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Motorhome Owners Association Reports Smooth Gathering in Madison, Wisconsin

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — Thousands gathered for Family Motor Coach Association's 92nd Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Guests celebrated the RV lifestyle with not-to-be-missed exhibits, seminars and activities.

 Family Motor Coach Association's 92nd Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, held July 29-August 1 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, was deemed a success by event planners.

As the state capital and home of the University of Wisconsin, Madison has received "best city" recommendations from Kiplinger's Personal Finance, plus other kudos. Easy access to Alliant Energy Center, along with its first-class indoor conference facilities and outdoor venues, helped activities to proceed smoothly, including motorhome parking, exhibits, seminars, entertainment, and other functions, according to FMCA events director Chris Lusk.

"The Madison event was a stellar one for both attendees and exhibitors. Feedback from attendees has been wonderful, and our exhibitors have reported excellent sales during the event," Lusk added.

The "coach count" was 1,595, which included 1,434 family vehicles and 161 commercial vehicles. Approximately 75 motorhomes were on display; they were exhibited by 14 companies, which included manufacturers such as Newmar, Jayco/Entegra, Tiffin, and Phoenix USA, and RV dealers such as Paul Evert's RV Country (American Coach, Holiday Rambler, Monaco) and Camping World of Madison (Thor, Winnebago). Spartan and Freightliner also brought motorhome chassis for inspection.

Alliant Energy Center's 255,000-square-foot Exhibition Hall housed indoor exhibit booths staffed by more than 150 companies offering a wide variety of RV supplies, services, and components. These included companies in the FMCA Connections Area, featuring a number of FMCA's commercial partners and services, such as DakotaPost, provider of the association's mail forwarding service. Exhibition Hall also contained FMCA's information center, nearly a dozen seminar rooms, and FMCA event offices.

Coach weighing and seminars were conducted during the event by the RV Safety and Education Foundation. Commercial members also assisted attendees with motorhome service.

"We appreciate the generosity of FMCA commercial members that supported a number of Family Reunion activities and services, such as GEICO with trams, Roadmaster with coffee hour, Fantasy RV with caravan drawings and seminars, Jayco/Entegra's 'Game Zone,' and Miller Insurance with the ice cream social," FMCA executive director Jerry Yeatts said. Other event sponsors included Fogmaker North America, RVTrader.com, and Hale Expo Services.

The Madison convention was FMCA’s second international gathering for 2015; the first took place in Pomona, California, this past March. It also marked FMCA's third visit to Madison; previous events were held there in 1984 and 2011.

"The Madison community and the Alliant Energy Center were great to work with during the event, and we look forward to returning to the venue in the future," Lusk said.

FMCA's next Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase events are slated for the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, March 17-20, 2016; and the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, in early August 2016.

About Family Motor Coach Association • Enhancing The Motorhome Lifestyle
Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the use of self-contained, motorized recreation vehicles known as motorhomes. The association maintains its national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently has nearly 75,000 active member families. FMCA offers its members a number of benefits, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family Motor Coaching; a medical evacuation and travel assistance program valued at $105 per family; group rates on a roadside assistance program and on motorhome and auto insurance; discounted rates for RV tours and caravans; and a tire purchasing program. Perhaps the most important benefit of FMCA membership is the camaraderie and friendships that develop among people enjoying the common interest of motorhome travel and recreation. The organization can be reached at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622 and on the Web at FMCA.com.

Contact:
Pamela Kay
Director of Communications, Publishing
(800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622

Motorhome Owners Group Planning to ‘Escape to Wisconsin’

NEWS RELEASE
July 10, 2015

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Members of Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), a Cincinnati-based organization for motorhome owners, will head to Wisconsin’s capital city at the end of July for a four-day event focusing on various aspects of their favorite form of travel.

A small city on wheels will take shape as the owners of some 2,000 motorhomes converge on the Alliant Energy Center in Madison July 29 through August 1 for FMCA’s 92nd Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase.

During the event, which has been dubbed “Escape to Wisconsin,” attendees will participate in various activities designed to enhance the motorhome lifestyle.

School may be out for the summer, but learning opportunities will abound. Organizers have scheduled more than 100 educational sessions aimed at helping motorhome owners glean more enjoyment from their RVs.  RV experts will conduct seminars during the event. Topics range from motorhome chassis maintenance to microwave-convection cooking.

Attendees also will be able to tour motorhomes of all types, sizes, and price ranges as part of the Motorhome Showcase. Looking for a diesel-powered motorhome with all of the latest luxuries? Or maybe a van-chassis-based RV that provides all of the amenities needed to enjoy life on the road, but in a smaller package? Explore these options and everything in between as you consider what would best suit your travel style.

Other organized activities include tours of local attractions, fun-filled games, and musical performances each evening. And attendees will have time for plenty of socializing with their fellow motorhome owners.

Members of the general public are invited to join the fun. For those who want to view only the motorhome exhibition, admission costs $7 per day; children 12 and under are admitted free with an accompanying adult, as are those with an active military ID. Those who would prefer to take in the exhibits and also attend seminars and entertainment may purchase a Daily Passport, which is available for $65 per person ($55 for FMCA members).

Hours for viewing the exhibits are as follows: special viewing of motorhome exhibits only — Wednesday, July 29, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.; regular hours for the motorhome displays will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 30, through Saturday, August 1. Components/accessories displays first open on Thursday, July 30, with hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day and on July 31 and August 1.

RV owners are invited to take part in all of the activities and also to bring their RV and stay with the rest of the group at Alliant Energy Center. Attendees may opt for 50-amp (limited) or 30-amp electric hookups, or may choose to rely on their motorhome’s onboard resources and “dry camp.”

Potable water and dump station facilities are available at Alliant Energy Center, or roving trucks will provide these services for a fee to those who want to keep enjoying the activities and not stop for housekeeping issues.

The price for non-FMCA members is $265; this fee automatically grants the RV owner a one-year FMCA membership and/or a one-year subscription to Family Motor Coaching magazine. The FMCA member price is $215. (An additional fee is charged for electric.)

For additional information, visit FMCA.com or call (800) 543-3622.

About Family Motor Coach Association • Enhancing The Motorhome Lifestyle
Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the use of self-contained, motorized recreation vehicles known as motorhomes. The association maintains its national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently has nearly 75,000 active member families. FMCA offers its members a number of benefits, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family Motor Coaching; a medical evacuation and travel assistance program valued at $105 per family; group rates on a roadside assistance program and on motorhome and auto insurance; discounted rates for RV tours and caravans; and a tire purchasing program. Perhaps the most important benefit of FMCA membership is the camaraderie and friendships that develop among people enjoying the common interest of motorhome travel and recreation. The organization can be reached at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622 and on the Web at FMCA.com.

Contact:
Pamela Kay
Director of Communications, Publishing
(800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622

Family Motor Coach Association Announces Dates for Spring 2016 Reunion

NEWS RELEASE
Feb. 25, 2015

FMCA, an international organization for those who own motorhomes, has announced plans to return to Perry, Georgia, in March 2016.

CINCINNATI, Ohio — FMCA’s 93rd Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase will take place March 17 to 20, 2016, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Georgia. This 628-acre facility is located just off of Interstate 75, approximately 100 miles south of Atlanta.

The location and the timing of the event will make it a popular way point for RVing snowbirds as they return to their northern homes. Organizers are expecting the owners of more than 2,000 motorhomes to come together for the Reunion.

The Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter has become a regular part of FMCA’s event rotation. The 2016 gathering will mark the association’s ninth gathering at the fairgrounds.

“The folks at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and in the city of Perry have been excellent hosts during FMCA’s past visits, so it’s only natural that we’d keep coming back,” FMCA national president Charlie Adcock said. “Since FMCA’s first event there in 1996, the state of Georgia has made numerous improvements that have resulted in the facility becoming even more ideal for our motorhome convention. Add to that a healthy dose of Southern hospitality, and putting Perry on the schedule for an FMCA Reunion is a no-brainer.”

A Family Motor Coach Association event includes a variety of activities. Among them is an incomparable RV shopping experience. Leading manufacturers and dealers bring the latest motorhomes and open them to attendees as part of the Motorhome Showcase. Nearly every imaginable RV product, accessory, component, and service is available as well.

The events also have an educational component. RV experts hold sessions each day to share their knowledge on topics ranging from chassis maintenance to microwave-convection cooking.

Exploring the local area is part of the mix. A professional tour company organizes outings for attendees, who simply hop aboard a tour bus and enjoy the adventure.

Of course, opportunities for socializing abound – from planned activities such as morning coffee hour to impromptu gatherings in the motorhome parking areas.

Additional details will be released as the event nears. In the meantime, motorhome owners are asked to circle the March 17-20 dates on their calendar and to make plans for a great time in Georgia.

About Family Motor Coach Association • Enhancing The Motorhome Lifestyle
Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the use of self-contained, motorized recreation vehicles known as motorhomes. The association maintains its national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently has nearly 75,000 active member families. FMCA offers its members a number of benefits, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family Motor Coaching; a medical evacuation and travel assistance program valued at $105 per family; group rates on a roadside assistance program and on motorhome and auto insurance; discounted rates for RV tours and caravans; and a tire purchasing program. Perhaps the most important benefit of FMCA membership is the camaraderie and friendships that develop among people enjoying the common interest of motorhome travel and recreation. The organization can be reached at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622 and on the Web at FMCA.com.

Contact:
Pamela Kay
Director of Communications, Publishing
(800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622

Motorhome Owners Group to Gather in Redmond, Oregon

NEWS RELEASE
June 20, 2014

Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is finalizing plans and registering families and exhibitors for the group’s Aug. 13 to 16, 2014, Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase in Redmond, Oregon.

CINCINNATI, Ohio — FMCA’s 90th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase will take place at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center. Approximately 2,000 motorhomes and some 6,000 people are expected to come together for this fun-filled event, which has been dubbed “High Desert Sunrise” in honor of the host area.

The association hosts Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase events twice a year in varying locations with the purpose of celebrating the motorhome lifestyle. The group is making its fifth visit to Redmond, having met in the city in 2001, 2004, 2007,  and 2010 also.

New motorhomes on display

Activities include a motorhome exhibition that brings together major motorhome manufacturers and dealers from throughout the United States and Canada, as well as manufacturers and distributors of a multitude of RV accessories and components, and suppliers of various services related to RVs.

For those considering the purchase of a motorhome, the event provides an opportunity to view an assortment of makes and models all in one location. A variety of 2014 models, in many different sizes and price ranges, will be on display, and some manufacturers will have 2015 models ready as well.

RV seminars and more

In addition to the motorhome show, highlights include RV seminars on a variety of topics related to motorhomes and RV travel, tours involving local sites and scenes, evening entertainment, and numerous social activities.

Open to the public

While the convention is organized for Family Motor Coach Association members, the organization also invites members of the public to attend and provides various admission options.

For those who want to view only the motorhome exhibition, admission costs $7 per day; children 12 and under are admitted free with an accompanying adult, as are those with an active military ID.

Those who would prefer to take in the exhibits and also attend seminars and entertainment may purchase a Daily Passport, which is available for $65 per person ($55 for FMCA members).

All RV owners welcome

RV owners are invited to take part in all of the activities and also to bring their RV and stay with the rest of the group at the Expo Center. The price for non-FMCA members is $215 prior to June 23, 2014, and $245 after that date; this non-member fee automatically grants a one-year FMCA membership or Family Motor Coaching subscription to the RV owner.

The FMCA member price is $165 for early-bird registrations and $195 after June 23. Register for Redmond.

The association welcomes all motorhome owners as members. Dues are $50 for the first year, and $40 per year thereafter. Those who do not yet own a motorhome but are interested in learning more may sign up for a subscription to Family Motor Coaching magazine for $30 per year.

About Family Motor Coach Association

Family Motor Coach Association is owned by its membership, governed by elected officers, and has a paid staff of employees at its national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. FMCA was founded in 1963 by a contingent of "house car" owners who decided to term their then-unusual vehicles "motor coaches." Today the association has nearly 80,000 member families.

FMCA's purpose is to organize social activities, exchange valuable motorhome information, and supply benefits to enhance the motorhome lifestyle.

One of the primary benefits of FMCA membership is a subscription to Family Motor Coaching magazine, the official publication of FMCA. The monthly magazine publishes association news; travel articles of particular interest to motorhome owners; technical articles concerning motorhome mechanics, maintenance, and the latest RV products and accessories; and display and classified advertising.

Other FMCA member benefits include trip routing; full access to FMCA.com; a tire purchasing program; and group rates on motorhome insurance, a medical evacuation and travel assistance program, and RV caravans and tours.

Perhaps the most important benefit of FMCA membership is the camaraderie and friendships that develop among people enjoying the common interest of motorhome travel and recreation.

Contact:
Pamela Kay
Director of Communications, Publishing
(800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622

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Motorhome Show Rolls Into Georgia

Hundreds of motorhomes and a variety of accessory merchandise will be assembled in Perry, Georgia, in mid-March in a display of recreation vehicles at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter. The motorhome exhibition, which will take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2014, is part of a convention of an international motorhome owners club, Family Motor Coach Association, based in Cincinnati.

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Motorhome Owners Association Announces Dates for 2014 and 2015 Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase Events

NEWS RELEASE

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) has announced dates and locations for the group’s two 2014 Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase events, as well as for the first event of 2015.

FMCA will be making repeat visits to several venues that seem tailor-made for the “cities on wheels” that take shape during these motorhome rallies and shows.

In March 2014, FMCA’s 89th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase will come to life at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry. This will mark FMCA’s eighth visit to this RV-friendly facility.

FMCA held its first event in Perry in March 1996. The fairgrounds has continued to add buildings and to make other improvements over the years that have resulted in the location becoming even more attractive for an FMCA event.

“The combination of a first-rate facility — located just off Interstate 75 and along the path of many snowbirds — and the Southern hospitality we always experience in Perry makes this a not-to-be-missed event for motorhome owners,” noted Charlie Adcock, FMCA national president.

Approximately 2,500 motorhome families and some 6,000 to 8,000 people are expected to gather for the March 17-20, 2014, Reunion. All RV owners and members of the general public are invited to participate. Various admission options are available.

The Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon, will play host to FMCA’s 90th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase August 13 to 16, 2014. This is another venue that lends itself well to an FMCA event, and one to which the association is making a repeat visit – its fifth.

The 132-acre Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center was designed using a circular plot, which makes the grounds easy to navigate and puts the activity centers in close proximity. Well-kept buildings, beautifully landscaped activity areas, and spectacular views of seven mountain peaks are other hallmarks of this site.

“The folks at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center are great to work with,” said Jerry Yeatts, FMCA executive director. “And the city of Redmond, as well as the surrounding Central Oregon communities, welcome FMCA with open arms.”

And then in March 2015, FMCA will make a return visit to Fairplex in Pomona, California. Fairplex also provides a nearly ideal setting for an FMCA event, including paved parking for not only the motorhomes that are on display but also for all of the families attending in their homes on wheels.

Set on more than 480 acres, Fairplex is billed as the “largest multi-use playground in Southern California.” The March 26-29, 2015, event — FMCA’s 91st Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase — will mark FMCA’s seventh Reunion at this popular, first-class facility.

Plans are in the works for FMCA’s summer 2015 event as well, and the dates and location for that gathering will be announced in the near future.

Activities abound at these get-togethers. One of the important elements of these Reunions is an exhibition of motorhomes. Major manufacturers and dealers gather to display their vehicles, and motorhome components and accessories also are available for inspection.

In addition, a wealth of informative seminars centering on topics of interest to motorhomers — including motorhome chassis maintenance and microwave-convection oven cooking — are held.

Opportunities for taking part in various social events — among them morning coffee hour and an ice cream social — present themselves to convention attendees. Organized tours of local sites and attractions take place. Evenings are filled with entertainment presented by top-notch performers, as well as other social activities.

To register for the upcoming event in Georgia, or for additional information about FMCA’s Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase events, visit FMCA.com or call (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622.

ABOUT FAMILY MOTOR COACH ASSOCIATION • Enhancing The Motorhome Lifestyle

Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the use of self-contained, motorized recreation vehicles known as motorhomes. The association maintains its national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently has nearly 80,000 active member families. FMCA offers its members a number of benefits, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family Motor Coaching; trip routing; mail forwarding; the Michelin Advantage tire program; and group rates on motorhome insurance, roadside assistance, and an emergency medical evacuation plan. Perhaps the most important benefit of FMCA membership is the camaraderie and friendships that develop among people enjoying the common interest of motorhome travel and recreation.

Contact:

Pamela Kay, Director of Communications

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(800) 543-3622, ext. 234
(513) 474-3622, ext. 234

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