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Nov. 12, 2008

Survey Shows RVers Adjusting to Economy
from MarketWatch
RV owners love the RV lifestyle, but just like everyone else, they're concerned about today's sagging economy and looking for ways to save money and cut costs. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association's fall/winter survey, RVers are adjusting to the economy by traveling closer to home and staying longer in one place. By having their "homes on wheels" with them, RV owners say they can stretch their dollars by saving on costly airfares, hotels and restaurant meals. More

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The Lean, Mean, Green RV
from the New York Times
Over the last few years, Sara and Matt Janssen have been downsizing their life. First, they moved from a 1,600-square-foot home to a small apartment in Montana. Then, wanting to tour the country without harming the planet, they took up residence in a recreational vehicle fueled by used vegetable oil. They now travel with their 4-year-old daughter, Bella, spreading the word about the sustainable life. More

Video: Lower Gas Prices Could Help RV Industry
from WNDU-TV
Across the country, folks have enjoyed the drop in gas prices over the last few weeks. It was more than four-dollars a gallon last summer, but gas is now around two-dollars. Those in the RV business say the price drop has been a big help. More

More PGA Tour Players Prefer RVs as Homes on the Road
from the Golf Tribune
There's little disagreement life on the PGA Tour is special. Tournaments are held on the best golf courses in picturesque locations around the globe. But unlike pro teams sports whose athletes travel together in transportation provided by their employers, pro golfers make their own arrangements. For many professional golfers like Jeff Gove, they prefer the comforts of home while traveling. With his wife, Heather, and the couple’s two small children, the Goves travel tournament to tournament in the family’s motorhome. More

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Full-Timers Enjoy RV Lifestyle
from Joyfully Retired
Our home is an RV. In the spring of 2006 we bought an RV, emptied the house, put it up for sale and hit the road. We haven’t looked back since. My husband and I are life-long campers. We discovered we weren’t the only ones who had the idea of selling our house and traveling in an RV. We learned there were about a million people doing the same thing. And, they were called “Full-Timers." More

Building the Right Team, with the Right Stuff, in the Right Way
The two most common hiring traps are hiring in a hurry and hiring the resume rather than the person. Articles from Harvard Business Review, Spherion, and Kenexa report that more than 65 percent of all candidates do not prepare their own resumes and more than 45% of job applicants misrepresent the credentials on their resumes with one or more “tall tales.” There is tremendous pressure on hiring managers to keep their organizations fully staffed and productive. But, how does one meet these demands without falling into hiring traps? More

KOA's Jim Rogers to Lead Louisville Workshop "Survive and Thrive: Strategies for Success in Uncertain Times"
from RVDA
Kampgrounds of America's (KOA) Chairman and CEO Jim Rogers will discuss how concentrating on customer satisfaction and loyalty can help dealers "Survive and Thrive" in uncertain times during a special workshop Monday, Dec. 1 in Louisville, KY. More


The Personality of a Top Salesperson
from RVDA
How do you identify people who have what it takes to become top performers in your sales department? What do the top 20 percent of salespeople have that the rest can only dream of? Smart hiring decisions can make the difference between profit and loss in your company, and can turn a marginal sales department into a team of superstars. Learning how to find the right people is the first step towards building a successful sales team. More

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