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Ohio dealer seeks sales manager

(Oct. 31, 2011) -- Holman Motors is looking for someone with good personal and closing skills, familiar with F&I, can conduct sales and product training, and be a strong team leader. Holman Motors is in its third consecutive record year and looking forward to its fourth in 2012.

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ARVC makes a great move

Today, the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds announced it hired a new senior director of marketing. Based on Jennifer Shwartz' very unique qualifications, as outlined in the association's press release, she is one heck of a catch.

Not only is she an experienced outdoorswoman who sounds like she could go head-to-head with Sarah Palin in the Great Outdoors, she's an experienced camper who spends up to 30 days a year in the woods with her family. That makes Jennifer well suited to understand, appreciate and market camping to the rest of the nation.

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New Mexico dealer looking for sales consultant

(Oct. 26, 2011) -- Rocky Mountain RV and Marine in Albuquerque, N.M., is currently seeking a sales consultant with a desire to earn over $70,000 per year. No RV sales experience is required. All you need is a strong desire for success and a positive attitude.

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Freightliner puts a library in customers’ wallets

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation has created a way to give motorhome owners everything they need to know about their chassis by putting a library of information on a credit card-sized flash drive.

Called the 24/7 Direct, the card is a 1 gigabyte flash drive shaped like a credit card. What once required a forest of trees to provide, is now centrally located in one area -- and the information can be backed up on multiple computers, if necessary.

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Don’t you wish the research would come true just once

The RV Industry Association issued a press release today highlighting new research that showed 8.9 million U.S. households currently own an RV. But, their research also concludes that 21 percent of all U.S. households stated intentions to purchase an RV in the survey.

According to RVIA, this is on par with the 23 percent rate in 2005 and ahead of the 16 percent rate in 2001.

Don't you just wish that this research would come true, if only for one year?

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Ultra-Fab seeks independent sales reps

(Oct. 20, 2011) -- Ultra-Fab Products, Inc., has immediate needs for independent sales reps throughout the United States and Canada. The firm is looking for people who are already calling on RV dealers and have established relationships with the dealerships.

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Independent vs. dealer-delivered service

My inbox has been buzzing today after we published a wire service story yesterday in which Richard Coon, president of the RV Industry Association, noted that 42 percent of RV owners get units repaired by independent service centers compared to 40 percent who turn to RV dealers to get units fixed.

Ignoring the fact that 18 percent of RV owners apparently don't ever need service, the issue of who services RVs has been the topic of discussion -- and consternation -- for years. And the issue generally boils down to this key fact. Many RV dealers tell customers if you don't buy your recreation vehicle from us, you cannot come to us for service.

Here are some other key points to consider as well

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A friend to those without any friends

I know our competitors tend to shy away from controversial issues by going along to get along. Perhaps they think that simply reporting happy news makes the industry stronger along with their bottom lines. Maybe they think by ignoring the elephants in the living room, the herd will simply go away.

But, I've always believed that accountability makes people, and companies, stronger -- sort of an iron sharpens iron philosophy. For that reason, people are free to hold me accountable as well.

Last week another executive warned me to "be careful" simply because I was asking questions that "nobody ever asks us." He later claimed he didn't want us "making up stories" and "creating controversy where none exists."

I found that to be an interesting statement. If someone solves a problem by disposing of a body and someone else stumbles upon the grave, which individual created the controversy that didn't exist before?

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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 RVBusiness.com 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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