FMC Magazine
FMC Magazine
February 2006
"Celebrating Family" With Music, Humor, And Dance Print Email
Motorhomers who roll into Fairplex in Pomona, California, for FMCA's 75th International Convention, March 20 through 23, 2006, may find themselves wondering how they'll find time to see and do everything that's been planned for this gathering. Besides the usual fellowship that takes place at such get-togethers, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about their motorhome and the RVing lifestyle through the many seminars presented; tour the newest motorhome models on display; peruse products offered by suppliers in the indoor display area; create a lovely craft; or take an in-depth tour of a Southern California landmark or area of interest.
Trying to squeeze so much into a handful of days is sure to wear out even the hardiest of convention-goers, so FMCA has scheduled an array of daytime and special entertainment to help people unwind and relax during their stay in Pomona.
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RV Products: February 2006 Print Email
VIOLight Travel toothbrush sanitizerInformation from the Centers for Disease Control states, "Even after being rinsed visibly clean, toothbrushes can remain contaminated with potentially pathogenic organisms." But the VIOLight Travel toothbrush sanitizer can help folks keep their toothbrushes bacteria-free when on the road.
VIOLight technology utilizes a special germicidal ultraviolet (UV) bulb — the same used in hospitals and dental offices — to eliminate germs and bacteria on toothbrushes. According to company literature, VIOLight's UV bulb has been proven to eliminate 99.9 percent of germs it comes into contact with on a toothbrush.
Simply place the toothbrush in the pencil-case-size unit, close the lid, and the sanitizing begins.
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Texas Mountain Trail Print Email
The Texas Mountain Trail (designated by the Texas Highway Department) leads you through West Texas. It's the least populated area of the state, and boasts 90 mountain peaks that stretch a mile or more into the sky.
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Discover Northern California's "Gold Country" Wineries Print Email
Most of us know something about the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in the Sierra Nevada foothills on January 24, 1848, but we may not be aware that many of the immigrants who came to mine northern California's rich ore also brought with them gold of their own in the form of wine grape rootstock. By the end of the 19th century, El Dorado, Calaveras, and Amador counties had more than 100 wineries, with more acreage devoted to the growing of grapes than anywhere else in California.
The mines continued to extract ore until they were shut down in 1942 by the War Production Board.
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Tri-State Traveliers "Go Country " In Nashville Print Email
Nashville, Tennessee, home of the Grand Ole Opry, was the destination for the Tri-State Traveliers' fall rally, October 13 through 16, 2005. Forty-three coaches made the trip on one of the most beautiful weekends, weather-wise, of the fall season.
Our home base was the Nashville KOA, which is close to many of the attractions in the area.
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Favorite Times In Tampa Print Email
When many people plan a Florida vacation, their thoughts turn to the theme parks of Orlando, the beaches of Daytona, or the cultural heritage of Miami. Yet there’s a destination that combines all of these attractions and much more to create one of the Sunshine State’s best all-around vacation destinations: Tampa.
Located on central Florida’s Gulf Coast approximately 80 miles west of Orlando, Tampa has grown from a small Indian fishing village to the third most-populous city in Florida.
Ponce de Leon sailed into Tampa Bay in 1521, but for three-and-a-half centuries after that, the area remained largely unsettled.
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Remembering "The Great Communicator" Print Email
In most cases it’s difficult at best to avoid dissension when talking about the modern American presidency. But in the case of President Ronald Reagan, most people can agree that he accomplished great things and truly earned his nickname, "The Great Communicator."
The 40th president led the United States from January 1981 to January 1989.
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Tech Talk: February 2006 Print Email
Q: I own a 1999 Monaco La Palma with the Ford Triton V-10 engine. For the last year or so the starter fails to engage right away when the ignition key is turned.
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Parking, Seat Belt Issues Still Brewing Print Email
Will it be a happy new year for motorhome owners? Well … that might depend on the outcome of several lingering proposals to change existing RV-related regulations.
As the year 2005 came to a close, government bodies were in the “reviewing public input” stage on issues that may affect where motorhomers park and the number of seat belts their vehicles contain.
Billings, Montana, overnight parking
During 2005, complaints about RVs parked overnight in store parking lots led city compliance officers to enforce an ordinance that limits overnight camping to licensed campgrounds.
The crackdown drew the ire of RV enthusiasts, who expressed their stance against the ordinance in e-mail campaigns and on Web site forums.
In September the mayor appointed an RV parking committee to research overnight RV parking practices in use around the country, and then make recommendations to City Council. Eight people serve on the committee, representing developers, RV users, campgrounds, retailers, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Councilwoman Nancy Boyer, who chairs the committee, told FMCA, "We definitely want to be tourist friendly and provide for RVers who need that overnight stay....
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Extreme Makeover Print Email
Time for a complete renovation to the interior layout of the motorhome you love? For many, the same old motorhome is as comfortable as an old house slipper. You wouldn’t change a thing.
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