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  1. On 5/19/2014 at 9:28 PM, JohnJill said:

    Yes I am inquiring if there is or can be a branch of the association for member under 50. We are a family of 3) 6yr old girl,8 yr old boy and a 10yr old boy, located in McKinney TX north of Dallas.

    We are fortunate to be in our 40s and be able to have this type of lifestyle. We were in Marble Falls over the weekend to where there was a Tiffin rally at the resort we were in. With that being said all of the member were all retired or close to it.

    While I always enjoy talking and getting more knowledge from my elders, I would like to be able to meet other families that have the same interests as ours, being able for our kids to meet other kids and experience things on their on level.

    Thank You for your time.

    John Swanner


     After reading this whole thread, there's some good stuff.   But, I agree with you John. We joined Family Motorcoach Association a year and a half ago when we got our coach, and would love to be able to network with some families of similar age,  that enjoy the RVing, living on the road lifestyle. My wife and I are in our early 30s, with two young sons,  and it seems most people we meet through FMCA  or on the road for that matter are much older.   Like you, I understand the demographic of most coach owners,  and very much respect their knowledge.  As our sons grow up though,  it would be nice to connect with families of similar interest.   And I feel like the Association was formed with families in mind. 



  2.  My wife and I are seriously considering full-time or at very least part time.  We recently got back from a five week, 5,000 mile trip with our sons and loved it.  We feel like that was a pretty good test, but are still wondering what things we have not considered moving into a full-time or long-term part time (6mo-2yrs at a time) RVing lifestyle.  

    Our sons are 2 & 4 yo,  obviously school concerns, but we planned on homeschooling anyway.  My grandfather took my brothers and I all over the country growing up and we feel like would like to pass it on to our children.  Showing them the country rather than just reading about it.  

    Thanks for any input! 

  3. wolfe10,
    Thanks, that makes sense. I never thought about the fact that propane would be cheaper than running the generator while driving down the road.

    I did notice something today though that I found curious. While unplugged from electric, with only the large engine warmed up and running. The thermostat was set at "electric heat" 70 degrees ( it's about 40 outside ambient temperature), The blower came on and was blowing very warm air through the vents, but the I don't think the furnace was running. Is it common to pull heat from the big engine to heat the entire unit? Or is it possible that it was going to a back up propane heat source and was heating with propane?


  4. Hello,

    My wife and I are fairly new to camping and the FMCA family we purchased a 2004 Winnebago journey 39w last summer and enjoyed using it with our two young sons for a few trips.

    Question I have is regarding using the camper in the wintertime. Obviously I know I want to avoid road salt, if at all possible. But if I'm leaving the generator running what is a practical temperature that I can use my camper down to? Lower 20s? When it's that cold I would use gas heat instead of electric correct?

    Just like the heat pump for my house?

    Thank you in advance for any help.

  5. Hello,

    My wife and I are new to FMCA & camping for that matter. Although currently toying with idea of going "full-time" or semi full-time this fall/winter.

    We live in Ohio and are looking at buying around a 40' diesel pusher, to travel with our 2 sons (2.5 years old & 10 months) and my grandfather.

    My grandfather took my brothers and I all over the country when growing up, now it is my turn to pay it forward & take him and his great-grandsons (my boys!).

  6. I asked the MDTA about the weigh stations on I-95 in Maryland at the Perryville, Maryland location. Signs say all vehicles over 5 tons must stop when scales are open.

    Here is their reply:

    Thank you for your email and for contacting the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA). Financed solely by toll revenue, the MDTA is an independent State agency that finances, owns, operates and maintains the State's eight toll facilities.

    We appreciate your bringing this matter to our attention. All vehicles with a gross vehicle weight or gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 10,000 pounds must stop at open weigh stations. Only vehicles that are operating in commerce may be subject to a safety inspection.

    Thank you again for your email, and please let us know if we may assist you further.

    Kerry Brandt

    Division of Communications

    Just thought I would pass this along.

    Very interesting, I really doubt that they would waste time chasing down a RV that blows past the weigh station though.

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