Motorhome Chapter Spotlight | FMCA
Named for a once-popular motorhome brand, this chapter carries on by holding rallies and maintaining friendships.
By Peggy Jordan, Associate Editor
The Revcon motorhome is credited with being the first front-wheel-drive RV on an all-aluminum body. It was conceived in 1968 by John Hall, who most likely got the idea of building with lightweight aluminum from Wally Byam, his stepfather and the founder of Airstream.
Revcons first came to market in 1972, and FMCA's Revconeers chapter was formed in 1977 by enthusiasts who owned these coaches. But the Revcon was made only until 1988, and membership in the chapter was never dependent on owning a Revcon motorhome.
Now out of the 110 or so member families in the chapter, only 25 are Revcon owners. But people interested in Revcon ownership or maintenance regularly visit the Revconeers' Web site, because it is one of the few spots on the Internet to offer information and maintenance advice about this coach model.
The Revconeers hold rallies in a variety of locations to accommodate members from different locales. They have met in Idaho, California, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Louisiana, South Dakota, North Carolina, and Indiana. This past June, many of them gathered in Maine.
According to chapter newsletter editor Susan Salit, F146483, a number of Revconeers live in the Crossville, Tennessee, area, so they often plan their own localized rallies as well. "They go to places like Branson [Missouri] and Pigeon Forge [Tennessee]," she said.
Susan lives in California and noted that the West Coast members are more spread out. However, Western members have the advantage of living near the chapter's most traditional rally location: Quartzsite, Arizona. For 30 years, the Revconeers have stationed themselves in a spot for a few days of food, shopping, socializing, and games. The 2014 Quartzsite rally dates are January 23-26. Susan explained that a few years ago they had to move from their usual location and now they meet at Quail Run RV Park in Quartzsite.
Most times, Revconeers chapter rallies include tech sessions for owners of Revcons and for owners of more modern coaches. Ladies will usually "cobble together a craft," as Susan said, and everyone enjoys tours and activities that are available in the rally area. The reunion of friends matters most. "I'm always so glad to see everyone after so long," Susan said.