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Pete and Maribel Penichet, New Port Richey, Fla.

Pete and Maribel PenichetFMCA membership number: F364382 (we joined in 2005)

Our current motorhome: a 1998 Roadtrek 190 Popular

Three words that best describe our motorhome:
Can drive it anywhere, comfortable, self-contained

The best thing about our motorhome:
We can boondock anywhere.

Other motorhomes we’ve owned:
None.

We decided to buy a motorhome because:
We retired and wanted to travel.

Our occupations:
Pete: retired electrical engineer. Maribel: retired owner of Jewelry and electronics stores.

Children, grandchildren:
Five children and six grandkids

We travel in our motorhome:
Approximately three months of the year. When we’re not motorhoming, we’re sailing in the Caribbean or living in our home.

Our favorite motorhoming destinations: Wyoming and Montana

Our all-time favorite motorhome trip or motorhoming memory:
Traveling 25,000 miles in six months, visiting 34 states, all in the West and Midwest.

Our “dream” motorhome trip:
Maritime provinces -- route all 600 miles.

Our perfect day of motorhome travel:
Doing 50 to 75 miles, and then exploring.

Our worst motorhoming experience:
Vancouver. We flew in, were treated terrible at the airport, and lost our baggage. But when we went to the RV park to pick up our Roadtrek, everyone there was sympathetic and helpful. We also did not care for the dirt on the streets.

Our motorhoming pet peeve:
Our Roadtrek is too small at times; we get in each others way!

The best addition or alteration we’ve made to our motorhome:
A flat-screen TV gave us more storage room.

If we could change one thing about our motorhome:
Better beds

Something about motorhoming that we know now but did NOT know when we started:
Tires mean a lot of difference on ride.

When driving a motorhome, the most important thing to remember is:
Drive slow, conserve fuel.

Our advice for other motorhome owners:
Turn the AC up to 95, leave home, enjoy life!

Our hobbies:
Pete is a tinkerer. Maribel likes to play cards and research genealogy.

Favorite restaurant: Arby’s

A celebrity we admire: Gloria Estefan, singer

Something others would be surprised to know about us:
We love to dance salsa.

If we were awarded a shopping spree at the store of our choice, the store we’d choose:
Wal-Mart

Favorite campground:
Hungry Horse, near Kalispell, Mont.

When motorhomers visit our state or hometown, they should be sure to see:
Disney World and the many other attractions we have.

Items that we always keep in our motorhome’s refrigerator while traveling:
Eggs, mustard, mayonnaise .…

Our advice to new motorhomers:
Familiarize yourself with the motorhome. Kow all its quirks.

Behind our motorhome, we tow:
Only bikes.

Pets that travel with us: one cat

When we’re online, Web sites we like to visit: Hintlink.com for weather

A travel tip we’d like to share with other motorhome owners:
Check the weather before going into the mountains or California coastal roads. The state of Washington, in the peninsula, is very prone to sea fog early in the afternoon.

We joined FMCA because:
Of the advantages and camaraderie

FMCA chapters that we belong to: Sand Dollars, Roadtrek International

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