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Senate to act on two-year budget bill this week
USA Today
The Senate has cleared a key procedural hurdle for final passage of a two-year, bipartisan budget deal before the end of the week. By a vote of 67-33, senate Democrats easily surpassed the 60-vote threshold required to end debate and move toward approving the legislation, which is expected by Wednesday, Dec. 18. "It's a step in the right direction," says Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., who crafted the agreement with House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
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Dealers: Check your email for 2014 Go RVing tie-in opportunities
Go RVing
Go RVing's 2014 Dealer Tie-in Program is now open for enrollment and features the Leads-Plus program and access to professionally created marketing materials. Dealers can get the hottest leads — prioritized by purchase timeframe — 24 hours a day via the Internet, plus access downloadable commercials, stock footage and digital RV photos that can be customized for the dealership's website, ad materials and social networking sites. Invoices for the tie-in program have been sent out, so check your email or click on the link with this story.
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Technicians can prepare for certification online
RVTechnician.com
A new and improved online prep course allows techs to prepare for the registered technician test and/or the certified technician test. All content and testing is online — no other materials are needed. The course combines text, audio, graphics and video with mentor support to help technicians succeed in their quest for certification.
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Free webinar for California dealers on employment law changes
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
California dealers, general managers, HR managers and all compliance staff are invited to participate in a free webinar on upcoming changes to that state's employment laws. Attorney John Boggs, an employment law specialist, will present "California Does it Again: 2014 Attack on Dealers," a discussion of regulatory changes that take effect in 2014. The webinar takes place at noon EST tomorrow, Dec. 19, and is made possible through a strategic partnership with KPA.
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McGeorge's Rolling Hills RV growing
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Ed McGeorge started Rolling Hills RV, near Richmond, VA, on a 9-acre lot in 2001. Now the dealership — an RVDA member — sits on 31 acres, and McGeorge is about to begin construction on a 30,000-square-foot sales center. Part of the plan involves doubling the number of service bays from 12 to 24, and the staff will increase from 82 to 105. Son Kevin McGeorge says the expansion reflects a mood change among consumers. "People got tired of sitting on the sidelines," he says. "The banks have loosened up, so it's possible to buy an RV. It's a way to spend time with your family and friends, and the RV is your mountain house, your lake house and your beach house."
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Why pets are perfect RV companions
FarmForum.net
Unlike vacation air travelers, RV owners aren't limited to two pieces of luggage, and they can take along just about anything they want— including their pets. According to RV industry numbers, more than half of RV owners — about 4.8 million — travel with at least one pet companion, and many take two or more.
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Michelin recall affects 1.2 million truck, RV tires
The Associated Press recall via The Christian Science Monitor
Tire-maker Michelin is recalling about 1.2 million tires sold in the United States because an increasing number are experiencing tread loss or rapid air loss. The Michelin LTX M/S tires were manufactured between January 2010 and June 2012 and were commonly used for pickups, heavy-duty vans, small RVs and commercial light trucks. They were sold as original equipment on some vehicles and as new replacement tires. The company says fewer than 200 have been returned by customers. Owners can have them replaced at Michelin stores for no charge. The Greenville, SC-based company says no deaths or injuries have been reported.
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Professional athlete moonlights in Chattanooga Christmas tree lot
Nooga.com
Professional kayaker and paddle boarder Haley Mills travels the world and competes in exotic places such as Africa, Mexico and Norway, but she spends time in Chattanooga every year operating a Christmas tree lot and living in her RV. This year she came to Chattanooga to take a break after months of competing.
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The world's coolest Airstream hotels
Thrillist
Hotels around the world are making happy campers by capitalizing on the retro-romantic image of Airstream trailers. Check out some of the world's coolest mobile motels, including a Cape Town, South Africa, hotel that brought over seven trailers from the United States, retrofitted them to the nth degree, and placed them on its rooftop. Want something closer to home? Try B-52s singer Kate Pierson's Kate's Lazy Desert in Landers, CA, which offers six restored units with psychedelic '60s-inspired décor.
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AAA: Nearly 30 percent of Americans will take a trip this holiday season
The Associated Press via Fox News
Expect lots of people to be on the roads again this year-end holiday season. AAA projects that nearly 30 percent of Americans — some 94.5 million people — will be traveling 50 miles or more from home sometime between Saturday, Dec. 21 and Wednesday, Jan. 1. More than 90 percent of those travelers will be driving. Those numbers are all higher than last year, making the fifth straight year that travel volume has increased.
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Back to work: How to start 2014 right
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When you return to the office after the holidays, the pile of work, unanswered emails and missed calls that await you can feel overwhelming. No doubt about it — getting back into the groove after a holiday is hard, but here are some tips for coping.

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RV sales growth expected to continue in 2014
Forbes
As RV dealers and manufacturers gather in Louisville for their annual trade show, RVIA forecast RV shipments of 335,000 units in 2014, 6.1 percent higher than this year. That would make five consecutive years of market growth. "Consumer confidence is growing, credit is available and RVs are visible, popular and even cool. This is a good time to be in the RV business," said RVIA President Richard Coon.

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House, Senate negotiators reach budget deal
The Washington Post
House and Senate negotiators unveiled an $85 billion budget agreement that would fund federal agencies through the fall of 2015 and avert another government shutdown. The bipartisan deal would cancel half of the sharp spending cuts known as the sequester and boost the economy by restoring confidence in the ability of Republicans and Democrats to work together after years of destabilizing strife.

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Consumer prices flat in November as gasoline falls
Reuters
Consumer prices were flat in November, but a bounce back in the annual inflation rate from a four-year low will probably give the Federal Reserve cover to start dialing back its massive monetary stimulus. The Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index was restrained last month by declines in gasoline and natural gas prices, after slipping 0.1 percent in October.
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