Members of Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization for people who own motorhomes, will flock to Wisconsin’s state capital in late July and temporarily form their own capital — one centered on RVing
Cincinnati-based Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) will host its 92nd Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison July 29 through Aug. 1.
According to a release, the association will be making a return visit to Madison, having hosted events there in 1984 and 2011 as well.
“The folks at the Alliant Energy Center and in the city of Madison rolled out the red carpet for FMCA in 2011, and we had a great time during our visit,” FMCA national president Charlie Adcock said. “So, we almost immediately made plans to host an event there again. The Alliant Energy Center is a topnotch facility, and Madison and the great state of Wisconsin offer endless family-friendly activities. That makes this an outstanding destination for FMCA.”
A key element of these gatherings is an unparalleled motorhome showcase. Top motorhome manufacturers and dealers will display their latest models. With the variety of sizes and floor plans, attendees should be able to find a motorhome to suit their needs.
Some might be looking for a rolling residence for full-time RV living; others might want a vehicle to serve as “party central” for weekend tailgating during college football season; still others may be looking for a vehicle suitable for taking their kids, pets, etc. on weekend getaways or weeklong vacations.
When it comes to outfitting the motorhome for travel, attendees will be able to head to the indoor exhibition halls, which will house more than 300 booths packed with a variety of RV-related products and services.
FMCA events also offer motorhome owners, as well as those exploring the idea of ownership, opportunities for enhancing their knowledge via seminars conducted by RV experts. Nearly 100 different topics are expected to be addressed during the event in Madison.
In addition, motorhome owners will be treated to several nights of first-rate entertainment and a variety of special activities. Among them will be group tours of local sites and attractions.
Although the convention is organized for Family Motor Coach Association members, the organization also invites members of the public to attend and provides various admission options. For those who want to view only the motorhome exhibition, admission costs $7 per day; children 12 and under are admitted free with an accompanying adult, as are those with an active military ID. Those who would prefer to take in the exhibits and also attend seminars and entertainment may purchase a Daily Passport, which is available for $75 per person ($65 for FMCA members).
RV owners are invited to take part in all of the activities and also to bring their RV and stay with the rest of the group at Alliant Energy Center. Attendees may opt for 50-amp (limited quantity) or 30-amp electric hookups, or may choose to rely on their motorhome’s onboard resources and “dry camp.”
Potable water and dump station facilities are available at the facility, or roving trucks will provide these services for a fee to those who want to keep enjoying the activities and not stop for housekeeping issues.
The price for non-FMCA members is $245 prior to June 1, 2015, and $265 after that date; this non-member fee automatically grants a one-year FMCA membership or Family Motor Coaching subscription to the RV owner. The FMCA member price is $195 for early-bird registrations and $215 after June 1. (An additional fee is charged for electric.)
The association welcomes all motorhome owners to join the FMCA family. Dues are $50 for the first year and $40 per year thereafter. Those who do not yet own a motorhome but are interested in learning more may sign up for a subscription to Family Motor Coaching magazine for $30 per year.
About Family Motor Coach Association
Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the use of self-contained, motorized recreation vehicles known as motorhomes. The association maintains its national headquarters in Cincinnati, and currently has nearly 75,000 active member families.
FMCA offers its members a number of benefits, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family Motor Coaching; a medical evacuation and travel assistance program valued at $105 per family; group rates on a roadside assistance program and on motorhome and auto insurance; discounted rates for RV tours and caravans; and a tire purchasing program. Perhaps the most important benefit of FMCA membership is the camaraderie and friendships that develop among people enjoying the common interest of motorhome travel and recreation.
The organization can be reached at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622 and on the Web at FMCA.com.