April is a month of renewal and change. Here in the Midwest, spring bursts forth, and we — and the landscape around us — shake off the winter doldrums. April is one of the months of the year that holds special meaning for me. My first child, Lyla, was born in April five years ago. When I started working at FMCA, she was only 4 months old. One of my favorite pictures of her is the one we took of her sitting in my office chair shortly after I was hired. Another is of the two of us braving the snow, the photo I’ve shared in this column. She sure was tiny. The adage “Time flies when you are having fun” has never rung more true.
This July, FMCA’s “Wanted In Wyoming” International Convention and RV Expo will ride into the small city of Gillette. And within short order, RVers in an assortment of “covered wagons” will get acquainted or reconnect with each other. They will attend seminars, shop for RV-related merchandise, and take in fabulous daytime and evening entertainment. It promises to be legendary!
FMCA returns to Gillette for an encore performance; the first time was in June 2013 to celebrate the association’s 50th anniversary.
While enjoying the charms of the Equality State and the amenities of Cam-Plex Multi-Event Facilities — the venue hosting FMCA’s “Wanted In Wyoming” convention — attendees will be treated to some great live entertainment. Check the Gillette convention program, FMCA.com, and the Gillette convention app closer to the event for news of additional entertainment options and activities. For now, here’s a sneak peek at the lineup.
More than 37,000 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents on U.S. roadways in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Not surprisingly, each year, speeding and impaired driving account for many vehicle accidents. One additional cause is aggressive driving.
When we were invited to be judges at the World Food Championships, held at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, we loaded the RV and headed south. Who wouldn’t want to be part of the ultimate food sport in the world’s largest kitchen arena under a big tent in the Alabama sunshine? We didn’t have to wait long to cross paths with some of the competitors. En route, in an RV park in Kentucky, we met Team Roberstons Braai-B-Que from South Africa. They introduced us to their mascot, a little brown piglet named Barbie.
Have you ever been driving along in your motorhome and crossing over a railroad track, only to find that the back wheels suddenly are off the ground, and you are stuck on the tracks? April Fool’s Day joke? No, this is a true story.
The following recall notices are from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). To search for recalls, investigations, and complaints by vehicle year, make, and model, visit www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchSafetyIssues. NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline is (888) 327-4236.
With more than 1,200 member families, Roadtrek International is FMCA’s largest chapter. As it celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018, here is a look back at how the chapter got its start.
The Susquenago chapter’s annual Labor Day Invitational Rally, held September 1 to 4, 2017, doubled as a celebration of the chapter’s 40th anniversary. It was the 37th consecutive year the rally took place at General Clinton Park in Bainbridge, New York.
Members of the Kentucky Horse Shu Kru laugh often. And that’s one serious reason why the group has lasted almost 40 years. These RVers have an appealing attitude. Chapter president Dennis Ducharme said, “We’re a pretty easygoing bunch. We try to have a good time, and that seems to work for us.”