Opinion

Home on the road, a domicile issue

(Aug. 15, 2017) — To those of us living full-time in our RV and traveling from coast-to-coast, a “home” is, well, anywhere we wish. However, there are those pesky rules in the United States that demand proof of citizenship in a specific state to vote, register your vehicles, get a license to drive on the country’s roads, pay taxes and for certain citizens, receive healthcare insurance benefits.

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Opinion: Congress shows its idiocy

(Aug. 8, 2017) — That’s right, folks. After what was probably hours of contentious, finger-pointing debate, our elected “leaders” finally decided Aug. 2 that it would designated June, which ended 32 days earlier, as Great Outdoors Month.

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Opinion: Sour grapes or legitimate Jayco complaint?

(July 6, 2017) — Groucho Marx once noted, “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” Corporate politics is no different. Pull up a chair and grab some popcorn, folks. This circus will be highly entertaining.

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Opinion: Can’t wait to hit the RV camping trail

(July 1, 2017) – This is exciting news as I venture into an industry that is new to me as an editor, but into a lifestyle that is part of my DNA. I grew up in northern Wisconsin, where as a youngster I first camped in tents, even as the snow fell; then in an old van my parents had modified for camping; and finally, Christmas arrived for us, and we began camping in a fifth-wheel.

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Opinion: Fiscal 2018 budget must support outdoor recreation

(June 26, 2017) — ORIR calls upon the Trump Administration and Congress to support and protect outdoor recreation on federal lands and waters with a sound and innovative budget for the federal land agencies that are charged with protecting and providing access to America’s Great Outdoors

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Opinion: Who is really in charge of your dealership?

(May 31, 2017) — Lately dealer principals have inquired if they are the only ones that have allowed various management positions to attain more control over the daily operations of the dealership. This includes concerns over the proper stocking of inventory to what vendors they utilize.

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OPINION: The RV/MH Hall of Fame has it backward

(May 16, 2017) — When I planned a road trip from North Carolina to the Midwest this month, it was for the motivating reason to visit the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart. I was excited to experience fresh inspiration and new innovation in the RV industry. Instead what I got was a reality check to the atrophy of an industry’s history.

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OPINION: Firms must get serious about web security training

(May 15, 2017) — This type of nonsense gives information technology managers the cold sweats at companies large and small. That’s because they can warn and warn and warn people about how to identify these types of malicious messages. But, most workers adopt a ho-hum attitude until it’s too late.

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OPINION: TireMinder stands up to idiots

(May 9, 2017) — But, when companies like Amazon deliberately sell products at prices lower than they can buy them at wholesale, just to drive a stake into the heart of a competitor, then no retailers are safe.

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Opinion: Kudos to RVIA for exercising proper oversight

(April 14, 2017) — I received an email last night from RVIA that the association had uncovered financial misconduct involving a mid-level employee to the tune of $75,000. We don’t know any of the details, nor do we know which employee was terminated as a result. This type of news is never fun to share, but it appears to me that RVIA squelched the problem before it became a major issue.

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Opinion: Who is Lemonis trying to intimidate?

(April 13, 2017) — We published a press release today from Camping World in which the company announced plans to open six supercenter stores in Michigan. But, why would a company announce plans in a press release to the industry that is void of any specific details?

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Opinion: It’s time to get serious about training

(April 10, 2017) — Locating the National RV Training Academy at a campground is brilliant. The students can stay at the campground and then, as part of the training, venture out to their RVs to put words to action. Since the campground will be home to a variety of makes and models of recreation vehicles, students will get to see different configurations in real life – not as part of a slide show presentation.

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Opinion: Roadtrek CEO shows power of social media

(March 3, 2017) — I have no idea what research he was conducting or why. But, the evidence shows how easy it is for CEOs and corporate managers to gather near instantaneous feedback at absolutely no cost. Just ask a question, go grab a cup of coffee, talk to a few folks in the break room, then come back and start reviewing answers.

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Opinion: Buying an email list? Beware of scams

(Feb. 20, 2017) –The bottom line is that RV dealers and campground owners who are tempted to buy email lists from AIM Digital Pros or Immaculate Prospects should do so at their own risk. Chances are good that companies that don’t comply with the CAN-SPAM Act in soliciting business are probably violating the law’s opt-in requirements, too.

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Opinion: Businesses still drop the ball on video

(Feb. 17, 2017) — Let’s keep producing videos because that’s what people like to view. But, let’s do it in a way that conveys information essential to educating RV buyers about the features and benefits of the units their investigating without leaving it to their imaginations to figure it out themselves.

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