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Charles and Sheila Pennington, Hamilton, Ohio

"Be good to your coach and it will be good to you." The Penningtons say that's the best motorhoming advice they have received.


Charles and Sheila PenningtonFMCA membership number:
F335844 (we joined in 2003)

Our current motorhome:
A 2004 Newmar Kountry Star DP

Three words that best describe our motorhome:
Comfortable, Relaxing, Convenient

The best thing about our motorhome: The only way to travel

Other motorhomes we’ve owned:
A 1983 Pace Arrow and a 2001 R-Vision Condor

We decided to buy a motorhome because:
Freedom to travel with flexibility (belongings, pet, etc.)

Our occupations:
I (Charles) own an insurance agency. Sheila is an assistant to a police chief.

Our favorite motorhoming destinations:
Florida, East Coast

Our all-time favorite motorhome trip or motorhoming memory: Florida in the winter

Our “dream” motorhome trip:
At least two months in the western states

Our perfect day of motorhome travel:
Leave camp at 9 a.m. and drive until 3 p.m. with no travel deadlines (someday).

Our worst motorhoming experience:
Going through Atlanta when the oxygen sensors went bad and the engine lost all power in the middle lane of Interstate 75.

Our motorhoming pet peeve:
Campgrounds that will not let you wash your motorhome

The best addition or alteration we’ve made to our motorhome:
Decorating to make it our home away from home

If we could change one thing about our motorhome, it would be:
Remove all carpet except in the bedroom

Something about motorhoming that we know now but did NOT know when we started:
Too many things to list after 18 years

When driving a motorhome, the most important thing to remember is:
Always drive a quarter-mile ahead of the motorhome.

Our advice for other motorhome owners:
Keep traveling and experience at least one new location each year.

Our hobbies:
Charles: musician, golf and all sports. Sheila: working out and shopping.

Favorite restaurant:
Great Steak, seafood, and Italian, but not necessarily in that order

If we were awarded a shopping spree at the store of our choice, the store we’d choose is: Coach Leatherware

Favorite campground:
So far, and subject to change w/o notice: Gulf Waters RV Resort in southwest Florida

Items that we always keep in our motorhome’s refrigerator while traveling:
Diet Mountain Dew, water, and great food

What’s the best motorhoming advice you’ve ever received:
Be good to your coach and it will be good to you.

Our advice to new motorhomers:
Try a small gas-powered motorhome (used or inexpensive) first to see all that goes with motorhoming.

Behind our motorhome, we tow:
A 2003 Jeep Liberty with a tow bar

Pets that travel with us: Maddie, a golden retriever

We joined FMCA because:
They give you valuable info and the road service through Coach-Net is outstanding.

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