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

Lately we have added:

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By Jeanette Robinson, F329985  

My husband, Bob, and I live in Waterport, N.Y., on Lake Ontario, and enjoy traveling through the South during winter. We travel with one cat in our 2003 36-foot Allegro Bus. Our son named him Brindy, a nickname for hockey player Ron Brindamour.  

Brindy was orphaned at 5 weeks old and found his way to our door. He turned 1 in June 2003. He is a silver-gray tabby with brownish undertones, a white tummy and four immaculately white paws. He has grown to a healthy 14 pounds and charms everyone who sees him walking on a leash.

Cats often are considered to be aloof creatures. But if they are the primary pet, they are very dependent on their human "parents" for security and affection. Although cats do not make the choice consciously, they fare better with you than left behind.

Preparations

Before traveling with cats in your motorhome, give them a chance to become accustomed to the new surroundings. Place their food, litter box, scratching post and favorite toys inside the motor coach. Then, take a good book and accompany them for several hours at a time as they settle into the RV.

As you prepare for a trip, try to have all of your belongings and your feline necessities packed and ready to go. Avoid any last-minute hectic activity. Stay relaxed. Cats can sense tension in their human owners.

Inside the coach: getting acclimated

For your own safety, teach your cat to stay away from the driver's area of the vehicle. Some cats are more secure and better suited for a large (dog-size) cage with space for a soft pad, their litter box and attached water dish. If that's the case, make previous short trips with this set-up.

The feeling of vehicle movement and oncoming traffic is a new sensation that cats might find unsettling. If your cat is the nervous type, you may want to talk to your veterinarian about administering a mild sedative to your cat before the initial trips.

Many motorhomes offer plenty of room for cats' necessities, as well as room to move about. Don't be surprised if your cat hides under something as you first move down the road. Allow it to find a place to hide. Try to make them comfortable when you stop for the night. Gradually, they will venture out as you travel. Eventually, you will find them sitting on your lap or in the window, charming the passers-by.

Keeping track of your cat

Now, let's talk about their possible escape and safety. For identification, use a cloth cat collar on which you have written "Reward" and your cell phone number. Be alert to where your cat is before exiting and entering the motorhome. At first, this will be a conscious and continual burden on you, especially if your cat was an indoor/outdoor cat t home.

Some RVers allow their cats to wander about the campsite or campground, off-leash. I don't recommend this, and I'm sure it's against most campgrounds' rules, even though some cats consistently return to their RV homes. When traveling around the country, cats can encounter all sorts of unfamiliar nighttime predators: coyotes, wild dogs, pigs.

I am not a believer in house cats being allowed outdoors. But, in most cases indoor cats lack the survivalist skills of a feral cat. If your cat is mature and never has been allowed outdoors, continue that practice.

Harness training

Young cats may be more inquisitive and aggressive. We have had success in training our young cat to wear a harness and walk on a lead. We try to find the time twice a day to take him outside.

Cats do not walk for exercise like dogs; rather, they walk to explore the surroundings, sniffing everything around them. Basically, they lead and you follow as safety allows. This harness training has had two benefits. One, the cat has fun; and two, the cat associates the harness with going outside, rather than expecting the freedom to run between your feet every time you open the door.

It's obvious that traveling with a cat requires time and patience. Being a pet owner is a choice we make to give time and affection to a dependent animal in exchange for entertainment and affection from our pet.


Do you travel with pets? Send your tips, ideas, memories or stories to [email protected].

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