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Old 05-18-2013, 09:33 PM   #1
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Mumsywumsy and I went to our first bus rally this week. The Great Lakes Converted Coaches chapter of FMCA held their annual Surplus & Salvage Rally in Elkhart, IN. My son Scott and I combed some of the surplus dealers looking for ideas and deals. He got some of the things on his list, and I got the rain gutters I had been wanting. We both scored some 24 led light fixtures for $2.00 a piece. Here is a link to a page with pictures of the buses in attendance. As you can see everyone is welcome.

http://somewhereinusa.x10.mx/2013salvage.html

Mumsywumsy seemed to enjoy herself even though since she doesn't like the salvage places and stayed back at the bus. She even put up with the lack of real comfort that a finished bus would have. We do have a toilet and hot and cold running water.

Looking forward to the next trip.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:11 AM   #2
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Cool pics. It must have been nice to be among like-minded people.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:45 AM   #4
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I can't speak for anyone but myself. Being a member of FMCA saved me $800.00 a year on insurance for all of my vehicles. Well worth the yearly membership.
The chapter I belong to, Great Lakes Area Converted Coaches, only has one member with something newer than 3 years old and that is a 2011 Prevost.
The next newest is a 2006 Prevost. We do however have a 1948 Spartan A,1955 GMC TDM,1954 Flxible Visa,1958 Flxible Starliner, and many in between those. There are two s&s Holiday Ramblers both over 10 years old.
They are a great group, kind of split into two groups. Those who bought it and those who did it themselves. Those who bought a coach already finished, mostly Prevost, obviously aren't in my price range. I don't have much in common with someone who can afford a bus that just having a slideout adds $100,000 to the price. They were however very friendly. They are less likely to show you their toys, but probably would have if I would have asked.
The do it yourselfers on the other hand couldn't wait to show you their latest build/accomplishment. They all thought my sliding screen door was really cool, and there was much discussion on how it might be made to work on their buses, but since almost none of them have a square door opening it would make the entry too narrow. I did get the plans to build a cruise control using a late model GM cruise module. It doesn't use vacuum so it will work on a diesel.

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And I told them it was because of the "thank the dealers" ststement
I find this statement to be just plain silly. Why wouldn't a large organization urge you to buy from their supporters/advertisers? They didn't say "If you don't buy from them you can't play with us anymore" Who knows you might have total brain fade and might want to buy a s&s motorhome with all of the cheap plastic stuff that will fail just after the 30 day warranty runs out. You could run out and buy from one of them.

The last few issues of FMCA mags have had some really good articles with pictures of the early days of FMCA. Most of the coaches were converted buses. Sure there are articles and advertisements about all of the newest motor homes, they help pay the bills. The mag isn't why I joined. You can pay good money for a magazine off the rack, all you get is a magazine, with maybe one good article about something that interests you, and you get a LOT of Pro this or that biased tests and advertising. For some reason I've been getting the Good Sam magazine, seems to be mostly a Camping World Catalog.

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These ARE NOT like minded people.
FMCA is the parent club, there are hundreds of chapters of people that may be like minded to you. I could care less whether you join this or any other group. I found a group I like. My son is in it. My wife likes it (means didn't object and went along) I obviously had the lowest dollar least finished bus there, and the only skoolie. Did the owners of the million dollar coaches come running over to look at it? No, why would they? Were they friendly? Yes. The group as a whole were friendly, nice, and helpful. Their rallies are close enough to be affordable, and they have a lot to offer. Many seem to be retired engineers of some sort. I'm not saying an engineer can necessarily build anything, but they have a lot of good ideas.

By the way, my son is an engineer, and he can do it too. This is the inside of his bus.Everything designed and built by him.
http://somewhereinusa.x10.mx/mciinterior.html
The ladder to the roof hatch.
http://somewhereinusa.x10.mx/ladder.html

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Your son's bus is A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

If I ever hit the lottery I'd like to do something like that.
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Pulled post since "DICK" objected. Of course no one can say anything that someone else objects to. I just posted MY experience. And I still think telling folks to replace a 3 YEAR OLD RV is STUPID! Of course it was MY experience and obviously I'm wrong.

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So, you pulled your post because someone had a different opinion than yours? That's interesting.
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So, you pulled your post because someone had a different opinion than yours? That's interesting.
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So, you pulled your post because someone had a different opinion than yours? That's interesting.

No I pulled my post because it's not worth hassling with someone who thinks I'm not allowed to have a differing opinion or experience. I'm not going to squabble over a crummy group like FMCA. I don't think much of them. I think they are a more upscale version of Good Sam. The FMCA junk mail just wasn't quite as bad. Speaking of Good Sam.... they found me again! I've gotten two pieces of their junk in the last two weeks... and we only check the mail once a week.

You see, I have read an FMCA mag lately. It is, just like it was when I was a member, nothing but a glossy cover to cover package of advertisements. Even their articles are ads. The reason I have read recent issues (and have read them off and on over the years) is because they are a nice thick magazine that is the right size to use as a folding form when I do laundry. So I "read" them. I'll read anything, and do, while I wait on the dryers. Did you know there is a magazine called "Cowboys and Indians". The Smithsonian mag is interesting but too flimsy to use as a folding form. But Dicky Boy seems to think otherwise and it's not worth it. So I'll pulled my opinion.
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It is unfortunate that you feel that way. It is healthy to share different opinions. You have had your experiences, so has Dick. If you both post then others, including myself that have never dealt with Good Sam or FMCA can make informed decisions. Please don't remove your posts, it is all good information. If someone doesn't agree. oh well. Thats all I have to say, Cheers
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