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CFPB director grilled over agency budget, practices and overreach
HousingWire
During the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent semi-annual report to Congress, members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs raised repeated questions and made statements of concern about CFPB practices in collecting personal data on U.S. citizens, on transparency and discrimination in the bureau, and on CFPB overreach. RVDA and other industry allies are calling for more public review of CFPB guidance issued to lenders regarding indirect vehicle financing.
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RV Learning Center webinar offers dealers live Q&A with HR experts
The Mike Molino RV Learning Center
Get answers to tough human resource issues during a free webinar this Thursday, June 12, at noon EST. Ask two HR experts about leave, harassment, employee engagement questions and more. Can't attend? Register anyway to receive a link to a recording of the webinar and the presentation slides. This event is sponsored by the RV Learning Center and associate KPA.
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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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Campfire Canvass survey shows millions traveling by RV this summer
Travel Daily News
More than 20 million Americans will travel in RVs throughout the summer months, heading to the country's 16,000-plus campgrounds and enjoying time outdoors with family and friends, according to a recent Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association and Cvent. The survey shows that 66 percent of owners plan to use their RVs more this summer than they did last year.
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RV maker reports income gain
Goshen News
Thor Industries Inc. has reported increased sales and income for its third quarter and nine months. The company said sales from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 were $1.05 billion, up 13 percent from $929.8 million in the third quarter last year, as sales of towable and motorized RVs rebound from the impact of severe winter weather earlier this year.
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Elkhart company MOR/ryde riding RV growth while seeking new opportunities
The Elkhart Truth
Five years after the Great Recession, as RV production hits its highest levels in nearly a decade, industry supplier MOR/ryde is once again enjoying a smooth ride while simultaneously looking for ways to diversify its business. At the depth of the recession, the company's workforce numbered 180; today, it's 583, and more hires are coming. Though 70 percent of its business is RV-related, it has also expanded into manufacturing equipment for the agricultural, medical equipment and commercial trucking markets.
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RVs offer different lifestyle for those who can handle challenges
StarNews Online
Set up home, stay for a few days or a few weeks, and then hit the open road again — the nomadic side of RVing is addictive to those with an adventurous spirit. Now it's a little easier to plan that long-term trip, thanks to a new website created by an RVer who spent years on the road. Drivecrosscountry.net is where John Watson shares his accumulated knowledge and practical advice on how to see the best the country has to offer by RV.
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2015 Winnebago Brave RV revealed
Autoevolution
One of America's most popular motorhomes is making a comeback in the shape of the 2015 model year Winnebago Brave. Harking back to its swinging '60s predecessor, the latest iteration of the Brave is adorned with the hallmark eyebrow above the windshield. But the interior — with all of its 21st century luxuries and amenities — bears no resemblance to yesteryear.
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Airstream sales up nearly 50 percent in Q3
Dayton Business Journal
Airstream Inc. sales were up 49 percent in its third quarter, which runs through April 30, compared to the same period last year, said president and CEO Bob Wheeler. He attributed the increase to a seasonal uptick and a general sense of consumer confidence that's driving the RV industry overall.
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What's it like to live in Minnesota Airstream Park?
SC Times
The lure of the road and the friends she made in the Airstream community convinced Linda Agre to continue that lifestyle full time after her husband died seven years ago. "My best support is the Airstream group, my circle of friends," Agre says. She knows most of the 125 shareholders at Minnesota Airstream Park, one of 11 Airstream-only sites in the country. During the course of a recent 30-minute interview, two of the neighbors knocked on her door.
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What if your business outlives you?
Fox Business
One of the biggest mistakes small business owners make is not having a succession plan. The owner is often too busy to think about what ifs. But when those what ifs happen, employees are left scrambling — who takes control, and who has authority to sign checks? "I find a lot of small business owners, especially ones who are looking to their children or a key employee to take over, don't plan for it, don't train for it and don't even ask if the person is interested,” says Janice Cackowski, a wealth advisor at Strategic Wealth Partners.

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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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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.

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Are you really offering good customer service?
Business 2 Community
"Customer service" needs to be redefined in the digital age. For starters, it now begins with your website. In the past, there were only two ways for customers to interact with businesses — via a call or a visit. Now they expect to be able to call, email, tweet, or visit in person. But they'll go to your site first to find out which options are available. Make sure it offers them an outlet for calling or emailing a human being when their questions just aren't covered by any of the existing information.
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Are you opinionating all over your sales floor?
By Harry J. Friedman
It's not enough for an owner or manager to look only at the sales results of an entire store or department — you need to know which of your salespeople are producing the most sales. And to do that, you need more than mere opinion or gut feeling. Here are the critical metrics you should be watching.
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