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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.

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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)
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    If you are on desktop/tablet you will notice there is now a search box at the top of the right menu.
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    To help you to find repairs we have added this ability to the campground search.
    Click here to try the new search!

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Photo albums

Vintage motorhomes I

Vintage Motorhomes II

Thanks to a New Jersey shutterbug, FMCA has photographic evidence that dinosaurs roamed the land at FMCA’s earliest conventions.

The creatures had names like Brill, Condor, Norris, ReVella, Beechwood and Streamline. Some were mammoth in size; others barely the length of an ice cream truck.

Frederick Weiss, an FMCA member for more than 30 years, photographed them in the 1960s. He had a darkroom in the basement of his Summit, N.J., home, where he processed film and made his own prints.

Mr. Weiss passed away in May 2000 at age 92. His wife, Charlotte, disfcovered the black-and-white photos of old motorhomes. She excavated several hundred of them from the drawers of a baby dresser in a closet den.

Stored with care

Mr. Weiss’ 4½ x 3½-inch photos showed motorhomes at FMCA conventions in the 1960s — full-body shots of coach conversions and manufactured coaches owned by convention attendees.

The photos had been stacked neatly into yellow Kodak Photographic Paper boxes. Many were grouped by year and tucked into waxed paper sleeves.

Mr. Weiss’ pencil notations on the back side of the photos indicate the years taken. The dates coincide with FMCA’s third, fourth and fifth national conventions in 1966, 1967 and 1968.

Bumper stickers that say “National Convention — Bowling Green” are visible in some photos, indicating they were taken at FMCA’s fourth and fifth conventions at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Ky.

Some photos appear to be from 1966 at the association’s third summer convention, held at the Chalet Campsite Recreation Area, Glenwood, Minn.

‘Just a hobby’

Charlotte Weiss passed away in April 2006. After finding the photos, she had given them to her son, Frederick M. Weiss Jr., 60, who is a former FMCA member himself.

“I must have been in my late teens at the time, and I remember Dad taking pictures of all the motorhomes,” Frederick Jr. said. “It was just a hobby for him.”

In those days FMCA conventions attracted 300 to 400 motorhomes. It’s easy to imagine Mr. Weiss methodically positioning himself, carefully composing each shot, then moving on to the next motorhome.

The resulting photos aren’t unlike those that someone might submit for an ad in a local auto trader publication. Mr. Weiss framed the coaches at a 10- to 20-degree angle, presumably to furnish a full view of the coach without losing much detail. The background is sky, trees or a mix of both.

Maybe he appreciated the contours, shapes and designs of motorhomes in the same way some photographers appreciate the arcane details of nature.

Selections of his motorhome photos appeared in a 1968 issue and a 1969 issue of Family Motor Coaching magazine.

Believe it or not, motorhomes weren’t his favorite subjects to photograph. “His main hobby was taking pictures of steam locomotives,” Frederick Jr. said. “He did that even before he was married.”

Retired engineer

Mr. Weiss attended Princeton University (class of 1931), where he studied civil engineering. He worked for the Port Authority of New York as a supervisor of technical manuals and standards. After about 20 years there, he retired in 1971 as an executive engineer.

The Weisses joined FMCA in 1964, becoming the 363rd member family to join. At that time, they owned a Chevrolet Traville motorhome built in Detroit, Mich., in 1962. It was actually a converted Chevrolet Step Van, Frederick Jr. said.

Mr. Weis helped form a local FMCA chapter, the 20th Century Wagontrainers, in March 1966. He served as the chapter’s first president.

His next motorhome was a Dodge, built in 1967 in Brown City, Mich. “It was only three or four months old when he bought it, from a Travco dealer in New Jersey who happened to be a Dodge dealer as well,” Frederick Jr. said. “They told him it previously belonged to a New Jersey state trooper.”

In the early 1990s he sold the Dodge and bought his last motorhome, a 23-foot 1987 Winnebago.

Preserving history

Mr. Weiss’ photos ensured that many old motorhomes won’t be forgotten, at least from his perspective. The pictures may be black-and-white, but they’re not colorless. In fact, the monochrome images and years gone by give rise to musings about each motorhome, its owner or owners, and where it’s been.

Every picture tells a story, right? Well, every motorhome has one. Maybe that's what Frederick Weiss Sr. had in mind all those years ago.

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