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Winnebago's profit rises, driven by rebounding RV demand
Winnebago reported a stronger-than-expected profit and said its backlog continued to grow in the most recent quarter, as rebounding consumer confidence prompted dealers to increase vehicle orders. The news sent the company's shares up nearly 6 percent. Winnebago's CEO said the recovery was being driven by several factors, including continued low interest rates and the ongoing healing of the housing market.
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The first deadline of the federal system for standardizing and managing potentially harmful chemicals is approaching, and dealers need to know how their businesses will be affected. The Learning Center and associate KPA are sponsoring a free webinar on Thursday, Oct. 24, titled "Hazard Communication Program Changes" that will answer dealer questions such as "How are we supposed to label our spray bottles?" and "Where do we get the SDS (safety data sheets)?" The event begins at noon EST.
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Thor completes bus sale, announces dividend payment
Yahoo Finance
Thor Industries completed the sale of its bus business to Allied Specialty Vehicles for $100 million in cash and promptly announced a special dividend of $1 per common share. "Thor is embarking on a new period in its history with a focus purely on the growth of the RV business," said Peter B. Orthwein, executive chairman. In addition to the dividend, Orthwein said, the cash will be used to grow the company's core RV business. This is the second year in a row that Thor has paid a special dividend and "is another example of our priority in returning cash to our shareholders," said Orthwein.
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Noah stars in ESPN's NBA RV spot
ESPN sports commentator Bill Simmons, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and ESPN/ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy make strange bedfellows in ESPN's humorous ad for the 2013-14 NBA season.
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Michigan car buyers could get a tax break for their car, boat or RV trade-ins
Michigan lawmakers are looking to jumpstart legislation that could save residents thousands of dollars when they trade in a used car, boat or recreational vehicle to purchase a new one. Current law requires customers to pay Michigan's six percent sales tax on the full cost of a new vehicle, even when offering a trade-in to offset the purchase price.
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Bull of the day: Winnebago
Seeking Alpha
What's one of the hottest big-ticket items right now? Motorhomes. Sales peaked in 2004, and then plunged during the Great Recession. By 2011, only 25,000 were shipped. But that number is expected to rise as the economy improves and the baby boomers age. The key segment of RV buyers is 55 to 64 years of age, and the boomers are starting to reach that range. Also, with the stock market at record highs and the housing market recovering in many metro areas, boomers finally have the cash to take to the road. All of this adds up to good things for RV manufacturers.
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Nothing beats a campfire-in-a-can when RVing
By Laura Weaver
One of the most enjoyable activities of camping in an RV is sitting around the calming, hypnotizing flames of a campfire at night. But due to the ash borer epidemic, strict firewood restrictions are often in effect, and many areas ban campfires because of dry conditions and the danger of wildfires or forest fires. How can we overcome the campfire ban? Try using one of my favorite camping supplies — a campfire-in-a-can.
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California clarifies RV length law
The Elkhart Truth
California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bill that clarifies the state's vehicle code and allows longer fifth wheel trailers in the state. The law now permits fifth wheel trailers to be up to 48 feet in overall length, provided the kingpin to rear axle length is 40 feet or less for a fifth wheel with two or more axles or, if there is only one axle, the kingpin to axle length may not exceed 38 feet.

The legislation overturns a California DMV bulletin sent out last year that required fifth wheel registration applications to include the units' length and width and stated that any unit exceeding 40 feet in length from the "foremost point of the trailer hitch to the rear extremity of the trailer body" would not be considered a vehicle.

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Yuma, AZ, winter visitor season heating up
The Yuma Sun
As temperatures cool, Yuma's winter visitor season is heating up with residents of northern climates starting to head south ahead of freezing weather and snowstorms. "There's lots of rigs on the road," reported Mike Green, owner of RV World, who recently drove back to Yuma from a trip to Oregon. He joked that he had a sign on the back of his truck saying "Follow me to Yuma." And the director of the chamber of commerce says he's gotten more calls this year from people asking about tourist packages, leading him to expect a good tourism season for local businesses.
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Kansas Wildlife and Parks proposes camping utility increases
The Wichita Eagle
Citing increases in their own utility rates, Kansas parks have taken a step toward raising the rates that campers pay for utilities. Under the parks department's proposal, campsites with all utilities would pay $12.50 daily; this rate would be in addition to the daily base camping fee of about $7. Also, those who use long-term camping areas would pay an additional $30.50 per month. At some parks, that could raise the total monthly rate, with three utilities, to a total of $400.
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Confessions of a miser: 6 tips to a strong budget
By Bob Fortune
Budgetary decisions often require the employer to make hard-nosed decisions that can help the company but hurt individuals. Belt tightening and cutbacks are a necessary and healthy part of the business cycle, but nobody cheers when these actions are taken. Here are six cornerstone budget philosophies that have helped our organization bear fruit through the ups and downs of many business cycles.

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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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RVDA to honor 18 manufacturers with Quality Circle awards
Eighteen manufacturers will receive RVDA's Quality Circle Award for their commitment to product excellence and dealer satisfaction. Each company scored high in the annual Dealer Satisfaction Index survey, which asks dealers to rate their makers on key issues such as sales and parts support, product value and overall dealer communications.

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How to sell to humans
It doesn't matter how awesome your marketing is if the customer has a bad experience when he goes to buy your product. Pop-up ads irritate people, and irritated people won't buy from you. In the future, vocal customers will increasingly affect the algorithms that determine the perception and success of your business. Find out what else HubSpot co-founder Dharmesh Shah says about how to sell more.
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