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  1. Registered For Gillette This Morning

    I was able to register (at least as confirmed by my charge card company, shortly after the email was received on the 9th... Looking forward, and had already planned out and reserved our stops out and back from the Left Coast. First timers!
  2. FMCA Roadside Assistance

    Personally, I try not to identify myself in a public, searchable forum. My employment used to require my name be known. My name is just unique enough, with location knowledge, to find me. One disgruntled customer, currently a guest of us taxpayers at a federal institution, made threats against me and my family. The person was easily able to get my address. It took quite some time to scrub as best anyone can do. There are still some old posts I cannot scrub, but they are not as easily discerned. So my choice is just enough online anonymity to keep the nuts away, while allowing me to participate. I have disclosed my information in private communication. My problem, for certain, not others, but unless you walk in my shoes, I think a blanket statement that using a moniker is hiding, is not appreciated. This sort of tatic (implying those who do not use their actual name are hiding) could be why many members don't participate at all. Unless the post ability is tied to paid members, we are all anonymous.
  3. Proposed Change To FMCA's Governance

    Used to belong to a regional MC group. Inside that group were local clubs. Those not in a local club were called outriders, and they had vote power in the regional group... so Wayne has a the seed for an international chapter, to at least get a director voice, for those who do not fit in the current chapters, but want to participate in a "non-chapter" chapter. In the case of the recent vote, all had the ability to vote per member number.
  4. Firearms

    State, and possibly local laws, will likely be the controlling rules. For instance, it may be there is no carry violation on private property until asked to leave (even if posted with signs), and it might be basic trespassing. Could be it is an actual carry violation. Signs do not always have legal weight... Way too much for a non expert to wade through. Relying on some sort of service to provide information, then verifying for yourself, as best you can, is what I suggest, along with appropriate insurance policy and legal defense policy/coverage. Concealed is concealed, both visually and verbally...
  5. Firearms

    Careful on the archery gear. Some locations may restrict those as well, since they are weapons. For us, we usually have recurves on hand, since they live in the rv, but the strings can be locked up if we are in a restricted location. May not be 100% compliant, but seems like a logical solution. I would ask the PTB, but one never knows who will answer.
  6. Firearms

    This is a public forum... I get and accept this as fact. I hope all who elect to arm themselves get training from someone who is currently working in the protection field. Such training should come before selecting what tool or tools, if any, to use. During the training, I suspect you would find things like needing to rack or slide before use will be discouraged, since presentation should be reserved for deadly force use only, in an expedient manner. Which mechanical tools I have at my disposal at any particular time is something I was trained not to disclose.
  7. Firearms

    For what my opinion is worth, why say either way, especially in public? I am not personally fond of public disclosure. I am very fond of education, specifically education to make the proper personal decision, and education on the consequences and responsibilities of said decision.
  8. Jeeps have a cowl drain which drips on pass side if plugged. DW is not happy if her footwell is wet, so the cowl area and cowel drain tube is a must keep clear item for me...
  9. Campers With Children Under 20-- Check In!

    So many lost homes, so few builders to rebuild them. Even those who can will have a long recovery. One friend who lost their home was smart enough to find a place to rent within 48 hours. It is about 45 minutes away, but they decided to take it while there was something to take.
  10. Campers With Children Under 20-- Check In!

    Yes to the rally. Our home is ok. We realised we can do without it. It is just a place to be. We got what we needed in the MH and jeep. Did not worry about what we left. Part of that is having good insurance, part is not being as attached to stuff as before.
  11. Campers With Children Under 20-- Check In!

    54, #, and 20. Kids are on the end, DW in the middle. Two older boys who have lives of their own. Already booked out and back stops around Gillette 2018. Live in CA, temporarily "displaced" from Napa.
  12. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    The Napa (City) Fairgrounds is about a 2 minute walk for me, but to stay there, I would have to get some sort of exemption since they do not allow locals!
  13. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Can only speak for me. Joined 4.2016. IIRC, got welcome emails from national. Got welcome info from Western area. And follow up info from Western area including invite to Indio. Have not received anything from a chapter, and have not yet found one which seems like a decent fit, to reach out too. I was thinking or maybe expecting the chapters had access to new members, and solicited any who are in their area. But, given what I found when searching chapters (stale or no web site), I suspect few are actively seeking new members, at least in my area. Not knocking local chapters, everyone has lives, and if their group is running smooth as is, adding more volunteer work is not top on the list. Sure, it would be great if every local has someone checking for a new member once a week, but not realistic. I am waiting out the vote to see how I want to proceed.
  14. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Had not mailed yet, so I printed again. One ballot sent only, one in the round file.
  15. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Thanks Herman. I will find or make a place... a few folks have been chatting with me already. I had to print a new ballot since discussing what I was actually looking for. I changed my mind towards inclusive, and hopefully focusing on the F and A, instead of the letters between. The options are many, versus the time when my dad converted buses as a hobby, but the people who enjoy what we do are still the same. Yes, things will change, but change can be good. So there is an article, forum, or presentation we may skip, we already do anyway. I currently skip things on air brakes, auto steps, and diesel. Others have no need to read a gas or E450 topic, be concerned with having internet 24/7, have any interest in DIY, or drop by a first timers meeting at a rally. Legacy eggs could avoid extinction.