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Members Welcome At FMCA Campground

November 4, 2014 by · Comments Off on Members Welcome At FMCA Campground 

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 · Comments Off on FMCA Expands Benefits For Its Members 

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 Stages Successful 50th Birthday Rally

June 24, 2013 by · Comments Off on FMCA Stages Successful 50th Birthday Rally 

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 · Comments Off on FMCA Hails Elmers, Hall of Fame Inductee 

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 · Comments Off on RV Hall/FMCA Roll Out Hall of Honor Promo 

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 · Comments Off on FMCA Preps for 50th Anniversary Showcase 

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.

 

FMCA to Mark 50 Years at June Family Reunion

February 1, 2013 by · Comments Off on FMCA to Mark 50 Years at June Family Reunion 

Aerial view of an RV rally at the Cam-Plex in Gillette, Wyo.

Motorhomers will celebrate the association’s 50th anniversary at the Family Motor Coach Association’s FMCA 88th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, June 19-22 at CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Facilities in Gillette, Wyo.

According to a press release, a “nostalgia room” will display FMCA artifacts and vintage bus conversions, such as the Flxible brand bus that graces the association’s membership emblem, will be on hand for inspection. Many special events are in the planning stages as well.

While observing its rich history, the FMCA said it is also looking ahead in “a continuing quest to supply FMCA members with benefits to enhance the motorhome lifestyle, including the information they need to make their travels more enjoyable.”

“FMCA has a great deal to celebrate this year,” said FMCA National President Charlie Schrenkel. “I’m grateful to the early leaders, who had the vision to lay such a solid groundwork for our organization, plus all the members who have labored throughout the past five decades to nurture it and watch it grow. Today, I’m proud to say that I belong to FMCA — the world’s finest organization for motorhome owners.”

FMCA, founded in 1963, has grown to serve more than 80,000 member families. Among them are second-generation motorhome owners who have taken a parent’s or grandparent’s membership number.

FMCA Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2013

January 8, 2013 by · Comments Off on FMCA Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2013 

Bob Richter, first FMCA president

Editor’s Note: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) on July 20, 1963, in Hinckley, Maine. FMCA recounts its early development in a story in the current e-newsletter in which the following article appears.

FMCA notes, “From its humble beginnings in a field at a gathering attended by 26 families who came together to view a solar eclipse and to share their interest in travel by “house car,” to its status today as the world’s largest organization for motorhome owners, FMCA has touched many lives over the years. The following article, penned by the late Bob Richter, provides a look at FMCA’s birth and infancy through the eyes of the man who had the insight to realize that a new era of travel had begun. Richter served as FMCA’s first president, in 1963 and 1964, and remained a strong proponent of FMCA and the motorhome lifestyle until his death in 1993. His wife, Jean, passed away in 2010.”

This is the first of two installments. Part 2 will appear on Wednesday.

It all started in our living room in Hanson, Mass., in January of 1962. My wife, Jean, and I were discussing with her sister, Charlotte Neves, the concept of taking our family of six to visit relatives on the West Coast, and Charlotte said, “With your crew, you’d need a bus! Why don’t you get one, and we all can go?”

It sounded like a great idea. While Jean was at a League of Women Voters’ national convention in Minneapolis, Minn., in early May, I went shopping and came home with an old Greyhound, a 1940 General Motors pusher with 2,600,000 miles on it. We converted it that spring in minimal style, and used it with great success that summer and fall with our four children.

During our bus-buying, we met John and Jean Samuelson, later to become F19, and at that time from Hingham, Mass., who introduced themselves by saying, “We’re the other bus nuts.” Next, we met Dr. George Whiting and his wife, Mary, later F7, of Abington, Mass., who had a converted Flxible.

In the early 1960s, “house cars,” as they were frequently called, were built from a variety of vehicles. Photo from FMCA archives.

The only flaw in our otherwise delightful summer was when we attempted to park our bus overnight on a family-owned waterfront lot at the nearby seashore. From the reactions of the town government, we quickly learned that we were not welcome there; perhaps this prompted our first feelings that an organization of folks whose interests in travel paralleled ours might be welcome and worthwhile.

Soon we found we were making a list of people with rigs similar to ours, and at Christmastime we sent our six-color hand silk-screened Christmas card to the eight families we then knew of who had similar vehicles, inviting them to send us the names of other converted bus owners. Everyone replied, and we found that we soon had a small, growing list that showed that a broad-based interest might be developing.

Accordingly, on April 24, 1963, we sent out a mimeographed letter inviting the 25 families we then knew of to meet at a suitable spot (not yet determined) in Maine, to watch the total eclipse of the sun which was to take place on July 20th. Through a fortuitous previous personal friendship we found a marvelous meeting place on a hilltop at the Hinckley School in Hinckley, Maine, 200 miles north of Boston. The spot was great for watching the eclipse, but lacked most of the amenities expected now of even chapter meeting places.

Purple button marks the location of Hinckley, Maine, site of the first FMCA gathering in 1963. Map courtesy of MapQuest.

Come Hell or High Water!

On the way there in our bus with our family of six, plus Jean’s sister Charlotte — the initiator of it all! — and Marion Mott, later to become FMCA’s first office manager, we ran into a thundering deluge in Saugus, Mass.; our windshield wipers fell off in the middle of Route 1, and son Bill, then 6 years old, said, “Dad, you said we were going to Hinckley come hell or high water, right?” We were!

At Hinckley, we set up folding tables and chairs, strung recycled gas-station pennants from tree to tree for a festive note, and set up the abominable mimeograph for daily newsletters, a bulletin board, and two leaky and primitive toilet tents in a far corner.

It was an experience impossible to describe as we first heard — and then saw — the 26 coaches arriving, one after another, with our new friends. The coaches varied from a simple school bus on its fifth engine, with only a mattress, crib, and stove in it, to a lush executive coach costing well up into six figures. What a sight to see them coming up the hill! And what great people!

What took place at Hinckley, in starting FMCA, is written up in my quite uncharacteristically solemn prose in the first issue of Family Motor Coaching magazine. But it was just the beginning of a very busy late summer and fall. Under the direction of the nine-member Constitutional Committee chosen at Hinckley, we drafted and finalized the FMCA Constitution and Bylaws, including the Code of Ethics, and it was unanimously ratified by the membership of 65 on Dec. 15, 1963. It is a tribute to the foresight of this committee that much of the basic framework remains as valid today as it did then.

First Issue

The first issue of Family Motor Coaching magazine went to members in February of 1964. Getting that first issue out was an experience in mad logistics. The type was set in Brockton, Mass., 8 miles from our home; carried to Hanson and proofed (for pasting up) on a rusty antique letterpress in a corner of our cellar, a few inches at a time, with the help of many friends, both old and new; then printed at the home of Dick and Nancy Parece, F22, in their cellar printshop in Natick, Mass., 40 miles away, two pages at a time; and then assembled by a crew of volunteers circling around the Whitings’ pool table in the cellar of their Abington, Mass., home, six miles away. The finished issues were trimmed in the cellar of a friend’s printshop in Hanover, Mass., five miles in another direction, and finally came above ground to be mailed at South Hanson, four miles in another direction.

We printed, if I recall correctly, about 500, and had to reprint it a few months later; it was again reprinted in a later issue of Family Motor Coaching as a center insert. First-edition copies, which include the Blue Bird color insert, are as rare as hen’s teeth now!

The second issue of the magazine was pasted up here at our home, with the type set at Natick and the issue run by a large commercial printer. It was an aesthetic delight but a financial disaster, and nearly squashed the whole fledgling organization. In all, we did four issues; the difficulties are advertised inadvertently on the front covers. The first is dated “February 15, 1964”; the second, “June, 1964”; and the third and fourth, “Fall, 1964” and “Spring, 1965”!

FMCA Becomes National Organization

FMCA really became a national organization at its first national convention at Fort Ticonderoga, N.Y., in July of 1964, and offered us an opportunity to learn a great deal about how to set up a large meeting. With little experience to call upon, we were very lucky that it turned out so well, and that the 106 member families attending had such a great time. Future convention planners learned at Ticonderoga to avoid sites downwind from odoriferous paper mills, fields with hidden potholes that would swallow a motorcycle, and flies by day and mosquitoes by night that could carry off an innocent bystander! FMCA was in dire financial straits at Ticonderoga, and Ray and Anna Fritz, F4, and George and Mary Whiting, F7, went bus-to-bus soliciting donations to keep the organization afloat.

As FMCA grew and grew, it outgrew the room in our home where it had been housed, and we rented a small office at 1115 Main Street, South Hanson, for $65 a month. Soon we had three part-time employees, and the mail was coming in in baskets, sparked by write-ups in House Beautiful and other national magazines.

It was surely the case that, as FMCA grew, my personal fascination with the basic concept of the first totally new housing idea in 500 years — that of a self-propelled, self-contained, complete home on wheels — grew at equal speed. However, the electronics sales company I owned was paying our family’s bills but getting less and less of my attention and FMCA was becoming a totally demanding labor of love, never able to pay us for our work (which we would not have accepted anyway), or to repay us for our expenses.

By the Spring of 1965, FMCA had grown to nearly 1,000 member families in every state of the United States but one, and in Korea, Canada, England, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and Australia. I was forced to face the reality of a choice between one and the other. It was no contest — electronics had to win, and FMCA was incredibly lucky in having Ken and Dot Scott, F63, of Cincinnati, willing to take over, and to do such a great job in making it grow and prosper.

We put over a ton of office equipment, supplies, and files — and a couple of bottles of pink champagne for two marvelous people, Ken and Dotty — in a moving van headed for Cincinnati on Friday, March 12, 1965, and reluctantly went back to the job of making money and raising children.

It had been a pretty rough two years, but we had made a host of new friends, learned a lot, and had earned the satisfaction that comes from having tried to make the world a bit better place to live in, for everyone.

 

 

RV Park and Campground Briefs

June 22, 2012 by · Comments Off on RV Park and Campground Briefs 

MICHIGAN

From WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids:

A man is in custody on weapons charges after a domestic situation and standoff in an Ionia County campground east of Grand Rapids.

Ionia Sherriff’d Deputies and Michigan State Police were called to the Lakeside Resort Campground at about 10 p.m. Thursday (June 21) on a domestic argument. Witnesses told police that the man had been arguing with other campers and was armed with a shotgun. The man retreated into a camper trailer before police arrived.

Officers set up a perimeter and after trying to make contact with the man, they deployed their entry team. The man was taken into custody peacefully.

The man was lodged at the Ionia County Jail and will be charged with weapons violations.

OREGON

From the Coos Bay World:

Hundreds of motorhomes and trailers are filling the empty lot next to the Mill Casino and Hotel as the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) Northwest Area Rally gets under way on Thursday (June 21). This is the FMCA’s first rally in Coos Bay.

About 1,000 RVers are participating in the rally.

They’ll have opportunities to tour local attractions, see a movie in the Marshfield High School auditorium, see the bay with Betty Kay Charters, golf at Bandon Crossings, roar around the dunes with Spinreel Dune Buggy and ATV and feast at a Coquille Indian salmon bake.

Although those activities are available only to the association’s members, the public is welcome to an RV show and vendor expo. Show coaches will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday on Ko-Kwel Wharf, and the vendor expo will be open in the Salmon Room 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

NORTH CAROLINA

From the Shelby Star:

Moss Lake Campground is hosting a national field day on Saturday (June 23) for the Cleveland County Amateur Radio Service (CCARS).

The amateur radio “hams” provide critical backup for local, state and national emergency organizations.

The public is invited to the campground to learn about the new capabilities of ham radio operators.

At this annual event, CCARS will also offer instructions for attendees to obtain their own Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licenses, and people will be able to communicate with the group’s radios.

On Saturday night, the group will attempt to contact all of the 50 states because “if it were a real natural disaster, that’s the only way you can communicate,” said Hodges.

“We will camp out in trailers and tents, and our station will be on a battery and a generator,” said Hodges. This will simulate the conditions of a natural disaster, when electricity may not be available.

NEW YORK

From the Adirondack Daily Enterprise:

On the weekend of June 9, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) police made one arrest and issued numerous tickets related to an incident at the DEC Hearthstone Campground in the town of Lake George.

Anthony McPhillips, 21, of East Greenbush, was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to register as a camper, failure to comply and failure to observe quiet hours, all violations. McPhillips faces up to $1,000 in fines and up to 60 days in jail.

In the same incident, 26 youths from Rensselaer County, ranging in age from 16 to 20 were issued appearance tickets for underage possession of alcohol. The violation has a maximum possible penalty of $250 in fines and up to 15 days in jail.

Four of the youths were charged with additional violations:

  • One was charged with failure to register and failure to comply, for a combined maximum possible penalty of $750 and 45 days in jail.
  • Another was charged with littering on state land, for a combined maximum possible penalty of $750 and 45 days in jail.
  • Two others were charged with possession of marijuana, for a combined maximum possible penalty of $500 and 30 days in jail for each of the defendants.

All of the tickets were returnable to the town of Lake George court.

DEC warns high school graduates and others that the possession of alcohol by underage persons is prohibited at DEC campgrounds and on all state lands.

SOUTH CAROLINA

From the Aiken Standard:

The Aiken County Planning Commission has recommended that the county council not change its density and setback regulations for campground and recreational vehicle parks to make them less restrictive.

On Thursday (June 21), the commission unanimously shot down the changes that the council proposed, believing that the existing regulations are satisfactory.

The council proposed that a campground and RV park be a minimum of two acres instead of five, that maximum density not exceed 12 vehicles or campsites per acre instead of 10 and that minimum setbacks, among others, be 30 feet from a local street and 20 feet from other RVs and other structures.

County Planning and Development Director Stephen Strohminger said the council considered making the changes after hearing from a “very vocal citizenry” asking for variances from the regulations.

“I can just see the next meeting when citizens realize they can have an RV park on the lot next to them. They’re not going to be real happy with us,” said Commissioner Terri Turner. “I don’t look good in tar and feathers.”

 

FMCA/Fantasy RV Tours Partnership Deemed a Success

May 30, 2012 by · Comments Off on FMCA/Fantasy RV Tours Partnership Deemed a Success 

It made sense in late 2011 when Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), a motorhome owners group based in Cincinnati, Ohio, teamed up with Fantasy RV Tours to launch the FMCA Tour Connection program.

The Tour Connection offers FMCA member-only RV caravans, rallies, and cruises at discounted rates, and also provides FMCA members discounts on other Fantasy RV Tour events, according to a news release.

“These tours are even more popular than what we — Fantasy RV Tours and FMCA — expected,” said Nel Filliger, Fantasy RV Tours founder. “Members like traveling with the FMCA family and receiving the extra discounts with FMCA Tour Connection.”

By May, four of the six remaining 2012 RV tours (Calgary Stampede, Western National Parks, Polar Bear Express, and Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta) already were sold out. Filliger added that great interest is being shown in caravans and tours slated for 2013 and beyond, including a 2014 tour to Australia and New Zealand. “This trip is at the top of most people’s bucket list,” she said. “It will sell out and we’ll have a waiting list.”

The inaugural excursion of the Tour Connection program took place in Washington, D.C., this past April. Fantasy RV Tours staff welcomed 50 FMCA member families to the nation’s capital for a week of fun and sight-seeing adventures in which they received personalized attention from the staff and tour guides.

At night, FMCA members stayed in their motorhomes at a campground near Washington. During the day, they toured an array of sites in and around the city, including the U.S. Capitol and the National Cathedral; the U.S. Naval Academy and Fort McHenry; Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, and the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial; and museums of their own choosing along the National Mall.

The consensus among those who participated in the inaugural Tour Connection rally was that the event was an overwhelming success. “Traveling with an experienced wagon master and guide made this area live,” said Thomas and Gayle Williams of Merritt Island, Fla. “Every single event was a treat. The staff was knowledgeable, friendly, efficient, and dependable. The planning that went into this rally was quite evident and it ran like a well-oiled machine.”

Brad and Sandra Lynch of Seattle, Wash., said, “It was organized so well; how could you not like anything? The staff was marvelous and we made some friends with the FMCA Tour Connection that we will have for years to come.”

Because of the popularity of the Tour Connection among FMCA members, Fantasy RV Tours has increased the variety of itineraries available. In addition to the interest shown in the RV caravans and tours, cruises are offered too; Filliger noted that more than 200 FMCA members already have booked cruises to Alaska or the Caribbean.

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