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Report: Sales trajectory could make Ram number two in pickup sales
Truck Trend
The sales pecking order for full-size trucks has been Ford, Chevy, Dodge (or, more recently, Ram) for the better part of the past three decades. But if trends continue, that established convention may be in for an upset. The Wall Street Journal analyzed sales among the Detroit Three to see if Ram's success was just a short-term flash-in-the-pan or a sustained trend that could see Chrysler's truck brand surpassing Chevrolet.
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Free webinar: Information security for your customers and employees
The Mike Molino RV Learning Center
Federal regulations require dealers to keep certain customer and employee information secure and confidential. Find out if you’re doing so correctly during a free webinar tomorrow, March 27, 12 p.m. Eastern, on dealer responsibilities under various employment and credit laws. All attendees will receive a complimentary self-audit checklist. This free webinar is sponsored by the RV Learning Center and associate KPA.
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New tech cert prep courses are available
The Mike Molino RV Learning Center
RVIA and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center are launching additional online tech cert prep courses in four specialty areas: appliance, chassis, electrical system, and plumbing. These four specialty courses are online now, and a fifth prep course for the Certified Body Specialist test is in development and will be released later this year. The online program allows every technician to access individual self-study training and certification preparation.
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Bank of the West: Mark Beecher of RV division to retire
PR Newswire via The Street
Bank of the West announced a key leadership change in its fast-growing Consumer Finance Division. Mark Beecher, executive vice president and head of sales and marketing for the bank's indirect lending in the automotive, marine and recreational vehicle sectors, will retire May 1. Michael Lax, currently senior vice president and head of Dealer Financial Services at the bank, will succeed him in his role. As part of this move, Andrew Hein will assume Lax's responsibilities as the new head of Dealer Financial Services.
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Winnebago CEO upbeat about economic, industry trends
Investor's Business Daily
Like a lot of companies that deal in big-ticket purchases, Winnebago Industries has seen a rapid improvement in business over the past couple of years. The Forest City, Iowa-based manufacturer of motor homes and recreational vehicles has run off eight straight quarters of double-digit year-over-year sales growth, though lately that growth hasn't been as brisk as it once was.
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65 jobs up for grabs at Grand Design RV in Middlebury, VT
The Elkhart Truth
A Middlebury, VT recreational vehicle maker has added a third production line and joins the growing list of Elkhart, IN area employers adding workers. Grand Design RV hired 70 people from January through the end of February, increasing its employment from 375 to 445 workers. The company recently added a third production line and looks to hire 65 more people over the next three to six months, says Marty Friend, marketing and communications manager.
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Sys2K’s Infinity is an integrated Windows-based software solution to manage all aspects of your business. Customize your Infinity DMS to include: a CRM with e-blast capabilities, inventory management, parts & service, accounting & payroll, and a fully interactive manager’s dashboard. Sys2K also offers cloud-based hosting and mobile apps. More Info
 


Auto dealer settles with FTC over deceptive ad charges
Federal Trade Commission
The Federal Trade Commission continues to target dealership advertising for signs of deception and recently settled with a Massachusetts auto dealership over charges that its leasing ads made misleading statements. The ads claimed consumers could lease a vehicle for $0 down and specific monthly payments when, in fact, the advertised amounts excluded substantial fees. The case is part of “Operation Steer Clear,” the FTC’s nationwide sweep of dealerships that began in January. RV dealers as well as car dealers must comply with the FTC Act, the Consumer Leasing Act, and Regulation M.
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    4 proven tricks to get Facebook likes on your business posts (By Emma Fitzpatrick)
Free webinar: Weeding out bad seeds, or, marijuana laws versus employment laws (The Mike Molino RV Learning Center)
RV dealers anticipate strong selling season, says GE Capital (The Wall Street Journal)
RV company hosting hiring fair in Goshen, IN to fill 300 jobs (Goshen News)

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Meet Tampa Bay Ray's Joe Maddon
Tampa Bay Times
What does Joe Maddon like most about the RV lifestyle? What does he think of being the subject of so many team giveaways – glasses, a gnome, now a Mr. Potato Head? How does he do answering questions so early in the morning? Watch our video profile of the Rays skipper and find out.
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How to make a portable clothesline for RVing
By Laura Weaver
We live in our motorhome three-fourths of the year, traveling from place to place, and often find ourselves in need of a clothesline. Most of the campgrounds where we stay have electric or gas dryers for our convenience. However, there are occasions when using the dryer is neither feasible nor preferable. So we decided to design one to fit our needs.
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11 tips for raising prices
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From market research to creating new product niches, 11 entrepreneurs from various industries share their best advice for how to raise prices without upsetting customers.

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Become a rock star manager
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
Young RV executives are invited to a free, live, online management training event on how to motivate employees. “Kicks, Keeps & Karats” will be presented March 18 at noon ET by leadership development coach Pete Smith. This interactive conversation will allow participants to ask questions, make comments, and ask to be put onto the screen via their webcams.

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4 proven tricks to get Facebook likes on your business posts
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Getting likes on your business's Facebook posts may seem like throwing spaghetti against the wall – some of it sticks and performs really well, while some of it just flops. As far as why, well, it’s been a mystery. But thanks to a recent study, part of the mystery has been cracked. Use these four scientifically supported tips to get more likes, comments and impressions on your Facebook posts.

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Engage your Facebook followers with these 5 word games
Social Media Today
Instead of putting together a flashy new infographic or polling your Facebook fans about which movie character they are, consider classic word games. Many word games don’t require extensive resources — which is one reason why it’s a perfect option to increase your Facebook reach and engagement by getting your audience involved.
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