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Opinion: Linen service, cable TV and air conditioning, oh my!

(Jan. 9, 2017) -- Those are jolly numbers, and all the more so when contrasted with comparatively paltry camper-night revenues for RV or tent sites. But taking money is not the same as making money, and top-line growth taken in isolation can be enormously misleading. A hard look at the numbers regarding cabins , as well as some other, non-financial considerations, should give any campground owner pause.

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Opinion: Gearing up for a new year of change

(Jan. 2, 2017) -- All my travel proved that the RV lifestyle is second-to-none in the ability to experience new things, marvel at some incredible scenery, and meet people from all walks of life. I, for one, would like to see that lifestyle preserved for generations of people to come. I'd like to see this year's 400,000 new RV owners remain committed RV owners many years from now enjoying their second and third purchases rather than it winding up as a "one-and-done" RV owners.

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Opinion: Act now to preserve Canadian campgrounds

(Jan. 2, 2016) -- CCRVC estimates that nearly 75 percent of its private campgrounds fall into this category, meaning that up to 1,760 campgrounds are in jeopardy of closing because they are absolutely financially incapable of sustaining their business if they are re-assessed a triple increase in their income taxes.

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Gallup: U.S. economy shows no recovery

(Dec. 7, 2016) -- The Gallup study, released today, finds there is no recovery. Since 2007, U.S. GDP per capita growth has been 1 percent. The Great Recession may be over, but America is dangerously running on empty.

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Opinion: I’m a poor influencer

(Dec. 5, 2016) -- The message, from the RV Industry Association, enticed me to find out how I did at the show. My goodness, I thought, I didn't even know they were watching! Speaking of changing minds, did anyone catch the announcement made last Wednesday in the middle of the National RV Trade Show. According to the headline, industry leaders promise to improve the RV experience.

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Opinion: ‘Selective disclosure’ game must end

(Nov. 21, 2016) -- The days of the “Good ‘Ol Boys Club,” where publicly-traded -- or controlled -- RV companies maintain high school-like cliques of their favorite media pals needs to end before the Securities and Exchange Commission forces a change.

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Opinion: Consolidation of the RV industry continues

(Oct. 3, 2016) -- If the RV Industry Association really wants to boost attendance at this year’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, they should just cut to the quick and set up an NFL-style draft where every remaining independent RV dealership, supplier and manufacturer is put up for bid.

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