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Posts of news and events related to FMCA Western Area.

Call of the Wild Rally – GTi Golf Car Rental Info


Want to rent a Golf Cart for the Indio Rally?  Here’s the information and the form: GTi-Golf-Car-Reservation-Form

To reserve your car in advance, complete the form  and fax it to GTI at (303)288-2129, email the completed form to, or call GTI at 1-800-477-0467. If the golf car is not paid for in advance your car will not be held. Please feel free to call the 800 number above with any questions.

Rates:  (Plus 8% sales tax)
2-passenger $45.00 per day
4-passenger $55.00 per day
6-passenger $65.00 per day
Utility Truck $55.00 per day


(The GTi representative will be just west of the Arena building 5)

The Dolphins Chapter joins Western Area


The Dolphins, a National RV interest chapter has elected to move to Western Area affiliation. “A proposal … was presented to move our FMCA Chapter from International (INTO) to Western. After a lively discussion the club voted to accept the proposal as our membership feels a closer affiliation with the Western Area.”


And Dave Barr the President of The Dolphins chapter reports:  “I received a call today (11/3/15) from The President of FMCA Western Area to welcome the Dolphin Club into the FMCA Western Area. He is looking forward to meeting all of our Dolphin Club Members at upcoming rally’s. Our next Western Area rally will be at Indio, California.”

Here’s their latest newsletter: Dolphin-Splash-Newsletter-2015-11

Indio 2016 “Call of the Wild” Rally News – Updated December 31, 2015

Registration is now on site!

Online and advance registration is closed, you may of course register on site beginning Sunday 1/3/16 – lots of room left so come on in!  Unfortunately we can only accept Checks or Cash at OnSite registration.



The Listing of all Seminars with descriptions:

Note: Update to Program and Rally at A Glance info
The following seminar will be in Fullenwider 9A not Craft & Hobby 7:

RV BATTERIES MAXIMIZING CYCLING PERFORMANCE  Friday 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Fullenwider 9A

Vendors / Commercial Exhibitors:

We don’t have contact info unfortunately.  Most will have a website.

Rally At A Glance

Our Pocket Schedule of events in PDF format (in the handouts will be at the Rally)  WEA16 RAG

Golf Carts 

GTI will have direct onsite golf cart rentals.  Reservations are  recommended.   The form and info are here:

Free party spot

FMCA Chapters attending that have at least 10 coaches or 1/3 of their certified member coaches on the grounds will receive one electric party spot – a $75 value.

City of Indio info and Chamber of Commerce links

City of Indio:
Indio Chamber of Commerce (PDF):

Bus Tours

— Living Desert, Zoo & Garden (with Box lunch) – Tue Jan. 5 – 5 hr  $48.00
— Palm Springs Air Museum – Wed Jan. 6 – 2 hr $34.00

Fee Schedule

Full Rally

Coach with 2 Adults – Electric $ 210.00
Coach with 1 Adult – Electric $ 190.00
Coach with 2 Adults – Generator $ 135.00
Coach with 1 Adult – Generator $ 115.00
Coach with 2 Adults – 24-Hour Generator $ 135.00
Each Additional Adult Occupant $ 50.00
Passport* for 1 adult $ 45.00
Children Under 12 FREE

Add $10 for registration after 12/18/2015

Early arrivals with Electric start on Sunday afternoon 1-3-16 at $20 per extra night, payable on arrival by cash or check only.   Standard arrivals begin Wednesday 1-6-16.

* Passport does not include motorhome parking; Includes exhibits, entertainment, seminars, ice cream socials, and Coffee Hour.

Day Passes

$10 per adult, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  12 and under free.  Day passes will be sold at Fullenwider Lobby, the Arrival Area, and other gates as needed.

Day passes include access to Vendors, Display Coaches and exhibits,  seminars, ice cream socials, Coffee Hour, Ladies Tea (Friday 1pm-3pm $2 admittance), Call of the Wild Parade (Thursday 4pm-5:30pm), and the Pet Extravaganza (Saturday 1pm-3pm).

Note that not all attractions  are open on Wednesday.

General Information

Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, Indio, California

I-10 to Monroe, Monroe South 3 miles to Avenue 48, Left ½ mile on 48 to Arabia Street, Left on Arabia to the holding area (on right)
Google Maps:


Rally Contact
Dick Gibbs, President – 661-203-9180 (c)
Lon Cross, Rally Master – Sr. Vice President 661-886-5077

Commercial Contact
Virgil George, 714-964-3731, Cell 714-745-7092,

Display Coaches
Paul Bostwick, 714-970-9482, Cell 714-240-8105,

Groups & Caravans
James McDaniels, 925-818-7718,

Faadiah Smith, 213-598-2511,


Rally Highlights

4 nights dry camping (Jan. 6, 7, 8, & 9), entertainment, seminars, commercial exhibits, parade, Pet Extravaganza, Ladies Tea & Style Show, 2 ice cream socials, display coaches, door prizes, coffee & goodies served each morning.

Daily hours of operation
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Display Coaches open Wednesday – 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Commercial Exhibits open Thursday-Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Gate Hours
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Parking Surface
Coach Parking will be on asphalt, grass, & dirt in arrival area

All Caravan Leaders must contact James McDaniels 925-818-7718 for arrival time.

Early arrival
Arrival area opens at noon on Sunday, January 3, at $20.00 per night, dry camping, payable on entry (cash or check only). Rally parking starts on Wednesday, January 6 at 8:00 AM.

Handicap Parking
Handicap parking is available for those with a DMV parking placard, close to all activities and handicap trams.

Mailing Address for families
(Member has to go to the post office to get)
Their Name
General Delivery
Indio, CA 92201

Shipping address
For commercial vendors
(UPS, FedEx, etc.)
Gate 4
Riverside County Fairgrounds & National Date Festival
Vendor/Company Name
46-350 Arabia St.
Indio, CA 92201

1) Wednesday- Bingo
2) “THE ALLEY CATS” – America’s Premier A Capella Doo Wop Vocal Group ( 4 people )
3) “NEW WEST” – Western Swing At It’s Best ( 3 people )
4) “THE DIAMONDS” – Classic Rock N’ Roll With Today’s Attitude 6 people ) – Famous “NAME” Group
5) Ladies Tea and Fashion Show (Ladies Tea Flyer PDF)
6) Pet Extravaganza (Flyer PDF)

RV Maintenance, health, crafts, travel, member benefits, and many more

Seminar/Craft Sign Ups
There will not be any seminar or craft sign-ups prior to the first day of the rally.

New Coaches, RV Supplies, Travel & Campgrounds, Awnings, Insurance and many others.

Morning coffee
Coffee & doughnuts or rolls are provided each morning in the Fullenwider Building 9 from 7am to 10am. Music by the Frustrated Maestros.

Food vendors: BBQ Beef, chicken and fried fish, Mexican, ice cream

Come in with fresh water tank full. While water is available on the grounds, there is no water delivery supplier.

Dump Stations
Come in with empty holding tank. There is one dump station on the grounds

Honey Wagons
Pump outs are available by calling Burrtec 760-340-2113 to schedule.

Showers are available on the grounds.

No laundry on grounds. There is a Laundromat 4 blocks from the fairgrounds at Hwy 111 & Monroe.

Tow Cars
Tow cars will be parked close to the coaches.

There will be trams for both regular parking and handicap parking.

Bus Tours
Living Desert, Zoo, & Garden with sack lunch, 5 hrs $48.00, Jan. 5th
Palm Springs Air Museum, return by noon, $34.00, Jan. 6th

Area Attractions
There are: golf courses, casinos, Palm Springs Aerial Tram, Palm Springs shopping and malls

Volunteer Coordinator, Alice Barnard 530-934-7346 cell 530-519-7346 will give volunteer ribbons to Captains for distribution to their volunteers.

Are towables permitted to attend?
Towables are welcome & they will be parked with their caravan friends when they arrive together.



The Fine Print

Cancellation Policy Refunds will be made only upon written request if received no later than 12/18/15. Absolutely no refunds for electric canceled after 12/18/15. A cancellation charge
of $20.00 will be deducted from any amount. Badges and confirmation material must be returned with request.

Registrations received after 12/18/15 will be held at will call.

Indio 2016 – Get The Word Out

Our Rally Masters in partnership with FMCA Graphics have created a poster / flyer to advertise the Call Of The Wild Rally/RV Show in Indio.  This is for the RV public to promote Daily Pass attendance so it is a variation of what FMCA members will see.


Chapters: please use this to promote our annual Rally – print some up and plaster RV parks and related businesses (of course always ask for permission).  Put it in your newletters, websites, or any other information channels you use.

Here is the PDF file of camera ready art for printing:  cotw-poster
It’s 16 MB (MegaBytes) so download judiciously.