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Middle market executives report bullish 2014 outlook
U.S. News & World Report
Executives reported a bullish outlook for the rest of the year after robust second quarter revenue growth for middle market businesses, which include about 200,000 companies and make up about one-third of all U.S. jobs. At $4.3 trillion, the middle market — which includes the RV industry — is bigger than the German economy. These firms report robust stronger second quarter growth, and almost half plan to add workers within the year. "We may be an anomaly to the general economy but certainly, if big-ticket discretionary items are a reflection of consumer confidence, then things certainly look good from our perspective," says Bob Wheeler, CEO of Airstream, which manufactures luxury recreational vehicles and is experiencing "a three-year run" from pent-up post-recession demand.
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Dandy RV Superstore employee receives RV Learning Center scholarship
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
Ashton Shropshire, a rising college sophomore who has worked summers at Dandy RV Superstore in Anniston, AL since 2011, is the recipient of the Mike Molino RV Learning Center Scholarship for academic year 2014-15. Shropshire attends the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she's majoring in public relations with a minor in marketing. Endowed through the Kindlund Family Foundation, the $2,500 award goes to deserving RV company employees or their dependents who are enrolled in undergraduate studies.
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Free webinar: Returning to work after workers compensation
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
If one of your employees was injured on the job and returned to the dealership after taking workers comp, would you know what to do? Find out from two human resource specialists during a free webinar sponsored by the RV Learning Center and associate KPA. The presenters will use practical examples to illustrate the issues that arise in workers comp claims, plus advise dealers how to minimize their workers comp exposure. The webinar takes place Thursday, July 24, at noon p.m. EST.
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Vendor Training +Plus is back with more staff training at RVDA convention/expo
RVDA
Vendor Training +Plus is back for the 2014 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, offering extra days of education for fixed operations managers and lead staff. Thirteen of the industry's top suppliers of goods and services have already committed to present targeted training that adds value to the convention experience and gives dealers a reason to bring more staff for training.
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RVs offer cheaper alternative for family vacations
AZFamily.com
RVing can be half as expensive as other kinds of family vacations, but taking the plunge and learning about towing or driving one can feel overwhelming. A TV reporter recently interviewed former RVDA chairman Debbie Brunoforte of Little Dealer/Little Prices about how to take the first steps.
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Camper vans gain popularity
SFGate
Camper vans have come a long way from the 1960s Volkswagen bus. Enjoying new popularity, Type B motorhomes use vans or panel-truck shells that drive more like the family car yet still offer comfort on the road. Travelers who want the agility of a car, the ability to park anywhere and decent gas mileage are increasingly turning to camper vans.
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RV travel is picking up speed
KIMT-TV
Now in its 45th year, Winnebago's Grand National Rally drew thousands of people to Forest City, IA recently. One of the big attractions — literally — was the Winnebago Grand Tour, a top-of-the-line palace on wheels and the most expensive Winnebago RV you can get at $430,000. "The market has been growing since '09 and is getting back to where it used to be," says product manager Ryan Roske.
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Shortage of RV drivers shrinking
WSBT-TV
RV companies have been turning out units in record numbers over the past year, but shipments were getting backlogged because of a driver shortage. The situation is improving, thanks in part to a 4 percent pay increase. One trucking company president says he's seen an increase in new drivers and drivers coming back to the industry because of the raise.
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Just how big is the RV industry in America?
Yahoo
The modern RV industry began in 1910 as more Americans became accustomed to owning cars and traveling around the United States by automobile. Today, more than nine million American households own a recreational vehicle. According to RVIA, the largest percentage of RV buyers are between 34 to 54 years old. This year, 335,000 RVs will be sold in the United States.
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6 leisure and entertainment stocks with encouraging inventory trends
Seeking Alpha
RV sales are a closely covered metric when analysts study how the economy is doing. In the consumer discretionary sector — meaning goods such as cable, video games, hotel rooms and theme parks — RVs are among the most discretionary. When RV sales pick up, it's often seen as a strong indicator of growing household confidence. Sales are projected to grow about 11 percent this year, which would push 2014 to a six-year high.
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Airstream trailers enjoy resurgence in sales, as fixed lodging
The Sacramento Bee
Airstream aficionados are a distinct subset of the camper crowd, says this author. They yearn for simplicity and appreciate the sleek, shiny aluminum shell, the rounded corners riddled with rivets, the homey interior with lace curtains and brushed steel cabinets.

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High-tech travel trailers: Outside magazine reviews four innovative campers
Outside
Even towable trailers are getting smart. With innovative aerodynamic designs, rugged suspension systems, and wide-open skylights, these four high-tech trailers — from modest to luxurious — are ready for the open road.

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The 3 words your customers love most
Entrepreneur
There are three magic words that still get big responses from customers — and now there's behavioral research to explain why. These words won’t surprise you, but their effectiveness might. Take a look at the experiments and data that reveal why these words are powerful and how to use them in your marketing without sounding like a used-car salesman.

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$1 million RV is built like a race car, equipped like your mansion
The Street
Harrison Ding and his firm, Global Caravan Technologies, have developed the world's first RV made of carbon fiber, the material typically used to make race cars and yachts. It has lounges with leather sofas, three TVs, a washer/dryer and stainless steel appliances. This prototype is quite possibly the most luxurious, technology-packed and sporty RV to be introduced to the public — a cross between James Bond sleek and Diddy luxurious, and prices will top out at well more than $1 million.
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5 things you never should say to a client
Entrepreneur
There are certain things you shouldn't share with clients, no matter how long and how well you think you know them. In addition to sex, politics and religion, here are some taboo comments and subjects.
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The irony of successful sales growth
Fox Business
One of the great ironies of the marketplace is that many a small business has failed as a result of extreme success. The cost of growth and expansion — new staff, equipment, technology — chokes cash flow. Having to fund the growth often comes before the newfound success has made it to the bank. Here's how to manage the challenges.
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