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RVDA Convention/Expo opens in Las Vegas
RV dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and associated industry members are in Las Vegas this week for the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, the premier event for RV retailers and their employees. Four and a half days of workshops, vendor presentations and keynote speakers are scheduled, as well as an exhibit floor packed with new products and services. Attendance is expected to top last year's numbers as the industry continues to rebound.
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AAA: US gas prices could drop 30 cents by Christmas
Los Angeles Times
National gas prices fell 19 cents in September, the largest drop since October 2012, AAA said, and if the downward trend continues, gas prices could drop an additional 30 cents by Christmas. The U.S. average gas price is now $3.40 a gallon, the lowest price since January.
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RV lifestyle: Join the crowd
The Florida Times-Union
Visitors at the upcoming St. Johns County Fall RV Show will see many lighter-weight motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and tent-campers — part of a trend that began in 2010 when manufacturers responded to the economic downturn and higher gas prices. Both new and used RVs of all types will be on display during the free event, the first to be held in Northeast Florida during the fall.

Joe Andrick, general manager of RVDA member Dick Gore's RV World in St. Augustine, has been pushing a fall RV show within the chapter for a number of years. "I just feel that Northeast Florida can support a fall show," Andrick says. "There are lots of RV enthusiasts who live in the area, and I think we'll attract people who are interested in the RV lifestyle but wouldn't make the drive to the Jacksonville Equestrian Center to check out our big show in February."

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Indycar's Dallara to work on 'futuristic green super-luxury RV'
Hired on by Global Caravan Technologies for its expertise in carbon-fiber technologies, Dallara, the chassis builder of choice for the IndyCar Series, will help build an environmentally friendly, super-luxury RV that uses a race-derived, carbon-fiber monocoque chassis. Called the CR-1 Carbon, it'll be unveiled in December at the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis and will eventually morph into a range of fifth wheels and travel trailers ranging from $160,000 to $500,000.
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Maine man plans 5-month RV trek for perfect retirement home
Kennebec Journal
Chris Harnish is fishing his way into retirement. He's leaving on a five-month journey in a motorhome rigged out with a special front bumper guard designed to minimize damage should he run into large animals — caribou, moose, deer and big armadillos — or even other vehicles. And it's also packed to the gills, pardon the pun, with 17 rods and reels and assorted fishing paraphernalia.
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A lifetime of decoration fascination shifts from Barbies to RVs
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Sheila Hagar loved interior decorating from an early age, adorning her Barbie house with crayoned wallpaper and tablecloths made from material scraps she took from her grandma's sewing table. She grew up and married a man with an RV, and suddenly she had a new venue to decorate. Next thing you know, the former bachelor's hangout was sporting bright rugs and cheery wall paper.
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Baby boomers are driving Thor higher
The Motley Fool
Lucky for Thor Industries, retirees are feeling more financially fit thanks to a 176 percent increase in the stock market since March 2009. As a result of rising confidence, the appetite for the home-away-from-home industry is marching back. July marked the 19th straight month of year-over-year growth for industry RV shipments, with 15 percent more RVs being shipped from makers to dealers than a year ago.
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Valdez proves to be a real treat in Alaska
By Jerri Grubb
The summer of 2012 my husband and I, along with another couple, drove to Alaska. One of my favorite spots in Alaska was Valdez. We spent several days there, the weather was wonderful, and the scenery was beautiful. From Anchorage, the drive to Valdez was breathtaking. There was an awesome scene around every turn. In Valdez we could see the harbor and snow-covered mountains from our campground. There was a road just outside of town where we could observe bears, sea lions, otters and eagles, while the fishermen hauled in salmon from the harbor.
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Dallas star's luxurious 1984 Airstream to go under the hammer
Caravan Times
Dallas star Larry Hagman's Airstream motorhome is going under the hammer at a California auction. The actor best known for playing JR in the popular soap drama lived in this state-of-the-art, solar paneled 1984 Airstream during filming. It's one of just 50 motor-powered Airstreams in existence.

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Kentucky Wildcat fans tailgate in style with their tricked-out vehicles
Lexington Herald-Leader
For some University of Kentucky football fans, the stadium's luxury boxes have nothing over their luxury tailgating vehicles of choice. In the tailgating city that surrounds Commonwealth Stadium before home games, you'll see that almost any kind of vehicle can be converted into a tailgating dream.

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Fall's here — Time to winterize your RV
Nulty Insurance via PRWeb
Many people don't realize how hard the cold can be on vehicles that are unequipped to handle it, and storage is only half the battle! Winterization is one of the most significant things when it comes to prolonging the life and enjoyment of a vehicle. Here are general tips for winterizing.

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Find out everything you need to know about Obamacare and small business
U.S. Small Business Administration
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes a variety of measures specifically for small businesses that help lower premium cost growth and increase access to quality, affordable health insurance. Depending on whether you are self-employed, an employer with fewer than 25 employees, an employer with fewer than 50 employees or an employer with 50 or more employees, different provisions of the ACA may apply to you.
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