Opinion

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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Louisiana dealer needs RV technicians

(Aug. 14, 2012) — Candidates with advanced diagnostic and repair skills for RVs or someone who is passionate about fixing mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and maintenance problems would be ideal. The ideal candidate should have a strong attention to detail, be self-motivated, well-versed in all maintenance and repairs, and ability to document all work performed.  

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Dixie RV seeks sales professionals

(Aug. 14, 2012) — Dixie RV is looking for an elite group of individuals who are confident, enjoy talking to people and are available to work extended hours. Whether you are an experienced sales person or new to the sales world. The company offers insurance and 401K. 

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Burlington RV seeks sales manager

(Aug. 14, 2012) — Fifty-year-old Wisconsin dealer, Burlington RV Superstore, is seeking an experienced RV sales manager to handle all day-to-day operations and training of the sales staff. 

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Great Northern RV seeks finance manager

(Aug. 14, 2012) — Great Northwest RV/Puyallup RV is looking for a finance/closer for its Vancouver, Wash., RV dealership.  If you have been in finance in cars or rvs please apply by calling Jeremy Ellyson at (253) 576-1484. 

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Boy am I behind the times

A friend of mine told me yesterday that he thought Google’s Chrome web browser was the most popular in the world. I didn’t believe him. I was convinced that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was still No. 1. After all, that’s the one I have used almost exclusively since 1995 — cursing at it throughout the day for its multiple limitations and ability to lock up on certain websites.

Today, I checked several web resources and was stunned to discover that not only has Internet Explorer lost its perch on top of the browser battles, it is solidly in third place and plummeting like a meteor.

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Fuel for Thought: Diesel vs. Gasoline in Motorhome Chassis

Gasoline engines were the motorhome industry standard for decades, and it was only about five years ago, in 2007, that diesel RV chassis sales surpassed their gasoline counterparts. And while it’s true that gasoline engines have seen some recent resurgence in the market, there are several reasons why diesel remains the better value and more oft-chosen option. 

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Investors show confidence in Camping World

About a month ago, Good Sam Enterprises, which owns Camping World, announced a plan to buy back up to $4.95 million in bond notes. However, by the time the offer expired July 31, only $4,000 worth of bonds were presented to the company.

To me, that shows pretty good confidence in the direction and stability of the company. If someone was worried about losing money invested in Good Sam Enterprises, here was an opportunity to get out with all the investment intact.

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