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Lazy, Crazy, Hazy Days of Summer a letter from the Editor!

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hen the love bugs descend upon Florida we know summer has arrived. A poor substitute for the lightening bugs of my youth, these critters have a single minded focus to mate and die. Not quite as glamorous as flying around with your butt on fire but I guess we all have a purpose. Growing up in Central Virginia in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, summer was a beacon of light that heralded the end of 9 months of confinement and hard labor. You could lose your shoes for the next three months and not even notice while running around barefoot with the cousins. Cousins with names like Porkey and Sweet Pea (I went by Kitten in those days.) The daily planner was chock-full of tree houses to build and hunting crawdads in the creek. Pronounced “crick” for you Northerners. I don’t know about you, but these days I approach summer with caution. She has proved to be a fair weather friend, lulling you in with promises of warm evening breezes and then wreaking emotional havoc when it comes time to hunt for a new swim suit. Ladies I know you feel my pain! It’s been a long time since I could drum up some excitement over those spandex devices of mental torture. Did you know that the bikini was invented by a man? Go figure! It’s easy to get the summer doldrums when living in Florida. Maybe it’s because the snow birds head north leaving us pink flamingos here to bake in the summer sun. Or it could be that contrary to popular belief we are not wiling away our afternoons lying on the beach somewhere. It’s hard not to feel left behind and long for one of those childhood afternoons. Well just about the time I start crying in my Kool-Aid, I perk up and remember that it’s

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grilling season! Now whether it’s the fact that they get to set things on fire or that it’s outdoor cooking, grilling is usually considered “Man’s Work.” There’s one sure fire way to get a fellow to flex his muscle and that’s trying to take his tongs away. You won’t get any arguments here! We thought we’d help you get summer started right with some great grilling recipes, or pull out the Coleman cooler and get in on the new rage “Cooler Corn.” Try substituting that artery clogging steak with some fresh grilled veggies, or if you’re a die-hard carnivore, we’ve included a great Summer Weight Loss Plan. We totally want to hear about your success stories! In Nelson’s article “On the Road to Perfection” you can hear about some of our summer road trip stories. I’m sure our children will be talking about it for years. Probably on some overpriced Psychologist’s sofa. Talk about returning to your childhood, I think we should all take a lesson from Pat and Kate our featured couple in Connections! They spend 3 months in their home town, 3 months on the road traveling and still fit in plenty of time playing in the woods with a bow & arrow. Who could ask for more? However you choose to spend your summer, enjoy it. I believe God gave us the seasons to shake us out of our routine. With each season our wardrobes change, our diets change and if you’re one of those lucky snowbirds, your zip code changes. Break out the watermelon and reminisce about lightening bugs, we’re half-way to Christmas! P.S. Can someone pass the Prozac? It’s time for swim suit shopping. Much love and Safe Travels,

Evelyn Editor, Chief Cook & Bottle Washer!

Summer Weight Loss Plan! A man calls a company and orders their 5-day, 10 lb. weight loss program. The next day, there’s a knock on the door and there stands before him a voluptuous, athletic, 19 year old babe dressed in nothing but a pair of Nike running shoes and a sign around her neck. She introduces herself as a representative of the weight loss company. The sign reads, “If you can catch me, you can have me.” Without a second thought, he takes off after her. A few miles later huffing and puffing, he finally gives up. The same girl shows up for the next four days and the same thing happens. On the fifth day, he weighs himself and is delighted to find he has lost 10 lbs. as promised. He calls the company and orders their 5-day/20 pound program. The next day there’s a knock at the door and there stands the most stunning and beautiful woman he has ever seen in his life. She is wearing nothing but Reebok running shoes and a sign around her neck that reads, “If you catch me you can have me.” Well, he’s out the door after her like a shot. This girl is in excellent shape and he does his best, but no such luck. So for the next four days, the same routine happens with him gradually getting in better and better shape. Much to his delight on the fifth day when he weighs himself, he discovers that he has lost another 20 lbs. as promised. He decides to go for broke and calls the company to order the 7-day/50 pound program. “Are you sure?” asks the representative on the phone. “This is our most rigorous program.” “Absolutely,” he replies, “I haven’t felt this good in years.” The next day there’s a knock at the door; and when he opens it he finds a huge muscular guy standing there wearing nothing but pink running shoes and a sign around his neck that reads, “If I catch you, you are mine!!!” He lost 63 pounds that week.

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Connections! We’d like to welcome the newest members of the Millennium family, our Cajun Cousins Pat & Kate!

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ur interview with Pat & Kate left us quickly consulting our Cajun/English dictionary and Pat had to define a few terms like bayou (slow moving body of water) and arpent (a linear measurement of land) in order to “de-fuddle” us. But once we could pass the vocabulary test, the story telling began…. “There he was, a “Big Shot”, a bad boy leaning up against the wall and I told myself, that’s the one I’m going to marry,” Kate recalls with a smile. It all began at a high school dance along a Louisiana bayou, and years and generations later he’s still a big shot but she’s tamed the bad boy. Though the twinkle in Kate’s eye tells you that she’s not opposed to getting into a little trouble every now and then! They raised their four boys in the bayou community of Larose, LA, where family and community are the heartbeat of everything and family businesses have passed from generation to generation along with grandma’s gumbo recipe. Everyone knows everyone and some would still rather deposit their cash in the freezer than the local savings and loan! “We’ve been RV’ing for over 50 years,” says Pat, “it all started with a Ted Williams tent from Sears & Roebuck and a cargo utility trailer that we outfitted for camping.” They’d load up the boys and take off for the summer. “I can still remember putting the youngest under the dining table in his little bassinet,” recalls Kate. They must have done something right because their boys still RV today with their children and you’ll often find the whole family, camping side by side, Kate’s gumbo on the campfire and all the grandkids running around. There’s only one thing that could have convinced Pat and Kate to leave their hometown, the thrill of the hunt! Talk about pistol packin’ mama’s… Kate hunts white tail deer, turkeys and once even took down a Nilgai Bull, a very large Asian antelope, all with her 240 Weatherby Magnum. Pat prefers the challenge of bow and arrow hunting with the boys on their 11,000 acres on the King Ranch in Texas. According to Safari Club International his Texas white-tailed deer taken with a bow and arrow is currently ranked Number 1 in North America! You’ll know Kate’s tree stand when you see it, it’s the one decked out with camouflage curtains. After 50 years of RV’ing we were anxious to find out about their most memorable moment in their RV. Pat was quick to tell us, “The day you buy it and the day you sell it!” He may have a point there. When it came time to purchase a Prevost, Kate will be the first to tell you it was a little confusing. “They all looked beautiful and we didn’t even know there were different converters, we just started looking around.” Pat also added, “Sure they’re all nice but it’s really about the ownership of the company and their service reputation. We bought our Millennium because of the relationship we were so quickly able to establish with the owners and management staff. We hadn’t had that before and were really impressed.”

The whole clan

We’re excited to have Pat & Kate as part of our family and we know you’ll love meeting them too. If you happen to catch the entire clan out and about, hopefully it’s one of those days when Pat’s got something good cooking on the campfire and Kate’s got a pot of gumbo on the burner. You can be sure you’ll be invited to join in. When it comes to friends and family in their book, the more the merrier… pull up a chair and join in!

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Wilderness RV Reso Old Florida

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othing brings Old Florida to mind like lazy afternoons floating downriver aboard a pontoon boat. Alligators lounging in the sun and Spanish moss hanging from the cypress trees overhead. For those who really want the Florida experience, bypass the tourist attractions and head to Wilderness RV Resort at Silver Springs. You’ll be transported back in time at this unique roadside retreat just minutes from Interstate 75 and the Ocala National Forest where you can spend a lazy afternoon floating on the Silver River, a crystal clear artesian spring. The trip upriver is truly breathtaking. The banks are lined by majestic cypress trees and Sabal pines inhabited by Otters, Great Blue Herons and over 400 Rhesus monkeys. It’s straight out of a Tarzan movie! If you’re more of a domesticated traveler you can visit the Silver Springs Theme Park, about 5 minutes away, and view the river from the safety of a glass bottom boat or take in a great concert by such big name entertainment as Mark Chesnutt, Travis Tritt or Glen Campbell. With world class golf courses, great dining, entertainment and shopping close by Wilderness RV Resort makes a great home base for some fabulous day trips. With easy access to Orlando or any of the Atlantic Beaches, you'll step into another whole new world of fantasy and adventure and be at Mickey Mouse’s front door in no time at all.

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ort at Silver Springs at it’s best. Recent renovations have added large, oversized lots with 1200 square foot pads surrounded by amenities such as fire pits, an exercise facility, a game room and dog park for our furry friends! We also have log cabins available for visiting friends and family. And with 3 large clubhouses it's the perfect place to plan a family gathering or retreat! The onsite River Park Café will take you back in time offering home cookin' at its finest in a down home country setting. And don't forget to stop by and pick up the makings for some S’mores at the Trading Post. You'll be delighted to find a wide variety of general merchandise and all the camping necessities you can possibly need! For those who are planning a family get together or event, take advantage of the banquet facilities. This resort is truly Old Florida but with all of the modern amenities we expect in a luxury RV resort. A visit to Wilderness RV Resorts at Silver Springs will take you back in time from the comfort of a first class Resort. Come visit “Old Florida” at Wilderness RV Resort at Silver Springs. 2771 Northeast 102nd Ave Road Silver Springs, Florida 34488 Phone 1-352-625-1122 • Fax 1-352-625-1911 Email: Reservations @ Wildernessrvparkestates.com Sales@wildernessrvparkestates.com www.wildernessrvresort.net

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Now we’re cooking with fire! From farm to table let’s wake up the taste buds

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othing says camping like firing up the grill and there’s no better way to take advantage of all those summer goodies. With a farmers market in just about every town, nature’s bounty is ripe and ready to toss on the grill. From asparagus to apples and peaches to pineapple the grill just seems to make everything taste a little better. e trick to perfect produce grilling is a medium to hot fire. Too low of heat will cause them to dry out before they’re done. ere’s no better way to put a new face on an old favorite. Try brushing a little olive oil on your favorite veggies, toss them on the grill and then season to taste. Great as a side dish or arrange them on a platter around your favorite dipping sauce and watch them disappear. And don’t forget dessert. For smaller fruits such as grapes or berries, just skewer and roast away. Peaches and nectarines can just be halved and grilled cut side down. Serve with grilled pound cake and a little scoop of whipped cream for a quick easy finish to any meal. Plank-roasting is another great way to impart unique flavor to grilled foods. Choose your favorite wood planks such 10 Issue 16 ©

as cedar or oak and soak for at least 1 hour. Make sure your fire is really hot and then place planks on the grill for 35 minutes or until they begin to smoke. Quickly flip the planks and then place your veggies or fruit directly on top. Cover and roast until done. is works especially well with pears, asparagus, tomatoes or eggplant and is a great way to dress up fruits or veggies that yo u’re adding to a salad. Fish Taco s

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This is a Figueroa Family Favorite (say that three times fast!) We love the tropical flavors of mango and avocado but this versatile recipe can easily be changed through the seasons to include peaches or pineapple. We often substitute black beans for red or throw in some grilled corn. For an extra special touch, try grilling the mango pieces before dicing to really Chips n’ Salsa bring out their rich tropical flavor. It’s perfect as a topping for fish tacos or to dress up a grilled chicken breast. We tend to eat it straight out of the mixing bowl with chips. This really is the “little black dress” of recipes, it’s perfect for almost any occasion! 2 Mangos, peeled and diced 2 Avocados, peeled and diced 2 Tomatoes, diced 1 can black beans (drained & rinsed) 1/3 cup cilantro leaves only 2 cloves of garlic 1 Tbs lemon or lime juice Salt and pepper to taste Optional – toss in some finely chopped jalapeño for a little heat!

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Remove sausage from wrapper and roll out to 1 ½” thickness. Roll entire log in your favorite BBQ dry rub seasoning, be sure to completely coat. Wrap in cellophane and refrigerate overnight to absorb BBQ flavor. Fire up grill to 225 degrees and grill until cooked thru. No need to turn sausage just let it slow cook. Slice into appetizer size portions and serve!

Corn on the Cob wit h Smokehouse Maple Chipotle Butter Corn for a Crowd? We just caught wind of this new sensation making the rounds in all the RV Resorts, Cooler Corn! Nothing says Summer Barbecue like corn on the cob but if you’ve ever tried making it for a crowd you know it’s not an easy task. Well Cooler Corn couldn’t be easier! The hardest part is cleaning and shucking the corn. Place the corn in a clean cooler and cover with boiling water. It needs about 30 minutes to cook but the great thing about this is the corn stays nice and hot for when you go back for seconds! Remove from cooler and top with Maple Chipotle Butter. MAPLE CHIPOTLE BUTTER ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened 2 Tbs Mccormick® Grill Mates® Smokehouse Maple Seasoning 2 Tbs maple syrup ½ tsp McCormick® Gourmet Collection Chipotle Chile Pepper

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On The road to Perfection... It’s a Family Affair

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here are many things in life that give us joy. Being out on the road in a motorhome has to be one of the top things for me. Wearing my favorite driving shorts and my baseball cap (turned backwards of course) and I’m in heaven. Especially if the kids are fed and Evelyn is kicked back in the seat next to me. Over the years I have seen my family grow in this business and lifestyle. Our product has also changed with time, not changed just to be different but, to be better. As the head of our home it’s my job to make sure everyone’s needs are met. Often this flows over into work too. If I’m lucky sometimes I kill two birds with one stone. Evelyn will tell you, a lot of our new products get prototyped at home, sometimes not so successfully, and once I’ve got the kinks worked out we develop the product for motor home use. When the kids were little and we would go out on a bus for the weekend to check it out and perform a final shakedown cruise, we used to give the kids a note pad so they could write up “Product Improvements.” It was on some of those first trips where memories were being created and ideas were being born. Adam was always designing paint schemes with lots of flames and tricked out trailers with steering axles. Whereas Alex designed the first

Bay TV on a swivel (she couldn’t see the screen while lounging in the lawn chair) and the adjustable bed, again for better TV viewing. These trips initiated some of the industry changing innovations we now enjoy in our coaches and most of them came from Evelyn and the kids. The kids do not get note pads anymore but are still full of ideas; the only difference is now they want a royalty fee. In early 2004, we were going down the road, me at the wheel and Evelyn in the back making dinner. I remember she kept asking me if she could run this or that. I realized that we were all conditioned to fear the “trip a breaker" syndrome. Late 2005 we introduced the industry's 1st quad inverter coach. This technology pioneered by Millennium has taken the guessing game out of controlling your coach. Use what you need and let the coach figure it out from there. Now, Evelyn is our families leveling system. She can stand in the middle of the coach and declare it “out of level” after I’ve just spent 20 minutes assuring perfection. There were many different after-market leveling systems available but multiple buttons and functions can make these systems difficult to operate. I designed the Millennium auto one button leveling system to do all the thinking for you. Using a military grade leveler to understand the coach's angle we integrate a PLC (programmable logic controller) to do all the thinking. All you have to do is “set it and forget it.” Because of the PLC we are able to give our customers a quick way to lower the coach and or raise the coach all from the touch of the existing Prevost installed raise and lower switch, while maintaining levelness. Master and Commander; great movie if you’ve never seen it. I remember many trips where I was the Master and Commander, or the remote control. If Evelyn needed something she would just ask me and I would perform the task. Temperature up, temperature down. Volume up, volume

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down. Turn on Oprah. Is the water heater on? How much water do we have? The kids quickly caught on, "Dad can you change the channel, play the movie or raise the shades so we can see out?” Between playing butler and driving I was ready to get back to work! Millennium’s control system was designed with Baby Adam as well as my mom in mind. You don't need a dedicated training week to learn how to turn the TV on and off and then forget everything when you leave the bus for a week. I no longer have to push the buttons for the kids although I occasionally still do for Evey. I also carry her purse more than she does so that doesn’t mean anything! All functions are available from 2 iPads and a few touch screen panels located throughout the coach. The screen layout leaves any guess work behind. Simple to understand graphics and functions makes the coach easy to use. All functions have Millennium’s true feedback system letting the user know that their command has been received as well as actual buttons at multiple panels around the coach. From a one button generator auto start function to a one button commands like “Set salon TV to HD satellite and turn to CNN on High definition mode. Millennium‘s system becomes the Master and Commander and eliminates the need for a walking talking remote control. I still have to be the butler though. Our family has thousands of miles under our belt and just as many memories. Evelyn and I like to say we come to work every day and get our own personal playground, her in the Design Department and me in Engineering. What a blessing to get to see our brainstorms turn into features that make motor homing more enjoyable for all and to show our children that with a little hard work we can take our ideas from inspiration to innovation.

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There’s nothing like “toasty tootsies” first thing in the morning! Radiant Floor Heat... the most efficient way to heat your coach.

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or our friends who head north for the summer there’s no better way to combat the chill of those Northern mornings than radiant floor heat. When it’s not quite cold enough to fire up the Aqua Hot but there’s a definite chill in the air it’s the perfect time to flip on the floor heat. As you slip out of the coziness of your down comforter and head to start the morning Joe, your bare feet will encounter warm heated tiles. Among the many benefits of electric floor heat, your tootsies are always toasty warm! Thermal image of Millennium Floor

Offered standard on all Millenniums, radiant floor heat involves installing electric heating coils under the granite or wood floors in your coach. Our technicians carefully route electric cabling used to conduct the heat to the exact specifications of your particular floor plan assuring even, consistent heat generation. e cabling is then embedded in setting material to stabilize the wiring and assist with conduction. As electricity is applied to the coils the heat from the coils begins to warm the flooring and then gently radiate up through the room providing consistent uniform temperature throughout the coach. No hot or cold pockets or the feeling of blowing air, all controlled by an easy to use programmable thermostat.

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