Family Motor Coach Association

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The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization of families who own and enjoy the recreational use of motorhomes. Since 1963 FMCA has issued more than 390,000 memberships[1] to families who look to the association as their source of information about all facets of motorhome ownership and travel. FMCA is a member-owned association that maintains its headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA and employs a full-time office staff. FMCA is governed by volunteer officers who are elected from within the ranks of the association.[1]

Formation[edit]

On July 20, 1963, 26 families met at the Good Will-Hinckley School in Hinckley, Maine, USA to socialize and become acquainted with other "house car" owners. They decided to form a motor coach owners' common interest group. A monument to commemorate the founding was dedicated at the school on July 4, 1994.[2]

Membership[edit]

Membership in FMCA is contingent upon ownership of a motorhome — a self-propelled, completely self-contained vehicle that contains all the conveniences of a home, including cooking, sleeping, and permanent sanitary facilities, and in which the driver’s area is accessible in a walking position from the living quarters. These can be original-manufacture motorhomes, or conversions from other types of vehicle, of which buses are the most common.

FMCA has more than 100,000 members[3] from every state of the U.S.A as well as Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, and beyond. FMCA also has roughly 2,500 commercial members — dealers, suppliers, manufacturers, campgrounds, service facilities and other firms servicing the motorhome owner or the motorhome industry.[2] Most members are only occasional users, while others live in their coaches full-time.

Code of Ethics[edit]

Every member of FMCA agrees to follow the Association’s Code of Ethics, which requires members to comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations governing the ownership and use of family motor coaches. The Code of Ethics also calls for members to be "good neighbors, careful and responsible coach owners and operators, and good citizens of our communities."[4]

Purpose[edit]

The purpose of FMCA is to organize social activities, exchange motorhome information, and supply benefits made possible, in part, by collective purchasing. The group publishes Family Motor Coaching, a monthly magazine. It provides news concerning motorhome technology, the RV industry, and the association. FMCA members can be identified by the FMCA “goose egg," or membership emblem, displayed on their motorhome.[1]

Chapters and conventions[edit]

FMCA encourages the development of local, regional and specialty chapters. These chapters — FMCA has approximately 500 of them[1] — organize events of particular interest to their members, including numerous rallies throughout the year. Regional rallies, composed of several chapters from a geographic area, are also held annually. Many FMCA chapters cover specific or general geographic areas. Others are dedicated to a motorhome brand, a hobby or a special interest. Special-interest chapters include golf, crafts, amateur radio, single RVers and handicapped RVers.

FMCA holds two international motorhome conventions each year, at various locations in the United States, in which Motorhome manufacturers, dealers and RV suppliers display their latest products. The events take place over a four-day period and usually attract 3,000 to 5,000 motor coaches.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FMCA's Official website, "About Us" page
  2. ^ a b FMCA's Official website, Fact Sheet
  3. ^ John F. Burns (August 14, 1988), Call of 'Mush, You Winnebago!' Fills Yukon Air, The New York Times 
  4. ^ FMCA's Official website, Ethics page
  5. ^ FMCA's Official website, Conventions page

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