This chapter caravans to sites around North America.
By Peggy Jordan, Associate Editor
“Our slogan is, ‘Caravans led by members for members,’” said Monacos in Motion chapter president Paul Hughes. And that’s what the group is all about.
Monacos in Motion chapter members put together their own excursions, which last from two weeks to as long as three weeks. Members choose stops and activities, and only chapter members can participate.
To be a member of Monacos in Motion, you do have to own a Monaco coach or a motorhome that is from the Monaco family. This includes Beaver, Holiday Rambler, and Safari. The chapter was formed in 1997 and currently has approximately 75 member families.
Paul said the chapter is based by shared interests and not a geographic area. They go anywhere in the United States and Canada that sparks their interest. For example, “Last summer we were up in Alberta; we started in Watertown and went to Calgary, Banff, and Jasper,” he said. Among the highlights were seeing the Calgary Stampede; visiting a dinosaur museum; and taking a gondola ride in Banff National Park.
This past April, the chapter put together a 12-coach, 21-day caravan. They arranged to see some of Arizona’s most intriguing places, such as Tombstone, Tucson, Sedona, and the Grand Canyon.
The number of motorhomes in each caravan is sometimes dictated by the places they visit, as some have limited space. Caravan planners also try to work with campgrounds and attractions to obtain group discounts. The number of coaches per caravan usually is between 10 and 15.
These friends even have a tail gunner on their excursions. “That person typically is mechanically oriented,” Paul said. Thankfully, nobody has needed any assistance recently. But, he said, “It’s a safety net, just in case.”
Future caravans now in the planning phase include trips to California’s wine country, Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Chapter members generate and suggest future caravan locations themselves.
After they’re ensconced in a campground, caravanners double up in towed cars to go out exploring during the day. Evenings back at the campground start with a social hour. They stay in the same place for three or four nights and then move on, so that travel is not required every day.
As most RVers know, traveling is a great way to make new friends, so newcomers to the chapter can count on camaraderie. Paul said the chapter encourages more FMCA members to join. Annual dues per coach are $15; first-year dues are $40, which includes a $25 initiation fee (for name badges). For more information, see www.monacosinmotion.org or contact FMCA’s Chapter Services Department at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622;
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