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Martha Barnes has plenty of canine company when traveling in her Fleetwood Terra LX motorhome.FMCA membership number: F3291. I joined FMCA in the 1960s, took a break and rejoined in 1992.

My current motorhome: a 35-foot 2007 Fleetwood Terra LX

The best thing about my motorhome:
It’s just right for a solo driver. It has plenty of room for me and three dogs.

Other motorhomes I’ve owned:
My husband, Leroy, who travels separately, currently has a 19-foot 2007 Roadtrek. We’ve also owned an Open Road, two Coachmen and an Islander.

I decided to buy a motorhome because:
I like everything about a motorhome. I have had a tent, a mini-Toyota Class C, and a motorcycle with sidecar that towed a camping trailer.

My occupation:
I was chief of the administrative office with the John F. Kennedy Space Center (NASA) on Merritt Island, Fla. I started with the government as a clerk-typist and was fortunate to climb the ladder to management. I retired in 1995 after 37 years with the government.

I travel in our motorhome:
Approximately three months of the year. When I’m not motorhoming we’re: working part-time in the health industry.

My best motorhome trip:
Nova Scotia and the Grand Canyon. I have been to all but three U.S. states. My favorite trip was to Nova Scotia with the Challengers chapter of FMCA. I was gone for two months and could have stayed there a lot longer.

My favorite motorhoming memory:
My most memorable trip was to California and spots in between. I took my friends Willie and Lillian Combes with us and they had never been west of the Mississippi River.

My “dream” motorhome trip:
I want to go to every U.S. Army Corps of Engineers RV park in the USA.

My perfect day of motorhome travel:
To go 250 miles and stop for two days and tour the area.

My worst motorhoming experience:
When I was in Albuquerque, N.M., and the campground had an electrical problem. All of the RVs were “hot” and I could not get into our motorhome until an electrician arrived. That was a “shocker.”

My motorhoming pet peeve:
Because of the cost of fuel, I can’t stay out as long as we would like to. Someday I want to be a full-timer!

The best additions I’ve made to my motorhome:
A satellite antenna dome and a computer desk.

If I could change one thing about my motorhome, it would be:
Remove the carpet and put in tile.

Something about motorhoming that I know now but did NOT know when I started:
That it would be so much fun.

When driving a motorhome, the most important thing to remember is:
You are longer, heavier and can’t stop on a dime.

My advice for other motorhome owners:
Enjoy it while you can.

My hobby:
I love to travel with my friends, and everywhere I go I tour the countryside.

Favorite restaurant:
Cracker Barrel, Cracker Barrel. I should buy some stock in Cracker Barrel.

Something others would be surprised to know about me:
Since I travel alone, people are surprised to find out I am married. My husband, Leroy, has his own motorhome (Roadtrek) and we do not travel together. Leroy has asthma and that makes it hard to be with a lot of people. I'm the opposite -- I love being with a group. So, we are a rare two-motorhome family. We have been married for more than 55 years!

If I were awarded a shopping spree at the store of our choice, I’d choose: Wal-Mart

Favorite campground:
East Bank Campground, Chattachooche, Fla. (Army Corps of Engineers)

When motorhomers visit my state or hometown, they should be sure to see:
John F. Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island. This is where the space shuttles and human space flights were launched. Also, the Air Force Space & Missile Museum at the adjoining Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Items you always keep in our motorhome’s refrigerator while traveling:
Milk, ham, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, eggs, bacon, cream cheese and medicine.

What’s the best motorhoming advice you’ve ever received:
Never put your name on the motorhome. While you are out roaming, a thief could find out where you live and burglarize your home.

My advice to new motorhomers:
Join an FMCA chapter and get involved with other motorhomers. You will learn so much from chapter members.

Behind my motorhome, I tow:
A 2009 Chevy Traverse or 2007 Chevy Equinox. My husband tows a Smart car. We both use Roadmaster tow bars.

Pets that travel with me:
Smokey, a Yorkie who weighs 3-1/2 pounds
Chacha, a long-haired Chihuahua who weighs 8 pounds
Terra, a 5-pound “Chorkie” -- Chacha is the mother and Smokey is the grandpa

Web sites I like to visit:
www.FMCA.COM, www.campingworld.com, www.thefmcachallengers.com and lots of campgrounds

Travel tips I’d like to share with other motorhome owners:
Don’t always trust the GPS. Remember to lock all bay doors. Don’t let anyone help you hook up your towed vehicle. You do it and it’s done right.

I joined FMCA because:
When I joined, FMCA was very small. I wanted to get with other motorhomers to learn more about motorhoming. And I also wanted to join a chapter.

FMCA chapters that I belong to:
The Challengers, since 1992. The first chapter I joined with the Roll'n Rebels.

Other comments:
I can remember all of the campgrounds I have ever been to. There is something about each of them to help me remember. I love to attend the FMCA rallies and always find some people I have met from other campouts. The friendships last forever. If you don’t belong to a chapter, please consider joining one. Get a chapter that is active and become active with the group.

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