Originally Posted by herk7769
Janet H is our admin and one reason I started a new thread for you was so I could also learn some of the history of the site. As far as I know, there is NO association with FR at all. Although I do know for a fact that some reps do "lurk" here. Janet will have some info and I will "report this thread" to her for her comments.
Welcome to our community. We are all campers here regardless of affiliation and want to help you as best we can.
The forum was started by private individuals a few years ago, is privately owned and is not affiliated with Forest River Inc. The basic idea of the forum is Forest River RV owners helping each other - sharing info.
The forum is operated by a tiny company called Social Knowledge. Social Knowledge was started a few years ago by a camping enthusiast and now has become a network for forums, most on recreational topics. The very first Social Knowledge forum was about Airstreams. The owner of SK (before it became a company) bought a vintage Airstream and needed to know how to fix it. He was systems administrator for a megacorp at the time and after looking for some restoration help and finding none, put up a website asking for help. It turned out that there were many folks looking for the same help and that forum (Airstream Trailer & Motorhome Owners Community
) has grown to over 50,000 members. I was a moderator at that forum and joined for the very same reasons - I needed help fixing my old Airstream.
Many forums are begun by a single individual with a passion but it often happens that they lose interest or the forum grows and becomes too difficult to manage. Even a small forum has technical challenges; servers, programmers, software problems, etc and sometimes the original forum owner will decide they can no longer manage. They either abandon the board or sell it, leaving members who have established acquaintances in the lurch. Social knowledge (over the years) has adopted some of these forums and you can see a list of them at the bottom of the page. There are several RV forums, some auto and motorcycle forums, a cooking forum, sailing forums, etc. We have gone from one forum in 2002 to a large handful now. All these forums are member managed and we work to keep the forum friendly and spam free. The ads that you see in the side bars help cover the costs of keeping the site online.
It is true that many Forest River reps monitor the board and some post. We are delighted to have them here and believe that they can be a huge asset to members who have questions or concerns. That said, we also have rules about soliciting and so commercial content in discussion threads is limited.
The Forum has grown enormously in the last few years and it's very exciting to see so many enthusiastic owners. Forum members are now organizing get togethers and rallies and the online forum has been the catalyst for many friendships and great events.
Looking towards the future we anticipate that the board will continue to grow. As more and more Forest River owners use the internet to find camping resources, they will find us. Please make them feel welcome and thanks for continuing to make this a great community.