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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


FMCA membership number: F184794 (joined in 1994)James and Joyce Haupt

Our current motorhome:
A 35-foot 2000 Dutch Star

Three words that best describe our motorhome:
Comfortable, cozy, second home

Other motorhomes we’ve owned:
A Callista type C and a Robinhood

The best thing about motorhoming:
Meeting new friends and seeing our beautiful United States.

We decided to buy a motorhome because:
Now that we are retired, we love to travel. And now that we are members of FMCA, we love to attend rallies with our friends.

The best addition or alteration we’ve made to our motorhome:
A new TV, outside cooler

If we could change one thing about our motorhome:
It would be to have the door in the center of the motorhome instead of at the front.

Former occupations:
Joyce is retired from banking. James is retired from an appraisal business.

Children, grandchildren:
Combined, we have five children and eight grandchildren.

We travel in our motorhome approximately:
Three to four months during the year. When we’re not motorhoming we’re involved with our church, Elks, a hunting and fishing club (Jim is past president), monthly card parties, family outings, the chamber of commerce (Joyce is past president) and Soroptimist International of Los Angeles (Joyce is past president and an honorary member).

Our favorite motorhoming destinations:
Priest Gulch in southwest Colorado. Gardnerville and Minden, Nev. Carson Valley Inn Hotel-Casino-RV Resort in Minden — it’s located ear Lake Tahoe, Reno and Virginia City, a historic mining town. Smokey Mountains. Ozarks. Oceano, San Clemente and Huntington Beach, Calif.

Our all-time favorite motorhome trip:
Canada — it's so very beautiful!

Our “dream” motorhome trip:
To travel through the Midwest to the East Coast.

Our perfect day of motorhome travel:
Safe traveling, ending the day at a nice RV park. Enjoying the evening, weather permitting, sitting outside and enjoying the fresh air and conversation with family and friends.

Our worst motorhoming experience:
When our motorhome broke down in Pocatello, Idaho, coming home from FMCA’s convention in North Dakota in 2005. Also, when we had a breakdown in Tucumcari, New Mexico, on our way to a national rally in Albuquerque.

Something about motorhoming that we know now but did NOT know when we started:
That it would be so relaxing and that we would have so much fun by ourselves or with friends or make so many new friends through FMCA.

When driving a motorhome, the most important thing to remember is:
That the size of the motorhome is not the same as a car, especially when you are making turns.

Our motorhoming pet peeve:
Automobiles that cut in and out of traffic while we are on the freeway.

Advice to other motorhome owners:
Enjoy it as long as you can. Old age comes too soon and you are not able to drive and do the things or travel the places you did when you were younger.

Our hobbies:
Short walks, monthly get-togethers and card games with friends. Small group home dinners, taking turns hosting them each month. Spending time with our children and grandchildren. Church activities, staying involved with our social and service clubs.

Favorite restaurant:
Fish Company

Something others would be surprised to know about us:
Can’t tell you that! You would never believe it if we did tell you.

If we were awarded a shopping spree at the store of our choice, the store we’d choose is:
Costco

A celebrity we admire:
Bob Hope. He was a great entertainer. Plus, he did so much for others, especially our troops overseas.

Our avorite campground:
Priest Gulch Campground in Dolores, Colo.

When motorhomers visit our state or hometown, they should be sure to see:
Disneyland in Anaheim and Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park.

Items that we always keep in our motorhome refrigerator while traveling:
Beer and soft drinks

Our advice to new motorhomers:
Make sure all the cupboards and refrigerator doors are closed and don't forget to take down the antenna before you leave home or the campground.

Behind our motorhome, we tow:
A 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier, using a two bar

When we're online, we like to visit these Web sites:
www.southerncalifornia.com, www.socalsynod.org, www.fmca.com and others that interest at the time.

We joined FMCA because:
One of our friends recommended it to us. It was the best advice we ever received. We've had so many good times with old and new friends.

FMCA chapters that we belong to:
Southwestern Bus Nuts, Beat the Odds, California, Southern California FMCA Elk, We’Come.

Other comments:
We have made so many longtime friends through FMCA and enjoy all the local and national rallies. We also attend other events, such as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta; attractions in Branson, Mo.; family outings; and the yearly crab festival in Lodi, Calif. I (Joyce) am currently president of the Beat the Odds chapter. We have served as trail bosses for several chapters and have been rally managers for Beat the Odds for several years. I am currently volunteer coordinator for the Western Area Rally and Jim serves on the Parking Crew.

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