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Central Florida dealership seeks sales manager

(Oct. 2, 2012) — High customer satisfaction and leadership ability a must. Must be able to hire and train sales team, manage leads and follow-up, control & manage inventory at a minimum.  Applicant must also have an excellent track record in this position.

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If You’ve Got Chassis Questions, FCCC Has the Answers

There is nothing like talking RVs with other people who share a passion for the lifestyle and appreciate a quality motorcoach. FCCC experts are always more than happy to share their knowledge at RV rallies, but FCCC has plenty of other ways to answer questions and help you get the most out of your RV. For instance, check out a YouTube tutorial on setting the clock on your FCCC chassis message center.

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Atwood Mobile seeks outside sales rep

(Sept. 27, 2012) — Atwood Mobile Products is seeking an outside sales representative to cover the continental United States to act as liaison between Atwood Mobile Products LLC and customers and maintains on-going, open communications at all times.

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Just rewards

(Sept. 27, 2012) — I could not believe my eyes when I saw that more than two dozen RV manufacturers agreed to pay $37.5 million to the formaldehyde “victims” who lived in emergency shelters provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

This delicious turn of events should be the cause for celebration all over the Elkhart area this evening as manufacturers clink glasses well into the evening. Here is why this settlement is a huge victory for RV manufacturers.

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Am I being too optimistic?

(Sept. 26, 2012) — I am so tickled to see the RV industry has not fallen back into the hunker-down mentality that often follows economic hiccups. In the past, RV dealers and buyers have been caught with a deer-in-the-headlights expression at the first sign of economic bad news. They have been frozen in fear of making a major purchase or stocking inventory on their lots. This year seems to be different.

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Time to end Industry Days at the PRVCA Show?

Don’t shoot me yet – hear me out – then you can start shooting if if doesn’t make any sense for the dealers and manufacturers to continue supporting Industry Days at theHershey PRVCA Show.  Before I left Hershey this year I went to the show office to see Becky Lenington, PRVCA Executive Vice President to let her know I was going to blog on this topic soon.  Nothing I say here should be interpreted as a knock against Becky, Heather or all the volunteers and members of PRVCA, who continue to produce one of the best – if not THE BEST – consumer RV show in the country! 

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Shake up your shop

(Sept. 21, 2012) — The tide of business is rising. You don’t need to look far to see that. Many RV businesses are growing in double digits year after year. So, why don’t many dealers realize that the shop also needs to grow? 

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La Mesa is hiring for new store in Florida

(Sept. 21, 2012) — La Mesa RV Center announces a job fair to begin the immediate hiring process for a new RV sales and service location in Fort Myers, Fla. Interviews will be conducted Sept. 25 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Place at 2600 Champion Ring Road in Fort Myers.

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View from the finance desk

(Sept. 11, 2012) — The situation with RV’s is the same as with real estate. It is difficult today to get a loan (that’s “firepower”) if you have a bad credit history. That’s truer today than it has been for the last 30 years. The last four years have thinned the herd. Consumers who really didn’t have the staying power, the stability and ability to make steady payments even in difficult times, have lost their homes and their motorhomes. Some lenders have exited the business too. Healthy lenders, including finance companies, banks and credit unions, returned to the market as soon as it stabilized. It’s ironic that when the banks were telling me that my applicants “didn’t have the liquidity and qualifications” for RV loans, my clients had better financial health than the banks. 

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State regulators target dealers for AML violations

(Sept. 5, 2012) — The blood (fines) are in the water, and many state agencies in many states are now beginning to watch what the harbingers are accomplishing. It would be foolish to believe that in these times when states are searching for new revenue sources that the fines that agencies can so easily levy for those not complying with the anti money laundering requirements would go unnoticed even in the “Red states.” 

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Creative compensation helps reward staff

(Aug. 24, 2012) — Pay plans in the RV industry are intended to compensate employees in three ways. They reward employees for time spent on the job. They reward staff for expended effort, and they reward employees for producing results. Those three modes of compensation apply in both traditional and innovative compensation plans. Let’s take a look at general types of pay plans and then visit some other compensation possibilities. 

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La Mesa RV to hire 140 full-time people

(Aug. 23, 2012) — “We’ve seen an upturn in our business.  Our goal is to provide each of our customers with an extraordinary sales and service experience and to achieve that goal, we must find additional employees to fill a variety of positions,” said Walters. “In addition, we have some expansion plans underway and we need to fill positions so that those employees can be fully trained prior to new stores opening.” 

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Experienced tech needed at Florida dealership

(Aug. 23, 2012) — Family owned and operated RV dealership is seeking an experienced RV technician.  Must be able to work Saturdays.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Great position for the right person and benefits available.

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Copley RV seeks technicians

(Aug. 21, 2012) — Family business looking for experienced RV technicians.  Certification is a plus.  Fulltime, Monday-Friday work schedule, at an established Southeast Florida dealer that has been in business 27 years.

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IDS seeks account manager

(Aug. 17, 2012) — IDS, a leading RV and marine industry software provider, is looking for someone to help sell and service our world class dealer base.  The company is looking for someone that is passionate about the industry, dealers and technology. 

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Arizona dealer seeks three technicians

(Aug. 17, 2012) — Premier Motor Coach Services needs two house technicians and one chassis tech. Must have a minimum of two years experience in luxury coaches such as Prevost conversions by Country Coach, Monaco all product lines, American Coach. The company would prefer certified techs.

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Oklahoma dealership seeks service advisor

(Aug. 15, 2012) — Must have some mechanical knowledge, problem-solving skills and the ability to relay customer’s needs and expectations to Dave Claremore RV’s technicians. RV technical experience is a plus.  

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