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eBay Motors sponsors enhanced mobile app for RVDA convention
RVDA
Convention attendees will be able to access all workshop titles by track, view speaker handouts, complete evaluations online, and access interactive maps of the convention facilities, using an enhanced mobile app that's being sponsored by eBay Motors. The new enhancements will free up attendees from paper burdens and cut down on wasted resources. The app is available for free download at Guidebook.com. eBay Motors is also providing a speaker for the new track on social media and emarketing. Kevin Lorell will co-present "Ignite Your Online Sales: How to Sell More RVs with eBay Motors" on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
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RV shipments rise again in August
South Bend Tribune
For the 32nd straight month, RV shipments have surpassed figures from the same month the year prior, according to RVIA. A total of 26,441 units were shipped in August, a 5.8 percent increase compared with August of 2013. Year-to-date totals reached 246,483, a gain of 9 percent over the 226,125 units shipped through August of last year.
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Are you a certified RV professional? There's a convention reception for you!
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
The new Society of Certified RV Professionals, which officially launches during the 2014 RVDA convention, will host a reception on Monday, Nov. 10, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. for all technicians who are certified through the RVDA-RVIA Technician Certification program and all service writers/advisors, service and parts managers, parts specialists, and warranty administrators who are certified through the RV Learning Center. Socialize with other certified professionals and find out more about the society's initiative to increase certification within the industry.
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Skyline responds to Cavco offer
Yahoo! Finance
The board of directors of Skyline Corp. said it was "disappointed" that Phoenix-based Cavco Industries went public this week with a letter accusing Skyline of refusing to respond to Cavco's offer to buy Skyline's RV division. The Skyline board called Cavco's press release "counterproductive" and refuted Cavco's claims that Skyline had ignored its offer. "While the board believes Cavco's Sept. 22 letter significantly undervalues Skyline's stock, the special committee and the board will thoroughly review Cavco's proposals and respond in due course," said a Skyline statement issued Tuesday. Earlier in September, Skyline announced it was exploring a deal for its RV division with Evergreen RV.
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How I learned to stop worrying and love RVing
Washington Post
A skeptical travel writer explores the great American West with her family in a rented RV and ends up loving the experience. "Nearly everything about the RV experience was imbued with novelty and built-in humor," she says." And it didn’t hurt that nearly everywhere this camper carried us provided a new adventure or a jaw­dropping vista. From the moment we picked up the RV, the kids were dying to help with every menial chore, unlike at home.”
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RV Business announces 'Top 50 Dealer Awards' winners
RV Business
RV Business has announced the newest class of U.S. and Canadian recreational vehicle retailers slated to receive its 2014 Top 50 Dealer Awards during a Nov. 12 evening reception at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas.
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Airstream camper marketed to millennials
The Courier-Journal
Recent studies show millennials don't plan to put down roots for a while. They aren't buying homes as often as members of previous generations, and they plan on leaving jobs quicker, searching for the next opportunity within two to five years. So travel trailer company Airstream had a thought: If millennials are on the move, why not give them wheels?
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RV maker Thor Inc. has record year
Goshen News
Recreational vehicle manufacturer Thor Industries Inc. reported record financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year. According to the company, fourth quarter sales were a record $1.04 billion, up 14 percent from $914.0 million in the fourth quarter in 2013. Both towable and motorized RVs posted double-digit growth.
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Family fun with the top down at unique RV resort
Deseret News
Utah's most unusual RV park is back in business, and that should please people who love to think back to the golden era of movie stars. The Shooting Star RV Resort features retro convertibles and RVs that were used in film shoots during Hollywood’s heyday, when many films were made nearby. In the evening, campers can watch cartoons and features on a giant outdoor screen and buy refreshments at a snack bar in an Airstream trailer. On a recent night, the feature film was, appropriately, "The Great Outdoors," in which the opening line has the John Candy character exclaiming, "Nature all around us, boys! Take it in! Take it all in!"
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Airstream invests $5.9 million in Ohio plant expansion
Dayton Daily News
Thor Industries Inc. recently announced a $5.9 million expansion at its Airstream subsidiary that will increase the facility’s production and office capacity by 70 percent. The project will add about 94,000 square feet to Airstream’s existing 134,000-square-foot recreational vehicle plant, located an hour from Dayton in Shelby County.
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An RV takes road to energy independence
U-T San Diego
Tim Lemieux lives in an unlikely showcase for green energy – a 1997 Winnebago. Scale a narrow ladder up its side, and a compact rooftop solar farm comes into view. Photovoltaic panels cover the top and even the front hood. They’re linked to a series of batteries that help distill and cool water for drinking. Excess water and power feed an evaporative cooler that keeps the cabin comfy. Lemieux, a retired electronic engineer, has additional innovations in mind and says the ultimate goal is to take the motorhome completely off the grid.
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4 communication trends your business needs to know and use
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From Google Glass to virtual reality headsets, the way we communicate is ever-evolving. As communication habits change, businesses must stay current to resonate with customers, especially young, new customers. One of the most important trends to understand is that, when communicating today, shorter is better.

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Online RV technician intro course is available immediately
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
A one-month, online introduction program for RV technicians begins Monday, Sept. 22, and will prepare participants who successfully complete the courses to test for certification as a technician or master certified technician. The program is run by Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA).

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3 ideas to turn a sales funk around
All Business
Sometimes salespeople can get into a funk and not know how to get out of it. Their sales fall, and they become immobilized. Here are three ideas for turning things around. There’s nothing worse than having to work while being a disorganized mess. Start by putting away the stuff you don’t need to use every day.

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7 lead generation ideas to boost sales now
Inc.
Ensure that your landing pages are geared to generate leads by not including too many links on one page, keeping registration forms short, and positioning your calls-to-action near the top of the page, not the bottom.
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How your local business can get more Facebook likes
Business 2 Community
As a small business owner, use Facebook as a key part of your promotion strategy, but avoid common mistakes such as buying "likes." Fake "likes" dilute the pool of people who actually see your activity on their News Feeds. Plus, Facebook penalizes you for them.
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