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RV analyst: Gains will continue
South Bend Tribune
The recreation vehicle industry's shipments are predicted to total 309,800 units in 2013, an 8.4 percent increase over the 285,749 units shipped last year. The new forecast by RV industry analyst Richard Curtin predicts that shipments will increase to 321,800 units in 2014, a 3.9 percent gain over 2013.
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Lamar Alexander honored with 2013 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award
American Recreation Coalition
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN, will receive the 2013 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award. The award honors individuals who have contributed to enhancing outdoor experiences across America. Alexander chaired the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors and has championed National Park Service Centennial efforts, working to ensure NPS remains relevant and effective in its second century. He keynoted the first-ever America's Summit on National Parks and has spoken out about the health challenges facing Americans — especially youth — because of obesity and lessened physical activity, and the role of recreation as a cost-effective remedy.
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Free RV Learning Center webinar on safety and environmental compliance
The RV Learning Center
The next best thing to having a regulatory expert on your staff is participating in this week's free webinar from the RV Learning Center. Dealers will have an hour to pose their safety and environmental compliance questions to RVDA associate KPA's Janet Wimmer, a recognized expert in the field. Hear what other dealers have faced from OSHA, EPA and DOT, and learn some actions you can take to improve your dealership safety immediately. The webinar starts at noon EDT June 6.
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Winnebago rolls as America rediscovers the RV
VideoBrief As you head out on the road this summer, expect to see more RVs and motorhomes, which are experiencing a rebirth. That's welcome news for Winnebago Industries, which survived one of the roughest periods for the RV industry. "During the depths of the recession, we weren't even running the factory at times, it was so slow, business was that bad," says Randy Potts, chairman and CEO. "Now we’re running the factory every week. In fact, people are working overtime."
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Recovery, boomers send RV sales roaring back
U.S. News & World Report
This spring, Jenny Miller and her husband bought a trailer to take their one-year-old son camping, but the plan had been in the works long before that. "We had been talking about buying one for a couple of years, and we were just waiting for our finances to get in order so we could make the purchase," says the 29-year-old Davenport, IA, resident. Miller is representative of a broader national trend boosting the RV industry. Recreational vehicle sales crashed during the recession as Americans lost jobs and savings, but now, buyers are back and ready to make the RV purchases they put off for so long.
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Portland architect Robert Moreland's RV designs, other tiny houses on wheels
The Oregonian
A few years back, Portland architect Robert Moreland went looking for a motor home that was efficient and stylish. Few met his exacting specifications. He eventually bought a Navion and has owned it four years, but its limitations led him to come up with two designs of his own. "One thing I've always liked about RVing is that it forces you into a simpler, more efficient lifestyle. You have to think about everything you bring aboard, because there’s not a lot of storage, and you have to be aware of resource use since you only have so much water in your tanks or battery capacity," he says.
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Slow cooking on the long road to Alaska
By Jerri Grubb
After teaching for a combined 69 years, my husband Larry and I decided it was time for an adults-only field trip. We eagerly started plotting out a two-month trip to Alaska. One day I mentioned the trip to a former co-worker and her husband, who had also been talking about driving their motorhome to Alaska. So the four of us began planning the trip of a lifetime. Our goal was to be as economical as possible on this trip but see everything we wanted.
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Custom RVs: Homes on the road
Specialty Fabrics Review
The news for custom shops that tap into the RV market just seems to get better. Shops that connect with this group of ardent road enthusiasts could enjoy a comfortable niche — and a boost in sales of their services. For every new RV that lands a home, two used RVs are sold, says the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. And those previously-owned RVs are just begging for a facelift, which often translates into an extensive refurbishing.
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6 things you didn't know about Airstream trailers
To some folks, Airstream's aluminum trailers warrant little more than a glance. But dig deeper and you'll find a futuristic vehicle that's been used by NASA to shuttle astronauts, the Air Force to move high-ranking officials, and by millions of super fans to simply get out of town. Just ask Tara Cox, former editor-in-chief of RV Living magazine and author of the upcoming book "Airstream: The Silver RV."
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    Why 'Rock My RV' is the best reality makeover show yet. Really. (Slate)
Rule cracks down on tax evaders registering motor homes in Montana (Radio Iowa)
8 ways to hit the road in an RV (FORTUNE)
Johnnie Walker RV featured on Animal Planet (Nevada Business)
RV-buying boom a sign of consumer confidence (Silicon Valley Mercury News)

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10 reasons social media isn't working for you
Small Business Trends
A recent survey shows 61 percent of small businesses don't think they're seeing a return on investment from their social media use. If you're in this group, it could be that you're not using the 80/20 rule, aren't being consistent enough, or are making a combination of these 10 common mistakes.

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What teenagers with millions of YouTube fans can teach you about sales
American Express OPEN Forum
How do you sell online when your target audience is too young to have credit cards? A group of entrepreneurial teenagers found an easy solution.

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Why 'Rock My RV' is the best reality makeover show yet. Really.
The basic premise is a simple one: Rocker and reality TV veteran Bret Michaels, a longtime RV enthusiast who graduated from family vacations to logging millions of miles on a tour bus — helps people realize their RV dreams.

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In small business, the real danger is not making enough time
The Huffington Post
Small business is hard. The hours are long, the worries constant, and the market can seem incredibly fickle. Here are several cloud-based programs that can help the small-business owner keep all the balls in the air.
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