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Keep RVDA's convention affordable — stay at the convention hotels
RVDA negotiates with the convention hotel to get the best possible rate for meeting rooms and expo space, and that rate is partially determined by the number of hotel room nights the association can guarantee. If RVDA doesn't hit its minimum, the association pays more for the meeting room rentals. Every hotel room counts — the penalty for unfilled rooms can cost the association thousands of dollars and hurts its ability to negotiate pricing for future years. So please book your rooms at either Bally's or Paris. Whether you book through RVDA's convention site, an Internet provider, or the hotel itself, your stay will count as long as RVDA has your information on the hotel card that attendees are asked to fill out at the convention registration desk.
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Free webinar: Clearing the air on respiratory protection regulations
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
Did you know that dealership employees who do painting aren't the only ones who must use respirators? Federal respiratory protection regs cover anyone who handles hazardous materials such as adhesives and fiberglass or who perform welding, brake servicing, or other automotive tasks that involve solvents or airborne dust contaminants. The RV Learning Center and associate KPA will offer a free webinar Thursday, Aug. 21, at noon EST, on protecting employees and keeping the dealership compliant. Can't attend? Register anyway to receive a link to the material for later viewing.
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Expo booth sales outpacing last year and vehicle space nearly sold out for RVDA's convention
More than 120 booths have been sold, and only one vehicle space remains for the 2014 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, even though the event is five weeks later this year. "There's just a lot of excitement about being at Bally's and the opportunity to have the expo open for longer hours this year," says Julie Newhouse, RVDA's marketing manager. The event takes place Nov. 10-14 at Bally's on the Las Vegas Strip.
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Sales increase at RV show in Elkhart
South Bend Tribune
Attendance was down slightly for the 59th annual Midwest RV Super Show at the RV/MH Hall of Fame grounds, but the bottom line was just fine. Show director Matt Rose estimated 70 to 80 RVs were sold and that sales were up for the four-day event. "Of the 13 dealers who were there, every single one of them left very, very happy with sales, and that's the most important thing for a show like this," Rose said.
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RV products maker Dometic is expanding its Goshen distribution center
The Elkhart Truth
International RV and boat components maker Dometic plans to more than double its warehouse space in Goshen, one more sign that the RV industry has fully recovered from the recession of 2009. The distribution center is now sending out as many as 45 truckloads a day from the Goshen facility. The enlargement will improve efficiency and please customers by giving them all of their products in one truckload say company officials.
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The recreational vehicle industry: Investing essentials
The Motley Fool
For RV devotees, nothing else offers the same inviting combination of relaxed comfort and adventure. And for investors, there are some intriguing opportunities to be had in the space. Both Thor and Winnebago are solidly profitable, with well-recognized brand names and a growing presence in the higher-margin premium tiers of the business. Shares of both companies have enjoyed a solid run since the trough of the last recession.
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2014 Jeep Cherokee: Can you tow it behind a motorhome?
The new Cherokee is a great vehicle for the RV crowd. It's light and easy to tow. It's not terribly expensive. It's comfortable to drive. It's not a total gas hog. And certain versions, such as the Trailhawk, are surprisingly capable when it comes to off-road exploring near the campsite. So, can you pull a 2014 Jeep Cherokee behind your motorhome? The answer: Yes, if ...
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Mobile boutiques bring the shopping to you
The Tennessean
Small business owners and start-up entrepreneurs are taking a cue from the success of urban food trucks by taking their wares on the road in creatively restyled trailers and RVs. Nashville has a particularly active mobile fashion scene. "It's an incredible marketing tool," says Troy Oliver, whose trailer's exterior is painted to look as if it were made of brick. Inside, it's filled with high-end scarves and boho bags, which he markets at special events and anywhere else his mood takes him.
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3 simple ways to build great customer relationships
Fox Business
Organizations with great customer relationships are able to grow their businesses without gimmicks, fee cuts, or special treatment. You have to be good at what you do, of course, but having a truly successful business is based on one simple concept: Trust. With trust, you’ll have customers (or clients) for life.

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A new golden age for 'silver bullets'?
Airstream travel trailers bring to mind the golden age of camping. But they're popular in the modern era, too: The company's trailer production is at its highest level since the 1970s, and travel trailer sales this year alone are up 33 percent. In short, the retro design is still in style.

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This tailgating set-up is pretty impressive
It took 10 years on the wait list before Billy Burt finally got season tickets to the Denver Broncos. He immediately started tailgating from the back of a lowly pickup. Now, more than 30 years later, the pickup has been replaced by a motorhome, and his set-up includes tables with seating for 18 adorned with long-stemmed wine glasses, glass plates, and silverware.

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Blogging for your business: 5 steps for getting started
Business 2 Community
Mainstreethost, a digital marketing agency, uses blogging to increase brand awareness, drive website traffic, grow its email contact list, and provide its audience with useful information. It does so by posting consistently, carefully tailoring the content, and sticking to a schedule. Here's a sample of the detailed editorial calendar the agency uses, plus tips on how to tailor it to your own company.
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