For RVers, it’s difficult to find a more popular state than Florida. But it’s equally difficult to find a spot on the beach that isn’t crowded and built up with high-rises and condos as far as you can see in most directions. That’s why we have fallen in love with Florida’s Forgotten Coast.This month, FMCA members will arrive in the city of Pomona, anticipating many pleasurable activities scheduled during the association's “California Gold” Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, March 26-29. That includes two nights of top-notch entertainment attendees won't want to miss.Jayco Offers New Floor Plans
Jayco has introduced new floor plans for its Type C Redhawk and Type A Precept motorhome lines.Use this treasure map to learn which companies will display motorhomes and offer RV-related products and services during FMCA’s upcoming Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase in Pomona.Bottle, Can OpenerTwist tops, flip tops, and metal caps can be difficult to open on plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and glass bottles, especially for folks with limited hand strength or arthritis. Magic Opener perhaps can help.This innovative Type B+ motorhome offers contemporary styling on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis.The Florida Roll’n Gators chapter holds an annual Christmas rally that traditionally has included a gift exchange, with members abiding by a $10 limit. But the December 10-14, 2014, rally at Silver Palms RV Resort in Okeechobee, Florida, was different.The performance of ammonia absorption refrigerators, which are common in motorhomes, can be affected by several factors. Some, such as the weather or grandchildren who frequently raid the fridge, may not be within your control, but most are.The Oregon River Ramblers chapter celebrated its 15th anniversary during a rally held September 12-14, 2014, at Port of Newport Marina RV Park in Newport, Oregon.The Lebanon Valley Expo Center & Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, was the setting for the Penn Coachmen chapter’s 45th anniversary rally July 17-20, 2014. Seventy-six members attended. Ron and Carol Becker served as rally masters.The Lebanon Valley Expo Center & Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, was the setting for the Penn Coachmen chapter’s 45th anniversary rally July 17-20, 2014. Seventy-six members attended. Ron and Carol Becker served as rally masters.The California Pacers chapter of FMCA marked its 25th anniversary with a rally from September 24-28, 2014, at Wine Country RV Resort in Paso Robles, California. The wonderful event was filled with fun and laughter, as are all of our rallies.Level ParkingWe all know the importance of the motorhome being relatively level when parked — for efficient operation of the refrigerator and also for comfort inside the RV. Normally, when settling in to a new site, the driver has to move the motorhome back and forth while the copilot stands next to the bubble levels inside and gives directions to help level the vehicle.Sticky Leveling SituationDear RV Doctor:We have a 2007 “new to us” Georgetown motorhome. We have used the Lippert Components leveling system five times — during the walk-around at the dealer when we picked it up (worked fine); that evening at a campground (worked fine); in our driveway a couple of weeks later (all jacks stuck down); camping a couple of weeks later (worked fine); and during an end-of-season trip (rear jacks stuck down).The following companies have recalls detailed in this month's column: Allied Recreation Group, Prevost Car Inc., Winnebago Industries Inc.Owners Manual InfoI have a 2011 Sportscoach Pathfinder. Have you seen a specific year and model owners manual for this coach? All I have is a generic motorhome manual from Coachmen for all types of motorized RVs, and it is too general in its content.CorrectionsFMCA 2014 Convention HistoryThe “FMCA Convention History” in the January 2015 issue (page 320), which lists previous FMCA convention dates, locations, and coach counts, erroneously indicated that the 89th and 90th Family Reunions in Perry, Georgia, and Redmond, Oregon, respectively, occurred in 2015.
The late Jan Hooks was a comedian who became known for hilarious sketches on NBC-TV’s long-lived comedy show, “Saturday Night Live” (SNL). One of the most memorable performances of her time on this show was when she portrayed Brenda, a waitress who served a cowboy played by Alec Baldwin.As the saying goes, time marches on. As I write this, national senior vice president Jon Walker, Gloria, and I have just left the Western Area Rally in Indio, California. We are getting ready for the Southeast Area Rally in Sarasota, Florida, in February, and we expect we will have a great time with many of you there.Call them canapés, appetizers, or midnight snacks. Nibbles and noshes seem to be the first provisions to disappear during a motorhome trip. Snacks are also the likeliest place for diets to die and food budgets to bulge. Let’s try to do better than greasy potato chips and chemical-laden cheese crisps.It’s called the Blue Ridge because, from a distance, this ancient mountain range looks pale blue. To European explorers, it was the first great barrier to the way west. To the mountain folk who made it their home (both Indians and settlers), it provided a good living, if you knew its secrets. To modern travelers it holds “America’s Favorite Drive.”