Desert Rats and RV Rentals

Off highway vehicle at Glamis Dunes in Imperial, California

Way back in World War II, the 7th Armored Division of the British Army, stationed in North Africa, acquired the nickname of “the Desert Rats.” Americans of a certain age may be familiar with the TV series The Rat Patrol – which featured an anachronistic squad of Americans assisting in the North African campaign.

We like the term “Desert Rats” for folks who like to take their Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) out into the desert for some serious riding. For those of you new to the sport, ORV is an umbrella term. Under that you’ve got four-wheel all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motorcycles, as well as a few other vehicles we won’t talk about here.

RV Rental in desert with ATV's in Sand
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So, you’ve got a trailer with your ORVs all loaded up, but you want to spend more than a day out in the desert down in the southeast corner of California, outside Ocotillo Wells (the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreation Area); Glamis (the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area) or one of a dozen other communities nearby.

But you don’t want to go down there just for a few hours. You want to stay overnight at least, maybe even for the whole weekend.

Where are you going to stay?

All those communities down there are pretty small and there’s not a lot of accommodations.

Where can a family stay when there are no hotels available, or the location is remote? The solution is to rent a Delivered RV.

Dozens of people who own RVs are offering them for daily, weekly or even monthly rental. And best of all, you don’t need to know how to drive one of those huge RVs. The owner will drive his or her RV to the spot you specify (assuming it’s a legal spot to park an RV for a few days – they’ll verify that!) and set it up for you.

Then all you need to do is drive down to that spot with your trailer full of ORV, and “check in” to your RV for the length of your stay.

No hassle. No muss, no fuss.

A delivered RV rental just makes so much sense. Whether you’re going to the desert with family or friends, having your own personal RV to crash in (crash as in sleep, of course!) allows you to pay attention to getting your  ORVs down there – and then back home.

So, check out the Delivered RV rentals on offer in that region today.

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We mentioned the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area. There are 85,000 acres of desert here, which equals a ton of riding or “desert ratting” as we like to put it.

The Ocotillo Wells SVRA is under the charge of California State Parks. Other areas surrounding this SVRA are under the control of the Bureau of Land Management – like Glamis.

Glamis is a very interesting tiny town, for those who are interested in history as well as off-roading. Well, Glamis isn’t really a town, but an “unincorporated community,” with just a few inhabitants and a couple of stores. It’s interesting because it was named after a place called Glamis in Scotland, and so named by someone who was a Shakespeare enthusiast. The famous character Macbeth was “thane” (or ruler) of Caudor, before he went totally off the rails and usurped the throne of Scotland itself.

So think about that, and the Desert Rats of North Africa, while you’re enjoying your time in the southeastern deserts of California.

Here are some helpful links:

Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA)
Imperial Sand Dunes