Jayco’s Seneca was a popular motorhome for 6 years until General Motors stopped producing the Kodiak chassis and the 8.1-liter Vortec gasoline engine in 2010, effectively ending Seneca production for the 2011 model year. During that hiatus, Jayco redesigned the motorhome and debuted the 2012 Seneca, built on the Freightliner M2 Business Class chassis.
Virginia “Ginny” Smith, L71987, wife of Dan Smith, national vice president, Rocky Mountain Area, from 1989-1992, died on July 27, 2012, in Mesa, Arizona. She was 91.
The Happy (OK) Wanderers chapter was formed in 1991 by Manuel and Ramona Jackson, a couple who enjoyed camping and RVing and wanted to encourage others to "wander along" the byways of Oklahoma and especially enjoy the state parks in the Sooner State.
Just as FMCA is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, Kampgrounds of America (KOA) has been commemorating that golden number in 2012. The largest campground network in the world began in 1962 on a plot of ground near the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana.
Patch, Repair, Or Replace?
Dear RV Doctor:
We own a 1999 National RV Tropi-Cal motorhome. The gray water tank leaks when it reaches about two-thirds full. The tank was installed on the chassis over the gas tank. The floor and bathtub were then installed over the water tank. Because of this installation, there is no way to get to the gray water tank to repair it.
Eight members of the Mohawk Roamers chapter attended a rally in Oswego, New York, during the 25th annual Harborfest celebration on Lake Ontario, July 26 through 29, 2012.
The Midwest Prairie Schooners chapter (MWPS) celebrated its 35th anniversary July 13 through 15, 2012, at The Great Escape RV Park & Campground in Higginsville, Missouri.
Mobile Wine Cellar
Last year we hit the wine trail as part of our trip to Niagara Falls. We found many wonderful vineyards with excellent wines, but the sad part was that we could not take some with us to enjoy later. Carrying glass bottles in our motorhome had always been a challenge…
I love the fall. With the leaves turning and a chill in the air, it is time to cheer on our favorite college and professional football teams. I was hoarse for two days following a recent professional football game, the result of cheering the team on to victory. I’m absolutely positive it was all the yelling I did that afternoon that pushed them to the win.
A new RV manufacturing trend seems to be motorhomes that fit in the 33-foot to 34-foot length range with a sticker price below $200,000. Thor Motor Coach brings the Palazzo right into this market niche. It appears that the company’s designers have done their homework, with another excellent addition to their diesel lineup.
The breeze is just right on this late afternoon in mid-September, so I can make out the distant sound of bells coming from the little white church that’s nestled up against the mountain at the end of the valley. It’s times like this when I realize why I like the motorhome lifestyle so much.
A motorhome chassis contains hundreds of moving pieces. The engine, transmission, axles, and other parts that help to propel these large vehicles down the road all require lubrication to keep everything in working order. Each component has its own unique job to perform, and the lubrication required to facilitate its operation varies greatly.
I have to admit, I had my doubts about a life of RVing in a Type B motorhome.I was sure it would be fine for weekend getaways, but as the Open Mike tour and my Roadtreking.com blog took off and it became apparent that we were going to be traveling a lot more than I first planned, we secretly wondered whether the 22-foot Roadtrek RS-Adventurous we bought would be big enough.
It wouldn’t be the holidays without hearing the late Andy Williams sing his 1963 hit “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” I can still see the red jacket cover of The Andy Williams Christmas Album my family owned when I was growing up.
Winnebago Industries Resurrects Minnie Winnie
Winnebago Industries Inc., based in Forest City, Iowa, has reintroduced the iconic Winnebago Minnie Winnie name with the launch of a new value-priced Type C product line that has a targeted manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at approximately $60,000.
Each year, Achievers International, an FMCA chapter that was established in 1986 for motorhomers with physical disabilities, designates a charitable organization to help. Typically, the chosen charity is based in the host city for FMCA’s Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase event.
We could hear the crackle of our campfire. The hoot of a distant owl. The yips of a pack of coyotes somewhere far to the west. The gurgle of the Rifle River moving over a stretch of rocks just downstream from our camp. The whooshing sound of wind whipping through a stand of red pines.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a stealthy killer. You can’t see, smell, or taste this poisonous gas. As an RVer, it’s vital that you are able to detect its presence and prevent it from infiltrating your motorhome, because it doesn’t take long to succumb to its deadly effects.
Imagine, 45 years ago, inviting every “house car” or motorhome owner you could locate in the Denver, Colorado, area to your home for a get-together to share the passion for camping in a house on wheels. Howard and Jerre Ferrin of Golden, Colorado, did just that, creating a spark on July 23, 1966 . . .
Early in the morning of April 22, 2012, a meteorite estimated to be the size of a minivan streaked through Earth’s atmosphere. The sonic boom and huge fireball that it created attracted plenty of attention over large parts of Nevada and California.
Members of the Colorado Columbines celebrated their 20th anniversary as an FMCA chapter July 12-15, 2012, at the Elk Meadows Lodge & RV Resort in Estes Park, Colorado. During this gathering, FMCA national senior vice president Allen Rein and his wife, Glenda, presented chapter officers with a certificate of recognition.
Temporary Shoe Storage
We like to take our shoes off when we enter the motorhome to protect the carpet and flooring, and to make cleaning the interior easier. However, there was never a good place to put them, especially when we had guests, and we were constantly tripping over them.
A host of services are provided by FMCA’s travel assistance and medical evacuation program — including some enhanced offerings. FMCA members need to sign up for the Voluntary Member Participation plan administered by Seven Corners and pay the associated premium in order to have covered expenses paid for by the plan.