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CFPB tells lawmakers it has not assessed impact of actions on vehicle market
RVDA
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray acknowledged that the agency has not studied the potential impact that its guidance on dealer-assisted financing could have on the broader vehicle market or whether that guidance could limit credit availability.
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A decentralized structure propels Thor Industries
Investor's Business Daily
Running a company with annual sales over $3.2 billion and 8,300 employees is challenging. But Bob Martin, chief executive of Thor Industries, says he withstood an even greater challenge more than 20 years ago. "There's almost nothing in business that's as hard as college football practice," he says. The four years he played football at Purdue University taught him how to assess obstacles quickly and manage a team.
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Certification tells customers 'We know our stuff!'
RVDA
Give customers confidence in your service and parts department by certifying your employees. Certification shows that your staffers know their stuff and you're proud of their expertise. The Mike Molino RV Learning Center offers certification for service managers, service writers/advisors, parts managers, parts specialists, and warranty administrators. All five certifications are valid for five years, and testing is done online. Not sure if your employees are prepared? Ask about the readiness tests that are available for each field. For more information, call Liz Fleming at (703) 591-7130 ext. 104.
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General RV adds site in Florida, jobs in Michigan
Crain's Detroit Business
As work continues on its new Wixom, MI, dealership, General RV Center Inc., an RVDA member, is making plans to open a dealership near Tampa. The 83,000-square-foot dealership will be located on 30 acres adjacent to I-4 in Dover, FL, and feature an RV service center, parts area and showroom.
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In RV City, Florida-Georgia fans create their own residential subdivisions
The Florida Times-Union
Like a real city, there are pedestrians, police officers, party animals, grill masters, grandparents and sports fanatics. There are houses divided and baby Gators and actual bulldogs adopted to be Bulldogs. There’s even lakefront property. The SEC showdown has attracted hordes of football fans every year since the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs began duking it out in Jacksonville in 1933. But those in RV City like to get the party started well before the other revelers arrive.
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Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates loves her RV, freedom of the open road
Women RVers
Kathy Bates talks about her affection for hitting the open road in AARP Magazine's October-November edition. "I've always loved driving," she said. "I own an RV and drove it to Memphis a couple of years ago. I stayed in an RV park on the Mississippi. It was wonderful to watch that river roll by."
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These are the best roads in Canada
Autos.ca
You don't have to journey to the Autobahn to get your automotive thrills — there are plenty of closer-to-home back roads and vista-spanning highways in Canada that are eyefuls. In an effort to catalog some of the lesser known places, Autos.ca mined its forums and delved into the Internet's back eddies. Here's what it came up with.
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Thor Industries acquires Bison Coach
Inside Indiana Business
Thor Industries Inc. has acquired specialty trailer manufacturer Bison Coach from Navistar Inc. for approximately $16.7 million. Bison makes equine trailers equipped with living quarters. "Bringing Thor's strength in designing innovative living spaces in the RV business to Bison's living quarters makes perfect sense and should help drive additional improvements in Bison's products," says Bob Martin, Thor president and CEO.
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Wildlife photography on RV trip to Grand Tetons, Yellowstone
By Charles Noble
The wife and I had wanted to take an extended trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks for the past couple of years, but something always came up to prevent us. This fall we decided nothing was going to stop us. We spent four days in the Tetons and traveled every possible road and trail we could find, and I was able to photograph elk, moose, bison, grizzly bears and more.
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Google SEO changes: It's time to do some soul-searching
Associations Now
In recent years, the world's most popular search engine has made a number of changes under the hood. Google's latest changes make it harder than ever to understand what's going on. Whatever happens, remember this: Quality content always wins.
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RV dealer sets up endowment
Inside Indiana Business
Tom Raper, philanthropist and former owner of Tom Raper's RVs, has established an endowed scholarship fund for Ivy Tech Community College's Richmond campus. The five scholarships will be awarded annually in the fall semester. Students with a 2.5 or higher grade point average who need financial aid will be eligible to apply.

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Winnebago's profit rises, driven by rebounding RV demand
Reuters
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.

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Cutting the strings: How to hold your employees accountable
By Harry J. Friedman
Is a good part of your day filled with being pulled in different directions by the demands of your staff and your role as a business owner or manager? Imagine a puppet being pulled by its strings. If you can relate to this scenario, you're not alone. As an owner or manager you'll often find yourself being pulled, almost like that puppet, in a variety of directions to get your tasks accomplished. Much of the string-pulling is the direct result of developing a staff that relies on you to do things for them.

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5 simple ways to increase your small-business cash flow
AllBusiness.com via Fox Business
When you're growing a small business, sometimes there's plenty of cash on hand and other times ... there's not. It takes some trial and error to figure out your cash rhythms. Here are five ideas to help increase your cash flow ASAP.
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