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OPINION: High quality video in demand at campgrounds

(Aug. 14, 2015) -- I am seeing more and more videos posted on park websites that showcase park amenities. But it is rare that I see video that highlights park activities. And when it comes to media publicity, especially television, the unique activities you have at your park are going to attract the most media attention. Read More »

OPINION: Is the RV industry in for some HUD-like lending regs?

(Aug. 11, 2015) -- The problem is, in part, that the RV industry is trying to sell the idea that no one lives in an RV on a full-time basis, which is inaccurate. The second problem is the fallacy that the CFPB is somehow constrained to regulate loans only intended for full-time residents, which may have been true with the SAFE Act Rules, but certainly isn’t with with current CFPB policy as their regulation of vacation home mortgages demonstrates. Read More »

OPINION: It’s time to own your career

(July 24, 2015) -- The adult day care center is officially closed; it’s time for you to own your career. Business change is moving at the speed of light, and to keep the pace, your organization needs you to be your own career architect. Owning your career is a new mindset that must be adapted by professionals who intend to be relevant today and in 2025. Read More »

OPINION: Monopolies, part 2

(July 23, 2015) -- After my opinion column about monopolies appeared last Thursday, several people have reached out to tell me that although the gist of the column was accurate, they thought my take was a bit more fatalistic than necessary. They all sensed that the impact on the RV industry of the NTPSTAGCOAST merger wouldn't be as bad as I had predicted for RV dealers, suppliers and smaller wholesalers. Read More »

OPINION: Thousand Trails requires people to bypass FTC rule

(July 21, 2015) -- An alert reader tipped me off to a questionable practice used by Thousand Trails to collect contact information from people who request a copy of the company’s free camping directory. After people enter their names, mailing addresses and e-mail addresses to order the directory, they also agree to the following implied terms. Read More »

OPINION: Setting the record straight on Cruise America

(July 20, 2015) -- Since shortly after its inception, RV Daily Report has made a conscious effort not to link to letters to the editor to any publication because they are often one-sided gripes that go unchallenged by the editorial staff. The fact that we violated our own policy in failing to determine the scope of the story underscores why we have gone to great lengths in the past to avoid publishing these editorial hit pieces. Read More »

OPINION: Monopolies aren’t good for the RV industry

(July 16, 2015) -- Camping World gobbles up RV dealers, Thor Industries and Forest River take over RV manufacturers, Lippert Components buys up suppliers, Brown and Brown consolidates insurance companies and now LQK monopolizes the RV aftermarket. This should be raising red flags galore within the RV industry, especially in the RV aftermarket. Does this industry really want most of its dealers, suppliers, manufacturers and wholesale distributors controlled by a handful of companies? Read More »

OPINION: SEO is nothing to brag about

(July 14, 2015) -- Lately, I’ve been reading press releases issued by the "official SEO company of the campground industry." In my view, SEO isn’t something to brag about. I maintain the philosophy that if you’re a web developer, baking in the SEO is simply part of the job. Read More »

OPINION: The CFBP is out of control

(July 8, 2015) -- Worthy of note is the fact the CFPB was specifically prohibited from gathering this type of data in Section 1022 of the Dodd-Frank Act. Cordray defended the agency's practices by stating, “We need this data to decide what to prohibit.” When did the right to declare something illegal slip from the hands of lawmakers to a government agency? Read More »

OPINION: Leadership in business requires trust

(July 2, 2015) -- If you undermine the trust of your employees, accountability and initiative will be lost. The blame game will ensue. Employees will shy away from responsibility. They will ensure they have an escape from accountability and will take no imitative. Performance will suffer. Read More »

OPINION: Taking kids camping is not a crime

(June 15, 2015) -- What a wacky weekend of news -- and the messages being delivered were polar opposites of each other. First, a study released by Plymouth University in England noted that "children who camp in the great outdoors at least once a year go on to do better at school, as well as being healthier and happier, according to their parents." Second, Michigan police removed six children from their parents because the family was camping in tents and the children did not have access to electricity or running water. Read More »