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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
F470953

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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In an RV, you can travel and enjoy the great outdoors with far more creature comforts than other forms of camping. Here are 12 reasons to go RVing...

12. Feel at-home … in a RV

RVs are equipped with comfortable living, dining, sleeping and bathroom facilities. Propane tanks fire up the stove and refrigerator. Electrical systems run off the RV’s batteries or gas- or diesel-powered generator. A water tank holds fresh water, and holding tanks separate waste water into gray (from sinks and showers) and black (from the toilet.) In an RV, it’s all systems go.

11. The great outdoorsA motorhome at Byron Glacier, Alaska

Experts are always touting the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor recreation. Well, RVing is a springboard to all sorts of recreational activities. Visit state and national parks, tour famous landmarks. Go hiking or fishing. Try whitewater rafting or canoeing. Play golf or tennis. Or, simply enjoy fresh air and natural settings. With an RV you can carry your recreation gear with you, and you don't have to worry about finding a place to stay.

10. Freedom and convenience of RV travel

An RV's on-board closets and storage space eliminate the need to pack, unpack and carry bulky suitcases. You can keep the RV stocked with food, clothing and essentials so you can just hop in and go. Take off on last-minute mini vacations, tailgating events and weekend trips. Create your own adventures along the way. Stop and take a break when you choose. The destinations are endless, from famous attractions to hidden treasures along a rural byway. And just think … all the while, you’re avoiding tight schedules, long lines, luggage restrictions and the security gauntlet at the airport.

In an RV, you can go almost anywhere, any time. When traveling in small towns, backcountry or metro areas, you might encounter narrow roads, clearance limits or other large-vehicle considerations. In these instances, towing a smaller vehicle behind your RV is a viable option and can extend your travel range. Auto manufacturers have approved certain cars, trucks and SUVS for towing behind a motorhome or Fifth wheel, provided the RV has adequate towing capacity. If you tow, FMCA recommends using a supplemental braking system. It's required by law in some jurisdictions, and is needed to safely slow down the extra weight of the towed vehicle, without overworking the brakes of the motorhome.

9. Multiple uses for motorhomes

An RV is a recreational vehicle that can be used for much more than the occasional short trip or cross-country odyssey.

RV owners use their RVs for business endeavors or to pursue hobbies such as antiquing, sightseeing, geocaching and many others. They follow (and enter) pet shows, model train shows, favorite sports teams and other special events. They volunteer: An RV provides innumerable opportunities to help individuals, families, communities and charitable causes during your travels.

Many RVs can be safely used in cold weather, if the RV is capable of being winterized for such circumstances. Snowbirds, meanwhile, opt to head to warmer climes for the winter months to enjoy white sand beaches (Gulf Coast), 80-degree temperatures (Yuma, Ariz.) and other activities in various locales.

RVs, equipped with a generator and propane, are also ideal in emergency situations when you have lost power in your house because of a storm.

8. Purchasing a motorhome: selection, types and prices

The types of RVs we support are motorhomes, fifth wheels, and travel trailers.

Motorhomes specifically come in assorted sizes and price ranges, from a 22-foot Type B unit to a bus-size luxury vehicle. Whether you’re entering the market, upgrading, or prefer a motor coach with all the bells and whistles, you’re in luck. Options and versatile floor plans make it easier to find a motorhome that matches your lifestyle and budget.

Slideouts are a popular feature, a must-have for some motorhome enthusiasts. They dramatically expand the interior living space, at the touch of a button. It’s not uncommon to see a motorhome with two, three, even four slides. Forget about the narrow, cramped feeling of motorhomes of yesteryear.

Toy hauler motorhomeManufacturers continue to develop other innovative products to meet consumers' needs. For instance, toy haulers feature a fold-up ramp on the back used for loading ATVs, Jet Skis, motorcycles and mountain bikes. Some models have built-in garages large enough to stow a small car to be used for local jaunts.

One manufacturer offers a model with a patio deck that can be lowered to create an inviting outdoor living space. Another offers a model with a rooftop patio that includes cushioned seating, a barbecue console and built-in wet bar.

If a production-line motorhome doesn't suit you, a custom coach conversion company can build a coach to your specifications.

7. RV loan interest can be tax-deductible

For most RV buyers, the interest on the loan is deductible as second home mortgage interest. To qualify, the RV must be used as security for the loan and must have basic sleeping, toilet and cooking accommodations.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes two booklets that contain helpful information regarding tax deductibility of RV loan interest. Copies of “Publication 936-Home Interest Deduction” and “Publication 523 — Selling Your Home” are available online or by calling the IRS at (800) 829-3676.

6. Bond with family in an RV

Whether it’s a long excursion or a weekend getaway, motorhome trips can strengthen family bonds weakened by busy daily lives. Family members tend to connect with each other when they are away from their normal routines and enjoying a simpler lifestyle. RV trips can foster communication and churn out good times to share and then treasure.

In addition, an RV is a great, nonintrusive guesthouse while visiting friends and family.

5. RV travel can broaden kids’ horizons

Because sleeping quarters, kitchens, dining areas and bathrooms are readily accessible, RVingis a great way to travel with children. It’s much more relaxing when you don’t have to continually look for rest areas and restaurants. Plus, seeing the world through kids’ eyes opens up a new set of wonders for adults.

RV travel can help children learn to appreciate the outdoors and gain insights into different people and places. Traveling to battlefields, presidential libraries and historic villages makes history come alive. The opportunities to learn about geography and nature are endless. The kids may forget it’s a learning experience.

4. RV campgrounds abound

Private campgrounds and government-owned campgrounds are often located near popular tourist attractions. Some RV parks are small and bucolic, while others are large, upscale resorts.

Campgrounds may have swimming pools, playgrounds, recreation centers, entertainment, walking paths, camp stores, crafts and social events. Many now include cable modem and Wi-Fi Internet access. Commercial campgrounds usually have hookups for power, water supply and waste disposal. After a day of sightseeing, families can return to their RVs, cook their favorite meals at leisure and relax in a comfortable and familiar atmosphere.

Camping fees vary depending on the location, season and amenities offered. Public campgrounds and some retail lots offer convenient and low-cost places to stay overnight.

3. Your pet can travel in the RV

See Spot run. See Rover ride in an RV and enjoy it with you. You don't have to board your pet in a kennel or leave it with a family member. Most pets adjust to RV travel just fine.

2. Affordability of motorhome travel

Pre-owned RVs can cost substantially less than new models (check the classifieds and Internet postings for deals). Dealers have been known to offer low-rate loans. Many RV loans are treated as second mortgages, making the interest tax-deductible. And while fuel costs have been a concern ...

Cost comparison studies by international accounting firm PKF Consulting have found that RV vacations still are more affordable than travel by personal car, commercial airline or cruise ship, even when factoring in RV ownership costs.

A 2008 PKF study concluded that fuel prices would have to more than double for typical RV vacations to cost more than other forms of travel. The savings on air, hotel and restaurant costs offset the cost of fuel. And, RV owners can adjust to higher fuel prices by staying longer in one place and/or closer to home.

It's worth mentioning that fuel price hikes can increase the cost of other means of travel and transportation as well, including airfares and hotel rates.

And the number-one reason to own an RV…FMCA members motorhomers arriving at FMCA convention.

1. So you can join FMCA

RVing fosters a sense of community. By joining FMCA, you become part of a valuable network of friends who share a common interest. FMCA’s chapter rallies, area rallies and semiannual conventions bring motorhome owners together. By joining FMCA, you also become eligible for more than 30 member benefits, including the FMCAssist emergency medical assistance program and a subscription to Family Motor Coaching magazine — both are free with paid membership.

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