I am writing and publishing this on Saturday, June 15, 2013. The Summer Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR) starts this Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The time has come to finalize its location! Gloria, Judy, Dave and I have been searching the Coconino National Forest around Flagstaff looking for a camp-site and we finally found it! So this post is a map to it and I will move tomorrow Sunday, June 16, 2013 and will be camping on it. As of then, you can come camp with me there. These are my requirements for the RTR Campsite:
- Large enough for 20-30 rigs. This camp has lots of room!
- Easy to find. Anybody who can follow a map can find us!
- Good road into it. You will be turning onto Forest Road 506 and the first .4 miles are paved, then it is another 1.9 miles (2.3 total) of dirt road. Any vehicle can make the drive, but it is a little washboard. Just drive slow and you won’t have any problem.
- Easy enough for any size vehicle to get into. Plenty of room for your rig no matter how big!
- Good internet reception. Quite good!
- High enough elevation to stay cool. Since we are at 7500 feet, the temperatures should be in the 80s or at worst low 90s.
- Fairly close to town and shopping. We are 8 miles from a Walmart in Flagstaff, and only 1.9 miles of that is dirt.
- Beautiful! See the pictures!
After lots of studying maps, exploring and searching, we have a winner!! We found what I think is the perfect spot and so this post is to tell you how to find it. First, here is my home-made map to it. At the bottom of the post are other maps, including a Google Satellite.
If you are heading West on I-40 get off on Exit 190 and turn right. If you are heading East on I-40 get off on Exit 190 and turn left. That turns into Forest Road 506 and you want to stay on it the whole way. On the left is a subdivision of expensive homes, just ignore them and go straight. The first .4 miles are paved and then it turns to dirt for the next 1.9 miles for a total of 2.3 miles to camp. It’s very easy, but you do come to one “Y.” When you come to it you must turn left. It is clearly marked that if you go straight it is FR 515, so you want to turn left and you will see a signpost saying it is FR 506. We are just a little ways past that on the left. I will have a large sign out saying RTR.
Once the road turns to dirt, it is legal to camp anywhere along it as long as you stay within 300 feet of the center-line of the road. So you can come camp right in camp with us, or if you prefer, you can camp further away and just come visit with us. Your choice! To know how far you are off the road, start at the center of the road and take 100 long paces; that’s about 300 feet on average.
Here are some things you should know about the RTR:
- We are under a fire-ban—you MUST NOT build a fire! If you do, I will ask you to leave. If you refuse, I will leave you and move the whole RTR away from you.
- No permits are required.
- Dogs are welcome; they need to be under your control.
- Nothing will be provided! You need to bring everything you need, with you. There will be no water, showers, plumbing or trash disposal.
- Flagstaff is a large town with everything you could need and it’s close-by
- It’s all free, there is no charge.
- We have internet and cell phone coverage if you have Verizon.
- The weather should be great. But come prepared for cool nights, hot days and rain just in case. Come prepared for insects as well. The Arizona sun can quickly burn you to a crisp so a hat and sunscreen are almost
I am planning two community meals.
- The first will be June 22, 2013. It will be a canned chili dinner. Everybody should bring a can of chili, pound of hamburger, onions, or canned tomatoes and we will throw it all into a huge pot and heat it up. It might sound awful, but it has always turned out great!
- The second will be Saturday, June 29, 2013 and it will be a canned soup dinner. It is just like the chili dinner except bring a can of soup. Please try to bring a can of thick soup like Campbells Chunky or Progresso or some other meal replacement soup. As an alternative bring fresh, chopped, vegetables. If they aren’t chopped, don’t bring them.
Come and have a great time meeting like-minded-people, share what you know, and learn from others!