More Commercial Member Info
Two commercial member campgrounds listed in the January 2013 RV Marketplace have additional information that was omitted from the January magazine listing. Also, a company was omitted from the Furniture/Upholstery portion of the Services, Coach Components & Accessories listing.
Olde Mill Stream Resort, C12093 (1000 N. Central Ave., Umatilla, FL 32784; 352-669-3141, www.oldemillstreamrvresort.com) is pet-friendly and accommodates pets up to 40 pounds.
Westerly RV Park, C12089 (6440 County Road 203, Durango, CO, 81301, 970-247-1275, www.westerlyrvpark.com), should also have WiFi listed among its amenities. WiFi is free at that park.
The Services, Coach Components & Accessories listing, under Furniture/Upholstery, should have included Carr Industries, C12149, 23594 Suttle Road, Veneta, OR 97487; (541) 968-1888, (541) 935-8118 (fax); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.carr-industries.com.
FMC regrets these errors.
Towing Guide Addition
In the “Towables For 2013” article that appeared on page 46 of the January 2013 issue of Family Motor Coaching, a listing for Cadillac was not included; however, the SRX is towable four wheels down. This vehicle is available in both all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive configurations and is equipped with an automatic transmission. It measures 190.3 inches long and has curb weights of 4,442 pounds (all-wheel drive) and 4,277 pounds (front-wheel drive). The vehicle should not be towed at speeds exceeding 65 mph. While no distance limitation is listed, the owners manual indicates the vehicle should be run at the beginning of each day and at every fuel stop for five minutes to ensure proper lubrication of the transmission components.
FMC regrets this error.
The CHAI-Chavurat Yehudim chapter would like to invite anyone who wishes to attend a traditional Passover Seder to join us for CHAI’s 8th Annual Passover Rally March 24 -27, 2013, at Indian Waters RV Resort, 47-202 Jackson St., in Indio, California. Everyone, Jews and non-Jews alike, is welcome. For additional information, contact me at (714) 932-5304; email@example.com.
Donna Blumenthal, F230605
President, Chai-Chavurat Yehudim Chapter
Best Question Ever
The January 2013 article titled “‘Big Car’ is Fulfillment Of Ken Scott’s Dream” (page 62) prompted me to recall how in the early 1970s I bought a 1953 Flxible 29-passenger bus equipped with a rudimentary kitchen, some plumbing, and a few seats. Shortly thereafter, I joined FMCA. The bus had a Buick straight-8 engine that in later years was replaced by a GMC V-6.
The article had questions lay people asked about buses in the early days, such as “Does your wife drive it?” and “How much does a thing like that cost?” These remarks brought back memories, and the following is my personal favorite.
A few months after I bought the coach, two friends and I decided to go weekend camping with our families on a small island in Lake George, New York. Lake George is more than 300 miles from Wilmington, Delaware, so it is an impossible weekend trip in an automobile, but possible in a camper bus with three drivers. The Flxible had a tow hitch, so we hooked up a 16-foot boat with an outboard motor so we could get out to the island. Today motorhomes routinely tow automobiles, but it was many years later before I ever saw a motorhome towing an automobile, much less a boat.
Three couples and five children left Wilmington on Friday at 5:00 p.m. We all had dinner while under way. All the passengers were sound asleep in their sleeping bags when I parked at the Lake George dock about 3:00 a.m. After waking up Saturday, we had a hot breakfast in the coach, and then it took two trips in the boat to transport everybody and the tents, sleeping bags, food, etc. out to the small island in Lake George. We had a wonderful two days on the island, and after a campfire dinner Sunday evening, the boat took us back to the Lake George dock and the Flxible. We left Lake George at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. I still remember the exact time, because I was so nervous about the engine starting. The air-brake lines leaked air, and the clutch was air-driven. Fortunately, after a little coaxing, the Buick engine started, and we headed back to Wilmington.
At every toll booth on the New Jersey Turnpike we were charged a different amount. Sometimes we were a bus; sometimes an RV. Some attendants charged for the boat and some did not. I was driving at 3:00 a.m. when we arrived at the last toll booth, the one just before the Delaware Memorial Bridge. The toll booth attendant was a young man with long black hair. There was hardly any traffic on the turnpike so late at night, and I think he was half asleep when I pulled up to his toll booth. He was so startled by a bus full of people in sleeping bags and towing a boat that he almost fell out of his toll booth. Then he looked me right in the eye and shouted out words that I will never forget: “Hey, man, are you for real?”
Garry G. Greenstein, F3192
Tickled In The Tundra
Hi! Just a note of thanks from a member in Minnesota. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new digital version of my favorite magazine of all time! I was so excited to receive your e-mail announcing the option of getting the magazine online, and being able to read it sooner than when I get it in the mail.
Sometimes I am out of town, and I really miss getting to read it when it comes, so the digital edition is a great option. I have to confess, it’s one of my favorite pastimes in the winter months, when my motor coach is tucked away in the pole-building, awaiting spring, to scour the classifieds, fantasizing about a new RV, or the perfect place to retire with my RV, out of the bitter cold of Minnesota. It’s my mini “virtual” getaway! I love the articles, forums, and pictures, which keep me from getting cabin fever while I’m anxiously waiting for RV season up here! I kid you not, from about the 25th of the month on, I race to my mailbox every day to see if the magazine has arrived, and I’m so let down when it hasn’t, and then repeat the ritual the next day! (My husband knows the drill, so he stays out of my path!) This digital option has changed my life! What a great New Year’s surprise! I’ve read next month’s issue cover to cover already, and have some great ideas for spring trips and warm places to visit.
Thanks for digitalizing my motor coaching world. (And fueling my obsession!)
Debra Fried, F356097
Remembering A Friend
We want to acknowledge a good friend and loyal member of the Badger chapter who passed away September 3, 2012. Fred Miller, F29689, from Plover, Wisconsin, joined FMCA and the Badger chapter 35 years ago. For the past 15 years he was the Badger chapter’s national director.
Fred was a good promoter of both FMCA and the Badger chapter and kept chapter members up-to-date on the current news. He was good at cooking pork chops, French toast — you name it. He loved to dance the polka. He valued the time spent with his wife, Pat, and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Fred and Pat celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last May.
Fred, we all miss you and think of you often.
Jan Fassbender, F94081