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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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Mark Polk, motorhome  and motor coach maintenance expert

By Mark Polk
RV Education 101  

I just returned from the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show in Hershey, where I saw lot of new motorhomes on display. While looking over a 2010 model built on a Freightliner Custom Chassis, I noticed what looked to be a small fuel tank located under one of the outside storage compartment doors. The cap on the tank had the letters DEF, which I later discovered stands for diesel exhaust fluid.

I had no idea what diesel exhaust fluid was, so I headed over to the Freightliner display to find out. The Freightliner representative was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in explaining what DEF was, and after returning home I decided to research it a bit further.

It turns out DEF was a result of the latest rounds of EPA mandates on diesel engine emissions standards. These mandates have a long history.

For the past 25 years the EPA has aggressively increased diesel exhaust emissions standards on manufacturers, most notably in the areas of Particulate Matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx). These diesel exhaust emissions are byproducts of the combustion (or incomplete combustion) of diesel fuel.

Think of the PM as the soot or smoke you see emitted from the exhaust system. Oxides of nitrogen result from a bad reaction between nitrogen and oxygen in high temperatures created by the combustion process.

In 2000 the EPA signed emissions standards aimed at PM emissions, designed to take full effect by the release of 2007 model-year vehicles. That brings us back to DEF and the 2010 EPA mandates, designed to reduce the amounts of nitrous oxide emissions released into the atmosphere.

All but one motorhome manufacturer chose a process called selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to meet this new EPA standard. Simply put, SCR adds a Diesel Exhaust Fluid into the exhaust gas and filters it through a catalyst in the system to convert NOx into nitrogen and water, which is then released into the air.

So, what does all of this mean to the new diesel motorhome owner? Here are my top 7 questions about how SCR may affect the RV owner.

1. Does SCR meet the 2010 emissions standards?
Yes, SCR actually exceeds the 2010 emissions standards, and in addition is said to increase fuel economy by five to eight percent
2. Does SCR provide any benefits over a similar 2007 model engine with Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology?
Yes. It doesn’t run as hot. In addition, a comparable engine using SCR will provide more torque and more horsepower than an engine using EGR technology.

3. Will it be difficult to find Diesel Exhaust Fluid?
It is said that DEF will be abundantly available at travel centers and auto parts stores across the country.

4. Is it possible for the DEF solution, made up of two-third parts water, to freeze?
Yes it is possible, but the DEF tank is insulated and the system uses heated lines to deliver the fluid to help avoid freezing during start-up and normal operation.

5. Can DEF degrade?
DEF will degrade, but it would take 125 degrees of direct heat over a long period of time, which is unlikely to happen.

6. If you do not refill the DEF tank and it runs out, will there be a problem?
Yes, the engine will decrease speed to approximately 30 mph until DEF is added to the system again. There are gauges in the coach that will alert you in plenty of time to refill the tank before it runs dry.

7. Will SRC technology cause an increase in cost of the unit?
As with everything else, new technology is sure to affect pricing, but the jury is out on whether the projected increased fuel economy will offset the increase in price over a period of time.
What’s next with diesel emissions standards?

Get ready for the next round of EPA mandates. It looks like the next EPA and DOT mandates are aimed at increased fuel economy and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. These new diesel emissions standards will be phased in between 2014 and 2018.

The new standards being imposed are sure to dramatically increase the cost of a diesel-powered motorhome again, and the question begs, Will the ends justify the means?

I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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