Why We’re Not Members of FMCA RV Club? (And What It Is)
If you’re an avid RVer, you’ve probably seen the FMCA name a time or two. Today we’re diving deep into what FMCA is, and if you need the membership.
Like all RV memberships, it has a fair share of pros and cons!
Let’s dive in.
What does FMCA stand for?
The Family Motor Coach Association was created almost 60 years ago as an organization that offers assistance, training, and support to RV owners across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, and beyond.
Members are required to follow a code of ethics that includes being “good neighbors, careful and responsible RV owners and operators, and good citizens of our communities.” FMCA provides events for their membership, and because they have more than 100,000 members the group can offer great benefits with collective purchasing.
About FMCA: A Brief Overview
Formed in 1963 by 26 families that met in Maine to socialize with other “house car” owners, the Family Motor Coach Association became the premier organization for those who have self-contained recreational vehicles.
Today there are more than 100,000 members in more than five countries, with over 500 chapters that assemble members with like interests together.
They present specialty events for these groups, and the entire FMCA organization plans two large international RV conventions each year in the United States, attracting around 5,000 RVs!
FMCA Membership Benefits and Discounts
Membership in the Family Motor Coach Association provides the following:
- FMCA Magazine – a monthly magazine with RV travel and repair tips and member stories
- FMCA Newsletter – a monthly online newsletter with member forums
- Tire Saving Program – large discounts on RV tires whenever you need them
- FMCA Campground – enjoy two free nights every month at the FMCA member-only campground in Cincinnati
- Discounted Mobile Wifi Plans – Sprint offers unlimited data plans for $50 per month to FMCA members, and Verizon has a 25GB month plan on broadband for $50.
- FMCA University – virtual classes on RV tips and advice from industry experts are available online to members
- FMCAssist – with membership, emergency medical evacuation, RV return, pet return, prescription drug card and more are available when emergencies happen 100 miles from home
How Much Does an FMCA Membership Cost?
RVers can receive an FMCA membership for a yearly fee of $85. New members receive a custom-made plate to attach to their RV, and every member receives a membership card, decal and membership guide.
Is an FMCA Membership Worth the Price?
In looking at the benefits and discounts FMCA offers its members, only you can decide when or if you will be able to utilize them.
Will you need new tires on your RV this year?
The Tire Saving Program can keep hundreds of dollars in your pocket. What if you fall ill on the road and need to have your motorhome or trailer driven back home while you are incapacitated?
There’s more money you will save AND you’ll have peace of mind in knowing your RV is being well taken care of. Do you enjoy meeting with other RVers at events around the country?
FMCA can make that happen, too.
Why We’re Not FMCA Members?
But why haven’t we joined FMCA RV club?
The answer is pretty easy. We weren’t a “family” during most of our RV travels. We began our RV life as two adventurous souls and a companion pup.
Even though you don’t have to be a family to join FMCA, the branding never enticed us to sign up.
Also, we couldn’t join for many years because they previously didn’t allows travel trailer owners join. This rubbed us the wrong way, too! Even though RVs of all types are now allowed to sign up, the memory of exclusion is still there.
Most of the great discounts provided with an FMCA membership are also available with an Escapees membership.
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