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We love having FMCA members stay at the FMCA campground in Cincinnati. Please note, however, that because of rallies taking place, the campground will be full immediately following the Indy convention through July 23 and again from July 27 through 30. So, if you were planning to stop by on your way home from Indy, you’ll want to make arrangements to stay elsewhere. Please feel free to stop by and stay another time. Apart from special chapter rallies, spaces are available on a first-come basis. It’s always a good idea to call the national office to find out whether a rally is taking place during the time frame when you wish to visit.

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FMCA members and motorhome owners Derrick and Diane ParkerFMCA membership number: F362311 (we joined in 2005)

Our current motorhome:
2008 Holiday Rambler Vacationer XL 38PLT UFO gas pusher

Three words that best describe our motorhome:
Comfy, quiet, attractive

The best thing about our motorhome:
I say the chassis. My wife says the floor plan.

Other motorhomes we’ve owned:
2005 Bounder 36s

We decided to buy a motorhome because:
We tent camped for 30 years and wanted to upgrade.

Our occupations:
We are self-employed in the communications business.

Children, grandchildren:
We have three children and three grandchildren.

We travel in our motorhome:
Approximately two months of the year. When we’re not motorhoming, we’re working.

Our favorite motorhoming destinations:
Walt Disney World, Blue Ridge Mountains

Our all-time favorite motorhome trip:
We motorhomed to Little Switzerland in the mountains of North Carolina for our daughter’s wedding.

Our “dream” motorhome trip:
Three months to the Southwest including Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. And it is still a dream.

Our perfect day of motorhome travel:
Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway around Grandfather Mountain in the fall

Our worst motorhoming experience:
When we became stuck fast in the mud in my father’s backyard

Our motorhoming pet peeve:
People who cut me off on the road and think I can stop on a dime. Also, small-site campgrounds with rutty roads that say they are big-rig accessible.

The best addition or alteration we’ve made to our motorhome:
Outside window shades

If we could change one thing about our motorhome, it would be:
A bit more room around the bed

When driving a motorhome, the most important thing to remember is:
Never panic, and never be in a rush to go anywhere.

Our advice for other motorhome owners:
Remember it isn’t a house or a car; it’s a house on top of a truck going down the road at 60 miles an hour.

Our hobbies:
Diane: Scrap booking
Derrick: photography (goes well with the wife’s hobby)

Favorite restaurant:
The Moose Café in Asheville, North Carolina.

A celebrity we admire:
Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan from Forrest Gump)

Something others would be surprised to know about us:
We both used to be friends with and worked with Jim and Tammy Bakker.

If we were awarded a shopping spree at the store of our choice, the store we’d choose:
Wal-Mart (no kidding)

Favorite campground:
Fort Wilderness

When motorhomers visit our state or hometown, they should be sure to see:
Williamsburg, Virginia

Items that we always keep in our motorhome’s refrigerator while traveling:
Cottage cheese, milk, deli stuff. And something to drink like Blue Moon or Woodchuck Cider, or Miller Chill, or all the above.

Our advice to new motorhomers:
You need to be able to fix things yourselves, and have lots of patience when things go wrong. And they will go wrong.

Behind our motorhome, we tow:
A 2006 Saturn Vue, 4-cylinder, using a Blue Ox tow bar. We use an Smi supplemental braking system.

Pets that travel with us:
Nickolas, our cocker spaniel

When we’re online, Web sites we like to visit:,,,

A technical or travel tip we’d like to share with other motorhome owners:
Always use a supplemental braking system. Also consider Crossfires for your rear tires. That reminds me, I need to get a pair for our new coach.

We joined FMCA because:
We wanted the magazine and we also wanted to attend the local rallies and national conventions.

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