RV Museum To Live On…

April 10, 2012

I ran across this article a couple of days ago indicating the RV Museum in Elkhart, Indiana has found a solution to its financial problems. It’s great news that this special RV place will continue to exist. You can read the good news by clicking this link…
http://www.rvlife.com/Special/hall-of-fame-clears-hurdle.html

In the event you missed the Blog posting when Mary and I visited the RV Museum on August 25, 2010…you can read that posting by clicking this link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-CR

Here are three photos to entice you to click the above link…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view...

The RV Museum in Elkhart, Indiana is a very special place. I encourage you visit it if you find yourself in the area. You’ll like it!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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2010 Year In Review…

December 31, 2010

Jim says:

2010 was a great RVing year for me. Here’s some on the places I visited, things I did and people met along the way in the about 17,500 miles…

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* Arizona
Yuma with a walk-in to San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora Mexico
Apache Junction
Old Tucson Film Studios in Tucson
Biosphere 2, in Oracle
Chiricahua National Monument deep in Apache Country for three days

* New Mexico
Deming with a walk-in to Palomas, Mexico

* Texas
Big Bend National Park for three days
Judge Roy Bean Museum in Langtry
National Museum of the World War II Pacific War Museum at Fredericksburg
Luckenback, population 3
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park at Stonewall

* Louisana
Fred’s Lounge in Eunice
Jean LaFitte National Preserve at Barataria
Mardi Gras in New Orleans for two weeks
Battle of New Orleans site at Chalmette
The mouth of the Mississippi River at Venice
Pilot Town, an island ten miles into the Gulf of Mexico
Bayou Terrbonne to Houma marshlands
Mandalay National Wildlife Preserve and Bayou Black Swamp tour
Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center at Thibodaux
Mr. Charlie Oil Rig Museum at Morgan City
The Oldest Rice Mill and Birthpace of Cajun Country at New Iberia
Tabasco factory and the Annual great Gator Race at New Iberia
Rice and Crawfish country in Crowley
Jean LaFitte Nation Historic Park at Lafayette
Martin Accordion Factory at Lafayette
Saints Football Team Parade at Opelousas
Historic Town of Washington
A visit at the home Greg Girard, famous Louisiana Author at Catahoula
The Great Atchafaylaya Swamp
Louisiana’s Angloa Maximum Security Prison 25 miles from St. Francisville
Civil War Battlefield at Port Hudson
State Capital Building at Baton Rouge
The Last Wilderness Ultimate Swamp Tour
Nottaway Plantation at White Castle
Laura Plantation at Vacherie
Bayou Segnette State Park at Westwego

* Mississippi
Beauvoir – Last Home Of Jefferson Davis, Biloxi,
U.S. Highway 90 and Hurricane Katrina Ground Zero damage area

* Florida
National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola for three days
Blue Angels Precision Flaying Team at Pensacola
Historical Museum at Pensacola
Fort Barrancas at Pensacola
Gulf Islands National Seashore

* South Carolina
A week-long visit with my friends Bob and Judy Michaud at Summerton
Santee National Wildlife Refuge at Summerton

* North Carolina
Asheville
Cherokee Indian Museum at Cherokee

* North Carolina and Tennessee
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

* North Carolina and Virginia
Blue Ridge Parkway

* Virginia
Skyline drive
A visit with Mary’s stepdaughter and her family at Front Royal

* West Virginia
Harpers Ferry National Park

* Pennsylvania
Gettysburg National Military Historic Park
Hershey Chocolate Factory at Hershey
Dutch/Amish Country in Lancaster County
The Covered Bridge Tour of Lehigh County

* New Jersey
A visit with my friends Jim and Ginnie Palumbo in Wayne
Thomas Edison National Historical Park at west Orange
A visit with my cousin Simone and her husband Pat in Bergenfield

* Connecticut
A visit with my cousin Diane and her husband Bob at Hebron
A visit with my son Jim and his family at Ivoryton
Katherine Hepburn Museum at Old Saybrook
Nuclear Submarine Nautilus and U.S, Navy Submarine Museum at Groton
United States Coast Guard academy at New London
Ivoryton Playhouse and The Buddy Holly Story
The largest casino in the United States at Foxwood
Mystic Seaport
Amistad Exhibit at New London

* Rhode Island
Millionaire “Summer Cottages” at Newport

* Massachusetts
A visit with several different cousins and their families at New Bedford
Whaling Museum at New Bedford
The Island of Martha’s Vineyard for one week
Chappaquiddick Island
A week on Cape Cod including Hyannisport and Provincetown
Sandwich Glass Museum at Sandwich
A visit with old school friends at Revere
The first public beach in the United States at Revere
97th Annual Portuguese Feast/Festival
Lowell’s Boat Shop at Amesbury
Newburyport
Manchester
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center and Fisherman’s Memorial
Rockport

* New Hampshire
Portsmouth

* New York
U. S. Army West Point Military Academy

* Michigan
Henry Ford Museum at Dearborn
Motown Music Museum and Ford F150 Pickup Assembly Plant Tour in Detroit

* Indiana
RV Museum at Elkhart
Fleetwood Motorhome Factory at Decatur
Workhorse Chassis Factory at Union City
Little Italy Festival in Clinton

* Nebraska
High Plains Museum at McCook

* Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park
Museum of Northwest Colorado at Craig

* Nevada
National Automobile Museum at Reno

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In addition those identified there were many other smaller museums, numerous restaurants and other experiences during the about 17,500 miles of 2010.
Whew! It was quite a year!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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Jim says:

While Mary and I are taking care of business here at her home…there is little “new stuff” to Blog about daily. So I’ve decided to share with you some of my favorite photos from our recent 298 day, 16,000+ mile RV trip around the United States.

Since scenery and people snapshot-type photos require little special photography skills…and being limited by the abilities of my digital camera…I none the less took some photos that I really liked. They are presented in no special order of favoritism. If you desire to see more associated photos and information about this area, you will need to find this date in the archive files of this Blog.

Today’s photos were taken at the RV Museum in Elkhart, Indiana on August 25, 2010……



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In other news…
Yesterday 39 degrees with rain. 23 degrees at 5:30 AM this morning. Brrr! Departure date for Jim is November 29, 2010.

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Jim says:

Yesterday was the nicest weather-wise day we’ve experienced in some time. 74 degrees, mostly sunny, moderate humidity and a nice breeze. So Mary and I drove the Bronco about 10 Miles to Clinton, Indiana to attend the 44th Annual Little Italy Festival. If you hold an event and want Mary to attend…just use the word festival in the title…and Mary will show up. :)

Years ago many immigrants moved into this area to work as coal miners. Many of them were Italian and their descendants remain in this area today.

The festival was mostly a bunch of food vendors…some selling Italian-type food and some carnival rides. As usual Mary sampled the food well…see two samplings below. I had two smallish sandwiches…sausage and meatball…unfortunately not as good as I experienced…both in size and in taste… in the Italian section of Revere, Massachusetts a few weeks back. The 16 ounce Miller Lite Beer in the local Eagles Club for $1.25 was great! There was a parade Friday evening which we did not attend.

Here are five photos that I took…

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Here’s the official Little Italy Festival website link…
http://www.littleitalyfestival.org/lift/

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about the Little Italy festival…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Italy_Festival

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Clinton, Indiana…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton,_Indiana

Cooler temperatures last night made for the best night’s sleep in a long while.

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The Beauty Of Horseshoe Lakes

September 4, 2010

Jim says:

In my last Blog entry I mentioned how pretty it is here at Thousand Trails Horseshoe Lakes RV Resort near Clinton, Indiana. Here are six photos to illustrate…

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Yesterday was a halfway decent day weather-wise…78 degrees, partly sunny, lower humidity than recent days and a strong breeze all day long. It’s so nice to have the humidity back down a bit!

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Jim says:

When we arrived in mid-afternoon the day before yesterday at Thousand Trails Horseshoe Lakes RV Resort in Clinton, Indiana, it was a hot and humid day. I was tired from driving and in no mood to go campsite hunting so we took the first one we came to near the Adult Lodge so we could use the Internet signal.

Yesterday we took a nice morning walk around the pretty grounds and while doing so came upon and unoccupied campsite with a very pretty view right on the shore of Horseshoe Lake. Upon arriving back at our motor home we decided we’d rather have the pretty site rather than an Internet signal, made the move and so here we are…

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It’s at a slight elevation above the lake so we are getting a nice breeze that we were not getting at the other site. It really helps with the heat and humidity. Yesterday was an off-and-on rainy day so we did our laundry and watched the movie My Fair Lady last night. Around midnight we experienced a summer-heat lightning and thunder-storm without a lot of heavy rain. It was an enjoyable to watch the reflections off of the lake kind of storm. Our new site is quite large and not too near other campers, so also relatively quiet. We’re glad we made the change of sites. It’s a most enjoyable spot to wait out the Labor Day holiday weekend before getting back on the road.

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Jim says:

Yesterday we drove the motorhome about 175 miles to arrive safely at Thousand Trails Horseshoe Lakes RV Resort, Clinton, Indiana. Another hot and humid day. We’ll hangout here through the Labor Day weekend.

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Since we are running ahead on our Verizon Air Card usage, we chose this site so that we can use the Thousand Trails internet signal (which originates from the Adult Lodge) instead while still in our motorhome.

We are only a few miles from the border of Illinois.

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Jim says:

Yesterday Mary and I took the Workhorse Chassis Factory Tour at Union City, Indiana. We have a Workhorse Chassis under our motorhome. The tour was about one hour-long and we saw how the chassis’ are made from the basic frame rails to the finished product.

We were told they employ about 300 people and have about 250,00 square feet of factory space. We were also told that back in the heyday of motorhome purchasing in 2002-2003 they used to turn out 150 units a day. Because of the current economy, now they only do 25 units a day of which 95% are chassis’ for commercial trucks. Workhorse provides chassis’ for most motorhome manufacturers as well as bus chassis’.

We were not allowed to take photos inside the factory, only a finished product outside. It was nice to get a better understanding of the chassis we have under our motorhome.

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To take a virtual tour of what we saw at the factory yesterday, click this link…
http://workhorse.com/Default.aspx?tabid=116

Since it was another hot and humid day, plus Mary really likes it because it’s pretty and mostly quiet, we spent the remainder of yesterday here in Union City. More reading, napping and a movie.

Today we will drive the motorhome west-southwest about 175 miles to Clinton, Indiana and a Thousand Trails Resort where we will hangout for the Labor Day holiday weekend and avoid all the crazies out on the road.

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Jim says:

On yet another hot and humid day, yesterday we drove the motorhome about 50 miles south to Union City, Indiana. We are parked in Harter Park, a city park with electric, water and dump station at no charge. The parking area is at the edge of the park. Today we take the Workhorse Chassis Factory Tour and Workhorse apparently has an arrangement with the city to allow their visitors to park here.

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Right across the street is a VFW Post where I went to cool off in their air-conditioning while the motohome’s air-conditioning was getting down to a livable temperature. A couple of cold Miller Lites and a bite to eat got me back into a better mood. Because it was another hot and humid day, I spent most of my day inside the air-conditioned motorhome reading. Mary, who stand the heat better than myself, actually took a bike ride around the park and declared it a very beautiful park. In the evening we watched another movie.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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Jim says:

Yesterday was a scorching 92 degrees so Mary and I spent most of the day hiding out in our air-conditioned motorhome reading, napping and watching a movie. When did leave for about an hour to go to the Adams County Historical Museum, a stately old mansion with lots of historic relics from this area.

Because we are running ahead of average daily use on our Verizon Air Card, you only get one photograph today of an iron-wheeled tricycle.

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Here’s the Adams County Historical Museum where you can see more photos…
http://www.adamshistorical.com/

Today we’ll move about 50 south to Union City, Indiana where tomorrow we’ll attend a Workhorse Chassis Factory Tour, We have a Workhorse Chassis on our motorhome.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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