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HUD won't enforce park model limits
RVDA
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it won’t enforce an interpretation it made last October that park model RV porches count toward the 400 square foot size limit for those types of vehicles. The agency won’t take further action until new regulations defining RVs are published, something that likely won’t occur for months. RVIA, RVDA, and the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) worked closely to minimize the impact of HUD’s October interpretation on the RV and campground industries.
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Diversified Insurance Management renews pledge commitment to RV Learning Center
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
Diversified Insurance Management has renewed its commitment to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center with an additional $8,000 five-year pledge, which will bring the company’s contributions to $31,200 to date. The pledge puts Diversified in the highest donor category of Major Gifts.
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Now is the best time to prepare for certification
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
Now, before the spring sales season gets underway, is an ideal time to focus on training and certification. Technicians can earn master certified status by moving through five individual specialties: appliances, body, chassis, electrical systems, and plumbing. RVIA and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center now offer prep courses for each. The new courses feature updated online materials and test prep resources that reflect changes in the RV industry. All content and testing is online — no other materials are needed.
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Free webinar: How to navigate the Family Medical and Leave Act
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
With all of the forms, overlapping state and federal laws, and eligibility qualifications, FMLA can be confusing to understand and comply with. The right information can make it less of a headache. Attend this free webinar tomorrow, Jan. 22, at 12 p.m. Eastern, as a KPA human resource expert takes the mystery out of FMLA.
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Gas prices down, RV sales up
WSBT-TV
More than 3,000 people were expected to stop by the Valley RV & Camping Show at the South Bend Century Center over the weekend, many of them being drawn in by low fuel prices. Now that people are paying less per gallon at the pump, that's more money for recreation. And more incentive to buy recreational vehicles. According to RVIA, November 2014 saw 20 percent more RV wholesale shipments than November 2013.
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Airstream Sport is less RV, more cocoon
BBC
Given the area's natural beauty, and a market fuelled by nearby San Francisco's protracted economic boom, one would be lucky to find a decommissioned cow shed in these parts for much less than half a million. Yet on a recent morning, this author and his wife found themselves waking up on a promontory overlooking Tomales Bay, in a striking home whose aesthetic could be described as Space Age-meets-mid-century-modern. Equally striking was its price tag: a shade under $50,000.
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Drew Industries expands with acquisition of EA Technologies
CNN Money
Drew Industries Inc., a leading supplier of components for RVs and manufactured homes, announced that its subsidiary, Lippert Components Inc., has bought EA Technologies, LLC, an Elkhart-based manufacturer of custom steel and aluminum parts and provider of powder coating services for RVs, buses, and specialty/ utility trailers. EA Technologies had sales of approximately $17 million in 2014. Drew president Scott Mereness said EA Technologies’ experience in the bus, automotive, medium-duty truck, and trailer markets will help accelerate Drew’s industry diversification and product innovation.
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Couple's retirement goal: Travel, travel, travel some more
The Wall Street Journal
Tom and Anne Barker have a message for anyone wishing to travel in later life: A simple investment plan and lots of self-discipline can help you see more of the world than you ever imagined. The retired statistics professors saved religiously, lived below their means, and are now enjoying the rewards: trips all over the world, plus three months a year spent traveling the United States in a 21-foot RV.
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Rachel Bilson, Hayden Christensen embark on RV road trip with baby girl
US Weekly
"The O.C." star Rachel Bilson and her newborn daughter Briar Rose are joining dad Hayden Christensen, of "Star Wars" fame, on a road trip. The family is traveling in an RV to Atlanta, where Christensen will be filming "90 Minutes in Heaven." The couple chose to make the trek from Los Angeles to Atlanta via RV in order to avoid the airport.
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Where to go in a teeny weeny trailer in 2015
Yahoo! Travel
This year, Lisa McElroy decided her resolutions needed to be fun. So she and her teeny weeny trailer are hitting the road. To make sure she'll find the best campgrounds across the country, she polled the experts: some Sisters on the Fly, a few Tin Can Toursts, and a bunch of Glampers on the Loose. Now that the results are in, she's polishing up the teeny weeny trailer and filling the tires with air. Route 66 (and California, and Florida, and Texas), here she comes!
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4 steps to getting more out of Twitter analytics
Fox Small Business
Mastering Twitter as a marketing strategy is one thing; learning to read and use Twitter analytics is another. Some small business owners still shy away from the latter, but Twitter analytics help you improve your social media efforts. They tell you what updates are getting shared and which links people are clicking on. With that information, you can adjust your tweets to get more shares, likes, clicks, and responses.
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4 ways to market your business for free
Entrepreneur
Small businesses and startups generally don't have the luxury of outsourcing their marketing to professionals. However, there are some marketing practices available to entrepreneurs that don’t require piles of cash — in fact, some involve free services.
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The missing ingredient in your marketing strategy
Business 2 Community
Your potential customers are exposed to a barrage of marketing from both you and your competitors. When a customer has to choose between companies and products, your online reputation plays a decisive role. But how exactly does a customer judge your reputation?
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