FMC Magazine
FMC Magazine
June 2005
Minot, The Magic City Print Email
When crew members building the Great Northern Railroad stopped work for the long North Dakota winter back in 1886, they set up a tent city at a place they called Minot. Like magic, the town sprang up almost overnight.
RV News: June 2005 Print Email
The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) has designated June as Great Outdoors Month throughout the United States. Great Outdoors Month, of which FMCA is a participating partner, is a month-long series of events that will include a special focus on the role of recreation as a catalyst for physical activity needed to combat obesity.
Freeze! Print Email
When you cook double batches of a meal at home and freeze some for future road trips, you save time, mess, and money. Here are some offbeat recipes that can be made in large amounts and then frozen in portions appropriate for your family.
Chicki-basa Stew
1 pound kielbasa, halved lengthwise and sliced
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, partially thawed and cut into bite-size pieces
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 large onions (2 heaping cups), diced
1 large green sweet pepper, diced
1 small red sweet pepper, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
10 cups water
1 cup flour
In a large kettle, sizzle the kielbasa and chicken in hot vegetable oil, gradually stirring in the garlic and vegetables over high heat.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Print Email
In September 1883 Theodore Roosevelt, a graduate of Harvard University who would go on to become the 26th president of the United States, boarded a train in New York City and traveled to a small town called Little Misery in what is now North Dakota. He had come to "bag a buffalo," as he explained it, during a trip that historians believe lasted from September 7 to 28.
This part of the country is known as the Badlands.
Tech Talk: June 2005 Print Email
Q: In the “Engine Shuts Off” inquiry that appeared in the October 2004 issue of FMC magazine (page 30), Carl Kummer, F272373, indicated he was having fuel valve shutoff problems on an 8.3-liter, 300-horsepower Cummins engine. I had the same problem on my coach and found the following.
The fuel shutoff valve has two coils: one that activates with the starter circuit to pull the valve in, and a second “holding coil” to keep the fuel shutoff valve energized while the ignition is activated.
"Classified" Information Print Email
Family Motor Coaching magazine has been an integral part of FMCA since the association began in 1963. Early on, the founders realized the association needed a magazine to share information about the increasingly popular lifestyle.
The California Chapter Print Email
For 40 years, the California chapter of FMCA has been the umbrella under which many motorhomers have gathered. At one point more than 1,500 members belonged to the chapter, but as FMCA grew, more chapters sprouted from within the California chapter and its membership decreased to a more manageable number.
Follow The Seaway Trail Print Email
The idea for this column came from reading Mary Blocksma’s 1995 book, The Fourth Coast. Back in 1990 she left home and family for three months to drive and camp along the entire Great Lakes coastline — plus some additional waterways.
Updates And Upcoming Events Print Email
When I asked for the opportunity to write this column, my deadline was far in the future. Like everything, time passes by rather fast.
Looking To The Future Print Email
In my December 2004 "President's Message" column I reported on FMCA’s standing committees and explained their purposes and functions. The FMCA president appoints members to two other groups that I did not mention at that time, but they are very important to FMCA and our first-class magazine, Family Motor Coaching.
The Technical Advisory Committee is a highly qualified group of individuals selected from our family membership to review technical material prior to publication in the magazine.
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