OH – December 2017 / Newsmaker Alert / Family
Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is about to embark on an exciting new
journey. A recent vote of the members of this Cincinnati, Ohio-based international
organization for motorhome enthusiasts has resulted in owners of all types
of self-contained RVs becoming eligible to join and take advantage of the
group’s benefits and services. This broadening membership opens a new chapter
in the association’s 54-year history.
Now Welcomes Owners of All Self-Contained RVs
have voted to expand membership
beyond Type A,
B, and C motorhomes.
asked about this expansion of the association, FMCA national president
Jon Walker said, “This initiative started because FMCA members increasingly
were asking the leadership of the organization why owners of other types
of RVs were not eligible to join. Many of them have family members or friends
they travel with who own fifth-wheel or other travel trailers, and they
wanted to be able to welcome them to the FMCA family.
time seemed right to take this to the membership for a vote,” Mr. Walker
said. “We, as leaders of FMCA, discussed that the focus really should be
on the RVers, the people who enjoy RV travel, and not the equipment they’ve
chosen. Surveys showed that the vast majority of FMCA members have owned
a different type of RV at some point. Since the Great Recession, towable
RVs have been far outselling motorized RVs, and we believe we have something
valuable to offer those owners also.”
the makeup of RVs owned by the membership will change, some things will
not. “FMCA will continue to promote the RV lifestyle and to pursue its
core mission of education and information sharing,” Mr. Walker said.
aren’t going to lessen our focus on motorhomes,” said Chris Smith, FMCA
executive director. “We’re just expanding our efforts to owners of other
types of RVs and welcoming them into the FMCA family. The association has
spent 54 years developing its expertise related to serving the needs of
motorhome owners, so that’s not going away. But we’re excited to take what
we’ve learned, to broaden our focus, and use what we’ve built to serve
the needs and interests of all RV owners.”
association does not have plans to change its name but instead will do
what other organizations have done — AARP, for instance — and focus on
the acronym FMCA, which many already use when referring to the group. FMCA
will rebrand its monthly magazine, which coincidentally is undergoing a
redesign, and title it Family RVing when the new design is unveiled. This
new title retains the word “Family” and emphasizes that it is the official
publication of a large, active RV family.
will continue to be unique among the major RV clubs, because it is the
only one owned and governed by its membership.
Family Motor Coach Association • Enhancing The Motorhome Lifestyle
Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization for families
who own and enjoy the use of self-contained, motorized recreation vehicles
known as motorhomes. The association maintains its national headquarters
in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently has more than 74,000 active member families.
FMCA offers its members a number of benefits, including a subscription
to its monthly magazine, Family Motor Coaching; a medical evacuation and
travel assistance program valued at $105 per family; group rates on a roadside
assistance program and on motorhome and auto insurance; discounted rates
for RV tours and caravans; and a tire purchasing program. Perhaps the most
important benefit of FMCA membership is the camaraderie and friendships
that develop among people enjoying the common interest of RV travel and
recreation. The organization can be reached at 513-474-3622 or 800-543-3622
and at FMCA.com.
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