Shut Off The Fridge
In “Refrigerator Leveling” (March 2011 “House Calls,” page 20) the RVer was worried about the refrigerator becoming unlevel while the coach was being driven on hills and mountains. My answer to that would be to never run the refrigerator when you are driving.
Hello from Cincinnati.Â As I write this monthâ€™s commentary for our June issue of FMC magazine, I reflect back on the past few months as to what our staff has accomplished since my arrival here in January.Â I can report that things are moving at a fast pace, and many good things are happening behind the scenes at FMCA . . .
My messages in the past few issues have focused on the motorhome lifestyle, and, indeed, that is what FMCA is all about.Â But there is more to FMCA than simply traveling, meeting old friends, and making new friends.Â For many of you, it is about becoming involved.
The 2011 election ofÂ FMCA National Officers will be held August 10, 2011, at FMCAâ€™s 86th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase in Madison, Wisconsin. The Nominating Committee has submitted its slate of candidates. Although balloting is restricted to National Directors and National Officers …
In Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys childrenâ€™s mystery novels, an â€œold river roadâ€ always seemed to play some part in the mystery at hand. Wisconsin has its own river road, the Great River Road, and it, too, is surrounded with mystery. But in this case itâ€™s the kind that goes hand in hand with the magic of travel and discovering new places.
One hour west of Madison, Wisconsin, site of FMCA’s 86th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase this August, two of the most fascinating homes in the entire United States await discovery. The little town of Spring Green is home to this mismatched pair, because two very different architects were drawn to the same lush, green foliage and rolling hills.
When youâ€™re stopped on the side of the road in need of assistance, itâ€™s important that the proper personnel and equipment be sent to tend to your special situation. To do that, the service provider or towing company needs detailed information about your motorhome so that they make educated decisions about your dilemma and respond accordingly.
How Long And How Fast?
I tow a 2008 all-wheel-drive Saturn VUE XR thatâ€™s equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. When preparing the vehicle to be towed, I place the transmission in â€œneutralâ€ with the ignition key in the accessory position and pull the ignition fuse so the battery doesnâ€™t go dead.
As we approach the summer season, our travels often take us toward open water, preferably areas that include sand dunes and ocean breezes. Some of our favorite places are managed by the National Park Service, but rather than being national parks, they are called national seashores and national lakeshores.
The full-timerâ€™s life differs from that of individuals who use their RV to vacation, take an extended trip, or even set out on a lengthy sabbatical. Thatâ€™s why this column focuses on problems specific to those who live their life on the go. Here is some of the latest news and views for full-timers.
A Hilly Billy Wedding was the highlight of the Fingerlakers chapterâ€™s 37th annual Officers Rally in upstate New York. Sixty-six members and guests attended the three-day rally held October 8 through 10, 2010, at the Genesee Country Campground in Caledonia, New York.
Perplexing Propane Problems
Dear RV Doctor:
I am having a problem with the pilot light on my motorhomeâ€™s hot water tank. I can light the pilot, but when I turn the dial to the â€œOnâ€ position, it takes a moment for the ignition. And when the propane gas finally reaches the pilot light area, the combustion is so strong that it blows out the pilot light and the main heating flame.