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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.

Thanks,
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!
     

Thanks,
Your Web Team



Winnebago factory tours in Forest City, IowaWinnebago Industries offers free factory tours of its manufacturing facilities in Forest City, Iowa. According to the company, more than 10,000 visitors tour the factory each year, getting the inside story of one of America's most iconic brands.

Founded in 1958, "Winnebago" became a household word when the company became the first recreation vehicle manufacturer to build motorhomes in an automotive-style assembly line system.

Winnebago builds Winnebago, Itasca and Winnebago Touring Coach motorhome brands.

Tour details and Big Bertha

"If you haven't been on our tour, you are missing out," said Randy Potts, Winnebago chairman, CEO and president. The tour shows how Winnebago motorhomes are built from start to finish, Potts said, and also covers technology and designs that are unique to Winnbago.

The tour starts at the Winnebago Visitors' Center with a 20-minute video that offers a preview of the manufacturing process. After the video, the tour bus, manufactured by Winnebago Industries, departs for a drive-through tour of the grounds.

Tour goers also can do walk-in tours of three buildings: the Chassis Weld facility, where the raw chassis is prepared to become a home on wheels with the front cab and basement storage added; the Stitchcraft facility that builds chairs, window valances, sofas and other furniture pieces; and the company’s main production building, which is called Big Bertha.

Equivalent in size to eight football fields, Big Bertha features three production lines. Visitors will see the magnitude of this building thanks to mezzanines that provide a bird's-eye view.

Winnebago Museum, Visitors' Center

Before or after the tour, visitors can visit the Winnebago Museum, which is located in the upper level of the Visitors' Center. The museum chronicles the company's 56-year history, as well as the design and construction of the company's motorhomes.

In spring and summer, the Visitors' Center features some of the latest models of the Company's Winnebago, Itasca, and Winnebago Touring Coach motorhomes, as well as Winnebago towables, right off the assembly lines.

In addition, visitors can see one of the first motorhomes built by Winnebago Industries, the classic 1967 Winnebago D22, as well as a 1959 trailer.

The Visitors' Center is also home to WIT Club, the company's product owners club, and Winnebago Outdoor Store, which offers a variety of Winnebago branded apparel and gifts.

More Winnebago tour info

Tours are open to persons of all ages. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The Visitors' Center is accessible to those with disabilities; the factory tour, however, does include three staircases.

Tours, which last approximately two hours, are offered twice daily: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday from April through October, and at 1 p.m. in November. For groups larger than six, reservations are recommended.

For more information, call (641) 585-6936, visit: www.winnebagoind.com/company/visit-us or email [email protected]

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