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THE VOTE IS IN!
Results are in for the recent member-
ship vote. Members have voted to
welcome owners of self-contained RVs:
Total votes: 9,801
In favor: 6,820
Per FMCA's governing documents, the
paperwork is being filed to make the
vote official. Until the paperwork is
finalized, we cannot accept
membership applications from owners
of self-contained RVs.
So feel free to tell the news to your
friends who own travel trailers and fifth
wheels, but please let them know we
are working on the details! We will tell
you as soon as we are ready.
In the meantime, we have gathered a
list of questions you may have:
Read FAQs below
I want to reassure everyone, regardless
of how you voted, that the things you
know and love about FMCA aren’t
going to change! This is a chance for
our RVing family to grow.
Jon Walker, F268778
FMCA National President
vehicles (with permanently installed cooking, sleeping, and sanitary this means for them and may have questions. The
following should answer most of them, but if you have a question that’s not addressed here, please feel free to contact
With the recent vote of the FMCA membership to invite owners of all types of self-contained, wheeled recreation the
FMCA national office (firstname.lastname@example.org; 800-543-3622 or 513-474-3622).
Remember: FMCA is and will continue to be the organization you’ve known and loved. We’re just broadening our
horizons a bit and sharing all of the good things FMCA has to offer with more RVers. The best thing FMCA has to offer,
of course, is you – the members! We’re excited to begin this new journey and are glad you are along for the ride!
1) Will FMCA chapters be required to allow owners of towable RVs to join their chapter? No. Chapters still control their
own bylaws. Your chapter will not be required to allow owners of towable RVs to join the chapter if your chapter
members do not wish to do so. The scope of the chapter will continue to be the chapter members’ decision, and bylaws
can be amended at any time (to include – or exclude – based on non-discriminatory factors). Many chapters already
have restrictions or special interests in terms of the brand of vehicle, engine manufacturer, hobbies, etc.
2) Are we going to change the name of the association? Why would someone join an organization called Family Motor
Coach Association if they own a fifth-wheel travel trailer? “FMCA” is how most of us refer to the organization today, so
our recommendation is to keep the name but move to using only the acronym, much like AARP did when it opened its
doors to pre-retirees. The association will still legally be known as Family Motor Coach Association, but we will just refer
to it as FMCA.
3) How will the rallies be affected? Our goal is to keep delivering a great experience to current members while also
appealing to the younger crowd. We will re-evaluate our convention structure to provide new and different activities. For
example, we may have multiple entertainment options presented at different times of the day to accommodate various
ages and interests.
4) Will FMCA be parking all vehicle types together at events? Yes. FMCA leaders have consulted with our layout and
staging experts to achieve an optimum experience for everyone.
5) Will we need to retrain our parkers? It’s just a different type of vehicle, driven by equally skilled drivers. The same
parking method will be used.
6) What parking differences are there in terms of parking towables next to motorhomes? Because we do pull-through
parking in most cases, we do not expect to have any problems with parking at the conventions. Other RV organizations
successfully park different types of vehicles together at their events.
7) What about generator usage at conventions? On-board generators tend to be quieter than portable generators.
FMCA will continue to offer various parking options as we do now, including “full generator” areas where generators can
be run 24 hours a day and “no generator” areas where they can’t be operated. Owners of all RVs will have the option to
purchase electricity. We will require that only manufacturer-installed on-board generators be used in general and full-
generator lots. Portable generators will not be permitted.
8) Will all RV owner members have full benefits? Yes.
9) Will all members be able to hold national office? Yes, all full (family or life) members will be able to hold national office.
Associate members are not eligible to vote or hold an office.
10) What is the willingness of our current members to accept all vehicle types? As demonstrated by the recent vote,
most current members are very much in favor of this change. We know many members who started out with towable
RVs before purchasing a motorhome. Our hope is that current members will welcome all new members, regardless of
the equipment they travel with.
11) Towable owners’ educational needs may differ. Will FMCA focus on their needs? We don’t anticipate dropping any
of our motorhome educational programs and will continue in our historic role as the authoritative resource for
motorhome information; however, over time our content and seminars will naturally expand to include helpful and
educational information about all RVs as members with other equipment join us.
12) Does FMCA offer seminars regarding starting new chapters? We don’t have such a seminar currently but we
certainly can, if members are interested!
13) Will we keep the FMCAssist Medical Emergency and Travel Assistance Program? Yes. Opening FMCA to more RV
owners will help the organization and spread out the cost of this expensive benefit over a larger pool of members.
14) Some people look at FMCA as an elitist organization. Will opening up the membership to all RV owners help with
that? It’s easy for people to think that way based on the previous motorhome requirement, but we know that FMCA
members are warm, wonderful people. With the recent vote, we will welcome all RVers so they can experience our
exclusive benefits without feeling “excluded” because they don’t own a motorhome! Many of us started with an RV other
than a motorhome, and we strongly believe it’s not about the equipment; it’s about the people who chose the RV lifestyle.
15) How do we keep younger kids active in FMCA? This presents an opportunity to revisit our Youth Program. We don’t
want to just have an on-site babysitting service. Our goal is to provide meaningful activities for the children and young
adults, too. With an infusion of new and perhaps younger members, we’ll have new ideas and new energy for our
“family” members with families!
16) Why should I continue to be a member? FMCA is unique. It is a not-for-profit RV association, the largest in the world.
Our mission is education (and fun) and, with that in mind, we continue to develop the offerings of the FMCA Academy.
FMCA also provides great benefits, such as the tire buying program, the FMCAssist Medical Emergency and Travel
Assistance Program, and the Connect-on-the Go and the Tech Connect+ Benefit Package. FMCA will continue to be
unique among the major clubs because it is the only one owned and governed by its membership.
17) How will FMCA fulfil the vision that the founders had that FMCA would be an exclusive club for motorized RVs? We
recognize your concern about this issue. However, to continue to exist as an association, we also recognize that we
need to avoid stagnation. The RV marketplace has changed and evolved over time. We’ve looked around and seen that
our families and friends – those we want to welcome as new FMCA members – have many choices of RVs that are not
motorized. We want to make sure FMCA flourishes well into the future, and broadening our focus is a way to help ensure
18) What happened to cause us to change our minds about non-motorized RVs? This isn’t the first time this idea has
come up. Members have repeatedly asked FMCA leadership why the association didn’t welcome all RV owners. After all,
it’s not about the equipment; it’s about the people who choose the RV lifestyle. Our goal is to make sure FMCA is
around for the next generation. So, we need to continue to welcome younger RVers to ensure continued growth of the
19) Did FMCA do this just because of the money? No. It’s about the family! Motorhomes don’t go to conventions; people
do. We want dues to stay affordable for everyone while providing top-notch benefits. With more members over whom to
spread the cost of the member benefits, FMCA can serve more RV owners.
20) Younger people are known for not being interested in joining organizations, and they may not want to volunteer.
How will we handle that? It’s true that younger people with families may be busy working, raising their children, and have
other day-to-day demands that can make time for volunteering difficult. But we won’t know until we ask. By talking with
them, welcoming them, and inviting their participation as volunteers, we may find they bring a higher level of energy to
our volunteer efforts, even if they can’t participate as often as current members. Extend a greeting the next time you see
a younger RVer, and you may find those who would be interested in FMCA membership aren’t so different from you!
After all, millennials and Gen-Xers are the future of the RV industry.
21) How will we adjust our methods of communication as we welcome owners of towables, many of whom are likely to be
younger than today’s FMCA members? We don’t have any plans in place to eliminate publications or current
communications tools. We are already using email and social media effectively, and this will continue to evolve as we
gain experience with these methods.
22) Will our benefits change? They may – but only for the better! Even today, benefits evolve to serve our members. As
we see an increase in membership, we’ll just have a wider audience of member needs and interests. FMCA will never
stop delivering value (and fun) to our members.
23) Why couldn’t we have just grown the organization by getting more motorhome owners to join? FMCA has an active
member recruitment program and has been signing up thousands of new members every year. However, we also have
been losing thousands of members every year due to age-related factors. The new members who are joining today aren’
t new to RVing – they have built friendships and memories with other RVers. Instead of feeling as though they were
turning their backs on those friendships, we’d rather they just bring their friends along for the fun with FMCA!
Please keep in mind – these changes won’t happen overnight. We’ll always be the FMCA family. The people who
choose to join us going forward will be just like us: friendly, welcoming, helpful – and FUN. The only difference is they
might pull up in a different kind of RV.