Meet a Member | Family Motor Coach Association
FMCA membership number:
F290709 (we joined in 2001)
Our current motorhome:
A 1999 Safari Zanzibar
Three words that our motorhome calls to mind:
Love, happiness, home
The best thing about our motorhome:
Other motorhomes we’ve owned:
A 1993 Eldorado Classic type C, a 1983 Coachmen Presidential type A and a 1984 Shasta type C.
We decided to buy a motorhome because:
We wanted to travel and meet people.
The best thing about motorhoming:
Retired. Dick: body and fender, heavy equipment, painter. Bev: courier.
Children: We have two children and four grandchildren.
We travel in the motorhome:
It used to be approximately five months per year, but now we’ve just started to try full-timing.
Our all-time favorite motorhome trip:
In 1988 we took my (Bev’s) mother to Nashville, Tenn.
All of the clogging conventions yearly since 1990.
One of our fondest motorhoming memories:
My mom, at age 90, declaring she could use the commode at 60 miles per hour.
Our “dream” motorhome trip:
To travel to see the entire United States.
Our perfect day of motorhome travel:
Any day we arrive at a destination with no problems.
Our worst motorhoming experience:
A trip from to Buffalo to Troy, N.Y., when we experienced problems with our alternator belts and overheating all the way.
Our motorhoming pet peeve:
Something motorhoming has taught us about life:
People are more friendly when they are not stuck in a house.
The best addition we’ve made to our motorhome:
Installing a ceiling fan in the bedroom.
If we could change one thing about our motorhome:
Have an additional slideout.
Something about motorhoming that we know now but did not know when we started:
That we can live in a smaller space.
When driving, the most important thing to remember is:
Our favorite thing about FMCA:
The magazine — the info we gain from it — and the member benefits and what they are trying to do for RVers.
Our advice for other motorhome owners:
Maintain the motorhome for safety. Relax and enjoy it.
Dick: art, carving. Bev: clog dancing and crafts.
Our favorite way to exercise:
Our favorite movie:
Our favorite authors:
Dick: Louis L’Amour. Bev: Sue Grafton.
Our favorite song:
“On the Road Again,” Willie Nelson
Our favorite restaurant:
If we were awarded a shopping spree at the store of our choice:
We’d choose Camping World for all the RV products.
Treasure Lakes RV Resort in Branson, Mo.
When motorhomers visit our state or hometown they should be sure to see:
The Adirondack Mountains
Items that we always keep in our motorhome’s refrigerator while traveling:
Wine and beer
Our advice to new motorhomers:
Get familiar with all moving parts of your motorhome. Make sure the satellite antenna is down before moving.
Behind our motorhome, we tow:
A 1999 Honda Accord using a tow bar
Our favorite activity to do inside the motorhome:
A pet that travels with us:
A technical tip we’d like to share with other motorhome owners:
Make sure maintenance — oil changes, filters, etc. — is up-to-date.
Whenever we’re traveling and see an FMCA membership “goose egg” and can read it, we jot down the number for future reference. If we’re at a campground, we check the membership number and get the member names using FMCA.com’s member directory. Then, if we happen to see the members, we call them by name, which starts a conversation.