When properly placed and installed, awnings create shady areas that can substantially lower temperatures and increase the comfort level outside a motorhome. But they do even more by protecting surfaces from sun damage; reducing the need for air-conditioning; keeping rain from patio areas; and enhancing a motorhome’s visual appeal.Are you a bake-and-take cook? Whether the prepping is done before a trip or you assemble things in your galley on the go, a motorhome has everything you need for safe, convenient, jump-start meals.
As the 2015 travel season shifts into high gear this month, I’ve been tweaking my tech — adding new gadgets, downloading apps for our various mobile devices, and redesigning the systems we use in our Type B Roadtrek motorhome as we head out for what will be another year of crisscrossing the country.National Parks Set Attendance RecordsAmerica’s national parks broke attendance records in 2014, with 292.8 million visits. That surpassed the previous record set in 1999 when parks saw 287.1 million visits.Ice MakerThe ice machine cometh. Dometic’s HZB-12 is a compact machine that cranks out 26 pounds of ice every 24 hours.A GMC Motorhomes International chapter convention drew the owners of approximately 120 GMC motorhomes to the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls from September 27 to October 2, 2014.During their 60-year marriage, Tony and Geri Innocenti, F56315, rarely were apart. Whether at church, in their motorhome, at FMCA rallies and Family Reunions, or at home in Victoria, Texas, they were an inseparable pair.Concealed Control PanelEasy access to a motorhome’s control center is a necessity. However, a panel located at eye level on an interior wall detracts from the coach’s décor.Extra Exterior ReceptacleDear RV Doctor:I've owned a couple of older Type A motorhomes that had a 120-volt weatherproof outlet on the outside of the coach. The outlets were handy for powering the awning lights, a radio, or even an exterior light for reading outside in nice weather.The following companies have recalls delineated in this month's Recall Corner: Newmar Corporation, Winnebago Industries.Battery ChargingThe 12-volt house batteries failed on my 2004 Georgie Boy 38-foot diesel pusher. Using my multimeter, I found that the batteries were charging only when the coach engine was running.Smart Car TransmissionDear Editor:In the "Towables For 2015" article (January 2015, page 44), the Smart Fortwo listing states in footnote 2 that the vehicle "is equipped with an automatic transmission that allows the driver to select either manual shifting or automatic shifting options." That is incorrect.I recently searched the word “fun” on the Internet, and I couldn’t find anything that identified an age when people should stop having fun. In fact, I read a quote from an unknown author stating, “You don’t stop having fun because you get old; you get old because you stop having fun.
It did not take me very long to decide what to write about this month. Since we observe Memorial Day here in the United States in May, it seemed appropriate to write about veterans.