Meet a Member | Family Motor Coach Association
FMCA membership number:
F215622 (we joined FMCA in 1996). We're formerly from Allen Park, Mich.
FMCA chapter membership:
Wilderness Wanderers, Holiday Rambler International
Our current motorhome:
A 38-foot 1994 Holiday Rambler Navigator
Three words that best describe our motorhome:
It’s big. It’s blue. It’s comfortable, too.
Other motorhomes we’ve owned:
An 18-foot 1971 Winnebago
A 22-foot 1973 Winnebago
A 26-foot 1976 Winnebago
The best thing about our current motorhome:
Excellent floor plan, no slide-outs, and good fuel mileage.
The best addition we’ve made to our motorhome:
Custom paint with clear coat seven years ago and the coach still has that new look.
If we could change one thing about our motorhome:
More closet space in the bedroom.
We decided to buy a motorhome because:
We wanted to travel extensively. We liked it, so we full-timed for eight years.
The best thing about motorhoming:
The feeling of free spirit when we load the motorhome and take off.
Bill: retired warranty administration supervisor, Ford Motor Co.
Kathy: retired administrative assistant for U.S. bankruptcy trustee.
Children: We have four children and 10 grandchildren.
We travel in the motorhome:
Approximately five months per year. When we’re not motorhoming, we’re living in a 55-and-over RV park in Naples, Fla.
Our all-time favorite motorhome trip:
Touring the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northern Wisconsin.
One of our fondest motorhoming memories:
An impromptu stop at a natural hot springs in Wyoming. Our bodies felt wonderful after 20 minutes!
Other favorite destinations:
A rustic and quiet campground in a secluded area of Michigan on Lake Michigan. It is near Pentwater, Michigan.
Our “dream” motorhome trip:
Traveling to Alaska from Florida, with stops in the South, Southwest and Northwest.
Our perfect day of motorhome travel:
No traffic jams. No trucks. No construction.
Our worst motorhoming experience:
Pulling into a campground at night in the rain and our motorhome became wedged against a tree when making a turn. It took an hour of maneuvering to get unstuck.
Our motorhoming pet peeve:
Diesel motorhome owners who insist on idling their engines unnecessarily.
Something motorhoming has taught us about life:
There is a great big beautiful world out there with many nice people!
Something about motorhoming that we know now but didn’t know when we started:
RVers are very friendly and will go out of their way to help if you need it.
When driving the motorhome the most important thing to remember is:
Don’t be in such a big hurry. Slow down and enjoy the ride.
Our favorite thing about FMCA:
We enjoy the FMCA chapters we’ve joined. We have enjoyed the FMCA rallies and we also love the magazine.
Advice for other motorhomers:
Keep your daily trips short. Leave late and arrive early.
Bill: Doing my own RV maintenance work. Playing softball, reading mystery novels. Kathy: Playing tennis, reading, planning RV trips.
Favorite way to exercise: Swimming, biking, hiking
Favorite movie: The African Queen
Favorite book: Michael Connelly novels
Favorite singer: Bob Seger
Favorite restaurant: Mel’s Diner (local to Naples, Fla.)
If we were awarded a shopping spree at any store, we’d shop at:
Whole Foods Market, an all-natural supermarket that is earth friendly.
Rush-No-More Campground in Sturgis, S.D. It has friendly and accommodating owners. It’s a nice setting and it’s quiet.
When motorhomers visit our former home state (Michigan), they should be sure to see:
1. The shorelines of the Great Lakes and the quaint towns along them.
2. The Big Mac Bridge connecting the two peninsulas.
Our advice to new motorhome owners:
1. Don’t drive more than 250 miles a day.
2. Arrive by 2 p.m.
3. Stay at least two days.
An item that is always in our motorhome’s refrigerator:
Wine and fruit (mostly grapes)
Behind our motorhome, we tow:
A 2000 Ford Taurus using a tow bar
Our favorite activity to do inside the motorhome:
Read or cook
Our pet that travels with us:
One spoiled cat
A technical tip we’d like to share with other motorhome owners:
When driving, don’t exceed 60 mph cruising speed. This will increase your fuel mileage and reduce fatigue.
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