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Why America is still great — despite politicians

(July 4, 2014) -- After writing a scathing editorial yesterday about the the out-of-control bureaucracy and the potential for revolution in our country, I thought I would take a different take on Independence Day. I took the time to see Dinesh D'Souza's movie America: Imagine the World Without Her and was reminded of our country's greatness. Read More »

Happy Independence Day! Enjoy it while you can

Happy Independence Day! Enjoy it while you can (July 3, 2014) -- Friday, our nation celebrates the 238th anniversary of its independence from Great Britain. Party up folks, it may be our last. Soon, we will all be fully dependent upon the government, or something will happen to spark a revolution. Because voting has proven useless in curbing the size and scope of government, revolution is what I suspect the government fears will happen. Read More »

Can the RV industry solve the immigration crisis?

(June 27, 2014) -- Right now, I've heard there are more than 10,000 RVs waiting in Elkhart to be shipped to dealers. With the RV buying season slowing down soon, dealers don't want the things any more because they don't want to store them for nine months until the next RV shows. So, let's put border patrol agents on a bus or plane and send them to Elkhart. They can each drive or haul a new RV down to Texas for delivery to a newly immigrated family seeking to experience the American Dream. The RVs could be paired with Government Motors trucks, thus helping out the RV industry and helping out President Obama's publicly funded automaker. Read More »

RV industry loses a gentle giant

(June 23, 2014) -- It's ironic that Jay himself has not yet been inducted into that honorable legion of visionary leaders. Although it would have been much better for the Hall of Fame to recognize him when he was alive, I'm hoping there will be a groundswell of support to see that Jay is inducted into the class of 2015. Read More »

Are dealers REALLY willing to embrace model year consistency?

(June 17, 2014) -- The RV industry will likely never agree to consolidate model year changes to a specific date, like open house week, even if it would benefit the entire industry. With RV dealers demanding change and RV manufacturers consistently innovating, neither side wants their hands tied. Here's why. Read More »

Dealers fuming over early new model introductions

(June 13, 2014) -- What's the purpose of the Elkhart Open House? To sell RVs, of course. The real question is, why would manufacturers ply dealers with plenty of liquor at the event and get them to place large orders for an entire year of projected sales only to cut them off at the knees by introducing new models six or seven months later? Read More »

Campground owners: Cut the cord, upgrade wireless

(June 4, 2014) -- Why bend over and allow cable companies to dictate how you are to deliver increasingly expensive service to the 21 percent of RVers who still want cable, while allowing poor Internet connections to aggravate 80 percent of customers to the point the flamethrowers light up your online reviews with explosive comments about your free "high speed" wireless? Read More »

NPS refuses to reimburse states to reopen parks

(May 19, 2014) -- Here's the rub. During the days the states paid for the parks to be open, the federal racketeers still collected gate receipts, all campground fees and concession income. In other words, the states could not even offset their extorted costs with any income generated by the parks. The federal mafia had a lock on all funds coming into the parks. Read More »

Campgrounds beware: All you can eat tacos is ‘racist’

(May 12, 2014) -- That's right folks. The thought police are clamping down hard on the overt racism exhibited when white people celebrate Mexican culture. Stanford Daily refers to that activity as "cultural appropriation," which it defines as "actions that trivialize aspects of a culture by not respecting a custom’s symbolic significance or the history of a style of dress or other artifact.” Read More »

I’ll bet RVIA won’t move from Louisville

(May 9, 2014) -- Rather than looking at venue options, the RVIA Show Committee would be better suited at looking at content options. And the best option, in my opinion, is to work with RVDA to develop a joint show close to Elkhart that includes extensive educational programs, an industry trade show involving suppliers, plenty of networking opportunities, and places to party at the end of the day. Read More »

Why doesn’t someone invent a sewer hose tube?

(May 5, 2014) -- His fifth wheel came with a plastic tube that holds the sewer hose. The manufacturer, I'm sure, thinks it is a marketable convenience. However, the tube is designed to fit ONLY the hose. It is too small to fit the hose and the fittings. That means he must remove the sewer fittings each time he needs to store the hose. Talk about a yucky job. Read More »

McMahon mess worse than expected

(April 28, 2014) -- When the dust settles, someone needs to be held accountable for this trail of destruction that is impacting real lives. Egocentric multimillionaires should not be able to walk away unscathed from a situation like this while real people for whom $20,000 is not just a nice weekend away, but a significant investment, are left holding the bag. Read More »

Feeling burdened by regulation? You aren’t alone

(April 17, 2014) -- What I'm sensing is that regulations are becoming the new economic driver of revenue to the government. It is impossible for business owners to even remotely comply with all the tax laws and regulations imposed by government agencies at all levels. Violations are bringing in untold UNEARNED revenue to government bureaucrats. Read More »

RV Daily Report celebrates fifth anniversary

RV Daily Report celebrates fifth anniversary (April 1, 2014) -- It has been an amazing experience, and I can't thank my readers and advertisers enough for their continuous support. It seems that the market and publishing industry is changing so quickly, sometimes it's hard for me to keep up. But, every day, we plug away to keep the industry informed about what's happening among RV dealers, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, campgrounds and RV owners. Today, I'm announcing that we'll be launching a new initiative -- RV Daily Report On The Road. This has been a long time in coming. It's something I wanted to do in 2009, and again every year since. Read More »

Now that’s creative competition!

(March 28, 2014) -- "There are lot of competitors at breakfast. Even the advertising all looks the same, and it's hard to distinguish one breakfast sandwich from another. We needed marketing that is not going to be taken as your ordinary breakfast-menu marketing," Niccol told Ad Age. Ronald McDonald eating breakfast at Taco Bell. It's brilliant! Read More »