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With FMCA's 50th anniversary year upon us, we here at the national office have been looking at old photos, magazines, banners, scrapbooks, and other keepsakes generously donated or loaned by many of you. Other staff members told me about a film documentary that was produced in 1973 regarding FMCA’s summer convention in DuQuoin, Illinois.
The show was Buffalo Bill's most famous legacy, but it was not his only one. In the 1890s, along with partners, Cody traveled to northern Wyoming seeking to purchase and develop some land. Approximately 70 miles east of Yellowstone National Park, they founded a town and named it Cody.
The Apollo ’13 rescue mission outlined in this article takes place much closer to home and doesn’t involve a crippled spacecraft, but rather a rare and doomed vintage motorhome — the Apollo Sceptre. As Ron Howard did for Apollo 13, we, too, would like to introduce a new generation of RVers to the Apollo Sceptre and its amazing story.
From the earliest days of the RV industry and lifestyle, in the years around World War I, motorized camping vehicles were called “house cars,” or “motor coaches.” These terms especially described vehicles that had been converted from commercial highway coaches, as opposed to completely homemade or custom-made vehicles.
Without a doubt, the use of supplemental braking systems is one of the most-discussed topics among motorhome owners. Visit any RV forum and you are sure to find someone requesting information about whether a supplemental braking system is needed. The answer should be a resounding “Yes.”
Pinpointing Water Entry
Dear RV Doctor:
It appears that I have a leak in the sidewall or roof of my motorhome. I bought the motorhome last year. The dealer said that they performed a "bubble" test that showed that the coach didn't leak. Shortly after I bought the coach, I found water damage in a drawer that slides to the outside wall area.
A smart, active, young-at-heart full-timing couple I recently encountered supplements their retirement income by spending the season at a theme park where they are paid to demonstrate their crafts and to answer questions or spin yarns.
Usually, we like to say the journey is the destination â€” that the real adventure of RVing is the getting there. But this month as we make our way west from our Michigan home to Gillette, Wyoming, and FMCAâ€™s 88th Family Reunion, weâ€™re pretty excited about the destination, too.
Jayco Launches New Type A Motorhome Line
Jayco Inc. is re-entering the gasoline-powered Type A motorhome market with the introduction of the Precept. This new model initially will be available in 29-foot and 31-foot lengths and sold through authorized Jayco motorhome dealers worldwide.
Frank “Scott” Brady, F19147, who served as FMCA national vice president, International Area, from 1988 to 1992, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2013. He was 80.
Forty-three motorhomes from three FMCA chapters — Great American RV Club, Olympic Snowbirds, and Reigning Rex — gathered Sunday, September 16, through Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at the Swiss Sportsmen’s Club of Tacoma in Bonney Lake, Washington, for a three-chapter rally.
Members of the Travlin Texans chapter gathered at the Coffee Creek RV Resort in Santo, Texas, October 2 through 5, 2012, to commemorate the group’s 25th anniversary.
Plastic Bag Storage
Several years ago one of our members suggested rolling up the plastic bags that come from the grocery and stuffing them into an empty tissue box. This has worked well for us, but we needed that valuable shelf space that the box was occupying.
When we downsized our motorhome, we also had to look for a smaller towed vehicle. Our new 24-foot motorhome is built on a Sprinter chassis and has a 3,500-pound towing capacity. Not many cars approved by the manufacturers for four-wheels-down towing weigh less than 3,500 pounds.