Yoda and Darth Vader loomed in front of me like wisps of air floating through a dream. I came back to reality when I heard my wife make a comment about the balloons. My attention then focused on the majesty, awe, beauty, grace, and wonderment of attending the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Enjoying fresh, local produce is one of the pleasures of motorhoming. Farmers' markets and fruit and vegetable stands pepper the highways during the growing season. Buying from farmers and growers during our travels gives us the freshest food and connects us to people of the land in a way that supermarket purchases cannot.
The Four Corners region of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado is a landscape often seared and dried by the sun. Today it’s hard to imagine the area filled with families growing crops of corn, squash, and beans; chatting and weaving baskets; and conducting a lively trade with other communities stretching across what is now the southwestern United States.
Those of you who have been reading my articles may remember that I have reported on a few of my own mistakes while pursuing this lifestyle we all enjoy. Even though some of them have given us a few laughs, I am happy to report that I am making progress to avoid repeating them when given a second chance.
I recently ordered a T-shirt that I saw on Facebook … The top of this special limited-edition T-shirt reads “Camping Rules.” The rules are …Drone EtiquetteDear Editor:You had a nice article from Mark Quasius regarding how to use cameras on personal drones (May 2015, “Eyes In The Sky,” page 70). However, Mark failed to list one very important operating guide, which has to do with respecting your neighbors.
Towing A Chevy Silverado 1500
I now plan to tow my 2014 Chevrolet Silverado four wheels down. I’ve had a Blue Ox base plate installed on the Silverado along with an ICX transmitter for the Even Brake. All of the wiring for the system has been installed in the truck. Family Motor Coaching’s 2014 towing guide says that the negative battery cable must be removed from the battery before the 2014 Silverado 1500 can be towed.
The following companies have recalls delineated in this month's Recall Corner: Thor Motor Coach, Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.Why No Heat?Dear RV Doctor:
I have a 40-foot 2014 Tiffin Phaeton with two Suburban furnaces. When the outside air temperature falls below 40 degrees, I turn on the furnaces. Initially, both run fine, cycling on and off to maintain the set point. But at about 5:00 a.m., they both quit, and there is no heat or fan.Curtains For KittyWhen our friends bought a new motorhome, they gave us the windshield shade from their old coach. It was a wonderful addition until we started taking our cat with us. With the shade completely down, the cat could not enjoy looking outside at night; keeping the shade partially up allowed bright lights to shine in.
Corbett Pool, L140306, enjoyed building things. As a volunteer with FMCA Chapter: Habitat for Humanity®, the retired Marine Corps colonel helped construct more than 30 houses around the country, and he served as team leader on most of those projects. But just as important was his gift for building relationships.Corbett Pool, L140306, enjoyed building things. As a volunteer with FMCA Chapter: Habitat for Humanity®, the retired Marine Corps colonel helped construct more than 30 houses around the country, and he served as team leader on most of those projects. But just as important was his gift for building relationships.
Thirty-six families gathered on February 20, 1965, at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, California, and signed an FMCA chapter application. The charter for the California chapter was approved a few months later, making it the fourth FMCA chapter and the first west of the Mississippi River.
New Dometic Lab Focuses On Cleaning, Sanitation Products
Employees are making messes — and cleaning them up — at Dometic Group’s new in-house chemical development and testing laboratory in LaGrange, Indiana. It’s all part of the new lab’s focus on the engineering and testing of cleaning and sanitation products for the RV aftermarket.
Seven minutes is all it took for our RV to be burglarized, and for us to lose $12,000 worth of equipment — just about everything of value inside the motorhome except the dog. Yes, just seven minutes. That was enough time for the bad guys to come into our space and to take our stuff. We know it was only seven minutes, because our dash cam was recording most of it.
How to handle online assets that will survive after your death, plus tips for reducing various service fees.
Recall a time when you were traveling and an unexpected delay turned out surprisingly well.
It will be here before we know it: FMCA’s 92nd Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, nicknamed “Escape To Wisconsin,” which will convene July 29 through August 1 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. And the "Motorhome Showcase" part promises to celebrate the RV lifestyle with not-to-be-missed exhibits.
Motorhomers who convene in Madison, Wisconsin, for FMCA's 92nd Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, July 29 to August 1 at the Alliant Energy Center, can do just that. They'll be able to attend their choice of seminars and collect countless pearls of wisdom from knowledgeable presenters.