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Carolina Cruisers: Chapter Spotlight

Carolina Cruisers chapter of Family Motor Coach Association


This South Carolina-based group brings a traveling kitchen to rallies.

By Susan Turner, F424533
October 2015

Great food, fun folks, and new adventures. It adds up to fantastic rally times with the Carolina Cruisers.

With us, food is a highlight, because Chef Craig “Cannon” Hudson, a longtime member of the chapter and a professional caterer, has served mouthwatering meals at our rallies for more than 15 years. He does it by bringing our chapter’s mobile kitchen and smoker grill to every event. Plus, “Mrs. Chef,” Connie Hudson, Cannon’s wife, makes desserts that satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

The kitchen is in a trailer containing a refrigerator, a big cooker, and everything that our chef needs. Painted on the outside of the trailer are the words “Carolina Cruisers. Smiling Faces . . . Going Places.”

Time spent with the Carolina Cruisers is not all about food, though. We enjoy fellowship by seeing the sights together during our rally adventures. At our first rally of the year, in March 2015, we met in Brunswick, Georgia. We saw a comedy play at a local theater, watched wild horses run on Cumberland Island, and enjoyed a dolphin cruise; plus, we visited the 1800s at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation.

We have 55 coaches in our chapter, and usually 15 to 20 coaches at our rallies. Our group is not just all couples, and we welcome single and widowed members. This is not a “Make it on your own” chapter; it’s a “We’ll look out for you” group.

We usually have rallies in spring, summer, and fall, and we cap off the year at a Christmas dinner in December. We do fundraising at each rally and donate the money to different organizations. We have helped families in need and have contributed to the Wounded Warrior Project. We make a bigger charity donation at Christmas.

Our chapter’s home base is South Carolina, and we have had rallies all over that state as well as in Georgia and North Carolina. We enjoy all manner of activities and games. The golfers go golfing, and you will have a group playing Kings Corners, shuffleboard, holey board, bridge, poker, card bingo, and the list goes on and on. But if quiet time together is your cup of tea, you will enjoy movie night, puzzle projects, and a good glass of vino while hanging out chatting with friends about old and new adventures to come.

This month at the Eastern Area Rally (October 14-18 in Asheville, North Carolina), we will be helping to park coaches and direct traffic, so look for us — and our food trailer, of course. If you can’t make it, contact FMCA’s Chapter Services Department at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622 for info about joining us at an upcoming rally.

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Monacos In Motion: Chapter Spotlight

This chapter caravans to sites around North America.

During their 2014 caravan in Canada, chapter members posed after floating down the Fraser River.By Peggy Jordan, Associate Editor
May 2015

“Our slogan is, ‘Caravans led by members for members,’” said Monacos in Motion chapter president Paul Hughes. And that’s what the group is all about.

Monacos in Motion chapter members put together their own excursions, which last from two weeks to as long as three weeks. Members choose stops and activities, and only chapter members can participate.

To be a member of Monacos in Motion, you do have to own a Monaco coach or a motorhome that is from the Monaco family. This includes Beaver, Holiday Rambler, and Safari. The chapter was formed in 1997 and currently has approximately 75 member families.

Paul said the chapter is based by shared interests and not a geographic area. They go anywhere in the United States and Canada that sparks their interest. For example, “Last summer we were up in Alberta; we started in Watertown and went to Calgary, Banff, and Jasper,” he said. Among the highlights were seeing the Calgary Stampede; visiting a dinosaur museum; and taking a gondola ride in Banff National Park.

This past April, the chapter put together a 12-coach, 21-day caravan. They arranged to see some of Arizona’s most intriguing places, such as Tombstone, Tucson, Sedona, and the Grand Canyon.

The number of motorhomes in each caravan is sometimes dictated by the places they visit, as some have limited space. Caravan planners also try to work with campgrounds and attractions to obtain group discounts. The number of coaches per caravan usually is between 10 and 15.

These friends even have a tail gunner on their excursions. “That person typically is mechanically oriented,” Paul said. Thankfully, nobody has needed any assistance recently. But, he said, “It’s a safety net, just in case.”

Future caravans now in the planning phase include trips to California’s wine country, Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Chapter members generate and suggest future caravan locations themselves.

After they’re ensconced in a campground, caravanners double up in towed cars to go out exploring during the day. Evenings back at the campground start with a social hour. They stay in the same place for three or four nights and then move on, so that travel is not required every day.

As most RVers know, traveling is a great way to make new friends, so newcomers to the chapter can count on camaraderie. Paul said the chapter encourages more FMCA members to join. Annual dues per coach are $15; first-year dues are $40, which includes a $25 initiation fee (for name badges). For more information, see or contact FMCA’s Chapter Services Department at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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