Opinion

Another survey exposes lack of Millennial work ethic

(July 24, 2013) — I received an e-mail today from Designed Learning that released the results of a survey conducted of employers who hire Millennials — those lovable, adorable, social creatures born between 1985 and 2004. The results were not at all surprising, at least to someone like me who has been following the advance of the Millennial generation into the workplace for years.

Designed Living detected a shift in American work ethic from “disciplined” to “entitled,” something I suspect is already apparent to many managers and corporate executives.

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Kid tax discourages camping families

(July 18, 2013) — Private campgrounds which are already competing against public facilities that charge $8 to $20 per night cannot really afford to lose customers to state and county parks because they require another $20 per day for the daily rate in addition to all the nickels and dimes they extract from parents for craft projects, snacks, mini-golf, bike rentals, toys, T-shirts, souvenirs, etc.

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Full-time families sound off on RV lifestyle

(July 12, 2013) — About 105 members of the Fultime Families organization gathered at a Jellystone Park in Montrose, Colo., last week for one of their two semi-annual rallies. During a morning session, I had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with many of the adults as they discussed their concerns with the RV lifestyle and the industry in general. Keep in mind, these are the apostles of the RV industry — the people who use their RVs more frequently, travel a lot and encounter thousands of RVers at campsites around the country. They are often the very people recreational users turn to for advice and information.

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Why do we celebrate Independence Day

(July 4, 2013) — It really bugs me that more and more people refer to today as July Fourth. That’s because today is Independence Day. It refers to a specific moment in history in which our nation broke free from a basically dictatorial government to form its own government in hopes of establish a nation dedicated to the principle of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — as well as a government that governs with the consent of the governed.

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Give private campgrounds access to public waterways

(May 31, 2013) — I’m wondering what people think about government restricting water access only to campgrounds owned and operated by government agencies. Private campgrounds on the water are not usually allowed to offer boat launches. If waterways are truly public, and must be accessible to everyone, why can’t private campgrounds offer access points to lakes and rivers from their property? Why must people purchase public park entrance fee and get a boat launch permit before they are allowed to put a boat in the water?

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Mystery, intrigue surround sale of RV publication

(May 29, 2013) — Mystery and intrigue surround the sale of an RV industry publication. But, the biggest question is what is for sale? Multiple people sent me links to a website showing that an RV trade publication was being offered for sale. But nobody is admitting their publication is actually on the market — and information isn’t being provided to prospective buyers, either. 

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It is time to end government subsidized camping

(May 20, 2013) — Private campground owners, perhaps you can explain how it is even possible to charge those rates and even cover your expenses. If federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, the facility, which boasts 128 sites, needs to book 11 sites per day just to earn enough to pay wages and taxes for one person to work eight hours. 

It does nobody any good to spend millions of dollars building top-notch recreation centers that are shut down or their use restricted because the “owners” can’t make money when a complete facility is basically given to them. 

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A big start to 2013

A big start to 2013 We expected this to be a big year at Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC), and the first four months of

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The devastating affect of gotcha journalism

(May 8, 2013) — Hidden cameras and audio recorders can be incorporated into pens, hats, soda cans — just about anything. The last thing any business owner wants to see is a video of his or her business going viral on YouTube and mainstream media outlets because of the outrageous actions and claims made by a dealer or a member of the staff.

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What a difference two years makes

(May 1, 2013) — Just a little more than two years ago, much of the industry had all but written off the RV/MH Hall of Fame as a financially nonviable institution. Fortunately, genuine leaders stepped forward to offer a vision, helping hand, and plenty of money to keep the Hall of Fame open to the public. Darryl Searer was hired as president and, as they say, the rest is history.

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What a difference two years makes

(May 1, 2013) — Just a little more than two years ago, much of the industry had all but written off the RV/MH Hall of Fame as a financially nonviable institution. Fortunately, genuine leaders stepped forward to offer a vision, helping hand, and plenty of money to keep the Hall of Fame open to the public. Darryl Searer was hired as president and, as they say, the rest is history.

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Ripping off RV dealers at the Rio

Isolated from the rest of the strip, just about everything at the Rio is more expensive than the rest of Las Vegas, including the $4.50 bottles of water in the hotel room, the fact the front desk dings your credit card $100 per day for “incidentals,” and don’t even get me started about union thugs and the $150 they charge to carry a box 150 feet from the loading dock to an exhibit.  

But the Rio just got costlier for RV dealers who were attending the Priority RV Network meetings last week. Can you believe this resort now charges $20 for early check in? I have never, in my life, heard of a hotel charging guests an early check in fee in a city where an aircraft lands every 90 seconds around the clock.

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Another crazy ruling from RV-hostile California

(April 11, 2013) — It’s getting harder and harder to understand anything that goes on in California these days.  Perhaps someone can explain why a guy sitting at a dead stop on a “freeway” caught in one of California’s legendary traffic jams could be cited for “distracted driving” for using his iPhone’s mapping feature to find an alternative route around the mess.

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Philip Koch — an outdoor industry visionary

(April 12, 2013) — Philip Koch was a visionary in the camping industry. Why is it that so often men with great vision depart earth well before their time, leaving others to carry out that vision? Philip was the owner of Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Park in Santa Claus, Ind. He died unexpectedly this week at age 47.

I had the chance to spend a few hours with him last September when the campground invited me to spend the weekend at their resort to see first-hand how a Christmas-themed campground embraces Halloween.

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RV Daily Report celebrates its fourth birthday

(April 1, 2013) — Through it all, we have remained committed to serving the RV industry as an independent news source, not governed by corporate control. We have always allowed anyone with a message to step up and use our microphone to relay news, convey an idea or to voice an opinion. And we allow others to hold us accountable by allowing comments on every story we post.

I think RV Daily Report plays an important role in the RV industry by covering all segments in one central location — RV dealers, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, associations, RV parks, campgrounds and RV owners. In honor of our fourth anniversary, I wish to genuinely thank our readers who have stood by us through some tough times and many challenges, as well as the advertisers who make it possible for us to continue our mission month after month. Without the steadfast support of companies who share our mission, RV Daily Report would be nothing more than a dream.

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Here’s a great way to introduce creativity into RV design

(March 25, 2013) — I received a press release today about a design competition in the automotive industry that I thought would be an excellent way to bring innovation into the RV industry. I, for one, think this type of design innovation would help improve the draw to the National RV Trade Show in Louisville each year.

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Band together to rescue our national parks

(March 14, 2013) — We are stewards of the land, and as such are responsible for protecting and ensuring our national & state parks are left the way we found them for future generations. I find it despicable that every time state and federal governments attempt to work through self-inflicted deficits and poor planning our state parks and national parks are the first to suffer from our government’s inadequacies.

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Are manufacturers handcuffing dealership F&I departments?

(March 13, 2013) — I heard some scuttlebutt last week about some behind-the-scenes maneuvering for manufacturers to include specific brands of emergency roadside service with every new RV they sell. Some dealers are objecting to the practice all together, but are their concerns justified?

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