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21 Years and thrown out with the trash?

A major decision impacting the image of the RV industry was made in Reston, VA several months ago, but nobody said anything. Then this week we have only one RV related media outlet reporting what RVIA has known for quite some time … the company that was responsible for the public perception of the RV industry the past twenty-one years was just thrown out with the trash! How is it that quietly slipped this into their news items on Monday and the rest of us have nothing explaining what is going on behind closed doors in Reston?

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Only in California

The California legislature came up with an ingenious plan to keep its state parks open -- turn them over to non-profit organization.

Now that's reassuring! What makes California legislators think the Lions Club, California Milk Producers, Girl Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters, First Baptist Church or the San Francisco Gay Lesbian Alliance is in a better position to return a state resource to profitability than, say, Kampgrounds of America, Jellystone Parks or some type of public-private partnership.

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Ohio dealer seeks specialized technicians

(Oct. 3, 2011) -- Technicians will be expected to perform diagnose and repair chassis components, coach equipment and electrical systems. Ideally someone with advanced diagnostic and repair skills for RV coach systems, generators and coach body repairs. The applicant should be capable of diagnose and repair of refrigerators, furnaces and water heaters, as well as repair/replace rubber roofs.

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What’s Wrong With The Social Media!


The discussion taking place regarding social media is fascinating.  It’s a very predictable conversation as a business jumps into this new exciting media channel.  

It goes something like this.


“I agree we can’t be left behind and it might be a silver bullet!”


“I have a friend who’s into social media or we can use our internet guy.. he’s a wizard on Facebook.  Let’s get one of them to set it up and run it.”


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TACO president questions ARVC value

I fully realize that ARVC has not required CONY to admit public campgrounds or offer discounts to multi-property companies. However, ARVC doing so undermines the CONY state association. They are offering to provide FREE marketing and other benefits to state parks for six months. Knowing how well ARVC maintains their Go Camping America website, I expect that the free marketing will last much longer than six months before it is taken down.

Having watched ARVC for the past 8 years as a member, I continually wonder what I am actually receiving as a benefit of my membership.

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Will the Elkhart Dealer Open House trump the Louisville RV Show?

As the fourth annual Elkhart Dealer Open House wraps up, it would be a lie to say the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., is not in very serious danger of being rendered obsolete. It would also be a lie to say that the Louisville Show is dead. However, someone better grab a defibrillator soon.

For years, the RV Industry Association has run roughshod over the Louisville show by dictating a host of rules and regulations that restrict what companies can display when, where and how. Exhibitors have basically been told, “This is our show and we make the rules. It’s either our way or the highway.”

Well, that highway is now open and it’s a four lane Interstate heading north from Louisville directly into Elkhart County. And why shouldn’t it?

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California dealer seeks fourth service writer

(Sept. 14, 2011) -- Can you provide top customer care while juggling 40-45 open ROs daily in Northern California's premier service department that is tracking $2.5 million in service sales? Lots of customer follow up a must.

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Ohio dealer needs certified technician

(Sept. 14, 2011) -- Ron Potts RV in Johnstown, Ohio, seeks a master certified technician. Would prefer someone with 5 years experience or more. Knowledge of generators, diesel engines, air conditioning, hot water heater, etc., is helpful.

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Rest areas should be free from commercialization

An article appearing in the Knoxville News Sentinel this weekend caught my attention because the CEO of one of America's largest truck stops was objecting to the commercialization of Interstate rest areas.

James Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J, noted, "While at first glance this may seem like an easy way for state DOTs to generate revenue, the fact is it will devastate private businesses like mine that for the last 50 years have operated under the current law and established locations at the highway exits. The advantageous location of state-owned commercial rest areas establishes virtual monopolies on the sale of commercial services to highway travelers."

He's right.

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Mexican travel advisory is unfounded

Canadian Government Mexico Travel Advisory – Is this simply fear mongering or a responsible response?

Thank you for taking the time to meet with me earlier this spring, a meeting I requested to discuss your government's travel advisory regarding Mexico and the adverse impact this is having on RV tourism, particularly on Baja California. Please know this travel advisory is having a devastating effect on the people and economy of Baja, particularly those who rely on RV tourism, such as RV parks, campgrounds, tour and guide companies, restaurants, vendors and many other stakeholders.

We also believe the Canadian government should also be responsible. Please know we abhor violence wherever it occurs. All the death, murder and mayhem happening across North America is sad, tragic and heartbreaking for sure, particularly for the families that have to pick up the pieces and try to carry on. However, given the realities of the level of violence in both Canada and the United States, we believe it is fundamentally unfair and irresponsible to characterize Mexico as a particularly dangerous country to visit.

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Elkhart chamber should support Open House week

As the owner of an RV dealership in Augusta, Maine, I am not sure how aware the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce is that most of the major RV manufacturers will be hosting open houses in Elkhart and the surrounding area from Sept. 19 to 23. This would be a perfect opportunity for the chamber to be involved with organizing this event. It could be as little as publishing a map to each event, providing guests with a list of restaurants in the area, or even developing a smart phone app with the same information and more.

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