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Free webinar: What you need to know about federal spill prevention regs
RVDA
Find out how the Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasures law affects your dealership and what you need to do to comply during tomorrow's free webinar, hosted by the Mike Molino RV Learning Center and RVDA associate KPA. An environmental engineer will discuss the merits of creating an SPCC plan on your own versus using an outside vendor. The one-hour webinar begins at noon EST tomorrow, Oct. 10.
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Regan and Ruppel elected to RVDA board
RVDA
Mike Regan of Crestview RV Center in Buda, TX, and Rod Ruppel of Webster City RV, in Webster City, IA, were elected to the RVDA Board of Directors last week during the board of delegates meeting at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. The following officers were also elected during the association's annual meeting:

First vice chairman John McCluskey of Florida Outdoors RV Center, Stuart, FL

Second vice chairman Brian Wilkins of Wilkins RV, Bath, NY

Treasurer Darrel Friesen of All Seasons RV Center, Yuba City, CA

Secretary Tim Wegge of Burlington RV Superstore, Sturtevant, WI.

Andy Heck of Alpin Haus in Albany, NY, continues as immediate past chair.

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Thor Industries increases dividend by 28 percent
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
Thor Industries Inc. announced it is increasing its quarterly dividend by nearly 28 percent. The company, which is one of the world's largest RV makers, plans to pay a dividend of 23 cents per share on Oct. 28. That's up from its most recent quarterly dividend of 18 cents per share. Thor said the move reflects confidence in its future. The company reported in September that fourth-quarter profits jumped 31 percent on improved sales of RVs.
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After a 4-year absence, Winnebago is back on Barron's 400 index
The Elkhart Truth
Winnebago, the number-three motorhome maker in North America, is back on the Barron's 400 index. "We have had significant growth over the past four years, and this is certainly affirmation that we are on the right path," said Randy Potts, chairman and chief executive officer of Winnebago Industries. "We look forward to continued growth as we move forward with aggressive product development in the RV sector and new initiatives such as brand licensing opportunities and transit bus production."
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RVDA announces new dates and location for 2014 convention/expo
RVDA
RVDA's convention/expo will move next year to Bally's on The Strip in Las Vegas through 2017, and the event will take place in early November to better accommodate dealers' schedules. "The new dates give us the opportunity to take advantage of the October market," says RVDA Chairman of the Board Jeff Hirsch. The changes were announced during the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo.
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Jim Shields receives RVDA's James B. Summers Award
RVDA
RVDA honored Jim Shields of Pan Pacific RV Centers, French Camp, CA, with the organization's highest honor, the James B. Summers Award for 2013, during its annual meeting in Las Vegas. Shields was recognized for his longterm service to RVDA, including serving as chairman, for his role in unifying California RV dealers and helping create CalRVDA, and for his eagerness to help struggling dealers succeed. RVDA President Phil Ingrassia called Shields "one of the great thinkers in our industry who is continually trying to improve the process and make things better — at the dealership, in the industry and at RVDA." The annual JBS honoree is chosen by the RVDA board from among nominations made by association members. The award, created in 1986, is named for RVDA's first chief executive officer.
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RV Learning Center renamed to honor Mike Molino
RVDA
The RV Learning Center has been renamed the Mike Molino RV Learning Center in honor of RVDA's former CEO, who was instrumental in creating certification programs and other continuing education resources during his 25-year tenure at the association. "Mike was the driving force behind a number of initiatives at RVDA, but what really stands out for many of us is his unwavering commitment to and leadership in continuing education," said Jeff Pastore, chairman of the RV Learning Center board, who announced the name change during the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo.
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Towns, states are ponying up to keep national parks open
The Wall Street Journal
As the federal government shutdown continued, state and local officials were searching for ways to keep federal parks open, especially in places where local economies depend on the parks. Some local governments are willing to pay to keep the parks going during these final crucial weeks of prime tourist season, before winter sets in. The mayor of a tiny Arizona town adjacent to the Grand Canyon says local businesses and the town have pooled $350,000 to try to convince the feds to keep at least part of the park open.
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Little comforts can enhance RV camping enjoyment
By Laura Weaver
RVing, which allows this writer and her family the chance to surround themselves with spectacular views, breathe clean, fresh air and listen to the sounds of nature, is made even more perfect with small, domestic touches. Like a vinyl map of the United States on their RV's door, with the states they've visited colored in so that other RVers have a conversational opening. Or the joys of a hand-held shower wand made specifically for RVers with an on-off switch that helps save hot water.
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Winnebago has unveiled a pair of ProMaster-based RVs. The Trend is a Class C motorhome in a tidy 24-foot length, with two floor plans that include large sleeping areas, a bathroom, kitchen and dinette. The Travato, a Class B motorhome, measures just under 21 feet but packs in the full RV experience with a double bed, full bath, kitchen and dinette. The rear bed can even flip up and out of the way, allowing stowage of larger things likes bikes through the van's rear double doors.

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Fall's here — Time to winterize your RV
Nulty Insurance via PRWeb
Many people don't realize how hard the cold can be on vehicles that are unequipped to handle it, and storage is only half the battle! Winterization is one of the most significant things when it comes to prolonging the life and enjoyment of a vehicle. Here are general tips for winterizing.

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Everything you need to know about Obamacare and small business
U.S. Small Business Administration
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes a variety of measures specifically for small businesses that help lower premium cost growth and increase access to quality, affordable health insurance. Depending on whether you are self-employed, an employer with fewer than 25 employees, an employer with fewer than 50 employees or an employer with 50 or more employees, different provisions of the ACA may apply to you.

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Communicating to employees about health insurance open enrollment
Small Business Trends
Ah, open enrollment season. Human resources and benefits professionals spend much of the year preparing for it, even though many American workers don't think twice about their health benefits from one year to the next. However, this year, open enrollment should be carefully considered. Here are six key messages you need to communicate to your employees to help them avoid costly mistakes.
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