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Updated information regarding the many benefits and services available to members of Family Motor Coach Association.

January 2013

Membership in Family Motor Coach Association brings with it a wealth of benefits that are of value to the motorhome traveler. Some of these benefits are obvious — the subscription to Family Motor Coaching magazine, for example — and some are not so obvious. In fact, it’s likely that there are some benefits with which you as a member are not familiar. This article includes up-to-date information about the FMCA member benefits that are available at press time. Please read through it to ensure that you are taking advantage of everything your association has to offer.

Information Exchange

In addition to being a fun-filled organization, FMCA gives its members the added benefit of access to valuable technical and general information and to advice related to motorhoming. Much of this information can be gleaned via Family Motor Coaching magazine. Other sources of information include chapter affiliation, seminars held at FMCA conventions and area rallies, the association’s Web sites ( and, and fellow members met along the road or in campgrounds.


A subscription to Family Motor Coaching magazine is perhaps the most tangible benefit of membership in FMCA. The association’s monthly magazine provides FMCA members with timely news concerning motorhome technology, the RV industry, and the association. Each issue contains colorful travel features that describe areas of the United States, Canada, and beyond that are of interest to motorhomers, as well as reviews of new motorhomes, technical and how-to articles, and special stories that focus on various aspects of the RV lifestyle. Classified and display advertisements keep readers up-to-date on the latest products available in the RV marketplace.

As a service to the family and commercial members of FMCA, FMC magazine offers a reader service program online at FMC readers can visit the Web site to request information about a product or service they have seen advertised in a particular issue of FMC magazine. Information is available for up to a year.

The request for information is directed to the advertiser in question via a report that lists your address and the advertisement in which you expressed interest. Once the advertiser receives this report, the company will then forward the appropriate information directly to you.

To submit your request for advertiser information online at, click on "Advertising" and then "Free Product Info," and search for an advertiser by product category, company name, or magazine page number. Provide your contact information and submit your request. You can ask advertisers to contact you with more information, and you also can connect directly to their Web sites in most cases.

Also included with your subscription to Family Motor Coaching is the annual directory/member benefits guide issue, published in January. FMCA members will want to keep this directory handy as they travel, as it includes a variety of useful information to which they can refer throughout the year.


FMCA enables members to participate in important RV-related education programs. Many times, the association contributes toward the expense of these learning opportunities to reduce out-of-pocket costs to members.

Programs included in this category are designed to educate members and promote a safer motorhoming experience. Occasionally FMCA offers online Webinars broadcast from Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase events.


The association’s official Web sites — and — are useful sources of information about FMCA member benefits, rallies, chapters, and more. At, you can:

  • Join FMCA
  • Renew your FMCA membership
  • Update your FMCA membership record
  • Register for FMCA area rallies and Family Reunions
  • Read the annual towing guide
  • Sign up for Mail Forwarding service
  • Get key info about member benefits, such as the Michelin AdvantageProgram, Tour Connection, and Campground Connection
  • Watch videos about motorhomes and the RV lifestyle
  • Shop for FMCA-logo merchandise
  • Talk motorhoming on the FMCA Motorhome Forums
  • Use the RV Marketplace directory to find RV products and services

Family Motor Coaching magazine's Web site,, makes it easier to find previously published articles, as well as material from the current issue.

Both and are loaded with information to enhance your motorhome lifestyle. Visit them often!


FMCA offers a free app for mobile devices that run on the IOS and Android operating systems. Watch motorhoming videos, locate campgrounds, obtain FMCA news, and check the rally calendar, all on your mobile device.

IOS-equipped devices include the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Android-equipped devices include various smartphones and tablet computers.


FMCA has a Governmental and Legislative Affairs Committee that assists members who face local parking rights restrictions and other regulations affecting the use of their motorhomes. In addition, FMCA's Parking Rights Manual & Guide is available to members. This guide summarizes significant parking rights cases. It can help members to understand their legal rights and the rights of legislative bodies that place restrictions on motorhome parking.

The Parking Rights Manual & Guide is available to members at, or from the Member Services Department by request (800-543-3622 or 513-474-3622; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Travel Services


FMCA members who plan to be on the road for an extended period of time (two months or longer) need not worry about missing their important mail, thanks to the association’s mail forwarding service. FMCAers who take advantage of this useful member benefit receive their mail on a weekly basis while they are on the road.

Members who wish to utilize this service must submit an enrollment form (available from the FMCA national office or on, along with a complete list of procedures for mail forwarding participants) and establish a $50 deposit in a postage account with FMCA. This deposit may be paid by American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or VISA. When the balance in a participant’s postage account falls to approximately $15, the member’s credit card will be charged the amount needed to bring the deposit up to $50.

In addition to the postage charge, mail forwarding participants pay an $8 monthly fee. The fee will be charged the first time mail is sent in a new month and postage is debited to that account, or when mail is picked up from the receptionist at FMCA's Round Bottom Road office in Cincinnati. The $8 fee will be deducted from the mail forwarding participant's postage account. The monthly fee is charged only to members actively using the mail forwarding service.

The $8 charge will be identified as a "Mail Forwarding Service Fee" on the mail forwarding postage statement/invoice, along with the date. When a member notifies FMCA to close his or her mail forwarding account, the account will be removed from active status. Accounts that are not active but are in the process of being closed will be charged $2 for each mailing, and no more than $8 per month.

The United States Postal Service has determined that FMCA’s mail forwarding service operates as a commercial mail receiving agency (CMRA) by accepting members’ mail from the Postal Service and forwarding it to another address. Therefore, all mail forwarding participants must complete and submit Postal Service Form 1583, Application for Delivery of Mail Through Agent (available from the FMCA national office or online at Members enrolling in the program must allow a processing period of two weeks from the date that their enrollment form is received by the national office.

Mail should be addressed as follows:

PMB (insert membership number, e.g. F12345)
3590 Round Bottom Road
Cincinnati, OH 45244-3026

FMCA’s mail forwarding service is applicable to all types of mail (except bulk rate catalogs), i.e. letters, magazines, and packages. FMCA bundles all mail and forwards it via First Class (when applicable) or Priority Mail; or, participants may request FedEx delivery.

Unless a member requests otherwise, the address for delivery of his or her Family Motor Coaching magazine will automatically be changed to the mail forwarding address, and First Class postage for forwarding the magazine will be charged to the participant’s account. Upon terminating the mail forwarding service, the member must allow six weeks for the change of address for his or her FMC magazine to take effect.

For mail forwarding information or questions about an existing mail forwarding account, call (800) 448-1212 or (513) 388-5315, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, or, send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Online enrollment is now available at, and participants can update their existing account with payment information.


In an effort to assure members pleasant, hassle-free travel, FMCA offers routing assistance to destinations throughout North America.

The quickest and easiest way to receive routing assistance is to submit a request via; click on the "Members" tab and choose "Trip Routing" on the menu screen. This page provides instructions for receiving a CustomMaps Trip Plan online. FMCA members may also submit a written request to Spatial Data Sciences Inc. (SDSI) at the following address:

1749 Old Meadow Road
Suite 350
McLean, VA 22102
Fax: (240) 766-0575

The above address, fax number, Web address, and a form with which members may request such information appear in most issues of Family Motor Coaching and are available at Neither FMCA national office staff nor travel service personnel can take requests over the phone; all requests for travel information must be made in writing and must be directed via postal mail, fax, or FMCA’s Web site using the information above.

When making a request for travel information, a member should include his or her name, FMCA membership number, and complete address. He or she also should specify where the trip will begin and its final destination, as well as whether the “most direct” or “most scenic” route is preferred. These instructions should be included for the return trip as well.

Members who request trip routing services in writing will receive a suggested route in approximately one week. Online requests with an e-mail address provided are fulfilled more quickly.


The new FMCAssist program provided by Seven Corners (effective October 1, 2012) offers all FMCA members — family, associate, and commercial — enhanced peace of mind anywhere they travel, whether 100 miles away from home or across the ocean. Any member may contact Seven Corners for assistance as needed, with the member being directly responsible for all related expenses.  Or, members may sign up and pay a low annual premium for the Voluntary Member Participation Plan, which pays for covered expenses up to certain maximums (see Schedule of Benefits). The premium for this voluntary plan option is $85 per year for a single person or $105 per year for a family.

The new FMCAssist Voluntary Member Participation Plan offers enhanced benefits as compared with the prior program, including a higher maximum limit for covered medically necessary medical evacuation or repatriation; coverage for travel by means other than a motorhome; worldwide coverage (with the exception of vehicle return); the option to designate the location for medical evacuation, repatriation, or return of mortal remains, not limited to “home”; dependent age maximum increased to 26; and pet return coverage up to $1,000.

Who Is Eligible?

You are eligible for the FMCAssist plan if you are traveling more than 100 miles from your permanent primary residence (if you are a full-time RVer with no permanent primary residence, the 100-mile restriction does not apply) and you are either a:

(1) Current Charter, Full, Life, Full Lifetime, or Member Emeritus/Family Associate member of FMCA, as defined in the bylaws of FMCA, or

(2) A spouse, family member, or dependent traveling with an FMCA member.


Worldwide Benefits:

  • Emergency medical evacuation/repatriation
  • Emergency medical reunion
  • Return of mortal remains
  • Return of dependents
  • Vehicle return (limited to North America)
  • Pet return
  • Prescription medication and eyeglasses replacement

The above benefits are available to all FMCA members on a coordination-only basis. Assistance services are included regardless.

Members who pay the premium for the Voluntary Member Participation Plan receive the above benefits with expenses paid up to the following limits:

  • $500,000 for emergency medical evacuation/repatriation
  • $50,000 for each of the following: emergency medical reunion, return of mortal remains, return of dependents
  • $5,000 for vehicle return
  • $1,000 for pet return
  • $500 for shipping prescription medication and replacement eyeglasses
  • Assistance services are included.

Coordination of Benefits

Approval and coordination of all benefits must be provided by Seven Corners to be considered a covered expense.

Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation

This plan pays up to $500,000 for expenses for an emergency medical evacuation or repatriation due to injuries or illnesses commencing during coverage. Your medical condition must warrant immediate transportation from the medical facility where you are located to the nearest medical facility capable of furnishing the required level of care. Your attending physician in consultation with Seven Corners' medical director determines the need for this benefit.

Emergency Medical Reunion

When an emergency medical evacuation or repatriation is ordered and your attending physician recommends that a family member travel with you, Seven Corners will provide transportation for one individual of your choice to be at your side while you are hospitalized and then accompany you on your return to your permanent primary residence. Costs incurred for transportation and lodging are covered by the insurance policy up to a maximum amount of $50,000.

Return of Dependents

If you are traveling alone with dependents and become hospitalized and unable to take care of them, the plan will arrange and pay for a one-way economy fare to one location stipulated by the dependents' legal guardian. Coverage includes the cost of an attendant/escort, if necessary, to ensure the safety and welfare of dependents under the age of 19. The maximum amount of this benefit is $50,000.

Return of Mortal Remains

Seven Corners will manage all logistics for return of mortal remains to the member's permanent primary residence. Expenses are covered up to $50,000.

Vehicle Return

This service is available to those who have been transported under the Emergency Medical Evacuation/Repatriation or Return of Mortal Remains benefit. The local attending physician must verify that the member is not able to drive the vehicle home. Another condition is that no one in your traveling party is able to drive the vehicle home. If you choose a friend or family member to perform the vehicle return (after approval from Seven Corners), the company will not pay more than what it would have cost had they arranged the return. Expenses are covered up to $5,000.

Pet Return

If you are unable to care for your pet due to a medical emergency, Seven Corners will arrange and pay up to $1,000 for its return to your home.

Prescription Medication and Replacement Eyeglasses

Seven Corners will arrange and pay the cost of shipping to deliver the prescription or glasses (lenses included) or contact lenses to your current location. The cost of obtaining the prescription and/or glasses is your responsibility. The maximum amount covered is $500.

24-Hour Emergency Hotline Services

All FMCA members, whether on the Voluntary Member Participation Plan or not, have access to the Seven Corners 24-hour emergency hotline to provide immediate assistance for such needs as medical referral/legal referral, emergency cash transfer, lost ticket and passport assistance, emergency prescription refill assistance, hotel and flight rebookings, luggage delay/baggage coordination, translation services, worldwide medical information, and emergency messaging.

For a list of exclusions, further details, and to sign up for the Voluntary Member Participation Plan, visit or call (877) 202-4176 from the United States or Canada. To call collect worldwide, phone (317) 582-2619.


FMCA partners with Coach-Net to offer association members an all-inclusive, 24-hour RV technical and roadside assistance plan at a special discounted price.

Meeting the demands of RV travelers throughout the United States and Canada since 1987, Coach-Net pioneered RV Tech Advantage. As a standard benefit, Coach-Net members have access to master-certified RVIA/RVDA and ASE-certified technicians around the clock to help them resolve operational and technical issues over the telephone.

Coach-Net supports its members at any hour of the day, 365 days a year, with unlimited towing to the nearest qualified facility, lock-out service, tire changes, jump starts, fuel delivery, and even mobile mechanic service in situations that require an on-site remedy, to include your campsite, if necessary.

Coach-Net’s technicians make every effort to resolve issues over the telephone to prevent the towing of a member’s RV, but when it is unavoidable, Coach-Net’s service providers offer a wide range of services to handle the special needs of RVs. Simple issues such as removal of the driveline, watching out for air dams and cowlings on the front of the coach, tire size, and gross vehicle weight ratings are important, and Coach-Net understands that members want to protect their investment. Coach-Net’s service provider network is expansive and available to assist members wherever they may be.

Coverage under the Coach-Net program goes beyond RV service and covers the member and his or her family (spouse/significant other and dependent children under the age of 25) while driving a registered RV, along with any other vehicle a member owns, rents, or borrows, provided it’s not older than 40 years and is not used commercially.

For more information about the benefits of joining FMCA’s RV Technical and Roadside Assistance powered by Coach-Net RV and Membership Program, call (877) 801-0333 or visit


American Telecom Network (ATN) has been providing FMCA members with phone-related services since 1997. Now the company is offering new cell phone service plans to FMCA members at special rates. These plans let members select the package and the phone that best suits their lifestyle. There are no roaming charges, no hidden taxes and fees, no long-term contracts, and no credit checks. You will have a choice of two of the nation's largest cellular networks and an excellent selection of low-cost monthly plans and phones. Members can take their number and service with them anywhere they travel in the United States (service is not available in Canada). For details about these new plans, which will be available in January 2013, please go to or call (866) 598-9320.

In addition to the new cell phone plans, ATN also offers:

  • Home phone service (1+ calling) for state-to-state, outgoing calls from home at a rate as low as 3.9 cents per minute. The rate is based upon your state. In-state rates are generally about 2 cents higher.
  • Digital phone at home (1+ calling over the Internet). Choose from four monthly plans starting at $14.99 for unlimited local calling and 100 minutes of long-distance calling; additional minutes are just 3.9 cents per minute. You can also get unlimited local and long-distance calling including unlimited calls to Canada for just $19.99 per month. Other plans available include international calling. (Broadband Internet is required for this service.)
  • Toll-free number. The rates for receiving calls on a toll-free number are as low as 3.9 cents per minute and are based upon your state. In-state rates are approximately 3 cents per minute higher. Each toll-free number carries a monthly fee of $3.99.
  • Calling cards. The cost for using a calling card is 8.9 cents per minute. Calling card calls made from pay phones have a surcharge of 65 cents.
  • Internet service. High-speed, dial-up service is available for just $9.95 per month when you also have the home phone service.

For more information about all of these services, members should call (888) 443-FMCA (3622). If you wish to receive any of the services, you will be asked to provide your Social Security number for credit-checking purposes only.


This important travel service is made possible only through the generous-spirited fellowship of FMCA members. Each year, the January directory issue of Family Motor Coaching contains a listing of FMCA members who offer assistance and hospitality to fellow members who are on the road in their areas. The list also is available at

These members are listed in the Stoppin’ Spots directory under four categories. Stop Over Spot indicates that fellow members are welcome to stop over at the volunteering member’s home for a 24-hour emergency stay. Come Visit indicates that FMCA members are welcome to visit the volunteering member’s home for a 24-hour friendship stay, unless invited by the host member to stay longer. Mechanic’s Helper indicates that if an FMCA member’s coach breaks down along the road in a volunteering member’s area, the volunteering member is available to assist him or her in locating quality local service. Pinch Hit Driver* indicates that any FMCA member who encounters an emergency that in any way prevents him or her from driving his or her coach while on the road may request the assistance of a driver to transport that member’s coach to a chosen destination at the owner’s expense. The Pinch Hit Drivers are FMCA members who have volunteered to perform this emergency service for fellow members who are in need.

Any FMCA member who would like to be included in the 2014 Stoppin’ Spots directory under one or more of the above-listed categories should contact the Member Services Department at the FMCA national office. Likewise, FMCA members who are interested in volunteering to act as Pinch Hit Drivers, or who are in need of the service of such a driver, should contact the Member Services Department at the FMCA national office. The deadline for signing up to be included in the 2014 directory is November 1, 2013. (A Pinch Hit Driver form appears on page 217 and online at

The Stoppin’ Spots directory begins on page 204 of this magazine.



FMCA has partnered with Global Underwriters to offer members the opportunity to purchase an accident insurance plan that provides benefits for:

  • emergency room
  • in-hospital daily income
  • accidental death insurance
  • paralysis

The FMCA Rewards program rewards members with enhanced benefits based on their years of membership in the plan.

The FMCA Rewards plan compensates families for loss of income due to an accidental death, coma, or paralysis. It provides valuable financial protection, and added peace of mind, year-round.

The FMCA Rewards plan can be of assistance to uninsured members — such as those who are not able to obtain adequate amounts of traditional life insurance as a result of age, health, or certain lifestyles. And certain members may be underinsured. Accidental Death (AD) benefits can be an inexpensive way to provide immediate financial protection over the lifetime of your FMCA membership without having to go through the hassles of medical underwriting or doctor reports.

The FMCA Rewards plan offers a number of lesser-known benefits, including a seat belt benefit, felonious assault benefit, air bag benefit, home alteration benefit, and vehicle modification benefit.

The hospital indemnity and emergency room benefit component of the FMCA Rewards plan provides compensation above and beyond any expenses covered by your group or individual health plan or Medicare. It provides immediate payment to help offset medical-related expenses not covered under Medicare, Medicare supplements, or your private insurance, such as hotel rooms, food, and transportation. It provides a cash benefit that you can use as you see fit, which really helps out with cash when you need it.
For additional information, visit (click on “Members” and then “Benefits”), or call (800) 423-8496.


If you travel outside your home country, your domestic insurance may not cover you if you become sick or injured. If you are a U.S. citizen with Medicare, you should know that Medicare does not cover you outside the United States (read your passport).

The optional FMCA International Travel Insurance plan covers you anywhere in the world (special rates apply for high-risk countries and hazardous activities), as long as you are traveling outside your home country. By purchasing this insurance, you deal with an organization familiar with handling international claim payments and translation services. The company also negotiates to pay your bill so you can concentrate on getting well.


FMCA members and commercial members (including spouses and children) who are traveling worldwide outside their home country.


On any trip you take outside your home country.


  • accident/sickness medical expenses
  • emergency medical evacuation
  • return of mortal remains
  • emergency reunion
  • accidental death and dismemberment
  • personal security evacuation
  • lost baggage
  • trip interruption
  • in-hospital benefit
  • 24-hour assistance
  • dental coverage
  • dental accident

All coverages, except accidental death and dismemberment, shall be in excess of all other valid and collectible insurance indemnity and shall apply only when such benefits are exhausted.

A six-month pre-existing condition exclusion applies. A pre-existing condition is defined as any injury or illness that was contracted or that manifested itself, or for which treatment or medication was prescribed, within the six months prior to the effective date of this insurance.


Premiums are available on three levels — Silver, Gold, and Platinum — depending on your desired level of coverage. Premium rates are per person per day and vary by age. A hazardous activity/sports rider is also available. A complete list of covered benefits and premium levels is available online at and from the insurance provider (see details below).


The insuring company is The United States Fire Insurance Company, one of the subsidiary companies of the Crum & Forster Group of Companies rated "A" Excellent by A.M. Best.


For a complete list of benefits and premium levels, as well as a free online quote, and to download an application, go to and click on "Benefits," and then on "FMCA International Travel Insurance."

For a printed list of benefits, premium information, and more, call (800) 423-8496 (United States and Canada).


FMCA has teamed with GMAC Insurance® to offer preferred pricing on RV and auto insurance to FMCA members through the FMCA Motorhome & Auto Insurance Plan. The plan provides specialized benefits that can save you thousands of dollars if you should have to file a claim. Benefits of the plan include:

  • Optional full replacement cost coverage for motorhomes up to five years old. If you purchase this coverage within the first five years of the model year of your motorhome, and if your coach is totaled or stolen (and not recovered) in its first five model years, GMAC Insurance will replace it with a comparable new RV even if you’re not the original owner. After the first five model years, they will pay your full original purchase price — not a depreciated amount — toward the purchase of the replacement RV.
    Most insurance companies require that this coverage be purchased within two years of the RV’s model year. With the FMCA Motorhome & Auto Insurance Plan, FMCA members can purchase this coverage on an RV up to five years old.
  • Permanent attachment coverage. Items such as awnings and antennas are automatically insured for the full amount it would cost to replace them.
  • Personal belongings coverage. From laptops to linens, your belongings are insured for full replacement cost up to $3,000 — at no extra charge.
  • Storage option. Save money by suspending the coverage you don’t need when your motorhome is not being used for extended periods. You’ll still be fully protected against fire, storm, wind, and theft. With only six months of GMAC Insurance’s exclusive Storage Option, you could save up to $400.

Find out how much you can save with your FMCA member rate. For a free rate quote, call (888) 374-4622 and mention Savings Code YS-DB.

Eligibility, benefits, discounts and coverages may vary. Coverage not available in Canada. The content herein is for descriptive purposes only. The exact protection provided is subject to the terms, conditions and exceptions of the policy contract issued. 

Underwritten by these member companies of the GMAC Insurance Group, Winston-Salem, NC: Integon National Ins. Co., National General Assur. Co., National General Ins. Co., MIC General Ins. Corp. and GMAC Ins. Co. Online Inc.

Underwritten in TX by National General Assur. Co. and National General Ins. Co.

For RVs with an original cost new (OCN) of $500,000+ and RVs with an OCN of $300,000+ requesting Replacement Cost Coverage, all autos in household must be insured with GMAC Insurance. Underwriting approval required.

Storage option not available in all states.

©2012 GMAC Insurance. All Rights Reserved.

Financial Services


The Family Motor Coach Association and U.S. Bank have teamed up to provide the FMCA Visa Signature® credit card. This exclusive card is giving individuals who love motorhomes the opportunity to help support member programs.

U.S. Bank donates a portion of every purchase made with the FMCA Visa card to the Family Motor Coach Association — at no additional cost to the cardholder. The money raised from the credit card program helps fund important projects that might otherwise go unfunded.

The FMCA Visa Signature card features:

  • $25 Statement Credit when you spend $100 in the first 90 days1
  • Earn one reward point for every net dollar2 spent everywhere Visa is accepted. Redeem points for cash back, travel, merchandise, and more!
  • 24/7 Concierge Service3
  • Zero fraud liability4
  • Special VIP perks
  • Many other benefits
  • No Annual Fee (based on credit worthiness)

Learn more about the FMCA Visa Card or apply online.

1Account must be open and current to earn and redeem points and statement credit.
2Net purchases are purchases minus credits and returns.
3Cardmembers are responsible for the cost of any goods or services purchased by Visa Signature Concierge on cardmembers' behalf.
4U.S. Bank provides zero fraud liability for unauthorized transactions. Cardmember must notify U.S. Bank promptly of any unauthorized use. Certain conditions and limitations may apply.
The creditor and issuer of the Family Motor Coach Association Visa Card is U.S. Bank National Association, ND pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc.




FMCA members will gather this year for a four-day extravaganza of fellowship, fine entertainment, informative seminars, and browsing through many motorhome and component manufacturer exhibits. FMCA’s Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase events offer members a chance to participate in these activities as a group, and they provide the opportunity to renew old friendships that have been formed at previous FMCA gatherings and to develop new friendships. Attending an FMCA Family Reunion is an experience members won't want to miss.
The 2013 event will take place as follows:

FMCA's 88th Family Reunion And Motorhome Showcase

June 19, 20, 21, and 22, 2013

CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Facilities

Gillette, Wyoming

Watch Family Motor Coaching for details about upcoming Family Reunions, or check


Membership in a chapter can greatly enhance an FMCAer’s enjoyment of the association.

Sometimes chapter rallies center around an event that is of interest to the members of that chapter. Such rallies afford FMCAers the opportunity to come together with other members who share their interests, and often to forge long-lasting friendships based on those mutual interests.

One of the greatest benefits of chapter affiliation is the exchange of information that such involvement provides. Chapters that are based upon a mutual interest or a shared model of coach provide pools of information via the experiences and knowledge of chapter members.

The Family Motor Coach Association recognizes nearly 500 chapters across the United States and in Canada. Many of these chapters encompass specific or general geographic regions. Others consist of FMCA members who own a particular brand or model of coach. And still other chapters are based upon some common interest, such as music, amateur radio communication, sports, or coach conversions.

The complete FMCA Chapter Directory begins on page 165 of this magazine. A copy of the complete directory also is published each year in the August issue of FMC, and chapter information is available at

If you can’t seem to find a chapter that suits your particular interests or that is in your geographic locale, you may wish to charter such a chapter. The FMCA Chapter, Area, and National Services Department at the national office can provide you with a chapter formation kit that includes guidelines for starting a new chapter. A minimum of 20 members is necessary in order to charter an FMCA chapter. Or, you can start an associate chapter with a minimum of 10 members. Anyone who would like to start a new chapter but is having problems rounding up enough FMCAers who share his or her particular area of interest is invited to call on the national office for assistance. The national office will send out a mailing to FMCA members in that member’s target area (be it members with a particular zip code, members who own a certain type of motorhome, etc.) to assist in recruiting new members.

Dates and locations for chapter rallies are published in the Association Calendar, which appears in each issue of Family Motor Coaching. Included in each rally listing is a contact person for general or preregistration information. FMCA members are welcome to attend any of the rallies listed within the Association Calendar.

An extended listing of chapter rallies (up to a year) also is available online at Go to "Chapters/Areas" and then click on "Chapter Rallies."

Publicize your chapter rallies. Chapters are reminded to send their rally information to the FMCA national office so that all FMCA members might be made aware of chapter activities. (Use the form that appears online at Forms are available from the national office also.)

The Association Calendar, which starts on page 98 of this issue of the magazine, also lists upcoming FMCA Family Reunions and area rallies. FMCA members are invited to look to this listing for information about these upcoming events.

Family Motor Coaching also publishes a column titled “Join A Chapter” in each January, March, June, August, and November issue. It appears on page 187 in this issue of the magazine. This column is intended to help FMCA members in locating a chapter that might interest them. It also serves as a forum for groups that wish to form a new FMCA chapter but first wish to gauge the interest in such a chapter. Each chapter is entitled to one free ad per year; additional ads may be placed at a cost of 50 cents per word.


The youthful arm of FMCA is composed of four age groups: Teen-Age Travelers, or TATS (ages 13 to 18), Pre-Teens (ages 10 to 12), Tweens (ages 6 to 9), and Tots (ages 2 to 5). Youth centers are set up according to age groups at summer conventions (now called "Family Reunions"). The FMCA Youth Activities Committee plans and schedules age-specific activities during the summer Family Reunions, and the children pack hours of fun into their days. Bowling, miniature golf, roller skating, and pizza and ice cream parties are the mainstays of the program, while the committee seeks out additional activities that are interesting, fun, affordable, and challenging. On the educational side, the children have toured museums and science centers, as well as businesses that manufacture everything from school buses to toothbrushes. The TATS enjoy karaoke and dancing to all types of popular music in the TATS Center on the convention grounds.

The Youth Activities Program is open to all children in the above age groups who attend FMCA summer conventions with their parents, grandparents, or guardians.



Many campgrounds that are commercial members of FMCA offer discounts to fellow FMCA members. A listing of these commercial member campgrounds appears in the “RV Marketplace,” published in the January and June issues of FMC magazine and online at FMCA members should mention their FMCA affiliation when making reservations and present their FMCA membership card upon check-in when requesting this discount.

The FMCA Campground Connection program is a system of FMCA commercial member campgrounds that have agreed to offer FMCA families a discount of at least 10 percent off their campground fees. Campgrounds that are part of the Campground Connection can be found online at and by using FMCA's mobile app. An interactive map allows members to easily find campground locations as they travel.


How many times have you watched a NASCAR or IndyCar race and wondered how it feels to go that fast? FMCA members can find out what it's like to ride in a real race car or, better yet, take the wheel for fast-paced, adrenaline-producing laps around the track.

The NASCAR Racing Experience and the Mario Andretti Racing Experience both offer a Ride Along experience in which professional drivers take participants for the ultimate thrill ride as the car makes three heart-pounding laps at speeds of up to 175 mph! NASCAR Racing Experience riders strap into a seat next to the driver; Mario Andretti Racing Experience riders slide into their seat behind the driver.

If you’d prefer to be the driver, both NASCAR and Mario Andretti racing experiences offer the Race Fan Favorite program. Participants get to experience what it’s like to drive a real NASCAR stock car (previously driven by a professional stock car driver) or a full-size, open-wheel Indy car.

Each three-hour Race Fan Favorite experience begins with a crew chief-led instructional session, during which participants learn how to drive these hot rods, undergo safety training, and have an opportunity to ask questions before heading out on the track. Once drivers are outfitted in safety gear, they strap into the driver’s seat and prepare for the most exhilarating 5-minute driving experience of their lives. While behind the wheel, drivers receive coaching from their personal instructor via two-way radios. During the experience, there is no lead car to follow or instructor sitting beside the participant, and passing is allowed. Just like real racing!

Once drivers finish their run and begin breathing normally again, they receive a Graduate Certificate that includes their name, date, and the top speed reached during the session, plus a Souvenir Racing License to show others.

NASCAR Racing Experience and Mario Andretti Racing Experience programs are held at the same tracks used in the NASCAR and IndyCar circuits, including Atlanta Motor Speedway; Charlotte Motor Speedway; Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and others.

For the Ride Along experience, Family Motor Coach Association members pay $103.99, which is $26 lower than the retail price of $129.99. Members who wish to participate in the Race Fan Favorite experience pay $319.99, which is $80 lower than the regular price of $399.99.

FMCA members can order their racing experience package by calling (800) 543-3622 or visiting Purchasers will receive a gift card and instructions for making reservations online or by phone.


FMCA maintains a partnership with Passport America, a 50 percent discount camping club. As a Passport America cardholder, you can stay at more than 1,800 campgrounds across the United States, Canada, and Mexico at 50 percent off the regular rate.

Passport America members receive an International Camping Directory, a personalized travel card, and online access to RV America magazine. Present your Passport America card to receive half off the regular rate on campsites in participating campgrounds; these facilities are listed in the International Camping Directory.

Passport America prints a new directory each January. Updates or changes to the campground list are provided throughout the year in RV America magazine. Twenty-four-hour access to all campground information and updates is also available online at

The directory also indicates each campground’s individual guidelines. These vary, because Passport America member RV parks are individually owned and operated. For example, the majority don’t require reservations, but some suggest them, and others require them. The number of nights certain RV parks extend the discount also varies — one night, two nights, a week, a month, etc. Access to Passport America campgrounds is on a space-available basis.

You may use your Passport America card as often as you like, for the term of your membership. Look for the Passport America order form on page 96 of this magazine. Please see or call (800) 681-6810 for more details.


FMCA is an Association member of the Michelin Advantage Program, which is intended to provide competitive prices on MICHELIN® RV tires at authorized Michelin RV tire dealers.

The Michelin Advantage Program does not guarantee the lowest price, as local dealers are free to set prices on their own in their local markets. In today's environment, raw material costs have driven tire prices up consistently, and some dealers may have tire inventory purchased before some of these increases, which may allow them to provide even more competitive prices than the Advantage Program provides.

The Michelin Association Membership in the Advantage Program brought to you by FMCA will allow members to buy new tires, at the program price, at any authorized Michelin RV tire dealer across the United States. This could come in especially handy when a tire emergency occurs while you are traveling.

Visit to locate an authorized Michelin RV tire dealer, to research tires, and to select the right tires for your motorhome. The tires listed on that site are included in the program.

FMCA members will always need to follow the instructions provided by FMCA (click on the Michelin Advantage logo at in order for dealers to recognize them as Michelin Advantage Program members, including providing your FMCA membership number and expiration date. Any fees for mounting, balancing, federal excise tax, state and local taxes, and tire disposal are extra. Some fees may be quoted locally by the servicing dealer.

Tire purchases must be paid for with a credit card or debit card — VISA, MasterCard or American Express — at the servicing dealership. Michelin’s corporate office will charge the credit card the discounted price. FMCA will then send the member — via e-mail — a copy of the invoice that reflects the total with the Advantage Program tire price.

Currently the Michelin Advantage Program is available at authorized Michelin RV tire dealers within the United States.

The Michelin Advantage Program was originally designed to support trucking customers. FMCA is bringing the opportunity for RV owners to access the benefits of the program. For Michelin RV tire questions, visit; call Michelin Consumer Care at (800) 847-3435; or visit an authorized Michelin RV tire dealer.


Avis Car Rental offers a special discount to members of FMCA. To receive this discount, members should present the FMCA group number, A674300, and a major credit card when requesting a rental car from Avis. For information, contact Avis at (800) 331-1212.

Members can receive a car rental discount from Enterprise by calling (800) 261-7331, mentioning discount code 38A9038, and presenting a major credit card.

Members should mention the association’s discount number, 343549, when making reservations with Hertz and present their FMCA membership card for identification at the Hertz counter to take advantage of the year-round discount program offered to FMCA. For information, contact Hertz at (800) 654-2210.

In addition, members receive special savings at National Car Rental by using FMCA’s Discount I.D. Recap Number 5815733. Discounts apply to National’s daily, weekend, weekly, monthly, and holiday rates. Members receive National’s business rate discount of 20 percent or the company’s promotional and holiday rates discount of 5 percent. For vehicles rented in the United States, the rates include 100 free miles per day with a charge for excess miles traveled. For information, contact National Car Rental at (800) CAR-RENT (227-7368).


FMCA members can take advantage of fuel discounts with Pilot Flying J. Please stop in at any participating location and request the "MyRewards" RV card; you will need to register for it at that time. You can view the full schedule of discounts at; click on RVs. For more information, contact Pilot Flying J at (800) 562-6210, ext. 2474.


The FMCA Tour Connection, powered by Fantasy RV Tours, C5644, offers members the opportunity to embark on FMCA-member-only RV caravans, rallies, and cruises at discounted rates. Members also receive an FMCA discount on any other Fantasy RV Tours event.

The Tour Connection is hosting a variety of exciting member-only trips to some of the most sought-after vacation spots. Experts do the planning and all the details are taken care of by Fantasy's professional staff. Rallies are hosted by professional rally masters; caravans are run by wagon masters and tail-gunners; and on-board cruise masters escort you to exotic destinations. Tour participants simply show up, take in the sights, and enjoy the experience, all in the company of fellow RVers.

From a six-day rally to a 51-day overseas RV tour to a seven-day cruise, FMCA members can find excursions to meet their schedule and budget. Upcoming vacations in 2013 and beyond will visit Baja Peninsula for whale-watching; the Kentucky Derby; Nashville, Memphis, and Branson; Alaska; Oshkosh Fly-In Rally; San Francisco Wine Country; Australia; New Zealand; the San Antonio Fiesta; the Canadian Maritime Provinces; the Pasadena Rose Parade; the Caribbean; Hawaii; and more.

If none of these tours or destinations meets your needs, you’ll want to check out the full complement of other RV adventures offered by Fantasy RV Tours, with more than 40 different itineraries around the globe.

For more information, see the ad that appears on page 93; visit; or call toll-free (855) 385-3622.


FMCA members can save up to 80 percent on office and school supplies through Office Depot's national discount program. Save on pens, paper, ink, toners, stamps/daters, computers, Web cams, furniture, and plenty more.

Program features include:

  • Up to 80 percent off preferred products (see Best Value List)
  • 15 percent off retail Web pricing for 3,000 commonly used products
  • 93,000 products discounted below retail price
  • Shop online or in any local Office Depot store
  • Next-day delivery with FREE shipping on orders over $50

For more information, visit There, you can print your store purchasing card, view the Best Value List, and access your customized portal for online shopping.

This program applies only to stores and online orders in the United States.


Many of FMCA’s commercial members offer discounts on their products and services to family members who present their FMCA membership cards. The RV Marketplace, which is published in the January and June issues of FMC magazine and online at, lists FMCA commercial members and their locations. To receive the FMCA discounts offered by commercial members in their listings, family members must present their FMCA membership card at the time of service or purchase. The RV Marketplace begins on page 234 of this issue.

A limited-time promotion is available to FMCA members at Sam's Club locations. If you sign up for a new Sam's Club membership or renew an existing membership by December 31, 2013, you will receive a $10 gift card good at Sam's Club or Wal-Mart stores. Members who sign up for the Sam's Club Plus membership receive a $25 gift card. (This offer will be available periodically only during special promotion periods.) You must present proof of FMCA membership and a Sam's Club Membership Certificate to receive your gift card. For more information, see the ad/certificate that appears on page 81 of this issue, or visit (click on "Members" and then on "Benefits"). For Sam's Club location information, visit or call (800) 881-9180.

United Parcel Service (UPS) claims to deliver more packages overnight on time in the United States than any other carrier. Now UPS is offering discounts to FMCA family and commercial members on Domestic Air, Domestic Ground, and International Export and Import services. The discount is calculated based on total weekly UPS charges, so the more you use UPS, the more you save. Discounts range up to 28 percent on UPS Next Day Air and Worldwide Express services, for example, and up to 21 percent on UPS 2nd Day Air.

FMCA members also receive a 10 percent discount card for products and services purchased at The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. locations.

For complete details, or to sign up, visit Or, call (800) 325-7000 for more information.

Additional Benefits


Identity theft occurs when someone possesses or uses your name, address, Social Security number, bank or credit card account number, or other identifying information without your knowledge with the intent to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in America.

The financial services industry has addressed the problem in several ways, one of which is through the development of identity theft protection products and services. These services typically cost $10 to $18 per month. However, because FMCA is able to keep its costs very low, members can purchase My Privacy Matters, one of the most comprehensive plans available, at a significant savings.

For a low monthly fee, it includes the following:

Identity Theft Prevention

  • Free computer software, including Panda firewall, antivirus, andantispyware.

Identity Theft Detection

  • Daily credit monitoring*** and daily online activity alerts — offline alerts are available monthly.
  • Instant online access to your triple bureau credit reports*** and your TransUnion Credit score. When you view your credit report, it does not negatively impact your credit score.
  • Easy access to your Social Security reports.

***Credit information provided by TransUnion Interactive Inc.

Identity Theft Restoration

  • Counseling or full restoration services — an experienced identity restoration specialist assigned to restore the member's identity and credit record back to pre-theft status should they become a victim of identity theft. The customer can choose either turnkey service or a counseling-only option.

Identity Fraud Insurance Coverage

  • Up to $25,000 identity fraud expense reimbursement insurance.****

****Identity Theft insurance underwritten by insurance company subsidiaries or affiliates of Chartis Inc. The description herein is a summary and intended for informational purposes only and does not include all terms, conditions, and exclusions of the policies described. Please refer to the actual policies for terms, conditions, and exclusions of coverage. Coverage may not be available in all jurisdictions. See Summary of Benefits for more detail.

The regular retail price for this service is $12.95 per month, with an additional $5 monthly fee to cover the individual's spouse. For FMCA members, the cost is $4.95 per month, with an additional $2 monthly fee for the spouse. A onetime fulfillment fee of $4.95 (which covers both member and spouse) applies.

The My Privacy Matters identity theft program is a perfect way for you to protect your credit rating and your good name. Should you fall prey to an identity thief, the program will provide you with expert assistance to help you recover.

For further information, call FMCA's Member Services Department at (800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622; visit; or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and ask for an Identity Theft Protection Plan brochure and application.


FMCA has partnered with Monitronics to provide home security monitoring systems and monitoring services to FMCA members at a discount. This service can provide added peace of mind while you are traveling away from your stationary home.

Monitronics offers nationwide coverage and is the largest independently owned security company in the United States. Monitronics provides coverage through 400 authorized dealers and an established network of service providers.

Monitronics can be your single source for sales and installation of monitored alarm systems with a wide range of optional sensors and accessories; 24-hour monitoring of systems from the Monitronics UL-listed Central Station; conversion of existing systems to the Monitronics home monitoring service; customer service and phone support; multilingual and hearing-impaired monitoring and support; and private response from participating patrol companies.

FMCA member benefits of this partnership agreement include the following: reduced prices on a variety of security system packages; free equipment and installation of a basic system (compare to more than $350); a low onetime activation fee; discounted rates for 24-hour monitoring service; lifetime service plan included; easy no-cost or low-cost options for transferring service when you move.
Over the course of the required 36-month monitoring agreement, the total cost savings to the FMCA member versus other national providers is significant.

If you are interested in learning more about the Monitronics home security monitoring systems and monitoring services available to FMCA members, contact Monitronics at (800) 615-4225. Be sure to call this number before you order through a local dealer to assure you get the FMCA rate. If you already are signed up with Monitronics, your discount will not start until your current agreement ends and you can start up a new one.


Every FMCA member receives a set of oval identification emblems, known as “goose eggs,” which should be attached to the exterior of his or her motorhome. The goose eggs enable FMCA members to identify one another as they travel. When you notice a motorhome in a campground or on the highway that sports goose eggs, if the opportunity presents itself, introduce yourself as a fellow FMCA member — and perhaps make a new friend.

FMCAers are encouraged to display their membership identification emblems in a prominent place on their motorhomes to increase public awareness of FMCA and to spark conversation about the association with motorhome owners who are not members. An RVer whose motorhome bears the FMCA goose egg is announcing that he or she has agreed to abide by the FMCA Code Of Ethics, which can be found on page 120.


FMCA members receive a $10 coupon for each new member they recruit. Coupons may be used by members toward payment of their FMCA membership dues. There is no limit to the number of coupons that can be used toward the dues payment, so the more you recruit, the less you will have to pay for your membership renewal. These coupons also may be redeemed for FMCA logo merchandise, and up to $20 may be used toward the registration fee to attend FMCA’s Family Reunions and area rallies.

Details about redeeming the new coupons toward payment of your dues are spelled out on the face of the coupons. Coupons that are earned as a reward for signing up new members are good for two years after they have been awarded. Information about "FMCA's Member Recruitment Program" appears in most issues of Family Motor Coaching magazine.

New FMCA members are issued antitheft decals, which they are instructed to attach to their motorhomes. These decals serve as a deterrent to anyone who is considering stealing or vandalizing the motorhome of an FMCA member, by stating that a reward will be awarded to “any individual who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of a thief burglarizing a member’s motorhome.”

The antitheft decal program is sponsored by FMCA in an effort to insure the security of members’ coaches. Additional decals are available from the FMCA national office.


Family, family associate, and life members of FMCA are entitled to 20 free words per calendar year in one issue in Classifieds, the classified advertising section of FMC magazine. This convenient member benefit is worth $10 to family members, as classified ads with standard run-on copy normally cost 50 cents per word for non-commercial advertisers (minimum of 10 words). Ads for motorhomes for sale should include information such as year, make/model, length, description, and phone number and/or e-mail address of seller. To aid persons wishing to call you, we suggest that your ad include your state or province abbreviation and the asking price.

All motorhomes-for-sale ads — whether commercial or non-commercial — must include the last five digits of the coach chassis serial number at the end of the ad.

Family members also may design an “enhanced text” classified advertisement for inclusion in the Classifieds section. This type of ad includes bold type, centered lines, and uppercase or lowercase letters (no photos or logos). The cost is $8 per line of type (maximum 30 spaces per line) for non-commercial advertisers. Enhanced text ads are not subject to the member discount.

The rate for commercial advertisers is $1.15 per word for standard run-on copy and $17.75 per line for enhanced text classified copy. Commercial advertisers must include the company name in their ad.

The Classifieds section of the magazine is an excellent source for those who wish to buy, sell, or trade a motorhome or coach accessories and components. Members who wish to place an ad in the Classifieds section may use the form that appears in that section of each issue of the magazine, or they may send the ad copy to the national office on regular stationery or letterhead. Ads also may be e-mailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Before preparing your ad, please read all instructions included in “FMC Classifieds Ad Rates And Procedures,” appearing on the page preceding the ad form in each month’s Classifieds section.8 Important: All classified ads must be received in writing; ads WILL NOT be accepted over the telephone.

Those who place their ad in the magazine may also choose to have the ad appear online at This Online Bonus Ad option is listed on the Classifieds advertising form. Check the option on the form to indicate that you would like your ad to appear online at no additional charge. Advertisers must select this option for their ad to appear on


FMCAers have the opportunity to order specially designed “business cards” that they can share with people they meet as they travel. These cards identify the holder as a member of Family Motor Coach Association. The cards are available in a standard black and red design. They may be ordered in the following quantities: 200 for $25, 500 for $30, and 1,000 for $35. These cards are not to be used for commercial purposes. Information about ordering these cards appears regularly in FMC magazine. In this issue, turn to the ad that appears on page 191. Cards can be ordered online at You also can request an order form by calling the national office at (800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622.


FMCA members have the opportunity to purchase key rings with the official FMCA logo and a key return provision on the reverse. The key rings are available from Kiley Mold Company, supplier of the official numbered FMCA membership plates, commonly known as goose eggs. These key rings may be purchased directly from Kiley Mold Company at a cost of $2.50 each, plus shipping. Members who purchase four key rings will receive a fifth one free of charge. An ad with a form for ordering the key rings appears on page 203 of this issue; or visit

If a set of keys on one of these rings is lost and then found by someone and dropped into a mailbox, the keys will be returned to the FMCA national office. Anyone who loses a set of keys on one of these rings should report this to the FMCA national office at (800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622 and describe the keys so they can be identified if and when they are returned. If found, FMCA will mail the keys back to the owner at no charge. While it might not be a bad idea to place some identifying mark on the key ring, we would suggest that members NOT put their membership number on the tag, in case the keys are lost in proximity of the member's goose-egg-bearing coach.


Of course, one of the most valuable benefits of membership in FMCA is the opportunity for long-lasting friendships. How else could you meet so many diverse people, all of whom share your interest in the exciting and rewarding motorhoming lifestyle?


FMCA member benefits are subject to change, including the discontinuation of any particular benefit, at any time and without prior notice.

FMCA assumes no liability for damages, either direct or consequential, to any person or organization as a result of the use of its services.

* Additional sign-up and fees required.



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