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The Joy of Joining
Confused about the many RV clubs out there? The list is like a Chinese restaurant menu, a wonderful profusion of great choices. You’ll want one from Column A, two from Column B and maybe more to make a balanced meal of RV travel and RV camping.
Some clubs are purely social. There’s one for every interest from Jewish singles or Christian volunteers to musicians, veterans, full-timers, single parents and owners of a particular brand of RV.
Some groups such as the Family Motor Coach Association, (FMCA.org) based in Cincinnati, provide great get-togethers plus invaluable services such as insurance, roadside assistance, mail forwarding, a slick monthly magazine, discounts on campsites and tires, communications and many other goods and services. In addition to the national organization and its exciting rallies, there are hundreds of local and regional chapters including one near you.
Once open only to owners of motorhomes, membership is now open to all types of RV’s.
Memberships in the Good Sam Club (goodsam.com/club) start at only $29 a year. The club offers discounts on goods and services such as propane refills and dump stations and optional products such as roadside assistance and RV insurance. It has been around for generations, has chapters for all locations and interests and has more than two million members.
Membership in Escapees, based in Livingston, Texas, (escapees.com) is a lifeline for full-timers and others who spend a lot of time in their RV’s. The group has its own campgrounds including retirement facilities with health care for long-time full-timers who come to the end of the road. If you plan to make RVing a permanent lifestyle, membership is essential.
There is probably also a club for your RV by brand name. A long list of brands range from Airstream to Winnebago (called WIT for Winnebago/Itasca). When you're sitting around the campfire, shooting the breeze with other owners of rigs like yours, you gain valuable insights into what works, what wears out and how to repair this or that. There are also groups for vintage campers or “orphan” RV brands. Special groups are just for truck campers or 5th wheelers.
Buyer beware: club dues can be high, so know exactly what you’ll get for your membership money. If none of the club's “discount” campgrounds are in places you want to go, or rallies are a high-priced rip-off, or membership puts you on a mail list that constantly peppers you with spam, or you have to drive 20 miles out of your way to get the member price on propane or a dump station, club “benefits” lose their luster.
RV-ing Women, rvingwomen.org. is a vibrant national organization (all of USA plus eastern Canada) that has rallies, a big national convention once a year, and a long list of local and regional events for fun, networking and learning.
You can join just the national organization or one or more chapters. Chapters are based on geography. There's also one for women who travel alone and another for women who live in the RV full-time. No matter where you live there’s a chapter near you and perhaps two or more. Illinois women, for example, might go with the Ohio River , Lyte Hearts or Mid-America chapters. Tennesseans are handy to the Ohio River or Mid-Atlantic chapters.
Memberships, which is open to all campers including RV-ers and tenters, start at $62 a year plus a $10 processing fee the first year. The fee schedule allows for multi-year and multi-person discounts. Their 2019 national convention will be in Tucson.
Hundreds of blogs and websites now vie for the RV woman's eyeballs. Most are free; some come with a modest subscription cost. Embrace as many as you have time for, but reach out too for the real value in getting together over s’mores with real, live RV folks like yourself.
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