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Hello Members!

From the feedback we have received so far it looks like the FMCA Forums rebuild has been a success.

Because of the inconvenience we would like to take this chance to explain why things took so long. Around last Sunday we started to notice issues with the web server that hosted the forums and how it was randomly just going offline.

Usually with computers when this kind of thing starts to happen it means that a piece of hardware is going bad.

As we were diagnosing issue the web server just died.

We had backups of the forums and the database so we were confident that we could get a new server setup within a day or two at most and get the forums back online, but we ran into a major snag after loading everything up on to the new server. The forum software that we run that was previously purchased from invisionpower.com would not come online.

After much research of the vague error code we were receiving we found out that the software had shut itself down because it recognized it was on a different web server than the one it previously existed on and it deactivated itself.

The only thing we could do at this point (which was on Tuesday evening) was to reach out to the software manufacturer and ask why they had deactivated our license.

So we looked up their website and there was no phone number listed to call them only a ticketing system for us to email them if there was an issue. We put in a request for someone to contact us immediately about why the our forums deactivated itself.

The next day a developer for the company responded to us and told us that the forum software had shut itself down because it thought we were trying to run it on two servers and that we had only purchased a single license and that out software key was made invalid, and that we would have to be contacted by someone in their accounts department so they could issue us a new software license to reactivate the software.

Over the next two days we heard nothing from the accounts department at invisionpower.com, we sent many emails to them and posted many tickets begging them for resolution.

Finally on Friday after 4pm EST we got a message from the supposed CEO of the company that said that they were going to reissue the license.

After they did we, the forum software reactivated itself and we were able to bring the forums back online.

No one in our current IT Department was working for the company when FMCA started using the invisionpower.com forums so we did not know how troublesome dealing with them actually was.

Sometimes when using third-party software you find yourself in a position where your hands are tied and you have to work on the time table of the company that you purchased the software from. And that is what happened to us here, believe me if there was any way that we could have got things up and running faster we would have, we love our jobs and hate to disappoint anyone.

So in closing we want to apologize to everyone, and promise you that we have added failsafe’s to our forum environment so we never have to deal with invisionpower.com for customer service again.

Your Web Team

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Hello Members!

As we continue to make enhancements to the site we will post updates about the changes here.

Lately we have added:

  • New Rally Calendar (04/04/2017)
    The rally calendar has been updated to be more like a real calendar, you still have the option to view the listing the old way if you would like to though.
    Click here to try the new rally calendar!
  • New Sidebar Search (03/26/2017)
    If you are on desktop/tablet you will notice there is now a search box at the top of the right menu.
  • Updated Campground/Repair Search (03/15/2017)
    To help you to find repairs we have added this ability to the campground search.
    Click here to try the new search!

Your Web Team

Motorhomer Karen Brockett and her service dog, Cher, have a tight bond.Type of pet: Service Dog -- Hearing

Breed: Golden/Lab mix

Owners and FMCA membership number: Karen Brockett and Larry Holcomb, F405066, Corvallis, Ore.

Pet’s name: Cherelle, “Cher”

Pet’s age: 5 years in April 2010

What type of motorhome do you own?
A 2009 Itasca Meridian

How often does your pet accompany you on motorhome trips?
Every trip and almost everywhere while on the trip.

Does your pet have any favorite travel destinations?
Places where there are interesting smells and RV parks that have nice “pet areas.”

What do you like best about motorhoming with your pet?
Since Cher is a service dog she more than a pet. She offers me a sense of self-confidence and safety. Besides that, what else makes your motorhome more like “home” than a furry companion?

Was it easy for your pet to adapt to motorhome travel?
Cher is “Miss Adaptable” as long as she can be with me.

Does your pet have a favorite spot in the motorhome?
When we’re on the road she likes to lie in her bed, which we put between the front seats of the coach. Once we’re parked and “hunkered down” she likes to be on the couch with us.

What are your pet’s favorite toys?
Anything that has food stuffed in it.

Have you modified your motorhome in any way to better accommodate your pet?
We removed a chair with ottoman to make a space for her bed during daytime. At night her bed gets moved to the sleeping section.

Motorhomer Karen Brockett and service dog Cher at Jellystone ParkWhat is your favorite activity to do with your pet while traveling?
I enjoy exploring the RV parks with her and taking her for walks fairly early in the morning when the parks are quiet.

Tips or advice for other motorhomers who travel with pets or are considering traveling with pets:
Please, please, please respect the leash rules of the RV parks and at other locations. You never know when you and your dog may encounter a service dog. Having your dog off-leash can cause complications for, and possible harm, to both the handler and the service dog and maybe even your dog. Also, why risk getting evicted from the park? When out walking with your pet, if possible, give the handler and the service dog some space.

Other comments:
Always ask the person with a service dog if you may pet or talk to the dog. Also, ask whether or not it’s OK for your dog to approach theirs. Sometimes it may be fine and in other cases not. It is not personal. Each handler and her/his dog is a different situation with different requirements. Thanks!

I have had a service dog for 2½ years now and I'm fairly well-versed in the rights of service dogs and their handlers. There are some places where service dogs can be excluded for safety reasons (for the dog's safety and other animals'). Zoos and animal sanctuaries being two that come to mind. Such facilities, however, do need to provide a safe holding area for the dog.

Laws and requirements for service dogs (also known as assistance dogs) vary by state. For a complete listing, refer to Guide To Assistance Dogs Laws published by Assitance Dogs International. I encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about Assistance Dogs to visit www.adionling.org.

My dog is a hearing dog and most states only require that she wear her orange collar and for me to use an orange leash. Both the collar and leash have "hearing dog" embroidered on them. To make access smoother for the two of us, I also have her wear a small lightweight vest that also identifies her. This makes her very identifiable as a service animal and I rarely have trouble. 

More information about Dogs for the Deaf: www.dogsforthedeaf.org

Would your pet like to be in the Pet Spotlight? Send an e-mail to [email protected].

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