United Motorcoach Association or UMA began as the United Bus Owners Association (UBOA). UBOA was formed out of the large bus association called Nation Association of Motor Bus Operators (NAMBO) to represent the smaller coach owner or operator and serve as their voice in Washington D.C. and to protect and promote their interests and welfare. In 1996, UBOA became the United Motorcoach Association.
Today, United Motorcoach Association is a thriving association of motorcoach owners and industry suppliers with other 1000 members located all across North America and representing companies in England, Belgium and France.
The purpose of Motorcoach Association is to protect and promote the interests and welfare of privately owned common carriers of passengers by motorcoach, which shall include several things. It is assistance to members in obtaining uniform and motorcoach rentals, assistance in promoting beneficial and remedial legislation, establishment of liaison between bus and coach owners and equipment manufacturers, exchange of administrative, operative and technical information among bus and coach owners.
There is a family Motorcoach Association or FMCA. Like any fledgling club, FMCA`s growth was slow and somewhat shaky. A small number of families had discovered the fun of traveling in vehicles called «house cars». These vehicles attracted the attention of curious spectators they met at gas stations or along roadways. Most of these vehicles had originally served as school buses, transit buses or intercity vans. After months and sometimes years of brainstorming, sweat and plain old ingenuity by their owners, these vehicles were transformed into impressive homes on wheels.
Eighteen families at the Hinckley gathering decided to form a nonprofit association. An organizational committee was selected, with Bob Richter at the helm. On July 21, 1963, after several names were presented for consideration, «Family Motorcoach Association» was chosen as the official name of the group. This suggestion came from J. Raymond Fritz, who became later the association's second president.
In 1994, 79 family Motorcoach Association members traveled to Hinckley for the dedication of a monument that was built to commemorate the founding of family Motorcoach Association. The monument constructed of India black granite is situated on the grounds of the Good Will-Hinckley School, the birthplace of family Motorcoach Association.
Current members of family Motorcoach Association can take advantage of the broadest-ever range of benefits to aid them in their travels. Family Motorcoach Association magazine is rated as the most popular member benefit in the last three readership surveys conducted for the association. Other popular benefits include the Traveler's Message Service, an automated voice mail system that has evolved from an emergency message service begun in 1982, and a mail forwarding service, which is currently used by more than 4,000 members.