Remembering Jim Hodge
In the November 2008 issue of FMC was a lovely article about one of FMCA’s founders, Jim Hodge (“Jim Hodge Was Proud Of His FMCA Roots,” page 32).
Jim was a member of our chapter, Perfect Circle, which celebrated its 20th anniversary at a rally in 2007. I had the opportunity to interview Jim before he left the rally that weekend. FMCA members who wish to hear Jim’s reflections about FMCA should visit the Perfect Circle Web page (www.perfectcirclefmca.ca). Click on Photo Gallery; then, click on “2007 Jim Hodge interview Part 1 and Part 2.”
Jim was a kind person and he loved FMCA, and we shall miss him.
Harry & Alice O’Neill, F266975
Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada
Count those axles
This could be filed under “Fool me once.” My wife and I are new to motorhoming (in our second year), and on our way to Florida we paid a road toll. I thought it was the correct amount, but my wife remarked about how expensive tolls are for motorhomes. I explained we paid by the axle, and then I realized that the guy in the car behind us was following so closely that the toll-taker thought we were towing him, and had charged us for his vehicle also.
Needless to say, that will not happen again!
Mike Sawicki, F401816
North Massapequa, New York
A cabinet top to match
My wife and I seldom used the easy chair that came with our motorhome and decided to replace it with a floor cabinet that matched the décor. We purchased a cherry cabinet through a local home improvement store, but we had a hard time finding someone locally who would match and fabricate the solid-surface countertop.
We eventually found Brandon Wing, operations manager for R.D. Wing Co. Inc. in Kirkland, Washington. We sent him a photo of the kitchen counter and provided him with the dimensions for our new cabinet top. He went to work, and we received the new cabinet top in approximately two weeks. The job was absolutely perfect.
Mr. Wing is methodical and conscientious about his work, and it was a pleasure to deal with him. The R.D. Wing Co. Inc. is at 11809 N.E. 116th St., Kirkland, WA 98034-7105; (425) 821-7222.
Keith J. Lindholm, F368462
Miami Lakes, Florida
Honest, reliable service
On our second day of travel heading south from New Hampshire, our motorhome experienced steering problems that appeared to be related to the brakes. We really did not want to travel farther without having them checked. We were spending the night at Harrisburg East RV Park in Pennsylvania, and the very nice people there recommended Jeron Enterprises as a very honest company. Jeron worked us into their schedule the very next day, charged us only two hours labor after working on our RV on and off all day, and had us on the road again the next morning. They emphasized that they did not want us to incur unnecessary charges if the problem could be fixed without replacement parts.
If you are in the Harrisburg area and need service, we highly recommend Jeron Enterprises (717-230-9500) as a friendly, honest, and reliable company.
Paul & Patricia Duplessis, F393895
Nashua, New Hampshire
Lights out, chimes in
In the past couple of years I have noticed an upswing in RVers bringing along wind chimes that they hang outside the coach at the campground. I have several at home and enjoy them, but in such close quarters, it is not considerate of your fellow travelers to have them banging around all night.
We all need to think about how our actions affect others when we are out and about. Please consider bringing wind chimes inside at night.
Martin Menard, F304270
Thanks, Progressive Industries
A couple of years ago I installed a 50-amp hardwired surge protector from Progressive Industries in our motorhome. We were planning a trip to Alaska and didn’t want any electrical surprises. Our trip was great and went off without a hitch. But then on a recent local trip, we plugged into the electrical service and got nothing. I worked on it for close to an hour and decided it had to be the surge protector. After several attempts we finally got service and enjoyed the rest of the weekend.
I called Progressive Industries in Morris, North Carolina, and they were very helpful. Robert said he would send out a new circuit board. I installed the new board and it works perfectly.
If you’re thinking about getting a product of this nature, I highly recommend Progressive Industries. The service we received was fast and friendly. It’s good to know there are still companies out there that stand behind their product 100 percent.
For more information, contact Progressive Industries, www.progressiveindustries.net; 919-462-8280.
Roger Smith, F176713