(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.
(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.
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!
(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.
(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.
(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.”
(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.
(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.”
(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.
(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.
(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.