RVDA NewsBrief
Sep. 24, 2014

Free webinar: How to recycle dealership products safely
Mike Molino RV Learning Center
Recycling dealership products and parts helps our environment but comes with its own set of rules and regulations. A former hazardous waste inspector will discuss how to properly recycle used oil, antifreeze, parts washers, and more during a free webinar tomorrow, Sept. 25, beginning at noon Eastern. This event is sponsored by the RV Learning Center and associate KPA. More

RVDA announces 5 convention/expo sponsors
RVDA
RVDA is proud to announce that the following companies are sponsoring events at the 2014 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, slated for Nov. 10-14 in Las Vegas: TCF Inventory Finance Inc. (Wednesday morning breakfast), Thor Industries Inc. (dealer lounge), Coast Distribution System (parts education track), Coach-Net (Young RV Executives Reception), and Winnebago Industries Inc. (general sponsor). More

'An absolute tremendous success'
South Bend Tribune
From sold-out hotels to massive sales of RVs, the annual RV Open House keeps getting better and better. More than 4,000 visitors, mostly dealers, came to the Elkhart County area last week for the event, where 2015 models were on display at manufacturing sites and the RV/MH Hall of Fame. "In 2 ½ days, we at least did a billion dollars’ worth of business," said Doug Gaeddert, outgoing RVIA chairman and a group general manager at Forest River. More

A motorhome is like a wedding dress
Blog Her
When the writer and her husband went shopping for just the right motorhome, she found herself recalling earlier days, when it was the perfect wedding dress she was hunting. The similarities were striking, and not just because both items require you to “purge first before everything will fit into them.” More

Habitat for Humanity RV Care-Vanners to visit Lewes Sept. 24
Cape Gazette
RV Care-A-Vanners is a volunteer program for RVers who want to build Habitat for Humanity houses and have fun doing it. This week, Sussex County, DE, Habitat for Humanity welcomes Diane and George Gravlee, Care-a-Vanners who have made it their mission to build on Habitat projects in all 50 states. This visit marks their 49th state. After this, they’ll head for North Dakota to complete their mission.More

GMC motor homes take over Chippewa Valley
Leader Telegram
Larry Weidner knew that he wanted a GMC motorhome the first time he saw one. The vehicle's green color didn’t appeal to him, but he loved the design of the classic motorhomes that were built from 1973-78. Weidner bought his 12 years ago and spent the next three years rebuilding it. Now he and his wife travel to GMC rallies like the upcoming one in northern Wisconsin, which is expected to draw fellow owners from as far as Australia and Europe. More

Winnebago's new Brave is a road-tripping time machine
BBC
"Throwback Thursdays" are all the rage in social media, and Hollywood is busily mining nostalgia, so what better time for Winnebago to reissue an updated version of the Brave, one of its most popular models from the 1970s. Sister brand Itasca is releasing the similarly styled Tribute model.More

Never before seen displays and special presentations featured at the 25th Annual Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show
StreetInsider
Although motorhomes and fifth wheel toy haulers are show standards, RV dealer General RV will display several special toy hauler motorhomes. These RVs have a designated section for storage, making it possible for campers to enjoy the luxuries of a motorhome while taking small vehicles, like golf carts and motorcycles, with them on their camping adventures.More

Bigelow rolls out tea truck for cross-country tour
Connecticut Post
To celebrate the company's 70th anniversary, officials at Bigelow Tea decided to spread their passion for tea across the nation. They converted a 1977 Air Stream travel trailer into the first-ever mobile tea bar and dubbed it Biggie. Featuring 40 different tea flavors and several bar stools, Biggie will travel throughout the country to promote the fact that it represents an American family business. More

3 ways to attract repeat customers
Forbes
There's a misconception in retail that you must constantly gain new customers. In reality, repeat customers are what businesses should aim for. Capturing new customers should remain on the to-do-list, but if you treat all customers in a way that makes them want to return, you're more likely to succeed in the long term.More

Bipartisan effort to reform CFPB lending guidance continues in Congress
RVDA
A new bipartisan bill introduced in Congress this week would strike down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) guidance on vehicle lending and require more transparency and accountability from the agency on future guidance.More

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).More

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.More

How your body language influences sales
Small Business Trends
While many sales professionals practice what they'll say to customers, few focus on what their body language is saying. That's unfortunate, since studies show over half of how we communicate comes from our facial expressions and body positions. Here's how to control what your body language is saying. More