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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!
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    If you are on desktop/tablet you will notice there is now a search box at the top of the right menu.
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    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

This Midwestern chapter offers laid-back good times.

By Peggy Jordan, Associate Editor
DeIllini chapter members met at Kankakee River State Park last September.cember 2013

FMCA members who live in southern Wisconsin, north-central Illinois, and eastern Iowa are invited to check out a small group with a big sense of fun — the Illini chapter.

The chapter’s 16 member families get together for rallies each month from April through October. Owing to the cooler weather at the end of the season, some members head south for warmer climes by late autumn. Chapter secretary Peggy Oswald noted that the chapter celebrates Thanksgiving during the “turkey campout” in October, so everyone can join in.
Rallies are laid-back and relatively unstructured. No major work or planning is required on the part of rally hosts. Typically, one night of a rally includes a potluck dinner, and another night, it’s “LEO – ‘let’s eat out,’” Peggy said.

“We try to go someplace where there are area attractions; we see what the members want,” she noted. And members join in activities as they please. At the August rally, some of them checked out area stores for bargains, and then returned to the RV park for board games and card games. (Rummikub is a group favorite.) A campfire in the evening after dinner makes for a pleasant way to end the day.

As for the chapter’s rally locations, most are held at RV parks in the north-central part of Illinois. In 2013 rallies were held in Kankakee and Shorewood, Illinois, among other places, and the chapter sometimes goes to Rockford. Peggy noted that some members traveled to Gillette, Wyoming, for FMCA’s 50th anniversary Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase this past June.

During rallies, a number of chapter members take it upon themselves to do something kind for their fellow RVing friends. For example, at the October rally, a woman in the group decided to host tea for the other women there. At the August rally, a man surprised everyone with his cooking skills by serving delicious chicken gumbo at the potluck. The chapter also gives as a group. During the September rally, chapter members held a white elephant auction, with all the proceeds going to charity.

Next year’s rally dates and locations had yet to be finalized when this was written, but the Illini will be getting together again in April. And wherever the rallies are, it’s certain the Illini chapter will welcome you if you decide to visit. “We have a nice group, but it would be nice to have more, so we’re always looking for new members,” Peggy said.

Annual chapter dues are $10, and an e-mail newsletter is available.

For more information about the Illini chapter or other FMCA chapters, contact the Chapter Services Department at (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622; [email protected]

If you would like your chapter to be featured in Chapter Spotlight, send an e-mail to [email protected]

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