FMCA membership number:
F100336. We joined FMCA in 1988. We've been full-timers since June 2003.
FMCA chapter memberships:
Western Reserve Buckeyes, Elk International
Our current motorhome is: a 2004 Newmar Kountry Star
Other motorhomes that we have owned:
A 1976 19-foot Teck Class C
A 1983 26-foot Honey Class C
A 1987 31-foot Fleetwood Bounder
A 1992 34-foot Fleetwood Bounder
A 1997 Newmar Dutch Star
We decided to buy a motorhome because:
With four young children, we felt this was the most economical way to have our family see this great country and have quality family time together.
Our former occupations:
Dave is retired after spending 12 years as an insurance agent and 27 years as sales manager with a major insurance company. Doris is retired after 14 years as home office employee of a major insurance company.
We have four children, five granddaughters and two grandsons.
The best thing about motorhoming is:
Making choices as to where we want to be and seeing our friends and family across the country
When we’re not motorhoming, we’re:
Visiting family in Ohio and South Carolina
If we could meet anyone from history, we would choose:
Will Rogers because of his wit, humor and values
One of our favorite motorhoming destinations is: Bar Harbor, Maine
Our all-time favorite motorhome trip was:
In 1976 spending two weeks with our family in Upper Michigan and also celebrating our country's 200th year on Mackinac Island on July 4 while each holding hands across America
One of our fondest motorhoming memories is:
Attending the 1980 World's Fair in Tennessee, with our family. Then dropping our oldest son off to college in Kentucky for his first year of college. To say the motorhome was cramped is an understatement.
Our dream trip would be:
Touring Alaska with our motorhoming friends
Our worst motorhoming experience was:
Losing our transmission while going up a large mountain in Sandwich, N.H., with all of our family aboard and mother and father-in-law.
The best thing about our motorhome is:
With three slideouts, it gives us a lot of room. We love our Surround Sound system with XM Satellite Radio.
Something about motorhoming that we know now but didn’t know when we started is:
That full-timing in our motorhome after we retired would be so enjoyable
If we could change one thing about our motorhome, it would be:
Wishing it would grow to be a 43-foot Newmar Essex
The best alteration or addition that we’ve made to our motorhome is:
Adding XM Satellite Radio
Our favorite thing about FMCA is:
The friends, benefits and the local and national rallies
If we could appear as contestants on any TV game show, we'd choose:
"The Price is Right." Doris and I are both good judges of the cost of items.
Our hobbies are:
Dave: golf, treasure hunting, reading, using the computer. Doris: golf, writing poems, reading, and calling to keep in touch with family and friends.
Our favorite way to exercise is: Walking and riding bikes
Our favorite movie is: Dances with Wolves (1990)
Favorite book: The Bible
Favorite restaurant: Bob Evans
Favorite song: "Only the Lonely" by Roy Orbison
Favorite store: Wal-Mart
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground in Orlando, Fla., and Whispering Hills RV Park in Shreve, Ohio
When motorhomers visit our state or hometown, they should be sure to see:
Marblehead, Ohio, and the Lake Erie Islands in northern Ohio. Also, Amish country in Holmes County.
Items that are always in our motorhome refrigerator while we’re traveling are:
Swiss cheese, wine, pop
Our advice to new motorhomers is:
Be sure to join FMCA and a local chapter. Always ask questions of other motorhomers for your best source of quality information.
Behind our motorhome, we tow:
A 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser four wheels down using a tow bar
Our favorite activity to do inside the motorhome is: Reading
Other FMCA members may contact us via e-mail at:
Always make full use of the benefits available to you through FMCA. Join a local chapter. Don't be afraid of getting involved in FMCA at the local and national levels. That's what makes it a great organization.