When Terry and Michelle Guinn first saw the 1999 Ultimate Freedom diesel pusher that eventually would be theirs, they immediately fell in love with it.
The Guinns and their family, which includes two teenagers and a pre-teen, spend much of their free time on weekends and vacations participating in outdoor activities such as boating, off-roading, and biking, depending on the weather and the time of year. They found that the Ultimate Freedom was the perfect vehicle for transporting their collection of “toys” and that it had terrific dry camping capabilities.
What it lacked, however, was adequate sleeping accommodations for the family and the friends their kids would bring along on most trips.
FMCA’s Executive Board is made up of the national president, senior vice president, secretary, and treasurer, along with the 10 area vice presidents. FMCA members were able to learn more about the four nationally elected officers when their resumes were published in the May 2003 issue prior to the election at FMCA’s 70th International Convention in Buffalo, New York.
â€¦ Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”
â€” Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863
This year the United States observes the 140th anniversary of the one event that turned the tide of the Civil War. To many, the Battle of Gettysburg is the most compelling and fascinating milestone of that war.
Every year, hundreds of people in the United States die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, and thousands of others end up in hospital emergency rooms from breathing this noxious gas. The statistics are regrettable, as most of these incidents could be avoided.
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that has no color, odor, or taste.
The medicine cabinet in our motorhome was quite wide, stretching from wall to wall, but its shallow depth and lack of a second shelf limited its usefulness. To increase its depth, I removed the cabinet from the walls â€” the motorhome’s walls actually serve as the sides and back of cabinet.
It is now possible to wash your vehicle’s windshield and refresh its interior at the same time. Wiper Breeze is a wiper fluid additive that combats in-vehicle auto odors, such as those from pets, smoke, food, mold, and mildew, each time the windshield washer is operated.
As product literature states, Wiper Breeze “allows you to turn your wiper fluid into an auto air freshener.” Simply pour a 1-ounce package of Wiper Breeze into the wiper fluid reservoir with the regular washer fluid.
Desert Shores Motor Coach Resort, C9627 â€” an exclusive 64-acre gated community of 141 waterfront sites in the Palm Springs Desert Resorts area of Southern California â€” reported a successful 2003 summer construction period.
Desert Shores developer Bob Lee, founder of Country Coach Inc., said, “We have been in the construction season for the past several months and will complete 24 custom casitas by mid-October, which will be in addition to 42 completed and sold lots. Our goal is to have half of the total sites completed this year.”
A “casita,” or “little house,” includes 750 square feet.
In 1989 when the PALS chapter was formed, members named the group by using the first letters from the words “Pace Arrow Lakers.” You had to own a Fleetwood Pace Arrow motorhome to join, and the “Lakers” part referred to FMCA’s Great Lakes Area, which is the chapter’s geographical scope.
Times change, of course, and as members replaced their coaches with other brands, they didn’t want to have to give up their friendships. So ever since July 2000, the PALS chapter has welcomed FMCA members who own any brand or type of motorhome, be it a type A, B, or C, or a bus conversion.
If you think about it, inviting the owners of a thousand big motorhomes to a rally; finding them nice places to park; providing electricity and ample space to deploy their slideouts and awnings; and keeping them happy for four days is a major undertaking. Then figure that there are typically two people in each coach to feed, entertain, and provide relevant RV information.
This was one of those unusual years for FMCA in terms of the national officer election that was held during the Governing Board meeting in Buffalo, New York, in that only one incumbent was running for the four available offices. National president Jeff Jefcoat, L118344, decided not to seek re-election because of health reasons.
Bernice Beard, F93208, and her husband, Paul, have been RVing for more than 14 years. During that time she’s accumulated a wealth of useful information through conversations with other RVers, reading motorhome- and RV-related magazines and books, and trial and error, resulting in a treasure trove of ideas that help to make the RV lifestyle more enjoyable.