FMCA’s Preparing for March N.M. Convention
Hundreds of motorhomes and a variety of accessory merchandise will be assembled in Albuquerque, N.M., in mid-March in a display of recreation vehicles at EXPO New Mexico. The motorhome exhibition, which will take place March 22-25, is part of a convention of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) based in Cincinnati.
Although registrations have reportedly lagged somewhat in the early stages, FMCA is anticipating some 2,000 family coaches from across North America to converge for the twice-a-year convention.
The convention will include seminars on topics relative to RVing, topflight professional entertainment and various social events, according to a news release.
An RV exhibition is one element of the convention.
On March 22, from 1 to 5 p.m., a special viewing of only the motorhome exhibits will take place. In addition, those who wish to learn more about the motorhome lifestyle may attend the “Selecting The Right Motorhome For Your Needs” seminar that will be conducted from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the African American Pavilion.
Hours for viewing motorhome and booth display exhibits are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Starting Tuesday, March 23, public gate participants are welcome to attend a number of proprietary (sales-related) seminars in Hall C of the Manuel Lujan Jr. Exhibit Complex. Other seminars are reserved for convention attendees.
Major motorhome manufacturers and dealers will be bringing new motorhomes to Albuquerque for convention attendees to tour. Plus, companies will display their wares inside the Tingley Coliseum and the Manuel Lujan Jr. Exhibit Complex, making available RV accessories, components, supplies, campground information, and more.
The daily fee for viewing motorhomes and booth displays is $7 per person; children 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. A Daily Passport that provides admittance to the exhibits, all seminars, and daytime and evening entertainment is available for $65 per person. The admission fee on Monday covers admission on Tuesday as well.
Public parking will be available in the infield of the racetrack at EXPO New Mexico. Enter Gate 8, at Louisiana and Lomas boulevards.
Convention attendees will be able to view the latest features and innovations that are available in motorhomes. Some of the displays will feature production-line units, and others will demo custom-built coaches for uses ranging from family camping to transporting high-tech business equipment, or for use as conference coaches. A great variety of motorhome styles and a broad price range will be represented.
Motorhomes are a popular travel option. According to a recent consumer study conducted by the University of Michigan, U.S. ownership of RVs has reached record levels. Nearly one in 12 U.S. vehicle-owning households now owns an RV.
In addition, the potential for future growth in RV ownership in general in the United States is considerable. Sales of recreation vehicles are expected to increase as Baby Boomers move into their prime RV-buying years.
Industry officials believe that the advantages of RV travel in today’s climate will help to drive market growth. Families want to spend quality time together and prefer the greater freedom, flexibility, control, and comfort RVs provide. Younger consumers and empty-nesters are both realizing the advantages of RVing over other forms of travel.