Dear RV Doctor:
We need to know if our expectations are unrealistic about our fresh-water pump. We recently replaced the SHURflo 5900 pump in our motorhome with a SHURflo 4048 High Flow Pump, because the 5900 is no longer offered. But the 4048 causes the 12-volt lights to flicker. The performance of the pump itself is far inferior — but that’s not electrical; that’s a SHURflo issue. That said, what might be causing the flicker?
Update On Towing Chevy Equinox/GMC Terrain
The June 2017 “Tech Talk” column included a letter from Ralph Marino (“Equinox Towing,” page 18), who said his 2016 Chevrolet Equinox sometimes wobbles when it is flat towed behind his motorhome. In an editor’s note, we asked other Equinox owners to contact FMC associate editor John Johnston if they have had the same problem.
You might have already figured out that I am a big sports fan. I shared in the March issue that the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is my favorite sporting event. My favorite season is football season, and my favorite team is the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. As the weather turns a bit cooler, in my mind there is nothing better than relaxing in front of the TV on a Sunday afternoon with friends and family while cheering on the Bengals.
Need a crowd-pleasing potluck recipe? We’ve got you covered. Fall is potluck season, a time when we step out of our motorhomes to gather in the great outdoors for bonhomie, buffet, and barbecue. Travel rewards us with opportunities to sample regional cookout cuisine. A salmon bake in the Northwest. A big kettle of Brunswick stew in the Southeast. A clambake in New England. Do you have a hometown specialty everyone asks you to bring?
Dometic Produces Record Number Of Refrigerators
In June 2017, Dometic’s Industrial Parkway facility in Elkhart, Indiana, made 18,069 refrigerators for use in RVs and other mobile applications, setting a new production record. It marked the second time in 2017 that Dometic broke the record for number of units produced in a month. The previous record, set in March 2017, was 17,481 units. Before that, the record was 16,544 refrigerators produced in March 2016.
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Carbon monoxide earned its nickname as “the silent killer” because it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. RVers can protect themselves with a carbon monoxide alarm, such as Dometic’s Carbon Monoxide – Digital Alarm. It sounds a warning when the device’s electrochemical sensor detects the gas.
King deBord, L16686, was a familiar face at many FMCA international conventions. As a volunteer with the parking layout crew that guided motorhomes into their spots, he always arrived early to make preparations. And he was one of the last to leave, because he worked the entire convention.
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Genny Jennings, L26, was presented the Kenneth T. Scott Pipe Dreamer's Award by Charlie Adcock, immediate past national president, and Jon Walker, newly elected national president, on July 18 in Owosso, Michigan, following FMCA’s 96th International Convention. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptionally worthy and beneficial service to the association and to motorhome owners. Ken Scott, L63, was FMCA's first executive director and dedicated years to nurturing the association.
FMCA national president Jon Walker and his grandson, Jack Graham, along with FMCA national secretary Gaye Young, met author Al Hesselbart during the introduction of his new book, RV Capital Of The World: A Fun-Filled Indiana History. The event took place at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Indiana, this past June.
My husband, Gary, and I both started camping when we were young. I remember waking up on a deflated air mattress with water around me. My mother, sisters, and I gathered our soggy belongings and scrambled into our uncle’s house for the night. I grew a dislike for tenting after this. Gary spent time tent camping with his father during hunting season.