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The famous 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn, better known as Custer's Last Stand, took place in southeastern Montana. Forces representing the Cheyennes and the Sioux killed Gen. George A. Custer and more than 200 of his troops.
Montana ranks fourth among the U.S. states in terms of territory but only forty-fourth in population.
Gary Cooper, one of America's most famous movie actors, was born in 1901 in Helena, Montana.
Evel Knievel, daredevil motorcyclist, was also born in Montana
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Mechanic's Corner: Instrument panels lights out
Q: from Ron -- --
I've checked all the 10-30 amp fuses and all look good. Yet the instrument panel light is out. It wouldn't be a "relay" in the fuse compartment, would it? Or possibly a bulb? I would think that there is more than one bulb which lights the speedometer and other gauges. Is there anyone who can (no pun intended) shed some light on this for me?
A: Vern --
It's possible that there is one bulb with fiber optics to the various gauges.
A: Phil Feinstein --
The easiest explanation is that the bulb(s) have burnt out. If *ALL* of the panel lights are out, I would suspect that the dimmer switch is faulty. The late 80's to early 90's manufacturer was notorious for the headlight switch melting the plug off the back and this would take out the headlights, clearance lights and panel lights.
A: gordy --
So, guys, this is what I found. I ripped apart the entire dash looking for blown bulbs or fuses with no luck. What I did find came when I was at my wits end...I reset the computer by removing the battery lead for 5 min. After I put the lead back on, the damn dash lights came back on.
Anyway, I wish all fixes where so easy.
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Big Year for RV Sales?
According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), factory-to-dealer deliveries of RVs are expected to set a new quarter-century record in 2004.
The RVIA says record attendance was reported at January RV shows in Atlanta (up 33 percent over last year); Denver (up 30 percent); Port St. Lucie, Florida (up 29 percent); Nashville (up 20 percent) and Huntsville, Alabama (up 15 percent).
What does this mean for buyers? More selection. More options. Less worries about finding what you're looking for.
"The favorable outlook for RV shipments is due to continued growth in disposable incomes, low inflation, low interest rates and renewed growth in employment," said Curtin, director of surveys of consumers at the University of Michigan Survey Research Center. Other recent factors in the RV industry's favor are lower taxes, the stock market revival, population trends, and concerns about the safety of international travel, according to Curtin, who produces the Index of Consumer Sentiment released monthly to business clients and the media.
Also according to the RVIA, a new survey indicates that RV travel this year will be strong, with a trend toward a summer of more "mini-vacations."
Don't Let High Gas Prices Stall Your RV Travel
Prices at the pump are high, and are expected to go higher, but don't let that put the brakes on your RV travel this summer.
Even with gas prices at record highs, the comfort and safety of RV travel is an appealing option for those that don't wish to fly. Most destinations within a day's driving distance can be reached with one tank of gas (barring unusual traffic or road conditions). Camping is still a relatively inexpensive vacation, especially for families.
In fact, not much has seemed to change in the mind of many RVers. A survey by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) found about half of all recreational vehicle owners plan to travel more this year. In addition, one third of the owners said they would travel the same amount as last year.
"We may eat more chicken than steak this year, but we won't stop traveling. I work less overtime hours now, and I intend to replace that time with travel," said one RVer.
"When gas prices have been this high in the past, it has usually been associated with a lack of fuel. We don't have a shortage of gas at this point, just high prices!" said an RV-Coach Network representative. "And most people are more interested in the freedom that RV travel provides, and so are willing to pay the extra," he continued.
"When broken down into real costs, it is still more bearable than trying to fly an entire family to a resort destination. For a 1000-mile trip, the added cost of gas is about $125 for us."
So, if you are thinking about uncovering the RV this summer, then go ahead, because it sounds like you'll be in good company. High gas prices may cause us to wince a bit at the pump, but it shouldn't stop us from enjoying the freedom of traveling this awe-inspiring country.