Greetings, FMCA friends. I would like to focus this month’s column on two important items. The first relates to the 65 percent of our Family Motor Coach Association members who do not belong to chapters. Chapter membership has its own rewards and benefits, just like your membership in the association.
Caravan Salon 2009 Enjoys Record Turnout
Organizers of Caravan Salon 2009, an international trade fair for recreation vehicles and camping equipment, reported record participation at this yearâ€™s event, held August 29 through September 6, 2009, in DÃ¼sseldorf, Germany.
Las Vegas Motor Coach Resort Clarification
FMCA has a huge following among our 407 site owners here at Las Vegas Motor Coach Resort, so I received a number of calls from our owners regarding an error that appeared in the September 2009 â€œRV News & Notesâ€ column (â€œSignature Resorts Acquired,â€ page 38).
I am writing to ask your advice about an accident I had June 7, 2009. I purchased my first motorhome, a 2004 40-foot Holiday Rambler Imperial, in April 2009 and used it on a couple of trips for about 3,000 miles. At the time of the accident, it had approximately 56,000 miles on it.
Fleetwood Names Indiana New Headquarters, Revamps Web Site
In July 2009, Fleetwood Enterprises’ motorhome division and Goldshield Fiberglass operation were purchased by private-equity firm American Industrial Partners Capital Fund IV LP. On August 19, 2009, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels joined executives from Fleetwood RV Inc. to celebrate the company’s plant reopening in Decatur, Indiana.
That is how we met Ed and Dorothy Casada, L1404, of Highland, Indiana. The Casadas, both 85, have been members of FMCA for 42 years, having joined in March 1967. They had purchased their first motorhome, a 27-foot Dodge, a year earlier, and some friends recommended that they join FMCA.
Some small towns in the Western United States became more captivating when their residents left. We call them ghost towns. Even though some brave souls still live in these desolate towns, many are completely deserted, while others have been turned into tourist attractions.Â
As you are traveling, or possibly as you are planning your travels, you can contact any of these identified members for assistance and support while you are on the road. I have heard wonderful stories of individuals who have taken these members up on their offers and have found the true meaning of family.
Several FMCA members have contacted FMC recently to report problems involving defective rear suspension trailing arms on motorhomes manufactured by the former Monaco Coach Corporation (MCC) and built on Roadmaster R4R and RR4R chassis equipped with the Monaco Gold (also known as R-Way)
Following are abbreviated resumes for the national vice presidents recently elected or re-elected for the 2009-2011 term.
2009 Towing Guide Correction
â€œTowables For 2009â€ (January 2009, page 50) contained an error in the chart section of he story regarding towing the Chevrolet Traverse (page 53). The chart should have indicated that the Traverse is flat-towable when in all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive.
Frustrating Fly Infestation
Dear RV Doctor:
I just purchased my first motorhome earlier this year, a used 38-foot Damon. I have what seems like fruit flies breeding in the black water holding tank. I do not have this problem with the gray water holding tank. Whenever I push the flush foot pedal, the flies come swarming up out of the commode.