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Old 11-05-2020, 03:00 PM   #1
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FMCA renew or not?

Well it is almost time for my FMCA membership to expire, which leads to the big question, renew or not. I don't belong to any chapter clubs, I do have their roadside assistance plan, and have attended a couple of regional rallies, which I enjoyed, but sort of have the been there done that feeling at the last one.


It just seems the rates keep going up, and benefits keep going down, with no sign of anything being done to improve things. Everything seems to be stuck in a 1960's parliamentary procedures mind set. All the exclusive offers that come out seem to be no better than one can find with a bit of shopping around, and every time I look included benefits like medical evacuation is being cut back.


What do you think, is it time to jump ship? If so to where, at least for roadside assistance?
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We are very happy with Coachnet. It's not just breakdown cover, they have rv techs and mechanics available to help troubleshoot issues via phone.
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Old 11-05-2020, 03:09 PM   #3
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Watching this thread with great interest. Considered joining FMCA but it seems like all I am hearing is bad press. I did try to contact them with some questions and never received a reply of any kind. Feeling like I was ignored left kind of a bad taste if you know what I mean. Seems they didn't want my membership ( or my $ ) very much.
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Old 11-05-2020, 03:09 PM   #4
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I don't think anyone can tell you what to do. This is a personal choice and you feel you are not benefiting from membership then don't renew. I still feel their membership is worthwhile.

If you're looking for roadside assistance there are many threads that have discussed them. A search will yield several of them.

I personally use Coach Net and have been doing so for 11 years.
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I'm staying with them right now, if for no other reason than the Travel Assist that is included with membership. I also have Roadside Assistance through them. I know they are struggling financially right now and want to stay with them as long as it makes financial sense. JMHO
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Old 11-05-2020, 03:37 PM   #6
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MSHappyCampers, I feel much the same way, but with bad management choice after bad management choice (and sure I know sometimes there is not a good choice), I am questioning if we have reached that point. As I see it part of the problem is the average age of the membership, sure I know rallies will be primarily attended by retirees, but even then the 2 rallies I have attended have been dominated not only by retiree, but older retirees at that. I am still in my 50's and was probably one of the youngest 1-2% attendees at each of the rallies I have attended, with the majority likely being in their 70's and 80's.
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Old 11-05-2020, 03:40 PM   #7
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I renewed my membership last spring for 2021 at the old rate of $59/yr when they offered the special on renewing membership. If I'm still kicking this time next year I will renew at the current rate then. The FMCA Assist program, now through Chubb is a great buy IMO.
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Watching this thread with great interest. Considered joining FMCA but it seems like all I am hearing is bad press. I did try to contact them with some questions and never received a reply of any kind. Feeling like I was ignored left kind of a bad taste if you know what I mean. Seems they didn't want my membership ( or my $ ) very much.
We, like TonyDi, are continuing our Membership with FMCA. We not only have our Roadside Assistance with them, but feel that they are definitely a worthwhile yearly expenditure.
Granted, they have gone up a bit on yearly membership, but considering the loss of funds in Arizona, during the Pandemic Quarantine, I feel very good that it isn't more than it is.... I'm sure there was so much paid out in planning of the Event, that a great deal of it was impossible to get back, booths and trades people, I'm sure were contracted for payment from FMCA.
Plus, all the registration amounts had to be refunded by FMCA. too....
I, personally, am surprised that they didn't have to close down the org., but very grateful that they were able to work thru this....

They have just recently had a complete reprograming of the format for their online information, and I'm not sure what else is involved, but it was very extensive, I feel.
Hopefully soon, we will be enjoying "bigger and better", and more advantageous discounts thru the organization.
I am not privy to any inside information, what I've stated is just opinion and common knowledge, but I did rejoin for 2 years...
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Have a multi year membership and just renewed my roadside assistance.
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I'm not a fan. Poor management by the few that run this organization has doomed it to failure. If the 2021 National Convention in Perry, GA is cancelled due to COVID, FMCA will go bankrupt. The most recent edition of their magazine was a promo of all the efforts FMCA is implementing to increase membership. What wasn't stated was the fact that membership is declining at an alarming rate.
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Just renewed. Have used roadside service without issue.
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Old 11-05-2020, 07:57 PM   #12
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Just renewed ours a couple of weeks ago.

After all these years I am going to continue the ride for now
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I'm staying with them right now, if for no other reason than the Travel Assist that is included with membership.
I hope you fully understand that this feature is NOT a guaranteed repatriation policy; it doesn't promise anything more than to take you to the nearest facility with the proper level of medical care.

Yes, the FMCA forum is full of people who recount how they or friends received far more than this in the way of benefits. However, insurance policies are insurance policies. The fact that someone got more than the stated benefit doesn't in any way affect your ability to be treated the same way. If you read the fine print on SkyMed and other policies that cost a lost more; they, also, don't promise you repatriation to home.
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Old 11-05-2020, 08:25 PM   #14
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I too renewed, mostly because of the Assist benefit. I did not renew the Roadside Assist. Take a look at the Escapees RV Club. I got the exact same Roadside Assist FMCA offers thru Escapees for only $99. Escapees also have many club owned and club co-op campgrounds in addition to other benefits and discount programs.
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