(May 25, 2016 — Members of Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization of motorhome owners, will make its way to the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona, March 7 through 10, 2017 for its 95th International Convention.
“FMCA hasn’t hosted an international event in Arizona in several decades, so we are excited to be making plans for this 2017 convention at what will be a really great destination for our members,” FMCA national president Charlie Adcock said.
A key element of FMCA’s international conventions is where RV manufacturers and dealers display their latest models. When it comes to outfitting a motorhome, attendees will be able to head to the indoor exhibition areas, which will house more than 300 booths packed with a variety of RV-related products and services.
FMCA events also offer motorhome owners, as well as those exploring the idea of ownership, opportunities for enhancing their knowledge via seminars conducted by RV experts. Nearly 100 different topics are expected to be addressed during the event in Arizona. RVtravel.com contributor Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, is usually unhand for FMCA events.
In addition, motorhome owners will be treated to first-rate evening entertainment and a variety of special activities. Among them will be group tours of local sites and attractions.
Although the convention is organized for Family Motor Coach Association 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 and attend the evening entertainment, admission costs $50 per day; children 12 and under are admitted free with an accompanying adult, as are those with an active military ID. Individuals who want to also attend seminars may purchase a Daily Passport, which is available for $85 per day.
RV owners are invited to take part in all of the activities and to bring their RV and stay at Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, which near Phoenix. Registrants may opt for 50-amp (limited quantity) or 30-amp electric hookups, or may choose to “dry camp.” Potable water and dump station facilities are available at the facility, or roving trucks will provide these services for a fee to those who want to keep enjoying the activities and not stop for housekeeping issues.
The full registration price for non-FMCA members is $245 prior to January 6, 2017, and $275 after that; this non-member fee automatically grants a one-year FMCA membership or Family Motor Coaching subscription to the RV owner. The FMCA member price is $195 for early-bird registrations and $225 after January 6. (An additional fee is charged for electric.) Registration will begin in fall 2016. Meanwhile, the association is accepting registrations for its upcoming August 3 through 6, 2016, event in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
The association welcomes all motorhome owners as members. Dues are $50 for the first year and $40 per year thereafter. 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.