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Debbie Brunoforte and Jim Shields inducted into RV/MH Hall of Fame
WSJV-TV
The RV/MH Hall of Fame grew a bit larger on Aug. 4 as the 2014 Hall of Fame class was inducted. Ten individuals from throughout the industry were selected for the honor. The class includes Debbie Brunoforte, the late Jim Shields, Bob Livingston, Peter Orthwein, John Roba, Barry Cole, Ed Evans, Thomas L. Kern, Richard King and Gary McDaniel. Brunoforte, of Little Dealer Little Prices, is a former RVDA chairman and recipient of the RVDA Chairman's Service Award. Shields, of Pan Pacific RV Centers, was also a former RVDA chairman and recipient of the 2013 James B. Summers Award.
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10 tips for surviving an OSHA/EPA inspection
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
If an OSHA or EPA inspector showed up at the dealership, would you know what to do? What not to do? Find out from an environmental health and safety engineer during a free webinar tomorrow, Aug. 7 at noon EST. KPA district manager Chuck Elliott, who has helped hundreds of clients get through local, state, and federal inspections, will walk dealers through the stressful inspection process using his list of the top 10 do's and don'ts. This free webinar is sponsored by the Mike Molino RV Learning Center and associate KPA.
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Invest in your team with Vendor Training +Plus
RVDA
Get valuable training for your key employees through the Vendor Training +Plus program at RVDA's 2014 convention. More than a dozen of these one- and two-hour sessions have already been scheduled, with additional topics to come. Top industry companies, including Blue Ox, IDS, and Carefree of Colorado, will be presenting. Take advantage of the special two-day Vendor Training +Plus rate for employees who can't be away from the dealership for the entire convention. This year’s convention takes place Nov. 10-14 at Bally's on the Las Vegas Strip.
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Thor Industries sales rise in 4th quarter
South Bend Tribune
Thor Industries announced strong preliminary sales growth for the fourth quarter and fiscal year that ended July 31. The company said sales from continuing operations rose 14 percent in the fourth quarter to $1.04 billion compared to $914 million in the fourth quarter in 2013. "We are pleased with the progress we've made in the fourth quarter and fiscal year as we've continued to execute our operational plans, consolidated facilities and began to integrate our acquisition of K-Z, resulting in another strong quarter of sales for Thor," said Bob Martin, Thor president and CEO.
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A family's new motorhome takes travel and tailgating to a whole new level
AL.com
Former University of Alabama football player Chester Lewis is known these days for his award-winning barbecue team, which competes throughout the country. At this fall's tailgates, he'll be known for his brand-new ride — a luxurious 43-foot-long Entegra Aspire. Lewis says the Crimson Tide's first home game will be his family's first trip in its new vehicle. Of course, he'll be towing his famous barbecue pit behind the motorhome.
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These RVs are swankier than hotels
Conde Nast Traveler
With their quartz countertops, Swarovski crystal fixtures, and hardwood paneling, these motorhomes and trailers will make you forget you’re not staying in a hotel. Conde Nast Traveler picks seven opulent models and appropriate itineraries for your next road trip.
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When economy revs up, so do RV sales
USA Today
Consumer confidence and GDP numbers are one way to gauge the direction of the economy. Another is to count how many RVs leave the Winnebago plant in Forest City. RV sales are "a great indicator of the health of consumers if they’re willing to spend 70, 80 grand on a second or third home that's on wheels," says David Whiston, an analyst with investment research firm Morningstar.
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Let's motor: Hitting the road in a rented RV
The Boston Globe
This family of adults and tweens had never RVed before but always talked about getting a motorhome. They took their first road trip — in a 30-foot rental — with a bit of trepidation, but the adults were amazed at how well the kids took to life on the road. "On the ride home, I could hear the kids in the back chatting about whether they believed in heaven and debating the merits of Doritos versus fruit snacks, along with other weighty matters," says mom Emily Sweeney. "We had all survived the vacation without a television in sight, and no one seemed to mind."
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RV Super Show begins Aug. 7
Goshen News
The 59th annual Midwest RV Super Show kicks off on Aug. 7 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum in Elkhart and runs through Aug. 10. The show is one of the largest recreational vehicle shows in the country and will give prospective buyers the chance to see new 2015 models.
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We left the suburbs to live in an Airstream: 1 month update
The Washington Post
One month into his family's plan to spend a year living on the road in an Airstream, this blogger reports back on the highs and lows to date. Pluses: His sons are getting closer to each other and are learning how to make new friends. And even though they're all occasionally homesick, there are nights spent around a campfire, watching meteorites and the Milky Way, that blow everyone's socks off.
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Get'Away Gals stop at Alpine
Alpine Avalanche
More than 100 travel trailers recently descended on the Lost Alaskan RV Park in north Alpine for a monthly meeting of the Get'Away Gals, a four-state club of women dedicated to having fun. Some of the members have been friends since childhood; others are related by marriage or children's marriages. They have weekend getaways every four to five weeks, and there are only four rules: No kids, no husbands, no dogs and you must have fun.
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Driving the Airstream Sport and GMC Yukon, the camping power couple
Yahoo
Every summer, automotive journalist Patrick Hong and his family pack their car full of gear, including a giant three-room tent, and set off to be with nature for a week.

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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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New life and style for a 1976 Airstream
houzz.com
Unlike many Airstream renovators who choose a retro look with café curtains and built-in everything, Jordan Menzel went for a minimalist vibe when he rehabbed his vintage 29-foot Ambassador trailer.

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Sen. Donnelly gets firsthand look of production lines at Thor Industries in Elkhart
WSBT-TV
There was an unlikely face on the production lines at Thor RV Plant in Elkhart recently. U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly was there to get a firsthand look at some of the variety of jobs in his state. Donnelly spent time doing several jobs on the production line, from installing awnings to putting in lighting. "I did my best, but I was a little slower than some of the other workers," he said." They start early, they work hard all day long, and business has been good, business has been strong."
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3 tips for dealing with difficult customers
Forbes
Dealing with difficult customers is part of being in business. Sometimes the issue is from something you had no control over, such as a shipping problem or product defect. Sometimes the issue is from something that you or one of your employees did. In any case, here are tips for handling the situation, including allowing the customer to vent.
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