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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.

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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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Mark Polk, motorhome  and motor coach maintenance expertBy Mark Polk
RV Education 101 

At one time or another, most RV owners have heard stories about a motorhome that had a tire blowout. Some of these tire blowout stories are worse than others. If you ever experience a tire blowout, I hope it will result in little damage and no one will be hurt.

There is more educational material available now on RV tire care and maintenance than ever before. We are instructed to check and inflate our tires to the correct pressure for the load; not to overload the motorhome; to inspect our tires for signs of damage and/or excessive wear; and to replace tires that show evidence of damage, or replace them at regular intervals.

I am a big advocate for consumer education on tire care and maintenance. This is all great advice that always should be adhered to, but it is impossible to know what kind of damage already may have occurred to the inside of a tire. And, you have no way of knowing when the tire might fail.

Another consideration is what might be happening to the tires on your towed vehicle as you travel around the country. Several years ago I had a tire blowout on our towed vehicle and hardly noticed it until the entire inner fender was destroyed by the time I could safely pull over and stop.

This brings me to the topic of today’s article, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). For many years I traveled in our motorhome without a TPMS. Looking back now, I honestly can’t tell you why I didn’t get and use one sooner.

During that time when I didn’t use a TPMS, I had one rear tire blowout and was fortunate to be traveling at a lower speed when it happened. Even at a lower speed it caused some damage to the motorhome. It wasn’t until recently, when we were planning a long RV trip, that I decided it was time to look into a TPMS.

I would like to give you my top 7 reasons for using a TPMS on your motorhome and towed vehicle tires.

1. Most Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems I researched were easy to install and easy to use.

2. It’s a quick and easy way to check the tire pressure in every tire before traveling each day. The TPMS I use is accurate to within 2.7 percent. That’s as accurate as many tire gauges.

3. You can monitor both the motorhome and the towed vehicle tires as you travel. That’s what I call piece of mind!

4. A TPMS has some type of alarm/warning system to notify you of a potential problem. Knowing when there is a potential problem with a tire can limit damage to the motorhome and quite possibly save lives.

5. My TPMS monitors tires for a loss in air pressure and for possible overheating.

6. A TPMS can be cost-effective. The cost of a decent TPMS can be about the same as the price of a new tire, not to mention the damage a blowout can cause to the motorhome and/or the towed vehicle.

7. I don’t think I was ever as relaxed traveling in the motorhome as I was with the TPMS onboard. Driving is much more enjoyable when you know what the tire pressure is at any given time, and the fact that you will be warned if a problem with the tires exists.

As I researched the topic, I discovered many reputable companies offering a TPMS that will work on larger motorhome tires. Based on my particular needs and on what I wanted in a TPMS, I got the Tire Minder, Model TMG 400C by Minder Research.


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