Updated information regarding the many benefits and services available to members of the Family Motor Coach Association.
Membership in the 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. For that reason, all FMCA members should take the time to read through this guide to ensure that they are taking advantage of everything their association has to offer.
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 infclude chapter affiliation, fseminars held at FMCA conventions, the association’s Web site (http://www.fmca.com/), and fellow members met along the road or in campgrounds.
Family Motor Coaching Magazine
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. A reader service card, which contains numbers that correspond to the various companies whose advertisements appear in the magazine, is included in each issue of the magazine.
FMC readers have two ways of requesting information about a product or service they have seen advertised in a particular issue of FMC magazine. One is to fill out and mail the traditional reader service card that is included in the magazine. The second is to take advantage of the online version of the program at FMCmagazine.com (information is available for up to a year).
To use the reader service card that is inserted in a particular issue, simply fill out the information and drop the postage-paid card into the mail. Once your card reaches FMCA’s national office, reader service personnel will enter your requests into a computer program. This information is then 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 FMCmagazine.com, click on “Advertising” and then “Free Product Info,” and search for an advertiser by product category, company name, reader service number, 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. The association is contributing toward the expense of these learning opportunities to reduce out-of-pocket costs to members.
In 2011 the FMCA Education Curriculum will include the RV Safe Driving Course, the Coach Weight and Tire Safety program, and the Fire and Life Safety program. These programs will be available at both of the association’s family reunions in 2011 “” in Perry, Georgia, in March, and in Madison, Wisconsin, in August. The courses are not offered online or through the mail; members must be present and sign up at the event to participate.
The RV Safe Driving Course is offered in conjunction with the Recreation Vehicle Safety & Education Foundation Inc. (RVSEF) to refresh motorhome drivers’ existing skills and to introduce new safe driving techniques. Topics include basic maneuvering, driving in adverse weather conditions, nighttime driving, skid prevention and correction, mountain driving, and towing and weight issues. The course takes six hours to complete and is divided into two three-hour classroom sessions. It is not a hands-on driving course. Pilots and copilots both are encouraged to attend. Successfully completing this course may qualify participants for a reduced rate on their RV insurance premium.
The Coach Weight and Tire Safety course is offered in cooperation with RVSEF. This course helps FMCA members to be sure that their motorhomes are being operated within the weight and tire capacities for which the vehicles were designed. Personnel from RVSEF provide their expertise for this seminar, wherein participants receive two hours of classroom instruction. Students also can have their coaches weighed by individual wheel and receive a load capacity analysis from foundation personnel.
The Fire and Life Safety Program, sponsored by FMCA, helps RVers prevent fires from occurring in their motorhomes and teaches them what to do if a fire does break out. It involves a classroom presentation as well as a live fire demonstration. Participants learn about different types of fires, fire extinguishers, and how different fire-extinguishing products work.
FMCA.com and FMCmagazine.com
The association’s official Web sites “” www.FMCA.com and www.FMCmagazine.com “” are useful sources of information about FMCA member benefits, conventions, Family Motor Coaching magazine, FMCA chapters, and more. At FMCA.com, you can:
- Join FMCA
- Renew your FMCA membership
- Update your FMCA membership record
- Register for FMCA area rallies and family reunions
- Watch videos about technical topics, motorhomes, rallies, and new products.
- Shop for FMCA-logo merchandise at the FMCA Store
- Discuss the motorhome lifestyle “” including technical topics, travel, and much more “” with fellow FMCA members in the Forums
- Use the Family Motor Coach RV Marketplace to find campgrounds and RV products and services
- Check the FMCA Member Directory to find the names and membership numbers of friends
Family Motor Coaching magazine’s new Web site, FMCmagazine.com, makes it easier to find previously published articles, as well as material from the current issue of FMC magazine. Go to this Web site to find technical articles, towing guides, travel stories, and the magazine’s many informative monthly columns.
Both FMCA.com and FMCmagazine.com are geared to help you enjoy your FMCA membership, and they are loaded with information. Visit them often!
Motorhome Owners’ Rights/Advocacy
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 FMCA.com, or from the Member Services Department by request (800-543-3622 or 513-474-3622; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mail Forwarding Service*
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 FMCA.com, 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, as of September 1, 2010, 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 FMCA.com). 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:
Member’s Full Name
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; however, mail forwarding personnel bundle all mail and forward it via First Class mail only. All Second and Third Class mail will be forwarded via First Class unless participants request that it be discarded.
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 email@example.com. The mail forwarding forms also are located at FMCA.com.
In an effort to assure members pleasant, hassle-free travel, FMCA offers routing assistance to destinations throughout North America. Any FMCA member who would like to use this service for his or her next trip must make a request in writing to Spatial Data Sciences Inc. (SDSI) at this address:
1749 Old Meadow Road
McLean, VA 22102
Fax: (240) 766-0575
The above address, fax number, Web address, and a form with which members may request such information generally appear in each issue of Family Motor Coaching and are available at FMCA.com. 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 will receive a suggested route in approximately one week.
Other trip routing options are now available online at FMCA.com for FMCA members to plan and route their future trips.
Emergency Medical Evacuation: FMCAssist
FMCA has a new provider for the emergency medical evacuation coverage offered as part of the FMCA member benefit package. This enhanced plan “” FMCAssist “” offers a full range of benefits to cover the needs of members traveling in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The new program is being provided by On Call.
FMCAssist Member Benefit “” This PDF includes all the plan details, as well as updated FMCAssist I.D. Cards that you can print, cut out and carry with you.
RV Technical and Roadside Assistance*
FMCA partners with Coach-Net, a National Motor Club company, to offer association members an all-inclusive, 24-hour RV technical and emergency roadside assistance program at an additional cost.
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.
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.
Other benefits include service appointment assistance. Members can call the FMCA Emergency Road Service toll-free number to obtain an appointment for chassis or component-related services. A Coach-Net customer service representative will discuss the member’s need; make an appointment with an appropriate provider nearest the member’s location; and provide the appointment time, the contact person’s name, and directions to the repair facility. Members can even call to make an appointment for routine maintenance near a future destination.
Members select from Gold or Platinum Plus memberships. Gold members receive a host of concierge services, including campsite referral and reservations; historic site location assistance; outdoor activity referral and reservations; RV storage facilities location assistance; golf course tee times and reservations; traffic reports; and turn-by-turn driving directions. Platinum Plus expands Gold Services with emergency air travel and hotel benefits. Platinum Plus adds worldwide travel and medical assistance services.
For more information about the benefits of joining FMCA’s RV Technical and Roadside Assistance powered by Coach-Net, a National Motor Club Company, call (877) 801-0333 or visit http://www.coach-net.com/.
Internet Access/Wireless Phone*
Internet access is offered to FMCA members at a special rate from American Telecom Network (ATN) and Power Net Global (PNG). FMCA members receive Unlimited Internet Access Service for $9.95 per month. This rate applies to PC and Mac users alike. For more information about the Unlimited Internet Access Service, call ATN at (888) 443-FMCA (3622) weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. Eastern Time or visit www.callatn.com/fmca.
Stoppin’ Spot Fellowship, Local Service Information
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 FMCA.com.
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 2012 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 2012 directory is October 31, 2011. (A Pinch Hit Driver form appears below and online at FMCA.com.)
The Stoppin’ Spots directory begins on page 202 of the January 2011 issue of the magazine.
Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
Every member of FMCA is automatically covered under the association’s accidental death and dismemberment policy as a member benefit. For more information about FMCA’s AD&D benefit, visit FMCA.com. A copy of the AD&D insurance certificate is available online by clicking on “Members” and then “Documents.”
FMCA Rewards Accident Insurance Plan*
FMCA has partnered with Global Underwriters to offer members the opportunity to purchase an accident insurance plan that provides emergency room, in-hospital daily income, accidental death insurance, and paralysis benefits. The FMCA Rewards program rewards members with enhanced benefits based on their years of membership in the plan. This optional program supplements the accidental death and dismemberment benefits all FMCA members automatically receive with their dues. (A certificate for members to print and file with their important papers appears online at FMCA.com in the Members section.)
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, see the ad that appears on page 61 of the January 2011 issue of the magazine; visit FMCA.com (click on “Members” and then “Benefits”), or call (800) 423-8496.
FMCA International Travel Insurance*
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.
Who is eligible for this benefit?
FMCA members and commercial members (including spouses and children) worldwide traveling outside their home country.
When am I covered?
On any trip you take outside your home country.
What are the covered benefits?
- 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.
What are the premiums?
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 FMCA.com and from the insurance provider (see details below).
Who insures the plan?
The insuring company is The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, one of the subsidiary companies of the AIG/Chartis Insurance rated “A” Excellent by A.M. Best.
How can I learn more?
For a complete list of benefits and premium levels, as well as a free online quote, and to download an application, go to http://www.fmca.com/ and click on “Benefits,” and then on “FMCA International Travel Insurance.”
For a printed list of benefits and premium information and more, call (800) 423-8496 (United States and Canada).
FMCA has teamed with GMAC Insurance to offer preferred pricing through the FMCA Motorhome & Auto Insurance Plan. GMAC Insurance’s specialized RV insurance protects you in ways ordinary auto insurance can’t.
The FMCA Motorhome & Auto Insurance 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. Get a comparable new motorhome if yours is totaled or stolen. The motorhome must initially be purchased within five years of the model year. Coverage is limited to the original purchase price after the fifth model year.
- 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 during the months your motorhome is not on the road. 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, visit www.gmacinsurance.com/FMCA or call (888) 576-4269, Savings Code YS-BA.
Eligibility, benefits, discounts, and coverages may vary.
FMCA Credit Card*
FMCA’s credit card program provides rebates or rewards to members as they make their purchases. The U.S. Bank credit card offers points that can be redeemed for cash, merchandise, or air miles on any airline.
With the U.S. Bank credit card, specially selected travel- and leisure-related merchandise is available as point reward options. Merchandise can be selected from a list of program partners, or members can name their own rewards. If an FMCA member wants to purchase a product or service, the U.S. Bank rewards department will source the item and convert the dollar amount into points needed to make the purchase. Points also may be redeemed for gift certificates that can be used for car rentals, electronics, and restaurants.
FMCA members can choose between Select Rewards and Platinum Non-Rewards cards. Both cards are designed with visuals that reflect the motorhome lifestyle and include the FMCA name. The cards come with no annual fee.
U.S. Bank credit card holders also qualify for the use of a free program called the U.S. Bank Shopping Mall. Customers can take advantage of tremendous savings when they use their U.S. Bank Visa® credit card. These offers and partner listings are changed and updated frequently.
To apply for the card, call (800) 853-5576.
Two times this year, FMCA members will gather 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 that should be enjoyed by every member.
The 2011 events are as follows:
FMCA’s 85th Family Reunion And Motorhome Showcase
March 14,15,16, and 17, 2011
Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter
FMCA’s 86th Family Reunion And Motorhome Showcase
August 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2011
Alliant Energy Center
Watch Family Motor Coaching for details about upcoming family reunions, or check FMCA.com.
Membership in a chapter can greatly enhance an FMCAer’s enjoyment of the association.
FMCA chapters were created to enable members of FMCA to come together to exchange ideas about their motorhome lifestyle and to enjoy one another’s company on a smaller scale. Chapter gatherings are frequently held on weekends, and they are often organized locally, so long trips aren’t necessary to reach them. These chapter rallies take place throughout the year, and, as such, FMCAers have a wide choice of rallies to attend.
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 approximately 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 169 of the January 2011 issue of FMC magazine. A copy of the complete directory also is published each year in the August issue of FMC, and chapter information is available at FMCA.com.
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 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 FMCA.com. 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 FMCA.com: www.fmca.com/images/stories/pdf/calendar.pdf. Forms are available from the national office also.)
The Association Calendar, which starts on page 97 of the January 2011 issuef of the magazine, also lists upcoming FMCA international conventions 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 168 of the January 2011 issuef. 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.
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.com. FMCA members should mention their FMCA affiliation when making reservations and present their FMCA membership card upon check-in when requesting this discount.
Passport America Discount*
FMCA maintains a partnership with Passport America, a 50 percent discount camping club. As a Passport America cardholder, you can stay at nearly 1,700 campgrounds across the United States, Canada, and Mexico at 50 percent off the regular rate.
Passport America members receive an International Camping Directory in a printed version or on an interactive CD-ROM, a personalized travel card, and online access to RV America magazine. Additional benefits include RV insurance and identity theft protection. 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 http://www.passportamerica.com/.
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 85 of the January 2011 issuef. Please see http://www.passportamerica.com/ or call (800) 681-6810 for more details.
Car Rental Discounts*
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 are sent a Pilot Flying J RV Real Value membership card when they first join. The card entitles them to fuel discounts based on the Pilot Flying J purchases they make. The full schedule can be viewed at http://www.pilotflyingj.com/; click on RV. For information, contact Pilot Flying J at (800) 562-6210, ext. 2474.
Camping World and FMCA have joined forces to provide new FMCA members the opportunity to order a free one-year membership in the Camping World President’s Club. This entitles members to a 10 percent discount on their Camping World purchases “” which is also valid for use on sale items and for installation charges “” plus additional money-off coupons when they renew their President’s Club membership. New FMCA members who are already members of the President’s Club receive a $10 coupon good toward Camping World merchandise.
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 fFMC magazine and online at FMCA.com, 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 the January 2011 issue.
A limited-time promotion “” offered through April 30, 2011 “” 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 April 30, 2011, you will receive a $10 gift card good at Sam’s Club or Wal-Mart stores. (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 89 of the January 2011 of issue, or download the Sam’s Club Membership Certificate from the FMCA.com Member Benefits section. For Sam’s Club location information, visit http://www.samsclub.com/ 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 members 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 www.savewithups.com/enroll/ and use FMCA’s promo code CEN419. Or, call (800) 325-7000 for more information.
Identity Theft Protection*
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, and antispyware.
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 ($100 deductible) identity fraud expense reimbursement insurance provided as a bonus at no extra cost to the member. Insurance coverage is underwritten by Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America and its property casualty affiliates, Hartford, Connecticut 06183-9062. Coverage for all claims or losses depends on actual policy provisions. Availability of coverage can depend on Travelers’ underwriting qualifications and state regulations.
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; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for an Identity Theft Protection Plan brochure and application.
Monitronics Home Monitoring Systems and Services*
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) 835-5378, ext. 7042.
Membership Identification Emblems
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 118 of the January 2011 issue of FMC magazine.
Rewards For Signing Up New Members
FMCA members receive a $10 coupon for each new member they recruit. Coupons issued after January 1, 2009, 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, available at FMCA’s international conventions and area rallies. In addition, Camping World will accept the $10 FMCA coupons toward the purchase of Camping World merchandise.
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; see page 203 of the January 2011 issuef.
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.
Free Classified Advertising
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 email@example.com. 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, before preparing your ad.
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 FMCA.com. 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 FMCA.com.
FMCA Member Business Cards*
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 $20, 500 for $25, and 1,000 for $30. These cards are not to be used for commercial purposes. Information about ordering these cards appears regularly in FMC magazine. In the January 2011 issue, turn to the ad that appears on page 167. Cards can be ordered online at FMCA.com. You also can request an order form by calling the national office at (800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622.
Key Return Program*
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 233 of the January 2011 issue; or visit http://www.kileymold.com/.
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 they are lost in proximity of one’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?
Member benefit disclosure: 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.