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Winnebago RV plant reopens
The Elkhart Truth
Winnebago has reopened its 200,000 square foot SunnyBrook plant in Middlebury, IN, due to increased demand for Winnebago-brand products, according to company officials. The facility is producing the 2014 Raven fifth wheel and will soon produce redesigned Sunset Creek and Remington travel trailers. Winnebago plans to hire 60 more employees within the year.
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1 week left for discounted convention hotel rooms
The RV Learning Center
If you're attending the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, there's just one week left to book your room at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino using the group rate. You can reserve your suite online with RVDA's group code: SRRVDA3. The special rate is available for the nights of Thursday, Sept. 26 through Tuesday, Oct. 5, but you must register by next Tuesday, Aug. 27.
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Gas prices fall. Good news for Labor Day travel?
The Christian Science Monitor
Gas prices fell slightly from a week ago, following a general downward trend for gas prices over the past few months, according to AAA. That's good news for motorists gearing up for Labor Day travel in the coming weeks, although variables — like hurricanes — could reverse the trend.
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RV rallies grow and so does Lippert's participation
The Elkhart Truth
When the Forest River Owners Group had its second rally in Elkhart, Lippert Components was right there with them, holding product drawings, performing free alignment and safety checks and getting owner feedback on its products. The company views owner rallies as "a great opportunity to talk to customers who are using our products every day," says Steve Paul, Lippert general manager. Lippert has been involved with local rallies for years and is increasing its participation as the events themselves grow.
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Historic RVs added to RV/MH Hall of Fame collection in Elkhart
The Elkhart Truth
The RV/MH Hall of Fame museum recently received several historic donations, including four Fleetwood RVs donated by the son of Andy Crean, founder of the former Fleetwood Enterprises, and a Westcraft 1947 Westwood Coronado, donated by its original purchaser and only owner, John Culp.
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RV business shifts focus from fun to function
Midland Reporter-Telegram
When it first opened in 2000, Ken's RVs in Midland, TX, revolved entirely around Midlanders who were buying RVs for recreation. Since the start of the oil boom, though, the business's focus has changed — now, most of the units are being sold as alternative housing for new Midland residents. The dealership has had to change significantly to adapt, expanding its parts and service departments and providing mobile service to people who use their RVs as a permanent residence.
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The value of an upset employee
By Mel Kleiman
Frustrated employees have three options: speak up, let things simmer inside while their work suffers, or start planning their exit strategy. When they choose to speak up, you have the chance to remedy the situation. Ignore your first impulse to judge whether the employee's anger is justified — the reason he's angry isn't the issue. You're hearing his perception and experience, and that's what matters to him.
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RV Trader releases new Android app
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The new RV Trader application lets RV shoppers find nearby dealer and private seller inventory using the Android's GPS functionality. Users can search for RVs by type, new or used condition, price range and model year in a specific zip code or near the user's current location.
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5 ways the Affordable Care Act helps America's small businesses
The White House
Health care is a major concern for the 28 million small employers across the country. Here are five key ways that the White House says the Affordable Care Act can benefit small businesses and their employees.
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Bright 'new' star in the summer sky
By John Mosley
Many RVers camp in quiet lonely places far from urban noise and lights, and they enjoy gazing at the stars on clear nights. Now there’s something new to look at. Retired astronomer and part-time RVer John Mosely describes a “new” star in the Delphinus constellation that exploded unexpectedly recently and is the brightest nova since 2007.
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Family leaves home to be full-time campers
The Florida Times-Union
The Rubels have roots — they just like to yank them up periodically. The family of four decided to leave behind the stress of their over-scheduled lifestyle and opt for more together time by living in a 42-foot trailer for part of the year.
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A guide to Google Analytics for small businesses
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Google Analytics is one of the most powerful tools for tracking traffic patterns on your website. What's even more appealing about it is that, like many other Google offerings, it's free. Analytics has come a long way since its launch in 2006. The platform is now easy to use and integrates with other Google platforms like AdWords and AdSense.

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RV owners don't fret high hotel, restaurant bills
Marion Star
This summer, more families seem to be gassing up the recreational vehicle than ever. Ryan Meeks, sales manager at Craig Smith RV Center, said RV sales are up from last year. "We're off to a very good start," he said.

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Iowa gets tough on RVs with Montana registrations
The Des Moines Register
Iowans who buy expensive luxury motor homes and want to dodge state taxes have lost their Montana tax haven. A crackdown has begun on recreational vehicle owners trying to escape Iowa taxes under state legislation signed in June by Gov. Terry Branstad.

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Vegan couple seeks to promote lifestyle in Airstream journey
Nooga.com
An Airstream, a camera and a message about living well. Chattanoogans Ayesha and Zachary Reynolds will travel via RV to 20 cities in 30 days while recording a documentary along the way about the positive changes that can come from a primarily vegan diet.
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