Day: January 6, 2010

(Jan. 6, 2010) — Best Parks has recently made some significant changes to attract a broader range of quality RV parks and campgrounds to this special program including reduced annual fees and an aggressive advertising and marketing program to promote the affiliated parks.

(Jan. 6, 2010) –Both the SNEWS Retail College and Outdoor University are focused on providing specialty retail store owners, managers, buyers and staff the necessary tools to help improve business operations, customer service, product knowledge, sales techniques, merchandising skills and market competitiveness.

(Jan. 6, 2010) — Tread Trainers present the Tread Lightly! message of responsible recreation practices to other educators, clubs, government employees, outdoor enthusiasts or community members. Presentations often focus on guidelines for minimizing recreational impacts as well as motivating individuals to be ambassadors of their chosen activity.

(Jan. 6, 2010) — “Our 2010 forecast is slightly higher with the economy expected to grow at a 2.6 percent pace, although the continuing repair made to household and business balance sheets will lead to a more restrained recovery than in past periods,” said Desjardins. “In 2011, however, this weight will lift and the economy is forecasted to speed up with RBC forecasting growth of 3.4 percent.”

(Jan. 6, 2010) — “Hundreds of thousands of America’s RVers travel to tailgate parties every year,” said LaBella. “For those who aren’t already into it, this show will surely whet their appetites, because no one tailgates better or has more fun doing it than Joe Cahn.”

(Jan. 6, 2010) — “KOA is all about pride, franchisee teamwork, excellence and outdoor fun,” said Rogers. “The Winter Olympics bring the world’s elite athletes together to demonstrate the very best in outdoor recreation. Both KOA and the USBSF share a passion for dedication, hard work, competitive excellence and national pride.”

(Jan. 6, 2010) — Clay County officials imposed a 60-day rabies alert for an area located south of Gold Head Branch State Park after a raccoon recently tested positive for rabies.

(Jan. 6, 2010) — Once a $3 million renovation at Cranes Mill Park on Canyon Lake is completed, the park will feature 50 RV sites with full connections, the Herald-Zeitung reported.

(Jan. 6, 2010) — Instead of laying off some employees, Navistar is offering 50 workers the ability to “volunteer,” five days a week for the next three months and still receive a 40 hours of pay each week.

(Jan. 6, 2010) – “Most people underestimate how quickly this transformation of the car is really going to happen,” Richard Canny, a former Ford strategic planning executive who now heads Think in Norway, told the Indianapolis Star. “Within 10 years, most if not all cars (made) could be fully electric.”

(Jan. 6, 2010) — Twiggy, the water-skiing squirrel and a spokes-animal for water safety, will perform during the 12th Annual Southern Louisiana Boat, Sport & RV Show Jan. 15 to 17 at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center in Houma.

(Jan. 6, 2010) – Appearing on WNDU-TV’s Morning News show today, Donnelly said the new Think North America factory that will bring 400 jobs to the Elkhart area will further help the Michiana region because 70 percent of the vehicle’s parts will be made locally as well.

(Jan. 6, 2010) — Burbank police told the Mercury News the driver of the RV was heading west on Riverside Drive when he made a wide right turn onto Buena Vista Street and clipped a car that was stopped in traffic. The RV then struck a second vehicle, flipping it onto its side, then hit two more cars.

(Jan. 6, 2010) — Right now Itasca allows RVs to be parked in driveways from May 1 to Oct. 1. Outside of that window, RV owners can be fined $25 and more for each subsequent violation. However, residents Jeff and Karen Helmig have asked the village board to extend the period RV parking is permitted from April 1 to Nov. 1, the Daily Herald reported.

(Jan. 6, 2010) — Rather than lay off employees, close plants and hunker down, opted instead to realign the organization to take advantage of new opportunities and to invest in new markets. Sztykiel outlined four major changes the company made to prepare for the upturn.

(Jan. 6, 2010) – Among the crimes committed, the pair had broken into three travel trailers at Leisure Time Sales in November to steal electronic equipment from the units, including a television and DVD player.

(Jan. 5, 2010) – In teaching investors how to analyze stocks, Learning Markets noted that Thor stock posted an 8.26 percent gain since the announcement, while the rest of the RV industry saw a 4.48 percent loss — a 284.38 percent difference.

(Jan. 6, 2010) — Yellowstone National Park hosted a record number of visitors in 2009. Nearly 3.3 million people visited the world’s first national park last year, up 7.5 percent from 2008 and up 4.6 percent from the previous record of 3.15 million visitors set in 2007.

Last evening I was watching the television series, “The Biggest Looser” and their 2-hour premier. I can honestly say this was the first time I watched the show. As my daughter looked at me with her teenage how have you never seen this show dad glare, I sat back and watched as these contestants released all of their pinned up frustrations about being obese and picked on about their size for years into a positive change in their lives.

I became captivated by the immediate transformation not only in their weight in a 7-day period but how you can see by letting go they can now begin their move toward future happiness, success and healthful bliss! There was nothing better than a 51-year-old quiet mom beating a heavy bag with boxing gloves on just letting go!

It made me think of things I have seen built up in our industry over the past few years and how maybe its time for all of us to release our frustrations not only as an industry or as a dealer or as a consumer but also as a person.

(Jan. 5, 2010) — The Government Services Administration, in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Association, announced this week they are accepting bids on a single lot of FEMA units manufactured in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. A total of 21,012 travel trailers, 886 park models and 737 mobile homes will be awarded to the highest bidder.

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