Mac Pack – Jul/Aug

Wow, the MacPack Reunion rally in April was a huge success.  We had 30+ coaches and 70+ attendees.  It was a great time to renew old friendships and create new ones.  Although it rained quite a bit we were able to spend some time touring the area including the Smokie Mountains and the dinner/show at Dixie Stampede.  Tina’s granddaughter had a cheerleading competition.   Who knew that 6-year-olds competed in cheerleading? – And, in the area that we were able to attend?

Once we got back home after the Reunion Rally it was time for maintenance and upgrades to the coach.  Tina has been complaining the convection oven has never cooked properly, so it was off to Lowes to find a replacement.  As with most MH projects the new item is never quite the same as the existing one, but after adding a support plate to the wall everything went together great.  Hopefully it cooks as good as it looks.  Next I needed to fix a weak spring in one of the dinette seats, of course it was the one Tina used most.  Villa was less then helpfully in getting new springs, after 3-4 calls I decided to use my engineering talents and fix it myself.

Since I had the seat out we decided to replace the carpet.  Although most of the flooring is tile the slides have carpet.  The first opportunity was to find someone who could bind the carpet.  The full wall slide doesn’t have much carpet but it is 28 feet long, so we had to buy twice as much carpet as we needed.  After removing the other two pieces of furniture in the front passenger slide, replacing the carpet was easy.  Removing cabinets wasn’t an option in the full wall slide, so I had to cut along the baseboards to create a template.  Once we had the template the rest was pretty easy.  In the end, everything tuned out great.

On a sad note, we lost one of our members, Phil Gionet who died suddenly in April.  Please keep Phil’s wife Shirley Arndt in your prayers.

We have changed our Fall Rally location from Niagara Falls to Charleston SC.  The rally will be held at the James Island Campground on September 25-29.   Please check-out the “Upcoming Rally Details” section for more information on this exciting rally.


Larry Thomas
Mac Pack President