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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: F377600FMCA members Gary and Linda Van Der Starre

Our current motorhome:
A 43-foot 2008 Tiffin Allegro Bus QRP. We are at 15,000 miles as of 12/08.

Three words that best describe our motorhome:
Fun on Wheels

The best thing about our motorhome:
If we like where we are, we stay. If we hate it we move.

Other motorhomes we’ve owned:
A 2006 Winnebago View traded at 16,000 miles and a 2006 Itasca Horizon KD traded at 25,000 miles

We decided to buy a motorhome because:
We wanted to see ALL of the USA and Canada

Our occupations:
Gary — retired terminal manager. Linda — retired accounts receivable manager.

Children, grandchildren:
Son, Gerry, 13, on the PC for Distance Learning, eighth grade

We travel in our motorhome:
Approximately 12 months of the year. When we’re not motorhoming, we’re four-wheelin’ with our Jeep.

Our favorite motorhoming destinations:
Mount Rushmore and San Diego

Our all-time favorite motorhome trip or motorhoming memory:
We call it SCARY ROAD! Utah on route 261 between Natural Bridges National Monument and Mexican Hat, Utah. DO NOT try it with a 43-foot motorhome.

Our dream motorhome trip:
Alaska and the Canadian Rockies via the Alcan Highway (we leave in July ’09)

Our perfect day of motorhome travel:
Easy side roads with lots of scenery

Our worst motorhoming experience:
The awning fell out when Gary and Gerry were at 60 mph on the way to a train show. Climbing up the ladder with bungee cords to fasten it caused nightmares.

Our motorhoming pet peeve:
People in a rush driving too fast! Stay in your lane!

The best addition or alteration we’ve made to our motorhome:
Extra mud flaps, roll-out cabinet drawers in the kitchen (you can tell who suggested each!)

If we could change one thing about our motorhome:
With three people aboard, we need two powder rooms.

Something about motorhoming that we know now but did NOT know when we started:
You need less “stuff.” Do not over pack.

When driving a motorhome, the most important thing to remember is:
Do not turn until your hips reach the lane line you wish to turn into. You’ll never drag wheels over the curb again!

Our advice for other motorhome owners:
Get an 8 X 10 magnifying sheet and place it on the right lower corner of the passenger door window to be able to see your blind spot.

Our hobbies:
Gary and Gerry do rail fanning (train watching). I [Linda] l Love meeting people.

Favorite restaurant:
Lambert Cafe, home of the “Throwed Rolls,” in Sikeston and Ozark, Mo., and Foley, Ala.

A celebrity we admire:
John Wayne

Something others would be surprised to know about us:
We have traveled by RV to 48 states and have been to all 50.

If we were awarded a shopping spree at the store of our choice, the store we’d choose is:
Wal-Mart, because you can shop there and sleep there, too.

Favorite campground:
Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md. It’s THE place to stay while seeing Washington, D.C.

When motorhomers visit our state or hometown, they should be sure to see:
In Rochester, N.Y., where we're originally from: the Eastman Theatre and High Falls Brewery. Other sites: Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen State Park and Toronto, Canada.

Items that we always keep in our motorhome’s refrigerator while traveling:
Water, iced tea, fruit and witch hazel for boo-boos.

Our advice to new motorhomers:
Take a driving/ safety seminar and buy from a manufacturer/dealer who can provide service.

Behind our motorhome, we tow:
A 2008 four-door, six-speed Jeep Wrangler Sahara Edition with four-wheel-drive. We tow it with a Blue Ox system and Blue Ox brake unit.

Pets that travel with us:
Starr the wonder dog. She’s a 2-year-old black Lab mix.

When we’re online, Web sites we like to visit:
Facebook, Yahoo, MSN, FMCA, Camping World, All Things Jeep

A technical or travel tip we’d like to share with other motorhome owners:
Use your GPS AND a map.

We joined FMCA because:
The camaraderie and information at the rallies is wonderful.

Other FMCA members may contact us via e-mail:
[email protected]
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