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Think of RV groups for year-end giving

(Dec. 18, 2015) — As people and businesses owners seek charities to support, RV Daily Report offers this list of RV-related organizations that are established IRS-recognized charitable organizations, which mean cash donations to the groups are fully tax deductible.

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Opinion: Don’t look back, look up!

(Sept. 1, 2018) — When we put our faith in Jesus, he gives us a mission and specific purpose for us to accomplish to advance his kingdom. Yet, rather than looking forward to embrace this opportunity to make a difference in our lives or the lives of others, we tell God that he can’t be serious.

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Beware of any Christian who doesn’t walk with a limp

(Aug. 25, 2018) — As Christians, we need to be transparent about what we are struggling with. If we are honest with ourselves, God is nudging us to repent of something every day. We’ll overcome the situation faster if we involve others in our struggles. That means we can’t just walk around pretending that we’re “fine.”

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OPINION: Following a different alignment

(Aug. 18, 2018) — A multitude of Christians are content to simply follow the crowd – going to church on Sunday, joining the men’s group, working on church committees, etc. All are fine and good. But, in the end, does it draw them any closer to God or God’s purpose for their life? Is it possible that God may call someone to follow a different path than that being traveled by most other Christians, even if it is only for a little while? I believe so.

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Is sin truly evil or just wrong?

(July 28, 2018) — I think every single person struggles with some undesirable habit they can’t seem to let go. It could be any one of what are called the seven deadly sins. People who view their sin as simply wrong, experience earthly sorrow concerning the consequences and their reputation. People who view their sin as being truly evil take a different approach. They see the problem through God’s eyes and experience godly sorrow. They see how their sin impacts others.

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The secret to a joyful life: Guard your heart

(July 21, 2018) — It is critically important that we watch our thoughts. What we allow into our minds and, more importantly, what we allow ourselves to dwell upon, has a major impact on our actions today and our ultimate destiny. Everything we do flows from the heart.

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Rest: It’s not about vacation, it’s a command

(July 14, 2018) — Studies show that time off – completely away from work – actually works to boost productivity. The rest re-energizes people, refreshes their spirits, fills them with joy, reduces stress and improves attitudes, which does wonders for improving relationships. For many Americans, we consider the Sabbath to be a holy day of obligation involving church services, Sunday school classes and volunteering to help with various ministries. But, Jesus wants us to rest and relax.

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Podcast 163 features Macdonald’s RV

(Dec. 7, 2017) — This week’s guest is Karen Macdonald, the current owner of Macdonalds RV in Plainville, Mass., and the granddaughter of the man who founded the dealership. The dealership is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, which makes it likely the longest continuously running family owned RV dealership in America. Macdonald describes what the dealership was like when she started working there as a young girl who would be dropped off at the dealership by the school bus every afternoon. She provides a brief history of the company, but also describes some of the ways customers and products have changed over the last 70 years.

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Podcast 162 features RV Warranty Connection

(Nov. 30, 2017) — Today’s guest is Todd Henson, the director of sales and marketing at RV Warranty Connection, which is headquartered in Athens, Texas. The company offers extended warranties to people who buy RVs from third-party sellers. All the buyers need to do is get the RV inspected to qualify for the same types of warranties available from the same companies that provide them to RV dealers. Henson explains what the warranties cover and what they don’t, and he describes other services that are available to RV owners, such as tire and wheel protection and emergency roadside assistance.

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Podcast 161 features RV Snap Pad

(Nov. 23, 2017) — After a brief tribute to Thanksgiving, this week’s interview features Devon Wilson, the vice president of operations for RV Snap Pad. This is a unique product that allows landing pads to be permanently attached to the feet of the leveling system. It eliminates the need for people to crawl under their RVs to position the pads just right for the levelers to rest upon. The heavy-duty pads are designed to fit on any rig.

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Podcast 160 features Truck System Technologies

(Nov. 16, 2017) — This week’s guest is Mike Benson, the sales manager at Truck System Technologies. His company manufactures and sells a line of tire pressure monitoring systems that allow RVers to track air pressure in RV tires as well as on tow or towed vehicles. Benson talks about the benefits of selling and buying tire pressure monitoring systems, and why RV owners need to use them. He also describes some advances in technology that allow tires to be auto inflated, as well as flow-through monitoring equipment that means RV owners can fill tires without having to remove and reinstall the sensor. The company just released a new system that features a color monitor, and he describes some upcoming products.

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Podcast 158 features Blustream Founder Bob Bean

(Nov. 3, 2017) — The guest this week is Bob Bean, the founder and chairman of Blustream Corporation, a company that is making headway in the RV industry with its devices that monitor RV temperature, humidity and impact dangers. Bean explains how the devices work in monitoring key items and transmitting reports to RV owners via Bluetooth connections to Android and Apple devices. He also discussions future development planned for next year that includes a motion detector for better security.

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Podcast 157 explores Campanda RV rentals

(Oct. 26, 2017) — This week’s guest is Nik Kubasek, the chief operations officer for Campanda, an international RV rental site that matches renters with RV owners. He explains how Campanda works to benefit RV owners and people looking to rent RVs. RV dealers can also tap into this market, which is comprised of a lot of international visitors, but gaining momentum among North American travelers.

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Podcast 155 features TAXA Outdoors CEO Garrett Finney

(Oct. 12, 2017) — This week’s guest is Garrett Finney, the founder and CEO of TAXA Outdoors, a company based in Houston. He was at the Elkhart open house where the firm was introducing a brand new line of compact, lightweight trailers. These RVs are designed specifically to operate as base camps for outdoor adventures. They lack some of the amenities most people expect to see in an RV, but they make up for that in versatility and the ability to haul gear into very remote places.

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Podcast 154 features RVDA President Phil Ingrassia

(Oct. 5, 2017) — Today’s guest is Phil Ingrassia, the president of the RV Dealers Association in Fairfax, Va. The 2017 RV Dealers Convention and Expo takes place Oct. 6 to 10 at Bally’s in Las Vegas. He describes RVDA’s Vendor Training Plus program as well as a new initiative with NTP-Stag, and the Partners in Progress meetings scheduled among dealers and manufacturers. He touches on the new slate of speakers for this year, which includes a lot of women and first-time presenters. He also talks about the expo and the number of vendors that will be exhibiting products and services in that sold-out venue.

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Podcast 153 features Meyer Distributing execs

(Sept. 28, 2017) — This week’s guests are Jeff Braun, the chief financial officer at Meyer Distributing, and Bruce Terwiske, the director of purchasing. The gentlemen explain why Meyer enjoys a competitive advantage in that the firm controls its own fleet of delivery vehicles. As a family-owned business, the staff really understands smaller, independent businesses. Braun and Terwiske also describe the services Meyer offers to RV dealers, suppliers and RV manufacturers.

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Podcast 152: Bob Martin, CEO of Thor Industries

(Sept. 22, 2017) — Episode 152 begins with a brief synopsis of the Elkhart Dealer Open House, which took place this week. This week’s guest is Bob Martin, the CEO for Thor Industries. He describes how giving the individual companies the authority make decisions on their own works to help move Thor Industries forward faster than it could do if the firm had centralized decision making. He talks a bit about the Jayco acquisition and what it means for the company as well as how the hurricanes and increasing demand for product make it challenging for manufacturers and suppliers to keep up the pace.

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