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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 installed the new license and the 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

Owners: Charles and Willa Cecil, Granite Falls, N.C. Gus enjoys a ride in the motorhome.

FMCA membership number: F403243 (we joined FMCA in 2008)

Type of pet: two ''guard'' dogs

Breeds: papillons with a heritage that goes back to Marco Polo and the ''Ming Dynasty''

Pets’ names: Gus the Wonderdawg (Gus) and Phineas Foghorn Farnsworth (Finnie)Gus (top) and Finnie are excellent RVing companions and good guard dogs, too.

Pets’ ages: Gus is 9 years and Finnie is 10 months.

What do you like best about motorhoming with your pets?
The company they provide. They are always ready for ''play'' or a ''nap on our lap'' or anything in between. We love to talk to people and they are a great conversation starter when they are ''out for a walk.” They are a real attention getter when they sit on the dash and ride ''shotgun'' for us.

How often do your pets accompany you on motorhome trips?
Just like the credit card advert: ''WE NEVER LEAVE HOME WITH THEM.'' Gus has traveled some 70,000 miles and Finnie just finished his first trip to the West Coast. They always travel with us.

What type of motorhome do you own?
We have a 2000 Pace Arrow. It is 33 feet long with two slides and it serves us very well. Since 2005 we have put over 70,000 miles on this coach.

Have you modified your motorhome in any way to better accommodate your pet?
Not really. We have put a Pet Pad on the nightstand for them to sleep on.

Does your pet have any favorite travel destinations?
Any destination that includes the word ''GO'' or ''RIDE'' is fine with them.

Was it easy for your pets to adapt to motorhome travel?
They both travel well. Since they are small dogs they will sometimes get into the ''dog bed'' we have for them and they will take long naps when we travel. They both love to sit on the dash and ''guard against gorilla and butterfly attacks on our coach.”

Do your pets have a favorite spot in the motorhome?
Finnie loves to lie on my lap while I drive. Gus enjoys Willa's lap during long sessions on the road.

What are your pets’ favorite toys?
Their ''favorite toy'' is each other. These dogs love to wrestle and play ''chase.” Finnie will instigate the play and Gus will participate for long sessions. Each has learned the tail pull and the leg-grab holds and they both use these quite effectively.

What is your favorite activity to do with your pet while traveling?
Long walks on the leash. They love to ''go outside'' when we get set up in a camp spot. They are both trained “Gorilla killing dogs” and they avidly hunt for Gorilla scat in every campground where we stop. They are also trained to defend against the savage “Attack Butterfly that you may have read about recently. We feel very safe with these two dogs defending us and we have yet to be bothered by Gorilla or Butterfly attacks while traveling.

Advice for other motorhomers who travel with pets or are considering traveling with pets?
We love all pets. We are especially fond of small dogs. The advantage of papillons is that they have no odor. They can go without a bath for a month and they produce no odor at all. Paps are easy to groom, are good-natured and travel well. Most of all, people just love them. Everyone wants to ''pet the puppies.”

If you travel with a pet, always pick up after your animal. Always be considerate to other campers who may have a hole in their shoe!
Carry your pets’ up-to-date papers from your vet. Always provide a fresh supply of food and water and a safe environment for your pets. Put your cell phone number on your pets’ collars. Keep a leash handy for your pets’ walks.

Other comments:
Traveling is one of the great joys of our lives. We always say “It’s the journey, not the destination.” Traveling means meeting new people on the road, making new friends on each journey. It’s the chance to see the world that God has created for our enjoyment. It is the ability to sit beside Muncho Lake in Canada or in Death Valley, California, and listen to the stone-quiet sound of the earth breathing and to listen carefully and hear God walking around in His Heaven.

Traveling in a motorhome is a lot like life.
Go and enjoy, see and touch, and never enter into a situation where you can not turn around easily.

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