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Dealerships need sexual harassment policies too

By Charles Campbell What do President Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Roy Price, Kevin Spacey, President George H.W. Bush, and many other high-profile names have to do with the RV industry? For a starter, they have provided energy to a new awakening of an age-old workplace violation. That violation is sexual harassment. It seems that every day we learn of another high-profile figure being accused of workplace sexual harassment. With these recent allegations and violations, the immediate questions that should enter the weekly discussions at dealership staff meetings are more important than ever regarding potential violations of workplace sexual harassment. For reasons that should certainly now be very apparent, the following concerns should be addressed: What safeguards has the dealership implemented to protect its employees from the hazards and threats of sexual harassment and/or discrimination? How detailed is the Dealership Sexual Harassment Policy? Does the dealership even have an official Policy in place? Is it re-visited and updated regularly, such as on an annual basis? Is every employee aware of the Policy, and have they acknowledged their understanding of this Policy, and a copy of their acknowledgement updated regularly, and a copy of this acknowledgement placed in their personnel file? Are key elements built into the Policy, such as what process is outlined should an employee report a potential violation? What procedures are in position to ensure confidentiality throughout a possible investigation? If an investigation is initiated and finalized, what procedures are in place to address corrective action? What is the dealership’s policy regarding consensual and intimate relationships between co-workers? What protections are in position to ensure an employee filing a report can do so without fear of retaliation? Does the policy outline the path to take if they feel they are retaliated against for filing a report? What does the policy outline with regards to potential workplace violations such as offensive jokes, the posting or distribution of offensive materials such as pictures, emails or other social media? Taking proactive measures to protect employees from potential sexual harassment, and provide a comfortable and safe work environment, is not only the proper and ethical thing for the dealership to do, it is a vanguard against potential legal violations, costly penalties and the loss of valuable employees, not to mention the reputation that the dealership has worked so hard to develop and maintain. If your dealership does not have a current ... Read More »

Tips for healthcare on the road

(Aug. 21, 2017) -- Planning is an important part of living life on the road as a full-time RVer or a seasonal traveler. If you already have healthcare issues, or just want to cover all the bases for future need, here are a few tips that can help. Read More »

Driving school for RV owners

(Aug. 17, 2017) -- If you choose a fifth wheel or pull-behind trailer as a traveling companion, be confident about weight distribution, braking, and backing into strange environments. Make that first trip to a driving school near you. Read More »

Home on the road, a domicile issue

(Aug. 15, 2017) -- To those of us living full-time in our RV and traveling from coast-to-coast, a “home” is, well, anywhere we wish. However, there are those pesky rules in the United States that demand proof of citizenship in a specific state to vote, register your vehicles, get a license to drive on the country’s roads, pay taxes and for certain citizens, receive healthcare insurance benefits. Read More »

Top 3 marketing tips for campground suppliers

(July 3, 2017) - MCPS is proud to announce that they are now supplier members of the Colorado, Kansas and Iowa associations. This brings MCPS to a total of 19 state and regional associations. Art Lieberman, president of MCPS, details how campground suppliers can be successful in their marketing efforts. Read More »

Opinion: Fiscal 2018 budget must support outdoor recreation

(June 26, 2017) -- ORIR calls upon the Trump Administration and Congress to support and protect outdoor recreation on federal lands and waters with a sound and innovative budget for the federal land agencies that are charged with protecting and providing access to America’s Great Outdoors Read More »

Extended stay vs monthly – What’s the difference?

(June 19, 2017) -- In my home state of Texas, we have passed some very specific laws to remove RV parks from the housing realm (begin to think HUD – Housing & Urban Development) and place our parks in the transient or tourism category. The benefits of this are HUGE, to coin a phrase. Read More »

Opinion: The future of RV rallies

By Jeannine Patané Founder, RV Compass Millennial, Millennial, Millennial! Hitch up and hold on to your seat, it’s going to be an activity-filled ride. With Millennials in the vista of camping, wheels are rolling to the reinvented rally. This is not rocket science — only event planning — but the Millennial is now dictating the atmosphere and quality experience in RV recreation. Addressing some of the distinguishing camper demographics of the 2016 Topline North American Camping Report, ethnicity is now almost a non-issue compared to older age groups, and campgrounds are chosen more based on atmosphere than location. In reference to the younger generations, it was recorded that they heavily rely on social activity and spending time with others when they recreate. It sounds like a perfect group to rally. Baby Boomers have been rallying for decades, but over time, their events have often become more political than fun. As Aristotle pointed out, man is by nature a political animal. Gatherings are not exempt from this. All too often, rallies have been organized by committees, chapters and too many chefs in the kitchen trying to make another potluck happen. If you change your RV brand, don’t return to the rally. It’s the same ‘ole dance. However, there is a tectonic shift happening underneath this complacency, and it already shook up some of the larger, established events. One event that has fallen off the map is called, “The Rally,” sponsored by Camping World/Good Sam Club. They self-proclaim it the “Greatest RV Rally in the World!” Sounds like a giant carnival more than a gathering of like-minded folks. According to their latest rally news online, the last post was over two years ago in Jan. 30, 2015, announcing that year’s Phoenix Rally. The website’s home page spun a 2016 rally opt-out to celebrate Camping World/Good Sam Club’s 50th Anniversary at a store near you, and instead of a future rally, they advertised a super RV show in the beginning of 2017. Like an antiquated circus show, “The Rally” folded up its tents and left town with no explanation. Why didn’t the “Greatest RV Rally in the World!” draw the massive numbers of these record breaking RV sales? At first guess, it was designed too large, complicated, and overly commercial for a camper convergence. The newest RV owner demographic in their smaller travel trailers weren’t even considered. The future of RVing will continue ... Read More »

OPINION: The RV/MH Hall of Fame has it backward

(May 16, 2017) -- When I planned a road trip from North Carolina to the Midwest this month, it was for the motivating reason to visit the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart. I was excited to experience fresh inspiration and new innovation in the RV industry. Instead what I got was a reality check to the atrophy of an industry’s history. Read More »