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New Tech Connect+ Benefit!

FMCA Tech Connect+ is a benefit package that brings technology offers to FMCA members. Offers include tech product discounts and mobile data plans.

What do you get? For just $49.99 monthly, you’ll have access to a Sprint mobile hotspot data plan, plus discounts on WiFi extenders and products. With Sprint, you’ll get full, un-throttled and uncapped 3G and 4G LTE speed.

To take advantage of this benefit, your FMCA membership dues must be active for at least one year. And stay tuned – we plan to offer more discounts to this benefit package!

Why not take part in a benefit package that keeps you connected at a lower cost?

CLICK HERE to learn more.

Read Member F470953 GAIL RUSSELL's Review of the Tech Connect+ Sprint MIFI Plan Below:

Signed up for FMCA Tech Connect+ and taking advantage of the Sprint Unlimited Hotspot Plan

I would say I started with Hotspot Authorization at 11:30AM, it is now 8PM and my Hotspot Battery is at 32%.

I am very pleased with both the Franklin R-910 Hotspot and the Sprint unlimited data plan. Everything is working flawlessly. I am in a rural area, 30 miles from the nearest city (Buffalo, NY) and I have had enough signal strength to do everything I wanted to do on my computers & tablets and ereaders, fast & flawlessly.

I found the Hotspot intuitive to use and easy to operate. I even liked the way it felt with its rubber armour coating! After 8-1/2 hours of continuous running, the Hotspot feels cool to the touch all over. If I had to tell one Hotspot fault, it would be the display screen font type is very small, making it hard to read.

Tomorrow I will play around with more of my WiFi capable devices and let you know what I think. The unlimited data plan is just great to have! No more running to public hotspots for me like when my old data plan was getting near its limit. I am in Computer Nerd Heaven!

Gail Russell

New FMCA Verizon Benefit!

FMCA has a new Verizon MIFI Member Benefit! CLICK HERE to learn more.

Perry Registration Is Open!

Finally, registration for FMCA’s 97th International Convention and RV Expo, scheduled for March 15 through 18, 2018, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter is open. Click Here to register.

Keep your coach info up to date!

In order to better serve you, we ask that you please update the Coach Make/Manufacturer field in your Membership Profile at your earliest convenience if you have not already done so.

FMCA Remodel

Big news! It's time to take a step in the right direction, CLICK HERE to learn more about FMCA's plans to remodel.

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Bring friends with you
Of course, these friends should agree with your point of view. It can be especially helpful to bring supporters who do not own an RV.

Be prepared
Have your testimony ready in written form so you can read it and not ramble on. Provide a copy for each member of the panel listening to you and two copies for the staff to keep on record.

Identify yourself
Before starting your testimony, state where you live, how long you have lived in the community, and how long you have owned an RV.

Keep your comments to the point
Show that you are a responsible resident who cares about the safety of the community and its aesthetics. Be on the public's side, and agree that any violations should be handled but that legislation affecting the entire RV community is overkill.

Emphasize the impact of the RV community
Point out the size of the RV community in your municipality and the tax base RV owners represent, not only in RV tax or registration fees but in the homes they own. Do this tastefully, not as a threat but as a reminder that the people whom the proposed legislation will affect are a significant and prominent part of the community and their rights need to be evaluated along with the rights of others.

Be ready to rebut
Bring note paper and take notes on other testimony given. After the initial round of testimony, if you find anything that has been said to the detriment of your cause, ask for time to rebut. If the hearing is properly held, the chair should never refuse a rebuttal. They may refuse additional testimony but never a rebuttal.

Present your opposition to what has been said by others where you feel it misrepresents your cause. Catch the opposition off guard, and they will probably not stand up to rebut your rebuttal.

If you speak a second time and say that it is additional testimony, the opposition will get the idea they can do the same. But, if you call your second round a rebuttal, the opposition usually will be at a loss as to how to handle this, unless they are knowledgeable with the process.

Don't let your issue drop
After the the hearing, follow up with e-mail or postal mail with the officials who listened to testimony and who may not yet have decided how to vote. The vote, in most cases, is either to recommend a zoning change for enactment or not to.

Be careful not to introduce new facts
After a public hearing is closed, public officials cannot listen to nor consider new information. However, start your communication with word to the effect that “This is a review of my testimony.” Then, highlight the areas where you feel they may not have heard what you were saying.

A final reminder
Always be polite and factual. And always keep personal emotion out of the discussion.

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