FMCA membership number: F367924 (we joined in 2005)
Our current motorhome:
A 1973 GMC Canyonlands, 26-foot. Her name is “Annie.” It’s our first motorhome.
Three words that best describe our motorhome:
Affordable, comfortable, maneuverable
The best thing about our motorhome:
Given the size of our GMC, it can take us almost anywhere.
We decided to buy a motorhome because:
We like to travel and tour, and our GMC motorhome makes it possible to do it on our schedule.
Jim: retired U.S. Army. Jane: homemaker.
We have one daughter, Jennifer.
When we’re not motorhoming, we’re:
Home. We take three to four two- to three-week trips a year plus attend rallies with other GMC motorhome clubs throughout the year.
Our favorite motorhoming destinations:
Mount Dora, Fla.
Our “dream” trip:
New England and Canada
Our perfect day of motorhome travel:
No traffic, no breakdowns, no accidents and no glare
Our worst motorhoming experience:
August in Florida with one roof air conditioner and no shade
Our motorhoming pet peeve:
Drivers who think you can stop on a dime and/or pull out in front of you.
The best alteration we’ve made to our motorhome:
We extended the kitchen cabinet and countertop.
If we could change one thing about our motorhome, it would be:
Something about motorhoming that we know now but did NOT know when we started:
When driving the motorhome, the most important thing to remember is:
Plan your routes in advance (when you can) and make your turns wide.
Advice for other motorhome owners:
Slow down and enjoy the trip.
Jim: golf, motorcycles and genealogy. Jane: reading, crosswords, jigsaws, genealogy, home improvements.
Vincent’s Italian Restaurant in Mount Dora, Fla.
A celebrity we admire:
George Clooney for his humanitarian work in Darfur
If we were awarded a shopping spree at the store of our choice:
We’d choose Target.
Noccalula Falls Campground, Gadsden, Ala.
Endless Caverns Campgrounds, New Market, Va.
When motorhomers visit our state or hometown, they should be sure to see:
Chesterfield is a suburb of Richmond, Va. In Richmond, visit: Lewis Center Botanical Gardens, Maymont Park, the Children’s Museum of Richmond and the numerous Civil War sites. Also in Virginia: Blue Ridge Parkway, Chesapeake Bay, Jamestown and Yorktown.
Items that we always keep in our motorhome refrigerator while traveling:
Eggs, string cheese, salad “fixings” and fruit
Our advice to new motorhome owners:
Set a budget. Watch your coach’s gross weight. Live your dreams.
Pets who travel with us:
Two Boston terriers: Missie and Yogi, named for my (Jim’s) childhood hero, Yogi Berra.
When we’re online, Web sites we like to visit:
Too many to list
A technical tip we’d like to share with other motorhome owners:
Don’t over or under inflate your tires. Also, don’t over or under fill your coach’s fluids.
We joined FMCA because:
FMCA underwrites our international, regional and local GMC motorhome clubs.
FMCA chapters that we belong to:
GMC Tidewater Crabs – president, past vice president and FMCA national director
GMC Eastern States
GMC Motorhomes International
We are hoping to make the FMCA convention in Bowling Green, Ohio, in July 2009. Bowling Green means a lot to me (Jim). This was my mother’s hometown and I spent many summers there as a child. We’ll be able to connect with family and see how the town has changed.