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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

The Falls family visits the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, N.C. From left: Leah (asleep in stroller), mom Diana, Elizabeth, Rebekah, dad Ken, Kenny, Katarina, Susanna and Joseph. FMCA membership number: F397720 (we joined in 2008)

Our current motorhome:
2009 Damon Astoria Pacific Edition (38’10”)

Three words that best describe our motorhome:
Family Friendly Coach

The best thing about our motorhome:
Holds all our seven kids (bunk beds, rear bedroom, two couches and a spacious kitchen)

Other motorhomes we’ve owned:
Fleetwood Searcher and a Four Winds model

We decided to buy a motorhome because:
We realize that our fondest memories with our children are when we travel. How do you put a price tag on memories?

Our occupations:
Ken: Vice president of DataSys Communications Inc. -- communications cabling, voice-data and fiber optics networks

We have seven young children from 1 year to 15: Leah, Rebekah, Katarina, Susanna, Joseph, Kenny and Elizabeth.

We travel in our motorhome:
Approximately two to three months of the year.

When we’re not motorhoming, we’re:
Dreaming of motorhoming

Our favorite motorhoming destinations:
Anything out West (Zion, Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, etc.)

Our all-time favorite motorhome trip:
Going cross-country in 2003 and visiting 26 national parks.

Our “dream” motorhome trip:

Our perfect day of motorhome travel:
Is there one?

Our worst motorhoming experience:
A sewer explosion (sort of like in “RV,” the movie)

Our motorhoming pet peeve:
Lack of respect from fellow campers who put their jacks down in the parking lots of commercial entities such as Wal-Mart and Flying J who let us park overnight.  If we don’t respect these peoples’ rules they, will take them away.

The best addition or alteration we’ve made to our motorhome:
None yet

If we could change one thing about our motorhome, it would be:
Changing the way the inverter is hooked up in our motorhome. We love the coach but didn’t realize that the 1,800-watt inverter is only for the TVs. (Maybe we can get Damon to help us out on this one.)

Something about motorhoming that we know now but did NOT know when we started:
I have been camping pretty much my whole life, so I wasn’t too surprised about anything that I can remember. New RVers should rent before they buy, to know what they are getting into.

When driving a motorhome, the most important thing to remember is:
Your vehicle height and that people are going to cut you off

Our advice for other motorhome owners:
Enjoy life and get out there

Our hobbies:
Ken and Diana Falls' motorhome and towed vehicleMaking children! Only kidding. Mine: photography and any type of vehicle that goes fast (cars, motorcycles, four-wheelers). My wife likes knitting, needlepoint, sewing and gardening.

Favorite restaurant:
We have restaurants in this world? Who can afford them with seven kids? Okay, I’m again only kidding. We like the usual fare: Applebee’s, any local fish restaurant, local fare in any city we visit. If it’s crowded it must be good (unless it’s the only place around for 30 miles).

Person(s) we admire:
Pope Benedict XVI, Mother Teresa

Something others would be surprised to know about us:
We have seven kids, and my wife home schools them.

If we were awarded a shopping spree at the store of our choice, the store we’d choose:
For me, Best Buy. My wife -- any crafts store. But realistically, a food store would be the right answer, because seven kids eat a lot.

Favorite campgrounds:
Assateague Island National Seashore (Maryland Side) and Bahia Honda State Park, Florida

When motorhomers visit our state or hometown, they should be sure to see:
Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area and the Twin Lights Navesink Lightstation, nearby

Items that we always keep in our motorhome’s refrigerator while traveling:
Beer. Okay, I’m only kidding as I don’t drink anymore. The number-one Item we keep in our refrigerator is … of course, MILK.

Our advice to new motorhomers:
Go and rent first to find out what features you like. Granted, we all do love it when you buy them and sell them to us real cheap when you find out it’s not the lifestyle you thought it was.

Behind our motorhome, we tow:
We flat tow our 2008 Saturn Outlook with Air Force One Braking on a Falcon towing system. It takes my wife and I only three minutes to either hook it up or remove.

Pets that travel with us:
Duke, a male golden retriever, and Rex, a male dachshund. I must be crazy, right. But with six females in this family we needed to equalize it with a few male dogs.

When we’re online, Web sites we like to visit:
Facebook and Yahoo

A technical or travel tip we’d like to share with other motorhome owners:
Always make sure your sewer hose is firmly attached -- too long of a story to explain here, but use your imagination.

We joined FMCA because:
I liked the magazine with its helpful hints. We just went to our first FMCA convention in Bowling Green and had a blast!

FMCA chapters that we belong to:
None yet but thinking of joining the Roamin’ Catholics

Other comments:
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with our children at the youth centers during the Bowling Green convention. Without the care they gave to our seven children, we would not have been able to enjoy the exhibits, seminars and other events. And our kids had so much fun as well.

Other FMCA members may contact us at: [email protected]


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