Satisfied Michelin Owner
I have to tell you how pleased I am with FMCA’s Michelin Advantage Program. I recently used it in Jacksonville, Florida, where we live, at a company named TCI Tire Center. They were great and there was no hassle of any kind. I thought I would need two or more tires, and after they inspected them, I only needed one. While the wheel was off, they even inspected my brakes and they were fine.
Thanks to FMCA for putting together the Michelin tire program. Some things really work!
Thomas J. Quinlan, F342746
Editor’s note: FMCA members who wish to take advantage of this program can find further information at FMCA.com. Click on the Michelin Advantage logo that appears on the home page of the Web site. FMCA members need to follow the instructions provided by FMCA.
Sparks In New Mexico
Recently, our Itasca Sunrise motorhome broke down just west of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Ford V-10 engine was making a horrible noise. What started out as a serious problem turned into a real blessing, because we were towed into Statkus Engines.
Statkus Engines, an authorized Ford repair facility, quickly diagnosed the problem as a blown spark plug, something they had seen before. The necessary repairs were done in a timely and expert manner. At our request, the other nine cylinders were checked also to make sure the problem wouldn’t recur. We also received a bonus: a detailed explanation of how a blown spark plug happened!
Needless to say, we are extremely happy that our motorhome runs better than ever now, thanks to Statkus Engines (505-765-1614; www.statkusengines.com.). You are lifesavers!
Ray & Martha Burgess, F251307
Boyne Falls, Michigan
New Hose Not Intended For Drinking Water
When I saw the TV advertisement for the XHose expandable hose, I was impressed with its ability to shrink down and thus reduce the amount of weight and space I use for hoses in our RV. When I received the order, I was very disappointed to read: “Warning. The XHose is not intended for drinking water use. Do not leave the water turned on with the XHose under pressure when not in use.”
Although the XHose advertisement mentions RV use, the hose is intended for watering use only. I don’t know that many of us have lawns or plants that we need a separate hose for just this purpose. I returned the hose, but I don’t think I will be reimbursed for the $8 return shipping fees. I want to make sure my fellow RVers are aware of this.
Neida Perrie, F403762
Green Cove Springs, Florida
Gem State Repairs
We have owned motorhomes and other RVs since 1971 and appreciate good service when away from our home base. We would like to recommend the services of Shrader’s Truck & Auto Repair Inc. in Lewiston, Idaho, if anyone is in that area and in need of RV repair. Mickey and Wayne are personable people who run a top-notch shop on the old Spiral Highway in Lewiston. They do their best to work you in in a timely fashion and stay on the job until it is completed. They do not overcharge for their services, as sometimes happens when you receive repairs away from home.
We would recommend Shrader’s Truck & Auto Repair without reservation (1485 Old Spiral Highway, Lewiston, Idaho; 208-746-6580)!
Cody & Candy Abbott, F38956
Surge Protection Pays Off
The incoming electrical power to my 2008 42-foot Camelot motorhome is protected by a Progressive Industries LCHW50 surge protector. In September I stayed at an RV park where the voltage was only 106 volts, so the surge protector would not allow current to flow to the motorhome. When I changed sites, all was fine. At another park two weeks later, I didn’t have power again. This time there was power at the box at 120 volts, but no power was allowed to my motorhome. I found the Progressive phone number and Tommy Fanelli, who owns the company, quickly calmed me and provided step-by-step assistance to get power to my motorhome.
My hat is off to Progressive Industries, especially since it was after business hours. What a great company, as they protected my motorhome and made me a happy camper.
Gary Garrett, F423707
While traveling east on U.S. 60 out of Joplin, Missouri, where we had been on a mission trip with our church, our motorhome lost all power. We had no lights or anything. We found a gentleman who directed us to his garage, Warrior Diesel, and he charged our batteries so we could get there.
It was after 1:00 p.m. on a Friday. We needed a new alternator, which had to come from Springfield, Missouri, but the young man there had us back on the road by 6:00 p.m. He was an Iraq war veteran, and we were treated very well.
The next morning as we were leaving Poplar Bluff on our way east, the phone rang, and it was the mechanic just checking to make sure that everything was still working with no problems. We highly recommend Warrior Diesel in Rogersville, Missouri, on U.S. 60 east of Springfield; (417) 349-0149.
Donald & Sharron Collins, F413607