends, fly RC planes and helicopters (crash the plane more than it flew), and go into town AFTER there is nothing else to do. Those going expecting any more than that will always be disappointed.