“RV Products” Correction
An incorrect price was listed for the i-Antenna 300 from ANW Devices in the March 2007 “RV Products” column (page 48). The price of $374.95 was for the antenna itself, not for both the antenna and the LinkGauge kit. The LinkGauge kit costs an additional $124.95.
FMC regrets this error.
New Reader Input Column
The May 2007 issue will feature a new look for Family Motor Coaching. To celebrate, we’re introducing a new monthly column in that issue. It’s titled “Rear View” and will appear on the last page of the magazine. “Rear View” will be a compilation of readers’ answers to fun questions “” a magazine chat room. Every month we’ll share selected readers’ responses to a specific question “” their favorite travel sites, restaurants, activities, etc. Perhaps you’ll be able to use the information when planning your next RV trip.
So, join the fun. Send us your answers to the question below. Please limit your response to 150 words, but be sure to include sufficient information so that other readers can find the site mentioned (city, state/province, name of attraction, etc.). E-mail your response to email@example.com; type “Rear View” on the subject line. Or send it via postal mail to Rear View, Family Motor Coaching, 8291 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45244. Include photos if you wish (color prints or high-resolution digital images). Your first “assignment” is …
Describe your favorite fishing hole.
Museum Of Aviation Corrections, Updates
The January 2007 issue of Family Motor Coaching mentioned the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia (“Perry, Home Of The ‘Georgia Jubilee,'” page 74). I need to point out a couple of corrections.
The museum is located adjacent to Robins Air Force Base (not 7 miles east of the base), 10 miles east of Interstate 75 at Russell Parkway and State Route 247. People should use the new I-75 exit 144.
We now have over 100 aircraft and missiles, recently acquiring a B-1B bomber and the EC-135 aircraft that was the command plane for General Norman Schwarzkopf during Operation Desert Storm. We also proudly display the world’s fastest plane “” the SR-71, which set the world speed record of 2,173 mph in 1976.
Our Vistascope Theater no longer shows Flyers and To Fly, but we now show daily free films in the theater on past and present aircraft and the USAF Thunderbirds.
We have a new motion simulator on site ($5 a ride with 10 different ride experiences) and have great exhibits on the Tuskegee Airmen; the Flying Tigers; and World War II ace Robert L. Scott, author of God Is My Co-Pilot. We love motorhomes and have a large parking lot and picnic and playground area.
Come visit us!
Robert D. Dubiel
Director of Marketing
Museum of Aviation
Warner Robins, Georgia
Traveling With A Parrot
We are looking for some help and advice about taking a parrot across the border to Canada by motorhome. Two years ago we traveled by car and were hassled by both the Canadian and the U.S. border authorities because of our African Grey.
We’ve had him for 18 years now; he also has a chip but no band. After many hours of being delayed, we were allowed to go into Canada, and after being delayed coming back in, we did arrive home safely with our bird.
We are looking for replies from other travelers who have experienced border crossings with a bird and can give us the proper direction to make our next trip by motorhome to Canada a little less stressful.
There is no shortage of information about regulations for traveling with dogs and cats, but we have not seen anything about birds. I’m sure we’re not the only ones crossing the border with a parrot.
Judy Wiencek, F383840
New Port Richey, Florida
Editor’s note: We have searched the Internet, and it seems the “hassle” point is complicated. Your bird may be regulated by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). If it is, you may need a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before crossing the border. To learn more, call (800) 358-2104 or visit www.fws.gov/international/permits/pets.html.
A helpful guide from U.S. Customs is “Pets and Wildlife Licensing and Health Requirements,” available at http://www.cbp.gov. Type in the guide’s name or search under “pets.” It is a PDF document you can print out.
Canada also operates under the CITES agreement. For more information, contact the Canadian Wildlife Service at (613) 997-1840. To read their guide titled “Import of Personally Owned Pet Birds from the United States,” go to www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/import/birds_usae.shtml.
The general phone number for the Canada Border Information Service is (800) 461-9999. Call (202) 354-1000 to reach the Customs and Border Protection office in Washington, D.C.
Caravan Through Europe
Last year was a very good year for my husband and me, and we would like to share the highlight. We took a trip to Europe with European Motorhome Tours as our guide. We are so glad we were lucky enough to choose them. Husband-and-wife team Dieter and Gaby Weigelt showed us Europe in unforgettable, first-class style.
As longtime motorhomers, we knew instantly reading their initial brochure that this was the way we should go. Several years ago my husband had the opportunity to visit Germany and always wanted to return with me to share the wonderful experience. Well, we did Germany and so much more. Every single day of our trip (30 in all) was marvelous. The Weigelts’ professional planning and choices for campgrounds, side trips, walking guides, and, oh, those wonderful meals could not have been more perfect. We strongly recommend this team as the best possible choice for any European tour in your future.
Can’t forget to mention our fellow caravanners, too; they were all great.
Larry & Fran Wolfrey, F196217
Punta Gorda, Florida
That Big Sagebrush Sea
I just finished reading my February 2007 magazine. The article titled “The Sagebrush Sea” on page 116 by Lowell and Kaye Christie (“Window On Nature” column) did not mention that sagebrush is extensive in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and maybe other states.
I am from Montana and that state may have more sagebrush and sage hens than any other state.
T. Bear Brown, F340276
Fairfield Glade, Tennessee
Christies respond: T. Bear Brown is certainly correct that we left out some states from “The Sagebrush Sea.” While reading about the plant, we found there are seven distinctive sagebrush areas that make up the sea, but in combining them into our column we managed to skip a bit of geography.
According to the Web site www.sagebrushsea.org, the sea extends to at least portions of Arizona, California, Colorado, the Dakotas, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. And one government source even includes a small edge of Kaye’s home state of Nebraska.