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Old 03-11-2020, 08:22 AM   #1
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FMCA Membership

Weíve had our DS for almost a year now and love it. One of the things I did was join FMCA and itís getting to the time to renew. Iím not sure I am going to and wanted to get yíalls opinion.

Iím self-employed and use the DS to work out on a very regular basis, I compete in AKC Retriever Field Trials also, and we use the DS for family and recreation. All of this amounts to over 120 nights a year. All of our mileage is going to a specific place for a specific time and then back home. It's a traveling hotel.

Iím inundated with emails from FMCA about all kinds of stuff especially all the rallyís they have, none of which we can attend due to my current schedule.

I really donít pay attention to all of it and Iím wondering if Iím missing something or is this just not for me?
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Old 03-11-2020, 10:11 AM   #2
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We think it's worth it, at least for our case.

We also were questioning the value until we went to our first rally, where our kids had a blast for the whole event (our kids both have special needs and the volunteers who ran the programs said "no problem" unlike another major RV'er organization). That cemented their value, especially in DW's eyes. With the kids taken care of we were able to enjoy the seminars and vendors at the rally.

A few years later they added the travel medical emergency program (FMCA Assist) which gives us peace of mind, even though we are both healthy bad things can happen away from home.

We also found that their roadside assistance program was the least expensive of all the programs that cover motorized RV's including the one offered by our RV insurance company. We signed up for multiple years to make it even cheaper.
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Old 03-11-2020, 10:13 AM   #3
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Been a member since 1989 still feel it well worth the annual investment to be a member. All's it takes is to use 1 of the services offered to re-coup the annual membership costs and then some. If you do not want the emails just opt out of receiving them, any takes a minute to unsubscribe!
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Old 03-11-2020, 10:50 AM   #4
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I look at it differently, the FMCA is an organization that fights for the rights of RVers. It tries to develop deals on tires, WiFi, health care, rallies with new RV products and a place for RVers to gather.

Many look at it and say, what will it provide me and if it isn't substantial, they don't join or don't renew. Sometimes you just need to support an organization that supports you. I liken it to people that go to an electronics store, check out a particular item and then run home and save $6.00 by buying it on Amazon. Then they wonder why the electronic store went out of business.
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Old 03-11-2020, 05:17 PM   #5
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Like you I joined but haven't attended any rallies due to schedule however, the member benefit of assistance in medical emergency at no extra cost is worth the membership cost.

Getting ready to renew in a couple of months.

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Old 03-11-2020, 05:28 PM   #6
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We just renewed. It's a great organization that like DSD said, fight for our rights. As a motorcycle rider and owner, I'm an AMA member since they work hard on my behalf. I'm retired now, but as a golf course superintendent I belonged to the GCSAA for 35 years. We don't attend a lot of big rallies, or get togethers but I like knowing someone has my back. The fees are very reasonable and worth every penny to us.
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Old 03-11-2020, 05:31 PM   #7
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I look at it differently, the FMCA is an organization that fights for the rights of RVers. It tries to develop deals on tires, WiFi, health care, rallies with new RV products and a place for RVers to gather.

Many look at it and say, what will it provide me and if it isn't substantial, they don't join or don't renew. Sometimes you just need to support an organization that supports you. I liken it to people that go to an electronics store, check out a particular item and then run home and save $6.00 by buying it on Amazon. Then they wonder why the electronic store went out of business.
My 2 cents is: I totally agree with Dutch Star Don....
They are there when we may need them to help us with tires, WiFi and many other extras...
In this day and age, we (RV'ers) stand alone, the more resources that we can call on, the better. You never know when you might need that extra help.
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We have been members for 19 years and believe that they offer many benefits to support the RV lifestyle. We have attended a number of the International Rallys and used several of the benefits that they offer over the years. Even without those advantages, just the FMCA Assist benefit is worth the annual fee.
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I look at it differently, the FMCA is an organization that fights for the rights of RVers. It tries to develop deals on tires, WiFi, health care, rallies with new RV products and a place for RVers to gather.

Many look at it and say, what will it provide me and if it isn't substantial, they don't join or don't renew. Sometimes you just need to support an organization that supports you. I liken it to people that go to an electronics store, check out a particular item and then run home and save $6.00 by buying it on Amazon. Then they wonder why the electronic store went out of business.
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Old 03-12-2020, 08:09 PM   #10
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I joined FMCA. Being new to the whole RV world and knowing nothing at the time (and only slightly more now!), I figured they would be a resource for learning and protecting me against myself if I made a stupid mistake. Besides that, I believe in supporting organizations that support those who engage in the activity that they serve.



I do have a somewhat FMCA related new guy question - I do get lots of FMCA emails promoting their "rallies". So I'll now fall on my sword and ask - what is a rally? I get that it's a get together of members and their RV's, but what happens there? Is it just a chance to get together with other RV owners and talk about RV's? I guess I'm missing something here.....can anyone fill in the blanks for me?


EDIT - One more question. They sent me a big oval plastic plaque that I'm apparently supposed to attach to the ladder on the back of my coach. Why are we supposed to do that? I'm really inclined not to, because quite frankly I just don't much care for the way it looks. I certainly will if it serves some sort of purpose, but if there is one I certainly don't know anything about it.
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I joined FMCA. Being new to the whole RV world and knowing nothing at the time (and only slightly more now!), I figured they would be a resource for learning and protecting me against myself if I made a stupid mistake. Besides that, I believe in supporting organizations that support those who engage in the activity that they serve.



I do have a somewhat FMCA related new guy question - I do get lots of FMCA emails promoting their "rallies". So I'll now fall on my sword and ask - what is a rally? I get that it's a get together of members and their RV's, but what happens there? Is it just a chance to get together with other RV owners and talk about RV's? I guess I'm missing something here.....can anyone fill in the blanks for me?


EDIT - One more question. They sent me a big oval plastic plaque that I'm apparently supposed to attach to the ladder on the back of my coach. Why are we supposed to do that? I'm really inclined not to, because quite frankly I just don't much care for the way it looks. I certainly will if it serves some sort of purpose, but if there is one I certainly don't know anything about it.
Great question.....!

Here is a page from the FMCA web page in regards to rally information. I believe it will give you a small insight as to what happens at rallies. I can tell you from experience - - you can't do everything that is offered - they keep you as busy as you sent. And you may make some lasting friendships along the way.

https://www.fmca.com/fmca-tucson-2020-entertainment

Seminars:

https://www.fmca.com/pdfs/tucson_202...eminarList.pdf

As far as the "....big oval plastic plaque" they sent you - no need place that anywhere on your rig - - it's optional but does identify you to other RVers you are a FMCA member who may just strike up a friendly conversation.

Welcome to the FMCA family....oh - the FMCA web site also has a member's forum, not unlike iRV2 where you can chat with other FMCA members about many things from attending a rally, local chapters, etc.

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