The latest ByWays newsletter is here!
Thanks to Sandy King, ByWays Editor!
The latest ByWays newsletter is here!
Thanks to Sandy King, ByWays Editor!
The California Coasters submitted the winning entry for the 2016 Rally Theme CALL OF THE WILD. They will receive $100 & front row seating for the Saturday Night entertainment in Jan. 2016.
Thanks to John Stocksdale and Winifred Meiser – our diligent and creative photographers!
KMIR-TV interviewed Dick Gibbs and features lots of familiar faces and coaches!
Those who attend the 27th Annual Western Area Rally in Indio, Calif., Jan. 7 to 11 will be treated to demonstrations of one of the fastest-growing sports in North America – pickleball, which combines elements of tennis, badminton, and Ping-Pong.
At the Indio rally, Brooke Siver from racquet producer Manta World Sport will be on hand to promote pickleball fundamentals and fun.
Join Brooke on Wednesday, January 7, at 10 a.m. and see firsthand why this sport with the funny name has caught on with the motorhome crowd.
Still need to register for the Western Area Rally?
An FMCA-logo pickleball paddle created by Manta World Sport.
“OUT OF THIS WORLD” MOTORHOME RALLY
LANDING IN INDIO
Indio, Calif. – In early January, more than 1,200 families in motorhomes will be arriving at the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival grounds for the 27th Annual Western Area Rally. The theme for this year’s rally — set to take place January 7 to 11, 2015 — is “Out of This World.” And anyone who has witnessed a gathering of a thousand or so motorhomes, or toured some of today’s homey, feature-filled RVs, likely would agree that’s an apt description for this event. A small city within a city will form as the anticipated 3,000 people gather in their homes on wheels for this rally, which is expected to have an estimated economic impact of $3 million to $5 million in the local area.
Members of the public are invited to take part in the motorhome show portion of the rally at the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival grounds. Display hours for motorhomes are from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7; hours for motorhome and other exhibits are 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, January 8, 9, and 10.
Motorhome dealers from throughout California will participate in the show. In addition to the more than 100 motorhomes that will be open for display (in various types and sizes), show attendees can browse through motorhome components, accessories, home products, clothing, and more within approximately 150 vendor spaces.
Daily admission to the motorhome show is $10 per person; children admitted free. This fee is good for admission to the exhibits and seminars only; other activities are reserved for rally attendees. The Western Motor Home Association is part of Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization for motorhome owners that is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently has nearly 80,000 active member families.
FMCA members may also purchase a one-day admission that includes exhibits and entertainment (no overnight parking) for an additional $15. Motorhome owners who have not yet joined FMCA will have an opportunity to do so during the event in Indio at the FMCA membership booth. Free parking is available at the Arrival Area on Arabia Street.
Motorhomes are a popular travel option. According to a recent consumer study conducted by the University of Michigan, U.S. ownership of RVs has reached record levels. Nearly one in nine U.S. households now owns an RV.
In addition, the potential for future growth in RV ownership in general in the United States is considerable. Sales of recreation vehicles are expected to increase as baby boomers move into their prime RV-buying years.
Industry officials believe that the advantages of RV travel in today’s climate will help to drive market growth. Families want to spend quality time together and prefer the greater freedom, flexibility, control, and comfort that RVs provide. Younger consumers and empty-nesters alike are realizing the advantages of RVing versus other forms of travel.
Media invitation.. In addition to inviting members of the public to join the fun, rally organizers invite members of the media to come to the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival grounds to witness the activities and learn more about the motorhome lifestyle. A variety of story opportunities will present themselves during the event. Beyond the motorhome show that is open to the public, rally attendees will enjoy seminars, daytime and evening entertainment, a parade, morning coffee and doughnuts, two ice cream socials, and more.
The fun rolls on in California. Association members also will take part in FMCA’s 91st Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase March 26 – 29, 2015, in Pomona, California. More than 2,500 motorhomes and some 6,000 or 7,000 people are expected for the event.
Benefits of belonging. Family Motor Coach Association offers its members benefits such as a medical evacuation and travel assistance program (valued at $105 per year and included in the annual $40 dues); group rates for motorhome insurance, RV tours and caravans, and mail forwarding service; a Michelin tire purchasing program; and much more, along with its monthly magazine, Family Motor Coaching, filled with helpful information for the motorhome enthusiast. The organization’s national office is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and can be reached at 800-543-3622 or 513-474-3622; email@example.com; or on the Web at www.fmca.com.
FMCA’s “California Gold” event will be held March 26 to 29, 2015, at a facility that is widely recognized as a premier entertainment venue — Fairplex, home of the Los Angeles County Fair, in Pomona, California. More than 2,000 motorhomes are expected to gather at this 480-acre complex for FMCA’s 91st Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase.
Dotted with palm trees and fountains, the beautifully landscaped venue boasts park-like settings and state-of-the-art facilities.
The 85,000-square-foot Conference Center — which offers the perfect balance between high-tech features and comfortable, inviting accommodations — will serve as an activity hub. Among other events, it will provide space for the more than 120 seminars that will be offered, covering a broad array of motorhome lifestyle topics. The center’s high-speed Internet access and closed-circuit LED screens will facilitate these sessions.
Top motorhome manufacturers and dealers from across North America will display the latest models of vehicles to meet any need or desire, and will roll out the red carpet as attendees tour motorhomes in a variety of sizes and floor plans.
Carpeted, climate-controlled indoor exhibition halls will house more than 300 booths packed with a variety of RV-related products and services.
In addition to touring exhibits and attending seminars, motorhome owners will be treated to three nights of top-notch entertainment and a variety of special activities. Among them will be pickleball games on climate-controlled indoor courts. This action-packed game combines elements of tennis, badminton, and Ping-Pong and is popular among RVers, especially in RV parks in the Sunbelt.
Attendees also will be given the opportunity to embark on group tours of local sites and attractions.
With everything going on right at Fairplex, motorhome owners may not want to leave. In addition to all of the activities FMCA will be hosting, Fairplex offers two on-site restaurants, McKinley’s Grille, inside the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel, and the Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill, near Fairplex gate 12.
And at the edge of Fairplex stands the NHRA Motorsports Museum, which houses an array of vintage and historic racing vehicles, and chronicles more than 50 years of American motorsports.
While 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 $65 per person ($55 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 Fairplex. All motorhome parking will be on hard surface, and attendees will be able to opt for 50-amp (limited quantity) or 30-amp electric hookups, or to “dry camp.”
Portable water and dump station facilities are available at Fairplex, 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 $255 prior to February 3, 2015, and $275 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 $205 for early-bird registrations and $225 after February 3. (An additional fee is charged for electric.)
Registration for the “California Gold” event will be available soon at http://www.fmca.com.
Family Motor Coach Association welcomes all motorhome owners to join. 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 • Enhancing The Motorhome Lifestyle
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, Ohio, and currently has nearly 80,000 active member families. FMCA offers its members a number of benefits, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family Motor Coaching; an emergency medical evacuation/repatriation and travel assistance program; trip routing; group rates on motorhome 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.