jimnorman

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About jimnorman

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    From Hillsborough, NJ
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    We like Flea Markets, Garage Sales, Historical sites and the occasional whatever come up. Also a competitive shooter in USPSA and Multi-Gun.
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  1. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Smitty, that is fantastic news, but frankly I have not seen this at the dealers I have been to or purchased from. If this is truly the case, then kudos and keep it up. It is a better path than opening us up to towables.
  2. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Isaaac1, you illustrated my point exactly. FMCA is hiding its light under a bushel. FMCA is not campaigning to gain new members from the demographic we are based upon, Motor Home Owners. They, the Board, apparently have convinced themselves that tearing the organization down is a better path to growth than building it up. I will add a thought to the discussion here. We could certainly allow towable people to attend a rally WITH THEIR TRAILER as a way to show them the 'error of their ways' and hope to turn their next purchase to a Motorhome, but to fundamentally change the organization based solely on a wing and a prayer? Sorry, bad choice.
  3. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Isaaac1, But people that have a towable are young! That is why they want to change the organization, only OLD people have motor homes. See if the towables are allowed in we'll reduce the average age of the FMCA from 71 down to 32. Seriously, what initiative has been undertaken to recruit and retain members? So far as I know virtually none. OK, at the large RV shows we have a booth. Do we send invites to all new owners of Motor Homes? Do we have a one year free trial given out by the manufacturers or dealers?
  4. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Paul and Marcia, I agree with much of what you say above and then fail completely to understand why you would vote to water down the font of information that is our organization. If Towables are given an equal representation at Rallies and in the Magazine the total will probably be the same, but how much of the space will be dedicated to MHs? 50%. While MH and Towable owners are all fine people and Camping or RVing is what we are all about, how we go about it and what systems we need vary greatly between a MH and trailer. My opinion an I vote NO on allowing towables as members. We will become just another Good Sam.
  5. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    I will be honest and tell you I don't even remember that vote. I think it may have been couched in a manor that belied this initiative. Then again I could be wrong.
  6. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    I agree you are 'grown up' at 18, by law. I also know a few that haven't made that leap at 60! That said, my comment was that we really have next to nothing for the group that is too big to be a kid, but really except in extremely rare cases is not going to be thrilled with a sip & paint or making a pop top lanyard or painting a tile. We need activities that are for active people. Hard to get a bunch of 30yos to sit around and make sock puppets. A rafting/tubing trip, zoos and museums, River boats, there are a lot of potential things. Also keep in mind not all 60+ people are 'old' many are still very very active and can run some 'youngsters into the ground. The thing is, allowing or recruiting towables is not likelu to change our membership demographic. We attract an older crowd the way we are and we'll just attract the same people, but with trailers as opposed to MHs and e'll lose our unique raison d'ĂȘtre
  7. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    At the last Rally in Indianapolis FMCA Energized set up an area for kids. There was free Wi-Fi as well as some games. Also there were a number of trips out. So there is movement. We need more. The Kid One needs to b more central, not off in a corner. Too quite a while to find it. And this is the tough part, there needs to be a realization that not all kids are under 12. There are more than a few people that travel with older teens and even the occasional 20. They are also somewhat forgotten. A bit more to the point there needs to be things for active people. OK, There was a bike ride or two, excellent, not everyone is up for 15-20 miles biking in the heat. But likewise we are all not out there with personal transporters. A few more hands on things would be nice, not necessarily 'crafty stuff' but maybe: What he said!
  8. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Exactly the same for us. We bought a MH first and never looked back. Now approaching official Senior Citizenship age and still going. What FMCA needs is to arrange its rallys so that people with jobs and families with school age kids can attend. If we do that we fix the problem.
  9. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Seriously if members are what we need and we are not getting the targeted demographic of 35-55 Year olds, then the question is WHY NOT? If these potential members own MHs, and are not joining, why does anyone think that opening up membership to towables will suddenly swell the ranks of with an influx of young people. If towables offset the losses of MH owners, it will likely be with the same age groups. In fact we may actually shrink since towing a large trailer and doing all the set up and the like requires more physical activity than setting up a motorhome so it is likely that there are fewer people in our current age demo with TTs than with MHs!
  10. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    We could figure out what the cost is and apportion it across membership. Is it a loss that is draining our coffers? or is it a net zero? ore are we still gaining albeit slower than we'd like? How about printing in the magazine and including on the webpage an easily printed application for membership? as a member we could carry a couple and pass the out when we talk up FMCA. As others have also suggested have we started an outreach to dealers? how about manufacturers? Make a 'trial membership' available at no cost to new owners. Maybe no voting rights and possibly FMCA Assist is available at a cost as opposed to being included, maybe $25, still half price. Maybe a half price deal? Give the new buyer a 'T' number for Trial that he can upgrade to an 'F' number upon paying dues? THere are thousands of people out there that are thinking about it, but haven't joined. Met one Saturday. Just bought tires. Told him about the program, he may join as he is traveling across the country, Assist and our ERS are attractive to him. How was he an RV/MH Owner all these years and not aware of the major saving on tires? FMCA, we, failed. This we need to fix, we don't need to bring in towables, we need to get the word out to MH owners!!!! For the record, I voted NO!
  11. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Ballot is printed, filled out and in an envelope, It will go in the post on Tuesday. It is a NO vote for us. We joined FMCA BECAUSE of what it is, what it represents. Change this and we are little different from any other group. Motorhomes NEED their own advocate and their own organization that is dedicated to our unique needs. We have many organizations already that look to the generic RV industry.
  12. Why One Place For A Whole Season?

    Interesting. A few years ago things go tight so we parked our MH for 2 months at a local CG, DW and DD spent the summer, came home one day and night a week, I went out on Friday and drove to work on Monday morning. Would have been cheaper to stay home, but it was cheaper than trying to do 6 -8 weekends. As a rule we move after two-three days. I think that is too short and now that we have more time, we'll likely extend that. We've booked our first 9 day stay for next spring in Tennessee. It will tell us a lot about our preferences. There is a fair amount to see where we are headed so that will be good. Not sure I would drive to say Arizona and park for 4 months in one place. I could see two weeks and move as an average.
  13. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    A plan in place is good, but is there any outreach? If the dealer is not educated to the benefit he won't use it. Also are we looking to the Manufacturers?
  14. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    I don't think it has to do with voter suppression, there are legal issues, the method of voting is in the bylaws. You violate them in an organization like FMCA you could wind up in court. Electronic voting is not free. As for the subject of the vote itself, I agree, if this passes FMCA is on its deathbed. I won't quit, then again I am paid up for a number of years, but I can see it becoming less of a resource than it currently is.