Originally Posted by Gary RVRoamer
I was mostly kidding about "Sam", but FMCA is a similar sized organization (FMCA is about 120,000) and haven't been able to get much in the way of preferential treatment from insurers. And they have a paid, full time staff to seek out deals. FMCA is member-owned and desperate to find benefits to attract and hold members, yet unable to come up with anything better than a custom front end to a regular rv insurer (currently National General).
I would like to make two comments:
1) I am a cynical kind of person, so here goes: Who holds FMCA accountable for their failure to perform? No one is my guess. If this was a private company relaying on making a living in a competitive marked, I am sure that questions would be raised by management, and performance improved. If you cannot achieve a substantial discount for 120,000 members you are not doing a good job at all. I can add that my contact to FMCA have not been impressive up til now. Shoot me down in flames for that opinion, but that's how I see it, based on my experience.
2) If FMCA have 120,000 members and IRV2 have 120,000 members (I do realize that a number of IRV2 members do also hold FMCA memberships), they could potentially "double" their bargaining power. Why not do this? If FMCA have not been able to get anywhere in their efforts getting cheaper insurance for their members, maybe they should approach IRV2 and strengthen their position? If FMCA is desperate to find benefits for their members, I can find nothing better than offering a decent and affordable price for insurance. That would get them on my Christmas card list.