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Members Welcome At FMCA Campground

November 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

FMCAThe Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA’s) national office campground in Cincinnati, Ohio, is available to FMCA members traveling through town, according to FMCA. The campground is located behind the Round Bottom Road office building, which houses FMCA storage facilities. Free Wi-Fi is available.

The FMCA Campground has 15 full-hookup sites for members to use. All sites are on paved surfaces. Maximum stay is two nights per month at no charge; maximum five additional nights at $20 per night.

Members should always call ahead before arriving at the campground.

Occasionally the campground is occupied by FMCA chapters holding rallies or by members of the Executive Board and various FMCA committees. So, call ahead before visiting.

At the FMCA Round Bottom office, pick up the FMCA Campground flier, which contains the campground rules, registration form and liability form.

When they are in town, FMCA members are welcome to tour the main FMCA office building on Clough Pike as well as the Round Bottom Road office. Members should not drive their motorhomes to the Clough Pike office, because its parking lot cannot accommodate them.

The FMCA Campground is owned and operated by FMCA and is licensed by the Hamilton County Health Department as an RV park.

For more information about using the campground or touring the offices, call (800) 543-3622 and ask for the Member Services department.

Campground address:
3590 Round Bottom Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45244

 

FMCA Expands Benefits For Its Members

September 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 10.16.51 AMFamily Motor Coach Association (FMCA) membership recently became even more valuable, FMCA said in an announcement Wednesday (Sept. 24). Officials of the motorhome owners organization announced that effective Oct. 1, FMCAssist, the group’s emergency medical evacuation/repatriation and travel assistance program, is now an association-paid benefit.

Formerly, members had access to services, but unless they signed up for the optional paid program, they were required to pay all expenses incurred when using a service.

All family members of Family Motor Coach Association now are enrolled in the complete program without paying the $85 premium for single coverage or the $105 premium for family coverage. FMCA is the only RV club to offer such a valuable benefit to its membership.

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 10.16.14 AMDetails of the plan are available at FMCA.SevenCorners.com, as well as on FMCA.com. Highlights of this benefit include emergency evacuation/repatriation, emergency medical reunion, return of mortal remains, return of dependents, RV/vehicle return (limited to North America), and pet return.

FMCAssist coverage is available to members worldwide as long as they are more than 100 miles from home. They can be traveling in a motorhome, car, plane, ship, or motorcycle. Members who are full-time RVers always are considered to be 100 miles from home. Some exclusions and limitation amounts pertain to this benefit.

Coverage is provided by Seven Corners and is underwritten by Lloyd’s of London.

For the full details, click here.

FMCA Gathering Will Leave Legacy

February 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) a Cincinnati-based international motorhome owners’ group, will host its 89th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter, March 17-20, and the group plans to leave a positive impact when it departs, according to a written announcement released Thursday (Feb. 27).

The association has made it a goal to give back to the communities it visits for its conventions. For example:

• Many members are involved in the activities of Habitat for Humanity. FMCA even has a chapter whose members donate their time and talents throughout the year by participating in Habitat for Humanity builds. The group often schedules builds near conventions and rallies that FMCA presents. The chapter is scheduled to participate in a build hosted by the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity Affiliate in Savannah, Georgia, from March 23 to April 5. The owners of 12 motorhomes are signed up to take part in this build.

FMCA members will be able to make donations for future builds.

• A group of FMCA members who enjoy quilting have been stitching special gifts to leave behind in Perry. The FMCA On-Road Quilters will donate children’s quilts to a local organization for distribution. Organizers estimate FMCA members will bring donate some 40 to 50 quilts.

• During the convention, used eyeglasses will be donated by FMCA members as a way of supporting the Lions’ Foundation Eyeglass Program, which helps to ensure that needy people are able to enjoy the benefits of vision correction.

• The Professional R.V. Vendors chapter of FMCA will be collecting nonperishable food items during the convention for donation to the Perry Volunteer Outreach organization.

• Another effort to fill food pantry shelves will be the Peanut Butter & Jelly Food Drive. Attendees will be asked to donate these food items during the event for the Loaves and Fishes group of South Houston County, which tries to keep supplies on their shelves to benefit needy children and their families.

• In addition, FMCA will be conducting a “Purses For A Purpose” silent auction during the Family Reunion. These purses will be donated by FMCA family and commercial members, as well as national office staff, and will be loaded with goodies. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit The Independence Fund, which assists wounded veterans and their families.

These represent only a few of the ways Family Motor Coach Association members are making a difference in the lives of others.

Many of FMCA’s more than 450 chapters of motorhome owners support various worthwhile causes year-round. For instance, FMCA members participate in a dues “Round Up” program that benefits Habitat for Humanity, KOA Care Camps, ProLiteracy Worldwide, and Good Will-Hinckley, organizations that provide a helping hand to families throughout the country. To date, the association has donated more than $1 million to these organizations.

FMCA Tampa-Area Show Moving Venue

January 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The board for the Southeast Area Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) decided Tuesday (Jan. 28) to move its annual winter rally from Florida’s Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport to the Sarasota County fairgrounds next year.

As reported by the Tampa Bay Tribune, the organization’s president, Jim Duncan, said the decision to leave the airport site after 16 years came down to economics. The lack of permanent facilities for meetings, workshops and entertainment wound up costing the association more than $150,000 for tent and generator rentals, plus other costs this year.

The Sarasota fairgrounds’ offer to the group includes the use of on-site buildings and other facilities for about $35,000.

“We hate having to leave Hernando,” Duncan said. “But we have to face reality and try to get more bang for our bucks. It was clear that wasn’t going to happen here.”

The decision was made at the association’s annual board meeting, traditionally held a couple of days before the winter rally, which is taking place this week at the Hernando airport.

Duncan said that many board members already had come to the conclusion that moving the event was probably the best thing they could do to save it.

The decision, Duncan said, “didn’t happen overnight” and had been in the works since the board threatened last year to move the event to Volusia County. Although officials with Hernando County, the airport and the Hernando County Aviation Authority promised to work with the association by reducing fees, offering to take over maintenance of the site and working to find a more permanent structure to house future events, many of those incentives never got past the talking stages, Duncan said.

“This has been going on for two years,” he said. “(The county) had plenty of opportunity to do something, but all they did was drag their feet.”

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Latest Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

September 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The Texas Tenors

GEORGIA

From a news release:

The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), one of the sponsors of a PBS concert featuring the Texas Tenors vocal trio this past spring, has announced that the group will perform at the association’s 89th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase in Perry, Ga., March 17-20.

According to a press release, millions of viewers met the singers as they competed on NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2009. To date, they remain the highest-ranking vocal group in the show’s history.

Tunes from the group’s newest CD, “You Should Dream,” scheduled for release later this year, were performed during the taping of the PBS concert on May 13 at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz. The trio was accompanied by the Phoenix Symphony and the New Life Singers university choir.

The Tenors previously performed at the association’s 84th International Convention in Redmond, Ore., in August 2010.

Other performers slated to appear during the association’s 2014 event in Perry are Southern humorist/speaker Jeanne Robertson, March 18, and singer/songwriter Sarah Getto, March 20.

TEXAS

From the Wilson County News, Floresville:

After more than a year, the Floresville Planning and Zoning Commission has issued unanimous approval of a special-use permit for the Pecan Springs RV Park.

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Campers and boaters will have to find other spots for recreation at Benbrook Lake after the Army Corps of Engineers abruptly closed Rocky Creek Park on Tuesday (Sept. 17).

The park was closed after the corps canceled a joint management agreement with nonprofit foundation Our Lands and Waters late last week.

Rhonda Paige, a spokeswoman for the Fort Worth district office of the corps, said the park is closed until further notice. She also said Rocky Creek has no camping reservations through September, but if the closing of the park continues into October — the beginning of the new fiscal year — it could have an impact.

MARYLAND

From The Dispatch, Ocean City:

Though it seemed dead on arrival when introduced to the Worcester County Commission in August, two commissioners this week chose to resurrect discussion on possible cooperative campground changes that would allow the enclosure of porches.

Commission President Bud Church and Commissioner Jim Bunting both decided to add their name to an application that calls for the allowance of enclosed porches on cooperative campgrounds. This comes as a reversal of both commissioners’ earlier decision not to move the bill forward when it was first presented on Aug. 20.

The proposed text amendment application was originally submitted last winter by attorney Mark Cropper on behalf of the Bali Hi Cooperative Campground. The application seeks an alteration to the county code that would allow porches in co-op campgrounds to be bounded by “temporary roll or soft plastic enclosures.”

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MONTANA

From KPAX-TV, Missoula:

Layoffs have begun at Glacier Park Incorporated after the company failed to renew their concessions contract with Glacier National Park.

Glacier Park Inc. managed concessions at the park for over 30 years, but their contract expired earlier this year. Park officials then announced that Xanterra Parks and Resorts was able to secure a 16-year contract last month.

It’s not clear at this time how many layoffs will take place as a result of losing the bid – or how long layoffs will continue.

ALBERTA, CANADA

From the Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore:

A prominent former superintendent of Banff National Park is accusing the federal government of selling out the public interest in favour of commercialization of national parks.

In Facebook statements about a proposed 66-room hotel and 15 tent cabins on the shores of Jasper’s Maligne Lake, Kevin Van Tighem stated the public interest is being sold out in spite of clear messages from Canadians who don’t want more “development and diversions in their treasured national parks.”

“We are on the verge of losing 20 years worth of hard and principled work by public servants to respond to broad public concern by establishing firm limits on commercial development,” he wrote.

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FMCA Stages Successful 50th Birthday Rally

June 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

FMCA members shop the vendor booths at the 50th Rally

Things couldn’t have gone much better for the independent Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, held last week (June 19-22) on the association’s 50th anniversary at an elaborate and relatively remote 1,100-acre venue called CAM-PLEX in the northeast Wyoming community of Gillette.

“It was a great event,” FMCA Executive Director Jerry Yeatts told RVBUSINESS.com as he made his way home on Monday (June 24). “We had nearly 2,300 family members in attendance and we had the best number of display coaches that we’ve had in a long time, and I think we had some record sales as far as our indoor exhibitors are concerned. So, all in all, it was a fantastic event with plenty of celebration involving our 50th anniversary.”

Recognizing the association’s Golden Anniversary in Gillette was a “nostalgia room” full of FMCA paraphernalia as well as the showing in an on-site theater of old video clips from previous events and a 1973 film called “Peaceful Invasion” about FMCA members converging en masse on Du Quoin, Ill.

Also drawing plenty of attention in Gillette was a prominent display of privately owned Flxble coaches — iconic, aerodynamic units dating back to the 1950’s that were converted from over-the-road buses. The Flxible has been featured in FMCA’s logo since its inception.

Although Yeatts said he hadn’t had a chance yet to touch bases with several outdoor exhibitors, including a good representation of North America’s major motorhome builders, the word from interior vendors pitching everything from campgrounds to food processors and RV parts and accessories at the CAM-PLEX’s Wyoming Center was consistently upbeat.

Traffic was steady at FMCA’s rally in Gillette

“It was one of the busiest events that we’ve had as far as traffic in the indoor exhibits,” said Yeatts on behalf of the Cincinnati-based owners group. “And in speaking to many of them, they were quite pleased with the outcome of sales. As for the outdoor exhibits, there were a few that said they were pleased and one that I had a chance to touches bases with who described their experience here as ‘awesome,’ whatever that means in terms of sales.”

At the same time, Yeatts agrees, the general picture in Gillette seemed to be an affirmation in many ways of the vitality of today’s consumer marketplace with so many coaches in such a remote location – a city of about 30,000 that’s been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years due to vast area reserves of coal, oil and coal bed methane gas. The Wyoming Center, a 9,000 seat arena, was completed in 2008 at the sprawling CAM-PLEX, which hosts events ranging from concerts and balls to the National High School Finals Rodeo.

Yeatts, for his part, was highly complimentary of the CAM-PLEX staff, especially in its supportive response after a fairly strong hail storm that swept across on the area on Saturday, the last day of the convention.

“Well, it definitely wasn’t an easy-to-get-to location for us,” said Yeatts, “but I think the family members who came just had a great experience, a great time – even with some storms that came through on Friday and Saturday. We did experience some damage from about an inch and a half of pea-sized hail that fell on Saturday afternoon, which dampened the ending of our indoor and outdoor exhibits. The water actually came through the doors of the Wyoming Center. So, it was quite a storm. But, thankfully, the damage was minimal, no one was injured and we all kind of took it in stride.”

 

FMCA Hails Elmers, Hall of Fame Inductee

April 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Kirwan Elmers, pioneer motorcoach  manufacturer and former FMCA Commercial Council president

The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) salutes Kirwan Elmers,  a longtime RV manufacturer and former FMCA Commercial Council president, who will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., in August.

Two other FMCA supporters also are to be inducted into the Hall, according to a news release.

In 1955, Kirwan and his father, Miles, founded Custom Coach Corp., based in Columbus, Ohio. Custom Coach became a division of Columbus-based Farber Specialty Vehicles in 2002, but Kirwan continued to be involved in the operation of the company until his retirement in 2012.

Kirwan and his father, Miles, developed the first commercially converted motorcoaches designed for private use. The company’s custom conversions provide celebrities, traveling executives and RV families with permanent or temporary residences.

Travel by Custom Coach’s many well-known clients has brought recognition to the motorhome lifestyle. For instance, the company provided 22 “Big Mac” coaches for Ray Kroc, founder of McDonalds, as well as coaches for the late Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s, among myriad other corporate clients. Custom Coach conversions have even been used as “anchors” for the Goodyear blimps.

Custom Coach’s celebrity clients have included Lee Greenwood, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty, Ray Charles, Clint Eastwood and sportscaster John Madden.

The clientele list also includes true royalty, as the royal family of Saudi Arabia has purchased a number of the company’s conversions over the years. The last of the family’s 21 45-foot Custom Coach conversions were delivered by air to Dubai, the capital.

FMCA Ties

RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.

Kirwan Elmers has been a longtime family and commercial member of Cincinnati, Ohio-based FMCA, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013. Elmers attended the July 1963 meeting of “house car” owners where the decision was made to form the organization for those who enjoyed traveling by motorized recreation vehicles, now known as motorhomes.

Elmers served as a member of FMCA’s Commercial Council for many years, including as president from 1990 to 1999.

“Kirwan’s induction into the RV/MH Hall of Fame is long overdue,” commented FMCA national president Charlie Schrenkel. “He has been a true pioneer in the RV industry whose contributions merited recognition by his peers. We are proud that Kirwan has been associated with FMCA for so many years, and we congratulate him on this honor.”

Two other motorhome industry leaders and FMCA supporters also will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2013 – the late C.M. Fore, founder of Foretravel Motorhomes, and the late Mat Perlot, founder of Safari Motorhomes.

The induction dinner will be held Aug. 5 in Elkhart.

 

RV Hall/FMCA Roll Out Hall of Honor Promo

April 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Individuals and couples who sign up for the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Hall of Honor lifetime membership between now and May 1 will receive a 50% discount off the regular membership costs.

In addition, Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) members are receiving an additional bonus directly from FMCA in the form of a $10 gift certificate.

According to a press release, the discounted prices are available to anyone who joins the Hall of Honor before the cutoff date. Normally, the cost is $50 for a single membership and $75 for couples. During this promotion, the cost is only $25 for singles and $37 for couples.

The Hall of Honor membership is for the lifetime of the member and benefits include a membership card that affords free admission to exhibits and all areas of the RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum and Library. Each member will also receive a lapel pin and decal.

To support this promotion, FMCA sent approximately 80,000 e-mails to its members inviting them to join the Hall of Honor and earn the FMCA gift certificate.

FMCA Executive Director Jerry Yeatts noted, “Our members appreciate what the RV/MH Hall of Fame brings to the RV industry and the RV lifestyle so we are happy to help the Hall in any way we can. This seemed like a great opportunity for FMCA and the Hall of Fame to work together to benefit this worthwhile organization.”

Non-FMCA members who own a qualifying motorhome and join FMCA before July 20, and pay $50 for their first year’s dues, will receive a bonus of their second year, according to Yeatts.

Hall President Darryl Searer said, “FMCA has been a great partner for us over the years and annually makes a significant cash contribution. We are indebted to them for their support and this latest effort to help us promote our Hall of Honor membership is typical of their generosity.”

Searer added that during the first few days of the Hall of Honor promotion memberships have soared.

“The special discounted Hall of Honor pricing is available to anyone who joins before May 1, not just FMCA members, so I urge everyone who would like to receive this great benefit package and also to benefit the Hall of Fame and museum to sign up before the deadline,” he said.

New members can sign up by mail, in person at the Hall, by phone at (800) 378-8694, or through the Hall’s secure web site at www.rvmhhalloffame.org. To access information click on the Hall of Honor logo.

FMCA Preps for 50th Anniversary Showcase

April 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Cam-Plex in Gillette, Wyo., site of FMCA’s 50th anniversary showcase in June.

Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization for families who own and enjoy the recreational use of motorhomes, is finalizing plans and registering families and exhibitors for the group’s June 19-22, 2013, motorhome showcase in Gillette, Wyo.

More than 2,000 motorhomes and some 8,000 people are expected to gather for this grand event, which has been dubbed “Celebrate In Gillette.” CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Facilities will be the hub of activity for the motorhome showcase, with families arriving and staying in their RVs and forming a small city on wheels, KTWO Radio, Casper, reported.

The association hosts conventions in varying locations across the United States with the purpose of celebrating the motorhome lifestyle and is making its first visit to Gillette for a Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase. The association’s Rocky Mountain Area hosted a smaller, regional rally at the facility this past September. FMCA also hosted a convention at the University of Wyoming in Laramie back in 1992.

Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna, founding members of The Buckinghams. Photo courtesy of James Minchin.

Since the motorhome owners group is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, the event in Gillette will serve as the organization’s official birthday bash. A number of special activities are planned to commemorate the occasion, including a display of Flxible motorhomes, the classic coach that appears in the association’s logo. A nostalgia room will be set up with memorabilia depicting 50 years of motorhome fun and friendships. A Black Tie & Blue Jeans Dance is on tap for one evening, and The Buckinghams, one of the top pop groups of the 1960s, will enhance the trip down memory lane the following night. Five-time Grammy winner and country music star Marty Stuart will perform on the final evening.

Marty Stuart

Regular convention activities include a motorhome exhibition that brings together major motorhome manufacturers and dealers from throughout the United States and Canada, as well as manufacturers and distributors of a multitude of RV accessories and components, and suppliers of various services related to RVs.

In addition to the motorhome show, highlights include seminars on a variety of topics related to motorhomes and RV travel, tours involving local sites and scenes, entertainment, and numerous social activities.

While the convention is organized for FMCA members, the organization also invites members of the public to attend and provides various admission options. For those who want to view only the motorhome exhibition, admission costs $5 per day; children 12 and under are admitted free with an accompanying adult. Those with an active military ID are admitted free also.

Anyone who would prefer to take in the exhibits and also attend seminars and entertainment may purchase a Daily Passport, which is available for $65 per person ($55 for FMCA members). Those who own a motorhome or other self-contained RV are invited to take part in all of the activities and also to bring their RV and stay with the rest of the group at CAM-PLEX. The price for non-FMCA members is $215 per RV (with two people) up until the April 29 early-bird registration deadline; the non-member price goes to $245 after that date. This non-member fee automatically grants a one-year FMCA membership or Family Motor Coaching magazine subscription to the RV owner. The FMCA member price is $165 before April 29 and $195 after that date. Additional fees are charged for those who wish to have electrical hookups.

The association welcomes all motorhome owners as members. Dues are $50 for the first year, and $40 per year thereafter. In honor of FMCA’s 50th anniversary, the association is offering a special promotion wherein new members who join from now until FMCA’s July 20, 2013, birthday will receive a free second year of membership. To take advantage of this “buy one, get one” offer, motorhome owners should use code BOGO50.

Those who do not yet own a motorhome but are interested in learning more may sign up for a subscription to Family Motor Coaching magazine for $30 per year.

For more information, visit www.FMCA.com or call the FMCA national office at (800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622.

 

Florida County Tries to Hold Onto FMCA Rally

February 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Officials said they are taking steps to ensure the organizers of an annual RV rally renew their lease and stay on for many more years at the regional airport in Florida’s Hernando County.

Hernando Today reported that County Commission Chairman Dave Russell met with the board of directors of the Southeast Area Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) Rally and has instructed staff to put together a report for the commission to discuss at an upcoming meeting.

Russell told Hernando Today some ideas have already been floated and, if they work out, would help convince the FMCA that Hernando County is the place to be.

Russell said the county will discuss extending the association’s lease through September, an extra six months.

“(That will) give us some breathing room to see what we can accomplish to accommodate our good friends,” Russell said.

If past rallies are any indication, these road warriors could pump in $10 million or more into the local economy.

Russell said the board will discuss the following remedies:

  • Constructing a multipurpose building on airport property that allows the FMCA to save money on tents and provide a more expansive gathering place for meetings and other activities. The association used to lease a hangar from the now-defunct Brooksville Air Center to house their events. The county could explore ways for other groups, such as the Hernando County Cattlemen’s Association, to also use the building. Conrad Kleinpeter, an FMCA regional vice president, said it costs the association some $80,000 to erect tents for the annual rally.
  • Moving the rally to the southwestern portion of the airport, which would not interfere with the planned expansion of aviation-related development at the current site. The FMCA would benefit because it would provide easier access for RV-goers.
  • Discussing with airport tenants the possibility of leasing one of their hangars during the five days the rally is in town.

“We’re looking at every option that may be available to us in order to help them make a decision to stay here,” Russell said.

Russell stressed that the airport has limited flexibility on its lease charge, which is some $12,000 annually.

Sue Marino, an FMCA representative, called it premature to say there is anything in the works to move the rally to another site.

“Nothing has been determined yet,” she said.

Marino said the board of directors is talking with airport officials about the situation, including moving to Volusia County.

Hernando County Aviation Chairman Gary Schraut said the FMCA is a “major priority” and all involved are willing to work with the board to keep them here.

“They’ve been great tenants,” Schraut said. “They’re a great group of people. They can bring thousands of people here at one time.”

Schraut said if the FMCA directors are willing to commit to staying here, then the county can more seriously explore having a multipurpose building available to them.

“There are many opportunities,” Schraut said.

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