unnamedThe Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is readying for its March 7-10 gathering in Chandler, Ariz., dubbed “Rally In The Valley,” a nod to the host area’s designation as the Valley of the Sun.

RV owners are invited to register to stay on-site in their RV or to purchase an event passport that allows them to enjoy all of the activities except overnight parking. Members or guests may also come just for the day to view the motorhomes that will be on display and wander through hundreds of booths filled with RV accessories, components and RV service providers.

Parking space for RV families at the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center is filling up quickly as the early-bird registration deadline ends today (Jan. 6). To register, visit FMCA.com or call FMCA at (800) 543-3622.

FMCA also announced its inaugural RV Basics course, which takes place March 5-6 at Rawhide Western Town and Event Center just prior to the “Rally In The Valley.” Led by several well-known RV experts, these information-packed sessions will help to get beginning RVers off to a great start after their purchase of a new or preowned vehicle, or serve as a refresher course for current owners.

Instructors will include “The RV Doctor” Gary Bunzer, Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy, and RV Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF) Executive Director Walter Cannon who will share key preparation, operation, and maintenance practices essential for trouble-free travel, all in a relaxed setting. Owners of any type of RV — or wannabe RVers — who would like to sign up for the RV Basics course or find out more can visit FMCA.com/academy or call the FMCA Events Department at 800-543-3622.

Motorhome manufacturers and dealers may be interested in purchasing RV Basics class passes to provide to customers. For information about sponsorships or to purchase packages of class passes for customers or prospective clients, contact Ranita Jones, sales manager at [email protected]; 800-543-3622, ext. 214).