Thousands of visitors will make their way to Florida during the months of December, January, and February to take part in a ritual dubbed “Tailgate Tourism” by VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official source for travel planning.
According to VISIT FLORIDA, tailgate tourists are those who visit a community for a sporting event and then travel beyond the stadium on their vacation. And this season thousands of pigskin partisans will flood into Florida to be part of six major football games that will be played in the Sunshine State.
The lineup of games includes five college bowls, including the Orange Bowl, where the University of Oklahoma and the University of Southern California will play for the national championship on January 4, 2005, at Pro Player Stadium in Miami.
Wind ‘N Go FlashlightThe Wind ‘N Go Flashlight from Max Burton by Athena is a rechargeable unit that never requires batteries, making it an ideal accessory to keep in a motorhome, towed vehicle, garage, or stationary home in case of power outages.
Crank the flashlight’s wind-up arm for one minute and the unit’s rechargeable lithium battery will be charged to 80 percent capacity, enough to generate at least 30 minutes of lighting power. The Wind ‘N Go Flashlight, which is equipped with three light-emitting diodes (LEDs), can be operated on either high (three LEDs) or low (one LED) illumination levels.
FMCA’s next international convention will take place in a town known for its proximity to a number of great Southern attractions.
FMCA members will find an ample supply of Southern hospitality and charm in Perry, Georgia. From the unusual, quaint shops of the downtown district to the hustle and bustle of the state-of-the-art Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, FMCA members are sure to experience enjoyable moments during their visit.
Perry is promoted as the “Crossroads of Georgia” because of its advantageous location just off Interstate 75, approximately 25 miles south of Macon.
No matter where we travel, FMCA family motorhomes are instantly recognizable to members and nonmembers alike by our “goose eggs” â€” the white-on-black, oval-shaped plaques displayed prominently on our motor coaches.
Each pair of plaques bears a unique member number. That means more than 350,000 of them have been turned out since Family Motor Coach Association was founded in 1963.
Effective January 1, 2001, FMCA contracted with MEDEX Assistance Corporation to provide active family and life members with coverage under the MEDEX PLUS Program. This program helps traveling members to effectively manage the complexities and expenses of out-of-area medical and travel emergencies.
As any traveler will tell you, the need for good telephone communication is heightened when the road beckons. To help enhance enjoyment of life on the road and provide peace of mind to members, FMCA began offering an emergency telephone message service in 1982.
What to do about the mail is always a concern for the traveling family. Motorhomers who enjoy extended summer trips or winters in warmer climes and full-timers who travel wherever the winds may take them are especially aware that keeping up with the mail can be a source of frustration and worry.
FMCA’s mail forwarding service* was instituted as a member benefit so that families might enjoy their travels without having to worry about when and where they would receive their mail.
FMCA members who wish to sign up for this service are asked to follow the procedures listed below to ensure uninterrupted mail service once they depart.
When I first heard about Recipes From The Road, which was described as a combination cookbook and travelogue, I was intrigued. My wife, Linda, and I enjoy cooking together and, not surprisingly, since we have been FMCA members since 1982, we also enjoy visiting new places.
The president of the United States gives a yearly “State of the Union” address. Along this line, in last January’s issue, I wrote an article titled “State of the Association” to inform you of the status of the Family Motor Coach Association from my viewpoint as the association’s president.
Each year as I write this column for the January issue of Family Motor Coaching magazine, I try to entice readers to turn to the member benefits section in this magazine and become familiar with the benefits that are available to you as a result of your membership in FMCA. This year the “Member Benefits Guide” begins on page 186.
The telephone number noted in “Enter The Freedom Machine” (November 2004, page 86) for Winnebago Industries’ Special Vehicles division has changed. The correct number is now (800) 492-9135.
Tiffin Recall Clarification
The November 2004 “Recall Corner” included NHTSA recall 04V383000 (page 28), which involves buckle assemblies on Amsafe seat belts installed in some 2004 and 2005 Tiffin Allegro, Allegro Bay, Allegro Bus, Phaeton, and Zephyr motorhomes.
Q: I want to tow a new Volkswagen Beetle with a manual transmission four wheels down. Are there any speed restrictions? What fuses or wires can be disconnected to stop the odometer and headlights?
Ted Smook, F330084
Ruther Glen, Virginia
A: When we have compiled our annual towing surveys in recent years, Volkswagen has indicated that it does not recommend towing any of its vehicles.
As the staff of the Six-State Rally Association began arriving at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, Louisiana, on September 13 and 14, 2004, to start setting up for the South Central Area’s 31st Six-State Rally, it looked as though an unwanted visitor might be making an appearance in the area. Ivan, a strong category 3 hurricane, appeared to be headed right toward Gonzales by way of New Orleans.
Fifteen years ago, a group of Pace Arrow motorhome owners got together to form the California Pacers chapter of FMCA. We started with 40 charter member families, and three still remain active in the club: Roger and Shirley Clark, F106016; Don and Ester MacDonald, F114045; and Patricia Nelson, F42570.
Fun is the main focus of our chapter, as we have so much at every rally.
Who needs a recipe? When your cupboards are stocked with shortcut ingredients that contribute a bouquet of flavors, you may need only a few items to create a sophisticated, delicious recipe. Here are some ideas:
Mexi-jon Pork Chops
Using cooking spray, lightly grease a baking pan that will hold the number of pork chops you will need to feed your crew.
Many questions arise around the campfire when the subject of batteries is discussed. What is the best type for RV use? What brand is the best? Should we buy the most expensive battery with the best warranty, or the least expensive battery with the largest capacity?
In short, there are no concrete answers â€” only opinions, and the opinions often are voiced by an expert who has a profit motive, prompting me to consider the advice with a bit of caution.