Towing Honda, Acura
In the April 2006 issue we reported a “Towable Correction” after a representative from American Honda Motor Company told us that none of the 2006-model Acura or Honda vehicles are approved for towing four wheels down behind a motorhome, including the Acura MDX and Honda CR-V. This was contrary to information we received earlier for the “Towables For 2006” article (January 2006, page 66).
American Honda has since clarified that the Honda CR-V is the only 2006-model Acura or Honda that can be towed four wheels down.
Telephone Number Correction
The April “Full Timers Primer” column (page 116) listed an incorrect area code in the phone number for Long Term Care Insurance Planners. For information about the group rate discount on long-term care insurance offered to FMCA members, call (800) 926-1282.
A Fine “Custom” Job
I had a new tile floor, new window shades, and a new front window curtain and slide rail installed in my motorhome by Custom RV Interiors, C8862, of Vancouver, Washington. I am happy to report that the work was excellent and was done on time and at the price quoted.
As happens in any remodeling job, especially on an older motorhome, there was a slight glitch on the slideout in relation to the new tile, which was not discovered until I drove the coach home. L.J. Ast, general manager of Custom RV Interiors, said that they would see that the problem was corrected. They never once suggested it was my fault.
If you need RV interior work done in a professional manner by a family-owned company that stands behind its work, I highly recommend Custom RV Interiors (360-576-1036; www.customrvinteriors.com).
Thomas Moquin, F177872
Skunk Train Correction
I appreciate your publishing my article “Take A Ride On The Skunk” in the March 2006 issue (page 112). Unfortunately, the editing of the article introduced a factual error that people familiar with the California Western Railroad might react to. The original Skunk Motor Car was not the M-100 as stated; rather, it was the M-80, which was destroyed in an accident several years ago. The M-100 was one of the three diesel motor cars purchased some time after the original M-80 was put into service. I checked my manuscript and, for once, can say I wasn’t responsible for this error. As a writer, I can appreciate the effort that goes into checking our work, but thought it wise to call this problem to your attention before someone else wrote in wondering where I got my facts.
The Sierra Railroad is working hard to keep the Skunk as one of the premier tourist train trips in the country. I am sure they appreciate your inclusion of the article as much as I do.
Gerald C. Hammon F275831
Silver City, New Mexico
Appreciation From Good Will-Hinckley
For years, the Good Will-Hinckley Homes for Boys & Girls has enjoyed a wonderful friendship with FMCA. Your support of our mission and youth is tremendous. From donations that result from your “Round-Up” program to extremely kind individual efforts, area and chapter contributions, and participation in our Ambassador program, FMCA members continue to make a significant impact on the lives of young people.
Each year in May, our high school seniors are invited to the Maine Wheels chapter’s banquet, which is held by chapter members who come here to beautify the FMCA monument. The students are presented with beautiful afghans that members put a great amount of time and heart into making. Last year a student invited a Maine Wheels member couple to her graduation the following month. The couple happily accepted, and we were honored.
So many FMCA members have visited our Hinckley campus and stopped to see the FMCA monument here as they pass through New England on their way to or from Canada.
Good Will-Hinckley is home to youth once caught in a cycle of conflict and loss. Before Good Will, they lacked a stable home, school, or network of support. Our youth have suffered pain in their lives that other young people elsewhere may never know or understand. Our heartfelt thanks go to all FMCA members for their support. It allows us to continue to provide needy youth with a safe environment in which to learn, grow, and flourish, and with numerous enrichment programs “” a combination that has helped create so many student success stories.
Thank you, FMCA members, for your friendship and advocacy.
Dr. Neil B. Colan
Chief Executive Officer
Good Will-Hinckley Homes for Boys & Girls
Editor’s note: As FMCA’s birthplace, the Good Will-Hinckley Homes For Boys & Girls has played an important role in the association’s history. In July 1963 a small group of “house car” owners gathered on the grounds of the school in Hinckley, Maine, to socialize, view an eclipse, and talk about creating a motorhome owners’ association. During that weekend, on July 21, FMCA was officially established. On July 4, 1994, 79 FMCA members, many of them Maine Wheels chapter members, traveled to Hinckley to attend the dedication of a monument that had been built on the grounds of the school to commemorate FMCA’s founding.