The high cost of early compliance

(March 6, 2012) — In the days and weeks either preceeding or following the planned enforcement date of any federal rule, you can count on a single federal attorney — or judge — to issue his interpretation of what Congress AND the regulatory agencies really meant when they passed the laws, rules and regulations. As a result, that single person’s decision becomes the new “law of the land” until it is overturned by a higher court or someone with greater authority.

This is the case with campground owners today. They have been told they must make their pools ADA compliant by installing permanent, fixed lift systems to assist handicapped people into and out of pools.

I wonder which campground will become the sacrificial lamb for the entire recreation industry — the one business severely fined to set an example to all the other campgrounds and RV parks?

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Majors RV seeks self-motivated technicians

(March 5, 2012) — Major’s RV is looking for self motivated RV technicians with working knowledge of RVs, trailers and motorhomes. Full time year round position. Willing to train the right candidate that has basic skill set.

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What is Brand USA thinking?

(March 5, 2012) — When Congress gets involved in branding our own country, you just know instinctively that it’s going to get screwed up. Last year, the illustrious body formed a new congressionally authorized corporation they called Brand USA and charged it with promoting American tourism to people living oversees? It won’t take long for even an unsophisticated person to realize that Brand USA’s logo is a stupid, idiotic and dumbfounding way to promote America to the world.  Since when did America’s colors change to purple?

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Tour America RV seeks F&I manager

(March 2, 2012) — The ideal candidate would have experience selling extended service agreements, and other finance products.  Candidate must possess a high moral character , have excellent paperwork, have the ability to understand personal financial statements and have a strong relationship with bank lenders. 

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Dixie RV seeks warranty clerks

(March 1, 2012) — Dixie RV SuperStores in Hammond, La., and Defuniak Springs, Fla., has positions available for warranty clerks. Our business is booming and coming into season. Accounting background a plus.

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At Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC), we’ve known for a long time that our customers represent one of our most valuable resources. And over and over, at real-world rallies and in online participation, we’ve seen that RV enthusiasts are a remarkable community that’s worth getting to know.

So whether it’s face to face around a campfire or sharing tips online with fellow RVers who may be thousands of highway miles away, we recommend you take time in your travels to get to know some of your fellow motorhome fans.

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An early Spring?

Although Spring is still a few weeks away, many in the RV industry are acting as though they’ve been hit with a case of Spring Fever, if the mood at last week’s NTP Distribution show is any indication.

The mood and optimism in San Diego was palpable, and several people noted it appeared to be more optimistic than the attitude at the Stag-Parkway show in January, most likely because dealers had a few shows under their belt where they could gauge consumer confidence. Most RV shows so far this year have reported strong attendance and healthy sales.

I think the RV industry is ready for a breakout year.  Dealers are tired of “holding their own” and consumers are ready to get out and escape the day-to-day stress of life. I am encourage knowing that history repeatedly shows that the RV industry leads the nation out of recession.

Could that be happening this year? 

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Dixie RV seeks sales, F&I managers

(Feb. 23, 2012) — Dixie RV SuperStores in Hammond, La., and Defuniak Springs, Fla., have positions open for sales managers as well as finance and insurance managers. Candidates should be motivated, have high energy, a positive attitude and a strong desire for success.

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Diversified Insurance seeks F&I pros for RV dealers

(Feb. 20, 2012) — Some of the top RV dealersin the upper Midwest are in need of several very important positions. They need to be filled immediately. RV experience is not required but preferred, however these TOP Tier dealers are willing to train the right individuals who have the desire to succeed and want to become part of a winning team.

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RV Dealerships and Interns Make a Strong Partnership

Throughout the years, I have visited many businesses and talked with countless owners and corporate leaders in the RV industry. Unfortunately, I have begun to see a substantial aging in the demographics of staff and management teams and believe the industry is due for a good dose of youthful energy and knowledge. Dealers who attract more youthful employees will find that their energy is contagious, their learning curve is quicker, and they have an almost inherited knowledge of the digital age that many industry veterans still struggle with.

These bright stars need an introduction to the RV industry and the RV industry can do this through internships. RV dealerships like other businesses need to embrace the internship process.  It is cost effective and benefits both the employer and the employee.   In some cases, it’s like a long and extensive interview process as the corporation may eventually hire the intern.

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The unlimited, never expiring discount card

Just when I think I have Good Sam Enterprises figured out, they toss out a fastball that leaves me bewildered. That’s how a number of campground owners apparently feel after learning that Good Sam Club recently sent out new membership cards that don’t contain an expiration date.

I’d be tempted to think someone screwed up somewhere in designing the card without an expiration date. But, Lemonis is a shrewd businessman. There has to be some reason behind sending out unexpiring cards.

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La Mesa RV hiring sales people at all locations

(Feb. 6, 2012) — We are looking for dedicated, hard working sales people who want to earn a six figure plus income to come join our incredible sales team. Opportunities for advancement and to earn top dollar. Top paying commissions including bonuses and company benefits.

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Lazy Days seeks senior driving instructor

(Feb. 2, 2012) — Lazydays in Seffner, Fla., is looking for someone to present RV driver confidence courses on both motorized and towable RVs including classroom and on-the-road training. The person will also develop training materials, participant workbooks and supporting documentation.

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Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation Offers Short-Term Maintenance Tips for Extended Stopovers

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) knows that not every RV enthusiast is of the constantly roaming variety. While plenty of owners routinely put 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year on their motorhomes, many others spend more time enjoying campground life. For owners who set up for stopovers of more than three weeks at a time – as many do during the winter months – FCCC offers some reminders and easy maintenance tips.

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Dirty tricks or healthy competition?

An RV dealer sent me this photo today and asked me what I thought of the tactic.

Apparently Camping World has erected this billboard less than 100 feet from a competitor’s lot. It’s message is, “We beat this dealers price every time.” 

The same Camping World store hired a mobile billboard to drive back and forth in front of the dealership during an open house event last month. People inside the truck used bullhorns to shout messages at customers walking the dealer’s lots encouraging them to visit the Camping World store.

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Sniveling slackers leave me smokin’

I had to laugh yesterday when I read the story about some flat-rate service technicians in Texas and Oklahoma who were suing their RV dealership for overtime pay. 

The Southeast Texas Record reported, “According to the complaint, the defendant would estimate the number of hours they believed it should take the piece work employees to complete a particular job and then would only pay the employees for that amount of time or less. The plaintiffs claim the amount of time paid was arbitrary and had no relationship to the amount charged to the customer.”

Boy, would I like to be on that jury.

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An investment opportunity for RV dealers

(Jan. 31, 2012) — Trained and certified people are more likely to do the job right the first time, treat our customers better, and in general, make more money for the dealership. The investment in education and certification adds to our bottom line through fewer repair comebacks, better customer word of mouth, and happier employees.

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Experienced sales, F&I manager seeks job

(Jan. 31, 2012) — Experienced F&I/sales manager with 15 years of experience in finance and sales seeks employement in Central Texas. Seeking a company with a strong background, aggressive, and fun environment in which to work. Would prefer to stay in the San Antonio market.

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