Rubber Tramp Rendezvous 2017 ~ The Burning Van

The Rubber Tramp Rendezvous of 2017 was a great success. Bob’s desire to help people live better lives regardless of their income level has proven to be a blessing for many. This year the number of people seeking advice was greater than ever before, because so many can no longer afford to pay rent and buy groceries and pay their bills, and Bob offers these folks an alternative way to live on a tight budget and still live well. Then there were a lot of people that came just to hang out and make new friends, the increase in the number of attendants was astounding. I’ve been so busy visiting people, sharing news and ideas, helping people and making new friends, along with keeping an eye on the free pile so it didn’t get too unruly, that I simply haven’t had time to do any posts, and I didn’t really take any pictures either.

What I did do, was record the Burning Van Celebration on the last night of the RTR and some of the Talent Show (another video).

This year Karen and Tony (the Burning Van founders) made the van out of plywood, and wrote new VAN lyrics to the old favorite “On the Road Again.”

You can view the celebration on my YouTube Channel by clicking here: Rubber Tramp Rendezvous 2017 Burning Van Celebration.

If you’d like to see how the tradition began, you can watch the original Burning Van Celebration by clicking here: Burning Van 2016 ~ A Tradition is Born

I’ll be writing a post about the 2017 RTR soon, so stay tuned.

Here’s a link to my post about my experience at The Rubber Tramp Rendezvous in 2016.

And here’s what I wrote and posted about the 2016 Burning Van Celebration (copy/pasted)

There was one special event towards the end of the rendezvous which was totally impromptu. Apparently someone had received a delivery in a huge cardboard box, and someone else decided to make use of the box. It was going to get recycled or burned anyhow, so this couple (Tony and Karen) decided to turn it into a big cardboard van. The idea was to have a BURNING VAN celebration, to mark the end of the RTR.

The van was taken around camp where people had the opportunity to put there mark on it. By the time the ceremony of the Burning Van came around, the box was covered in a variety of different quotes, artwork and signatures.


You can see from all the remarks what a great time this wonderful group of people had.

The couple (I’m so sorry I forgot your name, perhaps someone will remind me; I met so many people), also made up a little song to sing before the van was burned in the fire. It’s one of those songs that sticks with you for hours or days. LOL. Almost the whole camp came out to the final ceremony (but many had left by then).


I recorded it with my little pocket camera, so that quality isn’t great,  but I still have to warn you about that catchy little song….

click here to watch the BURNING VAN VIDEO on my YouTube Channel.

People enjoyed this send-off so much, that it was suggested that it should become a tradition, except that next time the box will be made of wood so that it doesn’t go up in a burst of flames so quickly.

You can see the difference in the number of people attending the Burning Van Celebration of 2016 and 2017, and it was only a handful of the actual number of people who came to the RTR.

I think that almost everyone who are in the images I took in 2016 returned in 2017.

I look forward to sharing good times with you down the road, and maybe at RTR 2018.

The Rubber Tramp Rendezvous was created to help people, and for Nomads to meet up and make new friends. Please share Bob’s desire to help people live better lives by helping anyone you can while you are traveling. Bob has probably helped you in some way, so please pay-it-forward by helping someone else in need.

See you over the horizon.

Roxy ~ A Nomad for Nature

3 responses to “Rubber Tramp Rendezvous 2017 ~ The Burning Van

  1. Pingback: The Rubber Tramp Rendezvous 2018 | A Nomad for Nature·

  2. Hi roxy… was fun to meet you! Hope the job at the tent worked out…i’m getting ready for mexico and a sea kayaking journey……i changed my email to christophermehling@gmail so hope to see your posts over there…..bye now c……


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