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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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Highway rest areas have lined the U.S. interstate highway system since its creation in 1956.

Today, motorists might have to drive farther to find one. And it might not be open. States are cutting back on rest areas because of budget constraints.

When the interstates opened, rest areas were often the only places to stop on long stretches of highway. Pull off, use the rest room, shake off the drowsiness, pick up a tourist pamphlet. Get back on the highway.

Over the years, commercial establishments have spread along the interstate system in all but the most remote parts of the country. Gas stations and fast-food restaurants can be found at frequent intervals along the interstate.

The Wall Street Journal, citing a national directory, references nearly 2,500 privately-owned truck stops. And Wal-Mart, as most RVers know, is a popular alternative to rest areas.

State departments of transportation still fund and maintain more than 2,000 rest areas. But with so many commercial alternatives, many cash-strapped states are choosing to close rest stops rather than spend money on staffing, repairing and maintaining them. A significant percentage of rest stops have been closed, and more closures are planned.

Georgia is targeting rest stops near urban areas. Last summer the state closed two service plazas on Interstate 85 near Atlanta. A Georgia Department of Transportation official told the Associated Press that each closed rest area will save the state approximately $300,000. The state is considering closing more, or keeping them open and limiting their hours of operation.

The Arizona Department of Transportation shuttered 13 rest areas in October 2009. Virginia has closed 19 of its 42 locations, estimating that each closure saves the state nearly $500,000.

Virginia had planned to close 25 rest areas, but a public outcry apparently had an impact on the state officials. A state transportation department spokesman reported that state budget meetings were dominated by discussions regarding the closures, even though the plans represented a tiny part of the $2.6 billion in proposed cuts to the Virginia transportation budget.

Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and Vermont also have closed rest stops to save money. Colorado and South Carolina have plans for closures in the near future. Other states have prevented outright closures by cutting back on staffing, hours of operation or services.

Some states, notably those with wide-open spaces and long distances between populated areas, are revitalizing rest areas rather than closing them. In some instances, they are using federal stimulus money. For instance, Texas recently closed several older rest stops but opened new locations. Iowa has been replacing older rest areas with new ones.

For information about the status of rest stops in specific states, check these Web sites:

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

Alaska and Hawaii have no rest stops.

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