Wednesday, November 16, 2011




  Talk on Fixing Alternator belt problems

shows the great find by PaulL of the GM device to tension the alternator belt.
will show all the devices, later, when I collect them all.
lots of examples here of various belt problems . 
will post later the AC solution
had to be here to hear the words ;>)

great rally,  30 coaches,
was fun to present this to the rally, and got a lot of great comments
- chrome pulleys need to be roughed-up
- new alternators are causing alignment probs.
- large alts, had alignment problems
- 6 folks had changed belts this year
- no one knew how tight their belts were
- at east 2 members had belts on 14 years
- Gary Bovee had tension-ers for sale $20

JohnS - talked about a very thin silicon goop that will flow into the cracks around the window molding to seal  leaks.

TerryT talked about the Virgin Mobile's MIFY
-no contract
-use once a year to keep active
-access point for 5 devices
-uses cell technology
-$150 one time price
-$10 for a week of use (3 plans)

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Click here for Dave Case Video


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Goods Santa Clara Valley Rally

Just a reminder that Goods Santa Clara Valley Rally is coming up and they would like to know by June 15th if you're planning to attend..........for your convience the rally invite was printed in the last newsletter and is also on our webiste
. or
 contact the Goods, 408 866-1331,

Sunday, May 22, 2011

GMC 49ers "A White Elephant and More" Rally

by Doug Norton
The food is good, the company too
Unless you wanted to see Mr. MaGoo.

Over thirty folkses
all but Manny with coaches.

Jim K boiled his fluids
to show off the vaporlock trutheds

Many did not do a presentation
but Deo did a craft session.

The white elephant session had a blue hue
with stuff most definitely not new

Only one of the three off color gifts was a hit
and a face or two turned red a bit.

A newbies couple from San Jose parked by uses
and a couple with coil springs paid first time dues

If a bell doesn't ring you can shake it
If a word will not rhyme I can make it

But that will prove one not a poet
ask me why cause I know it

There is a big flea market or farmers market in the morning
a short walk from our places of mooring

The breakfasts have been rather fruit filled
but the BBQ stuff had our guts filled

I have a camera but no pictures
Perhaps Sharron can share with u hers

I might take shots of some coaches
and feeders at the morning eating sans roaches

This is a clean spot with a heated pool here
we failed to bring golf clubs or swim gear

We loved the chance to take naps
but the wind would blow off our sun caps

It was cool but not cold and great for sweatshirts
too many people only had teashirts

Full hookups are a bit of a bonus
and the trains close by were not onerous

Manny is a bit behind his promised timeline
due to a shock that tore up his breakline

My new hubler front end moved from Monday'
so I will come back to see him on Tuesday

On Wednesday I will join those much poorer
and will remember the pain in my sholder

If the install goes well with the front end
we can do our trip via South Bend

to see relatives north up Winnipeg
but we will burn oil by the megakeg.

The Wi fi here works quite well
but the speed that it has is not swell

No motors blew up on the way here
not much else would make a Jim K cheer

Jim came sans coach and just talked
Many was sans coach but stayed and watched

I am all out of ryhmes and getting tired
I keep your hours - thats nuts for those who are retired

Irene is doing well and she would enjoy life
a bit better if you were here with your wife.

The winds carry grass pollen and whats next
Is we will run out of Kleenex

I wrote a lot but the truth may be hidden
between lines if I was a poet real driven.

We had 33 folks if I counted right
with two kids with Bill Boulton who spent one night

two first timers and a Jim K who blew in and out
We had one SOB and it stood out

What more could I say without a doubt
I know my words have all run out

There you have it in a nut shell
But I regret I can not rhyme well

Doug Norton

Sunday, April 24, 2011



San Lorenzo County RV Park
 1160 Broadway – King City, Ca 93930

APRIL 27-MAY 2, 2011



  2:00 pm-5:00pm         Check in at the Portola Building
  4:00                           Executive Board Meeting – De Anza Bldg.
  5:00                           Social hour - De Anza Bldg. 
  6:00                           Catered Dinner - De Anza Bldg.
  7:00                           Welcome Meeting – Meet your Officers, Meet your Vendors & -New
                                    Members – De Anza Bldg
  7:30                           Jokers and Marbles, Dominos, Bridge, Pinochle and other games
                                    De Anza and Portola Buildings


  7:00 am                      Fitness walk with Freddi – Meet at the Portola Building
  8:00                           Catered Breakfast - De Anza Building
  9:00 -10:00                Solar: A Good Idea Or Bad  – Doug Norton –De Anza Bldg.            
  9:00 -10:15                Book Exchange and Book Discussion – Read Travels W/Charley by
                                    John Steinbeck – Lillian Trubert – Portola Bldg.       
10:30 -  2:30               Optional Bus Trip:
                          Docent led tour of San Antonio de Padua Mission located on Fort Hunter   Ligget Military Base.  The Mission is fully restored and has a beautiful garden.  A gift shop features work by many local artists; some who currently have exhibits at the Steinbeck Museum in Salinas.  Cuttings of Mission grapevines and roses will be available. The tour will include snacks & water.  Total cost is $26.00 per person.  Sign up on your reservation form.
 3:00 -  5:00                 Vapor Locking Problems & Solutions – Jim Kanomata – De Anza Bldg.
 3:00 -  4:45                Update On Current Health Hot Topics - Dorris Garton
                                    Portola Bldg.              
 5:00                            Social Hour - De Anza Building.  BYOB 
 6:00                            Dinner - Served by Member Volunteers - De Anza building
 7:00                            Movie   -Stripes – Phil & Joanne Hernandez – De Anza Bldg.


  7:00 am                      Fitness walk with Freddi - Portola Building
  8:00                           Catered Breakfast - De Anza Building
10:00 – 12:00              Group “A” Docent lead tour of on-site Agricultural & Rural Life Museum
                        Irrigation Museum, Farmhouse, School house and Blacksmith Shop
                        Sign up sheet will be at the arrival check-in area in the Portola Bldg.
10:00 – 12:00              Ask The Experts – Phil Hernandez – De Anza Bldg.

1:30 – 3:00              Working with Digital Photos, Telling Your Story –
                                    Armand & Carol Minnie – De Anza Bldg.
Bring your Digital Camera & Manual.  This is a “How To” Session on taking good photos,   getting them off your camera and doing something creative with them.  This will be interesting for both men and women.
  3:30 - 4:30                Electrical Nuts & Bolts of the GMC  - Gene Fisher – De Anza Bldg.
  3:30 - 4:30                Ladies Gab Fest/Real Life Advice (Bring Questions) –                        
                                   Lillian Trubert – Portola Bldg.
  5:00                          Social Hour - De Anza Building BYOB
  6:00                          Catered Dinner - De Anza Buildings
  7:00                          The Best Thing I Ever Did To My GMC – Gene Fisher, Facilitator
                                   De Anza Bldg.
  7:00                          Oh, the games we play (Jokers & Marbles, Cards, etc. – Portola Bldg.
7:00 am                                  Fitness Walk (This will be your last chance to exercise and walk with the   “Queen of Fitness” during this Rally).  Meet at the Portola Building
  8:00                           Breakfast – De Anza Bldg.
10:00 -12:00                Group “B” Docent led tour of on-site Agriculture and Rural Life Museum,
                                    Irrigation Museum, Farmhouse, Schoolhouse and Blacksmith Shop. 
                                    Sign up  sheet will be at the arrival check-in area - Portola Bldg.
10:00 – 12:00              Ask The Experts, Phil Hernandez – De Anza Bldg.
  1:00 -    2:00              Putting contest (see park map for location) Sign up sheet at DeAnza Bldg.
  2:00 -  3:00                Horseshoe pitching contest (see park map for location) Sign up at DeAnza
  3:30 -  4:30                Engine Repairs – Chuck Garton – De Anza Bldg.
  3:30 -  4:30                Comedy Video & Mini Swap Meet - Lillian Trubert -Portola Bldg.
                                    Bring 3 items that you are willing to sell for $1                                                         
  5:00                           Social time - De Anza Building BYOB
  6:00                           Dinner on your own tonight or bring something to grill on the beautiful
                                    BBQ facilities - De Anza Bldg.


  8:00                           Catered Breakfast – De Anza Bldg.
  9:30 - 10:00               Morning Devotion – Sharon Cerrina - Portola Bldg.
10:10 - 11:10               What We Did On Our Summer Vacation – The Minnie’s – De Anza Bldg.
11:15 - 12:15               Quilting With Pens/Badge Lanyard Making/GMC Pin or Magnet Creation    L                                   Lillian Trubert with Dorthy Hooten and Joan McKechnie - Portola Bldg.
  1:30 -   3:30               Open Coach and Swap Meet.  (Sell some of those $1.00 treasures you
                                     bought yesterday).  There will be an olive oil demonstration and tasting.     
  4:15 -    5:00               General Membership Meeting - De Anza Bldg.
  5:00                            Social Time - De Anza Bldg.  Come dressed as your favorite Steinbeck Character.  Libation from a bucket will be served.
  6:00                            Catered Dinner - De Anza Bldg.
  7:00                            Karaoke – De Anza Bldg.


  8:00 am                      Continental Breakfast – Volunteer Members    
Time to say Farwell!
Thank You for Participating and Drive Safely!

Saturday, April 23, 2011



Monday, April 11, 2011

GMC 49ers "A White Elephant and More" Rally May 20-22, 2011

GMC 49ers "A White Elephant and More" Rally
May 20-22, 2011   
(Please bring a wrapped "White Elephant" item or two
for our exchange game Saturday night)
(These are things you can't live with anymore, & it doesn't mean your spouse!)

Where:  Betabel RV Park, 9664 Betabel Road, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
                (Easy Off & Easy On Hwy 101)  Phone: Toll Free 800-278-7275
Rally Masters:  Dave & Gerri Elwood with help from Bob & Joan McKechnie

Friday, May 20th
Arrive anytime after 12 noon.
5:00 pm - Happy Hour - BYOB - M-Z bring appetizers to Clubhouse 2
6:30 - 8:00 pm - Potluck Dinner in Clubhouse 2
8:00 - ?? - Celebrity Faces Game, Cards or LCR dice game afterwards
Saturday, May 21st
8:00 - 9:30 am - Continental Breakfast in Clubhouse 2
10:00 - 11:00 am - Business Meeting
Lunch on your own.
1:00 - 3:00 pm - Technical Seminar in the great outdoors
1:00 - 3:00 pm - Crafts for the Women in Clubhouse 2
Free time for Bocce Ball, Horseshoes, Putting Golf or just Relax
5:00 pm -  Happy Hour - BYOB - A-L bring appetizers to Clubhouse 2
6:30 - 8:00 pm - Catered BBQ dinner in Clubhouse 2
8:00 pm - Cake & coffee will be served for the April & May Anniv. & Birthdays.
8:30 pm - ?? - Our Big White Elephant Exchange will begin.  After that if you still want to do something, there is a band that is playing up at the rec. center next to the office where they have karaoke and dancing into the night.
Sunday, May 22nd
8:00 - 9:30 am - Continental Breakfast in Clubhouse 2
10:00 - 11:00 am - Say your good-byes and have a safe trip home.

If some of you are interested, there is a Flea Market next door to Betabel that is free to get in.  There is Food and Produce, as well as new & used items and music & entertainment.

GMC 49ers "A White Elephant and More” Rally
May 20-22, 2011
San Juan Bautista, CA

Name(s) of people: _____________________________________________________

Phone: ____________________________Email: _____________________________

Coach Length: _________

Coach with 2 persons X 2 nights:  $125.00      Coach with 1 person X 2 nights:  $ 95.00
W/O coach 2 persons X 2 nights:  $  60.00     W/O coach 1 person X 2 nights:  $ 30.00
Each additional person add:          $  30.00

Total Enclosed: _____________________        Number of people attending: _________

Please make check payable to:  Dave Elwood, 416 Stephens Dr., Brentwood, CA 94513
                                            Home phone: 925-513-2347, Cell: 925-914-7511

Cut along line and return this form with your check.  THANK YOU
Everyone is to check in at the office first to get a site map and a site number, and if anyone wants to stay longer than the 2 nights they will get a special rate of $25 per night.

For those not bringing your coach, there are 2 possibilities to stay at:

San Juan Inn            ($89 per nite on weekends)           Posada de San Juan
410 The Alameda                                                      310 4th St.
San Juan Bautista, CA                                               San Juan Bautista
831-623-4380                                                831-623-4030

Betabel's Amenities:
Full Hook-ups 30 & 50 amp service
Tiled Showers & Restrooms
Convenience Store
Satellite TV - 16 Channels
Modem Friendly
Heated Pool
Pet Walk Area & Play Area

Thursday, March 24, 2011



Sunday, January 30, 2011

GMC 49ers on the road (blog)

GMC 49ers on the road (blog)
Suzanne Statler and Thomas List sail 2010 / 2011 in the Sea of Cortez and Mexico's Pacific Coast on the sailing vessel "Begone".

Greetings family and friends,
We’ve been here in La Paz for just over 2 weeks – and have had a wonderful time.  We have finally updated our blog with stories and pictures of our trip so far – so if you’d like, here’s the URL --

what fun