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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: F182814 (we joined in 1994)FMCA members Joan and Tom Ainsley

FMCA chapter memberships:
Gold Diggers, Sierra Ramblers, Golden Spike, Elk International, Northern California FMCA Elk, Traveling VIP (chapter president)

Our current motorhome: 2005 Country Coach Inspire

Three words that best describe our motorhome:
Comfortable, spacious, attractive

The best thing about our motorhome:
Comfort. Ability to travel wherever we want to go.

Other motorhomes we’ve owned:
A 1994 Safari Trek, a 1996 Safari Trek, and a 2001 Safari Zanzibar

We decided to buy a motorhome because:
After we retired, we wanted to travel in comfort and at our own pace. FMCA membership was a bonus.

Occupations:
Tom: Retired marketing/sales management
Joan: Retired elementary school teacher, association administrative assistant

The best thing about motorhoming:
The freedom to travel when and where you want to in comfort, and the fellowship with other RVers.

Children, grandchildren:
We have three sons and seven grandchildren.

We travel in the motorhome approximately:
Five to six months per year. When we’re not motorhoming we’re home in Sacramento, where we have a home that we have lived in for 36 years.

Our all-time favorite motorhome trip:
To New England, then down to South Carolina and Georgia. Also, we really enjoyed our trip to Perry, Ga., touring the Gulf Coast.

Other favorite motorhoming destinations:
We particularly enjoy the Oregon Coast and Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. Another favorite destination is British Columbia and Alberta, Canada — Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. The redwood area of northern California is always a favorite.

One of our fondest motorhoming memories:
The good times we have had at the many FMCA chapter rallies and conventions we have attended.

Our perfect day of motorhome travel:
A perfect day of motorhome travel would be a drive along back roads through beautiful countryside and visiting small towns. We also like to travel with friends to share these experiences.

Something motorhoming has taught us about life:
Take the time to smell the roses and see this beautiful country of ours.

The best addition we’ve made to our motorhome:
Satellite TV and radio

If we could change one thing about our motorhome, it would be:
Less fuel consumption

Something about motorhoming that we know now but didn’t know when we started:
Safe driving considerations and techniques for large vehicles and towing

When driving the motorhome the most important thing to remember is:
Safety. Be aware of your surroundings, maintain your equipment and know and follow the laws.

Our favorite things about FMCA:
Fun, fellowship and being involved in all levels and activities of FMCA. Also, FMCA provides excellent benefits.

Hobbies:
Tom: volunteering, RV travel, reading, computers
Joan: volunteering, RV travel, reading, quilting, sewing, playing bridge

Our favorite way to exercise:  walking

Favorite campgrounds:
California’s Humboldt Redwoods State Park, located along the scenic Avenue of the Giants between the towns of Weott and Myers Flat. There are three campgrounds within the park plus several commercial campgrounds. It’s the third-largest California state park. The wonderful visitor center contains the first Class A motorhome (see article in the Sept. 2000 issue of Family Motor Coaching magazine).

When motorhomers visit our state or hometown they should be sure to see:
Sacramento: State Capitol, California State Railroad Museum, Old Town and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. California: You name it, we’ve got it.

Our advice to new motorhomers:
Always follow good driving practices and comply with local and state laws. Also, get involved with FMCA, especially the chapters, and lasting friendships will happen quickly. Joan is national director of the Gold Diggers chapter. Tom serves on FMCA’s Government and Legislative Affairs committee and Nominating committees and is part of the advance security team for FMCA international conventions.

Behind our motorhome, we tow:
A 2004 Chevy Malibu with a Blue Ox tow bar

Our favorite activity inside the motorhome is: entertaining friends, reading

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