The Dogwood chapter was formed by Steve and Judy Czarsty in June 1996 at a seafood festival in Portsmouth, Virginia. Many festival attendees were FMCA members but not involved with a local chapter, so they established a new one and named it Dogwood.Photographic MemoryWe always seem to have a problem remembering what we’ve left in the motorhome since we used it last. So, before exiting the coach, we take pictures of everything in the bathroom cabinets, the pantry, and our other closets and drawers.Spare Propane RegulatorDear RV Doctor:I have a Type A motorhome with a bolted-on propane tank that uses a two-stage horizontal regulator. The 10-year-old regulator works fine, but I would like to carry a spare, as you suggest in your video on the FMCA YouTube channel.Electric StepMy 2000 National RV motorhome (bought new) has a Kwikee electric step that needs a new motor assembly. Both National and Kwikee no longer exist. I’ve tried to find a new or used replacement with no luck.The following companies have recalls delineated in this month's Recall Corner: Newmar Corporation, Showhauler Trucks Inc., Thor Motor Coach, Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.More Praise For FMCAssistDear Editor:I want to praise FMCA for furnishing the FMCAssist Medical Emergency and Travel Assistance Program for members. We read the letters in the magazine, but figured we would never need it, right? Wrong. Something can happen to any one of us, and it did happen to my wife, Lee.Since I am not a writer by trade, deciding how to introduce myself via this column took considerable thought. First impressions are everything, so, of course, I want to make a good one. I thought I would start off by sharing some information about my personal life.Hello, My Fellow FMCA Family. While sitting around with a group of friends at the FMCA campground in Cincinnati last week, we started talking about our first motorhomes and how we became involved in RVing. When my turn to share arrived, I unfolded the story of how and why motorhoming happened upon Gloria and me.
People with disabilities who enjoy leisure travel may find a motorhome to be a good option. Below is a sampling of resources that may be helpful.
Thanks to a modified motorhome, Annie Streit has more freedom to travel.Looking ahead to FMCA’s 95th International Convention in Chandler, Arizona, next March, what’s a great travel spot to explore out West at that time of year?
Relying on decades of industry experience, Duncan RV Repair technicians perform specialized and routine service on motorhomes and other recreation vehicles.Mike looks back at the wonderful places and people he and Jennifer — and their furry new traveling companion, Bo — have visited during 2016.
Phoenix rises from the Arizona desert in an unassuming way. Tall buildings are scarce; the highest has 40 floors. But what it lacks in height, it more than makes up for in breadth. Its suburban area is exponentially bigger than its downtown. One of those areas, southeast of Phoenix, is the city of Chandler.Prevost Show Returning To TampaThe Prevost Motorhome Expo, hosted by Prevost-Stuff.com, is set for January 16-17, 2017, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. With more than 40 coaches expected, the show, now in its fifth year, is billed as having the largest selection of new and used Prevost conversions.
Cale Moon sat sideways in the driver’s seat of his 2004 Monaco Diplomat motorhome, strumming his guitar and singing softly before a paid gig later that night at a dance hall. The 22-year-old country singer was taking advantage of his time in Coburg, Oregon, where repairs were made to the family coach before the next cross-country trip to Nashville, Tennessee.Antispill CoasterSad but true: Spilled drinks are a major cause of frowny faces. It may happen on a picnic when someone tries to balance a drink on the grass, or at the beach when someone’s drink topples into the sand.
Dashboard cameras are growing in popularity. A camera mounted in the windshield area records video as a vehicle travels down the road. Technology has progressed to the point where many dash cams are quite affordable. So, should you get one?
Scotian Roamers members celebrated the chapter’s 20th anniversary with a rally that drew 32 motorhomes to Elm River RV Park in Glenholme, Nova Scotia, from June 9-12, 2016. One could sense this rally was special, starting with the Thursday meet and greet. Everyone was glad to see each other; they enjoyed catching up on the past year and looked forward to sharing the weekend.
Members of the Happy (OK) Wanderers chapter have been happily wandering for 25 years. It has been a memorable journey. An anniversary rally was held April 21-24, 2016, at Durant/Choctaw Casino KOA in Durant, Oklahoma. Members arrived in 42 motorhomes, and a few couples stayed in motels.Weighing The OptionsI learned a lot from Mark Quasius’ article about proper chassis alignment (“Chassis Alignment Checkup,” June 2016, page 50) and have one question. All manufacturers recommend weighing coaches loaded, but the only place to get this done seems to be at a rally.
An airplane hangar nearly the size of four football fields? It’s almost too large to imagine. Yet it’s real, and it’s the new exhibit area at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.Windshield Repair Along The Alaska HighwayDear Editor:As we were driving on the Alaska Highway this summer, a rock went through a window of our towed car. We were in British Columbia, between Muncho Lake and Tetsa River. I discovered the absence of the window while getting fuel at Tetsa River Lodge.
Up until the past few years, October was a month of dwindling days for RVers as the season came to a close across the cold-weather states. That’s all changed now. These days, it’s almost impossible to find a camping spot on many weekends in October unless you have booked it well in advance.
Jean Pryor, L12913, was presented the Kenneth T. Scott Pipe Dreamer's Award by FMCA national president Charlie Adcock during the annual membership meeting in West Springfield, Massachusetts.Hello, My Fellow FMCA Family. Gloria and I finished this summer in really busy fashion. We returned home to Searcy, Arkansas, in late August to find that everything had grown like wild. We spent several weeks working harder than I can remember. Right in the middle of all that, the floods in south Louisiana occurred.
Winnebago Begins Production In Oregon
Winnebago Industries Inc. has begun manufacturing diesel motorhomes at the former Country Coach Inc. complex in Junction City, Oregon. However, full-scale production is not expected until all facility modifications are made and testing is complete in the second half of 2017…
Dayton, Ohio, has a secret and it affects all of us. It is one of the most innovative cities in the country. While the airplane may be the most famous invention by Daytonians, many of their lesser-known creations also affect our daily life.
Eyes orange-red in the glow of headlights, the nighttime marauder creates terror in the hearts of grasshoppers, crickets, grubs, and grapes. Well, not grapes, of course. But there isn’t much a raccoon will not eat.
Green beans will always be high on the favorite-foods list of Bill and Camilla Szymanski, F443545.Describe a great Mexican restaurant you’ve enjoyed during your travels.
As witnessed elsewhere in the United States, in small-town Oregon, community renewal has often centered on city face-lifts achieved by painted murals. Colorful scenes decorate aging structures and naked concrete to tell a community’s story.
Backpacks need not be bulky. The Matador Freerain24 Backpack weighs just 5.5 ounces, or slightly more than a baseball. When packed into its storage bag, the backpack fits in the palm of your hand.In early August, motorhomers from all geographic points descended on western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley, heeding the call to "Celebrate Your Freedom" — theme of the association's 94th International Convention — August 3-6, 2016.Want to be the most popular person at the potluck? Try these recipes.
On the day his life changed forever — May 15, 1975 — Ronnie Graves, F249255, was working at a fertilizer plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa. To prevent a foreman from being struck, Ronnie stepped between two railroad cars to set a brake. One of the cars knocked Ronnie down, and a wheel ran over his lower left leg.
In 1976, three years after General Motors began producing GMC motorhomes, a group of proud owners in Southern California formed the GMC Pacific Cruisers chapter of FMCA. Forty years later, many GMC coaches produced from 1973 to 1978 are still going strong, and so is our chapter.This year, Jennifer and I have made a concerted effort to stay off the interstates as much as possible. And in doing so, our serendipity style of travel has opened up new sights and experiences that only the back roads offer.
The area around Tallahassee, Florida, is often referred to as the “Real Florida.” It’s missing a multitude of condos and parking lots. Instead, large swaths of unspoiled forests and bear-crossing signs are seen, with a few grand old Southern mansions for flair. The crowds in the southern part of the state rarely find their way up here.
The Red River Rovers chapter is a friendly and caring group open to all motorhome owners. In fact, fellow members are considered family. We gathered for the chapter’s 15th anniversary rally June 9-12, 2016, at Durant/Choctaw Casino KOA in Durant, Oklahoma.Coachmen Galleria Earns Green CertificationCoachmen Galleria motorhomes have earned the Certified Green designation by TRA Certification, an organization that specializes in green building and energy efficiency programs for the RV industry and others.
An entrepreneur rents a different type of RV that enables campers to see his beautiful country on their own terms.
What is the recipe for fun, relaxation, and camaraderie within an FMCA chapter? It’s easy to define. Variety is the one key that will keep existing and new members participating rally after rally. Mix it up! Plan new events! Liven up old events! Make sure all members have FUN.Newer Posts