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Free webinar will address new OSHA enforcement priorities
The RV Learning Center
A free webinar from the RV Learning Center will help dealers prepare for regulatory changes from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. RVDA associate KPA's compliance expert Nick Hardesty will present the session tomorrow, May 23, at noon EDT. Get a handle on new regulatory issues that will affect your dealership by participating in this free webinar.
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Partners in Progress Brand Committee meetings at convention/expo taking shape: more to come
Three Partners in Progress Brand Committee meetings have just been slated for the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, with more to come. The convention/expo runs Sept. 30- Oct. 4 in Las Vegas. On Monday, Sept. 30, Keystone retailers and manufacturer officials will meet from 3:30-5 p.m., and Dutchmen retailers and factory reps will meet from 5:15-6:30 p.m. CrossRoads will hold its Partners in Progress meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Watch for announcements in the coming weeks about additional brand committee meetings. And take advantage of the early bird convention registration rates now in effect.
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Alaskan trip of a lifetime made perfect with proper planning
By Laura Weaver
One of our very first experiences in RVing, as well as one of our most memorable, was traveling to Alaska. Each day of travel brought experiences we had never encountered before — unobstructed views of breathtakingly beautiful landscape, the sight of wildlife in its natural habitat and the realization that we had finally undertaken our trip of a lifetime. It's very advantageous, before embarking on such a journey, to research and plan your trip thoroughly.
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Navistar sells off RV business
Fleet Owner
Calling it "another important step in the company's turnaround plan," Navistar Inc. announced it has sold certain assets of its Navistar RV operation to Allied Specialty Vehicles. Navistar RV manufactures motorized and towable recreational vehicles, including the Monaco, Holiday Rambler and R-Vision brands.
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Hoover RV Park already filled for 2013 SEC Baseball Tournament
The Birmingham News
Fans of the SEC Baseball Tournament have been filling up the Hoover RV Park quickly in advance of this year's event. The 142-space RV park next to Hoover Metropolitan Stadium is sold out, and there's a record waiting list of 83. Gerry and Marcia Duszynski, who live outside of Baton Rouge, LA, have RV'd at SEC for 12 years because of the camaraderie. "We come whether LSU comes or not," says Marcia Duszynski. "We love it here, and we love SEC baseball. We always say, 'We're going to Hoover. LSU can come if they want to come.'"
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Bret Michaels to give away custom-built RV
Travel Channel's new original series "Rock My RV with Bret Michaels" is hooking up one lucky fan with the ultimate prize — a shockingly luxurious RV custom-built and designed by Michaels and his "Rock My RV" design team, PLUS an appearance on the show's special one-hour finale. Fans can log onto the Travel Channel website to enter the contest, which runs from June 3 through July 15. The series begins airing this Sunday.
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Camping in an RV lets you see the nation
The Gazette
Four years ago, Bill Turner came home from his job as a bank CFO and announced to his wife that he was tired of sitting at a desk crunching numbers. How did she feel about early retirement and full-time RVing? Jennifer Turner wasn't completely sold on the idea, but the couple nonetheless sold their house, gave away their belongings, and took to the road. "We've gone from being a teacher and bank CFO to working at camps," Jennifer Turner says. "It's fun to learn new things and stretch yourself. I'm enjoying it more than I thought I would and am not missing the things I gave up at all."
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Not your grandpa's RV: This roving lab tracks air pollution
VideoBriefIf you're driving in the Los Angeles area and encounter a camper with a 50-foot periscope sticking up into the sky, you might have crossed paths with atmospheric scientist Ira Leifer of the University of California, Santa Barbara. His quirky vehicle is on a serious mission — to sniff the air for methane, a gas that contributes to global warming.
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Plug into comfort with an RV and these Idaho campgrounds
Idaho Statesman
The alarm goes off, and it's time to get ready for fishing. The coffee's brewing, and the furnace is warming things up. But first, you check news and email on the Wi-Fi. Yes, it's all about comfortable camping, and it's easy in Idaho where there are so many places to plug in your RV and enjoy fishing, boating, and other activities. Here are some top campgrounds that are well-suited for RVers because they have showers, restrooms, hookups and other amenities.
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Motorhome sales rise in hopeful economic sign
MSN Money
If you're on the road this Memorial Day weekend, take note of the recreational vehicles you see. While not a scientific economic bellwether, RV sales have been coming back after the disastrous recession, and they may be another indicator of a strengthening economy.

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Stop telling your employees what to do
Harvard Business Review
The knee-jerk reaction of many managers to a performance challenge is to "tighten the screws" and get more involved in how and when a task is done. But practical experience tell us that a better approach is to give workers their autonomy and provide high-level direction.

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Travel Channel show is looking for unusual RVs
High Noon Entertainment
The producers of "Cake Boss" and "Hurricane Hunters" is producing "Mega RV Countdown" for Travel Channel, an inside peek at the most unusual RVs in America and beyond. If you have an RV with unique custom features that you'd like to show off to the world, "Mega RV Countdown" wants to hear from you.

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What teenagers with millions of YouTube fans can teach you about sales
American Express OPEN Forum
How do you sell online when your target audience is too young to have credit cards? A group of entrepreneurial teenagers found an easy solution. What's the lesson for you, the small business owner? Sometimes your customers might need help to move toward purchase. What can you do to remove hurdles and make it easier for people to buy?
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How to win the war for talent
The Build Network
The high unemployment rate may be lulling employers into thinking, erroneously, that open positions will be easy to fill. In fact, employers who are actively hiring say that finding good people is as hard as ever and possibly harder — economic uncertainty has made many potential candidates wary about leaving their current positions. So it's important for companies of all sizes to become more sophisticated in how they recruit, because competition for the most outstanding candidates is fierce.
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