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RV industry recovery picks up speed in 2012
The Associated Press via The Akron Beacon Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The RV industry's recovery from the Great Recession has picked up speed. Overall shipments from manufacturers to dealers are expected to rise 10 percent in 2012 and could gain another 4.5 percent next year. "We made up a lot of ground this year," says RVDA Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Ohio. "We're seeing a lot more buyers walking in the door, and we're seeing those buyers with more money in hand." More

Inoculate your RV dealership against health care reform surprises
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Last month's election results brought an end to the uncertainty — health care reform is coming, and your business will be affected. In fact, some new regulations already are in effect, and others will start in 2013 and 2014. To help dealers prepare for their new obligations, RVDA has partnered with associate member KPA to present a free webinar Dec. 13 titled, "Employer Health Care Forecast — What's Next for Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act?" More


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Dealers save hundreds on shipping with RVDA-endorsed PartnerShip service
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Dealers are saving hundreds of dollars in shipping costs each quarter by using PartnerShip, an RVDA-endorsed shipping service. In fact, some dealers with high shipping volume saved almost $1,000 between July and September alone. Those savings offset dealers' RVDA membership dues in just three months. RVDA's endorsed-products programs are just one example of how RVDA membership pays off for dealers and associates. More

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RV Learning Center honors legacy donors with permanent display
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The RV Learning Center now has a dedicated, permanent display honoring legacy donors whose gifts were instrumental in starting The RVDA Education Foundation, now known as The RV Learning Center. The framed contributor listing, located in the RV Learning Center at RVDA headquarters in Fairfax, VA, salutes their trailblazing gifts and commitment to ongoing industry education. "It's fitting to recognize the generosity and foresight of these legacy donors as we launch this year's fund-raising drive," says RV Learning Center Chairman of the Board Jeff Pastore. "These original donors made the down payment on what is now the flagship educational institution for dealers and their staff. We owe a real debt of gratitude to these early supporters who believed in that vision." More

Uintah Basin RV fans find second, portable home in mountains
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Lori and Bill Lough have had an RV since they were married 18 years ago, and it has become a part of their hunting season tradition. The camaraderie that grows among friends and the stories told around the campfire make the hunt special. "Our RV is the foundation of a camping or hunting experience — it's being able to spend time with family and friends," says Lori Lough. "Most important to us is being able to teach our sons, to pass down everything to our children that was passed to us from our elders. Nothing can compare to that." More

Oregon RV dealer increases land holdings 70 percent
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Before the recession, things were going well for RVDA member RV Corral, which bills itself as Eugene's largest RV dealership. Then the recession came and battered the RV industry nationwide. Now RV Corral is back in expansion mode, acquiring a neighboring 3.5-acre lot that increases the dealership's acreage by about 70 percent. Co-owner Jerry McCall says the time seemed right for expansion: RV sales have started to pick up, and service and body work are booming. More

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Vintage vehicles: Cleveland, TX, couple enjoys retro hobby
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It took Teresa and Niki Coats almost a year to restore the 1963 Little Gem travel trailer that they bought on a whim, but the process hooked them on vintage trailers. After a complete interior and exterior redo of the turquoise and white Little Gem, they next set their sights on finding a vintage Shasta. More

9 of the best California desert winter campgrounds
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Elsewhere in the country, people who love camping either have to wait out the long winter months or contend with snow and sub-freezing temperatures. But RVers and people in or near the California deserts can engage in a favorite pastime year-round. With a little planning, campers can camp as comfortably in January as they can in May. Here are some favorite places for winter camping that range from campgrounds with hookups to primitive, unmarked sites. More

College football fans opt for top-rate accommodations
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John Dias hadn't been out of his house in six months as he recuperated from multiple surgeries, but he was NOT going to miss a 20-year tradition of tailgating with family and friends before the Rutgers-Louisville game. Dias, his mother, and family friend Larry Cuzzi are among a group who have been tailgating together for years. Cuzzi's full-service RV is the rallying point, parked in its familiar spot in the green lot across from the stadium. More

Football fans enjoy camaraderie and friendship
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Thirty-six hours before their beloved teams went head-to-head in the SEC football championship, hardcore Bulldog and Crimson Tide fans already were filling the RV lot near the Georgia Dome. For many of them, though, the game almost is secondary. Dean Tate, who's been following the Crimson Tide in his 40-foot Fleetwood RV for more than 10 years, says that, although he made the trip hoping to watch Alabama win the championship, "more than that is coming up and tailgating with friends and family." More

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'Cajun RVera' groundbreaking is held
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Officials broke ground on a state-of-the-art RV park located a stone's throw from the city limits of New Iberia, LA. This park isn't your typical campground, says Karl Vincent, chairman of the Acadiana Fairgrounds Commission, the public agency developing the park. The "Cajun RVera" will include more than 200 sites for RVs; a country club-style clubhouse; 9,000 square feet of pools and water features, such as a splash pad; a beach volleyball court; an arcade; washateria; horseshoes; miniature golf; a pond; and smaller chalet-style cabins. More

Spartan Motors: 5 reasons to buy this $5 stock
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Spartan Motors, a small-cap company that engineers and manufactures specialty chassis and aftermarket parts for the RV market, could be a good addition to your short-term investment strategy, says this author. Here's why. More

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New Oregon imported firewood rules begin Jan. 1
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In an effort to keep pest-infested firewood from being brought into Oregon, agriculture officials have imposed a rule requiring the use of either local firewood or firewood that has been heat-treated and labeled as pest-free. "Ash is an excellent firewood, so trees that are dying from pests [in other states] often end up in the back of a pickup truck or in an RV that goes camping in Missouri or Pennsylvania, for instance," says Dan Hilburn, director of plant programs. "You can tell the pest is being moved with the firewood because it shows up first in campgrounds." More

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