FMCA’s future unclear. Your thoughts, please?

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By Chuck Woodbury
EDITOR
The Family Motor Coach Association, FMCA, has begun surveying its members about including owners of towable RVs into the club, which is currently restricted to owners of motorized RVs only. If more than 50 percent of current members vote yes, to accept towables, then FMCA will welcome all RVs, motorized or not. Voting is being conducted through the club’s magazine and ends November 30.

If you would like to learn more about what the change would mean, watch the video I recorded in March at FMCA’s rally in Chandler, Arizona where then-club president Charlie Adcock spoke to members

I plan to provide my thoughts in the next week or two, but I would first like to ask you what you think. If you are member of the club, will you vote to accept towables or not? If you are a towable owner, are you interested in joining? The current results tally will appear immediately after you vote.

THE POLL IS NOW CLOSED AFTER 1,772 RESPONSES.

 

 

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Popeye
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Popeye

I voted NO. From a business standpoint I feel the membership in FMCA will decrease even more if the proposal passes. Management needs to improve. The organization is old and tired.

Ken Buck
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Ken Buck

I bought a 5 year FMCA susbscription when I first bought my MH. I had tried to join before buying my MH, to learn more about what I might want or need, but they only accept memberships from you if you have a VIN number from your rig. I found that all the “benefits” were subject to seniority. That is, there is a pecking order. The members that have been there longest are running the show. Period. If someone asks a question on one of the specialty forums, the resident expert will answer when he gets to it. If someone… Read more »

Terry
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Terry

Impressions are oftentimes everything, even if the impression is inaccurate. I have had the impression that FMCA was the “country club” group, and the pickup driving commoners who had towable RV’s were of a lesser social status. I expect that I’m not alone in that impression. No, I’m not interested in becoming a member.

Coachman
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Coachman

I joined the Family MOTOR COACH Association because it is about and for MOTOR COACHES !! I joined Rotary because it is about being a ROTARIAN. I joined GOOD SAM because it’s about savings and information on RV campgrounds. I joined Passport America because it’s about savings on campgrounds. If I want to take my family on a RV vacation, I do it. If I want a lot of children around, I can go to Jellystone or other family orientated parks… When I go to a FMCA rally, I don’t want to be surrounded by children, bikes,tents, etc. And I… Read more »

Sharon Naismith
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Sharon Naismith

When we bought a class C motorhome, in 2002, we became members of both FMCA and Escapees RV Club. FMCA is open to not only class A’s, but any motorized RV you can walk through inside of the vehicle from the coach to the cab. That means class A, B, and C motorhomes. It does not mean “motorCOACHES” only! That misconception is something I think FMCA should try to correct, possibly by making its magazine available not only to members and subscribers, but on newsstands, too. When we first joined FMCA, there were some good perks that went with membership,… Read more »

artie
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artie

will not join

TPM
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TPM

I would like to know why FMCA’s membership is falling while motorcoach sales are up. My guess is that motorcoach owners don’t see any advantage to being a member of FMCA.

BruceinAZ
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BruceinAZ

I belong to the Escapees, am a lifetime member of Good Sam, and have been a member of FMCA for over 20 years. When we bought our first class A motorhome after owning several truck campers and towables we felt that we had achieved a certain plateau in life and were proud to join an organization that seemed to recognize that achievement and was geared exclusively toward enhancing our ownership experience. As others have mentioned I expect the focus on motorhome related issues will become less prevalent as the membership becomes diluted with a higher percentage of non motorhome owners.… Read more »

Kim
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Kim

I have a towable. The debate is whether or not they want me. I’m asking, “what’s in it for me”? For me the question is whether I want to be a member or not. I don’t care if you want to be exclusive. In my opinion, that’s your choice and I respect it.

Karin Reilly
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Karin Reilly

As an owner of an A and previously a C, I hate to see discrimination against any camping vehicle. With the insurance to get yourself, your rig and your travelers and the Seven Corner insurance plan included in dues, it’s a good deal even if you’re not interested in joining any local fmca Clubs. I say change the name from motor coach to Family RV Assoc., and welcome everyone!

LeBlanc Randy
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LeBlanc Randy

I belong to FMCA, and travel with family who has towable no problem there. But why in our society now we must treat everyone the same and you bad for belonging to a group with a specific theme. Why would I want to join an organization that is listed as motorhomes if I had a towable. Makes getting specific information about motorhomes harder. With that logic,crazy as this sounds, why not let the NBA join the NFL (Comprised of athletes). Leave FMCA alone when they pass a by-law stating members may only camp with other motorhomes, then it time to… Read more »

Hardy Jackson
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Hardy Jackson

The only concern is if allowing towables into the group does not dramatically increase membership, then where do we go from there? I understand the issue at hand, but am not sure going this direction will resolve the membership issue.

MikeABQ
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MikeABQ

I own a TT and I had not heard of this club before and do not know anything about this club, so it is hard to vote yes. Also, since it is losing membership means it has issues. and reading some of the comments above, I had to vote no. Maybe before asking for a vote, a good description of the club and what they plan to do in the future to fix their issues would help.

Bob Robinson,USN Air ret.{30}
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Bob Robinson,USN Air ret.{30}

I totally disagree with joining the failing FMCA ..as for years & years I was rejected from FMCA from ordering one of their great road atlas book maps for a mere $25 which is a fantastic guide as it shows all campgrounds and so much more with phone #’s in the back and just a great product. My daughter had to order one and lie so I could have the book. You see I have been RV’ing since 12/77 and currently have a $35k Truck Camper plus my $45K truck but wasn’t allowed to buy the book..Now they need us… Read more »

Barbara
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Barbara

At first I though that allowing all types of Rv’s in FMCA was a great idea. Then after reading some of the posts on Facebook about problems with towables versus problems with class A’s my thinking changed. If FMCA membership could be separated into two different membership areas (one for A’s and one for towables it might work. My thinking is also about the two different age groups… most A’s are retired folks (no children and a decent income) and towables seem to be the younger people just wanting to camp out and have fun. As in any group of… Read more »

Steven Jenkins
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Steven Jenkins

I agree with Barbara.

Dottie Cameron
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Dottie Cameron

We’re older and no kids in a 5th wheel. After considering both we stayed with a 5th wheel. We enjoy the room and storage and don’t have to pay insurance for 2 motorized vehicles (class A and toad). Just saying only young people have 5th wheels is not true. I’m 65 .

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Wouldn’t be Family MOTOR COACH Assc then. Change the name and include who you want. While I belong to several discriminating….yes people it is discrimination….. clubs, I believe that we are one family of camp loving people. Well except for Mike, the guy who posted above and who called me fat; I’m disowning him. :-}

“Face facts the FMCA membership personifies the “Fat, 60 and up” crowd. This membership base is NOT a viable path for the future of this organization.”

Bob Lewis
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Bob Lewis

I vote no. If FMCA becomes an open RV organization then it becomes no different from other all inclusive organizations like Escappees and Good Sams. I would imagine that most Class A motorcoaches are owned by retirees and the older RVers – that has been my personal observation. When I go to an FMCA rally I prefer not dealing with children running around. I prefer adult programming and Class A motorcoach seminars/vendors. FMCA does not need to re-invent itself. It just needs to learn to manage itself within its means.

John
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John

I agree with every point! The FMCA will implode if the motion is carried. This will leave most of its *present members* bereft of having a club that meets their needs specifically!

Lori Singels
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Lori Singels

I voted against towables being eligible to join FMCA — not because of any snootiness but because towables and nontowables have quite a different base of functioning — i.e., steering, transmissions, driving parameters (speed), tires, weight. We’re all doing the same thing but in different ways, and not that one is any better than another; it’s just that each form of RVing needs a different focus. I can’t begin to tell you how many RV folks over the last, say, ten years have answered “What?” when I’ve mentioned FMCA and all the bennies it provides and how cost-effective it is.… Read more »

Edward Avance
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Edward Avance

FMCA needs to 1st get leaders who listen to their members. To think they are going to appeal to the younger melineals is fantasy. NASCAR, NFL, NBA are all trying this approach. This group has an attention span of 60 seconds. FMCA, improve your product, show your members a value for the buck. Presently for 50 bucks a member gets a Motor Home magazine, comprised of 60% ads. Go to their rally, what do you get ? Infomercials panned off as seminars. No thank you. What’s next, hikers, centers, maybe even a politician.

Jann
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Jann

I totally agree. We were members when we had our motorhome(s) and really did not get anything except maybe a discount at an RV park occasionally. Information put out you could find anywhere. Magazine mostly ads.

So as a towable of 5th wheel would have no interest in joining them.

Ev Davis
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Ev Davis

I opposed opening membership to other than coach owners not because I have an issue with travel trailers or 5th wheels. My concern is that this approach does not address why membership is falling. Doesn’t make sense if RV ownership is growing that FMCA membership is dropping unless there is something wrong with the product FMCA is offering. Opening up the membership to other types of RVs doesn’t fix the problem. It just kicks the can down the road.

Rick Nunemaker
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Rick Nunemaker

Dave, I was a former FMCA member and enjoyed the club. When we went from a class A to a 5th wheel, I was told I could not belong to the club. Now that membership is declining (and $$$) they want us back. No way for me. I was not good enough then, I’m not good enough now.

Lois
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Lois

We belong to FMCA but no longer go to their events. Many years ago I voiced my opinion that there was very little for the average person at their conventions. Everything was very expensive. Most of the RVs on display were $500,000 up and that was certainly not conducive to drawing the younger families in. I was told that I was wrong, that everything was programmed with great care. We watched the organization become more geared toward people with the expensive rigs and the people become more clicky. As a result most of our friends no longer attend

Dave
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Dave

As Groucho Marx once said, I’d never be a member of a club that would accept me!

Mike
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Mike

Ask yourself this question. What’s the favorite color of FMCA members? It’s not red, blue black or white. IT’S GREY!!! Just look at the memberships head and their beard! This clubs membership is somewhere between dead and dying just like many of the other marque specific car clubs and specialty hobby clubs. This will be a vote on the future viability of this club just as it has been with other organizations such as the NSRA (National Street Rod Association). That “Club” previously was 1948 and only vehicles could join. That went out the window about 5 years ago when… Read more »

Dave Fullerman
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Dave Fullerman

I recently stopped at the FMCA office to camp for the night. It is for FMCA members only. Parked there were a class C a class B and a5th wheel. While talking to one couple, they said they joined a few months ago at a rally, FMCA told them the policy of class A only was being changed. Two items upset me. First, it looks like they have changed the policy and are having a vote that does not matter. Second, this is a first come lot. If I arrived and it was full of non class A’s I would… Read more »

Shelley
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Shelley

FMCA membership has long been available to class B &C coaches.

RVProf
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RVProf

I am a motorcoach owner and honestly wouldn’t join FMAC if you paid me to. I live near their headquarters in Cincinnati and several years ago when we bought our first coach I stopped by their office to see about membership. I was treated so rudely there, that I walked out with my decision made. Without even asking me what type of rig I owned, the woman behind the desk said, “I’m sorry, but this club is only for motorCOACHES.” I told her I was aware of that and she said, “Are you sure? You know, they’re the kind you… Read more »