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RV supplier seeks senior buyer

(May 3, 2012) — Purchasing professional with a minimum of 7 – 10 years proven success purchasing injection molded plastic components, tools extrusions (sheet and profile), value added plastic components and urethane foam. Experience developing strategies for best possible cost and value in purchased products; versed in contract negotiations, cost reduction and mitigation.

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North Carolina dealer seeks service advisor

(April 30, 2012) — Howard RV Center has a full-time, permanent (not seasonal) position open for a service advisor at its dealership in Wilmington, N.C. RV Service experience and high level people skills are required, IDS experience a plus.

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MCD Innovations seeks Elkhart sales manager

(April 20, 2012) — MCD Innovations, the leader in shade technology for the RV Industry, is seeking a Regional Sales Manager to be based in the Elkhart, Indiana area.  Must have a minimum of five years’ experience in the RV industry with a focus on OEM sales and customer support.

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Dixie RV SuperStores seeks F&I, sales, service help

(April 19, 2012) — Dixie RV SuperStores is currently seeking an aggressive, take charge F&I manager to add to its team and help raise the bar of professionalism in the RV industry. The dealership is also seeking high energy, optimistic, RV sales professionals with a desire to succeed, as well as a qualified service writer and RV technicians.

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It’s Tax Day — Let’s party like we work for GSA!

(April 17, 2012) — Here it is, April 17, Tax Day in America. It’s the day working Americans have to settle their accounts with the government who already gave out a boat load of money and other entitlements to people who chose not to work. In December, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) issued a paper that outlined the most wasteful examples of government spending of the year. More importantly, are you paying your “fair share?”

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It’s Tax Day — Let’s party like we work for GSA!

(April 17, 2012) — Here it is, April 17, Tax Day in America. It’s the day working Americans have to settle their accounts with the government who already gave out a boat load of money and other entitlements to people who chose not to work. In December, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) issued a paper that outlined the most wasteful examples of government spending of the year. More importantly, are you paying your “fair share?”

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Florida dealer seeks sales help

(April 10, 2012) — Applicant must have great internet marketing skills, and be able to confidently post inventory online, post craigslist ads, and work on other avenues of internet promotion including ebay, facebook, twitter, and other social media outlets. We would prefer RV experience, but willing to train someone familiar with the auto or marine industry.

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Happy employees are often more productive

Australia, Europe, China . . . . pick two!

During the past week I have had wonderful conversations with Jim Ashurst, Craig Kirby and Wilbur Botranger on the recent RVIA decision to open an office in China.  Through the years we have been, and continue to be, very vocal against any engagement with a company that does not respect America, does not respect its people, and plays by a different set of rules than most civilized nations.

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The Chinese even knock off websites

(March 22, 2012) — This morning, I received an e-mail from a company in Anhui, China. They claimed to be a network service company representing another company called TianHua Company. TianHua was planning to register a domain I once owned, but with the .cn extension. They were staking claim to www.americasrvmall.com.cn.

Although I no longer own the domain www.americasrvmall.com, the fact that the Chinese are seeking to register similar names with a .cn extension leads me to believe they are going to start holding American companies hostage in cyberspace. Imagine the chaos that would be created if a Chinese company registered www.blueox.cn or www.fantasticvent.com.cn.

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La Mesa RV in Florida, hosting job fair

(March 21, 2012) — In preparation of opening a new facility in West Palm Beach, applications are now being accepted for all positions including general sales management, RV sales and finance, service, parts and support functions.  Hiring personnel will be in West Palm Beach on March 28 and 29 to conduct local interviews for these positions.

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Atwood Mobile seeks outside sales rep

(March 20, 2012) —  The position requires an associates degree and at least 3 to 6 years experience in RV industry. Preference is given to people who have working experience with RV dealerships and/or distributors. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required, and the candidate must be organized, responsible and goal oriented.

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Should the RV industry embrace China?

A few weeks ago, the RV Industry Association announced it was opening an office in China.

According to an official press release submitted by RVIA March 6, “The office will coordinate the association’s efforts to work with Chinese governmental agencies and the country’s developing RV and campground industries to remove regulatory barriers impeding the United States RV industry’s growth in China.”

Impeding the RV industry’s growth in China? For some reason, I think it will work the other way around. The office will be a communications portal to ensuring that Chinese goods and services find their way into American RV dealerships.

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Feds seek jail for 65-year-old polluter

(March 16, 2012) — Today, the Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to sentence a 65-year-old Iowa campground owner to up to 14 months in jail. Her felony? She disturbed a protected “wetland” by discharging harmful pollutants. This story just reeks of government abuse and regulatory overreach.

What pollutants would demand more than a year in jail? In this case, dirt and rocks.  Excuse me, but aren’t creek beds made of dirt and rock?  If so, how in God’s name could they ever be considered a pollutant, let alone a pollutant worthy of a felony conviction and more than a year in jail?

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Should RV manufacturers mark up RVIA seals?

(March 15, 2012) — News last week that the RV Industry Association would lower the price for its inspection seals prompted one RV dealer to compare the stated prices to his actual invoices. He discovered that several RV manufacturers mark up the cost of the seals and pass that cost on to RV dealers — something he doesn’t think is right.

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Arizona RV dealer seeks technician

(March 14, 2012) — The technician will perform service and repairs outside and inside these homes on wheels. You will be expected to perform pre-delivery inspections, diagnose and repair chassis components, coach equipment and electrical systems. The ideal person will be someone with advanced diagnostic and repair skills for RV coach systems, generators and air conditioning, as well as RV appliances such as stoves and furnaces. 

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Alabama dealership seeks technician

(March 9, 2012) — Camping World in Robertsdale, Ala., is looking for an RV service technician who can execute work orders while diagnosing and repairing recreational vehicle equipment and structures while determining best product for repair.

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David Gorin, president of David Gorin & Associates

Gorin supports ADA requirements

(March 7, 2012) — I don’t know the numbers, but there are lots of Americans with disabilities of all kinds who deserve to have the same opportunities as we all enjoy.  Yes, I absolutely agree with ARVC’s efforts to secure a change in the Department of Justices’ ruling that portable lifts are not acceptable and that the deadline for compliance needs to be extended for a reasonable period of time.  But eventually, wherever feasible public accommodations should be able to serve the entire public, not just able bodied individuals.

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RVIA, RPTIA merger good for the RV industry

(March 7, 2012) — I’m glad to see the RV Industry Association and the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association were able to end the bitter acrimony that has separated the two organizations for many years.  Working together will allow RVIA and park model manufacturers to advance an essential component of the RV industry during a time when campgrounds are embracing park models and cabins in droves. Could it be that we will soon see park models exhibited in Go RVing ads?

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