December 2020
December 2020
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Flocking... Or Nesting?
It's no surprise that "RVer" and "snowbird" are closely related terms — for some, they're interchangeable.  If you're not one who can pull up stakes and leave your frosty home behind in the winter, do you still imagine what it's like to enjoy several sun-kissed months farther south?
It's been said for months that 2020 is not a typical year.  No surprise there!  RVers know so firsthand.  Canadians have had to cancel their annual U.S. migrations, thwarted by border closures.  Folks who normally spend short-sleeve time with friends at resorts and rallies in the South or Southwest may have had to reschedule thanks to cancellations and other safety measures.
But despite 2020's impact on traveling, socializing, dining, and more, we still can make the best of the situation.  Folks whose RVs are nestled all snug in their, er, storage areas can embrace the world outside their door... view a pristine snowfall or a dramatic sky at dusk.  Inside our RVs or stationary homes, we can start a new hobby, maybe binge-watch a favorite show, catch up on our reading, or reconnect with other household members.  And plan a future road trip!
Whatever seasonal celebrations you take part in this month — and for the unexpected downtime you may have — we wish you joy and happiness.  We'll be right alongside you in January as we usher in a brand-new year!

The FMCA Team
Winter Downtime?  Here's a Thought...
"I called Vernon at Newcoast in February when I totaled my coach.  The process was so easy, they were simple to work with, and I got a great price.  On the warranty alone, which covers tires, towing, and more, Newcoast saved me almost $4500!"

-Jamie and Galina Erickson,  F142560S
Whether you're looking to upsize, downsize, or simply refinance  pre-owned or new take advantage of your winter downtime to explore your options.  Newcoast Financial Services offers members special opportunities related to financing and refinancing your RV, discounted interest rates, warranty services, and more.  To get started visit

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Not only does FMCA help you save money, but we have countless education opportunities, and a community of fellow RVers eager to lend a helping hand.  JOIN TODAY and find out for yourself.
How Do I?
How Do I Prep My RV For Winter Travel? 
One stereotype suggests that all RVers flock south for the winter to escape the cold weather, but there is actually a large group that prefers winter camping.  With a little preparation, you can unlock a world of new experiences by camping in the cold.  For starters, during the winter months, you likely won't have to worry about getting a reservation at that popular campground everybody visits.  Waking up in a less-than-full campground or RV park can be a calm and peaceful way to start your morning.

If you've never camped in the winter, there are lots of tips and tricks to help you stay warm and keep your RV protected from the elements.  Some are as simple as parking in as much direct sunlight as possible, while others require you to purchase equipment for your RV.  Check out this comprehensive list from KOA for everything you'll need to know before you hit the snowy roads in your RV.

Full-time RVers Marc and Tricia (aka "Keep Your Daydream") share their top 10 tips for winter camping in this video, as well as some must-have items to help you survive the cold weather.  Once you feel confident enough to take the RV out for your first winter adventure, make sure to tag @fmcarvclub in your Instagram and Facebook pictures, and you could wind up on our social media pages!
Light Up The Night
If you're like us, one of your favorite holiday traditions is hanging up Christmas lights.  Quickly followed by a drive through the neighborhood to see what creative displays your neighbors have created (and hoping yours is still better).  But whether you go all out or just keep it practical, the holiday season would simply not be the same without these colorful displays lighting up December.

Despite the many challenges 2020 has given us, one thing's for certain: we can still get excited for light displays — socially distanced, of course!  Here are some of the best light displays to keep you both safe and feeling like a kid again.  

For members staying at the FMCA Campground, make the short drive to Coney Island to drive through their Christmas Nights of Lights, which features over 1 million lights synched to music.

And if Oprah recommends it, you know it's legit.  Check out the 29 Best Places to See Light Displays Near You, many of which allow you to do a drive-thru viewing.

Never to be outdone, our neighbors to the North know how to hang some lights too.  Check out Canada's 10 Magical Drive-Thru Light Displays.
Wild Bears in Alaska
What's On Your Travel Bucket List?
Let us take you there!  FMCA Tour Connection, powered by Fantasy RV Tours, offers members-only, professionally guided tours to some of the most sought-after destinations at a discounted rate.  Visit special locations in Canada, United States, Mexico, and even overseas.  In addition to taking care of all planning and camping reservations, Fantasy Tours will line up the best activities to ensure a stress-free vacation above and beyond your expectations.  To learn more call 855-385-3622 or visit
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December Discounts in FMCA Store
'Tis The Season... 
...For Gift-Giving and Holiday Savings.  First, head on over to the FMCA Online Store and check out our December discount pricing.  Every item is discounted 10-50% off.  Grab an atlas, a beanie, and other stocking stuffers for the RV co-pilot in your life you couldn't imagine traveling without.  Next, introduce your novice family and friends to FMCA by giving them the gift that keeps on giving the whole year 'round  a membership in FMCA.  To learn more about giving the gift of an FMCA membership visit
It's Good To Have Choices
RVers, FMCA has partnered with two great mail forwarding companies to help ease your mail forwarding and residency worries.  FMCA members, you can now choose between America's Mailbox and Your Best Address so you can rest easy knowing your mailing needs are covered, whether you're a full-timer, a weekend warrior, or somewhere in between.  To learn more visit
Lovely, Not Lonely
Many RVers have heard of "America's Loneliest Road" — the Nevada portion of U.S. 50.  In total, Route 50 spans more than 3,000 miles on its trek from West Sacramento, California, to Ocean City, Maryland.  Road trip planners and armchair travelers alike will enjoy's descriptions of Route 50 and other thoroughfares, including the Road to Nowhere (U.S. 83) and historic Route 66.
Your Box Is Here!
If you give magazine subscriptions as presents, here's a variation of that theme:'s list of 25 top subscription boxes.  Each month, a box arrives with items geared toward the recipient.  Tea lovers may appreciate a new assortment of flavors; or, if they're plant lovers, a monthly succulent.  Bonus: If you're not sure what your kids and grandkids are into this year, subscription boxes may be a great option.  Amazon categorizes gift boxes for men, women, children of various ages, and pets.
And For Pet Lovers...
Share some holiday joy with them, too.  Here are 67 gift ideas for dog owners how about a "Wipe Your Paws" welcome mat?  And this site suggests more than 50 gift ideas for fans of cats.  Also check out's list for bird and nature lovers and's ideas for fish and aquarium fans.
Mmm, Holiday Food

Like most of us this year, you may find that the normal hustle and bustle of the holiday season has changed.  You may be looking for different ways to keep yourself busy while also connecting with friends and family.  How about making delicious homemade cookies and sharing your sweet treats?

It was hard picking just one recipe to share, so in the spirit of giving, here is Every Single Christmas Cookie Recipe You Could Ever Need!

Also, don't forget the essentials for cookie decorating.  You will want to have a Frosting Tools Set for Cookies to fill in the treats you've made with your Camp Fire and RV Cookie Cutters.  Both come with free two-day shipping for Amazon Prime account holders.

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