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  1. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    manholt, that is my point, I don't know either, as a 40 something year old, I don't know how to promote the FMCA to others in my age range, my main reason for joining does not really apply to that many others (to allow membership is a specific brand coach owners chapters / owners club). So that leaves me with what, when someone asks about the egg on my coach at a camp ground, hey do you need new tires?
  2. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Ok, here is a straight forward question on the topic of recruitment, what is your selling point for someone age 40-60 that is not retired? Assuming they don't need new tires this year.
  3. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Bill I am all for those reviews of expensive coaches, as they give me something to go back and look at in 10 or so years once they have depreciated down to the point where I might consider buying one. In fact I used one of those FMCA review originally published back in 2003 when I was shopping for my current coach last year.
  4. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    I am 48 and own a class A motorhome, there is a guy on the online owners forum for my model that just bought one this week, and while I am not sure his exact age I know he is younger than I am and has 4 year old twins. The problem is not that there are not younger people that own motorhomes, the problem is there is little in the FMCA to attract them.
  5. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Smithy, it is great to see you participating here, and I do hope you continue to communicate with all of us even after the vote is over. As I have stated previously I am against allowing towables full membership as I feel it would take the focus off of motorhomes. Having said that, if this vote fails, are there and new plans and initiatives in place to try to recruit more / younger members? Or is the attitude one of throwing in the towel and going down with the ship if this vote fails?
  6. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Just for the record I joined FMCA in December of 2016, and had never heard of rVilage at the time
  7. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    I agree completely with Bill here, it is not about elitism, there is a very good chance that your 5th wheel is worth more than my 16 year old motorhome. It is about keeping the focus on issues that are specific to motorhome ownership. Things like towbar selection for towing 4 down, or is it better to pull a car around on a dolly or trailer vs 4 down. How about motorhome specific insurance selection, or Gas vs Diesel which costs more to maintain. If towables are allowed in we will likely start seeing magazine article and convention seminars on topics that take away from this focus, like weight distributing hitch selections, or which 5th wheel adapter is best or all sorts of other stuff that does not relate to motorhome specific issues. For general campground and rv travel topics we already have Good Sam, etc. There is no reason to turn the FMCA into a Good Sam lookalike
  8. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    As I have said before I think this just goes to show how few people read the magazine, or at least how few read it in a timely manner
  9. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Manholt, I look forward to seeing you in Texarkana, I have signed up to volunteer, seems like a good way to meet people, it looks like I will be assigned to vendor setup, but that is not for sure yet.
  10. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    Manholt, I was not specifically referring to myself and my personal interests, just those that are generally in my age range, and younger that are often more limited in available free time to travel, etc. In my case I am semi-retired, however my wife does still work full time, she is an administrator at a local public agency, and gets about 4 weeks of vacation time per year, so more than many people do. Though her schedule often does not allow her a great deal of flexibility taking those vacation days, with many fixed date work obligations throughout the year. As to FMCA activity I will be attending the Six State Rally in Texarkana next month, I had hoped to attend the Safari International Rally in TN this month, but timing was bad here.
  11. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    As an under 50 (barely) relatively new member, I feel the problem is lack of things across the board that appeal to younger members. I have said this before in this very thread, so I will not go back into the details on my thoughts, so instead I will ask you, what is it that you think the FMCA offers the younger generation? Not only those that still have kids at home, but also people in my age range that are empty nesters, but still somewhat tied to jobs, and similar obligations though many may have more flexible vacation time than the younger folks with kids at home.
  12. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    As I mentioned earlier in this thread, or maybe the old thread, I joined FMCA last year, I am not yet 50, by a few months, semi-retired, and I plan to attend my first regional rally this fall, so maybe there is stuff there that I am not seeing. However as a nearly 50 year old, I see very little that I can use to go out and promote FMCA to younger motorhome owners, both empty nesters that are my age, as well as those that are younger. The tire program is great, but hopefully I will not need to use it for 3 or 4 more years. About the only thing that really seems to interest me out there is Safari International as an owners club. I did also just sign up for the roadside assistance program, but thankfully have not had a chance to use it on my current multi thousand mile tour of the US, I am 2,500 miles into it in the last 2 weeks, and have another 1,200 - 3,000 miles to go, depending on if I choose the early opt out and return home option this next Tuesday. Just take a moment and ask yourself, what does the FMCA offer the 35-55 year old crowd, those that have teenagers, or even the empty nesters who generally are still tied to a job. Those that have decided to dip their toe into motorhome ownership, and have went out and bought a 10-15 year old coach. Lets see, there is the tire discount, if it is a year they need new tires, Hmmmmmmm a magazine they will never read, rallies and conventions they will not attend unless they happen to occur in their back yards....
  13. Should FMCA Allow Towable RVs-- Vote NOW

    I have to wonder what percentage of the membership never reads the magazine, or at least does not read it in a timely manner
  14. Roadside Assistance Program Question

    As an FYI, the fine print says the program goes into effect 72 hours after signing up
  15. Allowing Towables Vote At Indianapolis In July

    Herman, an app of events at the convention is a good thing, but I was talking more about a PR effort through online social media to share events with those that could not attend (not that I use the stuff myself, but plenty of people do, I think my last facebook page update was nearly a decade ago). As to the rest, I am not a member of any of those chapters yet, though I do plan to look into them, unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), our travel schedule is fairly well booked for the rest of the year, I / we will be leaving on our big 3,500+ mile trip for this year in a few days, (I am leaving Monday, and my wife will be flying up to meet me the next Saturday in Wyoming), I did join Safari International a few months back, with intentions of attending their gathering in Lebanon, TN, though it now looks like I may not make that one. I do plan to be at the Six State Rally, in fact I just registered for it yesterday afternoon, I am not sure if my wife will going with me to it or not, she does not see much on the events list to interest her, and she has a big work project going on here at around that time.