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Sen. Warren earns four 'Pinnochios' for false claims on dealer reserve
Washington Post
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's fuzzy math on dealer reserve was called out by the "Fact Checker" column in the Washington Post this week. Besides citing a faulty number, Warren misleadingly reported figures on "dealer mark-ups" and committed other errors of omission as she argued that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) should be more involved in vehicle lending. RVDA firmly opposes CFPB oversight of motor vehicle dealers.
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New speakers bring new energy to RVDA's 2015 convention/expo
The Mike Molino RV Learning Center
RV dealers are always in search of new ideas and information to give them a competitive advantage, and they'll find plenty at the 2015 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. Among this year's first-time workshop speakers are Jody Urquhart of Idoinspire, and Rich DeLancey and Budd Blackburn of Level 5 Advertising. Urquhart, a motivational speaker whose clients include Pfizer and the United States Army, will present "Follow Me, I'm Right Behind You! How to Lead & Influence Others." DeLancey and Blackburn will present "Digital Marketing for Dealers" and "Turn Your Service Lane into a Selling Lane," respectively.
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JB Summers Award nominations are due now!
RVDA
Don't wait any longer to submit your nomination for the 2015 James B. Summers Award — we must have your submission by May 21. RVDA's board of directors wants to know — in detail — why your candidate should receive the association's highest honor. The recipient will be announced during the annual convention, held at Bally's on the Las Vegas Strip, Nov. 2-6. Contact RVDA Vice President for Administration Ronnie Hepp for information.
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There's a scholarship waiting for a deserving undergrad
The Mike Molino RV Learning Center
If you know a cash-strapped undergrad who's majoring in a business-related field and hopes to work in the RV industry, tell him or her about the RV Learning Center's annual scholarship. RV dealership employees and their dependents are eligible to apply and should complete an application immediately.
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Coast Distribution System reports 15 percent sales increase
Yahoo Finance
Coast Distribution System Inc., one of North America's largest aftermarket suppliers to the RV and outdoor recreation industries, reported its net sales for first quarter 2015 increased 15 percent, to $28.5 million, compared to net sales of $24.9 million in the first quarter of 2014. The company achieved this despite poor weather in much of the United States, the West Coast port strike, and the negative impact on Canadian sales from inclement weather and the rapid decline of the Canadian dollar against the U.S. dollar. Coach attributes the sales increase to a recent consolidation of competitors, positive consumer response to newly-introduced towing and outdoor power equipment products, and improvement in the RV industry due to a strengthening economy and increasing consumer confidence.
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Looking for new customers? Go RVing lead program available now
RVDA
The Go RVing dealer tie-in program has leads available in your area right now. You can easily sort leads by buying timeframe and other information provided by prospects. The program also gives dealers, state dealer associations, and their agencies options to use professionally-developed materials connected to the national campaign.
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Custom 40-foot RV turns heads on Las Vegas streets
Las Vegas Review-Journal
You can't miss the Star of Vegas, a 40-foot Fleetwood Pace Arrow motorhome, when it's on the road. In addition to a colorful, eye-catching custom wrap, it has exterior 80- and 50-inch video screens promoting various events and businesses in Southern Nevada. The Star of Vegas mobile lounge is designed as an attention-getting mobile billboard, as well as a mobile office for businesses or a party vehicle that can park for tailgating, post-prom gatherings, or event after-parties.
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Drew Industries posts record results on RV strength
The Motley Fool
The lure of the open road leads millions of retirees and families to consider RVs as a primary vacation vehicle. For Drew Industries, every RV sale means more potential business, as the manufacturer of components for RVs and manufactured homes relies on rising demand for its products to drive growth forward. Going into Tuesday morning's first-quarter financial report, Drew Industries investors had expected solid results in revenue and net income, with the rising U.S. economy helping to support growth. Drew's results were even better than most investors expected, pointing to the inherent strength among consumers and Drew's own competitive advantages.
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Pop-up weddings: Photographer offers no-fuss 'rolling elopements' via Airstream trailer
MLive.com
A bride. A groom. An Airstream trailer. That's all it takes for a wedding in photographer Emily Alt's book. Her pop-up wedding service arranges ceremonies for couples who want to tie the knot without getting tied up in knots over the details. Alt parks her Airstream in an orchard, beach, or other scenic spot, the bride and groom show up and exchange vows, everyone poses for photos, and voila — done.
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Helping disabled people enjoy life
South Bend Tribune
David Sherrer doesn't let the fact that he's in a wheelchair stop him from enjoying RV travel, and he wants to show other disabled people that they, too, can hit the road on a cross-country adventure. Sherrer, executive director of Qchair Traveler, will spend the next four years traveling around North America in his specially adapted toy hauler to create awareness of travel accessibility for the disabled. Lippert Components and Furrion LLC updated his rig with keyless locks, power stabilizers, and other components to make his trip easier and safer.
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Thor acquires Postle Aluminum
South Bend Tribune
Thor Industries has acquired Elkhart-based Postle Aluminum Co., producer of aluminum components for the RV industry, for about $144 million. Earlier this year, Thor bought towable RV manufacturer Cruiser RV and luxury fifth wheel manufacturer DRV through its Heartland Recreational Vehicles subsidiary for $47.4 million. "We see a long-term positive trend for the RV industry," says Bob Martin, president and CEO of Thor. "The demographics are right for the industry."
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2015 National Travel and Tourism Week celebration underway
Travel Pulse
Although holidays like Mother's Day and Cinco de Mayo are usually what come to mind around the beginning of May, this month also includes the arrival of National Travel and Tourism Week. This year's spring celebration kicked off on Saturday, May 2, and will continue through May 10. The annual salute to travel and tourism in America will feature a plethora of events and outreach efforts aimed at both promoting and showcasing the industry and its overall impact, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
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Top 8 proven benefits of business blogging
Business 2 Community
According to a recent survey of 3,500 marketing professionals, business blogging is one of the most important sources of leads for their companies, and it also builds stronger business relationships with customers. Blog postings published in prior months continued to drive traffic to the companies’ websites, the survey showed.
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