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What’s Up Mac Pack?

Writing my first column for the ACA magazine as interim president of MacPack, I needed advice. I reread Judy Gallion’s last column in July-August 2016 and Larry Thomas’ first column in September-October 2016, and I recognize my predecessor’s large shoes to fill. I also learned that ACA readers want technical/how-to and first-person experiences written inclusively to make the MacPack column more appealing to all ACA members.

Before I try to engage the above writing objective, I would like to introduce myself and my wife Carrol Dee. I completed 20-years military service in 1987, serving 10-years Air Force enlisted and 10-years Army warrant officer service. In 1987, I was a single-dad of two young sons, transitioned to civilian work, and used the GI Bill to complete my Master’s degree in Acquisitions and Contract Management. Carrol is a California native and has three children, and graduated from California State University-Fullerton. We married in March 1992 and co-founded GeoQuill Services, Inc., in August 1992. Carrol is a perfect trifecta; she is my marital, business and spiritual partner. We have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. We closed our consulting company in 2016 and have enjoyed our 2008 American Tradition full-time since then.

We are currently work-camping at Florida Grande RV Resort, Webster, FL  Are you are looking for an amenities-filled Park and away from large city traffic problems, this is the place. While working at Florida Grande we purchased a 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and will have the Hitching Post in Ocala install the flat-towing system, which includes the Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar, Blue Ox 7/8” Adapter Bumper Dogs, Road Master 6” Drop Receiver, Road Master 2” Quiet Hitch U-Bolts (2 each) and SMI Manufacturing’s Air Force One proportional braking system (tapping the ABS Valve to supply and trigger metered air).

I have no mechanical ability; however, Carrol and I are installing storage bay door Chrome Handles and Metal Latches. The metal latches replace OEM plastic latches for all non-pass through bays (to minimize cost) using latches from RB Machining, Inc., Palmdale, CA. The Chrome Handles are from Summit Products, Inc., Altoona, IA. Vendor materials were purchased for $1,000 and the hand tools to complete the project cost $40.

We finally played MONOPOLY: National Parks. The game features 60+ of the most beautiful and historic sites in America from the stunning landscape of the Grand Canyon to the awe inspiring wonder of Yellowstone. Similar to regular Monopoly; National Battlefield cards replace Community Chest cards and Historic Site cards replace Chance cards. National Park properties and factoids replace Iconic Real Estate cards. Journey into the heart of America without ever leaving home and plan your next RV trip to the National Parks.

MacPack is planning a Chapter Rally to Gettysburg National Battlefield, PA on May 17-25 and we have 21-RV sites reserved until April 1, 2018. Call the Park directly to reserve your site (717) 334-1288; the Rally Fee is $75 payable to Annette Hatfield, Treasurer. We will elect new officers and board members for the next two years, with installations to follow.

Please travel safe and lets Have Some Fun Together.

Jim Dee