Meet a Member | Family Motor Coach Association
FMCA membership number: F377600
Our current motorhome:
A 43-foot 2008 Tiffin Allegro Bus QRP. We are at 15,000 miles as of 12/08.
Three words that best describe our motorhome:
Fun on Wheels
The best thing about our motorhome:
If we like where we are, we stay. If we hate it we move.
Other motorhomes we’ve owned:
A 2006 Winnebago View traded at 16,000 miles and a 2006 Itasca Horizon KD traded at 25,000 miles
We decided to buy a motorhome because:
We wanted to see ALL of the USA and Canada
Gary — retired terminal manager. Linda — retired accounts receivable manager.
Son, Gerry, 13, on the PC for Distance Learning, eighth grade
We travel in our motorhome:
Approximately 12 months of the year. When we’re not motorhoming, we’re four-wheelin’ with our Jeep.
Our favorite motorhoming destinations:
Mount Rushmore and San Diego
Our all-time favorite motorhome trip or motorhoming memory:
We call it SCARY ROAD! Utah on route 261 between Natural Bridges National Monument and Mexican Hat, Utah. DO NOT try it with a 43-foot motorhome.
Our dream motorhome trip:
Alaska and the Canadian Rockies via the Alcan Highway (we leave in July ’09)
Our perfect day of motorhome travel:
Easy side roads with lots of scenery
Our worst motorhoming experience:
The awning fell out when Gary and Gerry were at 60 mph on the way to a train show. Climbing up the ladder with bungee cords to fasten it caused nightmares.
Our motorhoming pet peeve:
People in a rush driving too fast! Stay in your lane!
The best addition or alteration we’ve made to our motorhome:
Extra mud flaps, roll-out cabinet drawers in the kitchen (you can tell who suggested each!)
If we could change one thing about our motorhome:
With three people aboard, we need two powder rooms.
Something about motorhoming that we know now but did NOT know when we started:
You need less “stuff.” Do not over pack.
When driving a motorhome, the most important thing to remember is:
Do not turn until your hips reach the lane line you wish to turn into. You’ll never drag wheels over the curb again!
Our advice for other motorhome owners:
Get an 8 X 10 magnifying sheet and place it on the right lower corner of the passenger door window to be able to see your blind spot.
Gary and Gerry do rail fanning (train watching). I [Linda] l Love meeting people.
Lambert Cafe, home of the “Throwed Rolls,” in Sikeston and Ozark, Mo., and Foley, Ala.
A celebrity we admire:
Something others would be surprised to know about us:
We have traveled by RV to 48 states and have been to all 50.
If we were awarded a shopping spree at the store of our choice, the store we’d choose is:
Wal-Mart, because you can shop there and sleep there, too.
Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md. It’s THE place to stay while seeing Washington, D.C.
When motorhomers visit our state or hometown, they should be sure to see:
In Rochester, N.Y., where we're originally from: the Eastman Theatre and High Falls Brewery. Other sites: Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen State Park and Toronto, Canada.
Items that we always keep in our motorhome’s refrigerator while traveling:
Water, iced tea, fruit and witch hazel for boo-boos.
Our advice to new motorhomers:
Take a driving/ safety seminar and buy from a manufacturer/dealer who can provide service.
Behind our motorhome, we tow:
A 2008 four-door, six-speed Jeep Wrangler Sahara Edition with four-wheel-drive. We tow it with a Blue Ox system and Blue Ox brake unit.
Pets that travel with us:
Starr the wonder dog. She’s a 2-year-old black Lab mix.
When we’re online, Web sites we like to visit:
Facebook, Yahoo, MSN, FMCA, Camping World, All Things Jeep
A technical or travel tip we’d like to share with other motorhome owners:
Use your GPS AND a map.
We joined FMCA because:
The camaraderie and information at the rallies is wonderful.