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FMCA Creates New Pathfinder Membership for New RV Buyers

Published on May 10th, 2024 by Camper Report

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FMCA “Light” Provides Most Benefits at Minimal Cost for RV Buyer

Are you dreaming of hitting the open road in your own RV but aren’t sure where to start? The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is here to light your way with its innovative new “Pathfinder” program. Pathfinder has been designed specifically for those contemplating the RV lifestyle. New RV buyers are often inundated with clubs to join and memberships to buy. Most of these are valuable at some point in the journey, but when you are just starting out, the good ones can be difficult to discern. By offering what is essentially a “light” version of its membership, FMCA is providing all the key benefits at a reduced price.

Understanding the Growing Interest in RV Ownership

A recent demographic study by the RV Industry Association highlighted a fascinating trend: there are already 11.2 million RV-owning households in the U.S. Plus, there are an additional 20.5 million households that are considering becoming RV buyers. Recognizing the continuous influx of new enthusiasts into the RV scene, FMCA has launched the Pathfinder membership category to support these prospective RVers, or “RV intenders,” as they embark on their journey.

FMCA: A Beacon of Knowledge in RV Education

FMCA has long been a cornerstone in the world of RV education. “For over 60 years, FMCA has been a leader in educating RV owners. With the Pathfinder program, we aim to fill the gap for newcomers eager to learn about RV living,” explains Chris Smith, FMCA CEO. This program isn’t just about reading articles online. It’s about offering a trusted, singular source for high-quality, reliable RV knowledge to the new and potential RV buyer.

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What the Pathfinder Membership Offers The New RV Buyer

For just $50 a year, Pathfinder members gain access to a wealth of resources for the prospective RV buyer:

  • Family RVing Magazine: This bimonthly publication is available in print, digital, and web formats, providing insights and tips for RV enthusiasts.
  • Exclusive Online Learning: Through FMCA University, members can dive into a comprehensive library of RV knowledge, available only to FMCA members.
  • Educational Events and Seminars: FMCA’s biannual events feature around 100 different RV-related sessions, covering everything from technical advice to lifestyle tips.
  • Hands-On Driving Lessons: In collaboration with the RV Driving School, FMCA offers practical driving and backing lessons to help members feel confident behind the wheel.
  • Excellent Discount Offers: Unique offers, such as discounts on tires, and tools like RV LIFE Pro.

Although Pathfinder members won’t receive a numbered FMCA membership emblem until they become an RV owner, they enjoy all other benefits of FMCA membership. That includes educational materials and event access during that all important RV-buyer phase.

Ready to Start Your RV Journey?

Joining FMCA as a Pathfinder member is the first step toward a fulfilling RV lifestyle. Once you purchase your RV and move from RV buyer to RV owner, transitioning to a full membership is seamless. It then unlocks even more benefits and community connections. To discover more about the FMCA and the benefits of membership, visit

About FMCA

As the world’s largest not-for-profit association for RV owners, FMCA fosters an engaging community of travelers who share a passion for exploring the great outdoors. With nearly 120,000 active members, FMCA enhances the RV experience through a vast array of benefits. Notable among them are health and travel programs, discounts on RV services, and more. Visit the FMCA website to learn how you can become part of this vibrant community.

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