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Podcast 150 features Bryan Henke with Freightliner

(Sept. 7, 2017) -- Episode 150 starts with a brief synopsis of this year’s Caravan Salon and an overview of the European caravan market. This week’s guest is Bryan Henke, the manager of product marketing for Freightliner Custom Chassis. The company recently rolled out its 5-star customer experience, and Henke comes onto the show to talk about it. He also describes some of the more interesting innovations that have found their way onto Freightliner RV chassis in recent years, such as V Ride, Ultra Steer, Roadwatch, Optiview and the company’s incredible 60-degree wheel cut. Read More »

Caravan Salon exhibitors invest in social areas

By Greg Gerber One of the more surprising aspects of participating in the Caravan Salon show in Dusseldorf, Germany, last week was the amount of space manufacturers and some suppliers set aside for people to socialize. We’re not talking about picnic tables or card tables and plastic chairs either. The companies invested tens of thousands of dollars to secure the space, rent the equipment and stock the area with snacks and drinks. People could indulge in water, wine, beer or soft drinks. One of the organizers told me the sitting areas are a way to keep families at the displays, as well as build relationships between staff and current customers or prospects. The socializing areas were always full as long as the show was open. The only exception was the first day, Trade Day, when the displays were open only to industry professionals. Here are some of the displays set up to entice people to sit down, relax and contemplate their purchases.             Read More »

European caravan companies redesign ‘the box’

(Aug. 31, 2017) -- With the exception of Airstream, much of the American RV industry has a hard time distinguishing one RV brand from another. However, in Europe, caravan makers appear more willing to think "outside the box" to differentiate their products from other caravans on the market. Read More »

Opinion: RV industry faces deja vu all over again

(Aug. 29, 2017) -- Hurricane Harvey will expand what has already been a record-breaking year for the RV industry. Coming to the aid of Americans impacted by a terrible storm is noble and honorable. However, imposing junk on vulnerable consumers during a time of intense need is a completely different matter. Read More »

American companies entice European caravaners

(Aug. 29, 2017) -- Caravan Salon may be Europe's largest recreation vehicle show, but many brands familiar to American consumers and industry professionals had significant displays hoping to entice caravaners and industry professionals alike to check out American ingenuity. Read More »

German caravan industry leads European growth

(Aug. 25, 2017) -- According to Pfaff, the biggest trends in caravan demand in Europe are to make units compact, ensure better mobility, make it easier to set up, increased connectivity while traveling, increased comfort and more individual design options. Read More »

Caravan Salon opens strong in Dusseldorf

(Aug. 25, 2017) - “Needless to say, the secret to success is the complete package: Visitors can look forward to a complete market overview, numerous global premieres, innovations, and current trends as well as exciting side events for the whole family,” said Schafer. Read More »

Podcast 149 features The RV Show USA

(Aug. 24, 2017) -- This week’s guest is Alan Warren, the founder of The RV Show USA. He wants everyone to have fun in their RVs and to share their stories of adventure with others. The RV Show USA is a radio show that is broadcast over the internet, but is also available to radio stations across North America. His guests on The RV Show USA often include some of the RV lifestyle’s biggest YouTube stars and bloggers, but he also features individual RV owners that have wonderful stories to tell. Read More »

Opinion: Lemonis urges Camping World boycott

(Aug. 21, 2017) -- Last week, Emperor Marcus Eralius Augustus Tiberious Lemonis, the part-time CEO of Camping World and full-time star of his reality TV show, The Profit, urged his customers to boycott Camping World. Not all customers, mind you, just those who believe in free speech and an America-first policy. Read More »

NASCAR legend boycotts Camping World

(Aug. 21, 2017) -- NASCAR legend Mark Martin today cancelled an order for a $150,000 RV after Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis told his customers not to shop at his stores if they agreed with President Trump. Read More »

Podcast 148 features Workamper News

(Aug. 17, 2017) -- Workamper News now represents more than 7,000 employers and sends daily newsletters to 28,000 people living the RV lifestyle by working short-term gigs for those employers. Working in conjunction with the National RV Training Academy, Workamper News has developed a new workstudy program that allows workampers to bank hours and apply the value accrued to tech training. Steve Anderson explains how that program works and how it will benefit workampers as well as the campgrounds and RV dealers that employ them. He also describes the upcoming Workamper Rendezvous event planned for Oct. 16 to 20 in Heber Springs, Ark. Read More »

Stargazing parties attract travelers to Utah

(Aug. 18, 2017) -- Star parties, gatherings of people for the purpose of observing the night sky, can be held from either a fixed location providing dark skies are close-by or travel in your RV and provide stargazing tours to groups at private, state and federal park campgrounds. Read More »

RV Daily Report to cover Caravan Salon

(August 15, 2017) -- "In America, we think an RV show is huge when it attracts 60,000 people and features 50 manufacturers and 150 suppliers. This show will feature 350 suppliers, 130 manufacturing brands and 2,100 different types of recreation vehicles," said Gerber. Read More »