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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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The GCWR is the maximum allowable total loaded weight of the motorhome and towed vehicle combined. The GCWR and unbraked load capacity are specified by the chassis manufacturer.

The GCWR is not related to a motorhome's braking capability; it is based on the motorhome's ability to pull the towed vehicle. If the towed vehicle's weight is greater than the unbraked towing capacity of the motorhome chassis, a supplemental braking system should be considered. Some chassis manufacturers recommend that supplemental brakes be used when pulling towed vehicles that weigh as little as 1,000 pounds.

Towing too heavy of a vehicle can lead to a "tail wagging the dog" scenario. During an emergency lane change or a lane change on wet roadways, a heavy towed vehicle could push the rear of the motorhome sideways, creating unstable driving conditions and a dangerous situation for the occupants and others sharing the road.

Auxiliary braking equipment is designed to reduce stopping distance and stop the motorhome and towed vehicle more quickly. Myriad systems are available; their methods of activation varies but include air, surge, electric, hydraulic and inertia.

Some supplemental braking systems come with a breakaway system or offer one as optional equipment. This feature is designed to automatically stop the towed vehicle if it were to break away from the motorhome.

For more information about supplemental braking products, contact manufacturers and suppliers of supplemental braking systems. Family Motor Coaching magazine published a list and description of 20 supplemental braking products in its July 2003 issue.

Many states and Canadian provinces have braking requirements for trailers but do not specifically address towed vehicles. Contact local law enforcement authorities in the areas you will be traveling for information on current regulations.

Classes of towing equipment
There are  four classes of towing equipment, rated according to the weight of the towed vehicle it is intended to be used with.
The weights refer to the GVWR (maximum weight fully loaded) of the towed vehicle:

Class I: up to 2,000 pounds
Class II: 2,001 to 3,500 pounds
Class III: 3,501 to 5,000 pounds
Class IV: 5,001 to 10,000 pounds

Towing a car with a GVWR of 3,600 pounds requires using a tow bar, safety chains and a base plate that each have a Class III rating. Also, make sure the receiver on the back of the motorhome has a rating that is sufficient for towing your vehicle.

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