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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?

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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.

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A wooden high box toilet from the 1800s, at the American Sanitary Plumbing MuseumIt's easy to take for granted the efficiency and dependability of today's RV and residential toilets. They have high-pressure water jets that pulverize waste as it flushes. They have pushbuttons or foot pedals that activate a pulsating flush to provide nearly instantaneous full-bowl washdown.

The American Sanitary Plumbing Museum in Worcester, Mass., reminds visitors that it wasn't always this way.

The museum, dedicated to the history of plumbing, displays examples of sanitary plumbing systems through the years — models far different from today's residential-style toilets that use air pressure to force-flush porcelain toilets while conserving vast amounts of water.

A haven for old toilets

Some toilets at the museum date back to the 19th century, including a waterless toilet; a chain-pull toilet with a high wooden box tank; and "earth cabinets" that collected user's waste in lime instead of water.

On a toilet from 1891, a cherry-wood seat and lid attach to an ornate base. View a prison toilet from 1896, and another prison model from 1996. What a difference 100 years makes!

Of course, a museum of this sort must chronicle the evolution of an all-important luxury: toilet paper. Look for the toilet tissue brands from the 1800s, referred to then as "boudoir paper.

An ornate toilet from 1891 at the American Sanitary Plumbing MuseumAn Oak-rimmed and copper-lined enameled bath tub from the late 1800s is on display, as is one of the first dishwashers, called an electric sink, put out by the Kohler company in 1929. The museum also contains gas-fed water heaters from the 1920s and assorted plumbing tools.

Charles Manoog, a Worcester plumbing equipment distributor, founded the museum in 1979. His son Russ now runs the distribution business, which is down the street from the museum. Russ' wife, B.J., curates the plumbing museum.

Fortunate RVers

So, why would you want to go see a bunch of toilets?

Well, you can't deny their utilitarian value. Just look at the popularity of the toilet maintenance seminar at FMCA international conventions. Dumping, flushing and cleaning the holding tank system are essential parts of the RV lifestyle.

When you visit the American Sanitary Plumbing Museum you're likely to develop an appreciation for modern toilets. Eliminating toilet odor, emptying holding tanks and selecting toilet tissue might not seem all that bad.

The museum is located at 39 Piedmont St. It is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed in July and August (reopens in September). Free admission.

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