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New RVDA and Learning Center websites redesigned to better serve members
RVDA
Upgraded and redesigned websites for RVDA and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center now make it easier for members, potential members and consumers to find the information they need. Not only are the websites' homepages more intuitive and user-friendly, but a powerful new platform also lets members create and administer their own personal pages, pay dues and shop for RVDA products online. A third new website has been created for the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo so that members can find all the information they need — plus register — at one convenient location.
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RV forecast predicts 2 more years of growth
Goshen News
A forecast for the remainder of this year and 2015 predicts continued growth in the RV industry. According to industry analyst Richard Curtin of the University of Michigan, wholesale shipments of RVs will reach 349,400 units this year. That amount would be an 8.8 percent increase over 2013's total.
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RV Learning Center scholarship deadline extended to June 30
The Mike Molino RV Learning Center
Good news for college students — the deadline for applying to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center's scholarship program has been extended to the end of June. RV dealership employees and their dependents who are majoring in an RV industry-related subject such as business, economics or accounting are eligible to apply for the $2,500 award. Individuals who have worked in dealerships or hope to do so after graduation will be given special consideration.
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Free webinar: Organized paperwork can fend off regulatory fines
The Mike Molino RV Learning Center
Regulators can levy thousands of dollars of fines for missing or incorrect paperwork. A free webinar will show dealers how to keep track of where dealership waste goes, completed trainings, inspections and more. The event is sponsored by the RV Learning Center through a partnership with KPA and takes place tomorrow, June 5, at noon EST.
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Expo space at RVDA convention is already more than half sold
RVDA
With six months to go before the 2014 RV Dealers Convention/Expo, the exhibit hall is already 56 percent sold, says RVDA. This year's change of venue and later dates are fueling early commitments from both exhibitors and dealer attendees. The event will take place at Bally's on the Las Vegas Strip from Nov. 10-14. Visit the special convention website for information on activities, speakers, registration, sponsorship and more.
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PRVCA RV plumbing course opens this month
RVBusiness.com
RV technicians can learn about fresh water and waste water plumbing systems and earn recertification credits through an online course hosted by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association. Participants simply log on to access the lecture notes, hands-on assignments and quizzes and to chat with the instructor and other students. The course runs June 16-July 20.
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Luxury RV rental market heats up
Tippnews.com
RV travelers are becoming more discerning, and businesses are taking notice. "While luxury RV travel is not a new concept, the recent upturn in the economy has seen an explosion of activity in this market," says Rob Tischler, CEO of All Star Coaches, an RVDA member. Luxury RV parks are popping up in popular destinations such as the Florida Keys, Las Vegas and Southern California to accommodate people who need an upscale place to park their luxury rental. Some renters also hire a professional driver and provisioning service, says Tischler.
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RV honeymoon the perfect solution for a semi-rugged couple
The Globe and Mail
What happens when a newly married couple who enjoy the outdoors in different degrees decide to go camping for a mini-moon? They compromise by taking a two-day trip in an RV and discover the joys of watching movies on a flat screen TV in the middle of the wilderness.
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9 driving tips for those new to RVing
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If you're new to RVing, it may look overwhelming, but it's actually fairly straightforward. RVs are equipped with back-up and side cameras and adjustable seats and steering wheels just like regular vehicles. Here are some driving tips for first-timers, including making sure all loose items have been cleared from counters and tables.
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Living the super-sized RV life
El Paso Inc.
Motorhomes are expanding the horizons of how adventurous retirees can live and travel. Built on bus chassis that are intended to last a million miles, motorhomes have caught the fancy of baby boomers, now 50 to 68, who look forward to a 10- to 20-year stretch of able-bodied retirement. Driving these vehicles, they head for luxurious new resorts that mimic the gated "active adult" subdivisions of the South and Southwest. Some retirees have begun buying parking pads, where they spend a winter or summer before riding off to another resort.
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Former NHL defenseman Keith Carney and family prepare for 7 month motorhome tour of US
Newszap.com
Keith and Amy Carney, along with their 12-year-old triplet sons and 11-year-old daughter, will leave life as they know it in Arizona on a quest to tour the country by motorhome for the next seven months. The Carneys decided that life was passing them by as most of their family time was spent shuttling kids to their competitive travel sports team tournaments and games.
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Teaching tech on the road: Couple tours US in their RV, dispersing digital lessons along the way
QCOnline
Jim and Chris Guld call themselves — and their company — "Geeks on Tour." For the past 11 years, the former owners of a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, computer training company have been roaming the country teaching computer technology as they travel in their Gulf Stream Endura. Their primary audience is fellow RV travelers. "For the most part, people in RVs are older, retired, and don't have a background in learning new computer stuff, so our background is appreciated," says Chris Guld.
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RV dealer profile: Johnnie Walker RV Center
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Nevadans are proud of their state's natural beauty — a drive in any direction brings mountain and waterfront views, lake fishing and camping, and other breathtaking treasures. Johnnie Walker Sr. noticed that the RV lifestyle was growing in popularity among Southern Nevada residents and sensed a business opportunity. In 1963, he sold the family's grocery store to focus on the growing and untapped RV market in Nevada.

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Former Disney customer service trainer is keynoter at RVDA convention
RVDA
Learn how the top businesses survive and thrive from the man who helped shape Disney University's world-famous customer service training. The opening general session of the 2014 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo will feature keynote speaker Doug Lipp.

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Miranda Lambert offers fans platinum experience with 'Wanda the Wanderer'
Country Weekly
Country singer Miranda Lambert is taking her 1954 Flying Cloud Airstream trailer, affectionately named "Wanda the Wanderer," on a seven-city road trip from Los Angeles to Philadelphia to promote her new album, Platinum. This isn't Wanda's first tour, but it may be her most flamboyant — She's been newly adorned with a 6-foot-wide, 3-foot-tall jeweled aluminum crown. It'll be hard to miss her on the road.

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10 ways to really mess up your online RV advertising
By Chris Mapson
One of the top mistakes dealerships make is failing to respond immediately to email inquiries. Prospects don’t simply forget about you and buy elsewhere, they get angry with businesses that respond late. You can create bad will and lose your chance to ever sell to them. Check the other nine mistakes you might be making.
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24 easy ways to grow your email list like a pro
Business 2 Community
Growing your email list is vital for your business' growth. Here are tips for making the process easier, plus information about what you must disclose to consumers in the process.
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