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FMCA Wraps Up Successful 50th Birthday Rally

June 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

FMCA members shop vendors at 50th Anniversary Rally

Things couldn’t have gone much better for the independent Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, held last week (June 19-22) on the association’s 50th anniversary at an elaborate and relatively remote 1,100-acre venue called CAM-PLEX in the northeast Wyoming community of Gillette.

“It was a great event,” FMCA Executive Director Jerry Yeatts told RVBUSINESS.com as he made his way home on Monday (June 24). “We had nearly 2,300 family members in attendance and we had the best number of display coaches that we’ve had in a long time, and I think we had some record sales as far as our indoor exhibitors are concerned. So, all in all, it was a fantastic event with plenty of celebration involving our 50th anniversary.”

Recognizing the association’s Golden Anniversary in Gillette was a “nostalgia room” full of FMCA paraphernalia as well as the showing in an on-site theater of old video clips from previous events and a 1973 film called “Peaceful Invasion” about FMCA members converging en masse on Du Quoin, Ill.

Also drawing plenty of attention in Gillette was a prominent display of privately owned Flxble coaches — iconic, aerodynamic units dating back to the 1950’s that were converted from over-the-road buses. The Flxible has been featured in FMCA’s logo since its inception.

Although Yeatts said he hadn’t had a chance yet to touch bases with several outdoor exhibitors, including a good representation of North America’s major motorhome builders, the word from interior vendors pitching everything from campgrounds to food processors and RV parts and accessories at the CAM-PLEX’s Wyoming Center was consistently upbeat.

Traffic was steady at FMCA's rally in Gillette

“It was one of the busiest events that we’ve had as far as traffic in the indoor exhibits,” said Yeatts on behalf of the Cincinnati-based owners group. “And in speaking to many of them, they were quite pleased with the outcome of sales. As for the outdoor exhibits, there were a few that said they were pleased and one that I had a chance to touch bases with who described their experience here as ‘awesome,’ whatever that means in terms of sales.”

At the same time, Yeatts agrees, the general picture in Gillette seemed to be an affirmation in many ways of the vitality of today’s consumer marketplace with so many coaches in such a remote location – a city of about 30,000 that’s been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years due to vast area reserves of coal, oil and coal bed methane gas. The Wyoming Center, a 9,000 seat arena, was completed in 2008 at the sprawling CAM-PLEX, which hosts events ranging from concerts and balls to the National High School Finals Rodeo.

Yeatts, for his part, was highly complimentary of the CAM-PLEX staff, especially in its supportive response after a fairly strong hail storm that swept across the area on Saturday, the last day of the convention.

“Well, it definitely wasn’t an easy-to-get-to location for us,” said Yeatts, “but I think the family members who came just had a great experience, a great time – even with some storms that came through on Friday and Saturday. We did experience some damage from about an inch and a half of pea-sized hail that fell on Saturday afternoon, which dampened the ending of our indoor and outdoor exhibits. The water actually came through the doors of the Wyoming Center. So, it was quite a storm. But, thankfully, the damage was minimal, no one was injured and we all kind of took it in stride.”

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FMCA Members Will Gather in Wyo. June 19-22

June 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hundreds of motorhomes and a variety of accessory merchandise will be assembled in Gillette, Wyo., in mid-June for the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) Family Reunion and Motorhome showcase. According to a press release, the event will run June 19-22 at the CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities in Gillette as the Cincinnati-based club marks its 50th anniversary.

Major motorhome manufacturers and dealers will be bringing new motorhomes to Gillette for convention attendees to tour. Plus, other companies will display their wares inside the Wyoming Center, making available RV accessories, components, supplies and campground information.

On June 19 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. a special preview of the motorhome exhibits will take place. Regular hours for the motorhome displays will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday while hours for the displays of RV accessories, supplies and components will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The daily fee for viewing motorhomes and booth displays is $5 per person; children 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Individuals with an active military ID will be admitted free also.

A Daily Passport that provides admittance to the exhibits, all seminars, and evening entertainment is available for $65 per person ($55 for FMCA members). The admission fee on Wednesday covers admission on Thursday as well. Free public parking will be available at the CAM-PLEX.

Those who own a motorhome or other self-contained RV will be able to take part in all of the activities and to stay with the rest of the FMCA group at the CAM-PLEX. The gate price for non-FMCA members is $245 per RV (with two people); this non-member fee automatically grants a one-year FMCA membership or Family Motor Coaching magazine subscription to the RV owner. The FMCA member price is $195.

Convention attendees will be able to check out the latest features and innovations that are available in motorhomes. Some of the displays will include production-line units, and others will demo custom-built coaches for uses ranging from family camping to transporting high-tech business equipment, or for use as conference coaches. A great variety of motorhome styles and a broad price range will be represented.

The RV exhibition is just one element of the FMCA motorhome owners convention. Approximately 2,500 families will travel from across North America in their motorhomes to take part in the event, and some 8,000 people will be on hand. The convention will include RV seminars on topics relative to RVing; evening entertainment; and various social events.

And since the motorhome owners group is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, the event in Gillette will serve as the organization’s official birthday bash. A number of special activities are planned to commemorate the event, including a display of vintage Flxible motorhomes — the classic coach that appears in the association’s logo — and a nostalgia room filled with memorabilia.

For more information, visit FMCA.com or call (800) 543-3622.

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Country Coach Friends Helps Children’s Clinic

June 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Country Coach Friends Inc., an International chapter of Family Motor Coach Association, held their Spring Rally at Buckhorn Lake Resort in Kerrville, Texas May 14-19.

According to a press release, in addition to the slate of activities and entertainment, the group also held an auction to benefit the ill children served by the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in the area.

The Children’s Miracle Network saw 150,000 children last year with 250 of these children coming from Kerrville. In total $12,000 was raised during the Country Coach Friends gathering from nine states to help the hospital in their efforts to bring hope and healing for the children and families throughout south and central Texas.

The event was organized by organized by rally hosts David Twilley and his wife, Jean, as well as club president Jerry OConnor and his wife, Sherry.

Country Coach Friends is a motorcoach owners club open to owners of all brands of motorhomes. For more information visit www.countrycoachfriendsincorporated.com.

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Hall Inductee Elmers a Veteran FMCA Member

April 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Kirwan Elmers

The RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., recently announced that RV industry pioneer Kirwan Elmers will be inducted as a member of the class of 2013 during an induction dinner on Aug. 5.

In a press release, the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) noted that Elmers has been a long-time family and commercial member of the Cincinnati, Ohio-based organization, currently marking its 50th anniversary.

He attended the July 1963 FMCA meeting of “house car” owners where the decision was made to form the organization for those who enjoyed traveling by motorized recreation vehicles, now known as motorhomes. Elmers also served as a member of FMCA’s Commercial Council for many years, including as president from 1990 to 1999.

“Kirwan’s induction into the RV/MH Hall of Fame is long overdue,” commented FMCA national president Charlie Schrenkel. “He has been a true pioneer in the RV industry whose contributions merited recognition by his peers. We are proud that Kirwan has been associated with FMCA for so many years, and we congratulate him on this honor.”

Two other motorhome industry leaders and FMCA supporters also will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2013 – the late C.M. Fore, founder of Foretravel Motorhomes, and the late Mat Perlot, founder of Safari Motorhomes.

In 1955, Elmers and his father, Miles, founded Custom Coach Corp., based in Columbus, Ohio. Custom Coach became a division of Columbus-based Farber Specialty Vehicles in 2002, but Elmers continued to be involved in the operation of the company until his retirement in 2012.

He and his father developed the first commercially converted motor coaches designed for private use. The company’s custom conversions provide celebrities, traveling executives and RV families with permanent or temporary residences.

The company’s many well-known clients brought recognition to the motorhome lifestyle. For instance, the company provided 22 “Big Mac” coaches for Ray Kroc, founder of McDonalds, as well as coaches for the late Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s, among myriad other corporate clients. Custom Coach conversions have even been used as “anchors” for the Goodyear blimps.

Custom Coach’s celebrity clients have included Lee Greenwood, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty, Ray Charles, Clint Eastwood and sportscaster John Madden.

The clientele list also includes true royalty, as the royal family of Saudi Arabia has purchased a number of the company’s conversions over the years. The last of the family’s 21 45-foot Custom Coach conversions were delivered by air to Dubai, the capital.

 

 

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FMCA Readies for 50th Anniversary Gathering

April 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Cam-Plex in Gillette, Wyo., site of FMCA’s 50th anniversary showcase in June.

The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization for families who own and enjoy the recreational use of motorhomes, is finalizing plans and registering families and exhibitors for the group’s June 19-22, 2013, motorhome showcase in Gillette, Wyo.

More than 2,000 motorhomes and some 8,000 people are expected to gather for this grand event, which has been dubbed “Celebrate In Gillette.” CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Facilities will be the hub of activity for the motorhome showcase, with families arriving and staying in their RVs and forming a small city on wheels, KTWO Radio, Casper, reported.

The association hosts conventions in varying locations across the United States with the purpose of celebrating the motorhome lifestyle and is making its first visit to Gillette for a Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase. The association’s Rocky Mountain Area hosted a smaller, regional rally at the facility this past September. FMCA also hosted a convention at the University of Wyoming in Laramie back in 1992.

Since the motorhome owners group is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, the event in Gillette will serve as the organization’s official birthday bash. A number of special activities are planned to commemorate the occasion, including a display of Flxible motorhomes, the classic coach that appears in the association’s logo. A nostalgia room will be set up with memorabilia depicting 50 years of motorhome fun and friendships. A Black Tie & Blue Jeans Dance is on tap for one evening, and The Buckinghams, one of the top pop groups of the 1960s, will enhance the trip down memory lane the following night. Five-time Grammy winner and country music star Marty Stuart will perform on the final evening.

Regular convention activities include a motorhome exhibition that brings together major motorhome manufacturers and dealers from throughout the United States and Canada, as well as manufacturers and distributors of a multitude of RV accessories and components, and suppliers of various services related to RVs.

In addition to the motorhome show, highlights include seminars on a variety of topics related to motorhomes and RV travel, tours involving local sites and scenes, entertainment, and numerous social activities.

For more information visit www.FMCA.com or call the FMCA national office at (800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622.

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FMCA Releasing New ‘Travel Guide’ on April 1

March 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) announced the April 1 release its North American Road Atlas & Travel Guide. According to a press release, FMCA is currently accepting preorders for the seventh edition of the spiral-bound atlas which incorporates the most up-to-date map information available at publication time.

Highlighted on the full-color maps are Walmart and Walmart Supercenter locations, Sam’s Club stores, Pilot Flying J travel centers, Cracker Barrel restaurants and big-rig-friendly campgrounds. FMCA commercial member campgrounds and other campgrounds that provide club discounts are also identified, said Kay.

For on-the-road convenience, the FMCA atlas contains a chart listing Walmart and Sam’s Club stores that are located within one mile of interstate exits.

Additional features include an alphabetical index of campgrounds by state, accompanied by phone numbers; an index of cities and towns; tourism information; a mileage chart; and a distance and driving time map.

The 11-inch-by-15-inch atlas is protected by a laminated cover that adds to its durability, and the spiral binding enables it to lay flat for easy reading, states Kay.

FMCA’s newest atlas is available for $16 plus shipping from the FMCA Store or by calling (800) 543.3622.

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Fla. County Officials Strive to Keep FMCA Rally

February 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Officials said they are taking steps to ensure the organizers of an annual RV rally renew their lease and stay on for many more years at the regional airport in Florida’s Hernando County.

Hernando Today reported that County Commission Chairman Dave Russell met with the board of directors of the Southeast Area Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) Rally and has instructed staff to put together a report for the commission to discuss at an upcoming meeting.

Russell told Hernando Today some ideas have already been floated and, if they work out, would help convince the FMCA that Hernando County is the place to be.

Russell said the county will discuss extending the association’s lease through September, an extra six months.

“(That will) give us some breathing room to see what we can accomplish to accommodate our good friends,” Russell said.

If past rallies are any indication, these road warriors could pump in $10 million or more into the local economy.

Russell said the board will discuss the following remedies:

• Constructing a multipurpose building on airport property that allows the FMCA to save money on tents and provide a more expansive gathering place for meetings and other activities. The association used to lease a hangar from the now-defunct Brooksville Air Center to house their events. The county could explore ways for other groups, such as the Hernando County Cattlemen’s Association, to also use the building. Conrad Kleinpeter, an FMCA regional vice president, said it costs the association some $80,000 to erect tents for the annual rally.

• Moving the rally to the southwestern portion of the airport, which would not interfere with the planned expansion of aviation-related development at the current site. The FMCA would benefit because it would provide easier access for RV-goers.

• Discussing with airport tenants the possibility of leasing one of their hangars during the five days the rally is in town.

“We’re looking at every option that may be available to us in order to help them make a decision to stay here,” Russell said.

Russell stressed that the airport has limited flexibility on its lease charge, which is some $12,000 annually.

Sue Marino, an FMCA representative, called it premature to say there is anything in the works to move the rally to another site.

“Nothing has been determined yet,” she said.

Marino said the board of directors is talking with airport officials about the situation, including moving to Volusia County.

Hernando County Aviation Chairman Gary Schraut said the FMCA is a “major priority” and all involved are willing to work with the board to keep them here.

“They’ve been great tenants,” Schraut said. “They’re a great group of people. They can bring thousands of people here at one time.”

Schraut said if the FMCA directors are willing to commit to staying here, then the county can more seriously explore having a multipurpose building available to them.

“There are many opportunities,” Schraut said.

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RVers Will Follow if FMCA Tampa Rally Leaves

February 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

You might describe Rudy and Betty Roggenkamp as ultimate RVers.

As reported by the Tampa Bay Times, every winter they load up their 36-foot Bounder motorhome and head south from Vernon, Conn., to Florida. One of the couple’s prime stop-offs has been the annual Southeast Area rally of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), south of Brooksville.

During their weeklong stay, the Roggenkamps spend money. Lots of it. They shop in local grocery stores, buy fuel for their motorhome and try to make at least a couple of visits to their favorite local restaurant, the Masaryktown Cafe on U.S. 41.

“It’s a very comfortable place for us,” said Betty Roggenkamp, 81. “We love the area, and people here have always been friendly to us.”

As this year’s rally got under way Wednesday (Feb. 6), news that organizers are considering moving the event next year from its 15-year home at Brooksville-Tampa Regional Airport to the Volusia County Fairgrounds wasn’t greeted with enthusiasm by the Roggenkamps, who have been making the annual trek for the past eight years.

Nonetheless, the couple, like many others who spoke Wednesday to the Times, said they will likely go wherever the event goes.

“We’ll have to, if we want to see our friends,” said Bob Saunders, 79, of Port Charlotte, Fla., who along with his wife, Carol, has attended the event since 2004. “I like the area, but I’m not sure it makes much difference where they hold it. RV people go because of the event, not necessarily the location.”

The rally, which runs through Sunday, has always meant an economic boon to Hernando County. Up until a few years ago, the rally typically drew upward of 2,000 motor coaches from throughout the eastern United States. This year’s event is expected to attract about 800 coaches.

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FMCA to Mark 50 Years at June Family Reunion

January 31, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Motorhomers will celebrate the association’s 50th anniversary at the Family Motor Coach Association’s FMCA 88th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, June 19-22 at CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Facilities in Gillette, Wyo.

According to a press release, a “nostalgia room” will display FMCA artifacts and vintage bus conversions, such as the Flxible brand bus that graces the association’s membership emblem, will be on hand for inspection. Many special events are in the planning stages as well.

While observing its rich history, the FMCA said it is also looking ahead in “a continuing quest to supply FMCA members with benefits to enhance the motorhome lifestyle, including the information they need to make their travels more enjoyable.”

“FMCA has a great deal to celebrate this year,” said FMCA national president Charlie Schrenkel. “I’m grateful to the early leaders, who had the vision to lay such a solid groundwork for our organization, plus all the members who have labored throughout the past five decades to nurture it and watch it grow. Today, I’m proud to say that I belong to FMCA — the world’s finest organization for motorhome owners.”

FMCA, founded in 1963, has grown to serve more than 80,000 member families. Among them are second-generation motorhome owners who have taken a parent’s or grandparent’s membership number.

 

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FMCA Chapter Looks at Relocating Annual Rally

January 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For the past 15 years, the Brooksville-Tampa Regional Airport has served as a roost for the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) annual Southeast Area rally.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that the wintertime event, which attracts upward of 1,000 well-to-do recreational vehicle owners from all over the South, has been a welcome boon to Hernando County’s economy, with visitors packing restaurants, grocery stores and local attractions during their weeklong stay.

But the good times may well be over once the parade of RVs heads out of town after next week’s rally. Some members of the organization’s current regional board have decided it might be time to move the event to another location.

Southeast chapter president Ralph Marino said that although a final decision has not yet been made, the question of staying in Brooksville comes down to economics.

“Our attendance is decreasing and our costs keep going up. It’s as simple as that,” Marino said. “Right now, nothing has been decided, but we’re looking at other options.”

Word of the possible pullout — and that the county might favor the rally’s departure — filtered out to local government officials in recent days, and a meeting was scheduled with FMCA Southeast committee members Tuesday. Airport manager Don Silvernell said that he and County Commission Chairman Dave Russell wanted to know what could be done to keep the group in Hernando County.

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FMCA Rolls Out Schedule for 2013 Gatherings

December 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) motorhome events in 2013 will provide the “perfect opportunity for motorhome manufacturers and RV suppliers to come face-to-face with an enthusiastic group of motorhome owners,” according to a press release.

During FMCA area rallies and family reunions, motorhome owners socialize and enjoy seminars, entertainment and other scheduled events. Motorhome manufacturers and RV display product, giving attendees the chance to shop for a variety of motorhomes and RV-related merchandise all in one location.

Family reunion & motorhome showcase events are coordinated by the FMCA national office, and each area rally is organized by FMCA members in the respective area.

FMCA’s 2013 Area Rally dates and locations include:

• Western Area Rally, Jan. 9-13, Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival grounds in Indio, Calif.

• Southeast Area Rally, Feb. 6-10, Hernando County Airport, Brooksville, Fla.

• INTO Area Rally (International Area), March 20-23, Lazydays, Tucson, Ariz.

• Midwest Area Rally, July 24-27, Delaware County Fairgrounds, Manchester, Iowa.

• Northwest Area Rally, Aug. 8-11, Linn County Fair & Expo Center, Albany, Ore.

• South Central Area Rally (Six-State Rally), Sept. 11-15, Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia, Mo.

• Great Lakes Area Rally, Sept. 18-22, 2013, Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, Goshen, Ind.

• Eastern Area Rally, Oct. 9-13, York Expo Center, York, Pa.

In addition to the area rallies, FMCA’s 88th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase will take place June 19-22, at CAM-PLEX Multi-Events Facilities in Gillette, Wyo. This will be FMCA’s first visit to Gillette for an international event and it is especially significant, as it will mark the culmination of FMCA’s 50th anniversary celebration. The association was founded in July 1963 by 26 “house car”-owning families.

All Family Reunions offer seminars, entertainment, and socializing, but special commemorative activities in Gillette will make it a gathering that members will not soon forget. CAM-PLEX is a 1,100-acre convention, exhibition and performing arts center with six separate RV park venues encompassing 1,730 sites with electrical hookups. The association is expecting approximately 2,500 motorhome families to take part in the golden anniversary festivities at Gillette.

“We’re looking forward to FMCA’s 50th anniversary celebration this June in Gillette, Wyoming. Not only that, but with FMCA events taking place at varying times and locations, motorhome owners should find that they don’t have to travel very far to participate,” FMCA President Charlie Schrenkel said. “We invite them to join us at one or more of these exciting locations and to experience the fun, seminars, entertainment, and the motorhome and related product displays among people who share their love of the motorhome lifestyle.”

In 2014, specifically March 17-20, FMCA returns for an eighth time to Perry, Ga., for a Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase. The 1,100-plus-acre Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter has become a popular place for RV rallies, with its spacious parking facilities; expansive meeting, exhibition, and entertainment venues; and convenient location just off Interstate 75. Dates and location for the summer 2014 Family Reunion have not yet been announced.

For information about how to attend an FMCA event as a private individual or an exhibitor, contact the FMCA Events Department at (800) 543-3622 or (513) 474-3622.

 

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FMCA Members Mobilize to Help Sandy Victims

November 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

While the federal government and relief organizations were mobilizing to help victims of Hurriane Sandy, so were many members of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), according to a press release.

“Calls from our members all over the country inundated FMCA’s Cincinnati headquarters,” says Jerry Yeatts, executive director of FMCA. “They wanted to assist members who were affected by the severe storm. They also asked how they could help the millions of Americans who never stepped into an RV.”

While many FMCA members are helping individually, FMCA’s board and staff decided the best way to help the most people in the most efficient way was to encourage its 90,000 members to contact established relief agencies directly.

To this end, FMCA issued a letter to all its members encouraging them to work with agencies like the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, as these organizations have established protocols to organize volunteers and collect donations. The letter even provided direct links to these organizations.

“We are proud that so many members immediately stepped up to help those who need it in the aftermath of such an awful event,” adds Yeatts.

If anyone is interested in lending a hand or making a donation, log onto www.FMCA.com for links to national relief organizations that are helping Americans cope with the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

 

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FMCA Expecting Crowd of 8,000 for Indy Event

August 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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Fleetwood RV Inc. will unveil a chic new restyled exterior for its top-of-the-line 2013 American Heritage diesel pusher Class A motorhome featuring 20 LED lights in a redesigned front cap at the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 87th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase next week at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

The Decatur, Ind., company also will introduce a 36-foot, gas-powered Fleetwood Bounder Classic model that includes a full wall, street-side slideout at FMCA’s once-a-year national consumer gathering slated for Aug. 27-30 at the 250-acre fairgrounds on the city’s accessible north side.

In addition, 40 of Navistar Inc.’s Monaco and Holiday Rambler-brand motorhomes will be among the approximately 260 coaches on display at Indy – the first FMCA consumer convention to be held in the Hoosier State since Cincinnati-based FMCA staged a 1991 confab at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend.

”That will be more coaches than we’ve had at recent conventions,” said FMCA President Jerry Yeatts, adding that some 2,500 towable and motorized family coaches with about 8,000 people are expected to show at the late August event.

Attendees, meanwhile, will also see a $1.7 million motorcoach at the Newell Coach Corp. display as well as Newmar Corp.’s 2013 Dutch Star diesel pusher that’s been significantly upgraded. ”The Dutch Star has a completely new look inside and out,” Newmar’s John Sammut, vice president of sales and marketing for the Nappanee, Ind., manufacturer, tells RVBUSINESS.com.

Vendors offering RV accessories, components, supplies and campground information will display their wares inside Champions Hall.

While move-in days are Saturday and Sunday, a special preview of the motorhome exhibits will be held from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the balance of the convention.

Gate price for non-members is $240 per RV, while members pay $190. Daily admission for exhibits is $7.00 per person with children admitted free with an accompanying adult. Individuals with an active military ID are also admitted free.

 

 

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FMCA Expects Good Turnout for Indy Reunion

August 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 87th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase  is expected to draw approximately 2,500 families and some 8,000 people to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

According to a press release, the Aug. 27-30 convention will include seminars on topics relative to RVing, evening entertainment and various social events. In addition, major motorhome manufacturers and dealers will be bringing new motorhomes to Indianapolis for convention attendees to tour. Other companies will display their wares inside Champions Pavilion, making available RV accessories, components, supplies and campground information.

Convention attendees will be able to check out the latest features and innovations that are available in motorhomes. Some of the displays will include production-line units, and others will demo custom-built coaches for uses ranging from family camping to transporting high-tech business equipment, or for use as conference coaches.

On opening day from 5-8:30 p.m. a special preview of only the motorhome exhibits will take place. Regular hours for the motorhome displays will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 28-30. Hours for the displays of RV accessories, supplies and components will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 28-30.

 

 

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FMCA Retains TPR to Develop Public Relations

July 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) announced today (July 24) that it has hired TPR to plan and execute a coordinated public relations program.

According to a press release, hiring a public relations agency is a first for FMCA, the world’s largest motorhome owners association. The move comes after FMCA’s executive board and staff examined all aspects of FMCA to chart the future direction and goals of the organization. Implementing an aggressive PR plan was the cornerstone for maintaining FMCA’s legacy as a leader in the RV ownership experience and ensuring continued growth.

Formed in 1963 by a group of motorhome owners at a time when the lifestyle was beginning to gain popularity, FMCA today has members throughout North America and around the globe. For nearly 50 years now, the association has been helping motorhome owners to enjoy the freedom, flexibility, comfort and control afforded by RV travel.

“We are excited to have TPR implement our PR program,” says Jerry Yeatts, FMCA executive director. “TPR’s proven track record in developing successful PR campaigns that resonate with the media and public is a major reason why our board selected the firm.”

“It is an honor to be chosen by FMCA’s board to help plan and carry out the association’s communications strategy,” says Jon Tancredi, TPR president. “We are looking forward to jumping in and accomplishing FMCA’s marketing goals.”

FMCA is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the recreational use of motorhomes. With approximately 85,000 active member families, FMCA is the world’s largest motorhome owners group. TPR is a public relations agency dedicated to communicating its clients’ messages via traditional and social media outlets. TPR’s president, Jon Tancredi, is a 25-year public relations professional and has specialized in the RVing and outdoor lifestyle sectors for two decades.

 

 

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