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Ross, you are so right about the results of a dues increase. The one that bark the loudest are the ones in MHs costing in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and will wait in line for 15 minutes to pay $10.00 for a cup of fufu coffee. ☺

Go figure. 

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As a newer / younger member I see trying to recruit other younger folks as being difficult, here we circle back to lack of perceived benefits:

1, Join FMCA so you can then be eligible to join some chapter club? 

2, Join for the tire discount program, this one is a fairly easy sale about 1/6th of the time, it all depends on how old their tires are.

3, Join so you can attend a major rally, there is already the issue of free time to travel to such events, but there is also the chicken and the egg issue, where one really needs to attend a rally to know if it appeals to them.

4, Save 5% of this and that, it sounds nearly the same as so many other deals out there, get this credit card and save a penny or two, ...

5, Roadside assistance program, sure it may be good, but there are at least 4 or 5 other programs out there, I have my insurance through State Farm, and their similar program only costs me $12 per year (of course I probably pay more than I should for the rest of the policy)

6, FMCAssist, there are some good things here, unfortunately the only one that gets talked about is providing a driver to return the motorhome, and from what I have read here and in the magazine it seems to not cover older motorhomes over about 10-12 years of age, worse yet there is not specific cut coach off age.  Given many younger people will be on their first motorhome, and many people buy used first, this really is a harder sell to anyone that has a motorhome that is more than 7-8 years old.  Also those other benefits like mortal remains return likely appeal more to those that are older and give more thought to such things, vs the younger generation that still think they will live forever, or at least for a good while longer.

There are probably more, but they are either not promoted or appeal only to full timers

Seriously, How would you promote FMCA to a 30 or 40 something year old with a family of 3-4 that just bought  a 10-15 year old 30 ft long gas motorhome for $25,000 or so, that they use at most 30 - 40 days per year for weekends at the local lake, tailgating at ball games, and maybe one week long family vacation per year?

I am not talking about appealing to the owners of a bottom of the bucket clunkers here, but instead something far more middle of the road, mainstream America middle class family, maybe upper middle class with their 1.5 kids and two income family with a busy life that have decided to dip their toes into the RV life style, perhaps after owning a pop up camper or having done tent camping.

 

 

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Absolutely right Ross got to talk FMCA membership up with everyone you meet. Not just at campgrounds, but at places where you're getting service work donee, places where tourists go. We meet lots of motorhome owners at the Duplin Winery in Myrtle Beach. It's a part of the requirements for belonging. Working on one I met a the Panera bread grand opening this week we will probably get them next week. 

 

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As I posted before. Last Summer we stopped at the Amana Colonies RV Park & Event Center. There was a big FMCA rally going on while we were there. I thought I would see if anyone tried to recruit me. I walked the dog around the whole area several times and just strolled by. Only a couple people spoke to me. NO ONE mentioned what they were doing there or anything about FMCA. 

This is what is wrong, This is what needs to be corrected. The growth needs to come from the local clubs and chapters. 

Bill

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On May 25, 2017 at 9:36 AM, WILDEBILL308 said:

, This is a perfect example of the problem. I am sorry about picking on Ross but this a perfect example of the problem. "We did this one thing and we don't need to do anything else". If recruting new members is critical to your survival you should have it on every piece of literature and correspondence that goes out and yes on the web site prominently displayed. Not where you have to hunt for it.

Bill

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Isaaac1.  Glad you chimed in...your points are appreciated and well thought out.

Bill.  The odds of anyone, thinking that you don't belong to FMCA, at a FMCA rally is Slim and None!  Just like at a GS rally...:o:), Have never had anyone try to recruit me.

Ross.  X3

Herman.  Point taken! :P Is that also in ref to Article 2 ?:lol:

Carl

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On 5/26/2017 at 5:58 AM, manholt said:

Said it before, we have not had a noticeable decline in revenue, in the past 4 years

So Carl I have to ask the question, if we have not had a decline in income what is the point of voting to allow towables or not?

I was under the impression that FMCA was on a ridiculous decline as far as membership dues thus voting to allow towables was the way to solve that.

Are there are several reasons to increase membership, one being Revenue, the other being membership numbers to maybe say we're the biggest, but the other very crucial reason is so that you have a knowledge database. If FMCA is not hurting for money and not really being too affected by the reduction in numbers what is the real reason that people are squawking?

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2 hours ago, HayesFamily said:

So Carl I have to ask the question, if we have not had a decline in income what is the point of voting to allow towables or not?

I was under the impression that FMCA was on a ridiculous decline as far as membership dues thus voting to allow towables was the way to solve that.

Are there are several reasons to increase membership, one being Revenue, the other being membership numbers to maybe say we're the biggest, but the other very crucial reason is so that you have a knowledge database. If FMCA is not hurting for money and not really being too affected by the reduction in numbers what is the real reason that people are squawking?

The only ones squawking are a few on the executive board. It has been determined that a membership of 50-70,000 is enough to sustain FMCA. Dues might have t go up but it is possible without having towables. The magazine used to be the big money maker but revenue has fallen in recent times however the magazine staff hasn't changed one bit! The only thing that has been cut is the office staff which is utterly stupid..

Think about this for a minute. Look how this has been presented to the membership and the governing board. It has been presented as a "must have to do" or we will fail. As far as I know, there has been zero studies done to determine even if towables want or will join. Venues that do have motorhomes such as dog shows, horse shows, etc have not been approached with a booth extolling the greatness of FMCA. It has been said that the marketing company hired by FMCA spent $264,000 on advertising and recruitment. Where was it spent? The $250,000 given to rVillage was not included in that amount.

So Hayes Family, don't give up yet. There is a chance that the membership will not have to vote on this.It depends on what happens during the GB meeting

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9 hours ago, manholt said:

Isaaac1.  Glad you chimed in...your points are appreciated and well thought out.

Bill.  The odds of anyone, thinking that you don't belong to FMCA, at a FMCA rally is Slim and None!  Just like at a GS rally...:o:), Have never had anyone try to recruit me.

Ross.  X3

Herman.  Point taken! :P Is that also in ref to Article 2 ?:lol:

Carl

Carl, I was parked a long ways from the FMCA groupe, so they didn't see my oval. I also didn't have on my FMCA shirt or anything to make them think I was with them. I can guarantee that if you are walking in the area around a RRR get together you will have someone speak to you and invite you to "happy hour".:P

I must have looked to pore/scruffy and a like a tow behind owner to those rich people who had the big busses.:D 

Bill

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Bill.  Triple R is a FMCA Chapter, if they are at a Rally with other FMCA members...of course they will invite folks in...Lone Stare and all the others do the same!  We all look "Scruffy" at a big Rally!

Keon.  I think some one or a group of folks, will make personal gain, if we open to all RV's...only explanation that makes any kind of sense!  How or Why?  I don't know!!! 

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4 hours ago, manholt said:

Bill.  Triple R is a FMCA Chapter, if they are at a Rally with other FMCA members...of course they will invite folks in...Lone Stare and all the others do the same!  We all look "Scruffy" at a big Rally!

Keon.  I think some one or a group of folks, will make personal gain, if we open to all RV's...only explanation that makes any kind of sense!  How or Why?  I don't know!!! 

We always do well at FMCA functions. I think they picked up 8 new members/coaches at 6 state. I am talking about when we are someplace outher than a FMCA function. The 8th to 11th of June they will be at The Choctaw KOA and I bet they recruit a  couple new members from the people camped there. :P 

All you have to do is say HI. This is not being promoted effectively by FMCA as the parent organization.

Bill

 

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10 hours ago, dons2346 said:

Think about this for a minute. Look how this has been presented to the membership and the governing board. It has been presented as a "must have to do" or we will fail. As far as I know, there has been zero studies done to determine even if towables want or will join.

The reason why I asked about the squawking is because of an experience I had this past weekend. This past weekend I went camping and everybody who had a fifth wheel trailer or some type of towable trailer looked at me and kind of treated me as if I was the third world citizen because my coach was an all-in-one unit. I'm not sure if they felt that I felt I was better than them or they may have felt that they were better than me I don't know but the bottom line is allowing towables seems like that would be asinine with all due respect to the board, not trying to say that they are idiots by any means. However, it is very obvious that we do not have any similarities with a towable other than the fact that some of our systems that may mirror one another but the lifestyle is completely different. I'm not saying one is any better than the other but I'm pretty sure the response I got from the guys with the fifth wheels and the towable trailers is a response that everybody has gotten over the years they have had a Class A B or C RV.

It's almost the equivalent of inviting a Democrat nominee to the Republican National Convention knowing that they're not going to share the same ideologies political interest that a republican would so in other words I guess what I'm saying is you're asking for trouble.

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I am with you Keon, I don't see any tow behinds trying to beat down the doors at FMCA trying to get in. I think if it passes you won't see any change. This could be some kind of a scheme to justify raising dues significantly.  "well we did everything we could, even let towables into our hallowed halls.":ph34r:

Bill

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:lol:

Linda and I have friends with 5th wheels, trailers and even one casita.  We don't have any friction between us, in regards to what we camp in!  We all have membership in GS and Escapees!  Where the difference lies, is that they have no interest in FMCA.  We, the members of FMCA, seem to be the ones that gravitate to GS and Escapees! :wacko:

From reading the many comments, that's been posted here over the last 8 months, I'm beginning to feel that it's a, demographic issue. 

Keon.  How many Class A's or C's was at that campground?  In your part of the Country, you might be running into class envy!

Since FMCA is none profit...I see no difference in a membership of 500 or 500,000.  the year end balance sheet, has still got to read zero, in order to retain our 'Not for Profit" status!  If FMCA want to bring down the cost of membership, then delete Assist and let those who want it, pay their own...GS it's $109 a year!   

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Anyone read the June 2017 FMCA magazine? It's setting us up for it in a few articles  :angry:. The one was so far out it made me laugh.

We experience the same problem Keon experienced and we experience it often! I'm not saying all towables are occupied by people like that but not all motorhomes are occupied by retired snobby people either. we are labeled as such up in the NE anyway. The majority of them will not speak to you if you make the first attempt. The motorhome people were congregation in the road chatting about where they came from, places we want to go while the towable people were at their site and kept to themselves. It's night and day up here. You get smiles and good mornings from the motorhome people and shrugs from 95% of the towable people. The other 5% are young families that have their sights set on a motorhome in the future and have questions. 

Very divided in the North East with not much in common and nothing here in benefits to attract them. We have friends with trailers, they carry NO memberships for any group unless it's FREE. 

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I drive a lot in Texas, it takes me two days to get out of the state when we do our out of state trips. Texas being the friendly state it is we always wave when meeting another motorhome or trailer, 95% of the motorhome drivers wave back and maybe 5% of the trailer drivers. I can only guess why.

Carl, maybe they are trying to increase revenue so they can increase salaries keeping the bottom line zero. It doesn't matter which non profit organization it is, they all seem to have hidden agendas which typically leads to money going in someones pocket.  Once I got involved in the real financial part of the American Cancer Society I was appalled. I attended some unbelievable parties and banquets, all first class expenses paid, to discuss how to raise more money. I soon realized each one of these events probably cost over $250,000, I resigned my volunteer position. 

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Jim,

A side story about driving in Texas.

"A salesman was in El Paso and called his home office in Chicago. The home office said that since he was in Texas would he jump up to Texarkana and see a customer. Which the salesman replied "Why don't you drop down and see the customer, you are 20 miles closer then I am.'"

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1 hour ago, hermanmullins said:

Jim,

A side story about driving in Texas.

"A salesman was in El Paso and called his home office in Chicago. The home office said that since he was in Texas would he jump up to Texarkana and see a customer. Which the salesman replied "Why don't you drop down and see the customer, you are 20 miles closer then I am.'"

:lol:

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That is a good example to illustrate the size of Texas, another is that the East or West Sides of Texas are closer to the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans respectively than they are to each other.

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I've stated my position on this issue.  We can always complain about how money in an organization is spent.  The complaints only have impact if you are an elected official or talking to an elected official.  So if you want to complain about FMCA expenditures, get the facts and then talk to those who can make changes.  If you want to change the way the organization is run, put your name on the ballot.

Membership numbers translate to more dues money, they also relate to the prices for advertising in the magazine or here on the website.  Advertisers want to know how many members their advertising will reach.  If the numbers are too low, advertisers can't justify spending big dollars.  The numbers also impact the costs and revenue from events like the national conventions.  If convention attendance drops, fewer vendors will show up at conventions and meetings. 

All these things impact dues.  The less revenue from these other sources, the more that must come from dues.  It's that or you start paring the organization back.  Some members could pay more for membership while others would not be happy to see their benefits cut back in order to keep dues the same.  So as pinch comes to shove, some will pay more in dues while others will drop out because benefits that they see as important are no longer offered or are at a cheaper rate through another organization.

My sense is that the industry is in decline due to high costs of ownership, particularly for the most complex RV's, our motor homes.  Couple this with fuel prices that were above $4.00 per gallon at times in recent years.  The state of the economy following the 2008 collapse compounded the situation.  Numerous manufacturers dropped out of the market, some restructured, and those still in the market frequently cut back their production and the number of models they offer.  As the industry goes, so goes FMCA.

There is a counter to some of the above.  As the number of motor homes in service declines the bond between motor home owners becomes stronger.  This could be a way of maintaining membership.  My favorite example of this effect is meeting someone from you home state when you are in a foreign country.  Suddenly you have a connection with someone who in most cases you would never even stop to talk to.  Think about it.  If you hear someone in your local Walmart says they are from your home state do you break into the conversation to say, so am I?  But if you are in France, they are suddenly your new best friend. 

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Instead of bloviating get out there and recruit. If you really like FMCA talk it up every where you see a motorhome or encounter a motorhome owner. 

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For me personally,  talking up FMCA is not a high priority when we travel as matter of fact I've only discussed FMCA once and that was a few months ago when I performed a completely unscientific poll of 6 people in a campground. None of them saw any benefit except one may join when he needs tires in three or four years...if he remembers. One had the goose egg the previous owner left and didn't know what it was and said he would take it off when he returned home. As I recall, they all were Good Sam members.

Thats my bloviating for the day. Goodnight John Boy....

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