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NEWS RELEASE
Jan.7, 2017

Staff members and officers at Family Motor Coach Association, a Cincinnati-based organization for owners of motorhomes, are busily preparing for the group’s March 7 through 10 gathering in Chandler, Arizona.

CINCINNATI, Ohio — FMCA's 95th International Convention has been dubbed “Rally In The Valley,” a nod to the host area’s designation as the Valley of the Sun.

RV owners are invited to register to stay on-site in their RV or to purchase an event passport that allows them to enjoy all of the activities except overnight parking.

Members or guests may also come just for the day to view the motorhomes that will be on display and wander through hundreds of booths filled with RV accessories, components, and RV service providers.

Parking space for RV families at the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center is filling up quickly as the early-bird registration deadline of Friday, January 6, approaches. Registering prior to this date saves attendees up to $30. To register, visit FMCA.com or call FMCA at (800) 543-3622.

FMCA also has announced its inaugural RV Basics course, which will take place March 5 and 6 at Rawhide Western Town and Event Center just prior to the Rally In The Valley. Led by several well-known RV experts, these information-packed sessions will help to get beginning RVers off to a great start after their purchase of a new or preowned vehicle, or serve as a refresher course for current owners.

“RV Doctor” Gary Bunzer; Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy; and RV Safety & Education Foundation executive director Walter Cannon will share key preparation, operation, and maintenance practices essential for trouble-free travel, all in a relaxed setting. Owners of any type of RV — or wannabe RVers — who would like to sign up for the RV Basics course or find out more can visit FMCA.com/academy or call the FMCA Events Department at 800-543-3622.

Motorhome manufacturers and dealers may be interested in purchasing RV Basics class passes to provide to customers. For information about sponsorships or to purchase packages of class passes for customers or prospective clients, contact Ranita Jones, sales manager (rjones(at)fmca(dot)com; 800-543-3622, ext. 214).
 

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 more than 70,000 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
[email protected]


NEWS RELEASE
October 19, 2016

Chris Smith appointed FMCA executive director/chief financial officer
FMCA has appointed
Chris Smith to the position of
executive director/chief financial officer.
 

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Family Motor Coach Association, an international organization for motorhome owners, has announced the promotion of Chris Smith to the position of executive director/chief financial officer effective immediately. Mr. Smith joined the association in August 2013 as director of administrative services/controller.

Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Prior to coming on board at FMCA, he served as assistant controller for a Cincinnati-based company for several years.

“We are excited to have an experienced staff member take the reins at FMCA,” said FMCA national president Charlie Adcock. “During his tenure with FMCA, Chris has become a valuable asset. He has developed an in-depth knowledge of FMCA and the RV industry and has played a key role in the recent membership growth FMCA has been experiencing. We look forward to having him serve in this new leadership capacity.”

“I’m honored to be taking on this new leadership role,” Mr. Smith said. “Exciting things are happening at FMCA, and my goal is to keep the momentum going and continue to build on FMCA’s legacy as the best organization for motorhome owners. We’ll be looking for new ways and opportunities to serve the needs of RV travelers. I’ll be attending the upcoming National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, and look forward to connecting with industry representatives there.”

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 more than 70,000 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
[email protected]


NEWS RELEASE
Sept. 29, 2016

FMCA invites all RV owners, manufacturers and suppliers to gather for its 96th International Convention July 12-15, 2017, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.


CINCINNATI, Ohio — Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization for people who own motorhomes, has announced plans for a return visit to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. FMCA will hold its 96th International Convention in this city known as the “Crossroads of America” July 12 through 15, 2017, and all RV owners are invited.

FMCA hosted a very successful convention at the fairgrounds in August 2012 that was attended by some 2,000 families. “We made a great decision when we opted to host our event in Indianapolis several years back,” said Charlie Adcock, FMCA national president. “The state fairgrounds there easily accommodated our needs in terms of parking for thousands of motorhomes, and it provided plenty of space for motorhome exhibits and indoor vendor displays, as well as facilities for our many seminars and other activities. So, we’re looking forward to a return visit to this fantastic venue.”

“Indianapolis is within a day’s drive of 70 percent of the U.S. population, so that makes it an ideal spot for a gathering of motorhome owners from across North America,” commented Jon Walker, FMCA national senior vice president and chairman of the association’s Convention Committee. “It also happens to be fairly close to the Elkhart, Indiana, area, known as the RV capital of the world. So, that makes it easy for motorhome and component manufacturers and suppliers to take part in the motorhome showcase portion of FMCA’s event.”

The motorhome showcase that unfolds during the FMCA convention is a key element. Major motorhome manufacturers and dealers come together to present a fantastic shopping opportunity for those looking to purchase their first motorhome or their next. Motorhomes in a variety of sizes and price ranges will be on display. Plus, hundreds of companies will set up displays of RV components and accessories, home products, and RV-related services.

When they aren’t shopping, attendees can take part in seminars about topics ranging from towing a vehicle behind a motorhome to microwave-convection cooking. Approximately 100 different sessions will be held, so plenty of educational opportunities will present themselves.

Multiple options are available for attending FMCA conventions. RV owners are invited to bring their vehicle and stay on-site to enjoy all of the activities. Those who don’t yet own an RV are welcome to come for the day and just explore the motorhome show or purchase a passport that allows them to take part in all activities (with no RV parking).

Meanwhile, FMCA currently is taking registrations for its 95th International Convention, set to take place at Rawhide Western Town and Event Center in Chandler, Arizona, near Phoenix, March 7 through 10, 2017.

For information about FMCA events, visit FMCA.com or call (800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622.

Family Motor Coach association

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 more than 70,000 active member families. FMCA offers its members a number of benefits, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family Motor Coaching; a medical emergency 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
[email protected]


NEWS RELEASE
May 25, 2016

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Members of Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization for people who own motorhomes, will pack up their modern-day “stagecoaches” and make their way to the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona, March 7 through 10, 2017. Registration is under way.

Located just south of Phoenix, Rawhide Western Town and Event Center will serve as the venue for FMCA’s 95th International Convention, when the association makes a long overdue return visit to the Grand Canyon State.

Logo - Rawhide Western Town and Event Center at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona“FMCA hasn’t hosted an international event in Arizona in several decades, so we are excited to be making plans for this 2017 convention at what will be a really great destination for our members,” FMCA national president Charlie Adcock said. “What could be more fun than spending time strolling through streets and buildings that bring back the flavor of the Old West while enjoying a celebration of the motorhome lifestyle? On the last evening of the convention, Rawhide Western Town will be in full operation, and members will be able to join the public for loads of fun, food, and shopping.”

“Before that, members will enjoy all of the activities of the FMCA convention itself,” added FMCA national senior vice president Jon Walker. “And as a bonus, we’ll be able to bask in the warmth and sunshine associated with winter in Arizona!”

A key element of FMCA’s international conventions is an unparalleled motorhome showcase. Top motorhome manufacturers and dealers will display their latest models. With the variety of sizes and floor plans, attendees should be able to find a motorhome to suit their needs. Some might be looking for a rolling residence for full-time RV living; others may want a vehicle to serve as “party central” for weekend tailgating during college football season; still others may be searching for a vehicle suitable for taking their kids, pets, etc. on weekend getaways or weeklong vacations. When it comes to outfitting the motorhome for travel, attendees will be able to head to the indoor exhibition areas, which will house more than 300 booths packed with a variety of RV-related products and services.

FMCA events also offer motorhome owners, as well as those exploring the idea of ownership, opportunities for enhancing their knowledge via seminars conducted by RV experts. Nearly 100 different topics are expected to be addressed during the event in Arizona.

In addition, motorhome owners will be treated to first-rate evening entertainment and a variety of special activities. Among them will be group tours of local sites and attractions.

Although 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, including daily public gate passes.

RV owners are invited to take part in all of the activities and to bring their RV and stay with the rest of the group at Rawhide Western Town and Event Center. Registrants may opt for 50-amp (limited quantity) 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 the facility, 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 full registration price for non-FMCA members is $245 prior to January 6, 2017, and $275 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 $195 for early-bird registrations and $225 after January 6. (An additional fee is charged for electric.)

The association welcomes all motorhome owners as members. Dues are $60 for the first year and $50 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 • 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 70,000 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
[email protected]


NEWS RELEASE
Jan. 14, 2016

The RV/MH Heritage Foundation selected Family Motor Coach Association's "RV Doctor” Gary Bunzer, RV training specialist and author, as one of 10 industry professionals who will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in August 2016.

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Most recreation vehicle owners are eager to learn as much as possible about the operation, maintenance, and general health of their homes on wheels. For more than 25 years, members of Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an organization for motorhome owners, have looked to “RV Doctor” Gary Bunzer for such advice. Recently, the RV author, educator, and RV training specialist was named to the RV/MH Hall of Fame after being nominated by FMCA.

On January 8, the board of directors of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation announced Gary’s selection as one of 10 industry professionals who will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in 2016. These professionals are recognized for significantly impacting the recreation vehicle and manufactured housing industries for more than 25 years.

“Gary epitomizes what is great about FMCA members and the RV lifestyle. The manner in which he shares his expertise on the many facets of motorhome maintenance is incredible. We are so pleased he is being recognized for his tremendous accomplishments,” said Jerry Yeatts, FMCA executive director.

Drawing upon four decades of experience, Gary helps RV owners maximize the use and operation of their vehicles. His technical question-and-answer column, “House Calls with The RV Doctor,” appears each month in FMCA’s magazine, Family Motor Coaching. He regularly writes full-length technical articles for the publication as well. Gary presents seminars about motorhome systems and troubleshooting for RV owners at FMCA’s twice-annual Family Reunion events, and for other consumer and trade shows. He also creates and hosts RV instructional videos that appear on FMCA.com and elsewhere.

Nearly 40 years ago, Gary launched his RV consumer question-and-answer column, “The RV Doctor,” which has been published continuously since its inception, and was preceded by an earlier column, “Gary Sez.” He authored the RV Owner’s Handbook and was a technical consultant and contributor to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to RVing.

In 1976, Gary established Bunzer Consulting Inc., owning and operating RV technician training schools in Southern California. He was the first RV educator to write, produce, and direct specific RV service training videos and DVDs for professional RV technicians as well as RV owners. Much of this material is still in use today. He developed the first true Internet-based distance-learning RV technician training program at the community college level.

In 2009 Recreation Vehicle Industry Association presented Gary with the National Education Service Award in recognition of his contributions to RV technical education.

Gary has developed a following at FMCA Family Reunions, where he says he enjoys interacting with his live audiences. Interspersing his presentations with humor and added emphasis on particularly noteworthy topics, the RV Doctor treats those attending with an easy-to-swallow dose of education. “I get the greatest satisfaction teaching seminars, helping coach owners make the most of their recreation investment,” he said.

Gary will be on hand at FMCA’s 93rd Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, March 17-20, 2016, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry. He will present several seminars; be part of a roundtable discussion titled “Ask The Experts”; and serve as a driving instructor for the FMCA Academy, which will be held on-site prior to the event.

What does he think of the RV Hall of Fame honor?

“I am humbled, overjoyed, and greatly indebted to FMCA for its support. I look forward to many, many more years associated with FMCA,” Gary said.

The RV/MH Class of 2016 will be inducted in early August at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Indiana.

About Family Motor Coach Associaton (FMCA)

Family Motor Coach Association 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 emergency 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


NEWS RELEASE

The Texas Tenors will perform at Family Motor Coach Association’s Motorhome Showcase in Perry, Georgia, in March 2014.

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), one of the sponsors of a PBS concert featuring the Texas Tenors vocal trio this past spring, has announced that the group will perform at the association’s 89th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase in Perry, Georgia, March 19, 2014.
 
Millions of viewers met the singers as they competed on NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2009. To date they remain the highest-ranking vocal group in the show’s history.
 
The Texas Tenors will perform at FMCA's Perry, Ga., 2014 Motorhome Showcase.Each individual brings something different to the group. John Hagen shows his vast classical music experience, having performed in numerous national operas and Broadway shows. JC Fisher, who was raised on a cattle ranch, adds the country and gospel influence. And Marcus Collins infuses the group with raw emotion and a contemporary pop sound.
 
Tunes from the group’s newest CD, “You Should Dream,” scheduled for release later this year, were performed during the taping of the PBS concert on May 13, 2013, at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. The trio was accompanied by the Phoenix Symphony and the New Life Singers university choir.
 
The May 13 show was recorded for a PBS special, “The Texas Tenors: You Should Dream Live,” which will air on PBS stations nationwide as part of the network’s December 2013 and spring 2014 membership campaigns.
 
More than 1 million DVDs of the show, which will include spotlights related to Family Motor Coach Association and other sponsors, will be distributed as part of the PBS membership drive.
 
The Texas Tenors have performed more than 500 concerts in 20 countries since “America’s Got Talent.” They will add to that number when appearing for FMCA attendees March 19, 2014, during the group’s 89th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.
 
The Tenors previously performed at the association’s 84th International Convention in Redmond, Oregon, in August 2010.
 
Other eventing entertainment performers slated to appear during the association’s 2014 event in Perry are Southern humorist/speaker Jeanne Robertson, March 18, and singer/songwriter Sarah Getto, March 20.
 
Family Motor Coach Association, founded in 1963, currently is celebrating its 50th year of serving motorhome owners in North America and beyond.
 

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 a number of benefits for motorhome owners, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family Motor Coaching; trip routing; mail forwarding; group rates on a medical evacuation program and motorhome 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 toll-free at (800) 543-3622 or on the Web at FMCA.com.

Contact:

Pamela Kay, Director of Communications
[email protected]
(800) 543-3622, ext. 234
(513) 474-3622, ext. 234

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NEWS RELEASE

FMCA Mile Marker 50Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international motorhome owners club, has initiated festivities to commemorate its 50th anniversary in 2013.

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Family Motor Coach Association is recognizing its golden anniversary with the theme “Mile Marker 50,” which pays tribute to FMCA's rich history while looking forward to many future years as well.

During the early 1960s, prior to construction of the U.S. interstate system, a smattering of U.S. families discovered a new form of travel. They purchased retired school buses, transit buses, and other vehicles.

Propelled by trial and error, sweat and ingenuity, the new owners transformed their utilitarian vehicles into what they called “house cars.” They installed bunk beds, couches, stoves, refrigerators, rudimentary bathroom facilities, and other comforts of home and then hit the open road with their families.

House car owners in the Northeast and Midwest learned about one another through letters, phone calls, and informal conversations. Small groups of enthusiasts began to form in Michigan, Ohio, and other states.

In 1963 some owners began to discuss the need for a national association in which they could share their ideas of maintaining and enjoying their homes on wheels.

One July weekend in 1963, 26 families gathered on the grounds of the Hinckley School in Hinckley, Maine, with their house cars. They socialized, viewed a solar eclipse, and discussed the idea of forming a group for those who had adopted this new form of travel.

On July 20, 18 of those families voted to form a not-for-profit organization. On July 21, they agreed on a name: Family Motor Coach Association.

Today the association serves more than 80,000 member families. Among them are second-generation motorhome owners who have proudly taken a parent’s or grandparent’s membership number.

Nowadays, manufactured motorhomes and professional bus conversions have largely replaced the vehicles handcrafted by backyard mechanics. Regardless of the motorhome they own, FMCA members’ spirit of adventure remains intact.

Through the decades, Family Motor Coach Association has served as a valuable information source for motorhome owners. The association is also a launching pad for close friendships, as members enjoy sharing their common interest in motorhoming.

Against this tapestry, FMCA is celebrating its heritage throughout 2013. The association is taking a nostalgic look back at the early days via the pages of its monthly membership publication, Family Motor Coaching magazine, and on FMCA.com.

Motorhomers will celebrate the association’s 50th anniversary at FMCA’s 88th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, June 19-22 at CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Facilities in Gillette, Wyoming. A “nostalgia room” will bring FMCA artifacts to life for longtime and new members alike. Vintage bus conversions, such as the Flxible brand bus that graces the association’s membership emblem, will be on hand for inspection. Many special events are in the planning stages as well.

Although sentimental trips into history are a fun part of observing any anniversary, the association looks ahead as well in a continuing quest to supply FMCA members with benefits to enhance the motorhome lifestyle, including the information they need to make their travels more enjoyable.

“FMCA has a great deal to celebrate this year,” said FMCA national president Charlie Schrenkel. “I’m grateful to the early leaders, who had the vision to lay such a solid groundwork for our organization, plus all the members who have labored throughout the past five decades to nurture it and watch it grow. Today, I’m proud to say that I belong to FMCA — the world’s finest organization for motorhome owners.”

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 more than 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; and group rates on motorhome insurance, a roadside assistance program, 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
[email protected]
(800) 543-3622, ext. 234
(513) 474-3622, ext. 234

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