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Old 09-22-2012, 10:46 PM   #11
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Welcome! We live in Grand Rapids but are from Muskegon. This is our first year with a RV but isn't it nice living around so many great places to camp. We just spent 10 days at the Muskegon Channel State Park. I give it a 10 out of 10.
Where did you buy your Columbus?

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We bought our Columbus from Lloyde Bridges RV. They were at the local RV show. Had the best deal and gave us what we wanted for our Motor Home.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:47 AM   #12
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Welcome from Bay City, Michigan. Great to see so many Michiganders on here.
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:11 PM   #13
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Welcome to the forum... I retired from the FAA as well. Worked for WCG then Raytheon, till Raytheon laid me off. That was OK, I drew retirement and (for the first time in my life) unemployment for awhile. Were you in the ATC business?
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:35 PM   #14
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Welcome to the forum... I retired from the FAA as well. Worked for WCG then Raytheon, till Raytheon laid me off. That was OK, I drew retirement and (for the first time in my life) unemployment for awhile. Were you in the ATC business?

Actually, I was on the AF side of the house. I maintained a long range radar in Canton, MI. that fed the Cleveand center. I also maintained the Terminal Doppler Weather Radar in Sumpter, Mi. I went to work for Honeywell/CGH Technologies last January. Now I maintain all the security systems for the FAA. Ironically, most of my calls are for the Cleveland Center. I seem to be down there 2-3 days per week. I'm just waiting to get old enough to collect full Social Security. Then I think I will head down to Florida for the winters. Nice thing with this job, I can work both places if I want. It would be nice not to have to work, but I do like toys!!!! Raytheon I'm very familar with. They installed a good share of the equipment on the submarines I was on. They also installed all the radars I worked on. What is WCG?
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:58 PM   #15
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Welcome from Bay City, Michigan. Great to see so many Michiganders on here.

Bay City, the gate way to northern Michigan. Been through there countless times in my life. I love camping in northern Michigan. We are kinda stuck here at Haas Lake Park because we don't have a tow vehicle. We love it here and will probably make this our summer home. If I could find something like it in Florida, we would have the best of both worlds.

Where do you go RVing. We have been all over Michigan.
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Old 09-23-2012, 02:38 PM   #16
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What is WCG?
I worked at Memphis Center for 13 years, then transferred to Nashville Tower where I retired 5 years ago. Wow! it doesn't seem that long ago.

WCG is the Washington Consulting Group, they had the training contract for about 20 years on the ATC side. Raytheon underbid them in 09 I think, then they could not make payroll, so in a lot of places they laid instructors and field staff off. In other words they are not doing what they said they would in the contract, cut staffing to the point that there are no instructors in a lot of places. But still getting paid from the FAA. Only would the government would take a bid for an ridiculously low number, be confused as to why the new company can not function and keep paying them anyways.

Oh well, c'est la vie...

BTW, I hope you have no dealings with OPM. What a nightmare...
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:03 PM   #17
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We've been all over Michigan, except strangely enough, the Thumb. We love the west side best. But will go anywhere where friends and/or time take us. Heading to Cadillac this next weekend and then to Charlevoix for the Apple fest in a couple of weeks.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:12 PM   #18
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At least you have Smugglers Cove on the lake. I'm sure you will want a truck soon. I think heading to Florida is in our plans soon maybe Feb or March. Can't go yet. Not looking foward to the snow.
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We've been all over Michigan, except strangely enough, the Thumb. We love the west side best. But will go anywhere where friends and/or time take us. Heading to Cadillac this next weekend and then to Charlevoix for the Apple fest in a couple of weeks.
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Hey Poppy....Bay City is a great place. We used to store our boat during the off season at Bay Harbor Marina, enjoyed the restaurants and stores on Wilder Rd. Although, we sold our boat 10 years ago, we still manage to go to Bay City.

We've had a small cottage in the Thumb area since 1974. We've enjoyed Caseville and Pt. Austin mainly during the summer. The beaches are great, as is the fishing.

Next year we hope to expand our travels with our new trailer to the west side of michigan and definitely are planning on taking our Grandchildren to the U.P.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:17 PM   #20
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We bought are Columbus 365rl from RV Wholesalers in Ohio, they were several thousand less than local dealers. They will deliver it to Florida for me for about
$1,700. For now that's cheaper than a truck.
We bought our Sandpiper 292rl from RV Wholesaler too. Great place to buy. We drove out from Northeast PA to pick it up in person. I will buy there again.
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