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Free webinar: Does your dealership comply with the Affordable Care Act?
The Mike Molino RV Learning Center
Now that the Affordable Care Act has been implemented, dealers need to double-check that their businesses comply. A free webinar at noon EST tomorrow, Jan. 9, will provide a refresher on the health insurance marketplace, major components of the law and what dealers need to do to meet the requirements. The Learning Center offers free webinars through a partnership with KPA, and RV dealers help support the center by participating in them.
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2013 is the best year for the RV industry since the Great Recession
The Goshen News
Shipments of RVs continued to surge even in the traditionally slow month of November. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association says wholesale shipments to retailers jumped 5.8 percent over the same month in 2012. And by the end of November, the industry had shipped 299,451 RVs, the largest year-to-date total in six years.
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RVDA's LinkedIn group grows to more than 1,000 members
The Mike Molino RV Learning Center
More than a thousand professionals from throughout the RV industry are finding and sharing news on the LinkedIn group for the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. The group includes individuals from dealerships, manufacturers, campgrounds, media outlets, suppliers, F&I institutions and other industry segments. Recent discussion topics have included the revamped RV Technician Certification Prep Course, best practices in social media and damage estimating. LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network, with more than 250 million registered users. Members build their professional presence online, connect with colleagues and share information with others in their field.
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Actor Jeff Daniels dons his singer-songwriter hat
The New York Times
Jeff Daniels' folksy monologue "Recreational Vehicle" is only half as long as its prototype, Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant." But this rambling true story of a family road trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, in a 28-foot Winnebago driven by Mr. Daniels has a similar thread of absurdist, self-deprecating humor.
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Sasquatch can be sighted at RV & boat show
The Columbus Dispatch
You know it's a rough Ohio winter when Bigfoot goes to the Ohio RV & Boat Show to keep warm. The famous Sasquatch often claimed to be sighted in parts of Ohio — or at least a fearsome 6-foot replica — is one of the attractions at the show, an event that temporarily transports people out of the doldrums of winter and into the warmth of camping, trail-riding and boating.
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CAMI Terra Wind is the go anywhere, do anything amphibious RV
BoldRide.com
The great thing about RVs is that they enable you to travel cross-country without having to be fondled by the TSA or to stay in roadside motel rooms that you wouldn't want to scan with a black light. The only problem with RVs was their lack of aquatic mobility. That is, until now.
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There's room for 1 more aboard the RV
The New York Times
This Southern Cal couple skipped the usual bland wedding vows and promised instead to "throw radical parties" and "remain curious." For the first year of their marriage, their lifestyle didn't change much: He commuted to his technology job, and she focused on the couple's event business, the RVIP Lounge, a mobile karaoke bar housed in a 37-foot RV. And then came baby.
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Marathon Coach hiring in Oregon as RV industry makes comeback
KVAL-TV
Marathon Coach of Coburg, OR, plans to hire more people in the next few months as operations expand in 2014. Marathon general manager Steve Schoellhorn says it marks the beginning of a comeback for an industry decimated in 2008.
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FSU students embark on epic trek to Pasadena
Tallahassee Democrat
For many Florida State fans, the trek to Pasadena, CA, for the BCS National Championship will consist of long waits in airport terminals, reading magazines and eating overpriced food. But eight FSU students decided that, for the same price as flying, they could make the trip itself something to look forward to. They're making the journey in a rented RV, with stops at the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Joshua Tree National Park and Los Angeles.
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Boondocking in the southwestern deserts
RV.net
Many RV snowbirds are just now arriving in the southwestern deserts, with quite a few heading for Quartzsite, AZ, to camp on Bureau of Land Management Land. The BLM has established long-term visitor areas to provide RVers with open space for camping without the hookups found in established campgrounds.
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4 New Year's life lessons for small-business owners
The Huffington Post
This is the season when people reflect on what they've accomplished and plan for the new year. Between talking with other small-business owners and learning from his own mistakes, SEO Savvy cofounder Mark Hawks has found some insights and techniques that help him stay focused personally and professionally. "My hope is that this insight, which worked well for me in 2013, will help fellow business owners as they plan for 2014," he says.
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RVing with medical challenges
By John Bos
RV travel does not need to stop when you have medical conditions. There are many high-quality medical services available to snowbirds and other travelers. In fact, they may have more experience treating those of us that are living in "God's waiting room" in Florida, Texas, Arizona and other popular winter retreats. We have been snowbirding with serious medical conditions for many years. Here are some tips that we have utilized to make the snowbird experience seamless for those with health issues.

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Back to work: How to start 2014 right
By Jessica Taylor
When you return to the office after the holidays, the pile of work, unanswered emails and missed calls that await you can feel overwhelming. No doubt about it — getting back into the groove after a holiday is hard, but here are some tips for coping.

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Confessions of a miser: 6 tips to a strong budget
By Bob Fortune
Budgetary decisions often require the employer to make hard-nosed decisions that can help the company but hurt individuals. Belt tightening and cutbacks are a necessary and healthy part of the business cycle, but nobody cheers when these actions are taken. Here are six cornerstone budget philosophies that have helped our organization bear fruit through the ups and downs of many business cycles.

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10 small-business management books to read this year
Small Business Trends
Successful small-business owners have a knack for zeroing in on the most important tasks, building a competent staff and pulling everyone together to accomplish those tasks. When done well, both your enterprise and your life can run smoothly and effortlessly. Done poorly, you're stuck in a never-ending abyss of unfinished projects and missed opportunities, feeling like there's too much to do and not enough time. This collection of small-business management books will help you focus on and manage all of the elements of your business and life.
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