I was disappointed it wasn’t included in the article. The chapel is on the grounds of the Rustic Barn RV Park, in case readers are in the area and would like to see it.
Leroy Nunn, F333488
Queen Creek, Arizona
Tire And Weight Safety
I noted the discussion about tire aging and tire date codes in the “Tech Talk” column in the April 2009 issue (page 24). The Recreation Vehicle Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF), formerly known as A’Weigh We Go, has been presenting a seminar that covers the topic of tire and weight safety in great detail at events all across the United States, including FMCA conventions and some area rallies. RVSEF, in conjunction with the FMCA education program, has been bringing this information to rally-goers since 1993. In addition, in-depth information is available at the RVSEF Web site, www.rvsafety.com, and the subject of tire and weight safety also is covered in RVSEF’s nine-part RV Safety Education Program, which includes written materials and DVDs. The safety program is available at www.rvsafety.com and also is available for sale at the RVSEF booth at FMCA conventions. RVSEF has worked extensively with all the tire manufacturers to bring factual tire information to the RVing public.
RVSEF will be presenting its tire and weight safety seminar and offering motorhome weighing services to FMCA members at the convention in Bowling Green, Ohio, this July. In addition, RVSEF will be presenting seminars at the RV Lifestyle, Education & Safety Clinic in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, September 13 through 16, 2009. For more information, visit www.rvsafety.com or call (321) 453-7673.
Executive Director, RV Safety & Education Foundation, C5999
Merritt Island, Florida
Don’t Forget The Helmet
In my view, you used very poor judgment publishing a photo of people on bicycles who were not wearing safety helmets (“Rear View,” April 2009, page 128). In most states, that would be illegal. Even where it is legal, it shows poor judgment because of the potential for injuries.
Ralph Kiefer, F183204
Editor’s Note: One Web site that lists bicycle helmet laws by state is www.iihs.org/laws/helmetusecurrent.aspx (which also lists motorcycle helmet laws). It appears that in many states, the bicycle helmet laws apply primarily to minors. However, we recognize the safety benefits helmets have for riders of all ages. Thank you for pointing this out.
More Radiator Cleaning
Regarding the May 2009 “Readers’ Forum” mention of the replacement breather tube for Caterpillar engines (“Obtaining Diesel Radiator Cleaning Part,” page 18): Make sure you order the correct tube for your engine. The part number quoted in the letter does not fit all Caterpillar engines. The last 6 digits of your VIN number will be necessary to identify the correct part number for your engine. For example, the correct number for a C-7 engine is 01-29990-000. These are available from Freightliner.
Dave Trapp, F358625
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I learned the hard way about the “slobber tube,” as it is called, which expels excess oil in front of the radiator. After a couple of overheating bouts, I discovered the source “” a short tube that ends in front of the radiator. I cleaned the radiator with grease remover, flushed the grating from behind with a hot water hose, and bought a 15-inch length of heater hose, which I attached to the end of the slobber tube and directed it down and away from the radiator. All problems solved, and for about $1.30.
Horace Searcie, F301360
FMCA Mail Forwarding
Regarding the letter “GPS Comments” (May 2009, page 18), I have a Magellan 4040 with AAA TourBook. It comes in handy, because instead of carrying around a lot of maps, it’s all there at a touch of the finger.
Although no GPS will be perfect, as it strays away from where you are going, it does give you a constant location as to where you are. Also, with a touch of the finger, it gives you your latitude and longitude, and the speed at which you are traveling.
Of course, this must be used with your copilot’s help, because safety comes first, if you’re also in charge of the wheel.
Don Fuller, F338832
More Favorite Routes
I take issue with the routes chosen in the June 2009 “Baker’s Dozen” column titled “Road Trips” (page 80). I have done most of them, and I hate seeing the beautiful Overseas Highway overlooked (it’s in the Florida Keys), as well as my favorite, the Alcan (Alaska) Highway. I am sure other readers will agree and will want to add their favorites.
Charles L. Bateham, F7416
Fleetwood Comes Through
I received my May issue of Family Motor Coaching while I was at the Fleetwood factory service center in Decatur, Indiana. One of the articles that caught my attention was the very informative one titled “Current State Of The Motorhome Industry” (page 42). It included a discussion of manufacturers who have bankruptcy protection and how they are handling warranty issues. The service I just experienced with Fleetwood has been excellent and way beyond my expectations.
Because of the cutbacks in effect at the Fleetwood facility, my service adviser, Shane Riley, operated with minimal staff and minimal hours, yet still provided excellent service and professional advice for all my concerns. I cannot remember the names of alI the technicians who worked on my coach, but the main tech was Rick. Shane and Rick’s knowledge and their ability to know exactly how to correct the problem were outstanding.
I am sure when the smoke clears on-our current economy, Fleetwood will emerge leaner and stronger. I hope those of us who have experienced service during these conditions will remember and show our appreciation by purchasing another Fleetwood product.
Dennis Valy, F311321
FMCA Mail Forwarding
Bounder Diagram Needed
I am looking for a full wiring diagram for a 2001 39Z Fleetwood Bounder. I have been told by dealers it is impossible to get, and am unable to through to the right person at Fleetwood.
Any direction would be greatly appreciated.
Bill Merry, F230663
517 Genie Davis Drive
Maryville, TN 37801